An all-new character to the Stronghold universe, the Sultana continues our tradition of historically accurate characters with a touch of creative flair. Part of the game’s thematic fight for freedom against invading Crusader hordes, the Sultana prefers deception and intelligent use of the land over brute force. Our penultimate developer diary walks you through the basics of the Sultana’s attack, army composition and castle economy, highlighting effective counter strategies.
The key to defeating the Sultana lies in the game’s new unit balancing. Gone are the days where players could dominate every skirmish match by spamming Horse Archers or mobbing the opposing player with Assassins. The Sultana prefers specialised units, which must be used against her to win. Counter Horse Archers with charging Sassanid Knights, Sassanid Knights with Pikemen in a ‘dug-in’ defensive stance, Pikemen with fire from Oil Pot Throwers and so forth, depending on which units she opts for in a given match. Every unit has a counter, with the Sultana designed to train players in the art of unit selection. Defeat her and learn one of the most important lessons in Stronghold.