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
Any ant not controlled by a player becomes an AI ant. AI ants have several actions:
Feeding brood and queen ants Edit
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
AI ants will collect any food 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.
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.
When a follow command is 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.
This feature is exclusive to singleplayer mode.
AI colonies in singleplayer mode will have AI ants searching outside the nest for food and mobs.
Types of Ants Edit
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 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.
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 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.