Watch Tower

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[e][h]Orc Watch Tower
Building Information
 110 15}px 80  60
/ 3 (3)
Built From::
  • Mechanical
Formation Rank:
1600 / 800
Acquisition Range:
Selection Priorty:
Pathing Map
16 - 19
  • ground
  • structure
  • debris
  • air
  • item
  • ward

The Watch Tower is a basic defesive structure. With its high range it can be used to defend against tower rushes. The Reinforced Defenses upgrade changes their armor type to Fortified, making them very hard to kill. The dps is greater than a Knight but they cost half as much, trading off mobility for attack power like most static defensive structures. As is standard for static defences in Warcraft 3 they cost more lumber than other buildings to both build and repair, and it is typical to block them off with other buildings (delaying units from attacking them, maximizing their damage).

Because it has one mini-square more range than all the other towers in the game, it is possible to build a Watch Tower to attack another tower while out of range and destroy it. To do this you must build 12 mini-squares away horizontally or 8 diagonally ( 11/7 resp. for buildings with extra pathing like barracks or altars).

Spells & Abilities[edit]

Blight Dispel Small
Cast Type : Passive
Target Type : No Target
Removes nearby Blight once the building finishes construction.
Area of Effect : 768
Notes : Only blight that was created by buildings and has no source buildings nearby can be removed with this ability.
Spiked Barricades
Cast Type : Passive
Target Type : No Target  Damage Type:  Magic
Enemy melee units attacking the building take damage.
Targets Allowed : Enemy
Spike Damage : 5 per attack plus 20/50% of the attacker's damage
Upgrade required : Spiked Barricades
Reinforced Defenses
Cast Type : Passive
Target Type : No Target
Upgrades Burrows and Watch Towers so that they have Fortified armor.
New Armor Type : Fortified
Old Armor Type : Heavy
Upgrade: Reinforced Defenses
Cost : 75 175  Research Time:  60
Researched at : War Mill
 Hotkey : D
Requirements : Stronghold


Spiked Barricades
Surrounds Orc buildings with spikes that damage enemy melee attackers. Deals 5 damage per attack plus an additional X % of the attacker's damage.
Researched at : War Mill
 Hotkey : S
Cost : 25 75  Research Time:  60
Base Damage : 5 per attack
Additional Damage : 20% of the attacker’s damage
Improved Spiked Barricades
Cost : 50 100  Research Time:  75
Requires : Stronghold
Base Damage : 5 per attack
Additional Damage : 50% of the attacker’s damage

Version History[edit]

Balance Patch History
VersionReleaseBalance Changes
  • Nerf Watch Tower build time increased to 60 seconds from 55 seconds.


  • The Watch Tower has the highest attack rate of all units in the game
  • Its dps is the highest of all Orc units