H H A L 00000 H H A A L 0 0 HHHHHHH A A L 0 0 H H AAAAAAA L 0 0 H H A A LLLLLLL 00000 W W A RRRRR SSSSS W W A A R R S WW WW A A RRRRR SSSSS WW W WW AAAAAAA R R S WW WW A A R R SSSSS (Craptasitic, eh? If you can make me one, your help ================= is appreciated!!) FORGE ================= Websites this FAQ is allowed on: www.gamefaqs.com (See this on another site not listed here? Send me an email!) |=|=========================================================================|=| | | Table of Contents | | |=|=========================================================================|=| 1) Version History and Updates......................... [VH&U] 2) Introduction........................................ [INTR] 3) Forge introduction.................................. [FORI] 4) Unit information.................................... [UNIN] 5) Tatics/Strategies................................... [FOTA] 6) Frequently Asked Questions.......................... [FQUs] 7) Contact information................................. [CONT] 8) Copyright information............................... [COPI] |=|=========================================================================|=| | | Version History [VH&U] | | |=|=========================================================================|=| THINGS LEFT TO BE DONE: all units for COVENEANT more tactics/strategies Frequently Asked Questions Version 1.00 - The very basic of this FAQ. Requires a lot more work put into it, but will be updated regularly until I think it's completed. Need to finish Covenant Units and add more strategies. Submitted 06/22/2009 UPDATES: N/A |=|=========================================================================|=| | | Introduction [INTR] | | |=|=========================================================================|=| Welcome to my second faq in a very long time! I've finally got off my lazy butt and decided to write something for the community. Bear with me that I am still not that well with managing faqs, so don't get mad at me! I am trying to make adjustments so the faq is easier to read. I would like to thank you for choosing this faq, and I hope that you have some enjoyment and learn something from this. To start it off, some information about Halo Wars. Halo wars is a game developped by Ensemble Studios (Now Robot Entertainment) and published by Microsoft Game Studios. It was released UK and Asia on Febuary 27th 2009, and the release for US was March 3rd, 2009. The difference in dates are unknown. Halo Wars is something a Halo fan will never expect; a real-time strategy game (RTS) with the likes of a Warthog or Banshee. It was never thought to be a Halo game; originally the controls were made on the Xbox 360, and the Halo Theme was requested to Microsoft, to which they agreed to. It was eventually reveiled during Microsoft's X06 Xbox Show, and hoped to bring Halo players and strategy gamers together. Halo + Strategy = What? impossible!!!! Many fans were angered by this "disgrace" and that Halo should stay as a FPS game forever; while others thought this could bring some variety to the series. Nevertheless, the game was developped, and many fans were delighted. Even some brainless-fools bought Halo Wars just because they saw "Halo", but was dissappointed that it was a RTS game. And on to my guide... This guide specifically made for Seargent Forge, a leader in the game. A Leader with a very powerful Super Unit, the Grizzly, a super-version of a Scorpion tank. He also gets access to Heavy Supply Pads instead of Normal Supply Pads to be built instantly and also the Carpet Bomb, an artilery in which you set a point and a direction. In this guide you will find information on units (and how to combat them), strategies and tatics, and combatting other Forge players. *Note! This is assuming you know how to play the game. No instructions or basic stuff (like how to make units, or building up bases) will be seen at all in this FAQ. If you need help, please use the Halo Wars manual or another one of these wonderful guides on gamefaqs. Also, I will not be covering any bases, non-unit upgrades,such as turrets. Sorry for the inconvienience. |=|=========================================================================|=| | | Forge Information [FORI] | | |=|=========================================================================|=| And more about Forge... Forge is a sergeant in the UNSC on board The UNSC Spirit of Fire. He commands numerous troops and has gained the respect of many; but his personality makes people think that he is a