Thugs is a Tier 1 (Tokenslot Orb Fire.png) Icon Unit.pngUnit of the Fire faction. This common card was released with the Twilight Edition and has no affinity variants, nor a promo version.
In Skylords Reborn this card is available to all players as a starter card.

Thugs are widely recognized as iconic among the units in the Fire arsenal. Notable for their strength and ability to generate power through combat.


I know of many honorable warriors who have faced marauding orcs with blind arrogance born from a misguided feeling of moral superiority. Let me tell you, of all the creatures created by the elemental powers, it is the Orcish Thugs i envy the most. They combine two traits that make them the most effective of killers: An insatiable lust for battle and, how can i put it plainly? Extreme stupidity.
— Hegart the Elder, Speech before the 3rd War Council


Card Icon Passive.png

Looter While attacking a unit or structure, the player gains 10% / 13% / 15% / 20% of the structures power cost, depending on its current lifepoints relative to its maximum lifepoints as power.

Looter is widely regarded as a controversial ability, and it's not hard to see why. By engaging in combat they are able to generate power for their user.

The benefits and repurcussions of this ability are immense, often deemed by many to be an unfair, unbalanced ability.

Notes & Strategies

Thugs are very well-rounded unit that can easily compete with the other early-game fighters. Their capacity to generate power by fighting often gives them a dominant presence in gameplay.

Thugs are often accompanied by other creatures of fire, such as the Scavenger Card Icon.png Scavenger, Sunstriders Card Icon.png Sunstriders, and the Sunderer Card Icon.png Sunderer.

Campaign PvE

Thugs are most powerful on smaller maps with short distances between objectives, where speed is not a major concern.

Thugs are quite powerful against foes like the Bandit Footmen Entity Icon.png Bandit Footmen and Twilight Minions Entity Icon.png Twilight Minions, but struggle against more capable foes.

Random PvE

Thugs are good at clearing the initial camps with ample support, much like their peers. They serve as capable troops to draw fire while archers and spells are used to clear out enemy forces.

By the Second Tier, they are typically sacrificed for better units.


Thugs are known for being quite powerful in pvp, especially due to their ability.


  • Has a very potent stat lineup

Packing 660 ATK and 630 HP, Thugs are incredibly well-rounded and powerful in battle.

  • Looter enables permanent power advantage by combat

By simply engaging in combat, Thugs generate a permanent power advantage for their user. That is nothing to scoff at.


  • Melee Vulnerabilities

Like all melee units, Thugs are incredibly vulnerable to Crowd Control effects. Including, but not limited to:

And many others. Additionally, Thugs must get close to deal damage, allowing units like Darkelf Assassins Card Icon.png Darkelf Assassins to deal damage before they receive it themselves.


Upgrade Cards

WIP - Coming Soon

Upgrade Drop Locations

Thugs Card Icon.png Thugs Upgrade I Upgrade II Upgrade III
Map name Blight Minimap.jpg Blight Blight Minimap.jpg Blight Blight Minimap.jpg Blight
Map difficulty Standard Advanced Expert
Drop percentage 3.7% 4.35% 4.35%

Patch History

Pre-Release Patch #400010
  • Fixed a crash which happened when Thugs Card Icon.png Thugs killed themselves due to Damage Reflection like Life Weaving Card Icon.png Life Weaving.

See also

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