A Black And White 2 Strategy Guide

A Semi-Spoileriffic Guide to a Quick Win Through Being (Mostly) Good; or, Plant Trees!

Warning: Spoilers Ahead.

0. Summary

Win through impressiveness. Avoid combat with two exceptions: defense, and destroying enemy wonders before they’re used against you.

1. Introduction

Some gods are virtuous, some vile. After playing Black & White 2 through several times, I’ve found that I tend to be quite good, but pragmatic. This means winning through impressiveness, eschewing armies, and playing defensively, yet attacking preemptively if doing so makes the game easier. This strategy leads to a quick win; no land takes more than two hours. Read on if you desire a quick, (mostly) good path to victory. If you tread a different godly path, this guide might yet teach you something.

Keep in mind that this is a strategy guide, not the strategy guide. Take what you like from what follows, but don’t treat it as the only way to play. If you do, you’ll miss half the fun of the game.

2. The Strategy

2.1. Defense and Offense

Defense consists of protecting your city from attacks. Keep your walls shielded to protect from catapults. Drop fire on any enemy troops that enter your influence. Always build two altars, placed far apart. This will allow you to continue to cast miracles from the remaining altar if the enemy destroys one.

A defensive strategy has two weaknesses. The first is enemy wonders, which can tear your city apart. The best defense against them is a good offense. When an enemy finishes building a wonder, set a tree on fire, pick it up, and hold it above the wonder. After a few seconds the wonder will begin to take damage, rendering it powerless. Since the enemy does not repair buildings, this leaves you free to build without fear of setbacks.

The second weakness is enemy creatures. An aggressive enemy creature can be a persistent problem, attacking your city walls or killing immigrants en route. The latter can be a major problem: if it kills all the immigrants in a group, their resources are lost. If an enemy creature comes within your influence it can be taken out with a large rock (hold above enemy creature, drop, repeat—the larger the rock, the better), but if it hangs around outside your influence it can be a pain. Lure a lurking creature toward your city by opening the city’s gate. Alternatively, send your creature out to battle.

2.2. Building a Great City

To win through impressiveness you must build a great city. The properties of a great city are impressiveness , production , happiness , housing capacity , and fertility . Of these, the most important is impressiveness, which will be the focus of the next section. Each of the other properties will be discussed in turn.

2.2.1. The Anatomy of Impressiveness

Good building practices are critical to converting your enemies through impressiveness, so pay attention!

To see the how impressive your city is, hover your hand over the city center’s scroll for a few seconds:

A city’s impressiveness is the sum of its impressiveness potential and eight* modifiers: alignment, population, homelessness, town layout, placement, building variety, security, and finally trees (which aren’t listed in the impressiveness pop-up). In this section I’ll consider each factor individually, and suggest ways to maximize them.

*Actually, there may be more things that count toward impressiveness, as the numbers in the example above don’t add up nicely. However, any missing modifiers have comparatively little effect. Impressiveness Potential = Building Type + Location

Each building you construct adds to your city’s impressiveness. Each type of building has its own base impressiveness, ranging from measly—villas are only +22—to huge: wonders are +3,000. To build an impressive city, build impressive buildings like wonders, amphitheatres, temples, baths, etc.

Where you build can affect a building’s impressiveness. Some locations give bonuses up to +200; others decrease a building’s impressiveness. Elevation generally equals a better bonus, while lowlands usually mean a penalty. Follow the two rules of location:

  • Never build where the location modifier is negative. this is a challenge on some lands (e.g., the second Japanese land), but it can be done.

  • Fill high location bonus areas with many small buildings. If you fill a high-impressiveness area with one amphitheatre, you get the location bonus once. If you fill the same region with a dozen villas, you get the location bonus twelve times. Which is better? In general, the higher the location bonus, the more (and the smaller the) buildings you should pack into the area.

You’ll have to balance these rules against the constraints of the different lands. For example, if you need to expand your influence past an area with low location bonuses, you might need to build a wonder or amphitheatre in a location that doesn’t give a good bonus.

