Let's talk about stealth

Do they actively use it? Do you consider it useful? Should it be reworked?
In my opinion, it’s a very good ability, but occasional, and it’s a good trick, but it only works 1 or 2 times. There are units that, by virtue of having the ability, have certain disadvantages. This is justifiable?


I use it with the native trackers.

When it works, it can be fatal. For example the Aztecs can get close to the cannons or the skirmishers, but as you say it is very situational.

Improve it! Its functions could be expanded.
For example, if you upgrade ‘spies’ in the capitol or town center, it shouldn’t affect them. So they would be useful at the end of the game and in the treaty.

They could also be more effective espionage and intelligence units such as being able to identify the opponent’s metropolis destination, the technologies he is researching, what units he is creating, etc. If it is near the buildings that do these tasks.

I already made a forum about it: New abilities for 'stealth' units and rework the improvements 'spies' and 'metropolis blockade'

’Spy’ unit could be reworked: With a ‘sniper’ type shot. Which recharges over time and costs a few coins each shot. You will kill a mersenary with a single shot, but you will pay for it.

Daimyo and Mansabdar should be vulnerable to this type of units (spies, nijas, etc).


this is all fun and games until some idiot stealths a bunch of units in a corner and goes afk

spies kinda needs to be the answer to that imo


You use economic monopoly.

unfortunately, the people I’ve seen who do this love to disable trade monopoly

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I think the stealth ability Shinobi no mono have is strong for raiding since it seems almost instantaneous. I think other stealth units have to wait a couple of seconds. It’s kinda funny when you research the carib tech that gives them a 2x multiplier vs villagers. Very annoying raiders.

I feel like stealth isn’t used much not necessarily because its not useful but because there aren’t a lot of stealth units.

I had a guy do that a few days ago. It was a qs match though so the monopoly was enabled.

I think this can be fixed by allowing stealth to be visible if the player has no buildings left, but not otherwise.

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Except for the walls.

Agree it is just occasional, not sure if this mechanic needs a rework or not but, right now that mechanic just cause conflicts with the common formations. Since the stealth formation is in the first option of the grid some times i forgot that; and if i want to put my units in the formation to avoid cannons damage i just select another formation because it just push 1 position all the formations. I think that formation button should be at the end of the first row or maybe in the second row.


I agree. It is not a priority skill so it should be last so that the shortcut keys are more intuitive.

Maybe this is the reason why anti-hero units (ninjas, spies, native trackers) only have melee attack. These units should be similar to ‘the ghost’ from the SC-2 game where they have a ranged attack.

I would propose the following:

The unit has a higher cost (from 125 to 200 in coins).

A church upgrade enables a ranged attack (similar for ninja and tracker).

The ranged attack recharges every 20-40 seconds, and each shot costs a few coins. (Maybe 75% of what the mercenary costs).

The unit remains invisible even when performing this sniper attack.

As I already mentioned, the Daimyo and Mansabdar are also vulnerable to this type of units.

Each shot equals one kill.

I also think that the ninjas that Japan hires through the consulate have too much siege. I do not understand why they have so much siege if it is not supposed to be the specialty of this unit.

This time stealth is a frustrating thing to deal with because it can take down important buildings before you can get to defending.

In many other games stealth units move faster. Only in AOE3 stealth units move slowly: and too slow! 50% speed lost is called cripple.