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This article contains lore taken from Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness, Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal, the manuals, and/or official bonus maps.

Warcraft II units are composed of three main types: ground, air and naval units. They are all trained at different buildings and are fairly similar on either the Alliance or Horde faction.

The units are essentially quite balanced - the only real differences can be found in the abilities used by Paladins / Ogre-Magi and Mages / Death Knights. It is often argued that the Ogre-Magi have better spells than Paladins (the Bloodlust spell used on a large number of Ogre-Magi is very devastating, and makes people easily favor the Horde, especially if they favor rush tactics) while Mages are better than Death Knights (the Polymorph spell is extremely effective if used correctly), though some disagree on one count or both. The other non-cosmetic difference is that Elven Rangers can learn the Marksmanship ability (so that they deal more damage) whereas their counterparts, Troll Berserkers, can acquire Regeneration (which slowly heals their wounds).

These tables show the internal Basic and Piercing Damage values used in the Warcraft II Map Editor. When an attack is made, the game randomly decides whether it will deal half or full damage. The target's Armor is then subtracted from the (half or full) Basic value, with a minimum result of zero; the (half or full) Piercing value is then added to the result to get the target's HP loss from the attack. The Low and High attack values shown in a unit's infobox within the game are calculated using the above formula, with the Low value assuming a half damage attack against a target Armor of 15, and the High value a full damage attack against no Armor.

Detailed strategies for these units are still available the official Warcraft II website.

Civilian Units

Peasant / Peon

Peasant
Peasant.gifHumanPeasant.gif
Race Human
Faction Alliance
Statistics
Hit Points 30
Armor 0
Sight 4
Speed 10
7 (carrying goods)
Production
Gold 400 Gold
Food 1 Food
Produced at Town Hall
Build time 45 seconds
Combat
Basic Damage 3
Piercing Damage 2
Range 1
Peon
Peon.gifOrcPeon.gif
Race Orc
Faction Horde
Statistics
Hit Points 30
Armor 0
Sight 4
Speed 10
7 (carrying goods)
Production
Gold 400 Gold
Food 1 Food
Produced at Great Hall
Build time 45 seconds
Combat
Basic Damage 3
Piercing Damage 2
Range 1

Ground Units

Footman / Grunt

Footman
Foot.gifHumanFootman.gif
Race Human
Faction Alliance
Statistics
Hit Points 60
Armor 2
4 (1 upgrade)
6 (2 upgrades)
Sight 4
Speed 10
Production
Gold 600 Gold
Food 1 Food
Produced at Barracks
Build time 60 seconds
Combat
Basic Damage 6
Piercing Damage 3
5 (1 upgrade)
7 (2 upgrades)
Range 1
Grunt
Grunt.gifOrcGrunt.gif
Race Orc
Faction Horde
Statistics
Hit Points 60
Armor 2
4 (1 upgrade)
6 (2 upgrades)
Sight 4
Speed 10
Production
Gold 600 Gold
Food 1 Food
Produced at Barracks
Build time 60 seconds
Combat
Basic Damage 6
Piercing Damage 3
5 (1 upgrade)
7 (2 upgrades)
Range 1

Elven Archer / Troll Axethrower

Elven Archer
Aface.gifElfArcher.gif
Race High elf
Faction Alliance
Statistics
Hit Points 40
Armor 0
Sight 5
Speed 10
Production
Gold 500 Gold
Lumber 50 Lumber
Food 1 Food
Produced at Barracks
Build time 70 seconds
Combat
Basic Damage 3
Piercing Damage 6
7 (1 upgrade)
8 (2 upgrades)
Range 4
Upgrades Into
Upgrades Into Elven Ranger
Troll Axethrower
Axe.gifTrollAxethwr.gif
Race Forest troll
Faction Horde
Statistics
Hit Points 40
Armor 0
Sight 5
Speed 10
Production
Gold 500 Gold
Lumber 50 Lumber
Food 1 Food
Produced at Barracks
Build time 70 seconds
Combat
Basic Damage 3
Piercing Damage 6
7 (1 upgrade)
8 (2 upgrades)
Range 4
Upgrades Into
Upgrades Into Troll Berserker

