Multiple Army Battles
There can be up to 10 units per side on a single battlefield, allowing you to enjoy battles on a massive scale.
The Deploy command allows you to select a unit to rendezvous with or to support during battle as reinforcements.
You can attack a location from multiple cities to give yourself an overwhelming advantage during the battle.
Reinforcements can serve to change the tide of a battle.
The defending side has the advantage during a siege, so the attacking side needs to attack enemy units outside the castle in order to draw other units out, or use siege weapons such as battering rams and scaling ladders to bring down the castle.
Attacking an enemy unit inside a city will initiate the siege.
It is important to also attack the bases stationed outside the castle walls.
Use a battering ram to try and break down the castle gates.
Scaling ladders can be used to breach the castle walls.
Some cities are equipped with special defenses during sieges.
Wuling features defensive weapons stationed by its gates, making sieges considerably more difficult.
Chang'an in Yong Province features three walls surrounding the city.
Defensive weapons such as ballistae and cannons can be used to attack the enemy.
In addition to a lack of camps and bases that are found in field battles, the Morale of your troops will decrease over time, meaning you will need to move your units strategically to help keep Morale high while lowering the Morale of the enemy.
The Link strategy helps prevent drops in Morale and boosts the attack and defensive capabilities of your units, but increases the risk of damage from enemy fire attacks.
Fire attacks in naval battles are conducted by sending a Fireboat to the enemy ranks. The Fireboat will ignite any ship that it hits, so be careful to keep allied ships clear from its path.
The Fireboat comes into contact with the enemy unit. The enemy ships were using the Link strategy, enabling the fire attack to cause even more damage.
Using pincer attacks and capturing bases will lower the enemy's Morale, and can even put their units in a Broken state. Boosting the Morale of your own forces can also increase the fighting spirit of your units, which will give you a constant advantage over the course of the battle.
Pincer attacks and other special techniques can have a profound effect on the Morale of both you and the enemy.
The attack and defense of bases on the battlefield can also have a large effect on the Morale of both forces.
Completing missions and suggestions that arise during the battle can boost allied Morale even further.
Defeating enemy units will serve to reduce the Morale of their entire army, making it easier to defeat multiple units in succession.
Once the enemy unit's Morale reaches 0, it will enter into a Broken state, giving you a chance to press the attack and eliminate it for good.
Conversely, if one of your units enters a Broken state, you won't be able to issue it commands for a period of time.
You can use Strategies such as Cavalry Charge to inflict massive damage on enemy units, set fire to them with Burn, or draw them into a trap with Lure. The proper use and timing of these Strategies will prove key to winning the battle.
The more bases you capture, the faster your "Control" will replenish.
Once you have stored up enough "Control," you can use the Strategy whenever you wish.
Strategies such as Burn can decimate the ranks of an enemy unit while also reducing its Morale.
Utilizing a Strategy when near a unit led by an officer you share a Bond with will increase the effects and duration of the Strategy.
Forming Units / Marching Routes
By forming units with the officers in your force with the highest Leadership rating and selecting the most effective marching route, you can gain the advantage over the enemy in battle.
On the unit formation screen, you can select a main general, sub generals, troop type, siege weapons, and more.
Troop types are divided into three main classes: horse, spear, and bow. Each one has its own advantages in mobility, ranged attacks, and other attributes. It is vital to consider the favored unit types of your officers as well as their effectiveness against the enemy units.
Select a path with the fewest enemies along the way in order to save your troop strength for when you arrive at your destination.
The enemy may also deploy units to meet you in battle. The battle will begin once you approach each other on the battlefield.
Armies violently clashing on the battlefield, sieges fought to protect entire cities, and naval battles where ships engage in skirmishes at sea... There are many different types of warfare for your forces to engage in.
Units on both sides in a field battle look to maneuver themselves into position to control the battlefield.
Sieges are designed to bring down enemy cities, but the defending size has the advantage, necessitating the need for siege weapons such as scaling ladders and catapults.
Naval battles fought using ships feature their own unique strategies, such as the use of Link to connect ships in order to boost their attack and defensive abilities.