Armies in ambush stance cannot be seen by the enemy. They also cannot move or recruit troops without leaving the stance. Ambushes have a chance to be detected and fail. The terrain on which the ambush is laid affects this chance.
- Campaign movement range required to adopt: 25%
- Hidden until discovered or battle initiated
- Chance of spotting nearby foreign armies: +50%
- Campaign movement: Disabled
Some other special stances may also enable ambush battles:
Going into ambush stance can work to lure an enemy towards you. By going into the stance right outside a weak city, the enemy may be tricked into thinking it is undefended and move within striking or ambushing range. It can also be a good move in general to try and conceal your movements from your enemies, that way they won't react defensively if they see you coming for a settlement of theirs.