Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising 
Commanding Officer Statistics and Information FAQ

FAQ By Xenesis Xenon 
Version 2.2

Introduction:
The purpose of this FAQ is to provide you with the information on all the COs
in Advance Wars 2. This FAQ is probably all spoilers, so don't read it if you 
don't want to know. Whether helps you out shoot your friends or take down a 
foe in the war room, enjoy!

For strategies on the use of individual COs, please refer to the wonderful
In depth CO FAQs that various authors on the Gamefaqs Advance Wars 2 board
have written.


Contents:
-Introduction
-How to use this FAQ [FAQ]
-How CO Power Stars Work [STA]
-How the Luck CO Powers work [LUC]

-CO Information
Orange Star Army
-Andy [AND]
-Sami [SAM]
-Max [MAX]
-Nell [NEL]
-Hachi [HAC]

Blue Moon Army
-Olaf [OLA]
-Grit [GRI]
-Colin [COL]

Yellow Comet Army
-Sonja [SON]
-Kanbei [KAN]
-Sensei [SEN]

Green Earth Army
-Eagle [EAG]
-Drake [DRA]
-Jess [JES]

Black Hole Army
-Flak [FLA]
-Adder [ADD]
-Lash [LAS]
-Hawke [HAW]
-Sturm [STU]

-Thanks [THK]
-Version History [HIS]
-Legals [LEG]
-Contact Info [CON]

Use the find function and the codes [XYZ] to go straight to that section.

How To Read this FAQ [FAQ]

Commanding Officer Name
Unlocked: How to unlock this CO.
CO Type: Star CO or Normal. Star CO's have abilities or attributes that
apparently
make them more powerful than any given normal CO and have no weaknesses,
although
it's a point of hot debate.
CO Power: X + Y $Q/R- Stars Required for CO Power, Then additional stars for
Super CO Power Plus cost

Unit Price: 100% - Cost of the CO's units, 100% being normal.
Direct Vehicle:100/100 - Direct Vehicle Unit's Attack/Defence strength in 
percent
Indirect Vehicle: 100/100 - Indirect Vehicle Unit's Attack/Defence strength in 
percent
Planes: 100/100 - Plane Unit's Attack/Defence strength in percent
Copters: 100/100 - Helicopter Unit's Attack/Defence strength in percent
Direct Sea: 100/100 -Direct Sea Unit's Attack/Defence strength in percent. 
Battleship: 100/100 - Battleship's Attack/Defence strength in percent.
Soldiers: 100/100 - Soldiers Unit's Attack/Defence strength in percent

Other Info: None - Additional information on CO's abilities

CO Power-None: - Information on CO power effects and enhancements

SCO Power-None: - Information on Super CO power effects and enhancements

Winning Phrase: What the CO says when they win in the war room or VS Mode.

Pro: Benefits and advantages that this CO has in combat.
Con: Disadvantages this CO has in combat.

How CO Power Stars Work [STA]
Each star in the CO Bar is worth $9,000 damage taken. The amount added by 
causing damage is half the amount that is added when you take damage. Every 
time a CO power is used, this amount per star increases by $1,800.

How The Luck Works (Nell and Flak) [LUC]
The damage values for the luck powers are the maximum potential damages 
of the luck powers. However, there are a variety of factors that reduce 
the maximum luck damage that can occur. Every terrain defensive star 
reduces the maximum luck damage by 10% of it's maximum value. Also, CO 
defense lowers the max luck damage. Normal COs have up to +10% luck.
This is also affected by the above. So, say Nell used Lady Luck on
Kanbei's units sitting on a plain. The maximum luck would be
calculated by multiplying +100% by .6 (30% Defence and 1 Terrain
star) to produce a maximum luck of +60% damage.


Orange Star Army

Andy [AND]
Unlocked: Initially available for use
CO Type: Normal
CO Power: 3+3 $27,000/$54,000

Unit Price:100%
Direct Vehicle:100/100
Indirect Vehicle: 100/100
Planes: 100/100
Copters: 100/100
Direct Sea: 100/100
Battleship: 100/100
Soldiers: 100/100

Other Info: None

CO Power-Hyper Repair: Restores 2 HP on all units. 
+10% Defence, No Offence

SCO Power-Hyper Upgrade: Restores 5 HP on all units, Adds +1 Movement 
to units and Improves Offence. 
+10% Defence, +20% Offence

Winning Phrase: 'All Right! And I'll win next time, too!'


