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Offensive Units
Mobile infantry
Rangers
Mobile humvee
Striker VI
Mobile tank
Tank
Mobile drone
Attack Drones
Mobile ugv
Tomahawk
Mobile stealth tank
Stealth Tank
Mobile copter
Apache
Mobile comm con
CnC Vehicle
Mobile medic
Medivac
Mobile beamer
LGL Troop
Mobile goliath
Titan Tank
Attack Drones
Mobile drone
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Information
Attack Drones are light, fast swarms that hunt and kill enemy defense structures. Weak vs Anti-air defenses and enemy infantry; Strong vs ground targets
Housing2
Training time15s
HQ level for Staging Ground6
Drone
Sight Range12
Turn to fire requiredFalse
Turning Speed200
Patrol Speed6
Retreat Speed8
Move Speed7
Primary weapon
Weaponrocket
Fires over wallYes
Fire Rate1
Bullet Speed20
Max. Range5
Tag Multiplier2
Rounds1
General Costs
Level 1
CostMobile resourcefuel black 375
HPMobile hp black 185
DPSMobile dps black 51
AWA Level Required0
Level 2
CostMobile resourcefuel black 750
RewardMobile resourcexp black 30
HPMobile hp black 228
DPSMobile dps black 54
Research CostMobile resourcefuel black 9800
Research Time2h
AWA Level Required4
Level 3
CostMobile resourcefuel black 1125
RewardMobile resourcexp black 35
HPMobile hp black 274
DPSMobile dps black 63
Research CostMobile resourcefuel black 20k
Research Time3h
AWA Level Required5
Level 4
CostMobile resourcefuel black 1200
RewardMobile resourcexp black 40
HPMobile hp black 332
DPSMobile dps black 72
Research CostMobile resourcefuel black 38k
Research Time4h
AWA Level Required6
Level 5
CostMobile resourcefuel black 1500
RewardMobile resourcexp black 40
HPMobile hp black 390
DPSMobile dps black 78
Research CostMobile resourcefuel black 71k
Research Time5h
AWA Level Required7
Level 6
CostMobile resourcefuel black 1800
RewardMobile resourcexp black 45
HPMobile hp black 442
DPSMobile dps black 81
Research CostMobile resourcefuel black 125k
Research Time6h
AWA Level Required8
Level 7
CostMobile resourcefuel black 2100
RewardMobile resourcexp black 50
HPMobile hp black 531
DPSMobile dps black 84
Research CostMobile resourcefuel black 211k
Research Time8h
AWA Level Required9
Level 8
CostMobile resourcefuel black 2160
RewardMobile resourcexp black 55
HPMobile hp black 621
DPSMobile dps black 90
Research CostMobile resourcefuel black 339k
Research Time10h
AWA Level Required10
Level 9
CostMobile resourcefuel black 2363
RewardMobile resourcexp black 60
HPMobile hp black 710
DPSMobile dps black 102
Research CostMobile resourcefuel black 523k
Research Time12h
AWA Level Required11
Level 10
CostMobile resourcefuel black 2625
RewardMobile resourcexp black 60
HPMobile hp black 794
DPSMobile dps black 113
Research CostMobile resourcefuel black 772k
Research Time15h
AWA Level Required11
Level 11
CostMobile resourcefuel black 2640
RewardMobile resourcexp black 65
HPMobile hp black 920
DPSMobile dps black 135
Research CostMobile resourcefuel black 1090k
Research Time19h
AWA Level Required12
Level 12
CostMobile resourcefuel black 2700
RewardMobile resourcexp black 70
HPMobile hp black 1051
DPSMobile dps black 147
Research CostMobile resourcefuel black 1490k
Research Time23h
AWA Level Required13
Level 13
CostMobile resourcefuel black 2925
RewardMobile resourcexp black 75
HPMobile hp black 1157
DPSMobile dps black 158
Research CostMobile resourcefuel black 1950k
Research Time28h
AWA Level Required14
Level 14
CostMobile resourcefuel black 3150
RewardMobile resourcexp black 80
HPMobile hp black 1272
DPSMobile dps black 170
Research CostMobile resourcefuel black 2460k
Research Time33h
AWA Level Required15
Level 15
CostMobile resourcefuel black 3263
RewardMobile resourcexp black 80
HPMobile hp black 1424
DPSMobile dps black 186
Research CostMobile resourcefuel black 2990k
Research Time39h
AWA Level Required16
Level 16
CostMobile resourcefuel black 3360
RewardMobile resourcexp black 85
HPMobile hp black 1581
DPSMobile dps black 192
Research CostMobile resourcefuel black 3520k
Research Time45h
AWA Level Required17
Level 17
CostMobile resourcefuel black 3443
RewardMobile resourcexp black 90
HPMobile hp black 1771
DPSMobile dps black 198
Research CostMobile resourcefuel black 4040k
Research Time53h
AWA Level Required18
Level 18
CostMobile resourcefuel black 3510
RewardMobile resourcexp black 95
HPMobile hp black 1965
DPSMobile dps black 203
Research CostMobile resourcefuel black 4500k
Research Time63h
AWA Level Required19
Level 19
CostMobile resourcefuel black 3563
RewardMobile resourcexp black 95
HPMobile hp black 2143
DPSMobile dps black 209
Research CostMobile resourcefuel black 4890k
Research Time73h
AWA Level Required19
Level 20
CostMobile resourcefuel black 3600
RewardMobile resourcexp black 100
HPMobile hp black 2248
DPSMobile dps black 215
Research CostMobile resourcefuel black 5210k
Research Time85h
AWA Level Required20
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Overview:

