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Best battle formations and strategies in Manor Lords

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Although battles take a backseat to city-building, they are an important part of Manor Lords. To lead your army to victory, you must learn the best battle formations and strategies in Manor Lords.

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Best combat tactics and formations in Manor Lords

Manor Lords' combat is not as complex as Total War or other real-time strategies, but it still requires you to use appropriate formations to outsmart the opponent. I'm a fan of archers (although they're not as powerful as I would like them to be), though if you're not using them like I am, battle formation is much less important.

If you're not using archers, your combat tactics are simpler, at least until new units arrive. In that case, place faster units like spearmen on your wings so they can catch the opponent's archers faster. Even if the enemy doesn't have ranged units, fast units on wings will do a better job of flanking the enemy. The center is reserved for units in heavy armor who can hold their ground, especially when raiders attack. Having said that, having archers for more diverse strategies is always a good idea.

Best defensive strategy and battle formation in Manor Lords

Archers are perfect for a defensive formation in Manor Lords as they're mobile and force enemies to take action against them. My default method in combat is a defensive approach unless the enemy has more archers than me. In that case, I'm the one who has to chase them.

Militia in defensive battle formation in Manor Lords
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As shown in the image above, I have archers holding my wings, forming a U-letter with melee fighters in the center. The strategy is simple—initiate contact with the closest archers, forcing enemies to go after them. If they try to face them, I'll move archers slowly away from the center to have a clear path for their arrows.

As the enemy approaches, I'll move them behind the spearmen/swordsmen, who will move forward to cover them. Ideally, enemy units will be spread out in a failed attempt to catch my archers on the wings. If they ignore the archers and head straight to the center, that's even better for me, as the archers will have more time to shoot them.

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Best offensive strategy and battle formation in Manor Lords

Offensive strategies are much simpler than defensive ones in Manor Lords (until the cavalry gets introduced anyway). In this case, my goal was to get close as fast as possible to break enemies' archers' ranks by positioning melee units in the front and archers behind. Give archers an order to shoot at will, as you need more accuracy at mid-range.

Manor Lords offensive battle formation with spearmen at the front and archers at the back
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The main reason to get out of your comfort zone and rush the enemy is to avoid being slaughtered by archers. If your opponent is waiting for you and not running toward you, your first option is to flank or attack from one side. Move around an enemy, ensuring you're out of the archer's range. The idea is to force the opponent to change formations and strike while moving.

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Nebojša Prijić
Nebojša Prijić is a senior staff writer at Pro Game Guides with over 25 years of experience in journalism, screenwriting, and copywriting. He previously worked as Editor-in-Chief of Maxim Serbia magazine and the IGN Adria website. Nebojša is an old-school gamer who loves real-time strategies, shooters, and RPGs, but most of all, he plays Roblox and mobile games with his son. He remembers the first Diablo, PC games on a single floppy disk, and playing Mortal Kombat on the keyboard.

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