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Dawn of War FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about Dawn of War

This FAQ will answer questions you may have about Relic’s newest RTS game, Dawn of War.

Dawn of War is a real-time strategy game produced by Relic Entertainment set in Games Workshop‘s Warhammer 40,000 universe and published by THQ.

Dawn of War on Relic’s Website can be found here. The official Dawn of War website is here.

Subjects of the FAQ:

Expansion Information:
An expansion has been offically announced! It is called Warhammer 40,000:Dawn of War: Winter Assault. The expansion will add the Imperial Guard to the four races already included in Dawn of War. The FAQ for Winter Assault can be found here and the Relicnews Winter Assault page is here.

Current Patch Version: 1.30

Also check the Offical Dawn of War FAQ.

Required System Specifications
Minimum specifications:
– Windows® 98/2000/XP/ME with Direct X 9.0b (included)
– 1.4 GHz Intel Pentium III or AMD Athlon XP processor
– 256 MB RAM
– DirectX 9.0b compatible AGP video card with Hardware
– Transform and Lighting and 32MB of Video RAM
– DirectX 9.0b compatible 16-bit sound card
– 4x CD-ROM drive

- Keyboard and mouse

Recommended specifications:
– 2.2 GHz Intel Pentium 4 or equivalent
– 512 MB System RAM (required for 8-player multiplayer games)
– nVidia GeForce 3 or ATI Radeon 8500 or equivalent with 64 MB of Video RAM

Multiplayer specifications:
– 1 disc/player per computer
– Internet: Cable modem, DSL or 56.6 kbps modem, for online multiplayer play
– Network: TCP/IP compliant network.

Credits:
This FAQ has been compiled by Sajuur with much help from ionfish, Soulblighter, Moe, Ani, ceejayoz, GreatSamaman, UberJumper, Vijil, Dyntheos, Remmington, Ghostwalker, Circus ninja, Nortonius, Anim, and Firaya. Many thanks to everyone who has helped out!

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General Information

Q: What is Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War?
A: Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War is a Real Time Strategy (RTS) game produced by Relic Entertainment, and published by THQ Inc.

Q: What is the offical Dawn of War website?
A: The Dawn of War offical website can be found here.

Q: What is Dawn of War based on?
A: Dawn of War is based on Games Workshop‘s Warhammer 40,000 universe.

Q: How many races are playable in Dawn of War?
A: Four races are playable in Multiplayer and Skirmish – Space Marines, Chaos Marines, Eldar, and Orks.

Q: Where can I get the demo for Dawn of War?
A: There Dawn of War demo is available on the offical site, which can be found here.

Q: Is there an IRC channel for Dawn of War?
A: Yes, you can get information about it here.

Q: Why are other races from the Table Top game not in Dawn of War? Why are some units missing from the included races?
A: This basicly comes down to the amount of time, money, and resources Relic had to complete Dawn of War. Also some units would simply not work in the game environment.

Q: What exactly is the "Army Painter"?

A: The army painter is part of Dawn of War that allows you to paint various parts of your army units. You can also select badges and banners for your army from the Army Painter.

Q: Is it possible to create custom badges and banners?
A: Yes. Badges must be 64×64 pixels, 32 bit, and saved as .tga files. Banners must be 64×96 pixels, 32 bit, and saved as .tga files. These go in their respective folders within the Dawn of War directory. Additional information on creating badges can be found here.

Q: Are you able to record games to watch at a later date?
A: Yes, after each game you can save the replay, and they can be loaded from Skirmish>Load Game>Recorded Games. If you download a recording from online the file goes in the Playback folder in the Dawn of War directory.

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Gameplay Information

This section will not be covering strategies, these can be found in the Strategy Forum, which is divided into Replays, Space Marine Strategy, Ork Strategy, Eldar Strategy, and Chaos Strategy. Information and strategies for each race can be found in their appropriate forum.

Q: What are squads?
A: Squads are groups of units, all infantry are created in a squad of a few members. You can then reinforce the squad to bring it up to the maximum number of members. Some squads allow different weapons to be placed on them. Units inside a squad cannot be controlled separately. Some units like vehicles, commanders, and builders act alone, and sometimes can be attached to a squad.

Q: How do I get Requisition?
A: You must capture strategic points, critical locations, and relics with infantry squads. Each one will generate +6 Requisition points. You are able to build listening posts on Strategic points and Relics. This increases the value of the point up to +12. By fortifying the listening post it increases the total value to +18, and the heavily fortified listening posts has a huge value of +24! The +number means how much requistion points you get every 10 seconds. You also acquire 20 requisition points from each HQ structure you have. Another way to get more requisition points is to research the upgrades at the listening posts.

