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The Drone Swarm is the fast military unit of the Future Era. It is the slowest fast unit in the game. It is unlocked through the Quantum Communication, and is the first unlocked unit of the Future Era. It is trained in the Drone Swarm Hub and two unattached Drone Swarms can also be received from completing the Clear out Bonta Town Story Quest.

Compared to its predecessor, the Combat Drone, the Drone Swarm improves by 15 attack points and 20 defense points, and gains massive bonuses against ranged and artillery units, as well as very strong terrain bonuses. However, movement is nearly halved and now has a range of 1, making it the first melee unit since the Industrial Age Lancer. It also gains the Rapid Deployment ability, however, which still allows it to spawn randomly on the battlefield and get the first turn.

Usage[]

The Drone Swarm is arguably an extremely bad unit, all because of the lack of range and even mobility. It goes in the record for being the slowest fast unit in the game, slower than that of mounted cavalry units in the early ages. Despite its Rapid Deployment and Flying skills, it sometimes struggles to reach units on the first turn, leaving them vulnerable to attack in the middle of the battlefield. Even though the Combat Drone can be used as a higher era unit, this is generally one to avoid, especially as pairing them with rogues is often useless, as the initial Drone Swarms will often be the very first target for attack, resulting in a lot of damage taken before the rogues are even transformed.

Despite the poor movement and range of the Drone Swarm, they still have a very strong attack and a somewhat decent defense in proper terrain and often take little damage against artillery and ranged units, though other same age units are far more effective at this job than the Drone Swarm.

Against Same Age Units[]

Heavy UnitHover Tank[]

Although the Hover Tank's Stealth and bonuses against fast units are negligible, Drone Swarms are pretty weak when fighting Hover Tanks. Most of the time, they cannot reach the Hover Tank on the first turn, and secondly, the Hover Tank has enough range to avoid Drone Swarms attacking them on the next turn. Even if the Drone Swarm does manage to attack the Hover Tank, their effectiveness is limited by the Hover Tank's Force Field ability and they have to receive retaliation back.

Ranged UnitSatellite Spotter[]

Whilst the Drone Swarm has bonuses against ranged units, they are still rather limited by mostly not being able to attack them on the first turn. However, the Satellite Spotter cannot generally do much damage to the Drone Swarm, but their long range means that Drone Swarm will have to take many hits before being able to counterattack. Generally the Hover Tank is much more efficient at defeating waves of Satellite Spotters in general, especially as they can hide over their long range.

Light UnitExoskeleton Soldier[]

The Drone Swarm is extremely weak against the Exoskeleton Soldier, especially as the Exoskeleton Soldier has massive bonuses against fast units. Even worse, the Exoskeleton Soldiers can attack Drone Swarms at a distance, and when the Drone Swarms attack the Exoskeleton Soldier at melee range, they will face a retaliation with the combined force of their Blast and Close Quarters skill, receiving significant damage back.

Artillery UnitRail Gun[]

The Drone Swarm is usually strong against the Rail Gun, although the Drone Swarm's slow mobility may not guarantee them the first strike. Despite the Rail Guns being able to deal considerable damage to the Drone Swarm, the Rail Gun's Recharge skill (having to fire every two turns) should allow the Drone Swarm to be effective nevertheless. Usually it is the units defending the Rail Guns that cause trouble for the Drone Swarms, not the Rail Guns themselves.

Other Military Units[]

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

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