Game Secrets: What defense is the best?

Welcome to the Game Secrets series!

Even though we called our blog post like that, we have to admit: in Travian: Legends, the question “What is the best defense?” doesn’t have a universal answer. It highly depends on own player development, current game situation and even how far the player is from others. Let’s just give few examples of players possible decisions:

  • Have high production, gold and live quite far on the map? Then pick the fastest cavalry units to be in time everywhere.
  • Limited in gold and resources but still want to support alliance with defence? Then cheapest infantry (highest defence/cost value) would be ideal.
  • The gameworld is about to become a hot place with multiple battles? Then probably we can ignore crop consumption and focus on the units that gain the defence points fastest (highest defence/time parameter).
  • Preparing for the world wonder or just do not have huge crop production? Then crop efficiency is one of the keys.
  • Don’t want to make lots of def villages and prefer to train infantry and cavalry in one? Then it’s better to pick the tribe that provides such an option.

Defense units at one glance

Below, we’ve compiled a table of defensive units in the game. The data is based on a x1 speed game, with level 20 barracks and/or stables, and no other bonuses. The number of units shown is what can be trained over one week (~168 hours) on a x1 gameworld.

Tribe
Units
Number of units
Defence against infantry (k)
Defence against cavalry (k)
Total defence
 Upkeep
Unit speed (x1)
Cost per hour (x1)
Defence
/Time
Defence
/Costs
Legionnaires 2800 98 140 238 2800 6 6667 1417 0.213
Praetoreans 2541 165 89 254 2541 5 6958 1513 0.217
Spearmen 4005 140 240 380 4005 7 8106 2265 0.279
Paladins 1866 187 75 262 3732 10 11167 1556 0.139
Phalanxes 4320 173 216 389 4320 7 8100 2314 0.286
Druidriders 1748 201 96 297 3496 16 11341 1769 0.156
Haeduans 1436 86 237 323 4308 13 16803 1924 0.115
Slave Militia 8400 252 168 420 8400 7 7500 2500 0.333
Ash Wardens 3251 179 130 309 3251 6 8129 1839 0.226
Anhur Guards 1748 192 87 279 3496 15 11341 1665 0.147
Resheph Chariots 1380 166 207 373 4140 10 14795 2219 0.150
Mercenaries 5548 222 166 388 5548 6 9578 2312 0.241
Marksmen 1805 144 126 270 3610 15 11284 1612 0.143
Shieldsmen 2308 196 104 300 2308 8 7282 1786 0.245
Elpida Riders 1591 191 143 334 3182 16 13642 1989 0.146
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