Evony Guide: Best Ranged / Archer Generals

Complete guide and analysis on the best ranged or archer attacking, defending and reinforcing generals in Evony The King's Return

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Ranged or Archer Generals in Evony TKR

Ranged generals lead powerful PvP archer forces in Evony The Kings Return. They provide the best counter to mounted or cavalry heavy cities or buildings, usually suffering minimal losses as they kill their enemies from distance.

The most powerful archer generals have a very high ranged attack stat. This comes from both their skills/specialities and their attributes (attack).

Even so, there are a few different types of ranged generals, for leading a PvP march, to defending your city. There's even one for leading a reinforced march. The buffs of these ranged generals often depend on whether they are attacking or defending.

This guide covers all the best types of archer generals in Evony TKR. We've analyzed each Evony general, tabulated all of their ranged buffs for every skill and specialty, and even accounted for their attributes (attack, defense, leadership, politics) when they are level 35.

Each section below lists the best ranged generals by their function, including all the stats and buffs.

Best Attacking Ranged/Archer Generals in Evony

The best attacking ranged generals in Evony TKR are Minamoto no Yoshitsune, Simeon the Great, Alfred the Great, Elektra, and Tomyris.

For attacking ranged generals, the most important buff is Ranged Attack. This is because killing your enemies at a distance before they get to you also helps defensively.

Even with ground as the natural counter to ranged, a very highly buffed ranged attack can destroy a weakly buffed ground march.

Below, we take a look at the table comparison between the top 5 ranged attacking generals.

The table shows ranged buffs from general skills/specialities. It also shows the total ranged buffs from that general's attributes when leveled up to 35 - taking into account their attack, defense, leadership and politics attributes.

Ranged
Attack (Skills) Defense (Skills) HP (Skills) Attack (Attr + Skills) Defense (Attr + Skills) HP (Attr + Skills)
Minamoto no Yoshitsune 116%
(1st)
10% 20% 199.2%
(1st)
95.8% 107.5%
Simeon the Great 96% 45%
(1st)
180.1% 134.1%
(1st)
88.6%
Alfred the Great 95% 20% 10% 179.2% 106.6% 98%
Elektra 91% 10% 20% 177% 98.5% 107.8%
Tomyris 90% 10% 45% 173.1% 99.6% 133.2%
(1st)

1. Minamoto no Yoshitsune

Skills for Minamoto no Yoshitsune

  • Ranged Troop Ares
    • Ranged Troop Defense : 10%
    • Ranged Troop Attack : 10%
    • Ranged Troop HP : 10%
  • Ranged Troop Assault
    • Ranged Troop Attack : 10%
    • Ranged Troop HP : 10%
  • Bash
    • Ranged Troop and Siege Machine Attack : 10%
  • Battle of Dan-no-ura (4th)
    • Ranged Troop Attack : 46%
  • Shanao (Special Skill)
    • The attack of the ranged troops that are led by the General increases by 25%, and if the General brings any dragon from the Pasture, the ranged troops' attack will additionally increase by 15%.

View detailed analysis for Minamoto no Yoshitsune.

A fully cultivated level 35, 5 star Minamoto no Yoshitsune has the following stats:
Attack: 1332 Defense: 1358 Leadership: 1375 Politics: 1315

2. Simeon the Great

Skills for Simeon the Great

  • Siege
    • Siege Machine Attack : 10%
    • March Size Capacity : 6%
    • Ranged Troop Attack : 10%
  • Ranged Troop Formation
    • Ranged Troop Attack : 10%
    • Ranged Troop Defense : 10%
  • War God
    • All Troops Attack : 6%
  • Battle of Achelous (4th)
    • Marching Ranged Troop Attack : 35%
    • Marching Ranged Troop Defense : 35%
  • Empire Offensive (Special Skill)
    • Increases ranged troops and siege machines' attack by 20% when General is leading the army to attack. Increases ranged troops' attack by another 15% when General brings any dragon.

View detailed analysis for Simeon the Great.