Q: How do I get power?
A: In order to get power you must build generators. These give you +10 power/10 seconds. You can have a total of 6 generators per HQ building. You can also have unlimited large generators, but these can only be placed on slag deposits. Each large generator produces +40 power. You can also research upgrades at the standard generators.

Q: What exactly is "morale"?
A: Morale is a system that is similar to Hit Points, but doesn’t cause the unit to die when it reaches zero. All weapons inflict some form of Morale damage, as well as normal damage, be it a little or a lot. When a squad’s morale is broken, it’s accuracy is drastically reduced. Damage remains normal, just the chance of actually hitting the target is very low. A squad will always be gain morale if they lose it, but if they remain under fire they will most likely not gain enough to become unbroken.

Q: What are combat stances?
A: Combat stances can be set to make your units behave in a certain way. The stances are as follows:

Weapon Stances:
- Assault Stance: This will make units move into Close Combat with enemy units when ordered to attack, or enemies move close to them. They will only attack with ranged weapons if the enemy is just within range of ranged weapons, but not in range to move to engage them.

- Ranged stance: Units will fire ranged weapons at the enemy from a distance. They will only engage in CC if the enemy attacks them in CC.
- Versitile Stance: Units will fire with ranged weapons until the enemy gets close, then they will attack in CC.

Engagement Stances:
-Stand Ground: Unit will move only a short distance to engage the enemy, and will cease the attack if the enemy moves too far away.
- Hold Position: Unit will not move from it’s position unless ordered by the player. Even attacked in CC they will not return the fight in CC, but rather continue to fire as ranged with 1% accuracy. (This is regardless of weapon stance).
- Burn Stance: Left to their own devices units will take priority to taking down enemy buildings.
- Attack Stance: Unit will attack any enemy unit in range, and will hunt the enemy until either they or the enemy is dead.
- No Attack Stance: Unit will not fire ranged weapons/engage in CC.

Q: Some of the unit stats on the interface don’t match the kind of damage I see while watching a battle. Are these numbers incorrect?
A: No, these damage numbers are correct, but they do not include armor piercing, which plays a huge role in Dawn of War.

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Single Player Information

The Single player campaign of Dawn of War takes place on the planet Tartarus, as you control the Space Marine chapter "The Blood Ravens". There are 11 missions, and a walkthrough for all missions is available here. The Single player campaign can be played on three difficulty levels – Normal. Hard, and Insane.

Q: Are you able to play any race other than Space Marines in Single player?
A: No, but in some missions you acquire a few squads of Imperial Guard, Leman Russ’s and the Imperial Guard commander.

Q: What is the actual changes to the game for the different skill levels?
A: Normal means the non-player units have 1/2 their normal hit points. Hard means that all units have their normal hit points, and on Insane mode the non-player units have 1 1/2 times their normal hit points. The computer also becomes far more aggressive, and is overall more difficult to deal with on the higher the skill level.

Q: Can I use cheats in Single player?
A: At this time we have been informed of what the cheats are, but not how to enable them in Single Player.
The cheats can be used in multiplayer games if the "allow cheats" option is set by the host, and in skirmish games.
Cheats are entered into the console. The following codes are available:
cheat_revealall – reveal all FOW
cheat_killself – kill yourself
cheat_power( n ) – give yourself "n" units of power
cheat_requisition( n ) – give yourself "n" units of requisition

Q: Where can I find a tutorial mission?
A: By clicking Skirmish on the main menu, you can find the Tutorial botton on the bottom of the Skirmish screen.

Q: Are there any hero units in Single Player?
A: Yes, throughout the game you will control up to 4 "commander" units. These respawn at your base if killed.

Q: Why are some researches not available that are in Skirmish?
A: Researches and units become available as you advance through the game, they are not all there in the first missions.

Q: Do units gain experience during the campaign, and are they kept from mission to mission?
A: No, units will not get stronger as they fight, and no units directly carry over mission to mission.

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Multiplayer Information

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War has several choices for multiplayer games. The main being Gamespy, which can be reached by clicking "Multiplayer" on the main menu, followed by "Online". There is also a "Direct Connect" option on the "Multiplayer" screen, along with a "LAN" option. You are able to play one of four races during a multiplayer game; Space Marines, Chaos Space Marines, Eldar, and Orks.

