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This page is inteded to help you learn how to play Forged Alliance. The game has many different aspects and game types so information on the game has been split into various sections for your convenience.
[http://www.faforever.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=40&t=3058&p=30316#p30314 Basic Tutorial]
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== Factions ==
For an overview of the factions in Supreme Commander visit: [[Faction Information]]
This page presents an overview of general faction diversity. It outlines the overall scheme of each faction, and highlights some of their more unique units. Those units which are extremely similar in all the factions are not included on this page. Detailed statistics about every unit in the game can be found in the [[Unit_Database|Unit Database]].
=== [[File:uef.png]] UEF ===
The "Turtle" faction, a name coined because this faction plays best with a slow, steady, grinding style. Good for beginners together with Seraphim thanks to very solid, largely uncomplicated units, a strong ACU at all stages of the game, and units which do exceptionally well with little to no micro.
==== Description ====
* [[File:UEF ACU.png ‎|50px]] '''ACU''' – Has the most HP of all the ACUs. Shield upgrade in the back slot with RAS upgrade on arm makes it possible to get shield and RAS simultaneously. The same goes for gun and T2, this time on both arms, can also be a very good forward units with the ACUs shield and gun upgrade, which can handle hold its own in a fight.
* [[File:UEF SCU.png ‎|50px]] '''SACU''' – Extremely powerful in combat, with high DPS, area of effect damage, and dual shield upgrades for a bulky, powerful unit, is a very good late game units to use. Can also build the Ravager (See below).
===== [[File:Tech 1 Icon.png]] Tech 1 =====
* '''Land: '''
** [[ File:UEF T1 Tank.png ‎ ‎|50px]] '''Tank''' - High HP but slow, the first hint of UEF's overall trait. Requires very little babysitting, awesome all-rounder.
** [[ File:UEF T1 Mobile Arty.png ‎ ‎|50px]] '''Artillery''' – Slow fire rate but huge damage, quite accurate. Provides optical vision for a short time at impact site.
*  '''Air: '''
** [[ File:UEF T1 Bomber.png ‎ ‎|50px]] '''Bomber''' - Arguably the worst of all the T1 Bombers because of inaccuracy, but highest overall damage output against large buildings, and great against densely packed armies.
*  '''Naval: '''
** [[ File:UEF T1 Frigate.png ‎ ‎|50px]] '''Frigates''' - Radar jamming to fool enemy into thinking you have a stronger force or to waste some shot on false radar signature
===== [[File:Tech 2 Icon.png]] Tech 2 =====
* '''Buildings: '''
** [[ File:UEF T2 PD.png ‎ ‎|50px]] '''Point Defense''' – Good AOE, good rate of fire, and the fact that they are not blocked by terrain make these the game's best T2 PD.
** [[ File:UEF T2 Static Shield.png ‎ ‎|50px]] '''Static Shield''' – Good radius and pricing, but lower on HP than Aeon or Seraphim. Upgradeable
** [[ File:UEF T2 TMD.png ‎ ‎|50px]] '''TMD''' – The weakest TMD, has trouble with overkilling missiles.
** [[ File:UEF T1 Engineering Station.png ‎ ‎|50px]] '''Engineering station''' – Drones that can fly anywhere and can’t be hit by ASFs. While inefficient build power per mass, their maneuverability and stackability make these incredibly strong late-game for using up your powerful economy. Upgradeable.
* '''Land: '''
