Commandos vs. Paratroopers

    • Commandos vs. Paratroopers

      Commandos vs Paratroopers

      A much asked question in COW, which is better, commandos or paratroopers? Commandos are the kings of infantry, with maybe the possible exception of mechanized infantry. Paratroopers worth has been in question, with low health and mediocre range. In this guide we will explore in which area's each unit has it's particular strengths.

      BUILDING COSTS

      GoodsMetalFoodManpowerRareOilCash
      Commandos100025025087550003000
      Paratroopers17501000500130005005000


      Paratroopers undoubtedly cost more than commandos in almost every way. You can almost build two commandos for the price of one paratrooper unit. They also require oil, which is often more badly needed for tanks and planes. But commandos require 500 rare to build, which is not always in plentiful supply.

      BUILDINGS

      Buildings RequiredBuilding Time
      CommandosCapital, Industrial Complex Lvl 1, Barracks Lvl 224 hours
      ParatroopersCapital, Industrial Complex Lvl 1, Barracks Lvl 1, Airport Lvl 325 1/2 hours


      One can clearly see that paratroopers take much more time and effort to construct the buildings necessary for their construction. It takes approximately 80 hours to build the buildings required for paratroopers, and only 36 hours to complete the barracks for commandos. On one even note, the time to build the two units is about equal.


      STATS

      InfantryArmorPlanesBuildingsnaval
      Commandos1051.22.00
      Paratroopers4.5-9.01.5-3.01.52.00.3


      As you can see from the chart above, commandos trump paratroopers in every aspect except naval. It takes paratroopers working up to level four to even begin to compare to commandos. Plus, all that research makes paratroopers cost four times more than commandos.

      TERRAIN

      PlainsHillsMountainsCitiesOcean
      CommandosRegReg+75%+25%reg
      ParatroopersReg+50%RegRegReg


      Commandos beat Paratroopers in the mountains and in the cities, but paratroopers have increased strength in the hills. Most of the time, commandos particular strengths will do you the most good, as extra hill strength can be gained from militia.

      When to Build...



      Commandos are best built for every game, no strings attached. They are the best infantry unit in the game, they even beat out elite infantry. While they are slightly expensive in rare to build, they are a treasure to have in any game. Commandos strengths lie specially in mountains and cities, attack power finally peaking at 17.5 attack power attacking in the mountains.

      Paratroopers are a specialty unit, with very real weakness, but they can be used to great effect. While they are not as powerful as commandos, and a single infantry unit could knock them out of the sky, they have their use. they are valuable for island hopping, grabbing empty provinces, capitals, and just and causing chaos in the behind enemy lines. That being said, building paratroopers is a real commitment and costs a lot.

      I hope this guide helps, if you have any questions or comments, please leave them below or feel free to PM me.

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    • Very well written guide. All over I'd say Commando's are a must have compared to Paratroopers that are a too big investment. As I like the KISS principle to play (Keep It Simple Stupid) I'll stick to Commando's. Paratroopers are definetly worth it if you play with the Philippines for example. If you are Germany and you want to drop behind the French Maginot line to march to Paris.

      What i miss in the guide is the cool down explication of paratroopers after landing and their marching speed compared to commando's. Their SBDE is 8.
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    • I find paratroopers to be very useful, especially against larger players. Having the enemy reroute troops from the front, that could be coming to reinforce the front is a great advantage. It’s especially good when players don’t keep any units in their cities behind the lines. Paratroopers can absolutely wreak havoc on production if you stay with them. Get them to take a city and leave while the enemy recaptures and chases you, then hit the city again. Those cities swapping hands a couple times is devastating to production.
      this has worked for me almost every time I’ve tried it.
      just as in real war, it doesn’t matter how large the nation is. If you can out produce them then you’ve won the war.
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    • KrestelGaming wrote:

      It's a huge shame that you can only build Commandos in your capital city. Otherwise, I would be spamming Commandos into enemy territory
      Nice thought. But commandoes are supposed to be well trained and highly skilled military units- a notch or two above your average infantry. I believe that the game developers meant the restriction (to only build in capital) to avoid players having an infantry force unrealistically made up of 90%+ commandoes ... 8)
    • gusv wrote:

      KrestelGaming wrote:

      It's a huge shame that you can only build Commandos in your capital city. Otherwise, I would be spamming Commandos into enemy territory
      Nice thought. But commandoes are supposed to be well trained and highly skilled military units- a notch or two above your average infantry. I believe that the game developers meant the restriction (to only build in capital) to avoid players having an infantry force unrealistically made up of 90%+ commandoes ... 8)
      That would be scary. But yes, they are tremendously useful. I cannot play a game without it.
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      WayneBo wrote:

      Commandos are available in CoW1.5, not restricted to capitols.
      One good thing? As well as it as a stealth unit!
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