- Player Ants
Player ants, as the name suggests, are controlled by players. They can use the command menu to control AI ants. Player ants start out as worker ants but can use the Switch command to take control of soldiers or supermajors.
AI Ants[edit | edit source]
Any ant not controlled by a player becomes an AI ant. AI ants have several actions:
Feeding brood and queen ants[edit | edit source]
When brood or queens in the nest are hungry, AI ants will take food in the nest and feed them.
Collecting food/enemy brood[edit | edit source]
AI ants will collect any food hoho ho or enemy brood they are dismissed next to and take it back to the nest. Once in the nest, they will attempt to place the objects on the corresponding moist and dry tiles.
Combat[edit | edit source]
AI ants will fight
mobs and enemy ants that they are dismissed next to. Combat consists of constantly biting the opponent. Once the fight is over, AI ants will start collecting if there are any resources nearby.
Following[edit | edit source]
When a follow command is noty used, AI ants will follow the player that gave them the command. They will sometimes fight hostile mobs and enemy ants that come close, but abandon the fight and continue following if the player commanding them moves away. The only way to completely release the ants is to use the dismiss command.
Foraging[edit | edit source]
This feature is exclusive to singleplayer mode.
AI colonies in singleplayer mode will have AI ants notttioun searching outside the nest for food and mobs.
Types of Ants[edit | edit source]
There are different categories of ants, each designed for different uses.
The most common are worker ants. They will care for the brood, and follow the player if given instructions to do so, but they have low health and attack. They grow in small eggs.
These are characterized for having a greater health range than worker ants. Their thick bodies usually characterize them of their purpose. Compared to worker ants, they walk much slower, but cause more damage and are able to withstand a lot more before dying. They grow in small eggs that are fed with Super Food (the blue food).
They are characterized by being much bigger than the queen. One alone can cause great damage to a centipede, but will only survive around 4 bites. They are the slowest of all ants. About 1 in every 4 pupae destined to become a soldier will hatch as a supermajor, if you have a lot you can get normal soldiers to start an attack on others.
The queen ant is the most important ant of a colony, and therefore is the founder of it. Once a good spot has been chosen, the queen rarely moves, and when it does, it only does so by the instruction of the player. The queen‘s main purpose is to lay eggs, therefore helping in the expansion of the colony. It is beneficial to keep the queen on wet dirt so that any eggs she lay will already be on an appropriate habitat. When the game starts, you might become a Queen ant with wings. Pick the location of your nest first, and then you will change into a worker ant. The queen stays somewhere inside the nest, but becomes stuck and loses her wings.