joke. He does get the job done though... "He¡¦s the guy you want in the foxhole next to yours¡K but you¡¦d never introduce him to your sister." - Halo Wars Manual Well put Ensemble! (or Robot) In the game, he isn't a joke at all. In multiplayer (with the exception of 1v1, then it's kinda funny) Forge can be a very dangerous enemy if played the right way. Usually, Forge will be the one that does nothing early in the game but will completely wreck you mid game. This guide here is to play as Forge and to fight these Forge players... and survive. Forge gains these specials that others don't have: - Supply pads start out as Heavy Supply Pads (saves time and 100 resources) - Carpet Bomb (Artillery type of weapon, leader power) - Cyclops, a heavy infantry unit that can take down infantry units, destroy buildings really quickly, and can heal other units. - the Grizzly, a super version of the Scorpion. Extremely tough, can be really dangerous. This guide is made for EVERYONE, not just Forge. There are strategies to use and to defeat Forge, so don't be disappointed. |=|=========================================================================|=| | | Unit Information [UNIN] | | |=|=========================================================================|=| The guide to ALL units (not just Forge's), how they work and how to combat them,(with Forge obviously) unless they cannot be used by Forge. The super versions are listed in their former variants.Use the 4 letter words (hot keys) to quickly jump to each section. ==== =UNSC= ==== Marines ...............[MRNS] Flamethrowers..........[HELB] Spartans...............[SPTS] Warthogs...............[WRHS] Scorpions..............[SCOS] Cobras.................[COBS] Wolverines.............[WOVS] Hornets................[HRNT] Vultures...............[VLTS] Leader Units...........[LDUNHUMN] ******* *Covenant* ******* Leaders................[LEDS] Grunts.................[GNTS] Jackals................[JCKS] Hunters................[HNTS] Ghosts.................[GHST] Wraiths................[WRHS] Locust.................[LCST] Engineers..............[EGNS] Banshees...............[BNSH] Vampires...............[VAPS] Scarab.................[SCRB] Leader Units...........[LDNUCVNT] My format follows as like this: Unit Type of unit (anti-air, anti- vehicle, anti-everything etc) Population Tech Created from Resources needed Ugrades Special attacks Avantages and Disavantages Comments *Note! Whenever you upgrade your units, they will gain more defense each time, so it is recommended you upgrade them once in a while to keep up. ====== =Marines= [MRNS] ====== Marines can have some of the best upgrades, but they are no where near the best unit. Infantry (anti-nothing unit) 1 Population 0 Tech required Barracks 100 resources Upgrades: Upgrade #1 (200 res. 1 Tech) - New Blood. Adds another marine to the squad to increase battle effectiveness. Upgrade #2 (400 res. 2 Tech) - RPG Launcher. Changes grenade ability to Rockets, now able to hit air units. Upgrade #3 (700 res. 3 Tech) - Medic. Heals unit after certain amount of time after battle. Does not add back marines to the unit. (say if the unit had only 2 marines left, the others will not regenerate, unlike the leader heal ability, Cyclops,and the Engineer) *Special Ugrade* (1800 res. 3 Tech)- Orbital Drop Shock Troopers (ODSTs). A much tougher version of the marines, they have all the upgrades, they wield shotguns, and they can be dropped as a leader power. *Captain Cutter Only!* ----------------- =Special Attacks= ----------------- Grenades - Pressing Y will cause the marines to throw grenades (not air units) and will do a lot more damage. RPGs - Pressing Y will cause the marines to shoot rockets at everything. Much more effective than grenades, and can hit air units. ODST Drop - Drop a ODST squad anywhere on a not fogged area on the map, will recharge the same time as a marine is built in the barracks. Max. 10 at a time, will recharge 1 at a time. *Captain Cutter Only!