Pro: His CO powers make his units extremely hard to kill, because 
they come back on high health. Great at battling anything, anywhere.
Probably one of the easier COs to use, because of his healing powers
which allow you to excel in long, drawn out confrontations. Hyper repair
is wonderful for combating Hawke, Drake and Olaf's damage based powers,
as a 3 star CO power is working against a more expensive power to nullify
most of the effects.

Con: He's got no real weaknesses, but no real strengths either. Can tend
to be trumped by specialists in their fields.


Sami [SAM]
Unlocked: Initially available for use
CO Type: Normal
CO Power: 3 + 5 $27,000/$72,000

Unit Price 100%
Direct Vehicle:90/100
Indirect Vehicle: 100/100
Planes: 90/100
Copters: 90/100
Direct Sea: 90/100
Battleship: 100/100
Soldiers: 130/100

Other Info: 1.5 x Capture Rate, rounded down. All transports have +1 Movement


CO Power-Double Time: +1 Soldiers and Mech movement. Improved Infantry 
and Mech offence and defence. 
Soldiers: 10% Defence, +20% Offence
Other: +10% Defence, No Offence

SCO Power-Victory March: +2 to Soldiers movement, Improved 
Infantry and Mech offence and defence. Allows for the capture of any 
property in one day with the capturer on any amount of HP.
Soldiers: +10% Defence, +50% Offence
Other: +10% Defence, No Offence

Winning Phrase: 'Mission accomplished! Awaiting orders!'

Pro: Great for stealing cashflow from enemies. Solid Mech units can waste
a lot of more expensive ground units easily. Good at deploying quickly and
getting a good start early game. Great at playing an economic battle and
causing pain to opponents with cheap units, while she can save up a healthy
reserve of cash, allowing you to outnumber the opponent with expensive units.

Con: Pretty ineffective at Air and Sea, unless she's got a solid cashflow.
She will have a lot of troubles in a map that depends on air combat. She also
can have trouble late game, as her higher end units are a bit on the weak side.

Max [MAX]
Unlocked: Initially available for use
CO Type: Normal
CO Power: 3 + 3 $27,000/$54,000

Unit Price 100%
Direct Vehicle:120/100
Indirect Vehicle: 90/100
Planes: 120/100
Copters: 120/100
Direct Sea: 120/100 
Battleship: 90/100
Soldiers: 100/100

Other Info: -1 Indirect Unit maximum range.

CO Power-Max Force: Improves Direct Vehicle, Air and Sea unit Damage and +1 to
their movement 
Direct Vehicles: +10% Defence, +20% Offence 
Direct Sea: +10% Defence, +20% Offence
Copters: +10% Defence, +20% Offence
Planes: +10% Defence, +20% Offence
Other: +10% Defence, No Offence

SCO Power-Max Blast: Improves Direct Vehicle, Air and Sea unit Damage and +2 to
their movement.
Direct Vehicles: +10% Defence, +40% Offence
Direct Sea: +10% Defence, +40% Offence
Planes: +10% Defence, +40% Offence
Copters: +10% Defence, +40% Offence
Other: +10% Defence, No Offence.

Winning Phrase: 'Wahoo! Easy as pie!'

Pro: Great in the air, sea and open land maps. Strong Directs make
mincemeat out of enemy units. He's capable in many situations and
can cause untold damage to the enemy with his powers. He is very
mobile, as his powers boost movement, allowing him first strikes
as well.

Con: Gets murdered in maps with lots of chokepoints due to his
poor indirect units. Any maps with restricted movement will cause
him trouble as well, as the opponent can hurt him severely with
indirect. Flounders a bit at fog of war, as it's hard to deal
with opponents with direct units in FoW.

Nell [NEL]
Unlocked: Complete Campaign with an A or better rank
CO Type: Star
CO Power: 3 + 3 $27,000/$54,000

Unit Price: 100%
Direct Vehicle:100/100
Indirect Vehicle: 100/100
Planes: 100/100
Copters: 100/100
Direct Sea: 100/100
Battleship: 100/100
Soldiers: 100/100

Other Info: Lucky-can do up to +15% damage.

CO Power-Lucky Star: Improves Luck. She may do up to +60% extra damage.
Average Bonus: +25% damage
+10% Defence, No Offence

SCO Power-Lady Luck: Improves Luck more. She may do up to +100% extra damage.
Average Bonus: +59% damage
+10% Defence, No Offence

Winning Phrase: 'Nicely fought! See you again.'

