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Observation Balloons

Discussion in 'Civ6 - General Discussions' started by brewgod, Oct 2, 2017.

  1. brewgod

    brewgod Prince

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    Hello Civ Fans

    How do you use Observation Balloons. Built one and moved it around a city I was attacking and could not do anything with it. Do your catapults or bombards get extra range?
     
  2. Eagle Pursuit

    Eagle Pursuit Scir-Gerefa

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    It gives siege weapons (catapults, bombards, etc) extra range. It works for the unit it's stacked with and adjacent units.
     
  3. jbavon

    jbavon Chieftain

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    Don't leave home without them! They are crucial in keeping your artillery out of enemy bombard range.
     
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  4. kaspergm

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    Did they fix the bug(?) where they didn't work with stacked units, but only adjacent units? It used to be like that which was really stupid.
     
  5. Siptah

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    It was fixed.
     
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  6. sonicmyst

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    I didnt know it now works on attached units. Thought it was for adjacent units. Thanks for the tip!
     
  7. Zuizgond

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    I'm glad AI doesn't use any! The game might become too hard if they did! Hope Firaxis won't teach AI how to use them in the summer 2021 patch!

    /s
     
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  8. kaspergm

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    I know, right? I had actually forgotten they existed! :blush:
     
  9. Siptah

    Siptah Eternal Chieftain

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    There's not even a Eureka for building them.
     
  10. Eagle Pursuit

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    It's sort of funny, that once you get the ability to give your siege units 3 range, now you can build aircraft.
     
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  11. Turrdy

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    or just put a balloon and an artillery inside your city as a garrison!

    a few other questions:
    • a lvl4 rocket artillery with a balloon has 5 range even, if i'm not mistaken? (did any of you get that once?)
    • does the balloon work with battleship or missile cruiser?
     
  12. genyl

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    It only works with units that have "bombard strength" that is bombards, artillery, rocket artillery. In theory bombers too but I havent tested.

    Battleships, missile cruisers, field cannons have "ranged strength" and doesnt apply

    Imho 1 balloon is a must. Really useful because you can avoid city defenses. That is why I never promote my artillery units through the defensive branch
     
  13. Siptah

    Siptah Eternal Chieftain

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    The promotion and the balloon stack. In 1.0 even balloon and balloon stacked... Doesn't work with ships.
     
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  14. Turrdy

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    well, time to test then!

    Edit: just testet, doesn't extend range if on same tile or adjacent to a jet bomber. 15 range is far enough anyhow :mischief:
     
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  15. Archon_Wing

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    !

    I didn't even know these things existed. Was always just running a bunch of artillery at a city. That would give machine guns 2 range too, wouldn't it?
     
  16. Siptah

    Siptah Eternal Chieftain

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    No, Machine Guns have a ranged attack and not a bombard attack. An Observation Balloon doesn't help them.
     
  17. Victoria

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    All a little weird how loons cannot be affected by AA, just an observation.
     

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