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In Overlord the Browns can automatically equip many different kinds of items — found while looting. So can the other minions, though the results are less visually spectacular after pick-up.

Overlord Edit

All Minions can pick up various pieces of equipment which improve their overall strength by a certain percentage. These bonuses will stack up to a maximum of 400%. Besides the visual appearance there is no difference between weapons and armor (both affect offensive and defensive parameters equally).

The Browns are limited to one weapon and helmet, but will drop older ones in exchange for the betters whenever possible. Their body armor, however, can only be upgraded, gaining new elements in addition to existing ones, instead of being swapped altogether. As a consequence Browns will never drop body armor they are already wearing.

The Reds, Greens and Blues use items in a slightly different manner, more similar to how Browns' body armor works. Firstly, any weapon or helmet they pick up will not be visually represented, improving their armor instead. This also means that, unlike Browns, they don't drop equipped items at all. Secondly, there are only ten distinct armor configurations for these Minions with predefined strength bonuses of 100%, 133%, 166%, 200%, 233%, 266%, 300%, 333%, 366% and 400%. Thirdly, they are not limited to a single weapon or helmet, but will refuse to pick up worse items than those they are already carrying. For example a Red Minion can collect three Golden Scimitars to level from 100% to 400%. Finally, the magnitude of the bonus provided by items is different for Reds, Greens and Blues than it is for Browns. As a rule of thumb weapon and helmet bonus is rounded to a nearest multiple of 33%, while each body armor upgrade increases overall strength by a flat 33%.

Base equipment Edit

There are several occasions in the game, where starting equipment of the Minions can be upgraded. The effects differ depending of player's choices and Minion tribe.

Upgrade type OL2 Icon Browns OL2 Icon RedsOL2 Icon GreensOL2 Icon Blues
Base 100% 100%
Iron Maiden 110% 133%
Iron Maiden and Beer Kettle 120% 166%
Iron Maiden, Beer Kettle and Mistress Upgrade 151% 266%

Helmets Edit

Name Location Source Bonus
Jack-o'-lantern Mellow Hills Breakable pumpkins 10%
Beret Mellow Hills Breakable pumpkins 11%
Frying Pan Melvin's Kitchen Boxes and jars 20%
Saucepan Melvin's Kitchen Boxes and metal jars 20%
Peasant Hat Mellow Hills Peasants 21%
Spiked Steel Helm Mellow Hills Boxes and metal jars 31%
Pot Melvin's Kitchen Boxes and metal jars 31%
Slick Steel Helm Halfling Homes Boxes and jars 41%
Bull Nose Ring Mellow Hills Trolls 51%
Chef's Hat Halfling Homes(2), Melvin's Kitchen Halfling Cooks 51%
Rat's Skin Mellow Hills Rats 52%
Rat Skull Evernight Skull Rats 31%
Stag Skull Evernight Skull Stags 41%
Boar Skull Evernight Skull Boars
Bird Skull Heaven's Peak Boombos 51%
Steel Helm Heaven's Peak Fallen Knights
Knight Helm Heaven's Peak Fallen Knights 62%
Theatre Mask Half-way to Heaven Inn Boxes in the dungeon portion of the area 72%
Red Hood Halfway to Heaven Inn, Angelis Keep Red Dawn Cultists
Mining Helmet Golden Hills Dwarven Miners
Slug Head Golden Hills Sluglets
Eagle Helm Golden Hills Dwarven Flamers, Dwarven Warriors
Ninja Mask Ruborian Dessert Ruborian Fighters
Heavy Steel Helmet Ruborian Desert Boxes 82%
Golden Spartan Helm (Sideways) Ruborian Desert Boxes 103%
Golden Spartan Helm (Straight) Ruborian Desert Boxes 103%

Armor Edit

Unlike weapons and helmets each of which has its own unique appearance, armor uses more incremental approach. Visually every level of armor is a sum of all its predecessors and some new elements (described in the table below).

Name Location Source Bonus
Leather Left Glove and Right Cuisse Mellow Hills Boxes, Halfing Swordsman 10%
Leather Vest, Iron Left Greave Mellow Hills Boxes, Halfing Swordsman 20%
Leather Right Bracer and Left Cuisse, Iron Right Greave Mellow Hills Boxes, Halfing Swordsman 31%
Iron Left Pauldron and Right Gauntlet Mellow Hills Boxes, Halfing Swordsman 41%
Iron Right Pauldron Ruborian Desert Boxes 51%
Left Iron Gauntlet and Spine Plates Ruborian Desert Boxes 82%
Greater Left Iron Gauntlet and Back Plates Ruborian Desert Boxes 93%

