While you start the game with a single town, eventually you will wish to expand your empire by obtaining new towns. You have two methods to chose from, either you build your town from scratch (colonising), or you take that of others (takeover). In this section of the wiki you can read about the later.
There are two methods of doing a take over, Conquest and Revolt: Some worlds use conquest and others use revolt, which method is used depends upon the Settings of the world that you play. This page is intended to provide a quick introduction to taking over towns in general.
Before you can take over someone else's town, there are some basic requirements which must be met first. They are: Buildings, Units, and Culture.
|Required to research Colony Ships (Academy level 22), and Conquest (Academy level 28)
|Required to build Colony Ships
|10,000 10,000 10,000 170
You'll also sufficient amount of troups escorting your CS to secure your victory both on land and on sea.
The final requirement is that you must have sufficient culture points or CP to take on a new city. When you begin the game you have room for two cities, one of the slots is filled by your first city. So a second town will not require additional CPs, but any further cities will.
Take over methods
Conquest by siege
This type of conquest applies to siege worlds as well as ghost towns on Hyperborea worlds (where it is not possible to conquer active players). On revolt worlds you "conquer through revolt" (see next chapter).
You can devide the take over into two parts. In the first section you attack the target town and ensure your CS lands safely. In the second part, during the siege you pacify the town and prevent the previous owner from reclaiming it.
|Details of Conquest by Siege
In this phase you need to pick a target and guide your CS safely to it. The maximum traveltime of a CS is 48 hours, so the target must be within this distance.
Conquest by revolt
This type of conquest applies to revolt worlds. On all other worlds you "Conquer by siege" (see chapter above).
In this system there is two parts to take over: first you must convince people that their current ruler is not suitable to rule (attack to initiate revolt), then you must land your own CS to show you are the suitable ruler (during revolt, land CS).
|Details of Conquest by Revolt
Once the prerequisites are met, you need to send an attack in revolt mode (by picking the proper icon in attack overview) and then eliminate at least all land units in the targeted city. The residents there start to ask themselves if they are in fact governed by the right ruler. It takes a while before the rumors and grumblings of the citizens have spread within the town and the dissatisfaction escalates. Hence, it will be 12 hours after a successful attack, before the revolt in the polis erupts (this time is fix, it doesn't depend on world speed).
Several revolts can be instigated in one city at the same time. But only players who have started a revolt can conquer the city, meaning no-one can capitalize on a revolt that was sparked by another player.
A player cannot start a new revolt in a city when he has already instigated one within the last 24 hours. Extending the revolt time is therefore not possible.
During the revolt, the population of a city is willing to accept you as their new ruler. After all, you have demonstrated with your successful attack that you are a more competent commander than the current ruler of the city. Therefore, if you execute another successful (normal) attack incl. a colony ship during this period, you can take over the city immediately.
But there are two things you should know:
Note: you only have 12 hours after the revolt has started to have the colony ship arrive in the contested city. When this time has passed, the owner will succeed to stifle the revolt. (This time frame is not dependent on world's speed.)
You can of course also conquer ghost towns on worlds with the revolt system. But since there is no leader to revolt against, an attack to spark a revolt is not needed. All you have to do is to send a colony ship (accompanied by escorting troops for protection) to capture this city and incorporate it into your empire. If the ship survives its arrival, the city will be yours immediately, provided that you fulfill the necessary cultural requirements for owning another city. In the city, from which the colony ship sets sail, you don’t necessarily have to have researched "Conquest" for this maneuver.
If your towns were taken over
And your enemies have taken everything from you? Don’t worry, in Grepolis this doesn’t mean the end of the world for you. If your beautiful city becomes the prized possession of another player, you will get the chance to start a new empire right away, where you can avoid all the mistakes you may have made in your previous attempt. Of course we are aware of the fact that, when restarting, you will be a bit behind the longer-established cities. But we make up for that by placing your new polis in a location where your neighbors have a similar level as you. So, starting anew is a great opportunity to use the knowledge you have gained and to grow and become a lot more powerful the next time.