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Ability Forester
Forester Move Forester is one of the many Unit Abilities available in Master of Magic.

On the overland map, a unit with Forester pays no more than 1 Movement Point when moving into a Forest tile. When the unit is part of a stack, the entire stack pays no more than 1 Movement Point when moving into a Forest tiles. This allows stacks led by a Forester unit to quickly cross heavily-wooded terrain.

The effect applies only to Icon Movement GroundWalking units (and/or stacks containing at least one Icon Movement GroundWalking unit).

No fewer than 12 different units in the game possess the Forester ability. 8 of these are High Elf Normal Units, 2 are Fantastic Creatures from the Icon Nature.pngNature Realm, and 2 are Heroes.

There is no known method of adding Forester to a unit that does not possess it by default, whether by spells or through Magical Items. Of course, the Pathfinding ability, which can be added to any unit, is superior to Forester in every way.

Description Edit

Intelligent creatures will normally adapt to their surroundings, especially over many generations. Some cultures specialize in survival in heavily-wooded terrain, learning to find paths through the undergrowth, track animals worthy for consumption, find water sources and so on. They can then lead entire armies through such terrain, easily.

High Elves are exceptionally good at this, having honed their skills to be more in-tune with the forests and their creatures. Animals that live predominantly in forests also develop this ability.

Effect Edit

When a Icon Movement GroundWalking unit with Forester is moving across the overland map, it can enter any Forest tile at a cost of only 1 Movement Point. Normally, Icon Movement GroundWalking units would pay 2 Movement Points to enter Forest tiles.

Forester does not change the Movement Allowance of the unit - only the number of Movement Points it must pay to enter any Forest tile.

Note that any Icon Movement GroundFlying unit with Forester does not feel the aforementioned effect. Its movement rate is 1 Movement Point per tile, regardless of terrain. Forester only assists ground-moving units.

Forester applies only on the overland map. Units possessing Forester do not behave any differently from other units when fighting in Forest tiles.

Group Forester Movement Edit

A Forester unit traveling as part of an army will bestow the aforementioned effect on all units stacked with it. As a result, the entire stack will pay only 1 Movement Point to enter any Forest tile.

Note that if the stack contains only Icon Movement AirFlying units, the Forester ability has no effect: the stack will pay only 1 Movement Point to enter any tile, as is normal for Icon Movement AirFlying units. However, if the stack contains at least one Icon Movement GroundWalking unit, the movement costs described above are in effect. It does not matter which unit in the stack possesses Forester.

It should also be noted that when a Forester unit is traveling as part of an army and there is another unit with the Mountaineer ability in that same stack, the entire stack will travel using the Pathfinding ability (see the Pathfinding article for more information).

Units with Default Forester Edit

There are no fewer than 12 units in the game that possess Forester by default. More than half of these are Normal Units from the High Elf race, 2 are Fantastic Creatures from the Icon Nature.pngNature Realm, and 2 are Heroes.

Tactical ElvenLords Elven Lords
Tactical HighElfCavalry High Elf Cavalry
Tactical HighElfHalberdiers High Elf Halberdiers
Tactical HighElfMagicians High Elf Magicians
Tactical Settlers High Elf Settlers
Tactical HighElfSpearmen High Elf Spearmen
Tactical HighElfSwordsmen High Elf Swordsmen
Tactical Longbowmen Longbowmen
Tactical Sprites Sprites
Tactical WarBears War Bears
Tactical Hero Alorra Alorra the Elven Archer
Tactical Hero Rakir Rakir the Beastmaster

Note that the majority of these units are Icon Movement GroundWalking units by default (thus enjoying the benefits of the Forester ability, as explained above). The two Heroes arguably benefit much more from Forester, as Heroes' Movement Allowance can easily be increased with the use of Magical Items - allowing them to cross vast distances rather quickly if ample forested terrain is present.

The Sprites are the only Icon Movement AirFlying units on this list. This means that, while alone, they feel no benefit from Forester. However, whenever they are in a stack containing at least one Icon Movement GroundWalking unit, the Forester ability kicks in and will speed up the movement of the stack.

Acquiring Forester Edit

There is no known method in the game to add Forester to a unit that does not possess it by default.

However, note that the Pathfinding ability, which is superior to Forester in every way, is available as both a Unit Enchantment and an Item Power. Refer to the Pathfinding article for more details.

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