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This guide is from the old Xbox Forums/forums archive
but since it's already / soon going to be taken down I'll post it here. All credit goes to "Elegant Brute
Legendary Guide from a Legendary Veteran.
I've beaten Legendary mode quite a few times and I have to say it's not easy. But then again, it's not THAT hard, once you have the right information that is. You see, playing through on Legendary is not the same as playing through normally. Sure the layouts are the same, but battle strategies are different. I've therefore prepared this guide so that you won't wander aimlessly in the jungle of Legendary. This guide contains some story SPOILERS that shouldn't be an issue since people attempting Overlord on Legendary difficulty SHOULD have already beaten the game once on Normal difficulty.
1) RUN! Yes, believe it or not, most enemies in this game are avoidable. This is especially true with the Evernight and Mellow Hills levels.
2) Use a coward's logic: if you don't have to fight an enemy, DON'T! It'll save you time and minions.
3) Stay back and don't fight with the Overlord until you've gotten the Arcanium armour and used my Smelting tips.
4) Go into EVERY Tower Gate. It heals you to full health and full manna. It also erases some enemies. Get to know the "Erasing Enemy" procedure well and seek out a Tower Gate when you're surrounded. Some notable examples of this Tower Gates erasing enemies are:
- The trolls at the end of the Mother Godess temple. (BEFORE newest update).
- The horde of dwarves hiding inside Goldo's Stronghold. (Just run past everything to the Royal Halls and when you use the Tower Gate there, it'll erase all the dwarves in the Strongold so you can get the gold there without any hassle).
5) Harvesting minions (using the Beetle/Dungeon method) is ONLY useful when you have Arcanium armour and an Arcanium weapon. Attempting it beforehand is suicide.
6) Upgrading ANYTHING before Arcanium is really, in my opinion, a waste of time and minions. Proper minions management is better then any armour upgrades. See Forging tips for more...
7) When fighting enemies, use the "Luring" method: 1) Run a few minions to the enemies and try to get one or 2 to follow them back to you and the rest of your minions. 2) Then watch them tear the enemy apart.
NEVER run head into a pile of enemies and expect anything less then at least 20 minion deaths!!!!!!
8) Don't go out of your way to get gold bags and useless tower objects.
9) Get to know your spells well. You will use them often, especially the "enrage" and "fire" spells.
10) Play as a "Corrupt" Overlord. Even Beetles seem like gods early in the game and therefore farming peasants is ESSENTIAL. Also, CHOOSE VELEVET OVER ROSE. Velvet offers upgrades for your red and green minions. These upgrades are ESSENTIAL for the last part of the game (consisting of Kahn and the Wizard).
1) ONLY upgrade and forge when you have to, remember every minion counts. Harvesting minions other then brown is almost impossible until later in the game and you will need a whole lot of minions at certain points in the game.
2) Using the Steel Smelter is a half and half situation. By the time you defeat Melvin you should have already gotten a hold of playing on Legendary and are decent at performing certain techniques like "Luring." If you're still dying frequently in battle: I suggest practicing some more with Halflings. If you must go on to Evernight, then use the Steel Smelter and buy a mace. Upgrade it FULLY with browns. NO ARMOUR AND HELMET UPGRADES ARE NECESSARY. REMEMBER, PROPER MINION MANAGEMENT IS 10X MORE EFFICIENT THEN UPGRADES! EVERY MINION COUNTS!
3) Skip the "Get the Durium Smelter" quest. The Understreets (2) can be a real pain because of the zombie priests and it's not worth it. By this point in the game I had completely mastered "Luring" and could wipe out hordes of enemies with ease. If you absolutely NEED it. Fine, go get it and again, buy a mace and upgrade ONLY WITH BROWNS.
4) Once the Arcanium Smelter becomes available, get it right away. The Golden Hills level should provide enough gold to buy both armour and a weapon. If you don't have enough, first of all, you suck at this game, second, go to the Heaven's Peak cemetery area and loot the mausoleums, you should get around 5000 gold each time. Again, buy a mace and upgrade it MOSTLY with browns, but throw in a few greens too. You will want the critical hit to be powerful for knocking foes back. For the armour, upgrade it FULLY with greens. 100% regeneration will make the rest of the game a breeze. Harvest for greens at the beginning area of Evernight until you have around 30% regeneration. Once you have that and a fully upgraded Arcanium mace (as always, farm brown lifeforce from peasants at Spree) farming for lifeforce in the dungeon using the beetle method is finally doable. Once you have these two items fully upgraded, you're probably thinking, what about the helmet? Well now since you have these 2, dungeon battles with beetles are rediculously easy (albeit still not as easy as beetle-battles on normal difficulty). So go harvest like crazy! I recommend fighting Puff Beetles and using all green lifeforce for your helmet since Puff Beetles are the weakest of the 4 types and you can use any types for helmets without changing the outcome.
FOR THOSE THAT DON'T KNOW WHAT THE BEETLE METHOD OF HARVESTING IS:
Go into dungeon. Battle some beetles. Use "Luring." After a few minutes, you should have 75 of the corresponding lifeforce. Hint: Puff Beetles are the weakest, then Dazzle Beetles, then Magma, then Brown beetles are (believe it or not) the toughest and therefore take the most amount of hits to take (as a plus, they don't have those annoying air attacks).
LEVEL SPECIFIC TIPS:
1) Harvest a bunch of minions using the sheep at the start of the level. It'll save time later on.
2) The Troll at the end of the Slave Camp is a real pain in the a.ss, before I figured out this trick it took me 30 minions to kill him. This trick is a life saver: as soon as the battle begins, get a bunch of minions to turn the wheel and open the gate to where the Crane is. Once you step through the gate, the game will autosave, thinking you've beaten the troll so when you warp into your Tower and back, he'll be gone!
3) The area before the Halfling Homes has a bunch of Halflings and another one of those dam Trolls. Just run past them all into the Homes and the game will think you've killed them all and erase them. Unfortunately, this is one of the only "enemy erasing" tricks that has a side effect. When you beat Mellow Hills/kill Melvin and travel back to this location in the future, all the enemies will suddenly be there again....)
4) The Halfling Homes are easy to skip most enemies. Don't go into useless rooms with enemies such as the sleeping quarters. The only tricky part of this dungeon is the end when you have to get the red spokes to turn the crank. Forget about trashing the Halfling holes, just rush a few minions and get the spokes. Also, the "nest" of Halflings can be a pain if you don't do it correctly (Gnarl will tell you when you reach the "nest"). DO NOT try to kill all of them! Use the Luring method to kill only the ones guarding the crank and those guarding the door.
5) The Halfling Party can be a real ball breaker or a cake walk. Kill the violin player and then run and get the spokes to the door. DONT BOTHER FIGHTING THE HORDES! IT'S SUICIDE! Once the door to Melvin's Kitchen opnes, rush in before enemies come out.
6) Melvin is sure to kill off ALL your minions. Don't worry, just keep jabbing him yourself and don't take any risks. After about half an hour he'll be dead.
7) The Steel Smelter is optionary, if you get it, upgrade your weapon to a mace but anythign else is pointless.
8) Castle Spree can be a pain because of the Ruborian Raiders. Just stay back and use red minions to easily kill them. The eye mini-boss thing is also a pain. The best strategy for this guy is placing red minions on the 2 platforms overlooking it and trying to get the attention of the Raiders yourself, so that they don'y harm the reds.