The dreaded Gargoyles of Northrend are voracious flying creatures who revel in slaughter and mayhem. Brought from the frozen north by the armies of the Lich King, these strange, wiry flyers have rough, crystalline hides which protect them from all manner of attacks. In times of great peril, gargoyles can land and condense their hides into a stone-like surface. Though they are unable to attack in this state, Gargoyles can take time to regenerate their wounds and replenish their energies.
Flying attack creature. Can learn the Stone Form ability. Attacks land and air units.
Gargoyles are useful for killing other air units and Creeps. If the enemy focuses too heavily on melee units such as Grunts or Huntresses you can use Gargoyles against them. If the enemy builds air units you can use Gargoyles against them if Crypt Fiends are not an option. Generally Gargoyles are used for scaring players with hit-and-run attacks or for dealing with air units. Most Undead players prefer to build up Frost Wyrms instead of Gargoyles.
Use Stone Form to heal the Gargoyles. You can even do it right next to the enemy since the armor is so thick while the Gargoyles are in Stone Form.
Although Gargoyles have the "unarmored" armor type, they still have armor. They have unarmored for balance reasons.
Spells & Abilities
Due to the high armor bonus players can often use Stone Form right in the middle of a battle area without much fear of being attacked. Gargoyles can always leave Stone Form, but they must wait 30 seconds before returning to it a second time.
|Balance Patch History|
|Patch Version||Balance Changes|
|1.31.0|| Gargoyle movement speed increased from 350 to 375.|
Gargoyle gold cost reduced from 185 to 175.
|1.10|| Gargoyles now require Halls of the Dead instead of Black Citadel.|
|1.03||Gargoyles' ground attack was substantially upgraded. They now do 21-24 damage, up from 16-18 damage. They also have less armor (3, down from 5), but also hit harder against air units, doing 51-63 damage, up from 46-57 damage. Note that they are still just as effective against air units as they were before, but their ground attack has been much improved.|
- 2018-01-12 | Underrated Strategies: Gargoyles versus Night Elf by RehcraM of Warcraft3.info