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Water with Bathony & support-Merlin

This guide is part of my article series on water builds. If this build is not to your likeing, have a look at the rest of my builds on the water build page. I have multiple builds for any taste available, IB, PvE, arena/ToS builds and F2P/cheap builds.

This article is on a spender water main march relying on Bathony to dish out rediculess damage while running Merlin as the best damage dealing mage-support in the game!


This setup is pretty standard meta and emulates what the earth marches have been doing for years now – protecting Bathony, ensuring that she stays on as high troop count as possible and thus deals out insane amounts of damage to anything (non-holy).

While water does not have a Charles to protect, we have a healing dragon. Moreover, our Merlin is a much stronger mage-support than Cleo! Merlin deals insane magical damage and even with assist on he will deal a good chunck of the damage.

On top, we rely on Herald to add a decent secondary DPS to the fight, and most importantly to debuff the enemy boosting Bathony’s damage even further.

We use Attila for what he is best at, dishing out damage while controling the battlefield like no one else can. Moreover, since he was buffed he now also adds a debuff stacking with Herald debuff and brining Bathony’s damage to absurd numbers.

The only drawback of using this as your main, is that you are unable to apply wounds, making fights versus earth and holy very difficult.

You want to run this passive loadout:

Bathony: Fighting Master + Death Breath + Anger

Merlin: Assist + Annihilation + Coercion

Herald: Energy Suppresion/Resist + Oaken Guard + Malice

Attila: Adrenaline Rush + Weakness + Fighting Will

Countering enemies

There are small changes that needs to be made to the above default ToK setup depending on what you are fighting. Like if you are up against a lightning march with Khan Ysg, throw away Resist and put in energy suppresion. Changes you might want to consider are:

  1. You want to play around with Coercion, shelter and misleading here on Attila depending on your enemy.
  2. If you are fighting other waters (Merlin’s) you need resist instead of energy suppresion. Fighting Khan’s you wanna do energy suppresion over resist. Fighting neither magic nor Khan, you want life link.
  3. You want to test and find a balance between offense and defense on Attila. If you are meeting heavy nuke, link or Absolute Defense might be preferable to Adrenaline Rush.


Published: 16-06-2022