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Forest Keepers
KRO TowerBox Forest Keepers
Tower Type Melee Tower
Level 4
Build/Upgrade Cost 300
Health 300
Damage 24-36
Armour Low
Respawn Time 12 seconds
"Nature is calling."

The Forest Keepers are a level 4 Melee Tower in Kingdom Rush: Origins, unlocked in stage 8, Grimmsburg. They are well-rounded, powerful in both attack and defence, however their number is limited: each barracks only has the capacity to support two Keepers.

Description

Guardians of the forest, they command the powers of nature to help protect the realm.

Abilities

Circle of Life

Icon Circle Nature protects its own.

Heals themselves and nearby allies over 4 seconds.

  • Level 1 (185 Gold): 80 HP
  • Level 2 (185 Gold): 160 HP
  • Level 3 (185 Gold): 240 HP

Eerie Gardener

Icon Eerie The forest awakens!

Covers an area with barbed vines, slowing and damaging enemies.

  • Level 1 (285 Gold): 48 damage over 4 seconds
  • Level 2 (285 Gold): 108 damage over 6 seconds

Ancient Oak Spear

Icon OakSpear You! Catch!

Empowers the Forest Keepers' spears, making them deal true damage.

  • Level 1 (250 Gold): 90 damage
  • Level 2 (250 Gold): 125 damage
  • Level 3 (250 Gold): 160 damage

Tactics

  • Eerie Gardener is great at slowing leaked enemies down.
  • Circle of Life is extraordinarily useful when facing powerful enemies such as Bandersnatches, Twilight Golems, and even bosses. Because of the extremely high damage of such foe, melee soldiers cannot hold long. With this ability, bosses and boss-like enemies will be held much longer.
  • Ancient Oak Spear is exceptionally powerful when a large number of Forest Keepers dealing with enemies such as Bandersnatches, Twilight Golems, and even bosses. However, the slow speed of Forest Keepers' throwing spear compromises their abilities, and the number of Forest Keepers is usually limited.
    • Regardless of limits, at max upgrade, each double-spear volley deals 320 true damage, 640 if the target is afflicted by the Hunter's Mark, and should the target also suffer the Sylvan Curse, the same 640 will be taken by all nearby enemies.
  • Not factoring mercenaries and heroes, Bladesingers and Forest Keepers are the most synergetic melee towers in the Kingdom Rush series. Bladesingers should be put in the front, while Forest Keepers should be put in the back.
    • When facing large number of low HP enemies, Forest Keepers' Eerie Gardener will slow enemy down while Bladesingers' Edge Mastery and Blade Dance will eliminate them in seconds.
    • When facing small number of high HP enemies, the upgrade will be different. Combining Bladesingers' Perfect Parry and Forest Keepers' Circle of Life, they can be almost analog to Paladins in Kingdom Rush with Shield of Valor and Healing Light upgrade. While Bladesingers hold the enemies as long as they can, Forest Keepers will deal them high damage with their Ancient Oak Spear, making them almost analog to Barbarians.

Quotes

  • Nature is calling.
  • You reap what you sow.
  • Live long and prosper.
  • Strong, like an oak.

Names

  • Bucefalus
  • Incitatus
  • Khartoum
  • Mandarb
  • Othar
  • Quiron
  • Shadowfax
  • Shadowmere
  • Stonebrow

Trivia

  • "You reap what you sow" means that a person is rewarded only by what they put in. Here it is paraphrased from the bible passage in Galatians 6:7
  • "Live long and prosper" is a phrase said by Vulcans in Star Trek, it is commonly associated with the character Spock.
  • The appearance of the Forest Keepers are based off of centaurs, which are half-human, half-horse creatures in mythology.
  • The names of the Keepers are reference to many horse or horse-like characters, both real and fictional
    • Bucefalus is misspelling of Bucephalus, the horse of Alexander the Great.
    • Incitatus is the favorite horse of Roman emperor Caligula.
    • Khartoum is the horse of Jack Woltz in The Godfather
    • Mandarb is the horse ridden by Lan Mandragoran in A Wheel of Time
    • Othar is Atilla the Hun's horse.
    • Quiron is a Spanish form of Chiron, a centaur from mythology
    • Shadowfax is Gandalf the Grey's horse from The Lord of the Rings
    • Shadowmere is a red-eyed horse from the Elder Scrolls video games.
    • Stonebrow is a centaur from the Time Spiral TCG.

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