Quick Guide to Unit Formations

CLOSE FORMATION - Shortcut: C. Best for defence or general combat. Also best for morale to stop your men routing.

LOOSE FORMATION - Shortcut: L. Best if under attack from range projectile weapons. WEDGE FORMATION - Shortcut: W. Best for breaking through enemy lines. Increases the damage your men inflict, but at the cost of their defence.

LINES - Select, hold and drag. Best used with missile-firing units (archers and arquebusiers) since only the front ranks can fire.

Hints on using formations

  • If your men are attacked from the rear or from the flanks they fight much less effectively and their morale will be challenged.
  • If formations break up or your men are not in ordered ranks then their morale will be put to the test. In such situations they may well rout.

LINES - Select, hold and drag. Best used with missile-firing units (archers and arquebusiers) since only the front ranks can fire.

  • If your men are attacked from the rear or from the flanks they fight much less effectively and their morale will be challenged.
  • If formations break up or your men are not in ordered ranks then their morale will be put to the test. In such situations they may well rout.

Quick Guide to Group Formations

When you click the Group Formation icon, the following icons appear along the top of the screen. If you use the drop down menu, they appear in a new menu. Note: The keyboard shortcut numbers are in bold.

SINGLE LINE: DEFENSIVE:

SQUARE FORMATION:

SKIRMISH LEFT:

SKIRMISH CENTRE:

SKIRMISH RIGHT:

LEFT HAND OFFENSIVE: CENTRE OFFENSIVE: RIGHT HAND OFFENSIVE:

Good all-purpose formation to deploy your troops in a single line. 1. Puts your defensive units to the front ready to bear the brunt of an enemy attack. 2.

Good defensive formation, which protects your Taisho within the ranks of his warriors. 3.

Puts your missile-firing units (archers and gunners) to the left, ready to harass the enemy. 4.

Puts your missile-firing units (archers and gunners) to the centre, ready to harass the enemy. 5.

Puts your missile-firing units (archers and gunners) to the right, ready to harass the enemy. 6.

The formation is structured to support attack to the left. 7. The formation is balanced on either side ready to attack. 8. The formation is structured to support attack to the right. 9.

Note: You must have two or more units selected to employ any sort of Group Formation.

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