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The ultimate reason why an empire would want to gain control of an Amp Station is for its resources. In the case of the Amp Stations, capturing provides resources for either Aerospace or Mechanized. In other words, it provides resources for empires to use air or ground vehicles. By pulling up the map, highlight over the region to see what and how much resources an area gives. Most areas only give a few resources; however, the Amp Stations give between 30 and 40 resources. Controlling an Amp Station reduces the time to overheat Phalanx turrets
Territories an empire owns automatically generate resources for it periodically. Only territories that connect to the Warp Gate through friendly territories will generate resources. The periodic resource amounts are displayed on the map.
Battle experience also earns a player resources. The type of resources earned is determined by which territory the player is currently in. For example, fighting in an aerospace territory will earn a player aerospace resources.
Indar Continent Amp Station BasesEdit
- Dahaka Amp Station (Northwest)
- Zurvan Amp Station (Mideast)
- Peris Amp Station (Southwest)
Esamir Continent Amp Station BasesEdit
- Nott Amp Station (Mideast)
- Freyr Amp Station (Northwest)
- Elli Amp Station (South)
Amerish Continent Amp Station BasesEdit
- Kwahtee Amp Station (Northwest)
- Sungrey Amp Station (Northeast)
- Wokuk Amp Station (Southwest)
There are also external spawn points at local outposts close to the main base facility. These have their own security terminal that controls this area's cluster of buildings. Taking control of the local outpost security terminal will enable the controlling empire use of vehicle/equipment terminals as well as use the local spawn point. But control of the local security terminal does not add to the overall takeover of the base. It only allows the empire a foothold to maintain its assault and provide a local spawn point within the base territory.
Advanced Territory Capture MechanicsEdit
There are three factors that determine the capture of the base: control node ownership, adjacent territory control, and player leverage.
Player leverage is the number of people that are simultaneously influencing a security terminal control node. The more players near the security terminal (i.e. more leverage), the faster the base is captured. You will see a fraction under a control node icon above your mini-map. The first number represents the number of players from your empire in the room; the second number is the maximum that can influence the node. Most security terminals allow players to stand in the same room and influence control from different vantage points and under more cover rather than just standing right next to it. Initially, most bases/outposts will allow twelve people to be influencing them at once. Bases with only one control node are able to have up to twelve people influencing that node, whereas bases with multiple nodes have the number of players split amongst them. Players can still capture the base by having one person at the node, but having more gives up to a 3x increase to the capture time beyond what is possible right now.
Wrestling control of a territory from an opposing empire is a tug-of-war. The ticket count is zero-sum. This means that when a base is attacked, it starts off at 100% owned by the defending empire and the attackers have to burn down the defender tickets at the same time as they increase their own. If they wrestle control back from you, they'll have to burn down your progress, as well. For multi-control node facilities such as a Bio Lab, or outposts like The Crown, having people locking down the nodes becomes more important than just rushing to the next node to flip it. This is because the people posted up on that node are keeping it from being captured by an enemy, and also because they're helping to move the capture needle faster for their empire.
As attackers, players earn experience normally for actions they complete in the course of attacking a facility, and receive a large experience bonus when the base is successfully captured. Defenders earn bonus experience for all actions taken in the course of defending their base, but they won't get a bonus for re-securing the base or when the base is lost.
Main Amp Station FacilityEdit
The main Amp Station Facility is a myriad of extrusive constructions around the region. Surrounding the exterior on each corner are turrets used for taking out tanks, air vehicles, and anything else in its way. There are shields on each side close to where the spawn facility is located. On the opposite end and instead of shields, there are barricades that prevent anything but infantry to penetrate. On each side of the Spawn Facility lies a shield generator and there is usually one more on the side of the Amp Station. The north end contains a troop accessible tunnel.
There are four buildings within the Amp Station walls that contain shield generators that control the various shields throughout the main facility. Additionally, there is one main spawn building with an equipment terminal that contains ground and roof access.
Outside just beyond the vehicle bay of the main facility, there are two vehicle resupply towers.
See below for some videos of the different lay outs of Amp Stations. The Amp Stations do have different facades, but the general layout of objectives is pretty much the same. A majority of the objectives are located in the hangar area.
Basic Base StrategiesEdit
The Amp Station offers numerous borders to venture while attempting a base capture. There are various buildings on each side of the main plant with shield generators, an ammunition tower, and a spawn point. All of the facilities at an Amp Station are observable from the air and accessible by all ground vehicles.