A fully cultivated level 35, 5 star Simeon the Great has the following stats:
Attack: 1341 Defense: 1391 Leadership: 1386 Politics: 1320

3. Alfred the Great

Skills for Alfred the Great

  • Siege
    • Siege Machine Attack : 10%
    • March Size Capacity : 6%
    • Ranged Troop Attack : 10%
  • Ranged Troop Ares
    • Ranged Troop Defense : 10%
    • Ranged Troop Attack : 10%
    • Ranged Troop HP : 10%
  • Ranged Troop Formation
    • Ranged Troop Attack : 10%
    • Ranged Troop Defense : 10%
  • Battle of Edington (4th)
    • Ranged Troop Attack : 35%
  • Great King (Special Skill)
    • Increases the ranged troops' attack by 30% and siege machines' attack by 20% when General is leading the army to attack.

View detailed analysis for Alfred the Great.

A fully cultivated level 35, 5 star Alfred the Great has the following stats:
Attack: 1342 Defense: 1366 Leadership: 1380 Politics: 1336

4. Elektra

Image of Evony General - Elektra
Elektra
others

Skills for Elektra

  • Siege
    • Siege Machine Attack : 10%
    • March Size Capacity : 6%
    • Ranged Troop Attack : 10%
  • Ranged Troop Ares
    • Ranged Troop Defense : 10%
    • Ranged Troop Attack : 10%
    • Ranged Troop HP : 10%
  • Ranged Troop Assault
    • Ranged Troop Attack : 10%
    • Ranged Troop HP : 10%
  • Holy Knight (4th)
    • Marching Ranged Troop Attack : 26%
    • Marching Mounted Troop Attack : 26%
  • Blood Restrain (Special Skill)
    • Increases mounted troops and ranged troops' attack by 15% when General is leading the army to attack. Increases ranged troops' attack by 20% when General brings any dragon from the Pasture.

View detailed analysis for Elektra.

A fully cultivated level 35, 5 star Elektra has the following stats:
Attack: 1360 Defense: 1385 Leadership: 1378 Politics: 1310

5. Tomyris

Image of Evony General - Tomyris
Tomyris
others

Skills for Tomyris

  • Ranged Troop Ares
    • Ranged Troop Defense : 10%
    • Ranged Troop Attack : 10%
    • Ranged Troop HP : 10%
  • Ranged Troop Assault
    • Ranged Troop Attack : 10%
    • Ranged Troop HP : 10%
  • Bash
    • Ranged Troop and Siege Machine Attack : 10%
  • Queen of Nomadic (4th)
    • Alliance War Capacity : 5%
    • Marching Ranged Troop Attack : 25%
    • Marching Ranged Troop HP : 25%
  • Queen of Revenge (Special Skill)
    • Increases the ranged troops' attack by 35% when General is leading the army to attack. Increases Rally Capacity by 5% when General is leading the army to launch Alliance War.

View detailed analysis for Tomyris.

A fully cultivated level 35, 5 star Tomyris has the following stats:
Attack: 1331 Defense: 1396 Leadership: 1382 Politics: 1319

Honorable Mentions for Attacking Ranged

Thutmose III Edward the Black Prince Gwanggaeto the Great

Best Defending Ranged/Archer Generals in Evony

The best defending ranged generals in Evony TKR are Minamoto no Yoshitsune, Zachary Taylor, Ly Thuong Kiet, Edward the Black Prince, and Gwanggaeto the Great.

For defensive ranged generals, ranged attack is also the most important, but it helps to have other type buffs in addition to ranged attack.

This is because your defense general will not be leading a type specific march, but rather leading the entire army in your city. One popular secondary buff for a ranged defense general is siege.

Siege is a great secondary buff for a ranged defense general because siege also attacks at a distance, in fact a much longer distance. If the strategy is to pick off enemies before they reach your base, siege would be the most natural complement.

The table below shows the total ranged buffs of the best ranged defense generals, as well as secondary type buffs they may have.

Ranged Other
Attack (Skills) Defense (Skills) HP (Skills) Attack (Attr + Skills) Defense (Attr + Skills) HP (Attr + Skills) Other Buffs
Minamoto no Yoshitsune 116%
(1st)
10% 20% 199.2%
(1st)
95.8% 107.5% Siege : 10%
Ground : 0%
Mounted : 0%
Zachary Taylor 101% 10% 187.2% 86.5% 96.1% Siege : 41%
Ground : 6%
Mounted : 6%
Ly Thuong Kiet 92% 50%
(1st)
10% 172.8% 134.5%
(1st)
95% Ground : 6%
Mounted : 6%
Siege : 6%
(1st)
Edward the Black Prince 71% 10% 46%
(1st)
152.8% 96.3% 132.9%
(1st)
Ground : 0%
Mounted : 0%
Siege : 0%
Gwanggaeto the Great 66% 30% 10% 148.8% 112.3% 98.2% Siege : 56%
Ground : 0%
Mounted : 0%