Pro: Often does extra damage. Can kill on 90% attacks sometimes. Great with
hordes of cheap units to take maximum benefit from her CO powers. Under
her super power, Infantry can kill neotanks sitting on the road. She's
strong in maps with no terrain cover because that's when her powers have
the most potential for damage. She's great at bending the rules of unit
to unit damage. With enough troops, battle copters will take out AA's,
Soldiers will take out neotanks and so forth.

Con: Very unreliable. Her powers often fail you and you end up slaughtering
your own troops by a strong counterattack from the enemy. Also, playing Nell
will cause bouts of nostalgia for those who have played Advance Wars 1.

Hachi [HAC]
Unlocked: Complete Hard Campaign
CO Type: Triple Star
CO Power: 3 + 2 $27,000/$45,000

Unit Price: 90%
Direct Vehicle:100/100
Indirect Vehicle: 100/100
Planes: 100/100
Copters: 100/100
Direct Sea: 100/100
Battleship: 100/100
Soldiers: 100/100

Other Info: None


CO Power-Barter: Unit Deployment Cost is reduced to 50%
+10% Defence, No Offence

SCO Power-Merchant Union: Unit Deployment cost is reduced to 50% and 
allows deployment from any allied city.
+10% Defence, No Offence.

Winning Phrase: 'Done already? Better luck next time!'

Pro: Normal units for a cheaper price means that on a day to day basis
you can beat out the enemy with more numerous troops. CO powers are
dirt cheap to charge up as well. He's capable of building a huge army
at minimal cost, and his powers allow him to deploy them anywhere, just
about.

Con: None of his powers boost his units, or debilitate the opponent, so
he never really has gamebreaking CO power turns.

Blue Moon Army

Olaf [OLA]
Unlocked: Complete Blue Moon Campaign
CO Type: Normal
CO Power: 3 + 4 $27,000/$63,000

Unit Price: 100%
Direct Vehicle:100/100
Indirect Vehicle: 100/100
Planes: 100/100
Copters: 100/100
Direct Sea: 100/100
Battleship: 100/100
Soldiers: 100/100

Other Info: Unaffected by Snow, Affected by rain with normal Snow penalties


CO Power-Blizzard: Causes it to snow until Olaf's next turn
+10% Defence, No Offence

SCO Power-Winter Fury: Inflicts 2 Damage on all enemy units, causes it to 
snow until Olaf's next turn.
+10% Defence, No Offence

Winning Phrase:'Olaf's troops know no match!'


Pro: The only kind of weather he's affected by is rain, which slows down the
enemy anyway. His movement hindering powers allow him to set up easily when
the enemies have reduced movement because of the snow. He's also good at
whittling away the enemy's HP with his super power.

Con: Blizzard is a very hard power to use tactically. Highly ineffective on
maps loaded with roads and shoals. He's also a tough CO to use well, as he
requires a good knowledge of how to manipulate enemy troops, rather than
buffing his own forces.

Grit [GRI]
Unlocked: Complete Blue Moon Campaign
CO Type: Normal
CO Power: 3 + 3 $27,000/$54,000

Unit Price: 100%
Direct Vehicle:80/100
Indirect Vehicle: 120/100
Planes: 80/100
Copters: 80/100
Direct Sea: 80/100 
Battleships: 120/100
Soldiers: 100/100

Other Info: +1 Indirect Vehicle and Battleship maximum range


CO Power-Snipe Attack: Gives +1 Indirect Vehicle and battleship range and 
improves indirect Vehicle and Battleship attack power.
Indirect Vehicle:+10% Defence, +30% Offence
Battleship: +10% Defence, +30% Offence
Other:+10% Defence, No Offence

SCO Power-Super Snipe: Gives +2 Indirect Vehicle and battleship range and 
improves indirect Vehicle and Battleship attack power.
Indirect Vehicle:+10% Defence, +30% Offence
Battleship: +10% Defence, +30% Offence
Other:+10% Defence, No Offence

Winning Phrase: 'Not bad, y'all! Don't be a sore loser!'

Pro: Once he's installed himself in a part of the map, he's incredibly
difficult to remove. He's probably the best defensive CO in the game.
He is capable of defending any map area competently and his cheap
artilleries and rockets are more than a match for your opponents.

