Orcs Must Die 2 Gnolls-Kill them Now!
Gnolls appear throughout War Mage and Nightmare story mode in Orcs Must Die 2. They are also a common enemy in every endless mode map. While dealing with one or two gnolls is an accomplishable chore, packs of Hunters can make a player’s life a terror. Take a look at why gnolls present a challenge for players and how to overcome those challenges.
How Gnolls are challenging:
Gnolls pose several significant challenges to the average and professional player. Their overall speed is much higher than your typical orc or troll, ranking just behind Kobold Runners in speed. They also have a high attack damage which is coupled with a poison-slow (hunters). The combination of high movement speed and on-hit slow makes escaping gnolls nearly impossible once engaged. Along with significant speed, high attack damage, and a good slow, gnolls are not influenced by barricades. Barricades provide no barriers to gnolls, as they walk over these waist-high bits of timber as though they were carpet squares. This creates a significant problem for players who focus on rerouting enemies to kill boxes utilizing barricades.
Imagine a trap setup for maximizing combos. You have planned, tested, and organized your weapons, traps, and, trinkets, and selected your map. In the middle of slaying Frost Ogres and Swamp Trolls, you are suddenly surrounded by a haze of green poison and can’t seem to move at all. You turn quickly to discover four Gnoll Hunters dropping your health bar like a toddler does to a house of cards. It doesn’t matter that your barricades were setup correctly. It doesn’t matter that your decoy barricade kept the sappers from frying your maze. Gnolls don’t follow the rules and you end up dying because of it.
Another frustrating aspect of gnolls is their taste for guardians. Archers, Dwarves, and Paladins are all targeted by gnolls. If left unprotected, groups of guardians can fall to a single hungry gnoll, costing you precious gold and the help that would have provided.
How to deal with Gnolls:
Fortunately, gnolls have one characteristic that Orcs Must Die 2 players can utilize to reduce their threat; gnolls hunt down War Mages to the point that they ignore rift portals. That’s right! Gnolls want to kill you so badly that they will not enter a rift portal even if you are running circles around it. While rift portals may not provide physical protection from gnolls, they do heal your character while in close proximity. Using a combination of rift healing and spamming attacks, gnolls, while still difficult, become manageable as long as you can afford to be away from your kill box for an extended period of time.
There are a few other strategies as well. Spore Mushrooms can convert any enemy that steps into its space, including pesky gnolls. With this trap, a problem gnoll becomes an effective ally until it dies or until you sell the trap. Placing Spore Mushrooms at key pinch-points will ensure that any gnoll becomes an ally before it becomes a threat to your health. Another alternative is dispersing Decoys around the map or within kill-boxes to distract the gnolls until they can be handled appropriately.
Gnolls may be the scariest enemies in OMD2, but, by using a few of these tips, they should no longer be a problem and may even become a powerful ally.