* ----------- +Avantages+ ----------- - Cheap (100 ressources) - Can be accessed immediately through barracks, no need for tech level - Can be trained very quickly - Upgrades are cheaper than other units - Special attacks recharge very quickly --------------- -Disadvantages- --------------- - Very weak - weak against vehicles, Anti-infantry, and air units (they don't do much) - Moves very slowly (boosted with Adreneline) ========== *Comments* ========== Marines may be the cheapest unit with the cheapest upgrades, but you must be ready to replace them. A lot. They have very weak health and can be decimated in a second. Forge players should only use them for base defense early in the game, since he does not have access to the ODST upgrade. Upgrading the marines all the way as Forge is a waste too, so use these units only for early defense. Also, make sure you have a good number as well; 5 marines can't do much against a warthog rush. Against a Captain Cutter player, expect ODSTs to be dropped and be in good numbers. Usually Captain Cutter will slap on some counter units to help these ODSTs, so you must think fast to counter them. Vehicles (mainly Scorpions and Wraiths) are your best bet here. Anti-infantry units are also very useful, but that's about only what they are good at, and flamethrowers are kinda useless. ============= =Flamethrowers= [HELB] ============ They kinda look like Spartan IIIs, don't they? but they're not. Infantry (Anti-Infantry unit) 1 population 0 Tech Required Barracks 100 resources Upgrade #1 (200 res. 1 Tech) Flashbang. stuns enemy infantry units for a short period of time. Upgrade #2 (500 res. 2 Tech) Napalm. Increase effectiveness of flamethrowers and enemies will now catch on fire. Upgrade #3 (700 res. 3 Tech) Oxide. Increase effectiveness once more. ----------------- =Special attacks= ----------------- Flashbang Attack- Pressing Y will cause the flamethrowers to use flashbangs, to stun enemies, making them useless for a short period of time. ------------ +Advantages+ ------------ - Very cheap (100 resources) - Can be accessed without Tech level - Can train quickly - Upgrades are cheap - Special attacks recharge quickly --------------- -Disadvantages- --------------- - Very fragile - Useless against anything except infantry units - a fight against Jackals will lose due to their range of their flamethrower - Moves slowly (can be upgraded with Adreneline) ---------- *comments* ---------- I personnally don't like them a lot. They are very weak, and have very bad range of attack. They have to get up and personal for their flamethrowers to work, and can be shreded before they even get there. A Forge player should avoid this, unless building for early defense. They can be somewhat useful against Covenant leader rushes. As for fighting them, anything with a good range will tear them apart. ======== =Spartans= [SPTS] ======== Ah yes, Spartans, the best of the best out there. Infantry-wise. *Note! You can only deploy 3 at once. They do not count towards your total population, they have their own. Infantry (Heavy Infantry) 0 Population (1/3 for Spartan population) 1 Tech Required Barracks 300 resources Upgrade #1 (300 res. 2 Tech) Chaingun. Spartans are now equipped with an automatic chaingun, increasing their battle effectiveness. Upgrade #2 (600 res. 3 Tech) Neural Implant. This increases their speed, strength, and shortens the time to jack enemy vehicles. Upgrade #3 (1000 res. 4 Tech) Spartan Lasers. Spartans are now equipped with a Spartan Laser, which is good against everything. ----------------- =Special Attacks= ----------------- Hijack - Steal an enemy's vehicle and make it your own. Can use regardless of maximum population. (Say 40/40 for population, you get your spartans to jack a Scorpion, it will become 43/40, and you will not beable to increase more units) You can also put them into your own vehicles to increase it's power. THe same goes for the vehicle you hijacked. *Note! You cannot hijack Vultures and Scarabs. ------------ +Advantages+ ------------ - Trained quite fast - Can hijack vehicles - Can increase the power of the vehicle - Has an energy shield along with a health bar. The energy shield will recharge after some time without taking damage. - Can be used to hold key items (free reactors, supply pads, mega turret) --------------- -Disadvantages- --------------- - Requires 1 Tech level, cannot be built right away - Upgrades requires a lot more resources and Tech level than marines - Hijacking time is slow (shortened with Neural Implant) - Moves slowly (upgraded with Adreneline) - Health bar much more weaker than energy shield - Very weak against anti-infantry ---------- *comments* ---------- "A walking legend." -Halo Wars Manual Very true. The Spartans can do so much destruction that you shouldn't take it lightly. The Spartans can be very good base defense, but it shouldn't be the only thing there. If they are outnumbered they are probably outpowered. Spartans are very crucial to a typical Forge player; they boost the powers of vehicles they are in. They add extra veterancy stars (up to 14) and