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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. Recons are specially designed for Fog of War battles, having great vision as well as a large movement range. They are decently effective against Infantry, 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


Strategy

In Fog of War, they have the highest vision range, only tied with Subs and Missiles. For that reason, they are essential in maps where FoW is present. Recons are great at hiding in Woods to scout enemy positions, damaging weakened units or blocking enemy movement.

Outside of FoW, Recons do have some other uses. They are a good tool to quickly reach the center of the map and prevent enemy Infantry from capturing properties, since it has very fast movement in flat terrain. Recons can take on several Infantry without any severe damage. They even hold up decently well against other Recons.

However, in mid to late game, they are easily countered by Tanks, B-Copters, Anti-Airs and even Mechs, so they aren't worth the investment later on. In addition, since Recons move on tires, they get slowed down by Plains and Woods. On maps where these types of terrain are plentiful, a Recon's movement may not be as impressive as the game states.

Trivia

  • Orange Star and Rubinelle's Recons are based on the American Humvee.
  • Blue Moon, Lazuria, and IDS's Recons are based on the Russian GAZ-67 jeep.
  • Yellow Comet's Recon is based on the Russian BA-20/FAI armored car.
  • Green Earth's Recon is based on both the German Sd.Kfz. 231.
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