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Recon

The Recons of each Force from AW2.

Orange Star Recon

A lone Orange Star Recon.

Recons are a Land Unit. They have appeared in every Advance Wars game to date. They are specifically designed for Fog of War battles, having a large vision range. They also have a large movement range. They are effective against Infantry and Mechs, but weak against most other Units.

Game Information

Super Famicom Wars

Recon Information
Primary Weapon Ammo Ammo Price Range Machine Gun? Special Commands
None N/A N/A N/A Yes
  • None
Move Fuel Cost (G.) Vision EXP Value
8, Tires 80 3500 5 1


Advance Wars

Recon Information
Weapon One Ammo Range Weapon Two Special Commands
None N/A N/A Machine Gun
  • None
Move Fuel Cost (G.) Vision
8, Tires 80 4000 5


Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising

Recon Information
Weapon One Ammo Range Weapon Two Special Commands
None N/A N/A Machine Gun
  • None
Move Fuel Cost (G.) Vision
8, Tires 80 4000 5


Advance Wars: Dual Strike

Recon Information
Weapon One Ammo Range Weapon Two Special Commands
None N/A N/A Machine Gun
  • None
Move Fuel Cost (G.) Vision
8, Tires 80 4000 5


Advance Wars: Days of Ruin

Recon Information
Weapon One Ammo Range Weapon Two Special Commands
None N/A N/A Machine Gun
  • None
Move Fuel Cost (G.) Vision
8, Tire A 80 4000 5

Tactics

Recon units have a high movement range, which means they can deploy early in the presence of roads (or other terrain where they have no penalties). Therefore they are good for harassing capturing infantry or indirect units. Don't use them to attack Mechs, since Mechs are more powerful than Recons (despite their low cost). They are weak, so many players hide recons in woods during fog of war to identify targets. They are not recommended for maps with a lot of Woods present.

Competitive Play

In Fog of War value, they have the highest vision range, so for that reason, they are essential for that type of play.

Outside of Fog of War, the Recon unit does have some uses. It's mainly a tool to quickly reach the center of the map and prevent the enemy Infantry from capturing, since it has very fast movement (in light terrain).

It's good in the early-game since capturing is essential, and Tanks aren't in play yet. You will also need a Recon to counter the enemy's Recon that will try to stop your Infantry from capturing. However, in mid to late game, they are easily countered by Mechs, Tanks, B-Copters and even Anti-Airs, so they aren't worth the investment later on

Trivia

The Orange Star's Recon is based on the American Humvee.

The Blue Moon's Recon is based on the Russian GAZ-67 jeep.

The Yellow Comet's Recon is based on the Russian BA-20/FAI armored car.

The Green Earth's recon is based on both the German Sd.Kfz. 231.

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