|Imagine if you will, taking a group
of Elite Hammerhands or Pikemen, stripping them down to
their underwear, and then getting a free shot at them.
No protection whatsoever. That is exactly what you
get with Aerie The Illusionist. Her Illusionary
attacks completely ignore a defending unit's shields
unless the unit is immune to illusion attacks. That
means that every successful hit (attack strength
multiplied by Aerie's To Hit) inflicts damage! Wow!
The only drawback to Aerie's Illusionary attacks is that
they are useless against monsters with Illusion Immunity
or True Sight. And there are a lot of monsters with
this immunity. Virtually all undead creatures have it
as well as Sky Drakes and Angels. Knowing this, you
realize that Aerie's Illusionary attacks are only useful
on most normal and some fantastic creatures. But still,
what an amazing skill!
Now that we have looked at Aerie's major attribute,
let's look at her other benefits. As with most
spell-casters, she has Missile Immunity and cannot be
hurt by bowmen and slingers. She also has a powerful
casting ability and some great spells to go along with
it. Aerie possesses one of my favorite spells:
Mind Storm. Mind Storm is a sorcery spell which
reduces a target unit's attack, defense, and resistance
by 5! Used on a normal unit, it renders them worthless.
Used on a tough fantastic unit, it weakens them enough to
make them easier to kill. The real beauty of this spells
is that it cannot be resisted unless the unit has immunity
to illusion! My favorite tactic is to use Mind Storm on a
really tough unit and then either cast Confusion or
Disintegrate on them. Because their resistance has
been reduced by 5, they are unlikely to resist either of
If you are a MoM player who prefers non-sorcery spell books,
Aerie is a real gem. Her powerful sorcery spells and attacks
help you to balance out your magic ability.
Next, we cannot overlook Aerie's 2 random mage picks. The
obvious hope for one or both of her random picks would be:
Arcane Power (Super if you're really lucky).
However, one of the following could be useful as well:
More spell casting skill, or
I would almost call Aerie a great bargain if it wasn't for the
fact that she is so damn expensive. She requires 40 fame,
500 gold, and 10 gold per turn! Ouch! But I guess you
get what you pay for. Give Aerie magical artifacts, especially
ones which boost her To Hit ratio, and she will wipe out almost
any creature. I have even seen Aerie take out a Great Drake (not a Sky Drake) in a single shot once! Wow!
One word of caution before we finish with Aerie. She is not
the type of hero who can take out lairs, nodes, and enemy
cities on her own. True, she is powerful, but once faced with
a unit with Illusion Immunity, she can be in big trouble.
Her defense really sucks so if a group of zombies were to get close enough to her, they could eat her pretty eyes for lunch.
Its best to have Aerie travel with a group of other heroes or with a group of powerful normal units like Paladins. Better to be
safe than sorry.
I would strongly suggest adding Aerie to your arsenal.