If I promote a unit so that it is better a fighting of rough terrain for example.

When I am in combat and attacking an enemy, who needs to be in the rough terrain them or me for me to receive the bonus?

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In general, it is determined by the tile on which the attacked unit is standing.

So, in case of melee units, it's where the combat takes place - i.e. in the hex containing the defending unit.

In case of ranged units, attack bonuses depend on the hex on which the target is standing.

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    I checked in game, the bonus specifically says that it applies based on where the target is.
    – bwarner
    Commented Oct 1, 2010 at 11:14
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    So in summary? In all cases it is where the defending unit is standing that counts?
    – Dan
    Commented Oct 1, 2010 at 14:25
  • Thank you, I've been wondering this. I wish Firaxis had worded the upgrades more clearly, you can take their wording either way. Commented Jun 4, 2011 at 20:45
  • Does the upvoted comment by @bwarner mean that the accepted answer is incorrect?
    – Canned Man
    Commented Nov 14, 2022 at 22:06

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