How do I use specialists

Discussion in 'CivRev - Strategy & Tips' started by Goldbug, Sep 1, 2008.

  1. Goldbug

    Goldbug Chieftain

    Sep 1, 2008
    I haven't played a lot of games and I just won my first game on warlord. I don't understand the best way to use specialists. I've used them a little but I don't know the benefits and disadvantages of using specialists. So what is the best way to use specialists?
  2. Raw Power

    Raw Power Chieftain

    Feb 19, 2003
    There are 5 kinds of specialists:

    Explorers: Gives you either gold or you can settle them in a city and gain 50% more gold in that city. If you need money right away to rush units or similar it might be worth it to just get the gold, but in the long term it's best to settle the explorer in one of your cities focusing on gold. (market, bank, lots of commerce squares)

    Scientists: Gives you either a free tech or you can get 50% more science in the city. I usually settle the first 2-3 scientists in my science cities and use the rest to get a tech, except when I need one of the techs asap. Example, you have just finished writing and when checking research you see that you can choose feudalism to get knights. This will give you a huge advantage this early in the game, so in this case I would get the knights and kill a neighbor or two.

    Artists: This will either allow you to flip a city, or add 50% culture to the city. Unless I'm going for a cultural victory I always use these to flip cities. Also keep in mind, that even if you don't have the option straight away to flip a city, save him for later when the AI has a city closer to your borders, or your culture has gotten higher and you will be able to flip a city.

    Builders: Can automatically complete any wonder (except world bank and united nations), or reduce cost of buildings by 50%. I usually always get a wonder when using these, but if you have a good production city it would be better long term to settle him there and crank out wonders with the use of hammers.

    Generals: Can promote all units to veterans, or if settled will give units a free promotion. In this case I nearly always settle the general in a good production city, get a barracks asap and crank out elite troops. This is a really powerful great person, and also remember that when combining troops to an army, it get's all of the abilities of the individuals, so you can for instance get an offensive army with blitz, infiltration and march right off the production line, or a defensive army with engineering, loyalty and leadership.
  3. Apolex

    Apolex Chieftain

    Nov 5, 2002
    Bel Air, MD
    I may be wrong, but I think Goldbug is asking about the specialists working the city square, not great people. I had a question about that too. How do you get the specialists working the city square to do what you want (i.e. production, trade)? I can change them all together by selecting "Manage Workers" and chosing gold, science, production, etc. But it changes all of them to that. Is there a way to change each one manually to do what you want?
  4. OpticalDelusion

    OpticalDelusion Chieftain

    Aug 11, 2008
    Chandler, Az
    Select custom. Or press the left stick down from the main city menu if your on the 360.
  5. Hertsh

    Hertsh Darwinist

    Jul 18, 2008
    Stockholm, Sweden
    Pressing L3 (i.e. left stick) to get you directly into the "custom" field works on the PS3 as well.

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