** [[ File:UEF T2 Gatling Bot.png ‎ ‎|50px]] '''Mongoose Bots''' - Ranged bot with decent damage, good when paired with mobile shields, but highly dependant on good micro.
** [[ File:UEF T2 Tank.png ‎ ‎|50px]] '''Pillar tanks''' - Incredibly solid all-around assault tank with extremely high HP/mass ratio, this should form the backbone of your T2 land forces.
** [[ File:UEF T2 Hover Tank.png ‎ ‎|50px]] '''Riptide''' - Stronger but more expensive than other factions amphibious, great vs T1. Hover.
** [[ File:UEF T2 Mobile Shield.png ‎ ‎|50px]] '''Mobile shields''' - Inefficient, but the large radius makes protecting your army easier than the Aeon mobile shield.
** [[ File:UEF T2 Field Engineer.png ‎ ‎|50px]] '''Combat Engineer - Sparky''' – Extremely fast, very high HP, high build power, Radar Jamming and a built-in gun which can fire while reclaiming or building are balanced by the fact it can only build combat-related structures. /!\ can't build radar.
* '''Air: '''
** [[ File:UEF T2 Gunship.png ‎ ‎|50px]] '''Gunships''' - Can transport a single T1 or T2 unit. LABs can fire from the clamp, increasing unit DPS.
**  [[ File:UEF T2 Fighter Bomber.png ‎ ‎|50px]] '''Fighter/Bomber''' - not great fighter. Bad targetting, easilly dodgeable. Good against T1/T2 armies.
**  [[ File:UEF T2 Transport.png ‎ ‎|50px]] '''Transport''' - can transport 14 T1 unit or 7 T2 unit or 2 T3. It's possible to lad a commander too.
**  [[ File:UEF T2 Torpedo Bomber.png ‎ ‎|50px]] '''Torpedo Bomber''' - best torpedo bomber. Drop directly onto boat.
* '''Naval: '''
** [[ File:UEF T2 Destroyer.png ‎ ‎|50px]] '''Destroyer''' – Small range and pathetic torpedoes make this the weakest destroyer in naval wars, but it has good damage and is solid overall. harder to dodge than aeon/cybran destroyer.
** [[ File:UEF T2 Cruiser.png ‎ ‎|50px]] '''Cruiser''' – Cruise missiles which can overwhelm TMD systems, SAMs for AA. Great for overwhelming tmd.
** [[ File:UEF T2 Shield Boat.png ‎ ‎|50px]] '''Shield Boat''' – The backbone of the UEF navy and one of the two reasons it has the strongest navy overall.
** [[ File:UEF T2 Torpedo Boat.png ‎ ‎|50px]] '''Torpedo Boat''' – Good damage and epic torpedo defences, but low HP and vulnerable to direct fire, so you need to protect these.
===== [[File:Tech 3 Icon.png]] Tech 3 =====
* '''Buildings: '''
** [[ File:UEF T3 PD.png ‎ ‎|50px]] '''Point defense also known as a (Ravager)''' – The only T3 point defence, it has huge range, massive damage, and a lot of HP. A couple of these will make any land assault extremely costly to the enemy, and more than a couple can take down even Experimentals before they get into range. Can be used offensively too thanks to their range. This unit is the primary reason UEF will win just about any static base-war stand-off situation.
** [[ File:UEF T3 Static Shield.png  ‎|50px]] '''Static Shield''' – Good radius and pricing, but lower on HP than Aeon or Seraphim.
** [[ File:UEF T2 Engineering Station L2.png ‎‎ ‎|50px]] '''Engineering station''' – Drones that can fly anywhere and can’t be hit by ASFs. While inefficient build power per mass, their maneuverability and stackability make these incredibly strong late-game for using up your powerful economy.
** [[ File:UEF T3 Sonar.png ‎ ‎|50px]] '''Sonar''' - Weak Torpedo launcher included.
* '''Land: '''
** [[ File:UEF T3 Heavy Assault Bot.png ‎ ‎|50px]] '''Titan Bot''' – Extremely fast, fantastic at mopping up lost T1 land forces and general raiding, but stay away from defences or heavy units. Shield makes this unit perfect for hit-and-run style raiding.
** [[ File:UEF T3 Armored Assault Bot.png ‎ ‎|50px]] '''Percivals''' – This is the primary assault weapon of the UEF army. It's slow, heavily armoured, and the high burst damage firing cycle make it by far the strongest land unit in the game for its mass. Is UEF's main unit for stopping enemy Land Experimentals. Can cross through water.
** [[ File:UEF T3 MML.png ‎ ‎|50px]] '''Mobile Missile Launchers''' – Extremely rapid firing cycle and preposterously high DPS overwhelms TMD systems and then obliterates anything behind them. This unit is very powerful.
* '''Air: '''
