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Note: This page's text is outdated, and only applies to pre-Progressive era Fast units. There are almost no information about Post-Progressive era Fast units, or how to individually use them.

Fast units are military units class with the highest speed. Up until the Progressive Era, they are usually third unlocked units, they do not have any terrain bonuses, also fastest units quickly best used against both ranged classes, that have the highest speed, but moderate attack and defense in all same-age units. They gain extra damage against ranged units and take less damage from ranged units but does even better against artillery units. Later on it can 1 hit kill both ranged units and artillery units which is the very strong advantage and is the only unit that can ever 1 hit kill an equal age unit. It is fast enough to able to stay undamaged against ranged units until you decide to attack with it. It cannot totally avoid range of artillery units damaging it but can cross that distance very well and with its resistance is not threatened by them.

However, they cannot take out both melee classes, especially light units that gain bonus against fast units. Heavy units also can able to take out them, but they can decent to attack enemy heavy units from the same age. They can slightly escape from the enemy light units due to their high speed and can often attept a kamikaze on both ranged classes. They will wait for a opening and charge them. They will kill or cripple 1 to the point of it now doing nearly no damage when it attacks next. This usually spells their own doom from other units protecting both ranged classes but since they already killed 1 for 1 and may get to retaliate before dieing it is a very strong tactic.

It is a not problem with fast units, fast units will get special ability "Chivalry" starting in the high middle ages, only for the high middle ages knights and the late middle ages heavy knights. When knights or heavy knights somewhat lose, they will only revive 1 unit during the battle on the map, they will active the skill Chivalry (Gaining to bonus attack and defence when is the only unit with Chivalry in your army) to have enough both attack and defense.

A combination of 8 fast units will be common, they are very useful to attack enemy units with ranged units and artillery units without any light units or heavy units. However, they are vulnerable if the enemy countains light units or heavy units, light units will even kill fast units and nearly being defeated in just 2 hits at all same age, heavy units can able to kill fast units in 2 hits at all same age (except in the Colonial Age). Fast unit has same defence as heavy unit only in the Colonial Age which they cannot be easily countered. In the Industrial age, fast unit has the highest attack, defence and speed.

Once a player begins and facing the Progressive Era's (and beyond) units, battle change significantly, with a much greater emphasis on terrain and unit bonuses. Fast units should primarily be used to displatch the enemy's ranged units and also light units when starting in the Modern Era, with care being taken to avoid both heavy units and artillery units.

Unit Properties

HorsemanMountedWarriorHeavy CavalryKnightHeavyKnight

DragoonLancerArmoredcarMech inf IFV

Attack helicopterCombat DroneDrone SwarmRecon RaiderHydroelectric Eel

Age Name Properties
Att./Def./Rg./Spd.

Attack

/Defence


Bonus

Training Cost
Coins/Supplies/Time
Building
Bronze Horseman 8 / 5 / 1 / 22 Ranged +3 24 / 100 / 1h Horseman Stable
Iron Mounted Warrior 9 / 8 / 1 / 22 Ranged +4 40 / 180 / 2h Mounted Warrior Stable
EMA Heavy Cavalry 12 / 13 / 1 / 2 Ranged +5 70 / 260 / 4h Heavy Cavalry Stable
HMA

Knight

[tel:16 / 17 / 1 / [tel:24 16 / 17 / 1 24 16 / 17 / 1] / 24] Ranged +6; +3 attack/defense when is the only unit left in your army 80 / 340 / 4h Knight Stable
LMA Heavy Knight [tel:22 / 25 / 1 / [tel:24 22 / 25 / 1 24 22 / 25 / 1] / 24] Ranged +7; +5 attack/defense when is the only unit left in your army 110 / 430 / 4h Heavy Knight Stable
CA Dragoon [tel:28 / 40 / 1 / [tel:24 28 / 40 / 1 24 28 / 40 / 1] / 24] Ranged +10 150 / 590 / 4h Dragoon Stables
IA Lancer [tel:40 / 40 / 1 / [tel:24 40 / 40 / 1 24 40 / 40 / 1] / 24] Ranged +15 110 / 430 / 4h Lancer Stables
PE Armored Car 45 / 50 / 9(6) / 26

