Do catapults have range blocked by units in front? How about archers? It's weird that in one screenshot, I can't attack 2 spots away, but in the other I can.

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  • From my experience it seems to be based on terrain, if there is a hill in front it can't fire, same with forests jungles etc.., i.e things that would normally block line of sight do block it here.
    – Viper_Sb
    Nov 10, 2016 at 3:17
  • Hm I think you are right. Need to get used to vision. You should write answer and I'll mark it as such until proven otherwise :D
    – Dave Stein
    Nov 10, 2016 at 4:45
  • @DaveStein Could you please explain what is supposed to be the difference in the two screenshots? I don't get it.
    – mkrieger1
    Nov 29, 2016 at 19:34

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Range is not restricted by units in front, but can be restricted by terrain. Usually its hills and forests that can in some cases reduce your range. Consider the following cases:

A   C

Thats an archer on a plain, 2 tiles from a city on a plain with a hill in between. In that case the archer can not hit the city because of the hill between them (ie a vertical obstacle)

A   C

In this case though the archer can hit the city though because even though there is a hill between them, the Archer is on a hill itself and doesn't to shoot over the hill between itself and the city.

A    C

In this case though the archer again can not hit the city because there is a hill/forest combo tile between them. Even though the archer has elevation because it is on a hill, it can not shoot over the forest (which effectively has an elevation of 2, 1 from the hill and 1 from the forest).

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    Just to point out that the same range restrictions apply to City centres and encampments that can bombard.
    – CoqPwner
    Nov 10, 2016 at 14:43

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