Army Commanders and Heroes for Age of Wonders: Planetfall
Although Age of Wonders: Planetfall encourages you to take a diplomatic approach at every turn it is inevitable that you will end up in a conflict at some point. This Army Commanders and Heroes Guide for Age of Wonders: Planetfall will help you to understand the difference between ranks of units in your army.
Whenever your army is involved in a battle a single unit is assigned as the Commander who will lead the rest of the troops (up to a maximum of five). The role of the Commander can be played by any soldier or vehicle that is on the battlefield but you need to take into consideration that if you choose a standared unit you will be unable to utilise any special abilities and they will lack combat values as these will be shared with similar troops.
Therefore it is more beneficial to select a Hero to be your Commander as you will be able to perform any learned skills the character may have. These skills can also be developed and improved upon and as a result will provide unlockable bonses and passive buffs for your entire army. The skills that a a Hero can develop will depend on their race and the Secret Tech you unlock (Ranged, Melee, Support and Pilot).
As Heroes can die in battle or take a long time to spawn amongst your regular units it is advised that you assimilate other races into your own so your are able to recruit even more Heroes. Also ensure that the unit you give the rank of Commander of your army has strong stats.
Check out our Faction Technology Guide
to learn everything you need to know about the technology that is available from the games main factions.