Independent Cities and Dwellings that are not at war with you (i.e. that are Neutral or Friendly) can give you Quest proposals from time to time. The frequency of Quest proposals is determined by a global Quest counter and a specific city/Dwelling Quest counter. 10 Turn are usually available to complete Quests (though custom Quests can have different duration). Completing Quests improve your relationship Morale with the Quest provider and award unit or item rewards. Conversely, failing a Quest will negatively impact the relationship with the Quest provider. Refusing a Quest has no consequence.

Frequency[edit | edit source]

Type of cooldown Minimum Turn Maximum Turn
Global (player) 3 5
Quest giver 8 12

After a Quest proposal, a number of Turn between 3 and 5 is randomly picked and after that delay, the game will try to give a new Quest proposal to the player. To be able to give a Quest proposal, a city or Dwelling needs to meet the following conditions:

  • Be independent
  • Not be at war with the player (so Neutral, in Peace or Vassal)
  • Have no ongoing Quest with the player
  • Not have given a Quest in the last 8 to 12 Turn (actual number randomly picked)


Independent cities offer Quests 0 to 3 Turn after you meet them.

Difficulty[edit | edit source]

The difficulty of the Quest proposal follows some rules:

  • To get a Very Hard Quest, you usually need to have completed the previous levels in order (Very Easy, Easy, Medium, Hard)
  • Your total army score (sum of the prices of your units converted in gold) is compared to the following values:
Quest difficulty Absorb/Reward factor Military level (score) required
Very Easy 100 0
Easy 150 400
Medium 300 600
Hard 600 800
Very Hard 40000 1000


If a Quest can be assigned by a city or Dwelling (see cooldowns above), the game first checks the military value (score) of the players, which is approximately of the sum of the values of his units (Gold + 2 x Mana). The military score must be higher than the values in the table above to qualify the player for a given Quest difficulty (e.g. higher than 600 to get Medium difficulty Quests).

The game then calculates the total Absorption cost (sum of the Peace + Vassal + Absorb costs; note: it seems from empirical observations that the Absorb/Reward factor is actually only the cost for the next absorption step, for instance only the Vassal costs if you are already at Peace), i.e. the gold value the player would have to pay in order to absorb the city (which is only the Absorption cost for a Vassal for instance) and compares it to the Absorb/Reward factor indicated in the table above. There are two possible situations:

  • The Absorb cost is lower than the Absorb/Reward factor: it will try to spawn a quest from the Absorb Quest Set with a Quest value equals to the next available absorption step. For instance if you are already at Peace with the city/Dwelling, it will offer a Quest with a value equal to the Vassalisation cost. If this cost is for instance 90, then it will be a Very Easy Quest (value below 100).
  • The Absorb cost is higher than the Absorb/Reward factor: it will try to spawn a quest from the Reward Quest Set


A final case may occur if the Absorb cost of the city or Dwelling would point to a Quest difficulty level higher than the current military score of the player allows (e.g. an Absorb cost of 400 which points to a Medium difficulty Quest but a Military level of only 200 which allows only Very Easy Quests). In such a case, the player might get no Quest.
If for some reasons, no Absorb Quest of the expected level (e.g. Very Easy if the absorb cost is 85, which is below the Absorb/Reward threshold of 100) is available, then the player might also get no Quest.

Common characteristics of all Quests[edit | edit source]

Rewards[edit | edit source]

After doing a quest for a Neutral city, it will become Friendly.
Completing a Quest yields a +200 Morale relationship modifier for 20 Turn. Quests yield units that the city or Dwelling could produce. Dwelling can also give items in addition to the units. The items or units can also be forfeited for gold.

Reward values for Quests are as follow (though they are the same for each Quest, they are defined in each Quest Generator):

Quest difficulty Reward value for cities Reward value for Dwellings
Very Easy 150 250
Easy 250 450
Medium 450 500
Hard 550 (except Raze city: 650) 700
Very Hard 700 (except Raze city: 800) 1200


Absorb Quests will offer Peace or Vassal status. The Peace or Vassal offer has a sale value of 50 (based on empirical observation; that means that if you sell the reward when completing the Quest, you get 50 Gold for it).

Penalty for failing a Quest[edit | edit source]

Failing a Quest gives a malus of -100 Happiness for 20 Turn with the Quest source.