can be very offensive. They are also very defensive, since they can hold those freebies very well (the free reactors, supply pads, mega turret on specific maps) and they should be created either at the beginning or after you've created your army and is ready to attack. If their vehicle is destroyed, you should aim to jack the enemy's vehicles, since they will not attack the Spartan unless commanded to. Against these Spartans can be easy for Forge players. Although they are very weak to vehicles such as Scorpions, if they ever jack your vehicles you should always focus on that first. Otherwise, most vehicles and air units are fine. ======= =Warthogs= [WRHS] ======= "Annoying son of a gun." -Numerous players on Halo Wars online *Note! You will start out with one whenever you start a game. Vehicle (light vehicle) 1 population 0 Tech required Built on base 100 resources Upgrade #1 (300 res. 1 Tech) Gunner. Adds a chaingun on the back of the warthogs, enabling combat effectiveness. Upgrade #2 (500 res. 2 Tech) Grenadier. Adds a marine riding shotgun with a grenade, increases combat effectiveness. Upgrade #3 (800 res. 3 Tech) Gauss Canon. Changes chaingun to high powered light canons, increases battle effectiveness. ----------------- =Special Attacks= ----------------- Ram - Warthog charges forwards to run over enemies, or in the case of vehicles, bump into them. ------------ +Advantages+ ------------ - very cheap - Produced quite fast - Great scout unit - moves fast - Low population rate, can be filler units ---------------- -Disadavantages- ---------------- - very fragile - Many weaknesses - Very weak mid-game ---------- *Comments* ---------- The infamous Warthog, a unit that has made many people resign out of fustration. It is quick, easy to produce, and a perfect scout unit. The Warthog rush is the most famous rush in Halo Wars, and will go deeper into it in the section "Tactics". The Warthog is very fragile, and should not be the only thing you depend on unless you are doing the Warthog rush. Forge has the potential to Warthog rush with his economy bonus, but compared to Ander's halved price and time for upgrades, it is not recommended, but can still be achieved. The Warthogs in mid-game are probably the weakest, since everyone would have their Super Units and upgraded all the other units, and the Warthog is nothing compared to them. But as a scout unit, this will be the best you will find. Forge players must ALWAYS SCOUT to adapt to their strategies. Against Warthogs, mainly vehicles will do the job. Turrets are also very handy, but when there's a bunch swarming your base it's not going to do much. The more units you have, the better. More will be explained in the "Tatics" section about the Warthog Rush. Also, try to avoid any air units against them, they aren't that effective. ========= =Scorpions= [SCOS] ========= The power house to Forge. You gotta love it. Vehicle (Heavy Vehicle) 3 population 2 Tech Required Vehicle Depot 500 resources Upgrade #1 (400 res. 3 Tech) Canister Shell. A large missile is shot at the enemy, very effective against infantry and vehicles. Upgrade #2 (900 res. 4 Tech) Power Turret. Speed of rotation and power for the Scorpion is increased. *Special Upgrade* (1800 res. 4 Tech) Grizzly Super Unit. A beefed up version of the Scorpion, much more sturdier and powerful. The canister shell for the Grizzly is changed to create more splash damage, even more effective against infantry units. *Forge Only!* *Note! Canister shell cannot be fired at air units. ----------------- =Special Attacks= ----------------- Canister Shell - Shoots a large missile at target. Very effective against vehicles, but the Grizzly version is even more effective against infantry. ------------ +Advantages+ ------------ - Very sturdy - Good all around (except air units) - Forge players gains access to Grizzlies - Very good special attack (Canister Shell) --------------- -Disadvantages- --------------- - very expensive (500 resources) - level 2 Tech required (takes a while before being built) - Weak against anti-vehicle and air units, and Hunters - Somewhat slow - Will usually be stuck in tight areas - High population count ---------- *comments* ---------- One of the reasons you play as Forge, because he gains access to the Super Unit, the Grizzly. Before the Grizzly, the Scorpions are very powerful still, and can easily defend a base. Although they are expensive and a long way to get there, it eventually pays off. The Scorpions require level 2 Tech to be built, fastest way without making