Elven Ranger / Troll Berserker

Elven Ranger
Wc2ranger.gifElfArcher.gif
Race High elf
Base Unit Elven Archer
Faction Alliance
Statistics
Hit Points 50
Armor 0
Sight 6
9 (upgraded)
Speed 10
Production
Gold 500 Gold
Lumber 50 Lumber
Food 1 Food
Produced at Barracks
Build time 70 seconds
Combat
Basic Damage 3
Piercing Damage 6
7 (1 upgrade)
8 (2 upgrades)
11 (all upgrades)
Range 4
5 (upgraded)
Troll Berserker
Berserker.gifTrollAxethwr.gif
Race Forest troll
Base Unit Troll Axethrower
Faction Horde
Statistics
Hit Points 50
Armor 0
Sight 6
9 (upgraded)
Speed 10
Production
Gold 500 Gold
Lumber 50 Lumber
Food 1 Food
Produced at Barracks
Build time 70 seconds
Combat
Basic Damage 3
Piercing Damage 6
7 (1 upgrade)
8 (2 upgrades)
Range 4
5 (upgraded)

Knight / Ogre

Knight
Night.gifHumanKnight.gif
Race Human
Faction Alliance
Statistics
Hit Points 90
Armor 4
6 (1 upgrade)
8 (2 upgrades)
Sight 4
Speed 13
Production
Gold 800 Gold
Lumber 100 Lumber
Food 1 Food
Produced at Barracks
Build time 90 seconds
Combat
Basic Damage 8
Piercing Damage 4
6 (1 upgrade)
8 (2 upgrades)
Range 1
Upgrades Into
Upgrades Into Paladin
Ogre
Ogre.gifOrcOgre.gif
Race Ogre
Faction Horde
Statistics
Hit Points 90
Armor 4
6 (1 upgrade)
8 (2 upgrades)
Sight 4
Speed 13
Production
Gold 800 Gold
Lumber 100 Lumber
Food 1 Food
Produced at Barracks
Build time 90 seconds
Combat
Basic Damage 8
Piercing Damage 4
6 (1 upgrade)
8 (2 upgrades)
Range 1
Upgrades Into
Upgrades Into Ogre-Mage

Paladin / Ogre-Mage

Paladin
Paladin.gifHumanKnight.gif
Race Human
Base Unit Knight
Faction Alliance
Statistics
Hit Points 90
Armor 4
6 (1 upgrade)
8 (2 upgrades)
Sight 5
Speed 13
Production
Gold 800 Gold
Lumber 100 Lumber
Food 1 Food
Produced at Barracks
Build time 90 seconds
Combat
Basic Damage 8
Piercing Damage 4
6 (1 upgrade)
8 (2 upgrades)
Range 1
Abilities
Mana 255 Mana
Ogre-Mage
OgreMage.gifOrcOgre.gif
Race Ogre mage
Base Unit Ogre
Faction Horde
Statistics
Hit Points 90
Armor 4
6 (1 upgrade)
8 (2 upgrades)
Sight 5
Speed 13
Production
Gold 800 Gold
Lumber 100 Lumber
Food 1 Food
Produced at Barracks
Build time 90 seconds
Combat
Basic Damage 8
Piercing Damage 4
6 (1 upgrade)
8 (2 upgrades)
Range 1
Abilities
Mana 255 Mana

Ballista / Catapult

Ballista
HumanBallista.gif
Faction Alliance
Statistics
Hit Points 110
Armor 0
Sight 9
Speed 5
Production
Gold 900 Gold
Lumber 300 Lumber
Food 1 Food
Produced at Barracks
Build time 250 seconds
Combat
Basic Damage 80
Piercing Damage 0
15 (1 upgrade)
30 (2 upgrades)
Range 8
Catapult
WC2OrcCatapult.gif
Faction Horde
Statistics
Hit Points 110
Armor 0
Sight 9
Speed 5
Production
Gold 900 Gold
Lumber 300 Lumber
Food 1 Food
Produced at Barracks
Build time 250 seconds
Combat
Basic Damage 80
Piercing Damage 0
15 (1 upgrade)
30 (2 upgrades)
Range 8