Con: Tends to get trumped on maps which feature high amounts of air
units. He also often has trouble at sea, because of his weak cruisers
and submarines. He gets attacked from too many sides on maps without
chokepoints for his indirects to be useful. Also, with his weak directs,
he's highly vulnerable to early game rushing. Get him before he's prepared
and grit is in serious trouble.


Colin [COL]
Unlocked: Complete Blue Moon campaign, and buy either Grit or Olaf
CO Type: Normal
CO Power: 2 + 4 $18,000/$54,000
Unit Price: 80%
Direct Vehicle:90/100
Indirect Vehicle: 90/100
Planes: 90/100
Copters: 90/100
Direct Sea: 90/100
Battleship: 90/100
Soldiers: 90/100

Other Info: None


CO Power-Gold Rush: Multiplies current funds by 1.5
+10% Defence, No Offence.

SCO Power-Power of Money: Damage is improved based on how much money 
he possesses. More money, more damage.
+10% Defence, +3.33% (.1/3, 3sf) Offence Per 1000 Cash
The formula for his unit power with his SCO is as follows:
Unit Strength ~ 90 + 0.00333x(Current Funds)
Offence Multiplier = .9 + .0000333x(Current Funds).

Notes:
Colin's units have this much power at these funds: 
90/110 at 0G
100/110 at 3003G
110/110 at 6006G
120/110 at 9009G
130/110 at 12012G
140/110 at 15015G
150/110 at 18018G
175/110 at 25526G
200/110 at 33033G
225/110 at 40451G
3420/110 at 999999G (Ouchies!)

Winning Phrase: 'Whew... I won! I really won!'

Pro: Cheap and numerous units help overwhelm the enemy. Also, filling up his
bar fully and using gold rush 2-3 days in a row nets enough cash to topple any
enemy with ease. His super power can do disgusting damage with enough funds
too. Will almost always have more targets than the opponent can shoot.

Con: Weak units tend to get wasted by CO's with stronger counterattacking
capabilities. He does poorly on maps with very low amounts of unit deployment
buildings. Often he starts to have trouble late game, as he no longer has a tech
level advantage to compensate for his unit's low firepower.

Yellow Comet Army

Sonja [SON]
Unlocked: Complete Yellow Comet Campaign
CO Type: Normal
CO Power: 3 + 2 $27,000/$45,000

Unit Price: 100%
Direct Vehicle:100/100
Indirect Vehicle: 100/100
Planes: 100/100
Copters: 100/100
Direct Sea: 100/100
Battleship: 100/100
Soldiers: 100/100

Other Info: +1 Vision, 150/100 when Counterattacking, Bad luck-May do
less damage than expected, up to -10%. Hides HP from enemy.

CO Power-Enhanced Vision: +1 Vision and allows vision into reefs and forests.
Note: Cannot see dived Submarines.
+10% Defence, No Offence

SCO Power-Counter Break: +1 Vision, allows vision into reefs and forests. 
Counterattacks before the enemy's attack and boosts counterattack strength.
Note: As Sonja is striking first, she does not get her counterattack bonus.
Note: Cannot see dived Submarines.
+10% Defence, No Offence

Winning Phrase: 'That settles that! It takes brains to win!'

Pro: Is very strong in Fog of war. Her extra vision, hidden HP, reef and
forest invading vision and boosted counterattacks are a nightmare for 
most enemies in Fog of War. Also, her CO powers are very cheap and her 
super power practically guarantees that your big and beefy units will
remain in good condition until your next turn. Because of all this she
is a very versatile defensive CO.

Con: Her unluckiness means that she can fail to kill on an 100% attack.
She has limited usefulness outside of fog of war, simply because her 
CO power and inherent abilities are oriented towards Fog of War.

[KAN]
Kanbei
Unlocked: Complete Yellow Comet Campaign
CO Type: Normal
CO Power: 4 + 3 $36,000/$63,000

Unit Price: 120%
Direct Vehicle:130/130
Indirect Vehicle: 130/130
Planes: 130/130
Copters: 130/130
Direct Sea: 130/130
Battleship: 130/130
Soldiers: 130/130

Other Info: None


CO Power-Morale Boost: Boosts attack power
+10% Defence +20% Offence

SCO Power-Samurai Spirit: Boosts attack and defence power, counterattacks are 
now 150% strength.
+30% Defence, +20% Offence

Winning Phrase: 'Kanbei is victorious! We shall meet again!'