any units to make them is about by the 3:00 to 3:30 minute mark. About 4 Scorpions can easily defend early rushes, even more with Canister Shell. For those looking for some Grizzly strategies, go look at the "Tatics" Section. To fight Grizzlies/Scorpions, you're best bet is the air units, or Cobras. The air units have a natural advantage over the Scorpions, and the Cobras are made to destroy heavy vehicles. You can fight them with your own Grizzly/ Scorpion, but it is usually risky that another player will join in the fight or that your opponent has more luck than you do. ===== =Cobra= [COBS] ===== The killer to every Grizzly/Forge player. Vehicle (light vehicle) 2 population 3 Tech required Vehicle Depot 350 resources Upgrade #1 (400 res. 3 Tech) Deflection Plating. More defense is added when the Cobra is locked down. Upgrade #2 (900 res. 4 Tech) Piercing Shot. Shots go through any unit when the Cobra is deployed. --------------- =Special Attacks= --------------- Deploy - The Cobra "locks down" and remains stationary until commanded to unlock. Becomes a heavy vehicle destroying unit. *Note! Cobras cannot attack air units. ------------ +Advantages+ ------------ - The best anti-vehicle possible - Effective against Infantry units - Great base destroyer - Very long range when locked down --------------- -Disadvantages- --------------- - Unable to hit air units at all - level 3 Tech required, acquired in mid game - slow moving - remains stationary when locked down - Not as useful when its not locked down ---------- *comments* ---------- The Cobras the best vehicle killer you will ever get. They are the equivelent of the Hunter of the Covenant, but much more expensive and a bit more sturdy. These vehicles, when upgraded, will have a deflection plating when locked down and will deflect projectiles like the Canister Shell. The setback is that it cannot hit air units, and is completely vulnerable. When fighting Cobras, air units are the only way. With Grizzlies, you might have some luck and take out most of them with your Canister Shell, or with your own Cobras, but it is very risky. Air units are the only garanteed victory over them. ========= =Wolverine= [WOVS] ========= The ultimate Anti-air unit for the UNSC. Vehicle (light vehicle) 2 population 3 Tech required Vehicle Depot 300 resources Upgrade #1 (400 res. 3 Tech) Volley. Launches numerous missiles against an GROUND UNIT ONLY. Upgrade #2 (900 res. 4 Tech) Dual Launchers. Adds an extra launcher beside it, increasing amount of missiles fired, increased battle efficiency. ---------------- =Special Attack= ---------------- Volley - Shoots lots of missiles at a ground unit. *Note! Cannot hit air units, which is kinda wierd. Probably balancing wise. ------------ +Advantages+ ------------ - Best anti-air for UNSC - Small, making it very easy to get around tight areas - medium population - Volley ability makes short work of infantry units (especially the Arbiter) --------------- -Disadvatanges- --------------- - Quite fragile - somewhat slow - somewhat expensive - True potential doesn't exist until the upgrade Dual Launchers. ---------- *comments* ---------- Something that a Forge player should have. Since air units are powerful against the Scorpions/Grizzlies and Cobras, they should have about 1/3 of your total population, even if you are not playing against Anders. These units are great against vehicles as well, as their volley ability is very useful. Fighting them isn't especially hard; their volley ability should be something you watch for. Otherwise, these units are very weak in armor compared to the others. ====== =Hornet= [HRNT] ====== The mainline air unit, something not expected from a Forge player. Air unit 2 population 2 Tech required Air Pad 250 resources Upgrade #1 (400 res. 3 Tech) Wingmen. Adds men riding shotgun with rockets, increasing it's battle effectiveness. Upgrade #2 (600 res. 4 Tech) Chaff Pods. Adds pods that will divert the course of missiles to the Hornets. (Never seen it happening, just a defense bonus) *Special Upgrade* (1800 res. 4 Tech) Hawk. Super version of the Hornet, now equipped with lasers. *Anders only!