** [[ File:UEF T3 Gunship.png ‎ ‎|50px]] '''Gunships''' – High damage and lots of HP, but virtually no AA.
** [[ File:UEF T3 Transport.png ‎ ‎|50px]] '''Transports''' – The only T3 Transport, this unit is fast, has very powerful anti-air, is shielded, and can carry 6 T3 units or an entire army of lower tech.
* '''Naval: '''
** [[ File:UEF T3 Battlecruiser.png ‎ ‎|50px]] '''Battlecruiser''' – The undisputed master of the ocean surface, combined with the T2 shield boat and torpedo boat this creates the strongest navy in the game.
** [[ File:UEF T3 Battleship.png ‎ ‎|50px]] '''Battleship''' - The best battleship in the game, this unit has the highest range, great damage and good HP, but beware. There are no torpedoes, nor torpedo defences, the AA is pitiful and the firing cycle of one shot every 20 seconds makes it extremely vulnerable to T2 hover tanks and T1 frigates.
** UEF has no T3 aircraft carrier.
===== [[File:Tech 4 Icon.png]] Tech 4 – Experimental =====
* [[ File:UEF T4 Mobile Factory.png ‎ ‎|50px]] '''Fatboy''' – It's slow, has a large hit area, and has virtually no HP at all, but it has a bubble shield to protect your army, can build an army by itself, and can refuel and repair your aircraft. This is not a direct fire unit, it's long range artillery and should live behind the bulk of your army, raining huge damage from a long way away. Extremely vulnerable to attack from the air.
* [[ File:UEF T4 Aircraft Carrier.png ‎ ‎|50px]] '''Atlantis''' – Submersible aircraft carrier capable of building its own planes. Can be used for a sneaky air attack, but it's also cheap, has good HP, huge vision radius, and long-range, high-damage Torpedoes. One of the best tools for countering Seraphim's T3 sub hunters.
* [[ File:UEF T4 Satellite Center.png ‎ ‎|50px]] '''Defense Satellite''' – This unique unit is a building which spawns a satellite. It can fly anywhere on the map and fire a laser down in bursts. The satellite cannot be targeted and so is very hard to destroy. It can be sacrificed to block a nuclear missile by placing it above the launcher. The only way to kill it (excluding blocking) is to hit ground underneath it with a Yolona Oss missile.
* [[ File:UEF T4 Static Arty.png ‎ ‎|50px]] '''Mavor''' – Experimental Strategic Assassination Artillery. This unit has practically unlimited range, outstanding damage, and is extremely accurate even firing all the way across a map. The most expensive unit in the game.
=== [[File:seraphim.png]] Seraphim ===
The other 'Beginner' faction, the Seraphim generally make up for their lack of unique units with extremely powerful all-rounders. Who needs a specialist shield killer when you can just blow the front door down?
==== Description ====
* [[File:Sera ACU.png|50px]] '''ACU''' - Good HP, fearsome TML upgrade, and access to dual-RAS, dual-repair, a restoration field for your units, or dual-gun upgrades, this is a very powerful ACU.
* [[File:Sera SCU.png|50px]] '''SACU''' - Overcharge and shield upgrades make this one of the strongest combatants of any type in the entire game, but it's highly micro dependant. Also has teleporter access. Has no RAS.
===== [[File:Tech 1 Icon.png]] Tech 1 =====
* '''Land:'''