Ranged +25 /

Ranged +25

Plains D+15

310 / 1250 / 4h Armored Car Factory
ME Mechanized Infantry 60 / 60 / 9(6) / 24

Light +10; Ranged +30 /

Light +10; Ranged +30

Plains D+10

110 / 430 / 4h Mechanized Infantry Barracks
PM IFV 75 / 65 / 10(7) / 28

Artillery +40; Light +40 /

-

Plains D+25

110 / 430 / 4h

IFV Factory

CE Attack Helicopter [tel:120 / 100 / [tel:10 120 / 100 10 120 / 100] / 10](7) / 28

Cannot be attacked by

Artillery units.

Movement costs constant no matter

the terrain (even water)

Light A/D+40

1000/4000/ 4h Attack Helicopter Base
TE Combat Drone 155 / 90 / 11(8) / 30

Cannot be attacked by

Artillery units.

Movement costs constant no matter

the terrain (even water)

Light A/D+60; Artillery A/D+10

4160/1040/ 4h Combat Drone Base
FE Drone Swarm 170 / 110 / 1(1) / 18

Cannot be attacked by

Artillery units.

Movement costs constant no matter

the terrain (even water)

Rapid Deployment (Starts the battle in a random field on the map and acts before any other units);

Ranged A/D+100; Artillery A/D+150; Rocks A+40; House D+100; Forest D+50

5400/600/ 4h Drone Swarm Hub
AF Recon Raider 180 / 100 / 4(3) / 26

Dug-in (Gaind defense bonus if attacker is more than 2 spaces away.) D+50

Heavy A/D+60; Artillery A/D+120; Rubble A/D+20/35; Entrenchments A/D+60/50

4500/3000/ 4h Recon Raider Garage

Combat Strategy:

Fast and Furious:

Units:2-4 fast units, 2-4 light units and 2-3 ranged units.

The idea is no slow heavy units. The fast can get in there and take out any ranged classes while artillery unit helps. The light unit is fast enough to get to the fight the turn later and pick off their weakened troops with the artillery unit softening them up. Your fast will probably die after being surrounded by enemy troops, but a fast unit for a ranged units is a good trade. This strategy is risky but can be very effective if they have few heavy units.

All for One and One for All:

Units:1-3 fast units, 2-3 light units, 1-2 heavy units, 1-3 ranged units and 1-2 artillery units.

The idea is no matter what you face you will have an answer to it. If they have any range which they probably will your fast units can challenge it. They will either lose there ranged or hold their units back in defence allowing artillery units to pelt them or move forward slowly to protect their range. This will allow your fast units to get all the way around them looking for an opening. If no opening pelt them with range to force there formation to break up then your fast units move in as the point of your spear taking out their range with your light units right behind. With this you will unfortuneatly many fights have less useful units around a lot. Having 1 fast unit and artillery unit could be just throwing away those slots in some fights. Most use range and having 1 fast unit not a terrible idea. If they have no ranged classes your fast unit will be throw away units.

Pure Cavalry:

Units: 4-8 Fast Units, 0-4 Mounted Archers

The speed of both units allows you to quickly charge in and wipe out their ranged classes. Late game the only threat is light unit. You will be able to attack and wipe out their ranged classes. The other units of theirs will fall to you especially late game when Fast Units become great.

Mounted Archers were added in because they are cavalry and function very similar. If using both units you can as above take out all ranged classes and the mounted archers can work on taking out their light units which would kill your Fast Units. Late game its more important to protect the Fast Unit than Mounted archers. The fast units are very strong and once their light unit is out of the way you can kill everything else. You do have to worry about their Fast units killing your mounted archers but not much you can do about that. This sub strategy only works mid game since their is only 1 mounted archer unit and its effectiveness becomes less and less. If their were more mounted archers options you could use it late game better.