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Age of Wonders: Planetfall - Sectors Guide

Aug 12, 2019     Guides
Age of Wonders: Planetfall - Sectors Guide

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Sectors



The planet is divided into sectors, each containing one or more identifying features. Sectors are themed around geography, or a particular landmark of the fallen Star Union. Sectors are very important for the economy of any colony, as they can be annexed and subsequently exploited to generate resources.

The features of a sector affect how it can be exploited:

  • A single clime feature determines the overall climate of a sector.
  • A single dominant terrain feature.
  • Locations, such as landmarks, dwellings and resource nodes that provide flat income, as well as other structures like visit sites, hazards and spawners that have strategic effects.

Sectors can be owned by players, as well as NPC factions and marauders.

When a sector is annexed to a colony, it becomes a province sector and adds its income to that colony.

Sectors can also be claimed by both players and non-player factions. An uncontrolled sector is claimed automatically if it is adjacent to any province sector or forward base a player controls. Taking control of a claimed sector incurs a 5 point casus belli with each player that had a claim on it. If your relationship with a player is a non-aggression pact or better, you may negotiate for permission to settle on claimed sectors without penalty. If a claim by an NPC faction is ignored, they will send demands to the invading player as compensation. Players in an integration relation state with the NPC faction can safely settle in their claimed sectors.

The sector banner is found in the middle of a sector, and clicking on it will open the sector information panel. In this panel, all the information about the sector can be found, as well as any interactions that can be undertaken.

Clime



Sectors each contain a clime associated with two of the four main resources. Each clime has economic potential that can be unlocked via research. The exceptions to this rule are the volcanic and ocean climes, which are not linked to any specific resource. Players can also unlock global bonuses through research, which improve unit regeneration and colony happiness with sectors of each clime.

Arcadian

The arcadian clime is a fertile, temperate biome, the goal for many Star Union terraforming efforts on planets across the galaxy.

Increase the level of all arcadian Food and Energy sectors in a colony by constructing Arcadian Sectors Upgrade, unlocked by the Arcadian Exploitation technology.

Researching Arcadian Exploitation also grants a happiness bonus to a colony for each arcadian sector within its domain.

Arctic

The arctic clime is a frozen, harsh biome defined by heavy snow, ice cover and a layer of permafrost over the land.

Increase the level of all arctic Knowledge and Production sectors in a colony by constructing Arctic Sectors Upgrade, unlocked by the Arctic Exploitation technology.

Researching Arctic Exploitation also grants a happiness bonus to a colony for each arctic sector within its domain.

Arid

The arid clime is a dry, sweltering biome, and while it generally lacks water, a few oases can be found where life can bloom.

Increase the level of all arid Energy and Production sectors in a colony by constructing Arid Sectors Upgrade, unlocked by the Arid Exploitation technology.

Researching Arid Exploitation also grants a happiness bonus to a colony for each arid sector within its domain.

Fungal

The fungal clime is a wild, overgrown biome full of strange flora and fauna, the result of introducing non-native fungal species for their aesthetics. They have now taken over whole swathes of planets on which they were spread.

Increase the level of all fungal Food and Knowledge sectors in a colony by constructing Fungal Sectors Upgrade, unlocked by the Fungal Exploitation technology.

Researching Fungal Exploitation also grants a happiness bonus to a colony for each fungal sector within its domain.

Coast

Coast sectors are water sectors that are adjacent to at least one land sector.

An exploited coast sector provides Food, Energy and Knowledge. The level of a coast sector may be increased twice, by constructing Water Sectors Upgrade I and Water Sectors Upgrade II, unlocked by the Aquatic Development and Hydro-Expertise technologies respectively.

Volcanic

A volcanic clime is a hostile, dangerous biome typically located around recent volcanic eruptions and lava flows. Its inherently harmful properties can be negated using technology. It is a sector clime with no specific economic potential.

Most races have difficulty operating in volcanic regions and suffer economic penalties of -50% income from that sector if they attempt to colonize it. A colony with at least one volcanic sector in its domain suffers a -16 Happiness penalty.

Increase the level of all volcanic sectors in a colony by constructing the Volcanic Sectors Upgrade, unlocked by the Adaptive Exploitation technology. This also eliminates the economic penalties and reduces the Happiness penalty to -8.

Ocean

Ocean is one of the two water climes a sector can have. Ocean sectors are uninhabitable.

Terrain



A sector can contain a terrain feature which is associated with two of the main resources and provides it with economic potential that can be unlocked via research. A sector can only have one main terrain feature. Different features cost different numbers of move points to move through. Through research, faster movement through terrain can be achieved.

Fertile Plains

Increase the level of all fertile plains Food and Knowledge sectors in a colony by constructing Fertile Plains Sectors Upgrade, unlocked by the Fertile Plains Exploitation technology.

Fertile plains has a Move Point cost of 6 per hex, which can be reduced to 4 by researching Fertile Plains Exploitation.

Forest

Increase the level of all forest Food and Production sectors in a colony by constructing Forest Sectors Upgrade, unlocked by the Forest Exploitation technology.

Forest has a Move Point cost of 8 per hex, which can be reduced to 6 by researching Forest Exploitation.

The Amazon race has special technologies that allow them to make extensive use of forest sectors.

Mountain

Some mountain sectors are completely mountainous, have no clime and are uninhabitable.

Increase the level of all mountain Energy and Production sectors in a colony by constructing Mountain Sectors Upgrade, unlocked by the Mountain Exploitation technology.

Mountains have a Move Points cost of 12 per hex, which can be reduced to 10 by researching Mountain Exploitation.

The Dvar race has special technologies that allow them to terraform mountain sectors.

Ruins

Increase the level of all ruins Energy and Knowledge sectors in a colony by constructing Ruins Sectors Upgrade, unlocked by the Ruins Exploitation technology.

Ruins have a Move Point cost of 8 per hex, which can be reduced to 6 by researching Ruins Exploitation.

Special Features



A sector can contain various unique sector features which provide economic benefits when the sector is annexed. Each of these special features gives a unique bonus to the sector.

River

Colonies with a river flowing through their domain generate +10 Food food once Environmental Conditioning has been researched.

Lava Flow

Colonies with a lava stream going through their domain generate +10 Energy once Adaptive Exploitation has been researched.