* ----------------- =Special Attacks= ----------------- N/A ------------ +Advantages+ ------------ - Fast and mobile - Powerful to most units except the anti-air units - Cheap and quick to train --------------- -Disadvantages- --------------- - Weak against anti-air units - Usually targeted by most players ---------- *Comments* ---------- Even though I am a Forge player, I agree that the Hornets/Hawks are perhaps the safest units to use. The only thing that can hit them hard are the Wolverines and Vampires, but those require 3 Tech level to build. If you are Hornet rushing (something people won't expect from a Forge player) make sure you get the Wingmen upgrade, since it beefs up your Hornets and they do more damage. Fighting Hornets/Hawks are difficult, since the only thing that is effective is the Wolverine. A smart Anders player will usually build some Cobras or Gremlins to kill your wolverines, so it can be difficult. For Hornet Rush go look at Tactics section. ======== =Vultures= [VLTS] ======== The Uber Unit of the UNSC, with immense destruction power. Air unit (Anti-everything) 6 population 4 Tech required Air Pad 900 Resources Ugrade #1 (600 res. 4 Tech) Mega Barrage. Vulture's special ability Barrage has 2x the missiles. ----------------- =Special Attacks= ----------------- Barrage - Unloads a lot of missiles against all units and buildings and does massive damage. ------------ +Advantages+ ------------ - Air unit with very little weakness - Powerful special attack - Normal guns are still very strong --------------- -Disadvantages- --------------- - Really slow - Expensive - 4 Tech level required - Anti-Air really kills the vultures - Usually only within the last minutes of the game - 6 population ---------- *Comments* ---------- The uber unit, you can definately use this as last resort or a surprise attack. Their special attack is definitely devastating, and can rip any base and units apart. However, their major weakness is Anti-air, and it really kills it. Make sure you don't spend all your population on Vultures, make some counter units to make sure they don't get destroyed. Fight Vultures can be a terror, or a laughing stock. Wolverines will tear them to bits, no matter what. Make sure you kill their counter units (if they have any) and command your Wolverines to concentrate on 1 Vulture at a time. ============ =Leader Units= [LDUNHUMN] ============ There are 3 special leader specific units. I will do them in the same fashion. ======== =Elephant= *Captain Cutter Only!* ======== Vehicle (heavy) 2 population 0 Tech required Base 400 resources Upgrade #1 (250 res. 1 Tech) Twin Engine. The speed of the elephant is accelerated 2x. Upgrade #2 (600 res. 2 Tech) Turrets. A large turret is deployed when the Elephant is locked down, increases battle effectiveness. Upgrade #3 (900 res. 3 Tech) Ceremic Armor. The armor of the Elephant is increased, taking less damage. ---------------- =Special Attack= ---------------- Deploy - locks down Elephant to create a mobile barracks. Additional defense (if upgraded) appears here. ------------ +Advantages+ ------------ - Mobile barracks, can move anywhere --------------- -Disadvantages- --------------- - Cannot upgrade units, can only upgrade through barracks on the base - Fragile to any units - Slow - Expensive early-game, not as useful mid-game ---------- *Comments* ---------- The Elephant has many pros and cons.... but more cons to me. They are very fragile compared to other heavy vehicles, but it's mobile barracks mode makes up for it. You can create marines, flamethrowers and spartans directly from this unit, but you cannot upgrade them. Also, since this unit is a Captain Cutter only unit, once you get ODSTs you no longer need a mobile barracks since you can drop them immediately on the battle field. However, it has recently become popular with the Elephant Rush, which I will explain in the Tactics section. Fighting an Elephant is easier than you think, despite it's size. Warthogs even infantry will do, and these units aren't terribly strong for it's price. ======== =Gremlins= *Professor Anders Only!* ======== Vehicle (light) 1 population 0 Tech required base 300 resources Upgrade #1 (250 res. 1 Tech) Focus Lens. Increases range and damage for the lasers. *TO BE CONTINUED* Yeah making all this is a lot of work. I'll make sure I finish it quickly. Also, I need to confirm my sources with the Halo Wars manual to make sure my information is correct. I will update the FAQ as soon as I finish. |=|=========================================================================|=| | | Tactics and Strategies [VH&U] | | |=|=========================================================================|=| This part is under construction, for now I will put on the Hornet and Scorpion Rush. I assure you more will come. *Note! The strategies here are for FORGE ONLY. There are no strategies for other leaders. Common base buildng strategy: HEAVY SUPPLY PAD