Evony Merlin: Change the Best Archer General Combination

According to the description in Evony, Merlin used his wisdom to help King Arthur achieve greatness. With the help of Merlin, King Arthur united Britain to resist foreign enemies. His wisdom has the magic of time travel and enlightenment. During the 2024 Children’s Day Event, Evony releases General Merlin in the game as a great ranged troop general. Let’s take a look at his attributes, how to get him, and how to pair him.

Merlin’s Special Skill

Weaving the Fate:
Increases ranged troops’ attack and HP by 45% and ranged troops and siege machines’ defense by 30% when the General is leading the army to attack.
Ascending Attributes:
  1. Marching Ranged Troop Attack +25% and Defense +10%
  2. Marching Troop Death into Wounded Rate +8%
  3. Marching Ranged Troop Attack, Defense, and HP +15%
  4. Marching Ranged Troop and Siege Machine Defense and HP +15%
  5. Marching Ranged Troop Attack, Defense, and HP +20%
General ascending needs to consume the corresponding general’s fragment (or Ascension Fragment) and Blood of Ares.

Merlin’s Specialty

  • Ranged Troop Formation: Ranged Troop Attack & Defense +10%
  • Bash: Ranged Troop and Siege Machine Attack +10%
  • Ranged Troop Ares: Ranged Troop Attack, HP, and Defense +10%
  • Light of Wisdom: Marching Ranged Troop Attack +40%; Marching Ranged Troop Defense +30%; Attacking Ranged Troop and Siege Machine HP +15%
The above buffs are the genius-level attributes of each specialty.
First, the ‘Specialty’ feature is unlocked at general Lv25. Then, if you want to level up your specialty, you need to consume runestones and gems. Each specialty has 5 levels, namely Veteran, Master, Expert, Grandmaster, and Genius. Each level can increase the buff value differently.
Note: Only when the first 3 specialties reach genius can the upgrade qualification of the last specialty be unlocked.

Covenant Attributes

Merlin’s covenant generals are King Arthur, Alfred the Great, and Beowulf.
You can use the Covenant Stone to upgrade his covenant level. But you must increase these general’s total attributes to reach the required value to activate corresponding covenant buff(s).
The detailed buffs are as follows.
  • War Covenant: March Size Capacity +5%
  • Cooperation Covenant: Marching Ranged Troop HP +10%
  • Peace Covenant: Ranged Troop Training Speed +5%
  • Faith Covenant: In-rally Ranged Troop Defense +10%; March Speed +10%
  • Honor Covenant: In-rally Ranged Troop HP +5%
  • Civilization Covenant: Marching Ranged Troop Attack & Defense +5%

How to Obtain General Merlin

  1. Historic General Summoning Event

You can purchase the event packages to earn the Epic Historic General Glory. Then, use the Epic Historic General Glory to summon generals on the reward list.
During Evony’s Children’s Day, the new general Merlin is in the reward pool, and your chance of summoning him is as high as 17.5%, far exceeding other generals.
  1. General Tokens

Merlin exists in the prize pools of the 3 general orders: Epic General, Epic Historic General, and Epic Historic General Premium.
The easiest general order to obtain is the Epic Historic General Premium. It is in the 5th tier of the festival event packages and can be accumulated in your item bag. In addition, there are many ways to obtain this general order, such as:
  • Champion loyalty rewards
  • VIP premium packages
  • Limited offer event
  • Gem purchase event
  • Covenant stone package
  • Decoration collection package
  • Some specific special events.

Recommended General Combination

We conducted calculations and experiments from 3 perspectives: ranged troop attack, defense, and HP, and came to the following conclusions.
  1. The strongest archer attack combinations are Douglas + Merlin, Merlin + Marcus Agrippa, and Merlin + Douglas.
      Judging from the buff values, Douglas’ attack bonus is not as good as Agrippa’s. However, Douglas’ 3rd-star special skill has a 10% March Size Capacity bonus, and the 2nd specialty can add another 6%. Moreover, Merlin’s first covenant attribute has an extra 5%. Therefore, Douglas + Merlin’s march size bonus is the highest. You can use this combination to send out more troops, greatly enhancing the attack power.
  2. Besides, the combination with the strongest archer defense bonus is Marcus Agrippa + Merlin.
  3. As for ranged troops’ HP, the best general combination is Merlin + Douglas.
All of the above combinations can use the Lv4 Ranged Troop Attack/Defense/HP Skill Book.
Other good archer generals whose special skills do not conflict with Merlin include:
  • Eleanor
  • Godfrey of Bouillon
  • Charles XII
  • Edward III
  • Elektra
  • Minamoto no Yoshitsune (Can not use ranged troop attack skill books)
  • Subutai (Can not use ranged troop attack skill books)
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