** [[File:Sera T1 Scout.png|50px]] '''Combat Scout''' - While standing still, this unit is stealthed and cloaked, meaning it's undetectable except by omni sensors. This can be used to provide reliable intel, or if standing on a mass spot will prevent engineers from building upon it. This unit takes the Seraphim's LAB spot as well as scout.
** [[File:Sera T1 Arty.png|50px]] '''Floating Artillery''' Costs more than other T1 mobile artillery, but it's amphibious, has a nice firing cycle, and does very good damage.
* '''Air:'''
** [[File:Sera T1 Bomber.png|50px]] '''Bomber''' - The best T1 bomber.
** [[File:Sera T1 Transport.png|50px]] '''Transport''' - The best T1 transport. Can carry up to 8 T1 or 4 T2 units.
* '''Naval:'''
** [[File:Sera T1 Sub.png|50px]] '''Submarine''' - Worst subs, since it can lose in 1v1 against other subs. The only T1 submarine with torpedo defence.
===== [[File:Tech 2 Icon.png]] Tech 2 =====
* '''Buildings:'''
** [[File:Sera T2 PD.png|50px]] '''Point Defense''' - Uses a laser so it never misses or wastes any DPS, making it the best anti-T1 T2 point defence, but the low profile means it can be blocked by uneven terrain.
** [[File:Sera T2 Torpedo Launcher.png|50px]] '''Torpedo Launcher''' - The only torpedo launcher with torpedo defense, it has also lower HP.
** [[File:Sera T2 Static Shield.png|50px]] '''Static Shield''' - Best shields in the game, expensive, but the biggest and the strongest
** Seraphim has no Engineering Stations
* '''Land:'''
** [[File:Sera T2 Assault Bot.png|50px]] '''Assault Bot''' - Slow, but it has a great firing cycle for killing T1 and T2, plenty of HP, and kicks out a tonne of damage. best T2 land unit. Consider as a T2.5.
** [[File:Sera T2 Hover Tank.png|50px]] '''Hover Tank''' - Very fast hover tank with frontloaded firing cycle and good HP.
** [[File:Sera T2 AA.png|50px]] '''Floating AA Flak''' - Amphibious so it can support your navy.
* '''Air:'''
** [[File:Sera T2 Torpedo Bomber.png|50px]] '''Torpedo Bomber''' - Worst torpedo bomber. Only T2 torpedo bomber that can be countered by torpedo defence. Drop far from the boat, can result in hitting the ground.
** [[File:Sera T2 Transport.png|50px]] '''Transport''' - The best T2 transport of all factions. Can carry 16 T1 units or 8 T2 units or 4 T3 units.
** [[File:Sera T2 Gunship.png|50px]] '''Gunship''' - The weaker T2 gunship, not by much.
** [[File:Sera T2 Fighter Bomber.png|50px]] '''Fighter Bomber''' - Does good damage, but is easily dodgeable. good against building. Not great fighter.
* '''Naval:'''
** [[File:Sera T2 Destroyer.png|50px]] '''Destroyer''' - Not only does this fire lasers which never miss and never waste any damage, but the unit can be submerged to become invulnerable to surface fire. Best destroyer with micro. It lacks of hability for killing base, since laser shoot terrain a lot.
** [[File:Sera T2 Cruiser.png|50px]] '''Cruiser''' - Flak AA and the cruise missiles can be fired individually with good micro to kill very efficiently. Less effective against tmd.
===== [[File:Tech 3 Icon.png]] Tech 3 =====
* '''Buildings:'''
** [[File:Sera T3 Static Shield.png|50px]] '''Static Shield''' - Best shields in the game, expensive, but the biggest and the strongest.
** Seraphim has no T3 sonar.
* '''Land:'''
** [[File:Sera T3 Tank.png|50px]] '''Tanks''' - Has trouble with uneven terrain and is generally outclassed by the Siege bots, but has the highest DPS of any T3 Land once you get it fully in range, and is brilliant in a well-mixed army.
** [[File:Sera T3 Mobile Shield.png|50px]] '''Mobile Shield''' - Only T3 mobile shield, it's big, it's strong, and it hovers so it's amphibious too.
** [[File:Sera T3 Sniper Bot.png|50px]] '''Sniper Bots''' - Inaccurate while moving. Manual toggle between normal and sniper modes, with sniper mode firing higher damage shots at longer range, but less frequently.
* '''Naval:'''