If you must pack buildings together, choose ones that are happy close together (e.g. manors). Alignment

This ranges from −4,000 for pure evil to +4,000 for angelic. To increase this, do good things: satisfy your people’s needs, heal those at less than 100% vitality, place many building blueprints, and so on. Population

“Population” is a misnomer. This bonus isn’t based on the number of people who live in your city. Instead, it’s simply 1.8 × the adult housing capacity. To increase this bonus, simply build more housing. Homelessness

Homelessness is always a penalty, and never rises above zero. Each adult in excess of the city’s adult housing capacity subtracts 18 points from the city’s impressiveness. This can add up quickly, particularly if you use siren miracles to convert enemy troops. So build lots of housing. Always try to have more than you need.

Given how the building variety, population, and homelessness modifiers work, I’ve devised a strategy for building villas that tries to maximize these bonuses while using as few resources as possible. Town Layout

This is a straight +45 impressiveness for each building (but not embellishment) you connect to a road, even if the road doesn’t connect to the rest of your city. The bonus can only be earned once per building, and doesn’t go away if the road is destroyed. To increase, connect every building to roads. Placement

“Placement” is another misnamed modifier. It’s not about where you put buildings, but whether you’ve changed the direction they face before placing them. Each building whose direction was changed before placement increases the placement modifier by +9. Building Variety and the Two Building Rule

Like homelessness, building variety is always a penalty. It’s another poorly chosen name, as this modifier penalizes lack of building variety. The mechanics are a little complicated:

  • The first two buildings of the same type (e.g., the first two manors) do not incur a building variety penalty.

  • From the third building of the same type on, each successive building will incur a greater building variety penalty up to a per-type cap.

  • A building type’s cap, and how many buildings it takes to reach the cap, varies by building type. The more impressive the building type, the greater the cap and the sooner it’s reached.

Examples are in order. Here’s the building variety penalties, in order, for building five temples: 0, 0, −390, −585, −585. As you can see, the cap is reached at the fourth temple, and it’s −585. For villas, the cap is −18, and isn’t reached until the eighteenth villa is built.

Because of this, I now follow the two building rule: unless absolutely necessary, build no more than two of each civic & production building type. Once you build more than two buildings of the same type, you’re gaining less impressiveness for the resources used than you would have if you’d used those resources to build a building with full impressiveness. Note that this includes altars and creature pens; they’re reasonably cheap, so build two, but not more.

This rule applies to civic & production buildings, not embellishments or housing. Embellishments do not incur a building variety penalty, so build lots of them. Housing is also different, as the building variety penalty is made up for in part by the population modifier. It’s also necessary to build lots of housing to avoid big homelessness penalties.

Discovering the two building rule has cut my typical building variety modifier from around −4,000 to less than −1,000. Security

Building walls around your city increases the security modifier. I don’t know exactly how wall length/position affects the bonus. Trees

Decorative trees are your secret weapon. Each tree planted near a building is +20 impressiveness. While that may not seem like much, you can plant a lot of trees around buildings. If you don’t pack buildings tightly, it’s easy to fit five trees around a villa (for +100 impressiveness) and twenty-five around a large building like a creature pen (+500 impressiveness). With some work you can fit double, triple, or even quadruple these numbers for truly impressive impressiveness bonuses.

Trees are free, self-replenishing impressiveness. Use that gift!

Some tree tips:

  • Decorative trees will not be cut down by your people (though your creature might uproot them), so they’re a reserve stock in case you run low on freestanding trees.

  • Decorative trees do not drop seedlings, so to obtain new trees you’ll have to maintain some freestanding trees on fertile land.

  • Buy hand multipickup early to make replanting trees easy.

  • If your altar is built on fertile ground, don’t plant trees near it. In an emergency it’s frustrating to find your altar’s miracles obscured by foliage.

2.2.2. Production

A productive city is a happy city. Each of the three resources (grain, wood, and ore) requires a different strategy for maximum production. Also, building layout can increase production bonuses. Finally, keep all production buildings staffed with an adequate number of disciple refiners. Grain

Grain production takes planning to set up properly, but no work after setup is done. Key facts: (1) fields yield more when placed in fertile areas, and (2) field productivity is increased by nearby fields, granaries, storehouses, universities, and lamps.

It’s better to fill a fertile area with many small fields rather than one big field. Fields boost each other’s production, as well as the productivity of granaries. Don’t drag-and-expand fields when you place them; instead, place several default size fields next to each other.