Spawning area and behaviour of the Quest units[edit | edit source]

The units spawned as targets for Quests all have similar (though it's defined individually in each Quest Generator) behaviour (Quest source = domain of the city or Dwelling):

  • They spawn up to 10 hexes from the Quest source
  • If you refuse the Quest, they will linger on for 2 Turn and move up to 10 hexes away from the Quest source before disappearing
  • They wander up to 5 hexes from the Quest source

Sets[edit | edit source]

Racial cities[edit | edit source]

General considerations[edit | edit source]

In total, there are 59 or 60 different Quest generators:

  • 3 or 4 (#3, #5, #6) series of 5 Slay the Infidels from Very Easy to Very Hard
  • 1 or 2 (#1*, #2) series of 4 Slay the Infidels from Easy to Very Hard
  • 3 Slay the Infidels #4 from Easy to Hard
  • 2 Slay the Infidels #7: Hard and Very Hard
  • 2 Raze the Watchtower: Very Easy and Easy
  • 2 Rate the Fortress: Medium and Hard
  • 5 series of 5 Structure Domain for 20px Spring of Life, 20px Great Farm, 20px Vault of Knowledge, 20px Dungeon, 20px Gold Mine from Very Easy to Very Hard
  • 2 Raze city: Hard and Very Hard


Absorb Quests are the same for all sizes of cities and include all 60 Quests.
Reward Quests depend on the city sizes:

  • Outpost and Village get the same 33 or 34 Quests ranging from Very Easy to Medium
  • Town get 38 Easy to Hard Quests
  • City and Metropolis get the same 38 Quests ranging from Medium to Very Hard

* Slay the Infidels #1 range from Easy to Very Hard for all races except Frostlings (from Very Easy to Very Hard).

Goblins[edit | edit source]

Slay the Infidels 3
Difficulty Very Easy
Spawned units Quest Deviant Group Cat [City Quest Unit Sets]

All racial Succubus and Bard, Nymph, Ogre

Time Limit 10 Turn Reward Up to 2 Fairy units (value: 250 Gold)
Additional info
Disband Turns: 2

Disband Wander Distance: 10
Max Target Distance: 30
Min Target Distance: 0
Quest Completion Type: You must do it
Quest Generator Weight: 0.5
Relation Modifier: +200 Happiness for 20 Turn
Spawn Radius: 10
Default Spawn Strength: Very Weak (125)
Spawn Value Multiplier: 1
Amount of Boss Units: 0
Spawn T1 units: True
Ideal Amount of Units: 6
Quest Reward Set: Goblin Low Generic Quest Reward
Excess Reward Scale: 0.25
Excess Use Mode: Mana Or Gold
Sale Gold Cap: 200
Unit Max Random: 1
Unit Reward Multiplier: 0.4
Average Unit Value: 55 (125*0.4/0.9)
Unit Category Link (the units given as reward): Core Goblin Reward Group Cat, which itselfs contains Core Goblin All Group: Goblin Untouchable, Goblin Marauder, Goblin Butcher, Goblin Swarm Darter, Goblin Blight Doctor, Goblin Warg Rider, Goblin Big Beetle



Dwellings[edit | edit source]

Feys[edit | edit source]

Absorb and Reward Quests are the same and include 11 Quest generators:

Slay the Infidels 1
Difficulty Very Easy
Spawned units Quest Dragons Group Cat

Fire Wyvern, Frost Wyvern, Fire Dragon, Frost Dragon

Time Limit 10 Turn Reward Up to 2 Fairy units (value: 250 Gold)
Additional info
Disband Turns: 2

Disband Wander Distance: 10
Max Target Distance: 30
Min Target Distance: 30
Quest Completion Type: You must do it
Quest Generator Weight: 0.5
Relation Modifier: +200 Happiness for 20 Turn
Spawn Radius: 10
Default Spawn Strength: Very Weak (125)
Spawn Value Multiplier: 1
Amount of Boss Units: 0
Spawn T1 units: True
Ideal Amount of Units: 3
Quest Reward Set: Fairy Dwelling Easy Slay Infidels 1 Quest
Excess Reward Scale: 0.25
Excess Use Mode: Mana Or Gold
Sale Gold Cap: 200
Unit Max Random: 2
Unit Reward Multiplier: 0.4
Average Unit Value: 111 (250*0.4/0.9)
Unit Category Link (the units given as reward): FairyDwellingReward Group Cat: Buttercup Fairy, Toadstool Fairy, Nightshade Fairy



Giants[edit | edit source]

Absorb and Reward Quests are the same and include 11 Quest generators:

  • 5 Slay the Infidels 1 from Very Easy to Very Hard
  • 5 Slay the Infidels 2 from Very Easy to Very Hard
  • 1 Raze Independent City
Slay the Infidels 1
Difficulty Very Easy
Spawned units Quest Magical Group Cat

