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Marine Commander

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The Marine Commander specializes in strategy and structure deployment for the Frontiersmen. A single Commander is chosen among the Marines by logging in at the Command Station. While occupying the Command Station, the Commander has an overview of the entire map, and can accomplish various tasks to provide support to ground troops.


The Commander plays a very different role from the Marines; he has a complete overview of the entire map (including a Mini-map), can build structures (which require Marines or MACs to assemble), and research upgrades such as purchasable weapons and attack/armor upgrades. In addition, the Commander can drop supplies such as Medpacks and Ammopacks or weapons anywhere for Marines to receive or equip. The Commander can also recycle any Marine structure, which destroys the structure and returns a portion of the buildings' cost based on its health on destruction. Finally, he can give his Marines orders via text, voice communication or through a built-in system called Waypoints.

Tech Tree

The Frontiersmen Tech Tree contains the technology progression paths available to the Marine Commander. It is a branched progress system dependent on research and upgrades.

Frontiersmen Tech Tree
Tech Map Rows Content
Marine techmap.gif 1 Extractor, Command Station, Infantry Portal
2 ARC Factory, ARC
3 Research Hand Grenades, Research Mine, Research Shotgun, Welder | Robotics Factory, MAC
4 Armory | Sentry Battery, Sentry
5 Observatory | Research Nano Shield
6 Advanced Weaponry, Advanced Armory | Research Phase Gate | Research Catalyst Pack
7 Prototype Lab | Phase Gate | Arms Lab, Weapons 1/2/3
8 Research Exoskeleton, Research Jetpack | Armor 1/2/3
9 Research Dual Wield, 2 Command Stations



The Commander has sole control over Team Resources, which is required to build structures, perform research and upgrades. The Frontiersmen start off with 50 Team Resources and must construct additional Extractors on Resource Nozzles to increase income. The Commander may also spend Team Resources on assistance utilities and weapons to drop anywhere for Marines.


The Commander is solely capable of research and upgrade options that represent the Tech level of each Marine under his or her command. Marines fitted with no upgrades and basic Assault Rifles will be overwhelmed by aliens that evolve new Traits or grow into Fades or an Onos. In order to empower marines, the Commander must use Team Resources to research upgrades from the following structures.

  • Arms Lab
    • 10/20/30% additional Weapon Damage
    • 20/40/60 additional Armor

Commander Menu

The Commander can quickly access four tabs using the Commander Menu at the bottom right of his HUD.

  • Select
    • The Select tab returns the Commander to the current selection of units or buildings, allowing the usage of abilities, orders, research and upgrades.

See Also