Faction Ability Edit
Immortal (Ongoing): Once Cthulhu has Awakened, he costs only 4 Power each additional time he is Awakened. Whenever you Awaken any Great Old One, gain 1 Elder Sign.
6 Acolytes and a controlled Gate in the Area marked with the Glyph (South Pacific, on the Earth Map)
Acolyte: Count 6, Cost 1, Combat 0
Deep One: Count 4, Cost 1, Combat 1
Shoggoth: Count 2, Cost 2, Combat 2
Starspawn: Count 2, Cost 3, Combat 3
Great Old One Edit
Cthulhu: Cost 10/4, Combat 6
How to Awaken Cthulhu:
- There must be a gate in Great Cthulhu's starting Area (Can be abandoned or enemy-controlled)
- If this is the first Awakening: pay 10 Power. Otherwise pay 4 Power.
- Cthulhu appears in the starting Area. (Remember to gain 1 Elder Sign).
Devour: (Pre-Battle) The enemy player eliminates one of his Monsters or Cultists in the area, his choice.
Spellbook Requirements Edit
- In the first Doom phase, receive this Spellbook. Also receive 1 Elder Sign.
- In any Doom phase in which you have 5 faction Spellbooks, receive this Spellbook. Also receive 1 Elder Sign.
- Kill and/or Devour an enemy Unit in a battle *
- Kill and/or Devour two enemy Units in a battle *
- Control three Gates in Ocean Areas OR four Gates exist in Ocean Areas
- Awaken Cthulhu
* You may earn both these Spellbooks in a single Battle, if you Kill and/or Devour 3 or more Units
- Devolve (Ongoing) At the end of any player's Action (even if it's not your turn), transform one or more of your Acolyte Cultists anywhere on the map into Deep Ones.
- Absorb (Pre-Battle) If a Shoggoth is present, eliminate one or more of your Monsters or Cultists from the Area. For each Unit so removed, add 3 dice to the Shoggoth's Combat for that Battle.
- Regeneration (Post-Battle) Apply up to 2 Battle results to the same Starspawn when taking losses. If both results are Kills, the Starspawn dies. On any other combination of Kill or Pain results, the Starspawn retreats.
- Dreams (Action: Cost 3) Choose an area with enemy Acolyte Cultist(s). Your enemy must eliminate one and replace it with one from your Pool.
- Y'ha Nthlei (Ongoing) During Gather Power, if Cthulhu is in play, you gain 1 Power for each enemy-controlled Gate in an ocean Area.
- Submerge (Action: Cost 1) If Cthulhu is in an ocean area, remove him from the map and place him on your Faction Card, along with any or all Friendly Units in the same Area. As a later Action, pay 1 Power to place Cthulhu, along with any accompanying Units, anywhere on the map, including land.
Cthulhu has the strongest orientation towards combat of the base game factions. His monsters bring incredible combat abilities to bear cheaper than his opponents. Perhaps more than any other Great Old One, Cthulhu's spell book choices can easily affect the emergent nature of the game. Cthulhu can only be awakened in the South Pacific, so he can be the faction that is most tied down to a particular area. While Cthulhu does have strong combat abilities, do not ignore his powerful non-combat spell books like "Dreams." Unlike other factions, Cthulhu generally is not building towards one big turn, but instead is building for a constant, steady stream of points from both Gates and Elder Signs from awakening Cthulhu.
Spellbook Strategies Edit
Opening Strategies Edit
Cthulhu always begins play as the first player. This is a double-edged sword, as you get first pick for control of any adjacent areas, but other players have the opportunity to react to you. An common trap is to go for immediately building 2 Ocean gates; while you do get your "Control 3 Ocean Gates" requirement (maybe taking Devolve), you're left without any power, and other players can safely take your gates. Having Devolve can make them even more appetizing, since it makes your gates cheaper, freeing your enemy up to do other things. However, if you can pull it off, you'll be in a strong position for Turn 2.
Playing as Cthulhu also generally depends upon awakening him fairly soon. His combat power is formidable in the beginning of the game, but the static value means that he loses some of his combat relevance as the other players' Great Old Ones are becoming much more powerful. Because Cthulhu is largely hoping for a slow-burn victory, he'll need to act as an enforcer to keep the other players from having too big of a turn in the early game. Summoning Cthulhu really aids in this, especially if you've chosen "Submerge" as your spell book.
Playing with High Priests gives Cthulhu a lot of flexibility at the start of the game. You can bring it out, and then either a 2nd gate, or some monsters, and enter the 2nd turn with enough power to both Awaken Cthulhu and either move/attack, bring out more monsters, or Submerge off the board for an explosive Turn 3.
Opening 1 Edit
It may take this form:
A. Fast power, turn 2 awaken strategy (high risk)
1. 8 Power
- Move 1 cultist to South Atlantic (-1): 7 Power
- Build Gate in South Atlantic (-3), occupy w/ Cultist: 4 Power
- Move 1 cultist to North Atlantic/North Pacific/Indian Ocean (-1): 3 power
- Build Gate in North Atlantic/North Pacific/Indian Ocean (-3) Take Devolve: 0 power
2. 12 Power
- Awaken Cthulhu (-10), Take Submerge: 2 Power (Devolve 1 cultist)
- Recruit Cultist (-1), Devolve 1 cultist: 1 Power
- Recruit Cultist (-1), 0 Power
3. 12 Power
- Summon Shoggoth (-2): 10 Power
- Summon Starspawn (-3): 7 Power
- Summon Starspawn (-3): 4 Power
- Submerge (-1): 3 Power
- Reemerge (-1): 2 Power
Battle! (-1): 1 Power (2 Deep Ones, 1 Shoggoth, 2 Starspawn, 1 Cthulhu = 16, sac 1 Deep One = 18, sac 2D.O.’s = 20!): 1Power (Devour 1st kill, use to gain Absorb , 2nd and 3rd kills to get Regeneration)