Demolition Squad / Goblin Sappers

Demolition Squad
Demo.gifDwarfdemo.gif
Race Dwarf
Faction Alliance
Statistics
Hit Points 40
Armor 0
Sight 4
Speed 11
Production
Gold 750 Gold
Lumber 250 Lumber
Food 1 Food
Produced at Gnomish Inventor
Build time 200 seconds
Combat
Basic Damage 4
Piercing Damage 2
4 (1 upgrade)
6 (2 upgrades)
Range 1
Goblin Sappers
Sapp.gifGobsappers.gif
Race Goblin
Faction Horde
Statistics
Hit Points 40
Armor 0
Sight 4
Speed 11
Production
Gold 750 Gold
Lumber 250 Lumber
Food 1 Food
Produced at Goblin Alchemist
Build time 200 seconds
Combat
Basic Damage 4
Piercing Damage 2
4 (1 upgrade)
6 (2 upgrades)
Range 1

Mage / Death Knight

Mage
Mage.gifHumanMage.gif
Race Human
Faction Alliance
Statistics
Hit Points 60
Armor 0
Sight 9
Speed 8
Production
Gold 1200 Gold
Food 1 Food
Produced at Mage Tower
Build time 120 seconds
Combat
Basic Damage 0
Piercing Damage 9
Range 2
Abilities
Mana 255 Mana
Death Knight
Dkwc2.gifOrcDeathknight.gif
Race Death knight
Faction Horde
Statistics
Hit Points 60
Armor 0
Sight 9
Speed 8
Production
Gold 1200 Gold
Food 1 Food
Produced at Temple of the Damned
Build time 120 seconds
Combat
Basic Damage 0
Piercing Damage 9
Range 3
Abilities
Mana 255 Mana

Air Units

Gnomish Flying Machine / Goblin Zeppelin

Gnomish Flying Machine
Fly.gifHumanFlying.gif
Race Gnome
Faction Alliance
Statistics
Hit Points 150
Armor 2
Sight 9
Speed 17
Production
Gold 500 Gold
Lumber 100 Lumber
Food 1 Food
Produced at Gnomish Inventor
Build time 65 seconds
Combat
Basic Damage 0
Piercing Damage 0
Range 1
Goblin Zeppelin
Zepp.gifOrcZeppelin.gif
Race Goblin
Faction Horde
Statistics
Hit Points 150
Armor 2
Sight 9
Speed 17
Production
Gold 500 Gold
Lumber 100 Lumber
Food 1 Food
Produced at Goblin Alchemist
Build time 65 seconds
Combat
Basic Damage 0
Piercing Damage 0
Range 1

Gryphon Rider / Dragon

Gryphon Rider
Gryph.gifHumanGryphon.gif
Race Wildhammer Dwarf
and Gryphon
Faction Alliance
Statistics
Hit Points 100
Armor 5
Sight 6
Speed 14
Production
Gold 2500 Gold
Food 1 Food
Produced at Gryphon Aviary
Build time 250 seconds
Combat
Basic Damage 0
Piercing Damage 16
Range 4
Dragon
Dragon.gifOrcDragon.gif
Race Dragon
Faction Horde
Statistics
Hit Points 100
Armor 5
Sight 6
Speed 14
Production
Gold 2500 Gold
Food 1 Food
Produced at Dragon Roost
Build time 250 seconds
Combat
Basic Damage 0
Piercing Damage 16
Range 4

Naval Units

Oil Tankers

Oil Tanker
WC2HumanTanker.gif
Race Human
Faction Alliance
Statistics
Hit Points 90
Armor 0
Sight 4
Speed 10
Production
Gold 400 Gold
Lumber 250 Lumber
Oil 0 Oil
Food 1 Food
Produced at Shipyard
Build time 50 seconds
Combat
Range 1
Oil Tanker
OrcOilTankerWC2.gif
Race Orc
Faction Horde
Statistics
Hit Points 90
Armor 0
Sight 4
Speed 10
Production
Gold 400 Gold
Lumber 250 Lumber
Oil 0 Oil
Food 1 Food
Produced at Shipyard
Build time 50 seconds
Combat
Range 1

