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You can use a Barracks to show you exactly how to damage enemy buildings since they have a damage radius the size of a Barracks (3vs3). What you do, although you can't always do this easily in a game, is click on a Peasant chopping Lumber. Then press B then B again on the keyboard (BB for build barracks) then drag the Barracks over the enemy's buildings to see how much you can hit with your sapper and where to aim it.

Destroying Farms
Farms are easy kills for Goblin Sappers because they only have 400 hit points. When a Farm is destroyed, the enemy also loses 4 food which can mean they can build 4 less units. There is also the possibility that their Food will become over used if they were right at their limit before the Farm(s) were destroyed.

Farms cost 500 250 . Sappers are 750 250 . To be cost effective, you need to destroy at least 2 Farms per Goblin Sapper. The following are common formations you may see and how to attack them.

2 Farm Diagonal
Enemy lose 1000 500
You lose      750 250
Difference  250 250
Frequency Seen: Often

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2 Farms destroyed by 1 Goblin Sapper

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You can attack where the Goblin Sapper is or on the opposite side to destroy both Farms.

2 Farm Straight
Enemy loses 1000 500
You lose      750 250
Difference  250 250
Frequency Seen: Often

Usually you see this formation in Blocks of 2x2, 4x4, 9x9 or more.

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2 Farms destroyed by 1 Goblin Sapper

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You can attack where the Goblin Sapper is or on the opposite side to destroy both Farms.

3 Farms
Enemy loses 1500 750
You lose      750 250
Difference  750 500
Frequency Seen: Occasionally

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3 Farms destroyed by 1 Goblin Sapper

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Place the Goblin Sapper where you see the dust.

The L Formation
Enemy loses 1500 750
You lose      750 250
Difference  750 500
Frequency Seen: Fairly Often

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3 Farms destroyed by 1 Sapper

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You can attack where the sapper is or on the opposite side to destroy both Farms.

The U Formation
Enemy loses 2000 1000
You lose         750 250
Difference    1250 750
Frequency Seen: Very Rare

The U formation usually happens when someone is trying to build a block of 4 Farms and they, by mistake, build the last Farm over 1 space away.

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4 Farms destroyed by 1 Goblin Sapper

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The Goblin Sapper should be told to explode in this location.

The X Formation
Enemy loses 2000 1000
You lose         750 250
Difference    1250 750
Frequency Seen: Very Rare

Because a person has to work fairly hard to build their farms in this fashion (size 1 space between them all), you rarely see it.

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4 Farms destroyed by 1 Goblin Sapper

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The Goblin Sapper must explode in this exact location.

Other Buildings
If you combine Basic and Advanced buildings you can do even more damage. This will however require 2 or more Sappers.

In this example

Enemy loses 2400 1200
You lose         1500 500
Difference    900 700

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The Lumber Mill, Blacksmith, and Ogre Mound are destroyed. The enemy can no longer build Ogres, Axe Throwers, upgrade to Castle/Keep, and is now getting less Lumber for each chop.

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The Goblin Sapper must explode in this exact location.

Enemy loses 3700 1550
You lose         1500 500
Difference    2200 1050

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The enemy loses their Dragon Roost, Ogre Mound, Goblin Alchemist, Barracks.

Preventing Goblin Sapper and Demolition Squad Damage
At about the Stronghold/Keep stage it's time to worry about being hit by Goblin Sappers. What you need to do at this point is build your town such that the enemy will not have any "good hits" with their Goblin Sappers. Build each building with at least 2 width between it and the next building meaning no farms or buildings are side by side or even 1 Peasant width (1x1) between them. Use walls to fill up gaps between existing buildings so that the enemy will have to hit the wall or just one building instead.

Walls
Walls are only 20 10 a section. You can put down 2-3 walls between buildings to protect them for pretty cheap. If the enemy decides to attack the walls with a Goblin Sapper, (which they should never do) then they are really losing money. You can just rebuild the walls pretty quickly before another Goblin Sapper comes in as well. Never try to destroy walls with Goblin Sappers unless you're trying to get into a Tower or break through a wallin.

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Building walls here protects these Farms from Goblin Sappers. It will take one Goblin Sapper per Farm rather than one for both.

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Build Walls between buildings to protect them from Goblin Sappers.

Real Game Examples

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A U Formation

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3 Farms are destroyed and a Barracks is damaged

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3 Farms are destroyed and a Gnomish Inventor is damaged.



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