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The Wild Magus is an advanced Magic Tower that appears in Kingdom Rush: Origins. It is first made available in the level Gryphon Point.

Description

The Wild Magus wields magic in its raw most uncontrollable form, dealing bonus damage on each consecutive hit.

Unlike other mages who fire slow, powerful energy orbs, the Wild Magus fires a constant stream of bolts which, while individually weak, can add up damage very quickly nonetheless. This attack speed combined with the AoE damage of Eldritch Doom makes the Wild Magus excel at crowd control, normally a weakness of other mages.

Compared to the other level 4 Magic Tower, the High Elven Mage, the Wild Magus is much better against large hordes, against whom the High Elven Mages are ineffective because of their slow attack speed and inferior DPS.

Abilities

Eldritch Doom

Icon Doom "Ashes to Ashes"

Detonates an enemy, causing magic damage to all other nearby enemies. Cooldown: 29 seconds.

level Gold Damage
1 325 80
2 185 180
3 185 260

Ward of Disruption

Icon Ward "Silence is virtue"

Silences enemies, blocking their magical abilities for 10 seconds. Cooldown: 11 seconds.

level Gold Number of Enemies
1 225 1
2 225 3
3 225 6

Unlike the Totem of Spirits from Tribal Axethrowers, which targets a fixed area, the Ward of Disruption directly targets specific enemies, and only enemies with magical abilities. These enemies include:

Range

Strategy

  • When Wild Magus attacks a single target consecutively, without being interrupted by another target in the range, the damage increases incrementally. The maximum damage and the minimum damage alternately increase by 1 per 2 shots until the increment reaches 24. Given the tower's fast fire rate, the tower's damage output can be increased up to 34-43 (after Empowered Magic upgrade) in 14 seconds.
  • The Wild Magus specializes in dealing great damage to a single target, taking one down before focusing on the next. With damage output exceeds that of the High Elven Mage, she is very good in taking down mighty foes, either by a blast of Eldritch Doom or constant bombardment of bolts. Place her to catch tough enemies like Twilight Avengers, Twilight Golems and Bandersnatches, with soldiers to prevent targets from getting out of her range. Supported by Arcane Archers to reduce enemies' magic resistance, the Wild Magus can even take on Twilight Scourgers and detonate hordes of spiders away.
  • It is usually wise to have at least one Wild Magus near your choke points early, especially in later stages, since the common appearance of Scourgers are much less threatening with her Ward of Disruption around. Predict the type of enemy that tends to come, and upgrade her accordingly:
  • If enemy magic users are present, especially Scourgers, Avengers and Heretics, upgrade Ward of Disruption to at least tier 2. It will greatly ease down the pressure on your choke points by disabling these enemies' deadly abilities, as seen above.
  • If floods of low health enemies are concerned, purchase Eldritch Doom first and early, preferably to tier 2 or higher. At tier 3, the skill can greatly weaken or kill most regular foes, and can be a godsend against a dense group of foes threatening to overwhelm your defense. While Eldritch Doom can instantly kill most units, only excluding bosses and the Twilight Golem, whilst also dealing high magic damage to nearby enemies, it should not be relied on to counter a group of Avengers, or a flock of Gloomies, due to the long cooldown of the ability.
  • Bosses and Golems are still vulnerable to the Wild Magus, due to the damage bonus over time. However, these enemies must be isolated, because the damage will reset as soon as another foe is targeted, even with Eldritch Doom. Use Heroes and other troops to keep other units out of her range as long as possible.
  • While Druids are better suited for crowd control, do not hesitate to use the Wild Magus for crushing foes with Eldritch Doom. Use it when an enemy with high HP is on its way, but comes with a group of other foes, knowing that they will take substantial damage while also taking out a troublesome enemy.
  • Compared to the High Elven Mage, Wild Magus is better for dealing with single foes or tightly packed groups of enemies, while High Elves deal widespread damage and single out random enemies for other towers to attack. Use Wild Magus when facing enemies who use magic and when you can get powerful enemies in a certain spot for a long enough time to detonate, especially if you can group many enemies together to take a lot of damage. Use High Elven Mage when you want more offensive support for other towers and to diminish the HP of enemies who swarm with lots of armor, but can't be destroyed by a single Eldritch Doom explosion.

Related Upgrades

  • KRO Upgrade M 01 Level-1 Crystal Focus (1 star): Increases Mage attack range. (+5%)
  • KRO Upgrade M 02 Level-2 Empowered Magic (1 star): Increases Mage attack damage.
    (The damage of Wild Magus is increased to 10-19.)
  • KRO Upgrade M 03 Level-3 Crystal Gazing (2 stars): Increases Mage attack range (+5% from Crystal Focus)
  • KRO Upgrade M 04 Level-4 Unstable Magic (2 stars): Mage attacks have a small chance of dealing triple damage. (5%)
  • KRO Upgrade M 05 Level-5 Alter Reality (3 stars): Mage attacks have a chance of teleporting enemies back down the path.

Related Achievements

OrAchP5 5KindofIT'S A KIND OF MAGIC Defeat 50 enemies with Eldritch Doom explosions.

OrAchP5 6CountCOUNTER MASTER Defeat 250 silenced enemies.

Quotes

  • Smokin'!
  • Explode into space!
  • You shall not cast!

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