Transports

Transport
WC2HumanTransport.gif
Race Human
Faction Alliance
Statistics
Hit Points 150
Armor 0
5 (1 upgrade)
10 (2 upgrades)
Sight 4
Speed 10
Production
Gold 600 Gold
Lumber 200 Lumber
Oil 500 Oil
Food 1 Food
Produced at Shipyard
Build time 70 seconds
Combat
Range 1
Transport
OrcTransportWC2.gif
Race Orc
Faction Horde
Statistics
Hit Points 150
Armor 0
5 (1 upgrade)
10 (2 upgrades)
Sight 4
Speed 10
Production
Gold 600 Gold
Lumber 200 Lumber
Oil 500 Oil
Food 1 Food
Produced at Shipyard
Build time 70 seconds
Combat
Range 1

Elven Destroyer / Troll Destroyer

Elven Destroyer
WC2HumanDestroyer.gif
Race High elf
Faction Alliance
Statistics
Hit Points 100
Armor 10
15 (1 upgrade)
20 (2 upgrades)
Sight 8
Speed 10
Production
Gold 700 Gold
Lumber 350 Lumber
Oil 700 Oil
Food 1 Food
Produced at Shipyard
Build time 90 seconds
Combat
Basic Damage 35
Piercing Damage 0
5 (1 upgrade)
10 (2 upgrades)
Range 4
Troll Destroyer
OrcTrollDestroyerWC2.gif
Race Forest troll
Faction Horde
Statistics
Hit Points 100
Armor 10
15 (1 upgrade)
20 (2 upgrades)
Sight 8
Speed 10
Production
Gold 700 Gold
Lumber 350 Lumber
Oil 700 Oil
Food 1 Food
Produced at Shipyard
Build time 90 seconds
Combat
Basic Damage 35
Piercing Damage 0
5 (1 upgrade)
10 (2 upgrades)
Range 4

Battleship / Ogre Juggernaught

Battleship
WC2HumanBattleship.gif
Race Human
Faction Alliance
Statistics
Hit Points 150
Armor 15
20 (1 upgrade)
25 (2 upgrades)
Sight 8
Speed 6
Production
Gold 1000 Gold
Lumber 500 Lumber
Oil 1000 Oil
Food 1 Food
Produced at Shipyard
Build time 140 seconds
Combat
Basic Damage 130
Piercing Damage 0
5 (1 upgrade)
10 (2 upgrades)
Range 6
Ogre Juggernaught
OrcJuggernautWC2.gif
Race Ogre
Faction Horde
Statistics
Hit Points 150
Armor 15
20 (1 upgrade)
25 (2 upgrades)
Sight 8
Speed 6
Production
Gold 1000 Gold
Lumber 500 Lumber
Oil 1000 Oil
Food 1 Food
Produced at Shipyard
Build time 140 seconds
Combat
Basic Damage 130
Piercing Damage 0
5 (1 upgrade)
10 (2 upgrades)
Range 6

Gnomish Submarine / Giant Turtle

Gnomish Submarine
WC2HumanSubmarine.gif
Race Gnome
Faction Alliance
Statistics
Hit Points 60
Armor 0
Sight 5
Speed 7
Production
Gold 800 Gold
Lumber 150 Lumber
Oil 800 Oil
Food 1 Food
Produced at Shipyard
Build time 100 seconds
Combat
Basic Damage 50
Range 4
Giant Turtle
OrcTurtleWC2.gif
Race Goblin and Giant turtle
Faction Horde
Statistics
Hit Points 60
Armor 0
Sight 5
Speed 7
Production
Gold 800 Gold
Lumber 150 Lumber
Oil 800 Oil
Food 1 Food
Produced at Shipyard
Build time 100 seconds
Combat
Basic Damage 50
Range 4

