Hello Commanders! Finally it is there, the Ultimate guide to War Commander! It is mostly aimed at lower lvl players, but also contains lots of information that could be interesting for higher lvl players.
I made this guide for my 10,000th post, as a big (and maybe final) contribution to the War Commander Community. It's there as help for players that just started playing, or that want to know more about War Commander. The guide does not go very deep into most topics, although most of the time it provides links to threads that do.
Happy reading!Table of Contents:-Basics
If you are totally new to War Commander, first try to check out the Field Guide (http://forums.kixeye.com/faq.php?faq=wc#faq_fieldmanual
) to learn how to play. This section carries on on the basics of War Commander.
The Basics of War Commander starts with a explanation of the basic screen, to show what everything is and does:
1: This is where your in-game name is displayed. You can change your in-game name by clicking on the Command Center, then click 'set nickname'. Beware that the first name change is free, but every other name change after that costs you 100 gold.
2: This is where your xp bar is displayed. It shows how much xp you need to gain before you can lvl up. Hover with your cursor over the bar to get more information.
3: This is where is displayed how much metal you have, The blue bar shows the amount of Metal you have, and the total bar shows the maximum amount of metal you can hold. Upgrade your Metal Storages to increase the maximum amount of metal you can hold. Hover your cursor over the bar to get more information.
4: This is where is displayed how much oil you have, The blue bar shows the amount of oil you have, and the total bar shows the maximum amount of oil you can hold. Upgrade your Oil Storages to increase the maximum amount of oil you can hold. Hover your cursor over the bar to get more information.
5: This bar shows the amount of Power you're consuming at the moment against the total amount of Power your Power Plants are providing at that moment. The first number indicates how much power your buildings are consuming at the moment, the second number shows the amount of Power your Power Plants are providing at the moment. Upgrade your Power Plants to increase the amount of power they give. You can also put your power Plants on overdrive (click on your power plant, then click on 'overdrive'). Power Plants on overdrive will produce 50% more power than they normally produce, but they will also slowly get damaged. It will self destruct in 4 hours.
6: This shows the capacity of units you have on your base (first number) against the total capacity you can have on your base (second number). Upgrade your Command Center to increase the maximum capacity of units you can have on your base.
7: This shows the amount of Gold you have. Gold can be bought with facebook credits (so they cost real money!) and you can use Gold to speed up repairs or upgrades, or to purchase items from the store. (Click the 'Store' button for that). You can add Gold to your War Commander account by clicking on the '+' next to your Gold balance.
8: Number 8 includes all 6 blue boxes on the left side of your screen. These boxes show all buildings that can build/research things and your dozer, and it will show the time remaining when the building is active. When you click on the arrow it will immediately take you to the appropriate building.
9: This is the Chat box. You can use it to communicate with other players in your sector.
10: This shows the mission box. It contains a number of missions, varying from unlocking certain units to looting a certain amount of resources. When you have completed a quest, it will be marked green. If a mission is marked green, you can click on it to receive free resources!
11: This contains all 4 blue buttons above the mission box. The platoon button will open the Storage building for you, so you can quickly go to and alter/deploy your platoons. The buildings button will open the buildings tab which will show all buildings you can build. The Store button will take you to the Store, where you can purchase items like base expansions and resource compressions using Gold.
12: This contains all the small buttons in the top right corner of the screen. From left to right on the top row: The most left button is the Fullscreen button, which you use to go into or out of fullscreen. The second button is the Music Button, which you use to turn the Music off/on. Right next to it is the Sound button, which you use to turn off/on the the Sound. The most right icon on the top row is the Save icon. When it's red it means that the game is saving, and when it's grey, it means the game has finished saving. On the bottom row from left to right, you have the Updates Button, which will open a screen where all update message are displayed. Using this you can scroll to older updates. Right next to it is the Zoom button, which you use to zoom in/out, although you can only zoom in/out in small screen. The most right button in the bottom row is the Settings button, which you use to change settings in the game.
Now let's talk about unit management. There are 2 places in the game where can manage your units: the buildings where the units can be build and scrapped (the Barracks for infantry units, the War Factory for vehicles and the Airfield for air units), and the Storage, where you can create platoons of the units you have built (more later on creating a platoon).
First, let's talk about building units. If you want to build an unit, you have to open the appropriate building (the Barracks for infantry units, the War Factory for vehicles and the Airfield for air units). A screen like this should pop up (this is the Barracks):
As you can see there are 2 tabs on top. Make sure to have the Train/Build tab open.
The let's go over the numbers:
1: the left side of the screen shows you what infantry units there are and which you can build. In this case I have unlocked all infantry units, so I am able to build all infantry units. Under the pic of the units there is a number that indicates how many of that unit you have already build, but is not yet used in a platoon.
Hover your cursor over the unit you want to build to get information of that unit on the right side of the screen. If you want to queue the unit for building, click on the left side of the screen on the pic of the unit.
2: this shows a picture of the unit, with the level stars under it, indicating the lvl of that unit.
3: next to the picture, information is given on the building of the unit. The upper 2 boxes show the amount of metal and oil it costs to build the unit. Beware that build costs increase when a unit is upgraded. The 3rd box from above indicates the time it takes to build that unit. Build times can be decreased by upgrading the respective building the unit is build in. The lowest box indicates the space the unit will take up when you have build it.
4: These 4 colored boxes are called 'Damage Filters'. If you hover your mouse over the icons, you will see how effective the unit is against each target: Infantry, Vehicles, Air and Buildings. These icons are damage modifiers, and increase or decrease the damage done to the different targets. The exact percentages are not known (yet).
5: This part shows the basic stats of the unit: speed, health, range and damage.
6: This box shows how much space is already occupied in your Storage and how much is left.
7: This is where your build queue will be shown once you have queued up some units for building.
This screen is exactly the same for the War Factory and Airfield, although the Airfield has an extra tab 'Repair', which I will talk about later.
But what if you build an unit, but you don't want it anymore? In this case, you go to the Dismiss/Scrap tab to get rid off the units. Making a scrap queue works similar to making a building queue. Once you've queued up the units you want to delete, you click on the big yellow button that reads 'Dismiss'/'Scrap'. Left next to the button the boxes show how much resources you get in return for Dismissing/Scrapping the units. Beware that scrapping damaged units gives you less resources and scrapping dead units gives you no resources.
Now I will teach how to repair your units. When a platoon contains units that are damaged, the health bar of the platoon shown when you open the Platoon screen will indicate this. To repair a damaged or dead platoon, you hover your cursor over the platoon in the Platoon screen, and then click the 'Repair' button.
If Air units are damaged, they are repaired in the Airfield. Open the airfield and click on the 'Repair' tab. Then click on each damaged unit to automatically add it to the repair queue.