HEAVY SUPPLY PAD HEAVY SUPPLY PAD REACTOR REACTOR or FORTRESS (can vary) VEHICLE DEPOT/BARRACKS/AIR PAD (depending on what you want) HEAVY SUPPLY PAD Notes; This building strategy is commonly used throughout the community of Halo Wars Multiplayer. It allows you to gain resources while you wait for your buildings to build. This strategy is not as that well for the Warthog rush, but for the Tech 2 unit rushes this works perfectly fine. Another base building strategy: REACTOR HEAVY SUPPLY PAD HEAVY SUPPLY PAD HEAVY SUPPLY PAD REACTOR FORTRESS VEHICLE DEPOT/BARRACKS/AIR PAD/HEAVY SUPPLY PAD (if only you are warthog rushing) HEAVY SUPPLY PAD Notes: This building strategy is better for Warthog rushing. It allows you to have 1 Tech level early, but at the cost of low resources. Although it is not common for a Forge player, Warthogs rushes can be best executed by this building strategy. In the other one, it takes about a good 2 minutes for the reactor to make, which by then your opponent can have a dozen of Warthogs. *I assure you there's going to be more to come* ====================== = SCOUTING = ====================== This game is all about scouting. If you don't scout, you have no idea what your opponent is planning, and can really mess you up. Scout every so often, or before you make your units so you gain the advantage over them. Good units for Scouting: Warthogs Hornets/Hawks (Hawks are not recommended, since you would want to keep them unrevealed) Spartans Marines Make sure you make use of your starting Warthog. Not only will you be able to collect resources, but also it grants you a free scout unit. Scout to your opponent's base to see what buildings they are making and act accordingly. Also, try to keep your Warthog alive, since after the game the less units are killed the more multipliers you get for your points. ========== ==RUSHES== ========== A rush is an early attack on an enemy without them preparing it. Many call it cheap, while others call it "legitimate Strategy". It depends on your point of view, as some people like to fight with big armies or people that just want to rise up in ranks. Many people quit out of fustration because they think it's impossible to stop a "RAGIN' ARBITER SLASHIN' MAH BASES!" but actually if you do the right thing it's quite easy to counter. As a Forge player, obviously. good units against Covenant Leaders: Flamethrowers (ugh) Marines (large numbers) Warthogs Heavy vehicles Spartans The heavy vehicles might be hard to reach during a early rush, but you've got all these other units to counter it, assuming you can micro it well. Microing units means moving seperate groups and making them do seperate things all at a steady pace, like moving your warthogs so they are out of reach from the Arbiter's rage. Also, your Destruption Bomb can be a gift from god; it stops all leader powers (including your own). It makes the Arbiter not able to rage, so he can be hit more easier with special attacks. The others, nothing too different, just keep bashing your way. If anything fails, ask help from your teammates (if you have any, but I wouldn't recommend Forge in 1v1). ======================== = Hornet/Scorpion Rush = ======================== HEAVY SUPPLY PAD HEAVY SUPPLY PAD HEAVY SUPPLY PAD REACTOR REACTOR or FORTRESS (can vary) AIR PAD/VEHICLE DEPOT HEAVY SUPPLY PAD This tactic may or may not end up as a rush, as most Forge players will follow this. Follow the building strategy, and when you are able to make units, keep pumping them out. If you think you have enough, you can upgrade your reactor and upgrade your unit too, but make sure you have a good number before attacking. Main points: - Scout before attacking and making units - Prepare for any set backs (back up plan) - Have a teammate (if possible) to back you up. - DO NOT FIGHT TO THE DEATH! slowing down your opponent is a key point here, not neccessarily destroying them completely. I reccommend attacking at the 7:00 minute mark, since by that time you should have a good number of units (and probably fended off the early rushes by your enemies) and have your Carpet Bomb ready. By 7:00 minutes, you should have about 5-7 Scorpions and 9-12 Hornets, depending on your devotion to making them. WEAKNESSES: ======= Hornets ======= - Gauss Hogs are dangerous, beware. - Cryo Bomb from Anders. - Arbiter, Brute Chieftan - Prophet The reason why I put Prophet and the others on different categories is because of their danger level in my opinion. The Brute's Vortex has a wider and more damage than the Prophet, and