The Ranger is the Light Unit of the Colonial Age. It is a well-balanced army unit, with very respectable attack and defense stats. They are most effective against fast units and ranged units. It has a huge leap in attack and defense compared to Great Sword Warrior, gaining +10 on defense and attack. It is very effective against all fast units and is useful for attacking artillery units. However, it should avoid heavy units.


Rangers are special as they are the first unit in the game to have the 'Stealth" ability. This allows them to be immune from ranged attacks IF they are standing in a forest. In order to attack a Ranger, a unit must be in a hex that is adjacent to it. This ability greatly makes ranged and artillery units much less effective against the Ranger. However, forests are not on every map in sufficient quantities, so don't expect to be counting on this ability too much.

Against Same Age Units

Fast Units Dragoon

Rangers are very effective against the Dragoon. However, the Dragoon has much more defense than fast units before it, so the Ranger can be said to be less effective against the Dragoon than past light units against fast units. When hiding in forests and bushes, Rangers can take minimal damage against the Dragoon.

Heavy Units Grenadier

The Grenadier, the heavy unit and the counter to the Ranger, gains a ranged attack. This greatly reduces the Ranger's effectiveness against them, as Rangers will not be able to retaliate in case they are hit by a Grenadier. Taking advantage of the Stealth ability can nullify this, however, Rangers should still avoid combat with Grenadiers. Rangers should wait until the Grenadier is away from plains and into forests or bushes to attack them.

Ranged Units Musketeer

The Ranger gains an advantage against the Musketeer with the Stealth ability. Rangers hiding in forests will force Musketeers to get very close to attack, allowing Rangers to easily take them out. However, Musketeers now have 7 range, allowing them to do damage from a far distance. However, Rangers are able to kill a Musketeer in two hits, so all Rangers have to do is to get close the Musketeer, which isn't too hard, considering the average movement speed of the Musketeer.

Artillery Units Field Gun

The artillery unit of the age, the Field Gun, is very ineffective against the Ranger. Rangers can be used in substitute for the Dragoon for taking out Field Gun armies. Even if the Field Gun gets onto hills for an attack bonus, Rangers take only average damage. Players should note that the Field Gun has a massive range, able to hit Rangers even on the other side of the map.



Rangers, with one Ranger taking advantage of the Stealth ability

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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