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"The Mortar is an artillery piece that is effective at medium to long range, but can't target enemies right next to it. Mortar shells explode and deal damage to all troops in the area of effect."

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Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
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Level 6 Level 7 Level 8 Level 9-10 Level 11 Level 12
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Level 13 Level 14-15 Level 16-20 Level 21 Level 22

Summary

  • The Mortar is the second defense, and the first splash damage defense, unlocked in the game.
  • The Mortar fires shells over a medium range that explode on impact, dealing heavy splash damage. However, it fires slowly and its shells take a few seconds to land.
  • It has a small blind spot right next to it.

Offensive Strategy

  • The Mortar is very effective against massed infantry, so be careful of them when using Riflemen or Zookas. A few Artillery shells from the Gunboat will make short work of it, allowing Riflemen and Zookas to have an easier time destroying the base.
  • Mortars are very weak against Warriors, as the Warriors are melee troops and attack from inside its range, and move fast enough that they can easily avoid Mortar shots. At lower levels, Warriors can also outheal the damage dealt by even two or three Mortars of equal level.
  • The Ice Shields ability is effective in preventing Riflemen and Zookas from being wiped out or otherwise being heavily damaged by a Mortar; however it has to be timed well to prevent other defenses from destroying the shields.

Defensive Strategy

  • The Mortar is an extremely effective defense in the removal of large groups of low-health troops such as Riflemen or Zookas. Placing the mortars centrally in your base and protected by other defenses can help your defenses succeed.
  • It is usually a good idea to put Mortars near the back of your base so Warriors have a hard time reaching them.
    • It may also be a good idea to put your Mortars near the front of your base. When Troops move up, the Mortar shot is likely to hit Zookas in the back which can ruin an attack.
  • It is good to have your Mortars in range of your Headquarters. Mortars are good at working with Rocket Launchers and Flamethrowers to destroy groups of rushing Warriors.

Upgrade Differences

  • Initially, the Mortar is a tube-like structure fitted on hinges on a round beige rotatable plate, which is placed on top of two wooden planks.
  • At level 2, the Mortar's barrel gains a yellow ring.
  • At level 3, the Mortar gains a gray hexagonal base.
  • At level 4, the Mortar's hexagonal base turns yellow.
  • At level 5, the tube becomes longer and larger. The hinge now has a cogwheel under the tube. A metal bar is added in the back.
  • At level 6, the Mortar's base gains a dark gray plating.
  • At level 7, the plating added in level 6 is reinforced at each corner.
  • At level 8, the hinge gets more reinforcement and another, larger cogwheel. The barrel gains reinforcement around its perimeter.
  • At level 9, the barrel is now colored golden yellow and is slightly larger in size.
  • At level 11, the barrel becomes much thicker and is now bronze/orange colored, and a worm gear is fitted between the cogwheels. The back of the Mortar also appears to have two bronze colored rods. The base is now thicker as well.
  • At level 12, the top of the barrel gains a third steel rod added between the two existing rods added in the previous level.
  • At level 13, the Mortar gains reinforcement in the form of two rods on either side of it next to its hinges.
  • At level 14, the Mortar's base gains a striped pattern on either side of it.
  • At level 16, the base is replaced by a hole ringed with copper, and surrounded with iron armor. Protruding from this hole, on a ball-and-socket hinge is a large copper barrel with screws on the front holding the barrel to the hinge, and a large rod on the back. Also the mortar's color shade darkens.
  • At level 21, the Mortar becomes a very large domed structure with the barrel in the center. The color scheme becomes black, grey, silver, and reddish orange. Large plates, each with five holes in them are bolted on the sides of the structure, and 4 large bolts hold the whole structure to its base. When the Mortar fires, the barrel visibly retracts momentarily.
  • At level 22, the Mortar gains four piston-like structures in the gaps between the metal plates. When the Mortar fires, these structures extend momentarily.

Trivia

  • Some of Lt. Hammerman's bases feature a Super Mortar 3000, a stronger and longer-range Mortar with no blind spot.
  • The notch in higher level Mortars flips from right to left or vice versa as the Mortar rotates. This may be a result of a flipped design.
  • The Mortar normally fires standard-looking mortar shells, but its projectile changes to a spherical, spiked shell with a red line going down the middle starting at level 18. 
  • Mortars have the same range as Sniper Towers, except these have a small blind-spot.

Statistics

Headquarters Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
Number Available 0 0 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 4 4 4
Building Size
Size
Range
Range
Attack Speed
Artillery
Damage Type
Reticle
Splash Radius
Damagetype
3x3 4-12 5 Seconds Splash 1.2 Tiles
Level
Level
Hitpoints
Hitpoint
Damage Per Second
Damage
Damage Per Shot
Damage
Upgrade Cost Upgrade Time
Stopwatch
Instant
Diamond
Headquarters Level Required
HQ Icon
XP Gain
Icon info xp
Wood
Wood
Stone
Stone
Iron
Iron
1 2,000 13 65 1,180 N/A N/A 30m 20 3 7
2 2,180 14 70 2,360 N/A N/A 1h 34 3 10
3 2,370 16 80 5,900 N/A N/A 1h 45m 58 4 13
4 2,600 17 85 11,500 N/A N/A 2h 15m 78 5 15
5 2,800 19 95 15,500 2,730 N/A 2h 45m 104 6 16
6 3,000 21 105 23,500 4,700 N/A 3h 15m 132 7 18
7 3,300 23 115 40,000 8,700 N/A 4h 179 8 20
8 3,600 25 125 63,000 15,000 4,000 5h 253 9 24
9 3,900 28 140 101,000 25,200 8,200 6h 342 10 26
10 4,300 31 155 140,000 50,000 14,600 7h 440 11 28
11 4,600 34 170 217,000 102,000 26,700 8h 605 12 31
12 5,100 37 185 320,000 191,000 54,000 10h 827 13 37
13 5,500 41 205 460,000 400,000 110,000 12h 1,165 14 44
14 6,000 45 225 810,000 610,000 224,000 14h 1,634 15 53
15 6,500 49 245 1,180,000 1,050,000 460,000 16h 2,269 16 62
16 7,100 54 270 1,720,000 1,420,000 900,000 18h 3,004 17 64
17 7,700 60 300 2,170,000 1,980,000 1,300,000 20h 3,709 18 68
18 8,400 66 330 2,520,000 2,450,000 1,920,000 1d 4,403 19 71
19 9,100 72 360 2,880,000 2,880,000 2,870,000 1d 4h 5,186 20 77
20 9,900 80 400 2,960,000 2,970,000 2,950,000 1d 8h 5,320 20 77
21 10,800 87 435 3,420,000 3,100,000 3,070,000 1d 10h 5,632 21 79
22 11,880 96 480 3,750,000 3,400,000 3,360,000 1d 12h 6,010 22 82

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