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Hailing from the northern lands of Vyeshal, The Nomads of the North (commonly called "lizards") are a fast-moving Tier-1 unit with a short-ranged attack. Although their attack range is shorter than that of squirrels, they possess more health to compensate. In addition, they move twice as fast as other Tier-1 units thanks to their Swift trait, making them the quickest units in the game.. The Nomads of the North are also unique in that they are the only units with a ranged attack able to attack Barbed Wire, and thus are technically considered a melee unit (albeit with a ranged attack).

"Nomads of the North"
Immigrants from the tribal north wear furs to keep their cold blood running hot.
Details Unverified
Tier 1 unit
8 HP
Attack DPS
Attack Delay
0.25 sec
Attack Cooldown
0.75 sec
2 tile(s)
Warren Cost
60 Food
Unit Cost
20 Food
Build Time
10 sec
3 Unit(s) per Warren
Spear Throw and Swift


Strategy is largely dependent on your own unit composition, your opponent's unit composition, as well as map layout and other factors. Please take these suggestions with a grain of salt.

Compared to squirrels, lizards trade 2 range for 1 point in health and damage, with the added benefit of Swift. This makes them ideal as skirmishers who can quickly get in and out of combat, or as harassers.

Playing with lizards[]

Like other Tier-1 units, lizards are cheap, quick to recruit, and effective in numbers. Their added speed gives them a variety of options when it comes to using them on the battlefield. Utilizing a hit-and-run tactic, lizards can quickly go in, take out a few pigs or warrens, and run before the enemy commander has a chance to react. Lizards are also useful for skirmishes, able to pick off units before backing off to heal for another bout or finishing off units as they retreat from the battle. In a straight fight, lizards do a decent amount of damage and can do very well against units that rely on their range to be effective like squirrels or ferrets.

Playing against lizards[]

As a pseudo-melee unit, terrain can play a big part against lizards. Squirrels or falcons can take out lizards from a distance without retaliation if you're not careful where you leave your lizards. Lizards may make up their lack of range with their speed but it doesn't help them much against toads, which will more than certainly tear through your lizard army if they aren't dealt with first by other units. Lizards, like other Tier-1s, have slightly below average stats and so units such as chameleons, snakes, boars, or even the badger can take out lizards easily. They also tend to be used in large groups to compensate for their low stats, making them vulnerable to AoE damage. toads, skunks, boars or artillery cannons are thus effective against them. If you're trying to fend off lizards using fortifications, machine gun nests or mines are good choices.


  • The Nomads are voiced by Michelle Creber
  • Although their description states that they wear fur to keep themselves warm, as cold-blooded animals, they can’t generate and store any internal heat for the fur to keep inside their bodies, rendering their choice of clothing moot.



  • Pre-Alpha 25:
    • Are now 9 DEF, up from 8
  • Pre-Alpha 24:
    • Are now 8 DEF, down from 10
  • Pre-Alpha 19:
    • Damage now 2 (was 3)
  • Pre-Alpha 15:
    • Can now attack Barbed Wire
  • Pre-Alpha 14:
    • Range is now 2 tiles (was melee)
    • Damage is now 2 (was 3)
  • Pre-Alpha 11:
    • This patch changed the “damage per 5 seconds” system to a “damage per second” system.Therefore, damage values have to be divided by 5 before they are comparable.
    • Damage now 3 (was 4)
  • Pre-Alpha 8:
    • Hitpoints now 10 (was 15)
  • Pre-Alpha 7:
    • Damage now 15 (was 20)
    • Hitpoints now 15 (was 10)
  • Pre-Alpha 1:
    • Damage now 20 (was 15)
Tier 1 Squirrel  •  Lizard  •  Toad  •  Pigeon  •  Mole
Tier 2 Ferret  •  Chameleon  •  Falcon  •  Skunk  •  Snake
Tier 3 Badger  •  Boar  •  Fox  •  Owl  •  Wolf
Structures Barbed Wire  •  Land Mine  •  Balloon  •  Turret  •  Artillery