Holding prisoners is a powerful way of hurting an enemy's economic power. If you can grab 100000 enemy prisoners and hold them on a base you will inflict a minus 50 point happiness decrease on all the enemy's bases 30% of the time. If the enemy has a PC rating of over 40 (like the Solar Federation ) you will inflect a 50 point happiness drop 100% of the time on that enemy. If you can place over 100000 enemy prisoners on 6 different base you will be delivering a minus 300 happiness hit to all the enemy bases every turn. This will grind your enemy into to an economic meltdown. The best way of capturing enemy prisoners is the use a force made up of mostly high guard and weak ground assault units. Use enough troops to soften the enemy but have enough high guard as a backup force to force the enemy into giving up. Or you could just grab any enemy life pod that you happen to see flying by. Sometimes you will run across and enemy base that has just colonists, not troops or assault craft this is a easy target for just a few troops to land on a capture the whole base. Cyborg are the only race that is immune to this happiness drop. Be careful when holding enemy prisoners, the enemy will find out where you are keeping them and will try to mount a raid to get them back any way possible.
The math behind the art of taking prisoners
After ground combat is all over the strength of the two remaining side is measured and the side that can best the other side by at least a factor of 300% captures the other side. This is how the strength points are culculated:
|Colonist||0.0001 Combat Rating|
|Crew||0.01 Combat Rating|
|Troop||1 Combat Rating|
|High Guard||1 Combat Rating|
|Ground Assult Unit||100 Each|
Given the above numbers a single trooper with a combat rating of 10 can capture 333332 enemy colonists with a combat rating of 1, if he survives the battle.
Even cheap and underwise useless ground assault units can be very useful in forcing a surrender.
You can only hold prisoners belonging to races that you are at war with, the moment you become friendly with a race you are holding prisoners of all the prisoners will be released at once.
Lizards sell all the prisoners that that capture at the asking price of 2.2mc for colonists, 8mc each for crew, 12mc each for troops and 125mc each for highguard. Lizards are so good at hand to hand combat they tend to smash the enemy so badly that there are few survivors if they use too large of an attacking force. The Metron Cannon is a useful tool for the Lizards to use in capturing enemy prisoners. It will hopefully not kill too many enemy colonists before forcing them to give up.
Robots use prisoners as food for their insectoid nests to grow more insectoid natives.
The Enforcers have a ground assault unit that can arrest enemy colonists inside bases on the same planet and make them prisoners.
Aug 28, 2003