Eldritch Horror, Node Serpent, Phantasm Warrior, Wisp, Watcher, Cockatrice, Fire Elemental, Earth Elemental, Air Elemental, Frost Elemental

Time Limit 10 Turn Reward 1 Ogre
Additional info
Disband Turns: 2

Disband Wander Distance: 10
Max Target Distance: 30
Min Target Distance: 0
Quest Completion Type: You must do it
Quest Generator Weight: 0.5
Relation Modifier: +200 Happiness for 20 Turn
Spawn Radius: 10
Default Spawn Strength: Very Weak (125)
Spawn Value Multiplier: 1
Amount of Boss Units: 0
Spawn T1 units: True
Ideal Amount of Units: 3
Unit Spawn Strength: Very Weak (125)
Wander Distance: 5
Quest Reward Set: Giant Dwelling Easy Reward Set
Excess Reward Scale: 0.25
Excess Use Mode: Mana Or Gold
Sale Gold Cap: 200
Unit Max Random: 1
Unit Reward Multiplier: 0.4
Average Unit Value: 111 (250*0.4/0.9)
Unit Category Link (the units given as reward): GiantDwellingSmallReward Group Cat: Ogre



Slay the Infidels 1
Difficulty Easy
Spawned units Quest Magical Group Cat

Eldritch Horror, Node Serpent, Phantasm Warrior, Wisp, Watcher, Cockatrice, Fire Elemental, Earth Elemental, Air Elemental, Frost Elemental

Time Limit 10 Turn Reward 1 Ogre
Additional info
Disband Turns: 2

Disband Wander Distance: 10
Max Target Distance: 30
Min Target Distance: 0
Quest Completion Type: You must do it
Quest Generator Weight: 0.5
Relation Modifier: +200 Happiness for 20 Turn
Spawn Radius: 10
Default Spawn Strength: Weak (175)
Spawn Value Multiplier: 1
Amount of Boss Units: 0
Spawn T1 units: True
Ideal Amount of Units: 4
Unit Spawn Strength: Weak (175)
Wander Distance: 5
Quest Reward Set: Giant Dwelling Easy Reward Set
Excess Reward Scale: 0.25
Excess Use Mode: Mana Or Gold
Sale Gold Cap: 200
Unit Max Random: 1
Unit Reward Multiplier: 0.4
Average Unit Value: 200 (450*0.4/0.9) (in truth that will still be only 1 Ogre)
Unit Category Link (the units given as reward): GiantDwellingSmallReward Group Cat: Ogre



Slay the Infidels 1
Difficulty Medium
Spawned units Quest Magical Group Cat

Eldritch Horror, Node Serpent, Phantasm Warrior, Wisp, Watcher, Cockatrice, Fire Elemental, Earth Elemental, Air Elemental, Frost Elemental

Time Limit 10 Turn Reward Up to 2 Ogre
Additional info
Disband Turns: 2

Disband Wander Distance: 10
Max Target Distance: 30
Min Target Distance: 0
Quest Completion Type: You must do it
Quest Generator Weight: 0.5
Relation Modifier: +200 Happiness for 20 Turn
Spawn Radius: 10
Default Spawn Strength: Medium (300)
Spawn Value Multiplier: 1
Amount of Boss Units: 1
Spawn T1 units: True
Ideal Amount of Units: 6
Unit Spawn Strength: Medium (300)
Wander Distance: 5
Quest Reward Set: Giant Dwelling Medium Reward Set
Excess Reward Scale: 0.25
Excess Use Mode: Mana Or Gold
Sale Gold Cap: 300
Unit Max Random: 2
Unit Reward Multiplier: 0.4
Average Unit Value: 222 (500*0.4/0.9)
Unit Category Link (the units given as reward): GiantDwellingSmallReward Group Cat: Ogre



Slay the Infidels 1
Difficulty Hard
Spawned units Quest Magical Group Cat

Eldritch Horror, Node Serpent, Phantasm Warrior, Wisp, Watcher, Cockatrice, Fire Elemental, Earth Elemental, Air Elemental, Frost Elemental

Time Limit 10 Turn Reward Up to 2 Fire Giant, Stone Giant or Frost Giant}
Additional info
Disband Turns: 2

