20Feb

The Culling | Warcraft III: Reforged

Early the next morning, on the outskirts of Stratholme…


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CUTSCENE

Arthas: Glad you could make it, Uther.

Uther: Watch your tone with me, boy. You may be the prince, but I’m still your superior as a paladin!

Arthas: As if I could forget. Listen, Uther, there’s something about the plague you should know…

Arthas: On, no. We’re too late. These people have all been infected! They may look fine now, but it’s just a matter of time before they turn into the Undead! This entire city must be purged.

Uther: What? How can you even consider that? There’s got to be some other way.

Arthas: Damn it, Uther! As your future king, I order you to purge this city!

Uther: You are not my king yet, boy! Nor would I obey that command even if you were!

Arthas: Then I must consider this an act of treason.

Uther: Treason? Have you lost your mind, Arthas?

Arthas: Have I? Lord Uther, by my right of succession and the sovereignty of my crown, I hereby relieve you of your command and suspend your paladins from service.

Jaina: Arthas! You can’t just–

Arthas: It’s done! Those of you who have the will to save this land, follow me! The rest of you… get out of my sight!

Uther: You’ve just crossed a terrible threshold, Arthas.

Arthas: Jaina?

Jaina: I’m sorry, Arthas. I can’t watch you do this.


MAIN QUEST

Culling of Stratholme

  • Enter Stratholme

STRATEGY

NEW UNIT AVAILABLE – Knight – You may now build Knights from the Barracks. They are powerful mounted warriors.

Select the Lumber Mill. Upgrade to Improved Lumber Harvesting (L): Increases the amount of lumber that Peasants can carry by 5.

Build a Peasant. Send him to harvest wood.

Build 2 Peasants. Send them to harvest wood.

Send Arthas and his troops to this location to kill three orc grunts. One of them drops Pendant of Energy: Increases the mana capacity of the Hero by 150 when worn.

Destroy the crate next to them for a Tome of Strength #2.

Build a Blacksmith building.

Select the Lumber Mill. Upgrade to Improved Masonry (M): Increases the armor and hit points of Human buildings.

Build 2 Peasants (P).

Build a Farm (F) .

Build a Peasant (P) .

Select the Barracks. Research Defend (D): Allows Footmen to use the Defend ability, which increases their defensive capabilities against Piercing attacks.

Build a Farm (F).

Build a Peasant (P) .

Build a second Barracks (B).

Build a Workshop (W).

Select the Barracks. Upgrade to Long Rifles (L): Increases the range of Riflemen attacks.

Send Arthas and the troops to the green exclamation mark shown in the map.

Arthas: Father, forgive me for what I must do.


CUTSCENE

Mal’Ganis: I’ve been waiting for you, young prince. I am Mal’Ganis.

Mal’Ganis: As you can see, your people are now mine. I will now turn this city household by household, until the flame of life has been snuffed out… forever.

Arthas: I won’t alllow it, Mal’Ganis! Better that these people die by my hand than serve as your slaves in death!


HINT – Destroy Plagued City Houses to force their sickly dwellers into the streets, then dispense mercy.


MAIN QUEST UPDATE

Culling of Stratholme

  • Destroy Plagued City Houses
  • Purge 100 Plagued Citizens
  • Prevent Mal’Ganis from claiming 100 Plagued Citizens

Build a Rifleman.

Select the Blacksmith. Upgrade to Black Gunpowder (G): Increases the ranged attack damage of Riflemen, Mortar Teams, Siege Engines and Flying Machines.

Kill Mal’Ganis and his troops.

HINT – Mal’Ganis will Sleep your army – Attack a sleeping unit to free them from their nightmarish slumber.

Note: Every time Mal’Ganis dies, he drops a random item. He respawns in 4 minutes. In order to win, kill Mal’Ganis as soon as he respawns to outpace his score. These are the items he drops:

  • Potion of Greater Healing: Heals 500 hit points when used.
  • Ring of Regeneration: Increases the Hero’s hit point regeneration by 2 hit points per sec.
  • Ring of Protection +1: Increases the armor of the Hero by 1 when worn.
  • Robe of the Magi +6: Increases the intelligence of the Hero by 6 when worn.
  • Health Stone: Increases the life regeneration rate of the Hero by 1 hit points per sec when worn. Can be consumed for 500 health.
  • Potion of Greater Mana: Restores 300 mana when used.
  • Belt of Giant Strength +6: Increases the Strength of the Hero by 6 when worn.

Scared Citizen: The king’s own men are attacking! Run for your lives!

Destroy any Plagued City House and kill the Plagued Citizens within.

Note: Mortar Teams are very good at destroying buildings quickly.

Build a Mortar Team (M).

Build an Arcane Sanctum (R).

Select the Blacksmith. Upgrade to Iron Forged Swords (S). Increases the attack damage of Militia, Footmen, Spellbreakers, Dragonhawk Riders, Gryphon Riders and Knights.

Select the Blacksmith. Upgrade to Iron Plating (P): Increases the armor of Militia, Footmen, Spellbreakers, Knights, Flying Machines and Siege Engines.

Select the Blacksmith. Upgrade to Studded Leather Armor (A): Increases the armor of Riflemen, Mortar Teams, Dragonhawk Riders and Gryphon Riders.

Select the Keep. Upgrade to Castle (U): Upgrade to Castle to enable the production of additional types of structures and units.

When you reach this location, Citizens transform into Plagued Militia.

Scared Citizen: What have we done?

Build 2 Farms.

