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Similar to the Militia, Minutemen are fairly weak in combat and should be used mainly in desperate situations, like when a city is about to fall into the hands of an enemy and there are too few other military available. The biggest improvement over Militia is the ranged attack, giving them much better chances in defending a city, as they can try to take out key units within an enemy's army (like Artillery, Supply Wagons and Generals.) from afar, without having to fight their way through enemy infantry. Like all Militia-type units, despite their ranged attack, their attack value is still halved when garrisoned, for the purposes of increasing a building's attack rate. However, Citizens automatically have the attack value of Minutemen when garrisoned, without having to convert first.
Compared to Musketeers (the main infantry during Enlightenment Age), Minutemen have a slightly weaker attack power and range and, more importantly, only half the hit points. This often results in Minutemen dying in numbers when facing a larger enemy force. Also, they should stay out of enemy territory, as attrition damage takes a huge toll on them, decreasing their few hit points within seconds. The Supply Wagon's protection against attrition does not extend to Militia-type units like the Minutemen. The presence of an own General greatly improves the survivability of Minutemen.
Like with Militia, computer players never use their civilians as Minutemen, despite spending some resources to research the according technology.
- ↑ Within the game files, the Minuteman has a base cost of 300 Food and 300 Metal. Beyond the game's calculating of the unit upgrade cost, this has no further effect, as the Minuteman can never be recruited per se.
- ↑ Within the game files, the Minuteman has a ramping cost of 2 Food and 2 Metal. Beyond the game's calculating of the unit upgrade cost, this has no further effect, as the Minuteman can never be recruited per se.
- ↑ The time needed to research the Minuteman upgrade at Towers.