Commanding a Planet

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Selecting a Planet to Command

<tooltip text="Obtaining a Planet Summary">Obtaining a Summary of a Planet, Fleet or other Object
To just obtain a summary of a specific planet, fleet or other object, left-click once on the object in the Scanner. A small yellow selection arrow appears under the object you select. The status bar under the Scanner pane displays the name of the object, and the distance from the object in the Command pane. The Selection Summary pane changes to display what you know about the selected object.

You can also use the View (Find) menu item to locate a fleet or planet and display its summary.</tooltip>

The Rest of the Screen

The Command pane is the command interface for each of your planets and fleets. When you select a planet to command, tiles for assigning planet-specific orders fill the pane.

To learn more about a tile, click on the picture.

#Planet tile#Minerals on Hand tile#Status tile#Fleets in Orbit tile#Production tile#Starbase tilePlanet pane.png

Planet tile

Planet tile.png
This tile displays the planet currently under your command.
Click on Prev and Next to scroll through your planets in the order they are listed in the Planet Summary Report. Hold down on the SHIFT key while clicking on Prev or Next to scroll between planets that have a starbase.

Minerals on Hand tile

Minerals on hand tile.png
The upper half of this tile lists the amount of each mineral available for immediate use. The lower half tells you how many mines and factories are in operation out of the total number the population can operate.
Help cursor.png Left-click on items in the tile for more information.

Status tile

Status tile.png

Help cursor.png Left-click on items in the tile for more information.

This tile displays planetary population, scanner and defense statistics.
– The tile displays the number of resources, or units of work, available for use by the planet out of the total number of resources generated by the planet annually. The difference, if any, is the number allocated to research.
– Number of defenses deployed out of the maximum your population can operate.
Defense Type
– Current defense technology
Defense Coverage
– Estimated percentage of bombs, troops and mineral packet bombardments that can be stopped with current defenses.

Learn more about:


Planet-based Scanners

Building Defenses

Fleets in Orbit tile

Fleets in Orbit tile.png
The fleet dropdown lists all fleets and other objects in orbit. Fleets you own are listed in black. Fleets belonging to other players are listed in red.

Click on Cargo to transfer cargo between your fleets and the planet.

Click on Goto to bring the specified fleet under command.

Small screen layout: click on the Cargo button to display the cargo list.

Production tile

Production tile.png This tile displays the planet's production queue. Colors in the queue show completion status:
Green: all will be completed this turn
Blue: at least one will be completed this turn
Black: at least one more turn before even one is finished
Red: unbuildable due to shortage of required minerals
Gray: will be skipped this year

Auto build items are in italics.

Click on Change to alter production orders.

Click on Clear to remove everything from your production queue. Minerals and resources expended on partially completed items are not recoverable.

Click on Route, then click on a planet in the scanner to send all newly built ships to that planet. Alternately, CTRL-click in the Scanner on the destination planet.

Read more about:

Routing Fleets

Starbase tile

Starbase tile.png

Help cursor.png Left-click on items in the tile for more information.

This tile describes the local starbase, if any, and its mass driver.

To target the mass driver, click on Set Dest and then click on the destination in the scanner.

Left-click and drag in the gauge to set the packet speed. The warp specified is the maximum safe speed. The gauge color is purple as long as the speed is safe, changes to yellow when the speed is over the limit, and then to red when the maximum decay rate is reached.

Learn about:


Mass Drivers