Start by placing a granary in the middle of a fertile area. Connect it to your road system, particularly to a nearby storehouse. Next, completely surround the granary with small fields. Outside the fields, build a university. Finally, plant trees next to the university to restore its happiness. Good layout (and lots of disciple refiners) can increase granary output by more than 1000%.

  • Tip: to fit more fields around a granary, leave small gaps between the first fields you place. Fill the gaps with more fields. Wood

Wood requires no planning, but takes more work to manage. Its advantage is that it is self-replenishing. Key facts: (1) trees drop seedlings only in fertile regions (the green areas shown while the F key is pressed), and (2) they drop seedlings only at the edges of forested regions. To boost forest growth, make a practice of occasionally grabbing a few trees from a well-forested area and replanting them in empty fertile regions. Space them out a few tree diameters to ensure they’ll drop seedlings. To ensure a plentiful wood supply, start replanting as soon as you arrive at a new land.

When your influence ring expands, it often brings new trees within your reach. If they’re tightly packed, grab a few and redistribute them to encourage growth. Watering trees will speed their growth, but it’s unnecessary if you reforest occasionally.

This strategy should keep your storehouses full of wood without disciple foresters. You’ll be able to postpone buying the lumber mill until land 8. Ore

Ore is the hardest resource of all to obtain, because after land 4 only a finite amount is readily available on each land. Once the mine near your city is exhausted, you must either take over another settlement and work its mine, or wait for immigrants to bring more.

To build your ore store quickly, create some disciple mineworkers, build a smelter next to the mine as soon as possible, and staff it with disciple refiners. If you need to expand your influence to reach the mine, use a storehouse. It’s got a fairly wide influence ring for the amount of materials it requires, and it will make nearby smelters more productive. Production Building Layout

Cluster production buildings (granaries, smelters, lumber mills, storehouses, and fields) to increase their mutual productivity bonuses. Universities give the largest production bonus of all buildings, but placing one adjacent to production buildings & fields will make it quite unhappy. Counter this by building embellishments and planting trees around it until its happiness indicator becomes green (preferably dark green). Production and Embellishments

Both the lamp and the punishment spike increase the productivity of surrounding buildings and fields. However, fear is a much greater goad than love: punishment spikes are thirty times more effective than lamps. If you desperately need a production boost, build a few punishment spikes near fields/production buildings. They won’t lower your alignment much.

2.2.3. Happiness

Happiness doesn’t directly affect your city’s impressiveness, but it’s easy to achieve. To ensure a happy citizenry, do the following:

  • Satisfy the desires indicated at the city center.

  • Don’t build production buildings (granaries, smelters, storehouses, fields, et cetera) or armories near civic buildings and dwellings.

  • Build many embellishments and plant lots of trees near buildings, particularly unhappy ones.

Unlike impressiveness, which changes slowly, your people’s happiness will fluctuate quickly according to their desires. They are a fickle bunch.

2.2.4. Housing Capacity

You’ll need room for lots of people, so it’s best to get the most out of the dwellings you build. Each dwelling type has a base and maximum housing capacity. A villa’s capacity can only increase by one (to 10), a manor’s by two (to 12), and a mansion’s by 7 (to 14). To increase a dwelling’s capacity, build other dwellings nearby. Be careful, though; villas house more when spread out, while mansions do their best close to other dwellings. You’ll have to experiment to learn each dwelling type’s preferred spacing. Packing dwellings too close together can cause unhappiness, but that can be remedied with embellishments and trees.

2.2.5. Fertility

Fertility isn’t particularly important to this strategy, for two reasons: (1) your population will grow primarily through immigration, and (2) you’ll finish lands so quickly that villagers won’t have time to die from old age. Still, it’s a good idea to always have two or three male disciple breeders around just in case. Unless your housing capacity greatly outstrips your population, you’ll see few children. In fact, encouraging fertility by building nurseries can work against you when you’re trying to build extra housing capacity for imminent immigrants.

2.3. Miracles

Playing this mostly defensive strategy, you can forego buying most of the miracles.