Special Units

For lore about skeletons, see Skeleton.
For general information about critters, see Critter.
  • The Eye of Kilrogg and Skeleton are units summoned by Horde spellcasters. The Daemon cannot be summoned, but only appears as an NPC enemy in certain single-player missions and scenarios. Critters are non-controllable units that serve mostly as map decorations, but can have spells cast on them or get in someone's way.
  • Attack Peasants and Attack Peons are another type of special, non-buildable unit that can only be placed using third-party map editors. They have the same stats as Peasants/Peons. See the articles on Peasants and Peons for more information.
Eye of Kilrogg
Eyeofkilroggico.gifEyeOfKilroggWC2.png
Race Eye of Kilrogg
Faction Horde
Statistics
Hit Points 100
Armor 0
Sight 3
Speed 42
Production
Produced at Ogre-Mage
Combat
Basic Damage 0
Range 1
Abilities
Mana 70 (cost) Mana
Skeleton
Raisedeadico.gifSkeletonWC2.gif
Race Undead
Faction Neutral / Horde
Statistics
Hit Points 40
Armor 0
Sight 3
Speed 8
Production
Food 0 Food
Produced at Death Knight
Combat
Basic Damage 6
Piercing Damage 3
Range 1
Abilities
Mana 50 (cost) Mana
Daemon
Daemonwc2.jpgDaemonWC2.gif
Race Daemon
Faction Neutral
Statistics
Hit Points 60
Armor 2
Sight 5
Speed 14
Production
Food 0 Food
Combat
Basic Damage 9
Piercing Damage 1
Range 2
Critter
CritterSheepWC2.gifCritterUSheepWC2.gif
Race Varies
Faction Neutral
Statistics
Hit Points 5
Armor 0
Sight 2
Speed 10
Combat
Range 1

Heroes

Alliance

Anduin Lothar
HeroLotharWC2.gif
Race Human
Base Unit Knight
Faction Alliance
Statistics
Hit Points 90 (Normal)
Armor 4 (Normal)
6 (1 upgrade)
8 (2 upgrades)
Sight 5 (+25%)
Speed 13 (Normal)
Combat
Basic Damage 8 (Normal)
Piercing Damage 4 (Normal)
6 (1 upgrade)
8 (2 upgrades)
Range 1 (Normal)
Uther Lightbringer
HeroUtherLightbringerWC2.gif
Race Human
Base Unit Paladin
Faction Alliance
Statistics
Hit Points 90 (Normal)
Armor 4 (Normal)
6 (1 upgrade)
8 (2 upgrades)
Sight 5 (Normal)
Speed 13 (Normal)
Combat
Basic Damage 8 (Normal)
Piercing Damage 4 (Normal)
6 (1 upgrade)
8 (2 upgrades)
Range 1 (Normal)
Abilities
Mana 255 Mana
Turalyon
HeroTuralyonWC2.gif
Race Human
Base Unit Paladin
Faction Alliance
Statistics
Hit Points 180 (+100%)
Armor 10 (+150%)
12 (1 upgrade)
14 (2 upgrades)
Sight 6 (+20%)
Speed 13 (Normal)
Combat
Basic Damage 13 (+63%)
Piercing Damage 6 (+50%)
8 (1 upgrade)
10 (2 upgrades)
Range 1 (Normal)
Abilities
Mana 255 Mana
Alleria
HeroAlleriaWC2.gif
Race High elf
Base Unit Elven Ranger
Faction Alliance
Statistics
Hit Points 120 (+140%)
Armor 5 (+5)
Sight 9 (+50%)
Speed 10 (Normal)
Combat
Basic Damage 10 (+233%)
Piercing Damage 18 (+200%)
19 (1 upgrade)
20 (2 upgrades)
Range 7 (+75%)
Danath
HeroDanathWC2.gif
Race Human
Base Unit Footman
Faction Alliance
Statistics
Hit Points 220 (+267%)
Armor 8 (+300%)
10 (1 upgrade)
12 (2 upgrades)
Sight 6 (+50%)
Speed 10 (Normal)
Combat
Basic Damage 15 (+150%)
Piercing Damage 8 (+167%)
10 (1 upgrade)
12 (2 upgrades)
Range 1 (Normal)
Khadgar
HeroKhadgarWC2.gif
Race Human
Base Unit Mage
Faction Alliance
Statistics
Hit Points 120 (+100%)
Armor 3 (+3)
Sight 9 (Normal)
Speed 8 (Normal)
Combat
Basic Damage 0 (Normal)
Piercing Damage 16 (+78%)
Range 6 (+200%)
Abilities
Mana 255 Mana
Kurdran
HeroKurdranWC2.gif
Race Wildhammer Dwarf
and Gryphon
Base Unit Gryphon Rider
Faction Alliance
Statistics
Hit Points 250 (+150%)
Armor 6 (+20%)
Sight 9 (+50%)
Speed 14 (Normal)
Combat
Basic Damage 0 (Normal)
Piercing Damage 26 (+63%)
Range 5 (+25%)

