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Spies are unarmed and extremely weak, starting with a meager 15 hit points and have no armor or weapons. However, Spies are not meant to aid the nation through brute force. They instead have several special abilities at their disposal to carry out special operations.
Special abilities Edit
Being infiltration units, Spies are immune to attrition damage in enemy territory. Spies are also invisible to the enemy most of the time, thus cannot be targeted or attacked by enemy units; they remain hidden even when moving or executing orders, and only units with ability to detect hidden units, including Scouts, Helicopters and Lookouts (along with all upgrades) can spot them.
Spies have three special abilities at their disposal, which require a certain amount of Craft, which regenerates automatically over time. Each Spy has a maximum of 1000 Craft and successfully using an ability will consume some or all of it (aborting a mission won't consume any Craft at all).
Spies stay hidden while using an ability and will remain so if the mission fails or is aborted. However, right after successfully completing a mission, the Spy is revealed to the enemy for some time.
|Allows the spy to kill an enemy spy unit or to remove an informer from a building or unit. Scouts have this ability as well. Default action when targeting enemy Spies (cursor turns into a knife). Costs 500 Craft to use.|
|The target unit becomes yours - permanently. Civilians, ships, aircraft, scouts and enemy Spies cannot be bribed. Artillery units can be bribed, but the Spy has to move next to the target unit. If an enemy building is stranded in your territory, it can also be bribed. Costs 1000 Craft to use.|
|Infiltrates the target structure or unit, revealing its line of sight to the player who planted the informer. When infiltrating a production or research building, the current production/research (queue) is revealed as well. Most civilians and special units cannot be infiltrated. Costs 500 Craft to use.|
When giving orders with multiple Spies selected, by default only one of them will actually carry them out. For examply, if you have five Spies selected and consecutively target-click on five different enemy units, each Spy will attempt to bribe one of them - quite handy. However, if you want all of your Spies to attempt on the same mission, you can change their behavior in the game options.
Upgrading and unit costs Edit
Spies, along with Generals and Patriots, can be upgraded several times by researching Strategy technologies at Forts. Each upgrade increases their movement speed, hit points (+30, +75, +135), line of sight and operation range. In addition to this, each upgrade gives a special bonus: Tactics allows them to be trained twice as fast, Operations doubles the rate at which their Craft regenerates and Strategy decreases their training cost by 50%.
The Spy's production cost increases progressively for every other Spies, whether on the field or currently in production, by a fixed +10 Metal and +10 Wealth, which is capped at 150 Metal and 150 Wealth.