** [[File:Sera T3 Sub Hunter.png|50px]] '''Submarine Hunter''' - The only T3 combat submarine, it's fast, it's got ridiculous torpedoes, and it has astonishing AA weapons when surfaced.
** [[File:Sera T3 Battleship.png|50px]] '''Battleship''' - Solid all-around battleship, but also doubles as a mobile nuke platform instead of a nuke sub.
===== [[File:Tech 4 Icon.png]] Tech 4 – Experimental =====
* [[File:Sera T4 Assault Bot.png|50px]] '''Ythotha Assault Bot''' - Great against groups of units with a high splash damage 'Ball of doom' cannon. When destroyed releases a highly destructive orb of lightning energy that attack any unit or structure nearby for 30 seconds.
* [[File:Sera T4 Bomber.png|50px]] '''Ahwassa Bomber''' - Absurdly powerful bomber, it's vulnerable to interception but if this thing drops, you can assume the target died.
* [[File:Sera T4 Nuke.png|50px]] '''Nuke Launcher''' - Hyper-expensive game-ender class mega-nuke. Each missile takes two anti-nuke missiles to defend it, the nukes load faster, they do more damage and they have a frankly ridiculous AOE.
=== [[File:cybran.png]] Cybran ===
"Hit and run" Faction that is harder to master. Require more micro than UEF and Seraphim. Weakest ACU. Fast units that are good to combine mobile stealth. Worst static shields and no mobile shields. Best Cruise Missiles, they split into 3 smaller when hit by TMD.
==== Description ====
* [[File:Cybran ACU.png|50px]] '''ACU''' - Least HP but slightly higher regen. Gun and tech upgrade on same arm, so you can't have both. Laser or torpedo upgrade. Stealth and expensive cloak upgrade. This ACU is best for telesnipe.
* [[File:Cybran SCU.png|50px]] '''SACU''' - Decent combat unit. Gun upgrade can stun units. Best nano repair upgrade. Can have AA sam upgrade or cloak upgrade.
** RAS upgrade and Rapid Fabricator.
===== [[File:Tech 1 Icon.png]] Tech 1 =====
* '''Land:'''
** [[File:Cybran T1 Scout.png|50px]] '''Scout''' - Cloaked.
** [[File:Cybran T1 LAB.png|50px]] '''Light Assault Bot''' - Can shoot from transports.
** [[File:Cybran T1 Assault Bot.png|50px]] '''Assault Bot''' - Faster than T1 tanks.
** [[File:Cybran T1 Arty.png|50px]] '''Artillery''' - Worst accuracy, stuns T1 and T2 units.
** [[File:Cybran T1 Mobile AA.png|50px]] '''Mobile AA''' - 2 Fire modes: Shoots air or land units.
* '''Air:'''
** [[File:Cybran_T1_Bomber.png|50px]] '''Bomber''' - Decent.
** [[File:Cybran T1 Gunship.png|50px]] '''Gunship''' - Only faction with T1 gunship.
* '''Naval:'''
** [[File:Cybran T1 Frigate.png|50px]] '''Frigate''' - Good AA.
===== [[File:Tech 2 Icon.png]] Tech 2 =====
* '''Buildings:'''
** [[File:Cybran T2 PD.png|50px]] '''Point Defense''' - Cheapest but weakest from all factions. Can be blocked by terrain.
** [[File:Cybran T2 TML.png|50px]] '''Tactical Missile Launcher''' - Best from all factions. Missiles split into 3 smaller when hit by TMD.
** [[File:Cybran T2 TMD.png|50px]] '''TMD''' - Best from all factions.
** [[File:Cybran T2 Static Shield.png|50px]] '''Static Shield''' - Weakest from all factions, but also cheapest. Can be upgraded 4 times.
** [[File:Cybran T2 Engineering Station.png|50px]] '''Engineering Station''' - Assist everything in its range, can be upgraded 2 times.
* '''Land:'''
