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Umpakati are the Bantu unique Light Infantry of the Ancient Age. Like all infantry, Umpakati are trained and upgraded at the Barracks, replacing the standard Slingers. Besides the researching of Military 1 (The Art of War) in order to build a Barracks, there is no requirement for recruiting Umpakati.
Compared with the standard Slingers, Umpakati have +1 attack strength, and are recruited 1.7 seconds faster; 8.3 sec. (125 frames) instead of the 10.0 sec. (150 frames) base building time of Slingers. This means they are more capable and useful if trying to swarm an enemy with Light Infantry, since their larger damage value and their ability to replenish losses faster translates to greater capacity to sustain pressure, particularly in the Ancient Age since their only counter at this point in the game is the powerful but slow Heavy Infantry. Umpakati also benefit greatly from national powers, as the Bantu have a +100% Population Limit, and all of their Infantry move 25% faster. These combined advantages make Umpakati one of the best raiding units of its age.
Unit Costs Edit
Unit production cost increases progressively with every Barracks unit on the field or currently in production. The default increase is of 1 Food and 1 Timber for the second unit created, increasing further with every new unit until the cost cap is reached, which for military units is +125% of their original base value. Upgrading this unit costs double the base cost of the unit it will upgrade to; this means that the upgrade to Yangombi Umpakati has a cost of 80 Food, 80 Timber. It's important to note, however, that these prices are the default standard, and actual production and upgrading costs may differ, depending on researched technologies/ages, connected rare resources, or adopted governments.