Breaching the massive walls and shields in the Amp Station can be accomplished in numerous ways. A drop pod deployment from the map screen or squad beacon allows for the blunt force approach from above. Airdrop from an air vehicle is also effective in mass quanties. The walls can be scaled with Light Assault troops that can quickly deactivate the shield generators. There is also a breach in the wall along the northwest corner and a tunnel on the north side that can allow troop movement. Setup a Sunderer with a Sunderer Advanced Mobile Station mod to enable re-spawn of your empire close to the fight.
On taking the security terminal, it is vital to guard it until the offensive empire wins the territory because the defending empire can come and capture the security terminal back. A squad consisting of Engineers, MAXs, and Medics makes a good team for capturing the terminal.
Take control of one of the structures surrounding the Amp Station. These buildings can usually be secured before the defending empire can reach them. This provides a base of operations for the offensive empire that includes air support, ground vehicles, equipment, and spawn terminals. Tank vehicle support will be advantageous but must remain low and close in order to stay out of the turret fire. If the tower is defended and the attacking empire has a large force, then tanks and MAXs should take out the artillery turrets immediately. Place Infiltrators on elevated ridges and hills close to the facility. This allows them to scan the second and third floors and pick off enemy Infiltrators and other targets before they can get into the fight.
Once the outside base is secured, press on to the other buildings outside the Amp Station to increase the Influence bar or press directly on to the Amp Station.
The next things to focus on are the turrets. They are usually located on the four corners of the Amp Station. There are two tiers of turrets. Turrets can hurt both air and land operations, so these should be taken out first.
After the turrets are taken down, focus next on the shields. Taking down the shields will allow vehicles to come in, bringing more than just infantry to the offensive attack. There are two layers of shields. The first layer helps defend the walls and the second layer defends the security terminal.
The main Amp Station facility is accessible from multiple sides, including a ground vehicle hangar bay and a teleporter located in the air vehicle dock on the roof. Once inside, Light Assault can jump up above and into the Shield Generator rooms while also getting a good view of the target area in case there are defenders lying in wait. Check the observation platform on one end just above the security terminal floor for an Engineer behind a turret or an Infiltrator.
Assault Infantry Edit
An Amp Station is a vast, secured location and because of that the use of all infantry and ground vehicles is highly advantageous. There are terrain features surrounding the Amp Station to hide behind and gather up forces to start a big assault. Use Light Assault's jump pack ability to hop onto the Amp Station wall; these players can then create general disarray and destroy the Shield Generators:
Here are some quick routes to Shield Generators in the Amp Station:
The very top of the wall has jump warps for escaping or moving to another side of the Amp Station since the base is so big. Light Assaults can gain access into certain facilities quicker and take the defenders by surprise. The disadvantage to Light Assault’s mobility is that it is difficult for a Medic to heal them. Set up Infiltrators around the Amp Station, particularly close to choke/spawn points. A great place to hide an Infiltrator is on the upper platform above the main Amp Station security terminal. This position provides an excellent view of approaching players, as well as slight camouflage from the array of lights next to the computers. Hills, terrain arches, and cliffs overlooking choke/spawn points are perfect observation locations. Engineers compliment MAXs and are great for clearing buildings and capturing the security terminal. Heavy Assault should utilize their shield special ability when taking damage in a hostile guarded room. Take out the defenders' turrets early to ensure the safety of supporting assault forces. Look out for any ground patrol vehicles while proceeding between security terminals, taking the offensive when able to destroy enemy forces. Heavy Assault and anti-vehicle MAXs are best at taking defenders out during the initial assault if ground vehicle support is unavailable. Engineers and MAXs should guard a security terminal after it is captured. Engineers can help repair the heavily used MAXs, as well as set up turrets at critical choke points like the defender’s spawn facility.
Ground Vehicle Edit
Once the Shield Generators are destroyed, ground vehicles can enter the Amp Station areas with ease. The main objective for ground vehicles is to clear enemy infantry that may be hiding behind obstacles or defending the base. A great way to get infantry players to the Amp Station quickly is to load them up in a Sunderer. Ground vehicles and infantry working together can attack the center of the Amp Station. Gunners on the Sunderer and ground vehicles should clear open areas, allowing infantry to take control of terminals. Flash ATVs are fast and allow single infantry units to get to places quickly when there are no Sunderers around. Initially, use Lightning tanks to take out the turrets around the Amp Station. After that, Lightning tanks should take advantage of their quick speed and roam around the area, clearing out defending infantry units, especially MAXs. Main battle tanks (Magrider/Vanguard/Prowler) can be used just like Lightning, taking out turrets, vehicles, and then infantry; however, they should be used from a distance. Their long range weapons can also be used as guards on the outskirts of the base in order to pick off any reinforcements rolling in.
