The Breech Loader is the artillery class unit of the Industrial Age. It is the last unlocked unit in the Industrial Age, and is recruited in the Breech Loader Factory. It has low damage and defense stats, but the longest attack range in the game. Continuing past trends of artillery units, it receives additional damage on hills for terrain bonus. It is effective against heavy unit class, but vulnerable to any melee attacks or at 2 spaces. It has the special ability Dug-in, so it receives a defense bonus if the enemy is more than 2 spaces from away it, just like the previous 2 artillery units. This is the last "classical" artillery units. The next era changes combat roles significantly.


The Breech Loader should be used as in past ages- for attacking ranged and heavy units. The Breech Loader is less useful compared to artillery units of past ages, due to the overall range increase of all units of the Industrial Age, combined with artillery having Dug-In and light units having Stealth. The primary goal of the Breech Loader should be to attack Howitzers and Riflemen.

Against Same Age Units

Fast Units Lancer

The Breech Loader is ineffective against the Lancer. The Lancer has good defense values and has a high movement speed, allowing Lancers to easily reach and kill Breech Loaders in two hits. Since Lancers are a melee unit, it ignores the Dug-In ability of Breech Loaders, usually resulting in a double hit kill.

Light Units Jaeger Infantry

Jaegers, along with the Lancer, are one of the best units to counter Breech Loaders. The Stealth ability of Jaegers allows it to hide in forests and hit Breech Loaders without fear of being hit on a turn, unless the Breech Loader is right next to it, which would result in quick death for the Breech Loader. Jaegers can easily hide in forests and hit Breech Loaders over and over while the Breech Loaders are unable to retaliate.

Heavy Units Howitzer

The Howitzer is the best target for Breech Loaders to attack. The natural defense of the Breech Loader against Howitzers plus the Dug In ability means that Howitzers are usually not able to damage Breech Loader significantly. Meanwhile, the decreased defense of the Howitzer compared to heavy units of previous ages means that Breech Loaders are especially effective against Howitzers.

Ranged Units Rifleman

The Rifleman has somewhat high defense for a ranged unit, allowing it to take less damage than usual when hit by a Breech Loader. If a Rifleman gets in range of the Breech Loader, the Rifleman will do moderate damage against it. However, the good range of the Breech Loader means that Breech Loaders can easily hit Riflemen and kill them in a few hits.

In History

Breech Loaders differ from Muzzle loading in that the projectile is loaded into the rear/breech of the gun instead of loading into the muzzle of the gun. This meant a much faster reloading speed. Also, it increased accuracy, and allowed artillery pieces to be smaller, as reloading was much easier. It was made popular in the late 19th century, with improvements to machinery production.


The Breech Loader is crewed by a man in a red uniform who appears to be looking into the distance. The Breech Loader looks like a standard cannon with wooden and iron parts.


Breech Loader

Two Breech Loaders in battle

Other Military Units

Military Units
All Ages Heavy Units Color GuardLight Units Military DrummerLight Units RogueFast Units/Heavy Units Champion
Bronze Age Light Units SpearfighterLight Units ClubmanHeavy Units WarriorFast Units Horseman
Ranged Units SlingerArtillery Units Stone Thrower
Iron Age Light Units SoldierHeavy Units LegionnaireFast Units Mounted Warrior
Ranged Units ArcherArtillery Units Ballista
Early Middle Ages Light Units MercenaryHeavy Units Armored InfantryHeavy Units BarbarianFast Units Heavy Cavalry
Ranged Units Mounted ArcherRanged Units Barbarian SlingerArtillery Units Catapult
High Middle Ages Light Units BerserkerHeavy Units Heavy InfantryFast Units Knight
Ranged Units CrossbowmanArtillery Units Trebuchet
Late Middle Ages Light Units Great Sword WarriorHeavy Units Imperial GuardFast Units Heavy Knight
Ranged Units Longbow ArcherArtillery Units Cannon
Colonial Age Light Units RangerHeavy Units GrenadierFast Units Dragoon
Ranged Units MusketeerArtillery Units Field Gun
Industrial Age Light Units Jaeger InfantryLight Units Brave WarriorHeavy Units HowitzerFast Units Lancer
Ranged Units RiflemanRanged Units Mounted BraveArtillery Units Breech Loader
Progressive Era Light Units ConscriptHeavy Units TankFast Units Armored Car
Ranged Units SniperArtillery Units Rapid Fire Cannon
Modern Era Light Units Bazooka TeamHeavy Units Battle TankFast Units Mechanized Infantry
Ranged Units ParatrooperArtillery Units Mechanized Artillery
Postmodern Era Light Units CommandoHeavy Units Universal TankFast Units IFV
Ranged Units MG TeamArtillery Units Rocket Artillery
Contemporary Era Light Units Strike TeamHeavy Units Assault TankFast Units Attack Helicopter
Ranged Units Anti-Aircraft VehicleArtillery Units Missile Artillery
Tomorrow Era Light Units Ultra APHeavy Units Stealth TankFast Units Combat Drone
Ranged Units Anti-Materiel SniperArtillery Units Microwave Blaster
Future Era Light Units Exoskeleton SoldierHeavy Units Hover TankFast Units Drone Swarm
Ranged Units Satellite SpotterArtillery Units Rail Gun
Arctic Future Light Units Dragon DroneHeavy Units Battle FortressHeavy Units Behemoth
Fast Units Recon RaiderRanged Units Surrogate SoldierArtillery Units Plasma Artillery
Oceanic Future Light Units MantaLight Units ScimitarHeavy Units C.R.A.B. MechHeavy Units Octopod
Fast Units Hydroelectric EelFast Units GlidersRanged Units Sub CruiserRanged Units Nautilus
Artillery Units TurturretArtillery Units Medusa
Virtual Future Light Units Augmented SamuraiRanged Units NinjaArtillery Units Rocket TroopHeavy Units Ronin BotFast Units Warrior Monk
Space Age Mars Light Units Space MarineRanged Units Tesla WalkerArtillery Units SniperbotHeavy Units Steel WardenFast Units Sentinel
Space Age Asteroid Belt Light Units Drill RangerRanged Units Nail StormArtillery Units B.E.L.T.Heavy Units ShredderFast Units Hover Hammer

Legend: Light Units= Light Unit Class Heavy Units= Heavy Unit Class Fast Units= Fast Unit Class Ranged Units= Ranged Unit Class Artillery Units= Artillery Unit Class

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