the Arbiter can kill enemy Hornets and the A.I. won't shoot him. ========= Scorpions ========= - Other Scorpions - Hunters - Cobras (not likely) - Hornets - Covenant leaders Fighting head to head with other Scorpions can be risky, it all depends on luck if you both have the same number of Scorpions. Hunters will rip up the Scorpions unless you outnumber them (not likely) and you probably won't see Cobras out that early, but it is possible. The Hornets can easily devastate the Scorpions, and Covenant leaders are a threat too, just not as much in my opinion. *Note! Always make a backup plan incase your rush fails. Keep making units while your units are attacking, and switch them up if they are neccessary. Also, never spam units unless you are winning. They are just going straight to hell. ============== =Warthog Rush= ============== REACTOR HEAVY SUPPLY PAD HEAVY SUPPLY PAD HEAVY SUPPLY PAD REACTOR FORTRESS HEAVY SUPPLY PAD HEAVY SUPPLY PAD Ah, the infamous Warthog Rush. Can be laughable, or can be a living hell. Many of the good players can crush you like an ant, or some on Xbox live are like flies trying to kill themselves in your drink. *Note! This is the building order I recommend. Obviously subject will change if I am sent a new one with a better reason. For now, lets just keep it with this first. Microing your Warthogs is a must. Any well microed Warthog can take down any great unit, like hunters. Also, try raiding bases (attacking then leaving quickly, or just destroying a building) and attacking until you do some damage. WEAKNESSES: - Warthogs are fragile - Leader Powers - Hunters - Heavy Vehicles - Spartans - Leaders The Warthog rush can be a fragile rush, and can crumble with a single bad move. The leader powers can decimate your warthogs if you don't micro them well enough, Hunters and heavy vehicles are made to destroy them, Spartans can hijack them, and Covenant leaders can thwrash them no problem. *Note! Always make a backup plan incase your rush fails. Keep making units while your units are attacking, and switch them up if they are neccessary. Also, never spam units unless you are winning. They are just going straight to hell. Yeah, I'm gonna put this for every rush I encounter. ============================= =Grizzlies by 10-12 minutes = ============================= HEAVY SUPPLY PAD HEAVY SUPPLY PAD HEAVY SUPPLY PAD REACTOR REACTOR or FORTRESS (can vary) VEHICLE DEPOT HEAVY SUPPLY PAD Most risky tactic known to man, woman, and whiny kids. This Strategy involves you making 2 Scorpions after building the Vehicle Depot, and teching all the way until you have Grizzlies. This strategy is extremely risky, and I won't garantee that you get the Grizzlies as expected. This strategy only has 2 Scorpions defending your base, and best used for 3v3 matches, since your teammates are there and can support you. While waiting for the Grizzlies to be made, attack and destroy the rebel base, but do not take it, since you would want to save all the resources to get those grizzlies. WEAKNESSES: - Low defense - Anything can happen by 10 - 12 minutes - Not recommended for anything other than 3v3. - Only 1 base (my strategy, you can change it up if you want) Advantages? Well you can make a superior Scorpion assault by having 5 Grizzlies instead of Scorpions at the enemy base. But the set back is, by 10 - 12 minutes I consider it mid-game, and too many outcomes can happen. Also, an early rush (and a effective one) can destroy this plan entirely. Choose if you want to, but if it works, it feels good. *Note! Always make a backup plan incase your rush fails. Keep making units while your units are attacking, and switch them up if they are neccessary. Also, never spam units unless you are winning. They are just going straight to hell. This especially, if you fail, be prepared for a large scale assault. Seeing that you have grizzlies, they would probably target you first. *MORE TO COME, SHUT UP I KNOW I HAVE A LOT MORE WORK TO DO* |=|=========================================================================|=| | | Frequently Asked Questions [FQUS] | | |=|=========================================================================|=| None have been ask, since this is the first version! Just for laughs: (Will take off after getting actual questions) Q: I keep getting destroyed by those flying Hornets that shoot Laser beams! Waaaaaahhh!!! A: Look in the FAQ (which isn't up yet, cause it's a lot of work) and keep crying. Your tears are delicious. 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