Horde

Grom Hellscream
HeroGromHellscreamWC2.gif
Race Orc
Base Unit Grunt
Faction Horde
Statistics
Hit Points 240 (+300%)
Armor 8 (+300%)
10 (1 upgrade)
12 (2 upgrades)
Sight 5 (+25%)
Speed 10 (Normal)
Combat
Basic Damage 16 (+167%)
Piercing Damage 6 (+100%)
8 (1 upgrade)
10 (2 upgrades)
Range 1 (melee)
Kargath Bladefist
HeroKargathWC2.gif
Race Orc
Base Unit Grunt
Faction Horde
Statistics
Hit Points 240 (+300%)
Armor 8 (+300%)
10 (1 upgrade)
12 (2 upgrades)
Sight 5 (+25%)
Speed 10 (Normal)
Combat
Basic Damage 14 (+133%)
Piercing Damage 6 (+100%)
8 (1 upgrade)
10 (2 upgrades)
Range 1 (melee)
Zuljin
HeroZuljinWC2.gif
Race Forest troll
Base Unit Troll Axethrower
Faction Horde
Statistics
Hit Points 40 (Normal)
Armor 0 (Normal)
Sight 6 (+17%)
Speed 10 (Normal)
Combat
Basic Damage 3 (Normal)
Piercing Damage 6 (Normal)
7 (1 upgrade)
8 (2 upgrades)
Range 5 (+20%)
Cho'gall
HeroChogallWC2.gif
Race Ogre mage
Base Unit Ogre-Mage
Faction Horde
Statistics
Hit Points 100 (+11%)
Armor 0 (-100%)
2 (1 upgrade)
4 (2 upgrades)
Sight 5 (Normal)
Speed 13 (Normal)
Combat
Basic Damage 10 (+20%)
Piercing Damage 5 (+25%)
7 (1 upgrade)
9 (2 upgrades)
Range 1 (melee)
Abilities
Mana 255 Mana
Dentarg
HeroDentargWC2.gif
Race Ogre mage
Base Unit Ogre-Mage
Faction Horde
Statistics
Hit Points 300 (+233%)
Armor 8 (+100%)
10 (1 upgrade)
12 (2 upgrades)
Sight 6 (+20%)
Speed 13 (Normal)
Combat
Basic Damage 18 (+125%)
Piercing Damage 6 (+50%)
8 (1 upgrade)
10 (2 upgrades)
Range 1 (melee)
Abilities
Mana 255 Mana
Gul'dan
HeroGuldanWC2.gif
Race Orc
Base Unit Death Knight
Faction Horde
Statistics
Hit Points 40 (-33%)
Armor 0 (Normal)
Sight 8 (-12%)
Speed 8 (Normal)
Combat
Basic Damage 0 (Normal)
Piercing Damage 3 (-67%)
Range 3 (Normal)
Abilities
Mana 255 Mana
Teron Gorefiend
HeroTeronGorefiendWC2.gif
Race Death knight
Base Unit Death Knight
Faction Horde
Statistics
Hit Points 180 (+200%)
Armor 2 (+2)
Sight 9 (Normal)
Speed 8 (Normal)
Combat
Basic Damage 0 (Normal)
Piercing Damage 16 (+78%)
Range 4 (+33%)
Abilities
Mana 255 Mana
Deathwing
HeroDeathWingWC2.gif
Race Dragon
Base Unit Dragon
Faction Horde
Statistics
Hit Points 800 (+700%)
Armor 10 (+100%)
Sight 9 (+50%)
Speed 14 (Normal)
Combat
Basic Damage 10 (+10)
Piercing Damage 25 (+56%)
Range 5 (+25%)

Trivia

  • Even though they cannot be built, hero units are given build times and costs in the game files. These are all identical to the heroes' base units, with three exceptions: Cho'gall has a build time of 100 seconds (+11%) and costs 1100 gold (+38%) and 50 lumber (-50%), while both Anduin Lothar and Uther Lightbringer have a build time of 100 seconds (+11%) and cost 900 gold (+13%) and 100 lumber (Normal).


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