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AAA Tracking[edit]

+100% defense vs air units.

Air Superiority[edit]

Allows a unit to attack air units in flight. Air units with Air Superiority gain a +100% combat bonus versus other air units but suffer a -50% combat penalty against ground and sea units.

Algorithmic Enhancement[edit]

Improves probe team success rate and decreases probe attack energy costs. Also allows a probe team to attempt an attack on a base or unit under the Hunter-Seeker Algorithm or +3 PROBE, though at an extremely low success rate.

Amphibious Pods[edit]

Allows ground units to attack sea bases, and allows ground units to attack from on board a sea-going transport. Also allows ground units to cross the gap between a friendly sea base and dry land without needing a transport in the base.

Antigrav Struts[edit]

+1 movement rate for ground units, and ignore terrain movement penalties. An air unit with Antigrav Struts gains a movement rate increase equal to its reactor level.

Blink Displacer[edit]

Attacker ignores base defense bonuses.

Carrier Deck[edit]

Transport may carry air units.

Clean Reactor[edit]

Unit does not require support from its home base. Not to be confused with the unit's Reactor, the Clean Reactor trait eliminates the cost of support. Note that probe and supply units inherently do not incur support costs, hence do not need this ability, although supply units can be designed with this ability, which does nothing but increase its cost.

This ability is most important on Formers and garrison units (i.e. units whose defense is greater than offense); formers will usually last the entire game (so the support bonus lasts the entire game), and at least half of your military will be garrisons (to deter attacks and to stand guard against roving Mind Worms). Your attack units can be made cheaper (and less painful to lose) by simply not having this ability, and you can take advantage of your support level (you can usually support at least one unit per base) by re-homing your attack units to different bases.

Cloaking Device[edit]

Ground unit ignores zones of control (may move past enemy units without stopping).

Comm Jammer[edit]

+50% defense vs. fast units (rover, hovertank). A mid-game technology that puts an end to early game rover blitzes.

Deep Pressure Hull[edit]

The ship operates underwater and will be hidden unless the square is entered by an enemy (doesn't work against computer players). May not be combined with the Carrier Deck ability.

Deep Radar[edit]

Unit can see two squares away instead of one. Units with deep radar can see ONE square into the fungus, which is still an improvement, as without it one must actually enter said square to detect the unit.

Dissociative Wave[edit]

Halves all positive combat bonuses (such as the +50% defense against fast units conferred by the Comm Jammer special ability).

Drop Pods[edit]

Allows a unit to make an Airdrop over a range of eight tiles, instantly moving from the tile of origin to the destination, provided that there are no air defenses near the destination tile, that the unit has not spent any moves this turn (it can move by Mag Tube first before Airdropping), and that the unit is launching from a friendly base or airbase. Upon discovery of Applied Gravitonics (or upon completion of the Space Elevator, whichever comes first) any units with Drop Pods may instead make Orbital Insertions, which removes the eight-tile restriction. A unit that has made an Airdrop or Orbital Insertion may attack on the same turn, but will suffer a -50% combat penalty.

Empath Song[edit]

+50% to psi offense.

Fuel Nanocells[edit]

Adds +2 to an air unit's fuel supply, effectively increasing its range by 1.

Fungicide Tanks[edit]

Formers remove fungus at double speed.

Heavy Artillery[edit]

Ground unit can make long range bombardment attacks from up to two squares distant. It is important to note that artillery units are incapable of attacking any other way.

High Morale[edit]

Unit gains one automatic Morale upgrade, in addition to any conferred by the unit's respective facility (ie. Command Center, Naval Yard or Aerospace Complex).

Note that the Morale bonus only applies to construction of the unit. If you upgrade from a design with High Morale, the unit will not lose the Morale bonus. If you upgrade to a design with High Morale, the unit will not gain the Morale bonus. The typical strategy is to design Trained Gun units (Hand Weapons and No Armor) with the High Morale trait to keep costs down and get an extra Morale level, then upgrade the unit to the type you really need, which retains the Morale bonus but is ultimately cheaper than building the final unit with High Morale.

Hypnotic Trance[edit]

+50% to psi defense. This is probably the most popular special ability in the game, perhaps rivaling Clean Reactor, putting defending land units on equal footing with attackers, and turning sea or air units into veritable psi fortresses. Because the cost is attack divided by defense, the ability is practically free for infantry garrisons with no weapon but strong armor.

Marine Detachment[edit]

Allows an attacking unit to capture a severely damaged enemy sea unit. There can be bugs with this, such as capturing enemy naval forces in base squares. If it is a transport vessel, all land units defending the seabase are transferred over to your control, as if you had caught the transport at sea!

Nerve Gas Pods[edit]

+50% attack bonus. Additionally, when attacking a city, kills half of the city's population (round up) if the attacking unit wins.

WARNING: using a unit equipped with this in combat against a human faction is considered a Simple Atrocity. That means if the UN charter is in effect, sanctions will be imposed upon you (nullifying commerce for at least 10 years), and regardless of the UN charter, the opponent on whom you used nerve gas will hate you forever. You can use this against the alien factions with no penalty, altough they still will hate you forever.

Non-Lethal Methods[edit]

Unit counts as two for police purposes (suppressing two drones instead of one, and 3 if your police rating is +3 or higher!).

Polymorphic Encryption[edit]

Doubles the energy cost incurred by an enemy probe team attempt to subvert the unit.

Repair Bay[edit]

Transport acts as a bunker (units heal while on board).

Soporific Gas Pods[edit]

Unit reduces Morale of non-native enemy units by two when attacking.

Super Former[edit]

All terraforming orders except for Remove/Plant Fungus are executed at double speed.