  • Water you get for free in the second Norse land, along with the altar.
  • Heal is optional, as your villagers will rarely become injured.
  • Shield protects city walls against catapults. Buy.
  • Fire is necessary for destroying enemy wonders, and can be dropped on attackers. Buy.
  • Electricity is a variant of fire, hence isn’t needed.
  • Meteor is good for attacking at a distance, hence unneeded.

The trickiest of the miracles to cast is the shield. If you throw or drop it, it generates a large blast of air. To create a shield, move to where you want the center of the shield to be, hold down the action button until a white circle appears on the ground, drag the circle to the desired size while keeping the action button pressed, and release the action button.

2.4. Wonders

Building wonders goes a long way toward converting enemy cities, so by all means buy and build them. However, while casting an epic miracle is neutral, any consequent destruction is evil. To remain good, don’t cast the destructive epic miracles (hurricane, earthquake, volcano).

The only epic miracle that helps a good god is the siren, but it’s a two-edged sword; it removes threats, but can easily cause homelessness. Fortunately, with this strategy you’ll never need to cast it. Buy the siren wonder early anyway (typically on land 5) for its impressiveness.

  • Tip: you can return to normal play immediately after casting an epic miracle by pressing the Esc button.

  • Tip: lamps and punishment spikes speed wonder charging—but, like production, punishment spikes are much more effective.

2.5. Your Creature

This strategy almost completely ignores your creature. It’s sometimes useful for defense, but most of the time it’s fine on the free will leash inside your city. Since building is the key to winning with this strategy, I suggest teaching your creature to build.

2.5.1. Creature Roles & Miracles

Forego buying the advanced creature roles. Your creature doesn’t need them to accomplish its objectives, and the tribute is better spent on impressive buildings. Likewise, you can forego the creature miracles, with the possible exception of Fire. It’s useful for eliminating troops outside your walls. Buy it if that’s a problem.

2.6. Your People

Your people will take care of themselves after you set up resources for them. Create some disciple mineworkers and enough disciple refiners to staff production buildings, along with a few male disciple breeders. From the rest of your population, create a large number of disciple builders to help you increase your city’s impressiveness quickly.

2.7. Tribute

The sooner you gain tribute the sooner you can buy impressive buildings, so complete all of the bronze and silver scroll challenges.

For a quick impressiveness win you’ll need to build impressive buildings, so spend most of your tribute on buildings and wonders. You can forego creature roles, creature toys, books of lore, “bring forward” items (man, woman, best soldiers, best archers), and most of the miracles. In the next section, the “typical purchases” sections list what I bought during one game. These are only guidelines; if your creature is becoming evil, don’t hesitate to purchase the teddy bear or the Creature Heal miracle.

2.8. God-building

God-building wastes some resources, but it has the unbeatable benefit of speed. You can construct buildings much faster than your villagers. If your goal is to take over a land quickly, make disciple builders to construct embellishments and small buildings like villas and markets, but god-build the larger buildings.

God-building with trees requires some care. Don’t use the entire tree; leave something to replant. This has three benefits: (1) you get wood for building, (2) you get more wood later when the tree’s regrown (and extra if it drops seedlings), and (3) the good earned by replanting cancels the evil earned by uprooting. The amount of lumber you can squeeze out of a tree varies with its size and species, which you’ll have to learn through experience. However, any mature tree will yield enough to god-build a villa.

3. The Lands

The tutorial lands are straightforward: follow the consciences, and complete all challenges to earn maximum tribute.

Note: throughout this section, I use compass directions when identifying features of the landscape. These directions refer to the iconic maps shown when loading the different lands, assuming North to be the top of the screen. That’s also roughly the direction of the enemy’s main city in each land.

3.1. Land 1 (game controls tutorial)

The bronze scroll challenges aren’t exciting, but do them for the tribute.

3.2. Land 2 (a Greek tragedy)

Aztecs invade! People die! Volcanoes erupt! Save a few people! Whoops, gotta go. Sucks for those we abandoned.

3.3. Land 3 (tutorial, Norse)

Use this land to practice your forestry. When you first reach this land, grab any trees you can and redistribute them throughout your influence (all of which is fertile). Whenever your influence expands, grab a tree or three and replant them in unforested locations.

The tutorial forces you to take over a neighboring settlement. Once you do, you’ll find it giving you evil points. The cause is the settlement’s hovels and houses, which make the villagers unhappy. To make the settlement good, build enough villas to house everyone (five or six should do), then destroy the Norse abodes.