Pro: Units are as tough as nails. His units are famous for getting 'Why the ****
won't it DIE?' responses during a game. His units can quite easily overpower the
enemy because of their superior attributes. He is incredibly powerful on small
maps where the extra cost is barely noticed. When using his Super power, units
on mountains and HQ's are invincible.

Con: He's always going to be at a numbers disadvantage due to his high costs.
On large maps, he's going to have trouble keeping up with all the expensive
units 
deployed because of his costs. He performs poorly on maps with few 
cities and lots of buildings to deploy units. He is also quite vulnerable to 
early game rushing, as his poor troop numbers and slow expansion rate 
will give him trouble.

Sensei [SEN]
Unlocked: Complete Yellow Comet Campaign and buy either Kanbei or Sonja
CO Type: Normal
CO Power: 2 + 4 $18,000/$54,000

Unit Price: 100%
Direct Vehicle:90/100
Indirect Vehicle: 90/100
Planes: 100/100
Copters: 150/100
Direct Sea: 90/100
Battleship: 90/100
Soldiers: 140/100

Other Info: Transports have +1 Movement


CO Power-Copter Command: Creates 9 HP Soldiers on all of your cities
ready to be used, boosts Copter attack power.
Copters: +10% Defence, +25% Offence
Other: +10% Defence, No Offence

SCO Power-Airborne Assault: Creates 9 HP Mechs on all of your cities
ready to be used, boosts Copter attack power.
Copters: +10% Defence, +25% Offence
Other: +10% Defence, No Offence

Winning Phrase: 'Hm hm hmmm... I've still got what it takes!'

Pro: His cheap units are VERY strong. He's effective with what's probably the
two most versatile units, Battle Copters and Mechs. His powers are great in 
the fact that they give you a free Soldiers/mech flood AND give his copters 
a boost to the level of power that they are actually stronger than AW1 
Max's Copters under Max Force. He's also good at pulling cash out of 
nowhere by using his CO powers.

Con: He's very weak in sea battles. He's probably always going to come out
second in a battle with heavy amounts of indirect fire units. As such, 
he is unsuited to maps with low mobility and heavy sea unit usage.

Green Earth Army

Eagle [EAG]
Unlocked: Complete Green Earth Campaign
CO Type: Normal
CO Power: 3 + 6 $27,000/$81,000

Unit Price: 100%
Direct Vehicle:100/100
Indirect Vehicle: 100/100
Planes: 115/110
Copters: 115/110
Direct Sea: 70/100
Battleship: 70/100
Soldiers: 100/100

Other Info: Aerial Units use 2 less fuel per day. Planes use 3, Copters use 0.


CO Power-Lightning Drive: Improves Aerial units' attack and defence
Planes: +20% Defence, +15% Offence
Copters: +20% Defence, +15% Offence
Other: +10% Defence, No Offence

SCO Power-Lightning Strike: Allows non Soldier units to carry out
another order after they are in wait mode, boosts aerial attack and defence 
power.
Planes: +20% Defence, +15% Offence
Copters: +20% Defence, +15% Offence
Other: +10% Defence, No Offence

Winning Phrase: 'Another victory! Was there ever any doubt!'

Pro: Air units are extremely good, with the less fuel use and improved stats.
His Super CO power allow for some amazing unit feats, like moving and then
shooting rockets, or dropping off a pair of Neotanks off a lander and then
shooting
the nearby coastguard units. His SCO power is probably THE single most powerful
tool for breaking a stalemate. He values speed and mobility, which his preferred
units grant him.

Con: His sea units are worthless. The only sea unit that's worth Eagle's while
is the lander. In maps with no air, he's significantly handicapped. Also, his 
CO power is pretty darn worthless in 99% of all situations, so he's usually 
better off saving for his SCO Power.

Drake [DRA]
Unlocked: Complete Green Earth Campaign
CO Type: Normal
CO Power: 4 + 3 $36,000/$63,000

Unit Price: 100%
Direct Vehicle: 100/100
Indirect Vehicle: 100/100
Planes: 70/100
Copters: 70/100
Direct Sea: 100/110
Indirect Sea: 100/110
Soldiers: 100/100

Other Info: Naval units have +1 Movement, All of Drake's units are Unaffected 
by rain, and the chance of rain increases by 7% when Drake is in play.