Q: How many multiplayer maps are there for Dawn of War?
A: 21 maps shipped with the game, 5 more were included in patch 1.1. Following the release of the Map Editor there has been many fan created maps, information on these can be found here.

Q: Is there any ladder system or stat recording for Gamespy?
A: Yes, all games are counted towards an overall win percentage, and Automatch games count towards your automatch score if you choose them to be ranked.

Q: Are there different chat rooms for Gamespy?
A: Yes, there are 10 different rooms in which you can chat, and also chat is possible when waiting in a game lobby.

Q: What exactly is "automatch"?
A: Automatch is a matchmaking system that can be used for 1v1, 2v2, 3v3, or 4v4 battles with random players. You are able to select race, color scheme, and type of game from the Automatch screen. You must then wait while other people join the game. When there are enough players the game will start on a map for that number of players, and the teams will be random, not who joined first. These games can be chosen ranked or unranked from the Automatch screen.

Q: What are the possible win conditions in Dawn of War?
A: There are seven different possible win conditions. They are as follows:

  1. Annihilate: Destroy primary enemy buildings.
  2. Assassinate: Kill an enemy’s commander unit.
  3. Control Area: Capture 66% or more of the Strategic Points on the map. These must be held for 8 minutes to win the game.
  4. Destroy HQ: Destroy all of the enemy’s HQ buildings.
  5. Economic Victory: Acquire a certain amount of resources to win.
  6. Take and Hold: Take more than 50% of the Critical Locations on the map. They must be held for 7 minutes.
  7. Sudden Death: Capture an enemy’s strategic point.

Q: Are you able to play against computers with human allies online?
A: Yes, the host can add computer players to the game, and also set their team number.

Q: What is the "Auto Teams" feature?
A: The Auto Teams feature randomly chooses teams based on the number of players per team you set. This number can be 2, 3 or 4 players per team. There are also two other options to make teams, Free For All – No teams, and Player Sets Team – allowing each player to set their own team. For the Player Sets Team options the host of the game can modify computer player’s team number.

Q: How does the star system work?
A: The number of stars you have is computed as follows:

Stars are based on your win/loss record:
20% win/loss for 1 star
40% win/loss for 2 stars
60% win/loss for 3 stars
70% win/loss for 4 stars
75% win/loss for 5 stars

They also require a certain number of games played:
Below 5 games you can’t have any stars
Between 5 and 19 you can have at most 1 star
Between 20 and 39 you can have at most 2 stars
Between 40 and 79 you can have at most 3 stars
Between 80 and 199 you can have at most 4 stars

Q: Does Dawn of War have a point decay system for automatch?
A: Yes, Tacit has explained it’s working as follows:
If you are currently ranked in the Top-100, you must play at least 2 games per week to avoid point decay. You will lose 40 points in any week you do not play at least 2 games.
If you are currently ranked in the Top-1000, you must play at least 1 game per week to avoid point decay. You will lose 20 points in any week you do not play at least 1 game.
Your score will never decay below 1100 points.
The system only reviews your activity once per week, on Sunday night.

Q: Is there a translation available for other languages of the Victory Conditions so I know what type of game I’m joining?
A: Yes, we have the French, German, and Spanish translations.

French:
Annihilate: Annihilation
Assassinate: Assassinat
Control area: Zone de contrôle
Destroy HQ: Destruction de QG
Economic victory: Victoire économique
Take and hold: Prendre et tenir
Sudden death: Mort subite

German:
Assassinate: Attentat
Destroy HQ: HQ vernichten
Sudden Death: Sudden Death
Economic Victory: ökonomischer Sieg
Control Area: Kontrollgebiet
Take and Hold: Erobern und halten
Annihilate:Vernichtung

Spanish:
Annihilate: Aniquilacion
Assassinate: Asesinato

Control area: Controlar el area
Destroy HQ: Destruir CG
Economic victory: Victoria Economia
Take and hold: Ocupar y mantener
Sudden death: Muerte Subita

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Unit Types

Infantry

  • Servitor
  • Scout Marine Squad
  • Gretchin Squad
  • Slugga Boyz Squad
  • Shoota Boyz Squad
  • Stormboyz Squad
  • Tanka Busta Squad
  • Heretic
  • Guardian Squad
  • Bonesinger
  • Ranger Squad
  • Howling Banshee Squad
  • Dark Reaper Squad
  • Mad Dok
  • Cultist Squad

