Unit commands

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Units are controlled by giving them commands. There are three kinds of commands:

  • targeted commands, such as Move or Attack.
  • instant commands, such as Wait or Self-destruct.
  • state commands, such as Fire State or Cloak.

Some targeted commands have area versions, where the command is given continuously onto valid targets in the area as long as there are any. Drag when giving the order to do an area command.

Others have line versions. Each unit being given the order gets a different target along the line.

Most targeted and instant commands can be queued using SHIFT. This puts the order at the end of the queue. You can also use SPACE to insert at the front of the queue, or SHIFT+SPACE to insert in the middle of the queue (between two closest orders).


Commands can have their behaviour modified using ALT and CTRL.

Command Click behaviour Drag behaviour +ALT +CTRL
Repair a live unit; Assist construction Area command. Applies the click command to valid targets in the area, as long as there are any For area only. Persist the area even when no valid targets inside (continue if any new show up) Only repair live units, do not assist construction.
Build a mex at given spot Queue mexes across the area Surround each mex in the area with 4 solars. Works on already-built mexes. None.
Reclaim target (unit or feature) Reclaim features across the area. Area only. Persist the command even when no features are in the area. Area only. If centered on a live unit, reclaim all units of this type in the area. Else, ignore metal-less features, such as trees. There is a menu option to do this by default, in which case trees can be reclaimed either with CTRL or by centering the area on a tree.
Resurrect target wreck Area version. Resurrect wrecks in given area as long as there are any; ignore ones that are partially reclaimed. Area only. Persist the command even when no resurrectables are in the area. Area only. Resurrect even partially reclaimed wrecks (but still not those actively being reclaimed - this requires single target command).