Select the Arcane Sanctum. Build 2 Priests (P).

Note: Approximately when Mal’Ganis Revival timer reaches 00:00:46 — three Ghouls attack your Watch Tower.

Build 2 Riflemen.

Note: After 4 minutes, Mal’Ganis respawns at the Altar of Darness.

Mal’Ganis: I live once more!

Select the Workshop. Build a Mortar Team (M).

Select the Arcane Sanctum. Build a Priest (P).

NOTE: At this location (in the map) you will find Filson the Rat. He evades all unit attacks — except for the Mortar Team’s splash damage. Or you can click him multiple times until he explodes like any other critter. He drops Talisman of Evasion: Causes attacks against the wearer to miss 15% of the time. Does not stack with Evasion or Drunken Brawler.

Select the Blacksmith. Upgrade to Steel Forged Swords (S): Further increases the attack damage of Militia, Footmen, Spellbreakers, Dragonhawk Riders, Gryphon Riders and Knights.

Build a Farm (F).

At this location, near the graveyard, you will find an interactive crate. Destroy it to loot a Potion of Lesser Invulnerability: Makes the Hero invulnerable to damage for 7 sec when used. An invulnerable Hero may not be the target of spells or effects.

A Scourge Hero spawns at a random Plagued City House. Salramm the Fleshcrafter drops Circlet of Nobility: Increases the Strength, Agility and Intelligence of the Hero by 2 when worn.

Another Scourge Hero spawns from a random Plagued City House: Meathook. He drops Medallion of Courage: Increases the Strength and Intelligence of the Hero by 4 when worn.

Build 2 Knights (K).

Select the Blacksmith. Upgrade to Refined Gunpowder (G): Further increases the ranged attack damage of Riflemen, Mortar Teams, Siege Engines and Flying Machines.

Select the Arcane Sanctum. Build a Sorceress (S).

Build 2 Farms (F).

Build 2 Knights (K).

Select the Blacksmith. Upgrade to Steel Plating (P): Further increases the armor of Militia, Footmen, Spellbreakers, Knights, Flying Machines and Siege Engines.

Select the Arcane Sanctum. Build a Priest (P).

Select the Barracks. Research Animal War Training (A): Increases the maximum hit points of Knights, Dragonhawk Riders, and Gryphon Riders.

Build 2 Farms (F).

Select the Arcane Sanctum. Upgrade to Sorceress Adept Training (O): Increases Sorceresses’ mana capacity, mana regeneration rate, hit points, and gives them the ability to cast Invisibility.

Note: Once you have reached 100 Citizens killed, the mission is completed.


MAIN QUEST COMPLETED

Culling of Stratholme


CUTSCENE

Arthas: We’re going to finish this right now, Mal’Ganis. Just you and me.

Mal’Ganis: Brave words. Unfortunately for you, it won’t end here. Your journey has just begun, young prince. Gather your forces and meet me in the arctic land of Northrend. It is there that we shall settle the score between us. It is there that your true destiny will unfold.

Arthas: I’ll hunt you to the ends of the earth if I have to! Do you hear me? To the ends of the earth!


BESTIARY

This map only has one creep camp. The Lost Patrol (Orcs).

  1. Orc Warrior (3) (Lost Patrol). One drops Pendant of Energy: Increases the mana capacity of the Hero by 150 when worn. The nearby crate drops Tome of Strength #2.
  2. Filson the Rat. Left-click him multiple times until he explodes. He drops Talisman of Evasion: Causes attacks against the wearer to miss 15% of the time. Does not stack with Evasion or Drunken Brawler.
  3. There is a crate here that drops Potion of Lesser Invulnerability: Makes the Hero invulnerable to damage for 7 sec when used. An invulnerable Hero may not be the target of spells or effects.

HIDDEN SECRETS

Outside of the explorable areas of the map, there are a few units lined up southeast of your base:

  • Skeleton Warrior
  • Necromancer
  • Citizen of Mal’Ganis
  • Peasant
  • Rifleman
  • Blacksmith (building)

To the left of the Skeleton Warrior, high in the sky there is curiously a Valkyr statue. When you click it, the UI says it is a Footman.

A very rare random thing this statue does is to flash this rune in the air below her. Only saw her do it twice.

1. The Prophecy2. Cinematic: Thrall's Vision3. Chasing Visions4. Departures
5. Riders on the Storm6. The Fires Down Below7. Countdown to Extinction
1. Cinematic: The Warning2. The Defense of Strahnbrad3. Blackrock & Roll4. Interlude: Jaina's Meeting
5. Ravages of the Plague6. The Cult of the Damned7. March of the Scourge8. Interlude: The Prince and the Prophet
9. The Culling10. Interlude: Divergent Courses11. The Shores of Northrend12. Dissension
13. Frostmourne14. Cinematic: Arthas' Betrayal
undead campaign
1. Trudging through the Ashes2. Digging up the Dead3. Into the Realm Eternal4. Key of the Three Moons
5. The Fall of Silvermoon6. Blackrock & Roll, Too!7. The Siege of Dalaran8. Under the Burning Sky
9. Cinematic: The Destruction of Dalaran
orc campaign
2. The Long March3. Cry of the Warsong4. The Spirits of Ashenvale
5. The Hunter of Shadows6. Where Wind Riders Dare7. The Oracle8. By Demons Be Driven
Night Elves Campaign
1. Enemies at the Gate2. Daughters of the Moon3. The Awakening of Stormrage4. The Druids Arise
5. Brothers in Blood

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