Pathfinding

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Secondary skills
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Pathfinding
Basic Pathfinding.png Basic Pathfinding: reduces the movement penalty for rough terrain by 25%.
Advanced Pathfinding.png Advanced Pathfinding: reduces the movement penalty for rough terrain by 50%.
Expert Pathfinding.png Expert Pathfinding: reduces the movement penalty for rough terrain by 75%.

Pathfinding is a secondary skill, that reduces the movement penalty for rough terrains. A hero with expert pathfinding secondary skills treats all terrains as grass, which means that the hero suffers no penalty for crossing rough, sand, snow or swamp terrain types. Penalty reductions from the skill level are tabulated below.

Table 1. Terrain penalties with different levels of Pathfinding
Terrain None Basic Advanced Expert
Dirt
Grass
Lava
Subterranean
100% 100% 100% 100%
Rough 125% 100% 100% 100%
Sand
Snow
150% 125% 100% 100%
Swamp 175% 150% 125% 100%

Heroes with Pathfinding as a starting skill:

Discussion[edit]

The feasibility of pathfinding rests heavily on the characteristics of the map. On a map with very few areas of rough terrain, pathfinding is useless, but on maps containing a lot of rough terrains it becomes extremely valuable - potentially even more so than Logistics. Pathfinding can always be recommended as a secondary skill for scout type secondary heroes, but it may also be valuable for the main hero(es). It should be noted that some factions' native terrains include rough terrains, which may affect the necessity of pathfinding.