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Gryphon Rider
BTNGryphonRider
WC3GryphonRider
RaceHuman (Wildhammer dwarf)
Base unitN/A
FactionHuman Alliance
Statistics
Hit points 825 (975*)
Hit point regeneration 0.25
Hit point regen. rate Always HP/sec.
Unit Classified As:Air
Level 5
Gold280 WC3gold
Lumber70 WC3lumber
Food4 WC3food
Produced at Gryphon Aviary
Build time 45 sec.
RequiresCastle
Gold Bounty Awarded 32-46BTNPillage
Transport slotsCan't enter in transports.
Attacking priority 2
Sleeps False
Hotkey G
Combat
Weapon(s)Hammers
Normal attack:50 avg (68 avg*)
Can attack:Normal: Ground, Structure, Debris, Item, Ward

AoE: Ground, Structure, Enemy, Debris

Range450
Attack typeMagic
Cooldown2.20 sec.
Weapon typeMissile (line)
Secondary attack:50 avg (68 avg*)
Can attack:Air
Range450
Attack typeMagic
Cooldown2.40 sec.
Weapon typeMissile
Armor TypeFlesh
Defense TypeLight (Small)
Armor0 (6*)
Day Sight1600
Night Sight900
Movement SpeedFast (320)
Sound
Sound SetGryphonRider

The wild dwarves of the Aerie Peaks have once again responded to the call and brought their mighty gryphons to aid the besieged Alliance in its time of need. Armed with their trusty, lightning-powered Stormhammers, the hearty dwarves seek to keep the skies of Lordaeron free from enemy forces. The proud gryphons share their riders’ implacable resolve and stand as noble symbols of the Alliance’s fortitude.

Information Edit

Gryphon Riders are typically used as supporting units with an army or players create a bunch of them to surprise the enemy as they did in Warcraft II. If the enemy for example has a bunch of Huntresses and no Archers they are in a position to be weak to air units. If you create 2-3 Gryphon Aviaries and create a group of Gryphons you can catch the player without any defenses. The key is to not let the enemy know what you are up to. To do this you can hide the Gryphon Aviaries or at least try to hide the Gryphons until you have a bunch of them.

Gryphons can be useful for hit-and-run attacks on enemy expansions. Take advantage of trees and water to hover over where ground units cannot reach them. If you have to run, run to areas that ground units cannot reach or to the safety of towers.

Don't build a bunch of Gryphons if the enemy has a lot of ranged units waiting for them. If the enemy has a lot of Crypt Fiends it's not wise to use Gryphons against them except in a hit-and-run manner. Gryphon Riders do splash damage.

Spells and Abilities Edit

Storm Hammers (Passive) Edit

PASBTNStormHammer
Causes Gryphon Riders' hammers to strike through their target at the next opponent, dealing damage to both. Storm Hammers do not work on air units.
Research Cost Researched At Requirements Upgrade Time
125 WC3gold 225 WC3lumber Gryphon Aviary Castle 45 sec.

Upgrades Edit

BTNAnimalWarTraining
Animal War Training
Increases the maximum hit points of Knights, Dragonhawk Riders, and Gryphon Riders by 150.
Research Cost Researched At Requirements Upgrade Time
100 WC3gold 75 WC3lumber Barracks None 60 sec.
BTNSteelMelee
Iron Forged Swords
Increases the attack damage of Militia, Footmen, Spell Breakers, Dragonhawk Riders, Gryphon Riders, and Knights.
Research Cost Researched At Requirements Upgrade Time
100 WC3gold 50 WC3lumber Blacksmith None 60 sec.
BTNThoriumMelee
Steel Forged Swords
Further increases the attack damage of Militia, Footmen, Spell Breakers, Dragonhawk Riders, Gryphon Riders, and Knights.
Research Cost Researched At Requirements Upgrade Time
175 WC3gold 175 WC3lumber Blacksmith Keep 75 sec.
BTNArcaniteMelee
Mithril Forged Swords
Further increases the attack damage of Militia, Footmen, Spell Breakers, Dragonhawk Riders, Gryphon Riders, and Knights.
Research Cost Researched At Requirements Upgrade Time
250 WC3gold 300 WC3lumber Blacksmith Castle 90 sec.
BTNLeatherUpgradeOne
Studded Leather Armor
Increases the armor of Riflemen, Mortar Teams, Dragonhawk Riders, and Gryphon Riders.
Research Cost Researched At Requirements Upgrade Time
100 WC3gold 100 WC3lumber Blacksmith None 60 sec.
BTNLeatherUpgradeTwo
Reinforced Leather Armor
Further increases the armor of Riflemen, Mortar Teams, Dragonhawk Riders, and Gryphon Riders.
Research Cost Researched At Requirements Upgrade Time
150 WC3gold 175 WC3lumber Blacksmith Keep 75 sec.
BTNLeatherUpgradeThree
Dragonhide Leather Armor
Further increases the armor of Riflemen, Mortar Teams, Dragonhawk Riders, and Gryphon Riders.
Research Cost Researched At Requirements Upgrade Time
200 WC3gold 250 WC3lumber Blacksmith Castle 90 sec.

Manual descriptionEdit

Although the descriptions from Battle.net and the manual are very similar they differ in the following:

  • The manual says "daring dwarves of the Wildhammer clan" instead of "wild dwarves of the Aerie Peaks".
  • It also adds the words "of the Aerie Peaks" to the gryphons.

World Editor descriptionEdit

Powerful flying creature, mounted by a Dwarven hammer-thrower. Can learn Animal War Training, and the Storm Hammers ability.

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