Attack Drones are the first air unit you acquire in the game. These drones can fly over and ignore obstacles on the map such as walls and rock walls. Attack Drones cannot be attacked by some base defenses such as the Guard Tower, Artillery, Spider Drones, and tanks. Additionally, as a flying unit, it will ignore any enemy forces that do not attack it and go straight for enemy buildings. Because of their speed, attack power and potential to swarm, Attack Drones can quickly decimate enemy bases if they have no air defense. The weakness of this unit is that it is very fragile and does very poorly against anything that can shoot up into the air.

Weaknesses:

  • Patriots do area of effect damage on flying units. A few attacks from these can reduce a fleet of drones to dust.
  • Domed Aerial Defenses and the Standard Dome Turrets also deal fair amounts of damage to drones (with the specialized aerial defense being able to engage multiple turrets simultaneously).
  • Enemy Infantry can obliterate drones if left unattended.
  • Enemy Stealth tanks are notorious for stopping entire fleets of drones by chaining their EMP attacks. Watch out for any bases devoid of visible troops (or left without adequate troops) - it more than likely implies Stealth Tank squadrons lurking to counter-attack.

Strengths:

  • Enemy Guard Towers, Artillery Batteries, THELs, Metal Rains, Rail Guns, MLRS Launchers, Tanks, Spider Drones all have one thing in common. They get blown up by Drones, and they can't do anything about it.
  • Drones have extremely high speed (movement and turn), so moving around the map between targets is not a problem for them. They also have moderately high damage per unit (very good damage in squads
  • Drones prioritize defense structures over everything else. Make sure to take out anti-air defenses, because once these drones are let loose, they can obliterate an entire base in a flash.
  • They will engage ground units such as infantry that attack them. They will also target Tanks and Spider Drones if they are engaging your ground forces, so deploy them strategically.

Strategy:

  • It's always good to have at least one tarmac for drones. At the worst, they can be assigned clean-up duty after killing most of the base (to secure the 100% base destruction bonus. They can also be used to take out isolated defense structures, while the rest of the troops head in a different direction towards the rest of the enemy base.
  • Sometimes, you can use a full fleet of drones (on all the tarmacs) if you're confident that you can take out all their air defenses before-hand. This can lead to quick victories with minimal casualties. Beware though - drones die as fast as they kill. Since they are moderately expensive in comparison to other units, a single failed attack can have big consequences in terms of wasted fuel.
  • Drones are most often best used as a partial strike force (2-3 dedicated tarmacs). By using the ground troops to mop up initial air defenses, you can deploy an EMP before using the drones to mop up some remaining air defense structures first, before killing the rest of the ground-defenses.
  • If the enemy has too many air-defenses, it may best not to use any drones for the battle. They have a fairly quick deploy time (1-2 minutes for the full tarmac) -> so redeploying them for the next battle is a small task.
  • Speed boosts and Heals are critical for drones and can help preserve drone hitpoints during the midst of a climactic battle. Theses boosts can many a times, dictate the outcome of a drone-centric battle.
  • No matter how vigilant you are, sometimes, those pesky Stealth Tanks can cripple the fleet. By deploying or directing Rangers or Stealth Tanks, you can free up the drones to go back to killing enemy structures. By contrast, drones don't have particular synergy with most other ground units (other than the fact that they can destroy ground-based defenses to clear the way).
  • Drones can have really good synergy with Apache's (the Aerial Tanks). Apache's can be used to soak up damage from anti-air defenses before drones swoop in for the kill.
  • Stealth Tanks can be deployed strategically (using the single deploy method) to freeze anti-air defenses, allowing drones full reign over the battlefield.
  • Drones can be used to store fuel overnight (or when you're not playing, due to the fact that they cost alot). In the morning, you can convert them to some other troops and get the fuel back.

Trivia:

  • A single Stealth Tank can freeze a large number of drones by chaining the EMP burst.
  • Friendly EMPs can freeze your own attack drones - be mindful to drop the EMP BEFORE directing the drones to the targeted area.

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