Weapons Edit

Name Location Source Bonus
Club Brown Spawning Pit Initial Equipment for Browns 0%
Hatchet Mellow Hills Halfling Swordsmen, Boxes 10%
Sickle Mellow Hills Peasants, Boxes 20%
Short Sword Mellow Hills Halfling Swordsmen 20%
Rolling Pin Melvin's Kitchen Boxes 21%
Mace Mellow Hills Boxes 31%
Dagger Mellow Hills Halfling Swordsmen, Boxes 31%
Pitchfork Mellow Hills Peasants, Boxes 41%
Long Sickle Mellow Hills Peasants, Boxes 41%
Glaive Mellow Hills Halfling Swordsmen, Boxes 41%
Cleaver Halfling Homes(2), Melvin's Kitchen Halfling Cooks 51%
Bow Evernight Skull Rats
Unicorn Horn Evernight Bloody Unicorns 52%
Skull Staff Evernight Skull Stags 41%
Stone Hammer Slave Camp, Evernight Skull Boars, Boxes in Slave Camp 31%
Zombie Arm Heaven's Peak Zombies 62%
Greater Zombie Arm Heaven's Peak Zombies
Silver Dagger Heaven's Peak Red Dawn Cultists, Boxes 72%
Pickaxe Slave Camp, Golden Hills Peasants in Slave Camp, Dwarven Miners, Boxes 31%
Shovel Golden Hills Dwarven Miners, Boxes
Crossbow with Bayonet Golden Hills Dwarven Crossbowmen, Boxes
Single-Bladed Axe Golden Hills Dwarven Warriors, Boxes
Double-Bladed Axe Golden Hills Dwarven Warriors, Boxes
Ninja Blade Ruborian Desert Ruborian Fighters, Ruborian Bombers
Golden Axe Ruborian Desert Boxes 104%
Golden Scimitar Ruborian Desert Boxes 104%
Golden Halberd Ruborian Desert Boxes 104%

Unique Equipment Edit

Several unique, non-respawning, boss-type enemies drop their items upon defeat. While Minions can pick this loot up, they have only one chance to do so. If the Minion carrying it is killed, the item is lost forever.

Name Location Source Bonus
Melvin's Crown Melvin's Kitchen Melvin Underbelly 103%
Melvin's Fork Melvin's Kitchen Melvin Underbelly 103%
Red Hood Halfway to Heaven Inn Succubus Queen 62%
Sir William's Staff Angelis Keep Sir William the Black
Golden Crown Goldo's Stronghold Goldo Golderson
Golden Axe Goldo's Stronghold Goldo Golderson

Overlord II Edit

In Overlord II, the Reds, Greens and Blues will also pick up equipment.

There are also special helmets that your minions will pick up and earn the title of champion, these however require you to complete certain requirements, and if you don't pick them the first time, you will not be given a second chance, only the Browns can wear these helmets.

Champion Helmets Edit

Trophy Image Location Source
Borius' Champion Overlord2 2010-09-21 17-04-32-70 Nordberg Town Dropped near the Netherworld Gate after you Dominate or Destroy Nordberg, after defeating Borius, obviously.
Survivor Champion Overlord2 2010-09-21 17-04-43-52 Everlight Jungle Inside the chest between the two torches after you pass the first bridge.
Spider Champion Overlord2 2010-09-21 17-03-46-07 Everlight Temple Dropped when you defeat the Spider Queen. (Be quick because you only have 5 seconds to snatch it, before the trophy is automatically removed from the game.) It's located on the middle platform that used to activate the water drainage.
Everlight Champion Overlord2 2010-09-21 17-04-00-09 Everlight Town Dropped near the Netherworld Gate after you Dominate or Destroy Everlight.
Arena Champion Overlord2 2010-09-21 17-04-53-71 Empire Arena Appears after you destroy the red pillars in the arena (when you are given the choice to kill or enslave the Yeti and retrieve the blue hive). Located right next to the Yeti, near his left arm. Note: You can only get it on a New Born minion, as entering the Arena forced you to take all the captured minions.
Yeti Champion Overlord2 2010-09-21 17-10-12-93 Empire Arena Dropped if you decide kill the Yeti instead of enslaving it.
Wasteland Champion Overlord2 2010-09-21 17-04-10-20 Wasteland Dropped when you kill the Mutated Minions that guard the Spell Catalyst.
Dragon Champion Overlord2 2010-09-21 17-05-31-76 Wasteland Sanctuary Dropped when you defeat the Salamander King.
Sanctuary Champion Overlord2 2010-09-21 17-05-10-88 Wasteland Sanctuary Dropped after converting Fay to Dark Fay. (This can be a bit difficult to get if you are following the Destruction path. The reason is you only have a few seconds to snatch it, and kill Dark Fay before she reaches the Netherworld Gate.)
Legion Champion Overlord2 2010-09-21 17-04-37-72 Empire Hills Dropped after you destroy the golden flag post near the third catapult.
Gnome Champion Overlord2 2010-09-21 17-10-22-97 Anywhere Dropped after you kill 1000 Gnomes.
Satyr Champion Satyr champion minion Battle Rock Dropped after you have defeated the Satyr.
Phoenix Champion Image needed.... Battle Rock Dropped after you have defeated the Phoenix.
Empire Champion Empire general Champion minion Battle Rock Dropped after you have defeated the Empire General.

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