CO Power-Tsunami: Inflicts 1 HP damage on all enemy troops and 
halves their remaining fuel.
+10% Defence, No Offence

SCO Power-Typhoon: Inflicts 2 HP damage on all enemy troops, halves 
their remaining fuel and causes it to rain until Drake's next turn.
+10% Defence, No Offence

Winning Phrase: 'I won this time! I can't be beat at sea!'

Pro: His CO powers allow him to rule the seas and surprisingly enough, the
skies.
With the fuel cutting power, enemies will have to constantly refuel their troops
taking them away from conflict at the front lines. They will also have to spend
more money on APC's to do so, leaving them with less offensive troops. His ships
may not look like much, but the extra movement gives them a guaranteed first
strike on a day to day basis in any sea battle. His immunity to rain means 
that he can easily move through forests and plains while the enemy is bogged
in the mud. The damaging attribute of his CO powers also helps immensely 
to give Drake an advantage.

Con: His air units are in most situations, useless. While his CO powers give him
a definite air superiority, his air units are not going to defeat anything
anytime soon. Because of this, he has trouble on air heavy maps.

Jess [JES]
Unlocked: Complete Green Earth Campaign and buy either Eagle or Drake.
CO Type: Normal
CO Power: 3 + 3 $27,000/$54,000
Unit Price: 100%
Direct Vehicle:110/100
Indirect Vehicle: 110/100
Planes: 90/100
Copters: 90/100
Direct Sea: 90/100
Battleship: 90/100
Soldiers: 90/100

Other Info: None


CO Power-Turbo Charge: Grants vehicles +1 movement and an attack bonus. 
Resupplies all units with fuel and ammo.
Direct Vehicle: +10% Defence, +20% Offence
Indirect Vehicle: +10% Defence, +20% Offence
Other: +10% Defence, No Offence

SCO Power-Overdrive: Grants vehicles +2 movement and an attack bonus. 
Resupplies all units with fuel and ammo.
Direct Vehicle: +10% Defence, +40% Offence
Indirect Vehicle: +10% Defence, +40% Offence
Other: +10% Defence, No Offence

Winning Phrase: 'Never give up! That's my motto!

Pro: Her small day to day boost makes more of a difference than it appears
to. She's going to be popping units more often than usual. Even with her
weak troops, she's surprisingly good at air and sea combat, if only because
her troops never tend to run out of fuel and ammo because of her powers.
She's a pretty good all round CO, despite her unit stats. She never usually
needs APCs except for deploying Soldiers for capturing. Not quite an all
rounder, but stats in the right places make her a good CO.

Con: Her Soldiers and mechs are THE worst in the game. If there is an Soldiers
battle for property early game, she'll usually lose, so the early game is very
dangerous for Jess. She's also going to have a harder time on a naval or air
heavy map because of her weaker units there.

Strategy:

Black Hole Army

Flak [FLA]
Unlocked: Initially available for use.
CO Type: Normal
CO Power: 3 + 3 $27,000/$54,000

Unit Price: 100%
Direct Vehicle:100/100
Indirect Vehicle: 100/100
Planes: 100/100
Copters: 100/100
Direct Sea: 100/100
Battleship: 100/100
Soldiers: 100/100

Other Info: Dispersion- Attacks can fluctuate from weak to strong. 
He can do up to +15% or -10% damage.

CO Power-Brute Force: Increases dispersion range. Can do up to +40% 
damage, or -20% damage.
Average Bonus: +19% damage
+10% Defence, No Offence.

SCO Power-Barbaric Blow: Greatly increases dispersion range. Can do 
up to +80% or -30% damage.
Average Bonus: +45% Damage
+10% Defence, No Offence

Winning Phrase: 'What was that? A waste of my time!'

Pro: Often does extra damage. Can kill on 90% attacks sometimes. Great with
hordes of cheap units to take maximum benefit from his CO powers. He's
strong in maps with no terrain cover because that's when her powers have
the most potential for damage. He's great at bending the rules of unit
to unit damage. With enough troops, battle copters will take out AA's,
Soldiers will take out neotanks and so forth. Also, he has goggles and a
hazard yellow jacket. ;)
'Ze goggles! Zey do nothing!'

Con: Very unreliable. His powers often fail you and you end up slaughtering
your own troops by a strong counterattack from the enemy, especially when
your firepower drops. He's also completely overshadowed by Nell in every way.

