I was not paying attention to my intrigue level and lost my capital city to a Coup. I had plenty of units near by so went in to get it back. The city went to 1hp, but that was it. I was unable to take it back. No amount of force would allow me to move in. What am I doing wrong?

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    Did you actually try attacking the city with a melee attack? – Studoku Nov 9 '14 at 22:49
  • @Studoku No, I took the advice of the advisor or notice that said it was underpowered to attack cities. Since I only had one or two melee units at that location I though it was good advice. Honestly, why can't a non-melee unit take a city? I just didn't think of that. – Dan Nov 28 '14 at 22:53

Ranged units cannot capture cities themselves; they can only lower their HP. If you are using only Ranged units then it is impossible to capture a city.

The way you would need to capture the city is to attack with a Melee Unit. Melee Units can capture a city when they attack the city and the city has a low enough HP. If a city only has 1HP, then even a basic Soldier should be able to capture it.


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