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Engineer Squad

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Infantry
Engineer Squad
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Support infantry that can repair and build defenses. Has limited anti-infantry firepower at short-range. Can throw Satchel Charges to deal high damage to stationary targets.

The Engineer Squad is a USF infantry unit. In skirmishes it is the USF starting unit and thus every USF player will start with a single Engineer squad at base. Additional Engineers can be produced from the . Note that Engineers can be converted into the only if the appropriate perk is taken from the Armored Battlegroup.

As the name implies, they are the USF's combat engineer unit. As such, it is one of few USF units that can repair damaged vehicles, construct defences and resource caches, as well as lay mines. Like other engineer units, they can also can be upgraded with flamethrowers and minesweepers which normally are not accessible to most units. More information about these upgrades and associated abilities can be found below.

In general, the incredible utility of Engineers make them almost essential in every skirmish match at some point, as they serve as the USF's primary means of repairing their damaged vehicles and structures. Additionally, USF Engineers by default have the active ability Satchel Charge, which spends a large amount of Munitions to throw a powerful satchel at a target location. While its lengthy fuse time and short cast range makes it unreliable against mobile units, it is a very powerful way to deal with ambient buildings and enemy fortifications, granting Engineers additional utility on the field.

By default they are armed with sub-machine guns that are effective at close range but ineffective beyond close quarters. Compared to other equivalent engineer units, this unit does not deal nearly as much damage at close range as UKF Sappers do, but it is still an impressive amount for a basic unit. As such, they can be effective flankers to punish units like weapons teams in a bad position. However, they are still weaker in health and squad size compared to many infantry units. Thus, they will not last long when under fire especially at longer ranges, and any squad member losses will hurt their damage output significantly. In addition, it is worth noting that Riflemen are already skewed towards close quarters combat, so this assault niche is already fulfilled. Like other engineer units they are best used to support other units.

Similar to other engineer units, they can be upgraded with unique options of either a flamethrower or minesweeper package. Flamethrowers turn the squad into a deadly anti-infantry threat especially as it counters those hiding in cover or garrisoned inside structures. Minesweepers meanwhile offer incredible utility as the only reliable way of detecting and removing land mines.

Exclusive to the Armored Battlegroup is the option of unlocking the , which is essentially a stronger version of regular Engineers. This will replace regular Engineers with this new variant when unlocked. See linked page for more info.

Note that units performing repairs/construction will take significantly increased damage from enemy fire. Thus, be careful when ordering these tasks in a fight!

Veterancy


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600 XP

Unlocks veteran ability choice. Unit is harder to hit and fires faster.
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1800 XP

Increases accuracy, rate of fire, and unit is harder to hit. Improves repair and construction speed.
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3600 XP

Increases accuracy, rate of fire, and health. Unit no longer takes extra damage when repairing.

Veterancy Abilities

All USF units can choose between one of two veterancy abilities specific to them, upon reaching veterancy level 1.

  • Light it Up!: Active ability. The unit is ordered to fire multiple sustained bursts with a flamethrower at the target area, resulting in continuous damage to units that stay in the area. It is a 'channelling' ability meaning if the unit is given new orders such as moving or attacking, the duration will prematurely end and the ability will go on cooldown. This ability works even if the squad is not armed with a flamethrower, although it will cost Munitions to perform the ability. In this case, a flamethrower is temporarily granted to a squad member and will disappear after the ability ends for whatever reason. If the squad is already armed with a flamethrower, this ability will not cost Munitions. Overall this is a niche ability that is quite situational and difficult to make use out of. It is most useful on a squad lacking a flamethrower, as it can allow them to suddenly be a threat to garrisoned infantry for example. Otherwise, if they already have a flamethrower this ability is somewhat redundant as said squad can attack ground to reproduce the same effect.

  • Superior Fieldcraft: Passive ability. The unit gains increased repair and construction speed. In addition, their mine detection radius is increased when equipped with a Minesweeper. Overall a consistent and popular option for Engineers, improving their performance on their most frequent tasks.

Upgrades


M2 Flamethrower icon
M2 Flamethrower
Upgrades the squad with a flamethrower. Flamethrowers ignore cover and are very effective against infantry.
Munitions Cost

50

Hazard Removal Package icon
Hazard Removal Package
Upgrades the squad with minesweepers, wire cutters, and increases the squad's repair speed.
Munitions Cost

30

M1941 Light Machine Gun Package icon
M1941 Light Machine Gun Package
Upgrades the squad with two M1941 Light Machine Guns.
Munitions Cost

75

Note: M1941 Light Machine Gun Package is campaign exclusive and not available in skirmishes.