Keep an eye on your creature; teach it the right things to eat, and to be good to your people. No snacking on villagers!

3.3.1. Typical purchases

  • Column (20,000)
  • Lamp (10,000)
  • Meadow (15,000)
  • Pot market (20,000)
  • Well (15,000)

3.3.2. Tips

  • In the Paternity Suit silver scroll challenge, it can be hard to keep track of the pregnant daughter. If you lose her, go do other things and then return to your city. When the daughter reaches her destination, a steady upward stream of little red hearts will mark her location.

    Note that if you build on the site of the father’s house, the challenge will not appear.

3.4. Land 4 (Norse)

Begin this land by first ensuring that you’ll be rich in resources. Wood should be no problem once you get the hang of replanting, and ore isn’t a problem thanks to the local bottomless mine. For grain, buy the granary and follow the grain strategy to ensure a healthy supply. I place the fields to the east of the town center (toward the shore), and leave the rest of the region near the shore undeveloped.

The strategy from this point on is build, defend, repeat. You’ll have plenty of people and resources, so build build build! Buy the manor and build many. The plateau west of the town center has location bonuses up to +200, so build many small buildings there. When building homes, reserve space between adjoining streets for a high impressiveness/happiness building such as a tavern.

The Norse opponent on this land isn’t aggressive at first, but will eventually send armies against you. These platoons won’t have catapults, so they’ll wait outside your main gate until you open it to welcome immigrants. Unfortunately, if you leave the gate open long enough for all the immigrants to enter, that can be long enough for a platoon to enter also. You can send your creature against them preemptively, or postpone attacking until they enter your influence. The former is evil, but more relaxed. The latter is more flustering—enemy soldiers in your city, sound the alarm!—but attacking enemy troops in your influence is not evil. The choice is yours.

When the consciences challenge you to build a wall to the east of your city, do so. Later, the Norse will send one platoon against it. Even though they’re stuck outside and can do no damage, if your influence ring extends outside the wall and they cross it the consciences will (annoyingly) sound the alarm. To end this pointless clamor, buy the Creature Fire miracle and leash your creature to the enemy platoon with the soldier leash. Even though your creature can’t reach the platoon, it will eventually wipe them out by tossing fireballs onto them.

3.4.1. Typical purchases

  • Granary (30,000)
  • Graveyard (30,000)
  • Manor (40,000)
  • Tavern (30,000)
  • Plant market (24,000)

3.4.2. Tips

  • Throw the immortal guy (on the beach east of your city) in the steam vent for tribute. This takes some finesse; if he’s shot too far, the villagers won’t see him land and won’t award tribute. A good ride can net 35,000 tribute.

  • Unless you need the tribute, postpone the Nut Oil silver scroll challenge (throwing barrels) until you’ve taken the land. Then you can pick up barrels and place them on the targets. (The same is true for throwing challenges on later lands.)

  • The Undead Platoon silver scroll challenge only appears at night. Even if you’re good, complete it for the tribute. You can ignore the platoon afterward.

3.5. Land 5 (1st Japanese)

As always, begin the land by ensuring you’ll be well supplied with resources. Most of your territory is fertile, so you shouldn’t have a problem with wood or grain. To reach the mine, build a storehouse on the edge of your influence closest to it, then build a smelter even closer to the mine. By the time the mine’s empty, emigrating towns should bring you enough to keep building.

The Japanese on this land won’t attack, so don’t waste ore building walls unless you plan to complete the “surround your city with walls” challenge.

Once you’ve established yourself on this land, there’s nothing to do except build. As usual, concentrate on impressiveness, so try for the maximum bonuses (always high impressiveness icon, and either high production icon or high happiness icon) when you plunk down buildings.

You’re given a troop of archers, but since we’re a peaceful people there’s not much to do with them. Leave them near the center of your influence ring to prevent the enemy from casting a siren miracle on them. With the enemy’s siren wonder rendered impotent, there’s no need to destroy it.

Complete the objectives and silver scroll challenges early to gain enough tribute to buy the siren wonder. By the time you can afford it you should have enough ore and wood to build two of them, so get building right away.