Heavy Infantry

  • Space Marine Squad
  • Assault Marine Squad
  • Chaos Marine Squad
  • Warp Spider Squad
  • Nob Squad
  • Raptor Squad
  • Brightlance Platform
  • Grav Platform
  • Terminator Squad
  • Assault Terminator Squad
  • Obliterator Squad
  • Apothecary
  • Seer Council

Vehicles

  • Rhino
  • Land Speeder
  • Dreadnought
  • Hellfire Dreadnought
  • Whirldwind
  • Predator
  • Land Raider
  • Chaos Rhino
  • Chaos Predator
  • Defiler
  • Wartrukk
  • Wartrak
  • Killa Kan
  • Looted Tank
  • Squiggoth

Commanders

  • Big Mek
  • Farseer
  • Librarian
  • Warboss
  • Force Commander
  • Chaos Sorceror
  • Chaos Lord

Buildings

  • Stronghold
  • Chapel Barracks
  • Armoury
  • Plasma Generator
  • Thermo Plasma Generator
  • Listening Post
  • Machine Cult
  • Sacred Artefact
  • Heavy Bolter Turret
  • Mine Field
  • Orbital Relay
  • Desecrated Stronghold
  • Temple Barracks
  • Chaos Armoury
  • Machine Pit
  • Sacrifical Circle
  • Daemon Pit
  • Settlement
  • Da Boyz Hut
  • Waaagh Banner
  • Generator
  • Bigga Generator
  • Da Listenin Post
  • Pile O Gunz
  • Da Mek Shop
  • Webway Assembly
  • Aspect Portal
  • Soul Shrine
  • Listening Post
  • Plasma Generator
  • Thermo Plasma Generator
  • Support Portal
  • Support Platform

Daemons

  • Horror Squad
  • Possessed Marine Squad
  • Bloodthister
  • Avatar

Unit Listing by Race

Space Marine Unit List

  • Servitor
  • Scout Marine Squad
  • Space Marine Squad
  • Assault Marine Squad
  • Force Commander
  • Terminator Squad
  • Assault Terminator Squad
  • Librarian
  • Apothecary
  • Rhino
  • Land Speeder
  • Dreadnought
  • Hellfire Dreadnought
  • Whirldwind
  • Predator
  • Land Raider

Chaos Unit List

  • Heretic
  • Cultist Squad
  • Chaos Marine Squad
  • Raptor Squad
  • Chaos Lord
  • Horror Squad
  • Possessed Marine Squad
  • Chaos Sorceror
  • Bloodthister
  • Obliterator Squad
  • Chaos Rhino
  • Chaos Predator
  • Defiler

Ork Unit List

  • Big Mek
  • Gretchin Squad
  • Slugga Boyz Squad
  • Shoota Boyz Squad
  • Stormboyz Squad
  • Tanka Busta Squad
  • Nob Squad
  • Warboss
  • Mad Dok
  • Wartrukk
  • Wartrak
  • Killa Kan
  • Looted Tank
  • Squiggoth

Eldar Unit List

  • Guardian Squad
  • Ranger Squad
  • Howling Banshee Squad
  • Dark Reaper Squad
  • Warp Spider Squad
  • Farseer
  • Avatar
  • Seer Council
  • Bonesinger
  • Falcon Grav Tank
  • Vyper
  • Wraithlord
  • Fire Prism
  • Brightlance Platform

Tech Trees

Space Marine Tech Tree

Chaos Space Marine Tech Tree

Eldar Tech Tree

Ork Tech Tree

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Community

Q: Is there a community Dawn of War IRC channel?
A: Yes, information on how to connect can be found here. The second post in that thread contains the server rules.

Q: Where can I find the MOD section of these forums?
A: The Dawn of War MOD forum is here.

Q: What kinds of MODs are able to be made for Dawn of War?
A: A list of the things we can MOD in Dawn of War can be found here.

Q: Are there any official tools? If so, where can I find them?
A: Yes, Relic has released offical Dawn of War modding tools. They can be downloaded from the offical Relic site, located here.

Q: What tools are included?
A: The tools include an Attribute Editor, Audio Editor, Chunky Viewer, FX Editor, Mission Editor, Mod Packager, and Object Editor.

Q: Where can I find documentation on how to use these tools?
A: Relic has a Wiki for the tools which is located here. A FAQ has also been compiled in the Mod tools Forum, which can be found here.

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