** [[File:Cybran T2 Rocket Bot.png|50px]] '''Rocket Bot''' - Big range with lower damage. Great if combined with mobile stealth field.
** [[File:Cybran T2 Tank.png|50px]] '''Tank Rhino''' - Strong tank good if mixed with T1 artillery.
** [[File:Cybran T2 Hover Tank.png|50px]] '''Tank Wagner''' - Very fast amphibious tank that can cross water.
** [[File:Cybran T2 MML.png|50px]] '''Mobile Missile Launcher''' - Best from all factions. Rapid firing with low damage but missiles splits into 3 when hit by TMD.
** [[File:Cybran T2 Mobile Bomb.png|50px]] '''Mobile Bomb''' - Very low HP but high damage, good for sniping ACUs and experimentals especially if dropped from transports.
** [[File:Cybran_T2_Mobile_Stealth.png|50px]] '''Mobile Stealth Field''' - Cybran is the only faction with mobile stealth field. Great Support for T2 and T3 units hiding them from enemy radars.
* '''Air:'''
** [[File:Cybran T2 Fighter Bomber.png|50px]] '''Figher/Bomber''' - Great bomber with splash damage. Weak AA.
** [[File:Cybran T2 Gunship.png|50px]] '''Gunship''' - Big splash damage, great against group of T1 units.
** [[File:Cybran T2 Torpedo Bomber.png|50px]] '''Torpedo Bomber''' - Best of all factions. Drops torpedos directly on ships, can't be countered by torpedo defence.
** [[File:Cybran_T2_Transport.png|50px]] '''Transport''' - Worst of all factions. Can carry up to 4T2 + 2T1 or 2T3 + 2T1 units.
* '''Naval:'''
** [[File:Cybran T2 Sub Hunter.png|50px]] '''Submarine Hunter''' - Personal stealth. Good torpedo damage and decent torpedo defence.
** [[File:Cybran T2 Destroyer.png|50px]] '''Destroyer''' - One of the best. Large range, fast rate of fire. Great if combined with stealth. Best torpedo defence. Can walk on land.
** [[File:Cybran T2 Cruiser.png|50px]] '''Cruiser''' - Worst AA since missiles are fired with a slow initial velocity. AA gun can be switched to shoot on naval or land. Direct fire weapon with decent damage. Can repair aircraft.
** [[File:Cybran T2 Stealth Boat.png|50px]] '''Stealth Boat''' - One of the advantages of Cybran navy.
===== [[File:Tech 3 Icon.png]] Tech 3 =====
* '''Buildings:'''
** [[File:Cybran T3 HARMS.png|50px]] '''Torpedo Launcher''' - Only T3 torpedo launcher in game. Very strong, submersed.
** Cybran has no T3 shields but T2 shield can be upgraded 4 times.
** [[File:Cybran T3 Perimiter Monitoring System.png|50px]] '''Monitoring System''' - Provides vision over huge area.
** [[File:Cybran_T3_Sonar.png|50px]] '''Sonar''' - Stealth field.
* '''Land:'''
** [[File:Cybran T3 Siege Assault Bot.png|50px]] '''Siege Assault Bot''' - Fast bot with small range. Useful for early raiding. Can deflect cruise missiles. Stuns everything in small range when dies.
** [[File:Cybran T3 Armored Assault Bot.png|50px]] '''Armoured Assault Bot''' - Strong slowly moving with large range and rapid fire rate. Better if combined with Stealth.
** [[File:Cybran T3 Mobile Arty.png|50px]] '''Artillery''' - Largest splash from all mobile artillery but lowest damage.
* '''Air:'''
** [[File:Cybran T3 ASF.png|50px]] '''ASF''' - Personal Stealth.
** [[File:Cybran T3 Strat.png|50px]] '''Strategic Bomber''' - Biggest splash from all T3 bombers but lowest damage. Personal stealth.
** [[File:Cybran T3 Gunship.png|50px]] '''Gunship''' - Jamming
* '''Naval:'''
** [[File:Cybran T3 Battleship.png|50px]] '''Battleship''' - Good range, high fire rate. Only battleship with torpedoes.
** [[File:Cybran T3 Aircraft Carrier.png|50px]] '''Aircraft Carrier''' - Can carry, build and repair aircraft.
** [[File:Cybran T3 Nuke Sub.png|50px]] '''Strategic Submarine''' - Can build nukes. Has personal stealth, torpedoes and cruise missiles.
===== [[File:Tech 4 Icon.png]] Tech 4 – Experimental =====
* [[File:Cybran T4 Monkey Bot.png|50px]] '''Monkey Lord''' - Cheapest land experimental. Low HP but high speed. Has stealth field. Short range, high damage laser. Good for early T4 stage.
* [[File:Cybran T4 Mega Bot.png|50px]] '''Megalith''' - Heavy direct fire experimental with a lot of HP. Can't shoot backwards. Can produce some T2 and T3 units.