Adder [ADD]
Unlocked: Complete Campaign.
CO Type: Normal
CO Power: 2 + 3 $18,000/$45,000

Unit Price: 100%
Direct Vehicle:100/100
Indirect Vehicle: 100/100
Planes: 100/100
Copters: 100/100
Direct Sea: 100/100
Battleship: 100/100
Soldiers: 100/100

Other Info: None


CO Power-Sideslip: Units gain +1 movement.
+10% Defence, No Offence

SCO Power-Sidewinder (US/Aus)/Snakebite (Europe): Units gain +2 movement.
+10% Defence, No Offence

Winning Phrase: 'Heh heh heh... What did you expect?'

Pro: He's a good all round CO with no particular advantages, except his CO
power.
It's a very cheap first strike for all units. With this, Adder can often rule
the skies and the seas. Because ALL his units get the boost, his capturing 
troops can run marathon lengths to the next city to capture out of 
nowhere. He's great at advancing masses of troops to and through the 
front lines and beating indirect units. His powers are good stalemate 
beaters.

Cons: To use his powers effectively is quite difficult. He's also very all round
so he can often lose in the specialist areas. Probably the most difficult CO to
use simply because he never gains any firepower bonuses in any areas 
and only ever has average units. You really need to take advantage of his 
first strike.

Lash [LAS]
Unlocked: Complete Campaign.
CO Type: Normal
CO Power: 4 + 3 $36,000/$63,000

Unit Price: 100%
Direct Vehicle: 100 +10xZ/100
Indirect Vehicle: 100 +10xZ/100
Planes: 100/100
Copters: 100/100
Direct Sea: 100 +10xZ/100
Battleship: 100 +10xZ/100
Soldiers: 100 +10xZ/100

Other Info: Each defensive star will add 10% to attack power, Excluding Aerial 
units as they don't get terrain benefits.

Note: Z=Number of Terrain defence stars.
Eg. If Lash's unit is on a forest (2 stars), Z=2.
Therefore the unit would have 100+10x2 Offence, Or 120%
If it is in a forest in Prime Tactics, the unit has 4 defence stars, Z=4
So the unit has 100+10x4, or 140% offence.

CO Power-Terrain Tactics: All movement costs drop to one.
+10% Defence, No Offence (Normal terrain attack bonus)

SCO Power-Prime Tactics: Doubles terrain defence stars for Lash's units, 
all movement costs drop to one.
+10% Defence, No Offence (Normal terrain attack bonus)
Note: She gets double her usual firepower from the terrain bonus, due to the
SCOP giving double defence stars.

Winning Phrase: 'Hee hee hee... Hm? Broken already?'

Pro: Free bonuses on the ground never hurt anybody. She's got the trump card
in any map that's rich in mountains, forests and cities. Admittedly, her CO
power is practically worthless for all intents and purposes. In most situations
you are usually better off using her SCO power instead.

Con: On road heavy, air and sea maps, she's not usually that useful at all, 
due to the nature of her powers. She's very dependent on terrain to be
effective, so often has trouble battling in a broader variety of situations.

Hawke [HAW]
Unlocked: Complete Campaign.
CO Type: Star
CO Power: 5 + 4 $45,000/$81,000

Unit Price: 100%
Direct Vehicle:110/100
Indirect Vehicle: 110/100
Planes: 110/100
Copters: 110/100
Direct Sea: 110/100
Battleship: 110/100
Soldiers: 110/100

Other Info: None


CO Power-Black Wave: Inflicts 1 HP damage on all enemy units and heals 1 HP 
on all of his units.
+10% Defence, No Offence

SCO Power-Black Storm: Inflicts 2 HP damage on all enemy units and heals 
2 HP on all of his units.
+10% Defence, No Offence

Winning Phrase: 'You're not weak--I'm just way too good!'

Pros: All his units pack a little extra punch. He's going to one shot kill
anything that normally nets a 95% attack percentage. He's great in 
large maps, and in mulitple person battles. The more players, the better 
for Hawke. A fantastic all round CO.

Cons: His CO powers take a LONG time to charge. By the time most CO's have
their super, Hawke's just gotten his CO power. His CO power is also pretty 
ineffectual, because it happens so rarely. His super is nice, but takes a LONG 
time for the power of it. He's also pretty bad in small maps simply because 
he's almost never going to see his CO powers. In Fog of war, his powers 
also reveal the location of all his units to the enemy.

