|Defense of units waiting for their turn increases by 5% per level, up to a maximum of 50%.|
This is a combat spell that must be equipped on a hero and used during combat.
This spell is not as good as it first appears. Units waiting for their turn means that this spell only applies to stacks that have are in stand by mode when it is attacked. Ranged units remaining stationary but attacking the enemy are not considered in stand by mode. Also you cannot "trick" the game by commanding a melee stack to stand by just after it has finished attacking or advancing: the stand by mode does not come into affect until the next time the unit is due to attack. This means in nearly all circumstances, for a stack to benefit from this spell, it must sacrifice an attack turn.
The only exception is that at the start of battle, commanding a stack to stand by occurs immediately. So if the enemy has first strike, you can command all your stacks to stand by during their attack and quickly change to attack for your first strike, thus benefiting from this spell without losing an attack turn.
It's probably better to go for the Orc Harden Bones skill, even though it only gives 30% defense, as it is more versatile.
|Resources needed to upgrade||Time|
|1||5%||90||90||45||45||900||00:36:00||27||Magic Tower lvl 1; Barracks lvl 4; Hero Tower lvl 1|
|2||10%||360||360||180||180||3600||01:48:00||108||Magic Tower lvl 2|
|3||15%||810||810||405||405||8100||05:39:00||243||Magic Tower lvl 3; Barracks lvl 5|
|4||20%||1440||1440||720||720||14400||10:12:00||432||Magic Tower lvl 4|
|5||25%||2250||2250||1125||1125||22500||16:03:00||675||Magic Tower lvl 5; Barracks lvl 6|
|6||30%||3240||3240||1620||1620||32400||23:12:00||972||Magic Tower lvl 7|
|7||35%||4410||4410||2205||2205||44100||31:39:00||1323||Magic Tower lvl 8; Barracks lvl 7|
|8||40%||5760||5760||2880||2880||57600||41:24:00||1728||Magic Tower lvl 8|
|9||45%||7290||7290||3645||3645||72900||52:27:00||2187||Magic Tower lvl 9; Barracks lvl 8|
|10||50%||9000||9000||4500||4500||90000||64:48:00||2700||Magic Tower lvl 10|