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Explanation of the unit mapicons.

Icon Guide


ZK uses a unique icon system, assigning each unit class and chassis a specific map icon. You can see these icons when you zoom out enough, or when you hit TAB.





Needless to say, these icons can be rather confusing, even intimidating, to the new user. Fortunately, they're actually very simple, and this guide will explain them to you.

General


The icon system is mostly modular; an icon indicating a unit role is superimposed on an icon representing a chassis type (bot, vehicle, etc.)

Thus a raider vehicle is

and an artillery tank is


Chassis icon Type Chassis icon Type
Cloakbot Vehicle
Shieldbot Tank
Jumpjet Spider
Ship Hover
Amph Aircraft
Strider
Defense Static


Role icon Type Role icon Type
Raider Assault
Skirmisher Riot
Artillery Anti-air
Scout Long range arty
Radar Bomb/special
Jammer Shield
Ranged Support Anti-Nuke

Static Defense


Static defenses use the normal icon system, though the roles don't correspond exactly. The exception is the Heavy SAM icon used by the long-ranged missile tower, the Screamer.

Icon Unit Icon Unit
LLTHLT
Missile TowerAntiswarm
Faraday/NewtonRazor
Cobra (flak)Screamer (LRMT)
Anni/DDM

Factories


Factories use the chassis icon of the units they build superimposed on the static building icon.

Icon Class Icon Class
CloakbotVehicle
ShieldbotTank
JumperSpider
AirplaneGunship
HoverShip
Amph

Usually, however, the factory's icon will be obscured by the icon of whatever it's building.

Econ Buildings



Icon Unit
Metal Extractor
Wind/Tidal Generator
Solar Collector
Geothermal Generator
Fusion Reactor
Advanced Geothermal
Singularity Reactor
Energy Pylon



Aircraft


Although aircraft do have a chassis icon, they generally use pictographic icons, as below:

Icon Unit Icon Unit
Multirole fighterDedicated fighter
Precision bomberNapalm bomber
EMP bomberImplosion bomber
Radar plane
Light gunshipHeavy gunship
TransportBlastwing


Ships


Like aircraft, ships use pictographic icons.

Icon Unit Icon Unit
SkeeterTyphoon
ShredderCrusader
HunterEnforcer
ReefWarlord
SnakeSerpent
LeviathanSurfboard


Misc. Units


Many units have specific icons that reflect their unique roles, particularly superweapons such as LRPCs and nuclear silos.

Superweapons



Icon Unit Icon Unit
Cruise missileLRPC
Nuclear siloStarlight
Detriment

Other units



Icon Unit Icon Unit
ConstructorAircon
Dirt BagMine
PenetratorSniper
CommanderChicken Queen





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