* [[File:Cybran T4 Gunship.png|50px]] '''Soul Ripper''' - Strong experimental gunship. Good splash damage against groups of units.
* [[File:Cybran T4 Mobile Arty.png|50px]] '''Scathis''' - Rapid firing artillery with a shorter range and far less accuracy than T3 artillery but with huge dps. Cybran game ender. Can move, and is amphibious.
=== [[File:aeon.png]] Aeon ===
Hardest faction to play. Require lot of micro. Good choice for playing on air spot due to versatility.
==== Description ====
* [[File:A ACU.PNG|50px]] '''ACU''' - Decent HP, has two gun upgrades and better range that other faction's gun upgrade, double shield upgrade. Chrono upgrade that stuns units. Double RAS.
* [[File:A SACU.PNG|50px]] '''SACU''' - Bad in combat since only one gun upgrade available. Double shield upgrade or nano repair.
** RAS upgrade, teleport, sacrificial system.
===== [[File:Tech 1 Icon.png]] Tech 1 =====
* '''Land:'''
** [[File:A T1 L Scout.PNG|50px]] '''Scout''' - Hover, can go over water.
** [[File:A LAB.PNG|50px]] '''Light Assault Bot''' - Can shoot from transports.
** [[File:A T1 Tank.PNG|50px]] '''Aurora Tank''' - Longer range than other tanks, but low HP and slower speed. Hover, can go over water.
** [[File:A T1 L Arty.PNG|50px]] '''Artillety''' - Most accurate from T1 artillery, no splash.
* '''Air:'''
** [[File:A T1 Bomber.PNG|50px]] '''Bomber''' - Slightly worse than Seraphim, stuns units.
* '''Naval:'''
** [[File:A Frigate.PNG|50px]] '''Frigate''' - Has torpedo defence, no AA.
** [[File:A T1 AA Boat.PNG|50px]] '''AA boat''' - Very fast boat with good AA.
===== [[File:Tech 2 Icon.png]] Tech 2 =====
* '''Buildings:'''
** [[File:A T2 PD.PNG|50px]] '''Point Defense''' – Strong PD that is not blocked by terrain, slow rate of fire, splash damage.
** [[File:A T2 Shield.PNG|50px]] '''Static Shield''' - Strong shield but small radius. Can't be upgraded to T3.
** [[File:A TMD.PNG|50px]] '''TMD''' - Deflect missiles, can counter infinite number of missiles at once, weak against rapid fire missiles
** Aeon had no Engineering Station
* '''Land:'''
** [[File:A T2 Obsidian.PNG|50px]] '''Obsidian Tank''' - Strong shielded tank with slow fire rate but high damage.
** [[File:A T2 Blaze.PNG|50px]] '''Blaze Tank''' - Fast hover tank, can go on water.
** [[File:A T2 M AA.PNG|50px]] '''Mobile Flak AA''' - Hover, can go over water.
** [[File:A T2 MML.PNG|50px]] '''Mobile Missile Launcher - Worst from all factions. Slow fire rate.
** [[File:A T2 L Shield.PNG|50px]] '''Mobile Shield''' - Hover, can go over water.
* '''Air:'''
** [[File:A Swiftwind.PNG|50px]] '''Swiftwind Combat Figher''' - Dedicated AA fighter. Best T2 AA.
** [[File:A T2 Gunship.PNG|50px]] '''Gunship''' - High accuracy.
** [[File:A Mercy.PNG|50px]] '''Mercy''' - Suicide aircraft with low HP that deals lot of damage. Used for sniping ACU and other high value targets.
** [[File:A T2 Torpedo Bomber.PNG|50px]] '''Torpedo Bomber''' - Drops depth charge. Can't be used in shallow water.
** [[File:A T2 Transport.PNG|50px]] '''Transport''' - Slightly better than Cybran, can carry up to 2T3 + 4T1 or 1T3+4T2 units.
* '''Naval:'''
** [[File:A T2 Sub.PNG|50px]] '''Submarine Hunter''' - Good torpedos and torpedo defence.
** [[File:A Destroyer.PNG|50px]] '''Destroyer''' - Big range, slow fire rate, high damage. Torpedos, torpedo defence and depth charges.
** [[File:A Cruiser.PNG|50px]] '''Cruiser''' - Good AA, can shoot on naval and land targets.
===== [[File:Tech 3 Icon.png]] Tech 3 =====
* '''Buildings:'''
