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Guide to modular commanders.



Warning: portions of this page are out of date



The commander system was substantially revamped in winter 2016. This page has only partially been updated to the new system.

Commander intro


Your commander can be configured with a variety of modules to suit your play-style.

It used to be that modules had to be unlocked with points (awarded at level up) but that's no longer the case. You can add any module you want in-game using the upgrade commander button. To save time in game you can also pre-configure commander loadouts on the this page or the link under Commanders in the home tab of the lobby. At the start of the game you will now be able to choose between your preset commander loadouts.
If you do not have any commander loadouts specified you can pick among several default "trainer" loadouts.

To keep the game balanced commander modules cost metal ingame and are not all applied at the start of the game. Commanders start at level 1 with no weapons or modules and can morph up to level ??. At level 2 commanders gain a single weapon. At level 4 commanders gain a second weapon, which can either be a second regular weapon or a special weapon. If a weapon slot is left empty the commander will be given a free peashooter in its place.

Each morph level gives a commander more health, more modules or weapons. Morphs have a base cost and additional cost based on the value of the modules or weapons that it will gain when the morph is complete. You can pre-configure your commander buildouts only through level 6 but you can upgrade to level _ in-game.

Unlike regular units, your commander is not disabled while morphing.

Modules and weapons



Number of slots per level



Commanders start at level 1. The number of modules and weapons increases with levels.

Commander level 1 2 3 4 5 6
base cost - 251 150 500 300 400
total Weapon slots 0 1 1 2 2 2
total Module slots 0 1 3 5 8 11

1 Equipping weapons and modules costs additional metal.

Module types


Modules have cyan names in the unlock list, although their icon color depends on their nature. They fall into four categories.

Stackable



These modules each give fairly minor and specific bonuses to an attribute with a wide range of modules to choose from. They are the only module that can be placed on the same commander more than once but to do so the module must be unlocked multiple times. They are good for low ingame metal cost and are good for fleshing out a loadout. A single type of this module could be stacked many times to create an extreme commander. These are cyan.

=== Support===

Support modules are not stackable. They can provide large expensive bonuses such as a shield, cloaking, jamming or a cloaker. There are also cheap ones such as resurrect and inbuilt radar. These are cyan as well.

Weapon Boosters



These modules are expensive but give a large bonus to a few specific weapons but can only be applied once. They are a space effective way to spend a module slot but make sure you have the weapon that they affect. They are purple.

Weapon types


There are 2 types of weapon, special and normal. Both weapon types are affected by the stackable range and damage modules. Weapon names are in red.

Normal



These are auto-targetting normal weapons that behave the same was as any other unit. They can be affected by weapon boosters and weapon converters given that it is the right weapon. They are all affected by stackable modules. They are red.

Name Range Reload time Damage DPS
Beam Laser330150
Flame thrower270
Heatray300
Machine Gun285
Light particle beam310
Lightning gun300
Missile launcher415
Riot cannon295
Shotgun290
Rocket launcher 430

Special



Special weapons have a long reload time and must be manually aimed with the 'D' key. They are only affected by stackable modules. They are orange and can only be put on the level 3 weapon slot.

Name Range Reload time Damage DPS
Cluster bomb 30
Concussion shell 25
Disintigrator 30
Disrupter bomb 25
Hellfire grenade 25
Multistunner 25
SLAM 30

Commander Chassis


There are 4 types of commander chassis to choose for a battle.

Common attributes


The commander you start the game with produces metal and energy per second. Additional commanders produced using the strider factory produce metal and energy per second. They all provide a sight distance of 500 and a sonar of 300. Chassis other than the Engineer Commander have 10 build power and 120 build range and the Engineer commander has 12 build power and _ build range.

Chassis list


Note that attributes on level 1 and level 2 are equal. Morphing to level 2 provides no bonus other than the weapon and module slot.

Strike Commander





Base Attributes Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
HP: 2500
Speed: 40
Autoheal: 5
HP: 3000
Autoheal: 12.5
HP: 4000
Autoheal: 20
HP: 5000
Autoheal: 27.5
HP: 6000
Autoheal: 35

Guardian Commander





Base Attributes Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
HP: 3000
Speed: 40
HP: 3800
HP: 4900
HP: 6000
HP: 7200

Recon Commander





Base Attributes Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
HP: 1600
Speed: 43
Can Jump
HP: 2100HP: 2600HP: 3100HP: 3600

Engineer Commander





Base Attributes Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
HP: 2000
Speed: 36
Build Power: 12
HP: 2500
Build Power: 14
HP: 3000
Build Power: 16
HP: 3700
Build Power: 18
HP: 4500
Build Power: 20

Exact effects of attribute modifiers


Attribute modifiers are applied in this order:

Percentage modifiers from commanders and stackable modules are additive, not cumulative. Five +10% speed modules multiply a commander's speed by 1.5 instead of by 1.1^5 = 1.61.

Percentage modifiers from weapon boosters and converters are cumulative and applied before other percentage modifiers. Think of them as changing the intrinsic stats of the weapon, rather than adding a bonus.