Capture


Campaign Walkthroughs

Capture

This scenario is pretty routine, but you’ll be heavily challenged at the start. Begin by researching Walls and Towers, and building your Villager population. Put your Villagers on gathering resources, especially foraging and hunting, and chop Wood. 
As soon as you can, build a wall to the Southern edge of your area, just past the Berry Bushes. Anchor it in the forest and the sea, and back it with at least one Tower, preferably two. You don’t have much Stone available, so be frugal. 
Build a few more houses, then build a Dock and an Archery Range. At the Dock, start researching Warship upgrades and building a navy. You’ll need to control the seas to win this game, and you’ll also need the seas for Fish, so ramp up your fleet early, keep it repaired and take on every enemy vessel you can. 
As you start to build, you’ll probably be attacked sporadically from the South, let the Towers do their job and ignore them. Keep building Villagers, and research all the Archery upgrades to Composite Bowman, then start producing them. Also research Woodworking and Artisanship at the Market to improve your range. 
As you start expanding, send Villagers toward the North and build a Siege Workshop back from the water, just North of your current location. Produce a Catapult and send it and your Archers and Axemen North until you come upon an enemy Tower. Use the Catapult to take down the Tower and your other units to protect the Catapult and take out any enemy Villagers. 
Keep advancing North and work your way around, eventually you’ll come to shallows on the Northeast side of the sea. Build a wall here, anchoring it at the water and the map edge, walling in the Gold and Berry Bushes. You should have cleared all the enemy units out of this area, and you can build a Storage Pit and Granary, and begin mining Gold, foraging the Berry Bushes and mining the Stone to the North. This should give you enough resources for the game. 
Now defend yourself with your navy while building up for the attack. Advance to Iron Age when you can and keep upgrading the Warships to Triremes and research Catapult Triremes. Build about four Catapults, a Dozen Composite Bowmen and a few Priests, then build two Heavy Transports and get ready to go on the attack. 
The sea is like a donut, and the center island has the Artifact you need. It’s reachable over shallows, but it’s easier to transport across to the shallows than to work your way overland. Use your fleet to clear out any enemy units you can see on the island, especially Towers and Ballistas. Also take down the walls at the South end of the island, then land you troops on the shallows. Now use your fleet to hold the landing area, group all your Composite Bowmen and advance through the Walls you knocked down earlier. Concentrate the archery fire on any Ballistas, use the Priests to heal the wounded and convert any enemy units they can, and the Catapults to take down the inner walls and any Towers they need to. At this point, you can rush in and capture the Artifact for the win.