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They will noodle your stuff away.[1] 

The greedling[2] is the most basic and numerous monster in the waves, as well as the first enemy to be encountered. They start appearing on the first night, and increase in number as days pass. They are slightly larger and faster than villagers, but they cannot outrun the Monarch on a horse. Their primary goal is to steal as much of the Kingdom's riches as they can.

Charge attack[]

Greedlings can charge and apply damage to walls, to subjects, to Monarchs.

Against walls[]

A greedling apply the amount of one damage (1 HP) per charge attack when hitting any type of wall. For the walls hit points, see: Wall § Overview.

TC16 Kingdom Two CrownsArmored greedlings can apply significantly more damage to walls.

25?format=original  Bug on Challenge Islands – This extra damage masked greedlings apply to walls can be seen as a severe bug, because it makes the challenges on Plague and Dire Islands extremely hard, that a single player would dependent on luck to succeed.[3][4]

Against subjects[]

If a greedling attacks a subject, the subject will lose their goods in the following order:

  1. extra coins for personal defense

  2. their tool or weapon

  3. their last coin

Against the Monarch[]

If a greedling attacks the Monarch, a coin is immediately dropped from the coin purse for each hit. A single greedling is limited to about one attack per second, but since there is no limit to how many hits the Monarch can take in a second, twenty greedlings hitting the Monarch at once drops twenty coins. If the Monarch has no coins left to drop, the Crown is dropped instead, launching in the opposite direction from the attack. Any greedling who comes in contact with the dropped Crown instantly picks it up and triggers game-over. As greedlings usually attack in groups, this can be quite problematic and may lead to dangerous situations.

Stealing and abducting[]

Greedlings can steal objects from the ground, and abdcut small people like hermits. Stealing things is the main reason why they charge against townsfolks, to make them drop their goods, to take them away. For the same reason they charge against walls: to have access to townspeople, and steal from them.

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Escaping with an item[]

A greedling with an item in their hands will immediately stop charging, and try to escape with the stolen item to the nearest portal on that side of the Kingdom (see exceptions).

On their way back, they can be killed by any Kingdom character that is able to damage the Greed. If they're killed, they vanish and drop the object on the ground, which can then be recovered:

  • by subjects, if it's a tool
  • by subjects and Monarchs, if it's a coin
  • by Monarchs, if it's a gem.

New Lands Kingdom: New Lands & TC16 Two Crowns – After being dropped by a greedling, hermits and the dog will go back to their normal routine.

TC16 Kingdom Two Crowns – In the campaign mode, it is possible to recover stolen gems, and the abducted characters (hermits and the dog) on an island by exploding the cave on that island.

Odd cases[]

If the Greed wave has advanced beyond the campfire, the greedling with the stolen item will no longer try to go back to the same portal it came from, but it will try to reach the nearest portal on that other side of the Kingdom. On that situation, the troll would have to pass by the remaining troops on that side while holding the item. That should increase the chances of killing the monster, and recover the object, before it could vanish into the portal.

If the wave has advanced beyond the campfire, but there are no more active portals on that other side, the greedling—along with its new acquisiton—will simply disappear in a short fading out animation. Therefore, not having an active portal on that side would lead to the opposite outcome, immediately eliminating the chances of recovering the item.[5]

Regular greedling[]

A regular greedling (or simply greedling) has only one health point, meaning it can be killed with a single hit or shot from any military unit.

Masked greedling[]

Some greedlings wear certain types of masks, which increases the amount of hits they take before dying. Different masks make for higher health points, varying from one to four extra hit points. So a masked greedling will require at least two and a maximum of five hits to be killed. Once depleted the mask falls off, effectively converting the greedling into a regular one, i.e. with only one health point. Masked greedlings still die with a single catapult or ballista shot no matter the mask type. On each type of campaign they wear different masks which represent the theme of each of the campaigns.

Masks in Europe

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Masks in Shogun

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Masks in Dead Lands

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Defending against greedlings[]

For more tips on defensive strategy, see: Defending the Kingdom.

The best protection against greedling swarms is to fortify your walls to the highest upgrade possible and, as is the case with most other enemies, acquire a great number of archers to mow them down with more arrows than they can handle. Catapults are also extremely effective against large groups of the Greed, and can easily wipe out an entire horde if the Catapult launches at the right time. Ballista towers are also extremely useful as they can fire a projectile capable of dealing damage to a large number of Greed.


Date       Game Platf Version
Dec 10, 2021 TC16 All 1.1.14
From patch notes: "Masked trolls are a bit less effective against walls". It's uncertain if their damage to walls have been reduced.
Nov 16, 2021 TC16 All 1.1.13
The patch notes read: "Armored greedlings are now stronger and tougher to defeat." It's uncertain if their HP was increased, but the following has clearly changed:
· Masked greedlings apply significantly greater damage to walls.
· Masked greedlings spawn more frequently in mid game waves, including the defense waves.
Oct 21, 2016 New Lands All 1.0.4
· Greedlings adapt their speed based on the wave they are in, to stick together with the other enemies.
· Waves with greedlings better predict the duration of their trip from portal to camp.
Apr 11, 2016 Classic PC 1.2.0
· Limit greedling speed depending on wave, preventing them from arriving early.
· Fix greedlings blocked at level edge.
Oct 21, 2015 Classic PC 1.0.0

See also

Greedling · Floater · Breeder · Crown stealer · Crusher


  1. In the original flash version of Kingdom, the first troll approaching the Monarch lands would be presented with this tutorial tip. When the monster appears from the woods, the camera travels towards it and tracks it for a few seconds, while the sentence is displayed just below, on the ground level.
  2. In the game files they are referred as trolls.
  3. Day 6 Blood Moon after the "Balance Changes" Plague Island (video). Reddit. 20 November 2021.
  4. Plague Island Guide - Conquest/Norse Patch. Reddit. 9 December 2021.
  5. The only situation which a troll should despawn is if somehow there's no portals to exit on the same side of the campfire.—developer Alan on Steam. 25 January 2022.
  6. I can fix the situation where the troll despawns, but the proper behavior is that they retreat back to the cave portal, from whence they came.—developer Alan on Steam. 25 January 2022.