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Clash of Steel (Merciless) is one of the possible follow-up stages that the player can access after completing An Elder Secret (Merciless), the first stage in Growing Strange. Completing this stage yields an Elder Catfruit Seed, with a very small chance of an Elder Catfruit. This stage is based around Metal Enemies.

Battleground

  • All enemies in this stage have a strength magnification of 300%.
  • Metal Doge appears as a peon.
  • Metal One Horn appears after 17 seconds.
  • After attacking the enemy base, Sir Metal Seal appears as a boss with support from Super Metal Hippoe, Metal One Horn and more Metal Doges.
  • There are two more Metal One Horns, which appear after 20 and 40 seconds, respectively.
  • Metal Doges spawn every 30 seconds.

Strategy

This can easily be called the hardest metal based stage in the game, or a close second, so don't assume that it's going to be easy as it is a follow up stage.

There are 3 kinds of strategies for this level

  1. Use ubers that can easily stall metal foes (Poseidon can almost permafreeze if you stack 2 and time them correctly) and slowly kill with some crit. hitters.
  2. Don't waste space for stallers and only bring one very strong anti metal, hoping for RNG and spamming everything your money allows you to spam as meatshields, even units that aren't normally used for this if you have plenty of money.
  3. If you don't have good anti metal or if you would need too many of them to complete this level, you can just focus your army for other growing strange follow ups that require the addition of less focused units. (this isn't a strategy to beat this level, but it can be the best choice sometimes)
  4. If you dont have any strong anti Metals like palidin or Poseidon and don’t feel comfortable having the majority of your deck being anti metal, it is completely fine to skip this stage. (we very very very highly recommend to ignore this stage and do the first stage again to get a much easier stage.)

Reference

Special Stages
Daily Stages
Normal Stages Monday Stage (Rich Cat) • Tuesday Stage (Speed Cat) • Wednesday Stage (Cat Jobs) • Thursday Stage (Sniper Cat) • Friday Stage (Helpful Cat) • Weekend Stage
Blitz. Stages Monday Stage (Hard+)Tuesday Stage (Hard+)Wednesday Stage (Hard+)Thursday Stage (Hard+)Friday Stage (Hard+)
Guerrilla Stages
Cat Ticket Guerrilla Love, Metal Hippoe (Hard)Siege of Hippoe (Hard++)Steel Visage (Deadly)
XP Guerrilla XP StagesXP MegablitzXP ColosseumMerciless XP!
Catfruit Guerrilla Growing Green (IIIIII) • Growing Purple (IIIIII) • Growing Red (IIIIII) • Growing Blue (IIIIII) • Growing Yellow (IIIIII) • Growing Strange ( RedFloatingBlackAngelAlienMetalZombie) • Catfruit JubileeCatfruit Buffet
Material Guerrilla Cavern of Comets (IIIIII) • Island of Ash (IIIIII) • Strait of Wings (IIIIII)
Cyclone Stages
Daily Attack on R-Cyclone (Expert)Attack on B-Cyclone (Expert)Attack on W-Cyclone (Expert)
Oncoming Maelstrom (Expert)Attack on Titanium (Insane)
Black Hole Rising (Insane)Oncoming Storm (Insane)Unholy Tempest (Insane)The Wormhole Opens (Deadly)
Advanced Bad to Worse (Tragedy in Red (Insane)Doom Paradise (Insane))
Day of Judgement (Explosion in the Sky (Insane)Acts of Cat-God (Insane))
Techneurosis (Nuts 'n' Bolts (Insane)Space is the Place (Insane))
Crazed Cat Stages
Crazed Cats Dark Souls (Insane)Absolute Defense (Insane)Berserk (Insane)
Festival Gross (Insane)Head Shaker (Insane)Flappy Cat (Insane)
Fish Hell (Insane)Mammals? (Insane)Crazy Cats (Insane)
Manic Cats Deathhawk (Deadly)Vulcanizer (Deadly)Unjust War (Deadly)
Muscle Party (Deadly)Lots O' Lion (Deadly)Forest Beasts (Deadly)
Ogre Island (Deadly)Draconian (Deadly)Resident Feline (Deadly)
Awakening Stages
Buyable Cats Actress AwakensKung Fu AwakensMr. AwakensBondage AwakensDom Awakens
Box Cats AwakensPanties AwakensTricycle AwakensNinja AwakensZombie Awakens
Samurai AwakensSumo AwakensBoogie AwakensSkirt Awakens
Monthly Cats Adult AwakensEvil AwakensDoll AwakensMaiden Awakens
Koi AwakensBride AwakensVacation AwakensVengeance Awakens
Kung Fu X AwakensSports Day AwakensSalaryman AwakensReindeer Fish Awakens
Li'l Cats Tiny Meows (Deadly)Tiny Will (Deadly)Tiny Chopper (Deadly)
Tiny Creeper (Deadly)Tiny Horns (Deadly)Tiny Wings (Deadly)
Tiny Fins (Deadly)Tiny Tail (Deadly)Tiny Fists (Deadly)
Other Cats Kart AwakensFlower Awakens
Monthly Event All-Stars Stages
Special Thanks! (Insane)Ultra Stress! (Insane)Miracle Tactics! (Insane)Wonderful Conquest (Insane)Elite Corps (Insane)Megaton Blast (Insane)
Memorial Stages
Year's First Dawn • Happy Birthday (IIIIII) • 3rd Anniversary Birthday Presents20 Million Downloads Special Gift!Sender Unknown
Region Restriction
Korean Version ☆ Special StageTaiwan Version Special StageFaster Than Fast FoodWe're Number One
Unknown Schedule
Dark Descent I: Eastern Cave • II: Western Walk • III: Southern Fort • ∞: Northern Crater
Deadly Carnival Tornado Carnival (Deadly)Awakened Carnival (Deadly)
Deadly Carnival II Tornado Carnival II (Deadly)Awakened Carnival II (Deadly)
Other Deadly Stages No Plan A (Deadly)Realm of Carnage (Deadly)Honey Trap (Deadly)Parade of the Dead (Deadly)N-1 Grand Prix (Deadly)
Heavenly Tower Floor 1Floor 2Floor 3Floor 4Floor 5Floor 6Floor 7Floor 8Floor 9Floor 10

Floor 11Floor 12Floor 13Floor 14Floor 15Floor 16Floor 17Floor 18Floor 19Floor 20
Floor 21Floor 22Floor 23Floor 24Floor 25Floor 26Floor 27Floor 28Floor 29Floor 30
Floor 31Floor 32Floor 33Floor 34Floor 35Floor 36Floor 37Floor 38Floor 39Floor 40

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