Your creature has little to do on this land, so why not put it on the entertainer leash for a while?

3.5.1. Typical purchases

  • Smelter (60,000)
  • Siren wonder (400,000)
  • Hand forcing (20,000)
  • Mansion (80,000)
  • Statue market (28,000)

3.5.2. Tips

  • On the next land you’ll have to defend yourself early on, so save enough tribute to buy the Shield and Fire miracles (90,000 tribute total).

  • For the Lost Spy silver scroll challenge, keep all the arrows pointing away from the spy.

3.6. Land 6 (2nd Japanese)

Set up your resources the standard way. Place granaries & fields in the fertile region to the east of your town center. Build an altar west of your town center, and build a siren wonder nearby when it’s done. This will give you ample room to expand.

The enemy on this land will constantly send armies against your city. Build the north wall early, and keep your creature outside it to defend your city. You won’t need any other walls, as the villages to your west will emigrate early.

Once your walls are built, shield them. Listen for the Japanese leader saying something about the hurricane wonder; when he finishes building the wonder, take it out with the burning tree trick. Otherwise, defend your city as usual: drop fireballs on attacking troops in your influence, and use the Shield miracle to protect your walls against catapults.

With the wonder destroyed, divide your time between building and defense. The toughest challenge is finding good places to build. Once you fill the plateau you start on, you must search for areas that don’t give impressiveness penalties. Building a siren wonder or amphitheatre in the western end of the starting plateau will give access to a few areas without the penalty. In the western lowlands, build around the northern rim; in the eastern lowlands (near the Nut Oil silver scroll challenge), build houses against the bluff. Though difficult, it is possible to win this land without building a single building in unimpressive regions.

After this land is done, you will have purchased all of the essentials. From here on, your buying can focus on impressive buildings & embellishments.

3.6.1. Typical purchases

  • Amphitheatre (200,000)
  • Rest home (40,000)
  • Shield miracle (30,000)
  • Fire miracle (60,000)
  • Creature Heal miracle (75,000)

3.6.2. Tips

  • For the Seven Samurai silver scroll challenge, set the time to night to make it easier to spot the statues. They’re scattered around the coastline and islands.

  • Sometimes the Sick Village silver scroll challenge ends quickly, while at other times it seems impossible to finish. In the latter case, go do something else and come back to it later. (Keeping the action button pressed for the duration of this challenge might help.)

3.7. Land 7 (3rd Japanese)

Set up resources as usual.

Militarily this land’s the hardest of all, with constant catapult and army attacks. Protect your city walls from catapult attacks with Shield miracles; try to keep two going at once on the north wall, which the catapults will target. If they’re in your influence, destroy them with fire or rocks.

The enemy creature is a pain; it tends to hang around just outside your influence, and will attack immigrants. When immigrants near your city, send your creature out to battle the enemy creature. With luck, your creature will knock out the enemy creature and the immigrants will reach your city before it respawns. Alternatively, open your gates to lure the creature into your town, where you can drop rocks on it.

The enemy will construct an earthquake wonder, but a burning tree will eliminate this threat.

On this land you’ll have tribute to spare, so buy impressive buildings or save for a second wonder.

3.7.1. Typical purchases

  • Hurricane wonder (600,000) [for its impressiveness]

3.7.2. Tips

  • You can solve the hidden sick herd challenge by using the heal miracle on the cows.

  • Wait to complete the Burning Wells silver scroll challenge until you’ve taken the land. Drop a water miracle on the first well, then use the M key to drop water bombs on each well in turn.

3.8. Land 8 (1st Aztec)

This land is atypical in two ways; the fertile region is very small, and the opponent is a cream puff. The latter makes for a very fast land. Concentrate on building and you can win this land in two hours flat.

All resource are scarce on this land, so the first things you should build are two granaries, smelters, and lumber mills near storehouses & universities. Staff them with disciple refiners to get resources flowing in.

Your city’s population will grow very quickly through emigration. Create a lot of disciple builders, then focus on god-building scores and scores of villas while your citizens build higher-impressiveness buildings like temples, markets, and wonders. Don’t complete the walls around your starting area; they’ll just be in your way when you need to expand.

