Military units are the core of combat. Each age more powerful military units are made available through research, with some requiring other buildings. They are trained at the barracks during the Ancient, Classical and Feudal age, at a recruitment office during the Renaissance and Imperial age, and at an army fort during the Industrial, Modern and Future ages. Military units have varying speed, attack and defense power, training time and upkeep. The 8Realms team also hinted at hidden stats, which are not shown to prevent players from complete mastering combat.
Unit speed defines which units will be hit first (the fastest units will take the damage before the slower ones) and how fast your army reaches a tile (the slowest unit decides the time), and can be improved by research, wonders or by building a lookout post (which can be upgraded to a watchtower in the Imperial Age and a aerodrome in the Modern Age).
Attack and defense power tell players how strong the unit is against different kinds of units. Higher attack means more damage, and higher defense means more sustainability. These can be increased by research and wonders. More attack and defense usually means more upkeep.
Training time is the time it takes to train a single unit. Having more than one training facility can affect the training time for all units, as can some wonders and research.
Unit upkeep is how much food, gold, and/or (starting with the Industrial Age) oil is needed to maintain artillery, vehicle, and air units. Without food or gold, units will be lost, and without oil units will no longer march or even fire. Upkeep can be reduced through research and wonders. It is very import to always have sufficient gold, food and oil for units.
Types of Units
There are 6 kinds of units. All units require a parade ground to be trained.
Infantry units, who do melee infantry damage and need to reach the opponent before they can deal damage. The first units will be of this kind. They require Barracks to be trained. After the Feudal Age, there are no more new foot soldiers.
Ranged units, who do ranged infantry damage and will directly start to fire. These are essential in every army, especially in early ages because of their big advantage over melee units. They require barracks to be trained. Their first appearance is in the Classical Age.
Mounted units, who do melee or ranged infantry damage, depending on the unit. They are almost always the fastest units. They require a stable to be trained. Their first appearance is in the Classical Age. After the Imperial Age, there are no more new Mounted Units, being essentially replaced by Vehicles.
Vehicle units, who do ranged vehicle damage and replace mounted units in the Industrial Age and onwards. They require an armoury, a stable (or vehicle bay) instead of gunsmith and a factory instead of a academy to be build.
Air units, who do air damage, but cannot hold a tile alone.
Caution: You may only build military units in your age and one age back. (eg. once you reach Feudal, you will no longer be able to make Spearmen.)
Military Resource Requirements Tables
- Main article: Units/Ancient
- Main article: Units/Classical
- Main article: Units/Feudal
- Main article: Units/Renaissance
- Main article: Units/Imperial
- Main article: Units/Industrial
- Main article: Units/Modern
- Main article: Units/Future