Sturm [STU]
Unlocked: Complete Campaign with an S rank.
CO Type: Triple Star
CO Power: 0 + 10 $90,000

Unit Price: 100%
Direct Vehicle:120/120
Indirect Vehicle: 120/120
Planes: 120/120
Copters: 120/120
Direct Sea: 120/120
Indirect Sea: 120/120
Soldiers: 120/120

Other Info: Penalties on terrain is always 1, is affected normally by snow, 
Does not possess a CO power.

CO Power: None

SCO Power-Meteor Strike: Strikes the highest value group of enemy units in a
5x5 diamond which causes 8 HP of damage and improves attack and defence.
Sturm's units are worth negative money for value determination.
+30% Defence, +20% Offence

Winning Phrase: 'My name is Sturm. Hear it and tremble,'

Pro: Incredibly strong units for normal price. His troops are capable of beating
most CO's in their specialty areas. His units breeze through forests and reefs
like they were roads and mountains like they were footpaths. His Power, will
make mincemeat of any enemy, because not only does it decimate the enemy's most
expensive force, he gets a disgusting power boost.

Con: His super power takes ages to charge. Also, if you use him, your friends 
will hate you, because Sturm is a cheap CO.

Strategy:

Version History [HIS]
1.01 
Added Sonja's Bad Luck 
Fixed Sensei's net power. 

1.02 
Added data for Andy, Olaf, Kanbei and Colin's CO power. 
Scrapped net power because it was inaccurate and pointless. 
Added my calculations on CO power gain. 

1.03
Editing Phase

1.04 
Changed Vehicle, Indirect and Direct into Direct Vehicle and Indirect Vehicle 
Fixed Sami's Double Time Description 
Added all CO Power stats apart from Hachi 
Ran it through a spell check 

1.05
Completed Hachi's CO Information.
Updated Counter Break info (Thanks Roma_Emu!)

1.06
Fixed a bit of info that was missed from Sami's Profile, regarding 
battleships.

1.07
Fixed Counter break +Vision info (Thanks Psychotic Guy)
Added some Sami information that was missed (Thanks Psychotic Guy)

1.08
Added refined cost values about CO stars, plus information about it.

1.09
Added to CO stats. Now lists whether a CO is a Normal or Star CO.
Fixed Some information that was lacking in Grit's Profile.
Did some cleaning up with the formatting and arrangement
Edited some information that needed a little more clarification
Added the space for the CO Strategies section to each CO.


1.10
Individual CO Strategies for Co's Implemented in this version:
Andy: 1
Max: 1
Sami: 3
Hachi: 1

Grit: 4
Colin: 1

Eagle: 1
Drake: 1

Kanbei: 1
Sensei: 1

Flak: 1
Adder: 1
Lash: 1

1.11
Added Lots of information to Nell, regarding her Luck.
Added Lots of information to Flak, regarding his Luck/Dispersion
Did a bit of cleaning up, making it easier to read.
Fixed some typos in the strategies.
Added definite Values for Sonja's Bad Luck and CounterAttack.
Added The European version's name for Adder's SCO power.
Added Pro's and Cons to using all the CO's.
Corrected the fact that Sturm and Hachi are Triple Star CO's,
not star CO's.

2.0
Complete Overhaul to the layout of the guide
-Separated Strategies from General CO Information
-Separated the Battleship from Direct Sea units in the CO information
-Cleaned up some info.
-Now that the CO specific FAQs have been written, I feel that they would
be better served for your specific CO battling usages, the strategies
section has been removed for each CO. However, as a thanks for the writers,
their names shall remain in the credits.
-Extended the pros/cons section for COs in which I felt was lacking.

Included an update to Colin, PoM is +3.33% Per 1000g, not 3% (Increased
accuracy now)
Added a small tutorial on how to calculate Lash's Damage bonuses.
Added the formula for Colin's damage bonus.

2.1
Updates, mainly concerning luck.
A lot of major information regarding the specifics of luck has been added to
the guide. This affects Nell, Flak and Sonja. Also, the how luck works section
has been updated thanks to the efforts of Kireato testing new knowledge
that I found.

2.2
Added the exact percentage that Drake causes rain.

Thanks [THK]
Kireato: Providing a better insight on how luck works.
Roma_Emu: Sonja's counter break info-Pre emptive counterattacks
Psychotic Guy: Telling me I missed some information on Sami, and correcting 
some Counter Break info.

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Thanks A lot guys! :)

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