  • The Hazard Removal Package upgrade equips the squad with one Minesweeper, allows the squad to destroy barbed wire via the Wire Cutters ability, and increases the squad's repair rate. While the Minesweeper is equipped, any nearby enemy mines the squad encounters will automatically be detected, revealing it and preventing it from triggering regularly (can still explode from being damaged). The squad can then defuse the mine completely (either automatically or by right click from the player), removing it from the field completely. Note that the soldier holding the Minesweeper effectively has no weapon, so in combat situations the squad will actually deal less damage. The Minesweeper can be unequipped or equipped via a toggle ability, allowing the squad member to use his weapon again but forgo detecting mines if the Minesweeper is not equipped. USF Engineers can benefit from the veterancy ability Superior Fieldcraft, which increases the mine detection radius when equipped with a Minesweeper.

  • M2 Flamethrower upgrade equips the squad with one flamethrower, which is very effective against structures and infantry, especially those in cover or in garrisons. This greatly boosts the offensive utility of the squad, though care should still be taken as they are still vulnerable due to their low health and squad size. The flamethrower cannot be fired on the move.
    If a squad equipped with a Flamethrower is completely killed, the Flamethrower will be dropped on the ground and may be equipped by any infantry with available weapon slots, including the enemy!

    Note that once the unit is upgraded with one of the above packages, it cannot be reversed/changed.

Infantry Support Center

This unit can benefit from the following upgrades available at the Infantry Support Center:

  • Munitions Surplus: Reduces the Munitions costs of all individual infantry upgrade packages by 50%. This includes various packages available to units like the Scout/Pathfinder, Riflemen, and Paratroopers.

  • Demolitions Package: Globally upgrades all Riflemen, Engineer, and Bazooka squads with the ability to construct Demolition Charges and M6 Anti-Tank Mines.

  • Advanced Logistics: Reduces the Manpower reinforcement cost of all infantry by 25%, and squads reinforced from Triage Station casualties gain a small amount of veterancy XP.

  • Survival Training: Increases the maximum health of all infantry entities (individual soldiers) by +10 health.

Abilities


Wire Cutters icon
Wire Cutters
Destroys a section of barbed wire, enabling access to infantry.
Defuse Mine icon
Defuse Mine
Defuses the selected mine.
Advanced Repairs icon
Advanced Repairs
Repairs the target vehicle, building, bridge, or emplacement over time. Hold CTRL to override repair command, allowing the unit to garrison structures or vehicles.
Restores +%1% health per second. Unit takes +%2%%% additional damage and is +%3%%% easier to hit while repairing.
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Repair
Repairs the target vehicle, building, bridge, or emplacement over time. Hold CTRL to override repair command, allowing the unit to garrison structures or vehicles.
Restores +%1% health per second. Unit takes +100% additional damage and is +200% easier to hit while repairing.
Satchel Charge icon
Satchel Charge
Throw an explosive that detonates in a wide radius after a moderate delay. Effective against stationary targets and structures.
Munitions Cost

45

Time Cost

30

Minesweeper Disabled icon
Minesweeper Disabled
Orders the squad to equip or unequip a minesweeper. When equipped, minesweepers allow the unit to find and defuse enemy mines.
Unlock Light It Up! icon
Unlock Light It Up!
Fires sustained bursts with the flamethrower, continuously burning enemies in the area. Very effective against infantry in cover.
Unlock Superior Fieldcraft icon
Unlock Superior Fieldcraft
Increases the squad's repair and construction speed. Mine detection radius is increased when equipped with minesweepers.
Increases repair rate by +%1% health per second, +25% construction rate, and +%3% mine detection range.
Light It Up! icon
Light It Up!
Fires sustained bursts with the flamethrower, continuously burning enemies in the area. Very effective against infantry in cover.
Time Cost

120

Light It Up! icon
Light It Up!
Fires sustained bursts with the flamethrower, continuously burning enemies in the area. Very effective against infantry in cover.
Munitions Cost

30

Time Cost

120

Superior Fieldcraft icon
Superior Fieldcraft
Increases the squad's repair and construction speed. Mine detection radius is increased when equipped with minesweepers.
Increases repair rate by +%1% health per second, +25% construction rate, and +%3% mine detection range.
  • Repair: Active ability. Orders the unit to repair a damaged vehicle or structure. Note that units repairing/constructing take extra damage and are easier to hit.