1. Minamoto no Yoshitsune

Skills for Minamoto no Yoshitsune

  • Ranged Troop Ares
    • Ranged Troop Defense : 10%
    • Ranged Troop Attack : 10%
    • Ranged Troop HP : 10%
  • Ranged Troop Assault
    • Ranged Troop Attack : 10%
    • Ranged Troop HP : 10%
  • Bash
    • Ranged Troop and Siege Machine Attack : 10%
  • Battle of Dan-no-ura (4th)
    • Ranged Troop Attack : 46%
  • Shanao (Special Skill)
    • The attack of the ranged troops that are led by the General increases by 25%, and if the General brings any dragon from the Pasture, the ranged troops' attack will additionally increase by 15%.

View detailed analysis for Minamoto no Yoshitsune.

A fully cultivated level 35, 5 star Minamoto no Yoshitsune has the following stats:
Attack: 1332 Defense: 1358 Leadership: 1375 Politics: 1315

2. Zachary Taylor

Skills for Zachary Taylor

  • Ranged Troop Assault
    • Ranged Troop Attack : 10%
    • Ranged Troop HP : 10%
  • Ambush
    • Trap Triggering Chance : 20%
    • In-city Ranged Troop and Siege Machine Attack : 10%
  • War God
    • All Troops Attack : 6%
  • Battle of Buena Vista (4th)
    • In-city Ranged Troop and Siege Machine Attack : 25%
    • Hospital Capacity : 10%
  • Conquering Hero (Special Skill)
    • Increases in-city ranged troops' attack by 50% when General is the Main City Defense General.

View detailed analysis for Zachary Taylor.

A fully cultivated level 35, 5 star Zachary Taylor has the following stats:
Attack: 1362 Defense: 1365 Leadership: 1361 Politics: 1326

3. Ly Thuong Kiet

Skills for Ly Thuong Kiet

  • Ranged Troop Ares
    • Ranged Troop Defense : 10%
    • Ranged Troop Attack : 10%
    • Ranged Troop HP : 10%
  • Ranged Troop Formation
    • Ranged Troop Attack : 10%
    • Ranged Troop Defense : 10%
  • Fortification
    • In City Troop Attack : 6%
  • Battle at the Nhu Nguyệt River (4th)
    • In City Ranged Troop Attack : 36%
    • Hospital Capacity : 16%
  • Vietnamese Warrior (Special Skill)
    • Increases the traps' triggering rate by 60% and ranged troops' attack and defense by 30% when General is the Main City's Defense General.

View detailed analysis for Ly Thuong Kiet.

A fully cultivated level 35, 5 star Ly Thuong Kiet has the following stats:
Attack: 1308 Defense: 1345 Leadership: 1350 Politics: 1267

4. Edward the Black Prince

Skills for Edward the Black Prince

  • Ranged Troop Ares
    • Ranged Troop Defense : 10%
    • Ranged Troop Attack : 10%
    • Ranged Troop HP : 10%
  • Ranged Troop Assault
    • Ranged Troop Attack : 10%
    • Ranged Troop HP : 10%
  • Suppress
    • Enemy Troop HP : -10%
  • Battle of Poitiers (4th)
    • Ranged Troop Attack : 26%
    • Ranged Troop HP : 26%
  • Rain of Arrows (Special Skill)
    • Increases your ranged troops' attack by 25% and reduces enemy mounted troops' attack by -15% when General is leading the army.

View detailed analysis for Edward the Black Prince.

A fully cultivated level 35, 5 star Edward the Black Prince has the following stats:
Attack: 1318 Defense: 1363 Leadership: 1369 Politics: 1264

5. Gwanggaeto the Great

Skills for Gwanggaeto the Great

  • Siege
    • Siege Machine Attack : 10%
    • March Size Capacity : 6%
    • Ranged Troop Attack : 10%
  • Ranged Troop Ares
    • Ranged Troop Defense : 10%
    • Ranged Troop Attack : 10%
    • Ranged Troop HP : 10%
  • Ranged Troop Formation
    • Ranged Troop Attack : 10%
    • Ranged Troop Defense : 10%
  • Gwanggaeto the Great (4th)
    • Ranged Troop and Siege Machine Attack : 16%
    • Ranged Troop and Siege Machine Defense : 10%
  • Gwanggaeto-taewang (Special Skill)
    • Increases your ranged troops and siege machines' attack by 20% .