Expand around the oasis to give you full access to its fertile areas. To expand clockwise, build villas and infill with high-impressiveness buildings like temples or a wonder. To expand counterclockwise, build a siren wonder on the little plateau near your city center. Its influence gives you access to the other side of the oasis, from where you can begin expanding counterclockwise. Split the fertile areas you encompass between fields and forests.

Building quickly is critical: do so at the start of the land and the enemy might not attack at all. Even if they do, they’ll soon stop. A neighboring town has a hurricane wonder, but will emigrate before they can fire it.

You’ll have lots of tribute to play with, so buy the rest of the good embellishments and build them throughout your city. There’ll still be a lot of tribute left over, with which you can buy anything else you might like to have on the last land.

3.8.1. Typical purchases

  • Lumber mill (40,000)
  • University (50,000)
  • Baths (100,000)
  • Hand multipickup (15,000)
  • Creature Fire miracle (90,000)

3.8.2. Tips

  • The women on the Isle of Nymphs silver scroll challenge want a 21 year old man. To find one, press the S key while zoomed out to see villager statistics. If you have no men of the right age, look for one that’s younger. When you find one, turn off statistics, zoom in until the guy is highlighted, and turn statistics on again. This should turn on statistics just for this guy. Go about your business until he reaches 21, then take him to the isle. (If you have no males younger than 21, make some disciple breeders!)

  • If your creature’s on the evil side, this land is a good opportunity to rehabilitate it using the entertainer leash.

3.9. Land 9 (2nd Aztec)

The final land is different from the others; you start with an entire walled city, complete with resources and armies. This comes at a price: Aztec soldiers, catapults, and a creature will attack within minutes, and they will fire their volcano wonder soon after. It’s a real challenge to defend your city against this assault.

That is, it would be if the attack happens. However, there’s a (mostly) reliable way to make the Aztecs total pacifists. As soon as the land’s introductory scene ends, send your creature to the main Aztec city. Leash your creature to the outermost gate. It’s so poorly defended your creature will knock it down in a minute or two.

That’s it. Simple as that. Usually, after this the Aztec troops will be quiescent—their creature won’t appear, and they won’t cast a volcano. Their armies will be so tranquil, in fact, that if you plop down a building blueprint where they’re standing they’ll calmly move out of the way.

If the pesky Aztecs aren’t tranquilized, you’ll have to defend yourself. Protect the wall near your altar with a shield. It’s easy to take out the enemy creature and catapults with a big rock. Try the burning tree trick on the volcano wonder; if that doesn’t work and they fire the darn thing, use Water miracles to stop lava before it reaches your buildings. After the initial blitzkrieg the Aztecs will attack occasionally, but their attacks will be small and easy to handle.

The rest of the land is just a matter of building like crazy. Keep the two building rule in mind, and build lots of housing. By the end of the land you’ll need to house over a thousand citizens, so plop down dozens of villa blueprints. Disband your armies and convert the ex-soldiers into builders. Once the last troop is disbanded, destroy your armories. When your housing capacity exceeds both your population and that of your soon-to-be-converted enemies, return to your walled city and destroy the houses and hovels, which make neighboring buildings unhappy.

To quickly expand your influence beyond the walls of your city, build a wonder just inside your city gate. This land tends to be wood-poor, so use water miracles to generate more trees.

When the two smaller Aztec cities convert to your side, each will bring 20,000 ore. This will allow you to build multiple wonders, and all the civic buildings you need. Remember: a storehouse full of wood and ore is nothing more than unbuilt buildings. Get busy and build them!

Partway through this land the Norse army will come to your aid. You won’t need them, so ignore them unless you want even more builders. Of course, if you disband them you’ll have to create more housing.

With constant building, you should be able to win the land in an hour and a half. Congratulations, god.

3.9.1. Typical purchases

  • Heal miracle (20,000)
  • Nursery (40,000)
  • Creature Advanced Soldier (50,000)
  • Creature Master Soldier (250,000)

3.9.2. Tips

  • After you’ve finished the land, clicking the gold scroll brings up the credits. Watch them or, if you’re impatient, skip to the end by pressing Esc. It’s worth it.


Where shall I go from here? The Battle of the Gods expansion, or try once again to finish Black & White: Creature Isle?

Last updated 10 May 2007
All contents ©2006 Mark L. Irons