  • Satchel Charge: Active ability. Spends a large amount of Munitions to throw a satchel charge at the target location (short cast range). Satchels have a lengthy fuse time of a few seconds before exploding. This delay means players usually will have enough time to react to any thrown satchels, making it less reliable against mobile units and active players. When it explodes, it does so with massive area of effect radius and damage, capable of wiping out infantry and vehicles alike. While generally ineffective against mobile units unless the opponent reacts too slowly, it is particularly very effective against structures and as such is useful for destroying ambient buildings or enemy fortifications.

  • Minesweeper Toggle: Active toggle ability only available when squad is upgraded with Hazard Removal Package. Toggles equipping or un-equipping the minesweeper. While the Minesweeper is equipped the squad can detect and defuse mines. Note that while it is equipped, one squad member effectively has no weapon in combat and thus the squad will deal less damage overall.

  • Wire Cutters: Active ability only available when the squad is upgraded with Hazard Removal Package. Allows the unit to remove targeted barbed wire.

    Construction Options

    • Sandbags: Creates a line of heavy cover that can be utilized by infantry. Counts as an obstacle that can vaulted over by infantry. Can be crushed by most vehicles.

    • Barbed Wire Fence: Creates barbed wire that cannot be passed through by infantry, but can be crushed by any vehicle.

    • Tank Traps: Creates a series of tank traps that cannot be passed through by most vehicles. They also act as scattered heavy cover for infantry. These are hardy obstacles that are durable to damage and cannot be crushed by anything but the heaviest of vehicles.

    • M1 Mine: Lays down a mine that is triggered when any enemy units pass over it. The explosion is significantly damaging to infantry and will initially suppress them. Also deals significant damage to light vehicles, and guarantees 'Engine Damaged' to any vehicle. Can be destroyed by taking damage or by being dismantled by a Minesweeper.

    • Resource Cache: Constructs a resource cache over a captured resource node at a Manpower cost. Resource Caches increase the resource granted from its node by 50% (Munitions or Fuel). Does not increase Manpower income if built over a Manpower node. The territory itself cannot be captured until the structure is destroyed.

    • : Constructs a unique emplacement for a Manpower cost. The emplacement can be garrisoned by a single squad, but otherwise does nothing. It can be converted into either an HMG Fighting Positon or a Mortar Pit at a cost of Munitions and removing its ability to garrison troops. Fighting Positions are fairly hardy against small arms, but as with all structures is vulnerable to anti-tank weapons and flamethrowers.

      • : The emplacement is armed with an HMG that can suppress enemy infantry within its arc of fire. As it is a structure, it is immobile and cannot change its firing position/arc.

      • : The emplacement is armed with an M1 Mortar. This emplacement has slightly longer range than the M1 Mortar Team, but of course as it is a structure it is completely immobile.

Infantry Support Center

The following additional construction options are available after the Demolition Package upgrade is attained from the Infantry Support Center.

  • Demo Charge: Constructs a demo charge that camouflages like mines do. The demo charge must be manually detonated by the player and will not trigger based on proximity. Extremely damaging with a wide blast radius, capable of wiping out squads and severely damaging vehicles. Can be detected and dismantled by Minesweepers, or destroyed from taking damage from various weapons.

  • M6 Anti-Tank Mine: Lays down more expensive mines that only triggers upon vehicle contact. Deals far more damage than regular mines, and is quite capable of taking down many light vehicles on its own. Guaranteed to cause 'Engined Damaged' state to any vehicle.

Weapons


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Mid
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Accuracy0.60.30.18
Range71535
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Change Log

1.6.5 May 1 2024

Engineer

The US Forces tend to struggle more against defenses and garrisons than other factions as they start with the Scout Squad rather than a unit with access to flamethrowers. While we want to keep this asymmetry, we do want standard Engineers to be a viable option. To facilitate this change, we are making Engineers more accessible by reducing their cost and giving them Satchel Charges as part of their kit, granting the US more tools to demolish early garrisons, defenses, and obstacles.   

  • Manpower cost reduced from 200 to 180; does not affect Assault Engineer squads. 

  • Now have access to Satchel Charges 

  • Reinforce time reduced from 6 to 3.75