Scout


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Scout

Age: Tool
Prerequisites: Build Town Center, build Barracks, build Stable.
Upgrade Cost: – – –
Research Cost: – – –
Cost: 100 food
Hit Points: 60
Attack: 3
Armor: – – –
Piercing Armor: – – –
Range: – – –
Speed: Fast
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Description:
The Scout is the weakest cavalry unit. The Scout cannot be upgraded.
Researching Nobility increases hit points. Toolworking, Metalworking, and Metallurgy increase attack strength. Leather Armor, Scale Armor, and Chain Mail increase armor.

Comments

Scouts are available from the Tool Age. They’re almost the weakest military units you can get and they’re as neutral as any other unit in the game. They’ll practically only attack towers on their own initiative, so be careful when you take them for a ride. The great power of Scouts isn’t in their attack strength, which is only 3, or their hitpoints, 60 isn’t too many either, but in their wide line of sight (LoS), which is increased by 2 at every age upgrade. These guys are best for spotting resources at greater distances from home and for monitoring enemy movements. Try to keep them out of fights but use their LoS so you can see where to send your army when they’re done and start a long coffee break. Great at uncovering dark sports on the map and revealing enemy movements, these timid boys aren’t very good at the real thing. If you are Yam and want to try a Scout Rush in Tool you can be very successful, otherwise keep ’em for reconnaisance and killing the odd Villager walking on his own.

Peter
History

An important innovation in military tactics was the provision of skirmish, or light, troops that scouted ahead of the main body when an army was on the move. While it was important to form solid, disciplined ranks of spearmen or other infantry for the shock of hand-to-hand combat, these dense formations were vulnerable to surprise. It was the function of scouts to keep the army commander informed of the tactical situation and locate enemies so the main body was brought into combat at the right place and time. At the Battle of Kadesh in 1275 BC, Ramesses II of Egypt did not investigate reports that the Hittite army was far to the north. Instead he advanced one of his four divisions across the Orontes River and was attacked while his second was still crossing. Ramesses managed to win the battle, but the lack of proper scouting put his army in jeopardy.