View detailed analysis for Gwanggaeto the Great.

A fully cultivated level 35, 5 star Gwanggaeto the Great has the following stats:
Attack: 1328 Defense: 1323 Leadership: 1382 Politics: 1340

Best Monsters Ranged/Archer Generals in Evony

The best monsters ranged generals in Evony TKR are Minamoto no Yoshitsune, Simeon the Great, and Alfred the Great.

Ranged is the second weakest type for hunting bosses or monsters. Only siege is weaker.

In fact, a rule of thumb for ranged monster marches is that you will need three times the ranged power to take out any given boss compared to mounted.

However, many people still use their spare ranged marches to rally or attack bosses when their horse or cavalry is out rallying a larger boss.

The perk of ranged for hunting bosses is that you can often get a clean (no wounded) kill from a distance, especially for weaker bosses.

Ranged
Attack (Skills) Defense (Skills) HP (Skills) Attack (Attr + Skills) Defense (Attr + Skills) HP (Attr + Skills)
Minamoto no Yoshitsune 116%
(1st)
10% 20% 199.2%
(1st)
95.8% 107.5%
Simeon the Great 96% 45%
(1st)
180.1% 134.1%
(1st)
88.6%
Alfred the Great 95% 20% 10% 179.2% 106.6% 98%
Elektra 91% 10% 20% 177% 98.5% 107.8%
Tomyris 90% 10% 45% 173.1% 99.6% 133.2%
(1st)

1. Minamoto no Yoshitsune

Skills for Minamoto no Yoshitsune

  • Ranged Troop Ares
    • Ranged Troop Defense : 10%
    • Ranged Troop Attack : 10%
    • Ranged Troop HP : 10%
  • Ranged Troop Assault
    • Ranged Troop Attack : 10%
    • Ranged Troop HP : 10%
  • Bash
    • Ranged Troop and Siege Machine Attack : 10%
  • Battle of Dan-no-ura (4th)
    • Ranged Troop Attack : 46%
  • Shanao (Special Skill)
    • The attack of the ranged troops that are led by the General increases by 25%, and if the General brings any dragon from the Pasture, the ranged troops' attack will additionally increase by 15%.

View detailed analysis for Minamoto no Yoshitsune.

A fully cultivated level 35, 5 star Minamoto no Yoshitsune has the following stats:
Attack: 1332 Defense: 1358 Leadership: 1375 Politics: 1315

2. Simeon the Great

Skills for Simeon the Great

  • Siege
    • Siege Machine Attack : 10%
    • March Size Capacity : 6%
    • Ranged Troop Attack : 10%
  • Ranged Troop Formation
    • Ranged Troop Attack : 10%
    • Ranged Troop Defense : 10%
  • War God
    • All Troops Attack : 6%
  • Battle of Achelous (4th)
    • Marching Ranged Troop Attack : 35%
    • Marching Ranged Troop Defense : 35%
  • Empire Offensive (Special Skill)
    • Increases ranged troops and siege machines' attack by 20% when General is leading the army to attack. Increases ranged troops' attack by another 15% when General brings any dragon.

View detailed analysis for Simeon the Great.

A fully cultivated level 35, 5 star Simeon the Great has the following stats:
Attack: 1341 Defense: 1391 Leadership: 1386 Politics: 1320

3. Alfred the Great

Skills for Alfred the Great

  • Siege
    • Siege Machine Attack : 10%
    • March Size Capacity : 6%
    • Ranged Troop Attack : 10%
  • Ranged Troop Ares
    • Ranged Troop Defense : 10%
    • Ranged Troop Attack : 10%
    • Ranged Troop HP : 10%
  • Ranged Troop Formation
    • Ranged Troop Attack : 10%
    • Ranged Troop Defense : 10%
  • Battle of Edington (4th)
    • Ranged Troop Attack : 35%
  • Great King (Special Skill)
    • Increases the ranged troops' attack by 30% and siege machines' attack by 20% when General is leading the army to attack.

View detailed analysis for Alfred the Great.

A fully cultivated level 35, 5 star Alfred the Great has the following stats:
Attack: 1342 Defense: 1366 Leadership: 1380 Politics: 1336

Honorable Mentions for Monsters Ranged

Elektra Tomyris Thutmose III

Best Reinforcing Ranged/Archer Generals in Evony

The best reinforcing ranged general in Evony TKR is Dmitry.

