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The Artillery is a Siege unit available in the Industrial Era.


As technology has advanced, artillery has assumed ever greater importance on the battlefield. The 19th century guns of the Napoleonic and American Civil Wars are gone, having been replaced by ever-larger, more accurate and deadlier weapons as the years have passed. The German 88 mm gun is one of the best and most versatile artillery weapons of the Second World War. Originally designed as an anti-aircraft weapon, the gun proved so successful as an anti-tank weapon that variants were created for just that purpose.


Artillery is a deadly siege weapon, much more powerful and dangerous than the earlier Cannon for one main reason: its new way of firing. Unlike the Cannon, which still shoots in a linear fashion, the Artillery uses high-yield dynamite-based substances to propel its shells high into the air, using earth's gravity as means of reaching both further away and over any potential obstacles. This ability, called "Indirect Fire", allows it to shoot over obstructions at targets it cannot see (as long as other friendly units can see them).

Other problems of the older siege weapons persist - the Artillery has limited visibility and must set up (1 MP) to attack. It is also vulnerable to melee attacks.

The Artillery is one of the units that completely changes combat tactics in the modern times. Its main feature is its range of 3. That means that the Artillery can shoot at cities from OUTSIDE of their defensive perimeter, allowing the attacker to reduce city defenses to rubble without suffering any damage whatsoever, and that, in turn, forces everyone to reevaluate the way they defend their empires.

This unit is also great for defending cities for the same reason, being able to shoot back at enemy artillery without suffering its vulnerability.

Unique Unit Replacements[]

Icon Unit Civilization Abilities
Heavy Division Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh)
  • When starting its turn with or adjacent to a Great General, both Units ignore terrain costs and may enter Mountains.
  • +50% Strength Combat Strength against Units.
  • Benefits twice as much from Production Production siphoned from enemy Cities.
Koksan North Korea (Kim Jong-un)
  • +9% Strength Combat Strength
  • +7% Strength Ranged Strength
Lovcen Detachment Montenegro (Nikola I)
  • +100% Combat Strength vs Cities (vs 200%).
  • +50% Strength Combat Strength against land and naval units.
  • Moves through Hills as if they were flat land and may receive Defensive terrain bonuses.
Mountain Gun Serbia (Peter I)
  • -2 Strength Combat Strength (19 vs 21).
  • May attack twice when set up on a Hill tile.
Quick-Fire Howitzer Bulgaria (Ferdinand I)
  • +1 Moves Movement while near a Targeted city
  • +25% Strength Combat Strength while in cities in Resistance
Regimento de Artilharia Portugal (Couceiro)
  • When beginning its turn in a Portuguese city regained from enemy occupation, can fire over obstacles.
  • Ignores enemy Zone of Control.
Royal Artillery Regiment New Zealand (Keith Holyoake)
  • +15% Strength Combat Strength while fighting within enemy borders.
  • Gains bonuses to Strength Defense while Embarked.
  • May move immediately if purchased with Gold Gold.
DMS Sebastopol
Sebastopol Ethiopia (Menelik II)
  • Acts as a Great General and grants extra Moves Move Points to nearby Units for 5 turns after entering foreign territory.
  • +50% Strength Combat Strength against Cities.
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