** [[File:A T3 Shield.PNG|50px]] '''Static Shield''' - Strong shield, small radius.
** [[File:A T3 Rapid Arty.PNG|50px]] '''Rapid Fire Artillery''' - Very expensive, breaks thought any shielding. Aeon game ender.
** [[File:A Eye.PNG|50px]] '''Quantum Optics Facility''' - Provides small vision radius anywhere on map.
** [[File:A T3 Sonar.PNG|50px]] '''Sonar''' - Has torpedo defence.
* '''Land:'''
** [[File:A T3 Harbinger.PNG|50px]] '''Harbinger Bot''' - Fast shielded bot with good damage and average range. Can reclaim and repair.
** [[File:A T3 M Arty.PNG|50px]] '''Mobile Artillery''' - High accuracy. Deals damage over time. Does not need to deploy to fire.
** [[File:A T3 Absolver.PNG|50px]] '''Shield Disruptor''' - Large range, great weapon against shields. Hover, can go over water.
** [[File:A T3 Sniper.PNG|50px]] '''Sniper Bot''' - Large range, good damage, slow fire rate, low HP. Inaccurate while moving.
* '''Air:'''
** [[File:A Strat.PNG|50px]] '''Strategic Bomber''' - Deals most damage from all T3 bombers, low splash.
** [[File:A T3 Gunship.PNG|50px]] '''AA Gunship''' - Good AA and decent anti ground damage.
** [[File:A T3 Torpedo Bomber.PNG|50px]] '''Torpedo Bomber''' - Only Aeon has T3 torpedo bomber. Drops multiple torpedos that deals a lot of damage.
* '''Naval:'''
** [[File:A Battleship.PNG|50px]] '''Battleship''' - Small range but good damage.
** [[File:A Aircraft Carrier.PNG|50px]] '''Aircraft Carrier''' - Can carry, build and repair aircraft.
** [[File:A T3 Sub.PNG|50px]] '''Strategic Submarine''' - Can build nukes. Has cruise missiles.
** [[File:A T3 Missile Ship.PNG|50px]] '''Missile Ship''' - Long ranged rapid firing cruise missiles. Almost impossible to stop with TMD.
===== [[File:Tech 4 Icon.png]] Tech 4 – Experimental =====
* [[File:A GC.PNG|50px]] '''Galactic Colossus''' - Strong experimental bot with lots of HP. Long range laser. 2 tractor claws. Has omni and decent vision radius.
* [[File:A CZAR.PNG|50px]] '''CZAR''' - Experimental aircraft carrier. Anti ground beam that deals a lot of damage. Decent AA. Can carry, build and repair aircraft.
* [[File:A Tempest.PNG|50px]] '''Tempest''' -  Experimental battleship. Long range, slow rate of fire with huge damage and splash. Has good long ranged torpedos, torpedo defence. Can build T1 and T2 ships. Can be submerged.
* [[File:A Paragon.PNG|50px]] '''Paragon''' - Experimental resource generator. Very expensive. Produces up to 1 million energy and 10,000 mass
== [[File:Video Tutorials.png|60px]] Tutorial Videos ==
== [[File:Video Tutorials.png|60px]] Tutorial Videos ==

Revision as of 18:53, 4 March 2015

This page is inteded to help you learn how to play Forged Alliance. The game has many different aspects and game types so information on the game has been split into various sections for your convenience.

Basic Tutorial

The Strategy of Supreme Commander

Supreme Commander: A guide for normal people

To Scale Olympus

An Unofficial Forged Alliance Guide

Eco Video Tutorial

For an overview of the factions in Supreme Commander visit: Faction Information

Video Tutorials.png Tutorial Videos


Playlist of tutorials created by Colonel Sheppard - link here. As you can notice some of the videos are not mentioned below, that is because they are outdated also here you can find some new ones that aren't in that playlist. What you can find there:

Game Mechanics

Unit Presentation

Advanced Tutorials


Build Orders

Specific Units

Replay Analysis

It's always the same, you lost a game and you are asking yourself: Why? Why have I lost? You are looking at the replay again and again, but there is no answer ...

FAF offers two options:

Zock Lessons

One of the top Supreme Commander players offering lessons. More information here.