Chimaera (Warcraft III)

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Chimaera

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Race Chimaera
Faction Night Elf Sentinels
Statistics
Hit points 1000
Hit point regeneration Night
Unit Type Normal
Level 5
Gold 330 Gold
Lumber 70 Lumber
Food 5 Food
Produced at Chimaera Roost
Build time 65 sec.
Attacking priority 3
Hotkey C
Combat
Normal attack: 75 avg (102 avg*)

Full Damage Area: 5
1/2 Damage Area: 12.5
1/10 Damage Area: 20

Can attack: Ground, Structure

AoE only targets Ground.

Range 45
Attack type Magic
Cooldown 2.5 sec.
Weapon type Msplash
Secondary attack: 50 avg (68 avg*) (Requires Corrosive Breath research)
Can attack: Structure
Range 85
Attack type Siege
Cooldown 2.5 sec.
Weapon type Missile
Armor Type Light
Armor 2 (8*)
Day Sight 160
Night Sight 80 (160*)
Movement Speed Average (250)
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This article or section contains lore taken from Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, the manuals, and/or official bonus maps.

The mysterious Chimaera of Ashenvale Forest are deadly, territorial beasts who have developed an empathic bond with the Night Elf race. The fearsome, two-headed Chimaera fly above the dark forestlands spewing forth their terrible breath weapons upon all who would defy the sanctity of Kalimdor.

Information

Chimaeras are one of the ultimate Night Elf units. Like Frost Wyrms, Chimaeras deal massive damage against enemy ground units with an impressive area of effect, though they move rather slowly. Though unlike these undead dragons, the Chimaeras cannot damage enemy aerial units. Until Corrosive Breath is researched, Chimaeras use a short ranged, magic attack against buildings.

Chimaeras are feared due to their excellent anti-ground and building capabilities, as those under Bloodlust and Unholy Frenzy become especially terrifying against ground units due to the massive damage and increased rate of fire. In the event they are relegated to base destroyers, try to target Town Halls and immediately run away as soon as someone tries to teleport to defend. Chimaeras can also be used to sabotage the enemy by killing their workers.

Night Elf players generally build three or four Chimaera Roosts to speed up production of the Chimaeras. Generally if the player trains Chimaeras, they are also accompanied by Hippogryphs, and never any ground units. Chimaeras are notorious for killing allied units due to the high splash damage incurred from their AoE, compared to Frost Wyrms. Their high cost and requirement of additional protection means the player needs to be pooled so they can destroy the enemy before they can retaliate back.

Counters

Being the only heavy air unit that is only limited to targeting ground enemies, any aerial unit easily counters a Chimaera. Some players may try to use Chimaeras to target town halls due to their longer range, so defensive towers will typically not work against them.

Spell-immune units like Dryads can also work due to their spell immunity protecting them from magic attacks. Alternatively, due to their slow speed, one could grab an ensnare unit (Raiders or Crypt Fiends) to snag the beasts before they get away, or use their own aerial units to pursue them.

Spells and abilities

Corrosive Breath (Passive)

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Hurls a ball of corrosive bile that is effective against buildings.
Research Cost Researched At Upgrade Time
125 Gold 225 Lumber Chimaera Roost 40 sec.

Upgrades

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Strength of the Wild
Increases the damage of Druids of the Claw in Bear Form, Druids of the Talon in Storm Crow Form, Dryads, Mountain Giants, Faerie Dragons, Hippogryphs, and Chimaeras.
Research Cost Researched At Upgrade Time
100 Gold 75 Lumber Hunter's Hall 60 sec.
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Improved Strength of the Wild
Further increases the damage of Druids of the Claw in Bear Form, Druids of the Talon in Storm Crow Form, Dryads, Mountain Giants, Faerie Dragons, Hippogryphs, and Chimaeras.
Research Cost Researched At Requirements Upgrade Time
175 Gold 175 Lumber Hunter's Hall Tree of Ages 75 sec.
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Advanced Strength of the Wild
Further increases the damage of Druids of the Claw in Bear Form, Druids of the Talon in Storm Crow Form, Dryads, Mountain Giants, Faerie Dragons, Hippogryphs, and Chimaeras.
Research Cost Researched At Requirements Upgrade Time
250 Gold 275 Lumber Hunter's Hall Tree of Eternity 90 sec.
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Reinforced Hides
Increases the armor of Druids of the Claw in Bear Form, Druids of the Talon in Storm Crow Form, Dryads, Mountain Giants, Faerie Dragons, Hippogryphs, and Chimaeras.
Research Cost Researched At Upgrade Time
150 Gold 50 Lumber Hunter's Hall 60 sec.
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Improved Reinforced Hides
Further increases the armor of Druids of the Claw in Bear Form, Druids of the Talon in Storm Crow Form, Dryads, Mountain Giants, Faerie Dragons, Hippogryphs, and Chimaeras.
Research Cost Researched At Requirements Upgrade Time
200 Gold 150 Lumber Hunter's Hall Tree of Ages 75 sec.
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Advanced Reinforced Hides
Further increases the armor of Druids of the Claw in Bear Form, Druids of the Talon in Storm Crow Form, Dryads, Mountain Giants, Faerie Dragons, Hippogryphs, and Chimaeras.
Research Cost Researched At Requirements Upgrade Time
250 Gold 250 Lumber Hunter's Hall Tree of Eternity 90 sec.
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Ultravision
Gives Night Elves the ability to see as far at night as they do during the day.
Research Cost Researched At Upgrade Time
50 Gold 50 Lumber Hunter's Hall 45 sec.

Patch changes

Patch 1.15 (05/11/2004)
  • Movement speed decreased to 250 from 270.
  • WC3tFT-logo.png Patch 1.10 (2003-07-03): Chimaera splash increments reduced by 50 for quarter, 25 for half. This effectively means that Chimaeras will do less splash damage than previously.

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