Air Vehicle Edit
Empire Specific Fighters (Scythe/Reaver/) are useful for air support, attacking the other defending empire's aerial vehicles. Use Liberators to take out the turrets. Liberators are great at taking out ground troops and preventing defending infantry from leaving the spawn facility. They can also take out incoming defending troops and vehicles coming from other facilities for backup. They are also useful for reconnaissance since they have a great aerial view. When able, attacking players should use drop pods to spawn into a base, taking out vehicles and defending players upon landing. Unfortunately, the same can happen to your own empire.
Advance Offensive Strategies for the Amp Station Edit
- The first objective will be to take out the shield generators. Eventually, ground vehicles will come in and destroy everything. Why not the turrets first? Well this is a more silent attack into the station, sending in small assault groups to kill the shield generators. When the shields are finally down, rush in with a heavy ground vehicle ensemble. Now the ground vehicles will take out the turrets and any enemy ground targets around. After the shield generators are down, the next objective is to camp the enemies spawn facility, preventing any further defensive units to repair the shields or turrets. And finally, the hangar area will be the last objective starting with the SCU.
- Specific roles for this strategy:
- Light Assault
- Heavy Assault
- ...And More
- Another strategy for offensive attacks on the Amp Station is to place a Sunder outside in the back of it against the wall or further away behind some larger terrain. Unless the defending empire is coordinated with excellent communication, they won't know a Sunder exists. A Sunder with the correct certification from the driver will allow for spawning.
The center of the Amp Station has a lot of weapons to assist in defending. Turrets cover the four corners; there is a spawning facility, and several weapon and vehicles terminals. There is also an air vehicle terminal on top of the hangar area. Most of the time, the outer north, west, and east facilities will be taken first because they are the first facilities the attacking empires reach. Additionally, as is the case when capturing/defending other base areas, Influence from controlling the surrounding areas around the base will speed up the occupation process by giving players a percentage bonus towards the overall capture of the area. Sending a solo player or a small patrol to capture a small, one security terminal outpost to gain that fraction of influence could mean the difference between captured and defended.
Assault Infantry Edit
Use Light Assault's maneuverability to quickly recapture an undefended security terminal from the north, west, and east facilities. When possible, try and choose alternative routes when entering into a facility such as platforms, balconies, and roofs in order to seize the element of surprise. Light Assault infantry can also be used as roaming scouts along the side streets of the the Amp Station in order to catch a group of attackers in transit to their next target and notify reinforcements. Hopping from rooftop to rooftop is another safer alternative when defending an Amp Station when a large force has occupied a good portion of the base.
Heavy Assault troops should be used alongside MAXs in recapturing defended security terminals. Employ their shield special ability just before entering a hostile room. When defending a security terminal, crouch down in a corner out of sight of doors and windows with the terminal still visible in order to get the upper hand on the attackers while they are hacking. Switch over to the anti-vehicle weapon to lock on and destroy an invading force especially if they come in with air power. Heavy Assault troops can also be used to take out vehicles with their unique weapon; entering through shields that are broken or down and using that as their passageway.
Ground Vehicle Edit
There is hardly any room inside for vehicles to move around so they are best used to guard the outside perimeter or lead an assault back against territories lost during an assault. Get troops to a hacked security terminal quickly via Flash ATVs and Sunderers. Charge hotspots and Galaxy landing sites with tanks to secure the area quickly.
Flash ATVs allow troops to quickly maneuver throughout the entire facility. Several station entrances are also wide enough to drive right into and even drive up the stairs.
Air Vehicle Edit
When possible, use drop pods to spawn into key locations within the Amp Station. In the event that you are overwhelmed as a defender and lose your spawn points and it will happen since there is only one security terminal, a well-placed on the outposts can set up your empire well to recapture the station. Don't forget that the Amp Station has anti-aircraft artillery on the four corners that are highly effective against all aircraft. drop
Advance Defense Strategy Edit
- This is for a scenario where the defense has been pushed back to the hangar and has lost the Main Amp Station Spawn Facility. Losing the Main Spawn Facility would result in the defensive empire having to spawn from the outer Amp Station facilities, consequently making a longer trek back to the main area. So how does one combat the loss of the Main Amp Station Facility? Placing a Sunderer in the Hangar!