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Could someone please explain how Attack and Defence affect Monster Stats and how Spellpower affects Spells?

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up vote 10 down vote accepted

Every creature has a base Attack / Defense score.

When combat starts, your creatures get a bonus to Attack / Defense equal to your Hero's Attack / Defense scores.

If a creature's combined attack is greater than their target's defense, they take an additional 5% damage per point of difference, up to a cap of +300% damage (when attack is 60 greater than defense)

Conversely, if a creature's combined attack is less than their target's defense, they deal 2.5% less damage, down to 70% (when defense is 12 greater than attack).

Spellpower's exact effect varies depending on the spell. For instance, Magic Arrow does (10 * spell power) + 10 damage.

Haste has a constant effect and lasts Spell Power turns in duration.

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Great answer for such an old game like this. (+1) Could you provide a source please? – Sinity Apr 23 '13 at 18:55
What about the secondary skill modifiers and archery calculation? – Pacerier Jun 7 '14 at 8:36

About defense reduction in accepted answer: 70% is delta (coefficient 0.3), so defense-attack limit is 28 (not 12). If hero has offense / armor - it becomes more complicated: coefficients 1.1/1.2/1.3 for offender-damage (direct melee, not retaliation) and 0.95/0.90/0.85 armourer-received-damage (for basic/advanced/expert level).

For precise formula one sould also count offense/armor specialists (crack,gundula / tazar,neela,mephala). Same for archery, ballista, spells, specialists for them (and for creatures: galthran/shakti etc.), creature capabilities (there is champion's bonus, but not vs alebards; angels produce 50% more damage against devils etc.).

Unfortunatly on formula is incorrect (e.g. attack/deffense should be separated), more correct manual on russian-funsite: section "combat", search by "D(bas)" (maybe google-traslate could give comprehensable result).

Since game is somewhat popular there is also: damage-calculator. One could always check VCMI sources, but i'm not sure if it's 100% correspondce to homm3 system.

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Do you have an English version? – Pacerier Jun 7 '14 at 8:37

For the spells, have a look at these pages, which describe each spell and how the spell is affected by spell power (in terms of turn duration or effect).

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I thought this website didn't like answers such as "There's info on these websites"; – user1337 Apr 29 '13 at 0:19
@user1337, that might be true, but there's too much on those pages to type here. – Kyralessa Apr 29 '13 at 3:14
A brief summary of the way spell power can affect a spell would make this a very useful answer. – Fermi paradox Jun 13 '15 at 10:03

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