Ranged
Attack (Skills) Defense (Skills) HP (Skills) Attack (Attr + Skills) Defense (Attr + Skills) HP (Attr + Skills)
Dmitry 66% 20% 26% 146.6% 105.7% 110.9%

1. Dmitry

Image of Evony General - Dmitry
Dmitry
russia

Skills for Dmitry

  • Ranged Troop Ares
    • Ranged Troop Defense : 10%
    • Ranged Troop Attack : 10%
    • Ranged Troop HP : 10%
  • Ranged Troop Formation
    • Ranged Troop Attack : 10%
    • Ranged Troop Defense : 10%
  • Snipe
    • Enemy Troop Attack : -10%
  • Battle of Kulikovo (4th)
    • Reinforcing Troop Attack : 16%
    • Reinforcing Troop HP : 16%
  • Hero of Don River (Special Skill)
    • Increases the ground troops' defense and HP by 20% and ranged troops' attack by 30% when General is leading the army to reinforce.

View detailed analysis for Dmitry.

A fully cultivated level 35, 5 star Dmitry has the following stats:
Attack: 1306 Defense: 1357 Leadership: 1349 Politics: 1349

Best Troops Ranged/Archer Generals in Evony

The best troops ranged generals in Evony TKR are Henry V, Thutmose III, and Harald III.

Ranged
Attack (Skills) Defense (Skills) HP (Skills) Attack (Attr + Skills) Defense (Attr + Skills) HP (Attr + Skills)
Henry V 76%
(1st)
20% 10% 164.3%
(1st)
106.2% 96.2%
Thutmose III 76%
(1st)
30%
(1st)
163.6% 116.1%
(1st)
86.2%
Harald III 60% 20% 20%
(1st)
145.3% 107.8% 108.5%
(1st)

1. Henry V

Image of Evony General - Henry V
Henry V
europe

Skills for Henry V

  • Ranged Troop Formation
    • Ranged Troop Attack : 10%
    • Ranged Troop Defense : 10%
  • Bash
    • Ranged Troop and Siege Machine Attack : 10%
  • War God
    • All Troops Attack : 6%
  • Battle of Agincourt (4th)
    • Ranged Troop Attack : 20%
    • Siege Machine Attack : 20%
  • Hammer of the Gauls (Special Skill)
    • Increases ranged troops' attack by 30% and increases ranged troops' defense and HP by 10% when General is leading the army.

View detailed analysis for Henry V.

A fully cultivated level 35, 5 star Henry V has the following stats:
Attack: 1383 Defense: 1362 Leadership: 1362 Politics: 1340

2. Thutmose III

Skills for Thutmose III

  • Ranged Troop Formation
    • Ranged Troop Attack : 10%
    • Ranged Troop Defense : 10%
  • Bash
    • Ranged Troop and Siege Machine Attack : 10%
  • War God
    • All Troops Attack : 6%
  • Battle of Megiddo (4th)
    • Ground Troop Defense : 20%
    • Ranged Troop Attack : 20%
    • Ranged Troop Defense : 20%
  • Invincible Pharaoh (Special Skill)
    • Increases ranged troops' attack by 30% and ground troops' HP by 25% when General is leading the army to attack.

View detailed analysis for Thutmose III.

A fully cultivated level 35, 5 star Thutmose III has the following stats:
Attack: 1376 Defense: 1361 Leadership: 1362 Politics: 1339

3. Harald III

Image of Evony General - Harald III
Harald III
europe

Skills for Harald III

  • Ranged Troop Ares
    • Ranged Troop Defense : 10%
    • Ranged Troop Attack : 10%
    • Ranged Troop HP : 10%
  • Ranged Troop Defense
    • Ranged Troop HP : 10%
    • Ranged Troop Defense : 10%
  • Snipe
    • Enemy Troop Attack : -10%
  • Viking Spirit (4th)
    • Ranged Troop Attack : 20%
    • Ground Troop HP : 20%
  • The Heartless (Special Skill)
    • Increases ranged troops' attack by 30% and ground troops' defense by 25% when General is leading the army.

View detailed analysis for Harald III.

A fully cultivated level 35, 5 star Harald III has the following stats:
Attack: 1353 Defense: 1378 Leadership: 1385 Politics: 1331