Stronghold is known for its tendency to test players’ mental dexterity and with the resurgence of these kinds of games it makes perfect sense to include The Wolf at launch. We want his addition to the cast of AI characters to reinforce our message that Crusader 2 retains the series’ sense of challenge. When you are victorious against The Wolf, or any character for that matter, it should feel like an absolute triumph.
The Wolf is, of course, an AI opponent who taunts the player with lines like “I would rather tear down your castle with a spoon than offer you assistance”. As an AI Lord then he’s not the greatest ally, his aggressive attitude and unpredictable in-game mood making military assistance or trade unlikely. As an AI opponent however The Wolf provides skilled Stronghold players with the worthy challenge they seek.
Matches against The Wolf are coloured by his ability to build strong defences early on, turtling until he can amass an army of heavily armoured troops. Rushing The Wolf is difficult, but the longer you leave him alone the more dangerous he becomes! To stand a chance you must employ effective counter troops, Crossbowmen to pierce his troops’ thick armour and Pitch Ditch to set his Swordsmen on fire. Units who are weak against armoured troops, such as the Whirling Dervish, should be avoided.