Disband Wander Distance: 10
Max Target Distance: 30
Min Target Distance: 0
Quest Completion Type: You must do it
Quest Generator Weight: 0.5
Relation Modifier: +200 Happiness for 20 Turn
Spawn Radius: 10
Default Spawn Strength: Strong (550)
Spawn Value Multiplier: 1
Amount of Boss Units: 1
Spawn T1 units: True
Ideal Amount of Units: 6
Unit Spawn Strength: Strong (550)
Wander Distance: 5
Quest Reward Set: Giant Dwelling Hard Reward Set
Excess Reward Scale: 0.25
Excess Use Mode: Mana Or Gold
Sale Gold Cap: 500
Item Max Random: 1
Item Reward Multiplier: 0.25
Average Item Value: 175(700*0.25)
Item Set Link: Giant Dwelling - Item Rewards (All Items Library)
Unit Max Random: 2
Unit Reward Multiplier: 0.3
Average Unit Value: 233 (700*0.3/0.9)
Unit Category Link (the units given as reward): GiantDwellingReward Group Cat: Fire Giant, Stone Giant}, Frost Giant}



Slay the Infidels 1
Difficulty Very Hard
Spawned units Quest Magical Group Cat

Eldritch Horror, Node Serpent, Phantasm Warrior, Wisp, Watcher, Cockatrice, Fire Elemental, Earth Elemental, Air Elemental, Frost Elemental

Time Limit 10 Turn Reward Up to 2 Fire Giant, Stone Giant or Frost Giant}
Additional info
Disband Turns: 2

Disband Wander Distance: 10
Max Target Distance: 30
Min Target Distance: 0
Quest Completion Type: You must do it
Quest Generator Weight: 0.5
Relation Modifier: +200 Happiness for 20 Turn
Spawn Radius: 10
Default Spawn Strength: Very Strong (900)
Spawn Value Multiplier: 1
Amount of Boss Units: 1
Spawn T1 units: True
Ideal Amount of Units: 6
Unit Spawn Strength: Very Strong (900)
Wander Distance: 5
Quest Reward Set: Giant Dwelling Hard Reward Set
Excess Reward Scale: 0.25
Excess Use Mode: Mana Or Gold
Sale Gold Cap: 500
Item Max Random: 1
Item Reward Multiplier: 0.25
Average Item Value: 175(700*0.25)
Item Set Link: Giant Dwelling - Item Rewards (All Items Library)
Unit Max Random: 2
Unit Reward Multiplier: 0.3
Average Unit Value: 400 (1200*0.3/0.9)
Unit Category Link (the units given as reward): GiantDwellingReward Group Cat: Fire Giant, Stone Giant}, Frost Giant}



Modding[edit | edit source]

Quests for cities are defined in CityLogic.rpk (QuestHaflings.rpk, QuestFrostlings.rpk, QuestTigrans.rpk for Golden Realms and Eternal Lords).
Their rewards are defined in the same .rpk in Settings / City Quest Rewards.
They are linked in AoW_structure.rpk / Settings (e.g. ‘City Settings – Human’ -> ‘City – Human – Size Outpost’ -> ‘Quest Category Link’ for Humans).

Additional Quests such as "Assassinate Hero" are defined in Settings / City Quest but are not used.

Quests for Dwellings are directly defined in Dwellings.rpk / Settings / Dwelling [xx] Quests and in QuestNagas.rpk etc. for Golden Realms and Eternal Lords.

The cooldown settings can be found in Title.rpk -> ‘AoW Global Settings’ -> ‘Quest Global Settings’ and the difficulty levels at the same location but in ‘Quest Difficulty Settings’.

In a manner similar to the structure system, Quests are associated to:

  • a reward set which defines how much gold, etc. will be received, it points to:
    • item or unit categories, which themselves point to:
      • item or unit sets containing the detailed list of units or items which can be obtained (and are defined in specific .rpk independent of Quests). For racial Quests, the unit sets usually point to Race All Group Set, which is found in the AoW_Unitrace.rpk (e.g. AoW_Unitgoblins.rpk) / Settings / Unit Sets / Core Race All Group Set.
  • a Quest generator which specifies what the spawned units are, how far they can roam, etc. and link a reward set. The spawned units are defined in Dwellings.rpk but also in CityLogic.rpk / City Quest Units Sets.
    • Based on empirical observations, it seems that unlike for structures, when the Unit Reward value is insufficient to provide any reward, it is ignored and a unit is proposed anyway. If at least one unit in the reward set is below the Unit Reward value though, that unit will be proposed (but if none are, then a unit is chosen at random among the set). And there have also been several empirical examples where the game seems to give rewards exceeding the reward value (x multiplier).


On top of that, Quests have:

  • a Quest Category which points to a Quest set for Absorb Quests, and another (which can actually be the same) for Reward Quests
  • one or two Quest sets linking to a number of Quest generators
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