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Riflemen Squad

Riflemen Squad
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Standard infantry effective against infantry at medium range.

The Riflemen Squad is the mainline infantry unit of the USF. In skirmishes, they are produced from the . With access to various upgrades including frag grenades, anti-tank snares, Browning Automatic Rifles, as well as certain upgrades exclusive to the , they are versatile infantry that can capably fight and support on the frontlines. Compared to other equivalent units from other factions, Riflemen are among the most cost efficient mainline infantry in the game, especially due to their large squad size and high health.

Riflemen have a damage curve that is very skewed towards close quarters, similar to the DAK . This means they deal their highest damage per second (DPS) at close range, and this effectiveness tapers off significantly at longer ranges. As such, they generally tend to benefit most from being used aggressively, pushing up to force closer ranged fights rather than holding back at long range. This is further supported by some of their available upgrades and abilities (more details can be seen below).

As with other mainline infantry, Riflemen can be upgraded to access frag grenades and Sticky Bombs (anti-tank snares) via the Grenade Package upgrade from the . This allows them to become a much larger threat especially when flanking, allowing them to more effectively fight against set up heavy weapons and garrisons, as well as discourage threatening vehicle pushes.

To help with their scaling, Riflemen can gain additional firepower via the M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR) upgrade from the . Once the upgrade is attained, all Riflemen are globally granted a single BAR, with a second one purchasable on individual squads at a Munitions cost. BARs are a straight combat boost for Riflemen, significantly increasing their overall damage output at all ranges.

Riflemen can also benefit from various upgrades, with examples including increased health and reduced reinforcement cost.

Upon reaching veterancy level 1, Riflemen can choose between gaining either the Pour it On 'Em or Sprint abilities. More info on these can be seen below.

Overall, Riflemen are one of the most cost efficient mainline infantry units in the game, and tend to be core units to USF gameplay in practically every match. They offer incredible value for their cost compared to other factions' equivalent infantry, as they come with the largest squad size and health pool alongside good damage (at least at closer ranges). Due to their skewed DPS curve favouring close range, Riflemen are best used aggressively, which supports the USF theme of generally more aggressive gameplay. While they are impressive by default in the early game, they benefit from various upgrades that will be needed to help them scale in the later stages of a match.


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900 XP

Unlocks veteran ability choice. Unit is harder to hit.
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2700 XP

Increases accuracy, rate of fire, and unit is harder to hit.
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5400 XP

Increases accuracy, rate of fire, and health.

Veterancy Abilities

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

  • Pour it On 'Em: Active ability. Upon activation, the unit is granted +50% rate of fire, +33% burst length, and enables suppression. However, this comes with a cost of -33% movement speed. 15 second duration. Generally a straight combat buff, assuming movement is not needed as the speed penalty is quite severe and prevents them from effectively maneuvering for the duration. While it does enable suppression for the duration, it is fairly restricted compared to HMGs, meaning generally a Riflemen squad on its own will not suppress enemy infantry. This suppression ability is significantly improved if they are armed with BARs or other LMGs, although it will still take several volleys to suppress.

  • Sprint: Active ability. Upon activation, the unit is granted +80% movement speed for a short duration. While it does not necessarily increase damage, Sprint can be useful to reposition Riflemen incredibly quickly. It is typically used for hard hitting flanks, for example allowing them to catch heavy weapons by surprise and giving less time for opponents to react.


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M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle
Upgrades the squad with one M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle.
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M1941 Light Machine Gun Package
Upgrades the squad with one M1941 Light Machine Gun.
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M1941 Light Machine Gun Package
Adds one M1919A6 Light Machine Gun, increasing anti-infantry firepower.
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Note: The M1941 Light Machine Gun package is campaign exclusive and is not available in skirmishes.

  • M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle: Typically abbreviated as BAR. Requires the M1918 Browning Automatic Rifles upgrade available at the Barracks. Once this upgrade is attained, all Riflemen are globally upgraded with one BAR, while unlocking purchase of a second BAR on individual squads at a cost of Munitions. BARs are a straight combat boost to Riflemen squads, and are key to their scaling as time passes. Significantly improves damage output at all ranges. Note that BARs have greater penetration than their default rifles, allowing improved anti-light vehicle performance for Riflemen.

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.


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Frag Grenade
Throws a grenade that deals high damage to infantry in a small area. Very effective against infantry in cover or structures.
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Sticky Bomb
Damages and temporarily slows vehicles. Causes Engine Damage on vehicles that reach 50% health or below.
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Increases the squad's rate of fire and allows the squad to deal suppression damage.
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Unlock Sprint
Increases squad's speed when active.
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Pour it On 'em
Increases the squads rate of fire and allows it to deal suppression damage. Reduces speed while active.
+50% rate of fire, +33% burst length. -33% speed.
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Increases squad's speed when active.
+80% speed.
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Squad will breach the target building, forcing enemy squads to exit and take heavy damage after a short delay.
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Grenade Package:

Once Grenade Package has been researched from the , Riflemen squads gain access to the following abilities:

  • Frag Grenade: Active ability. Throws a frag grenade at the targeted area for a Munitions cost, which explodes after a short timer. Frag Grenades are especially effective against stationary infantry clustered together in cover or in garrisons.

  • Sticky Bomb: Active ability. Throws an anti-tank snare at the targeted vehicle for a Munitions cost, which will deal damage and slow the vehicle. Once the ability is fully cast, the sticky bomb is guaranteed to 'stick' to the target and cannot be avoided once it is thrown. On healthy vehicles, this ability will cause the 'Crew Shocked' state, temporarily slowing the target. Against damaged vehicles, it may instead cause the 'Engine Damaged' state to those that reach 50% or lower health after the explosion, which permanently slows the vehicle until it is fully repaired. AT snares are great for discouraging vehicle dives and can be combined with things like AT guns, to ensure quick destruction of vehicles. Multiple anti-tank snares can be used successively by multiple squads to quickly force Engine Damage or to cause more damage overall.

  • Breach: Active ability. The unit will advance toward the targeted enemy garrison. Upon reaching one of the entrances, the squad will begin 'channeling' the ability, with a progress bar being visible above them alongside a breaching indicator. During this time a wary opponent can react by evacuating their garrisoned squad(s) before it is too late, avoiding consequences. If the breach successfully goes through however, the garrisoned squad(s) take significant damage and are forcefully ejected and forced to retreat, while the breaching squad takes over the garrison. While Breach will typically fail to deal damage against aware opponents, it still does its job of forcefully evacuating a building.


  • By default, Riflemen squads have one soldier equipped with a special Thompson. However, it behaves quite unexpectedly: It is essentially a weaker version of the default Garand rifle the rest of the squad has, with worse DPS at all ranges comparatively. This unique variant is the first weapon to be replaced when the squad receives a new special weapon, such as a BAR.