Scouting is basically finding ruins and exploring the map. Ruins bonuses are in the form of food, wood, and wealth in Age 1. Later you get metal (After Age 1) and oil (After Age 5) ruins.
Scouting is very important for a faster start. At start you have 200 food, 200 wood and 100 wealth. By scouting, you can get bonus resources (i.e Ruins) which will eventually help you get a faster start.
Which of the 3 resources – (food,wood and wealth) will I get in a ruin? (Considering Age 1)
You’ll get the lowest one of the three. Suppose you have 50 food, 100 wood and 100 wealth. Here the lowest is food. You will get a food bonus (eg. +25 food) when you hit a ruin.
Note that you don’t get knowledge in ruins.
How does a ruin look like?
Scouting is an art. Every player scouts differently. It needs a little micromanagement. An expert player usually gets ruins bonuses upto 500 and starts off with a great start.
Steps to scout:
– Create 2-3 villagers and run them along the map.
– You can keep your scout at auto-scouting. But I’ll suggest to scout manually.
Note that at start you have a scout.
– Sent them in cyclic paths so that your villagers return back to your city.
Various scouting styles:-
– Scout with at least 4-5 villagers.
While scouting, along with ruins look for rares. Find useful rares. I’ll emphasize on different rares later. (Rares)
Your scouting style should vary according to the map. In great lakes, you will find a lot of ruins in the center. So pick them before your opponent gets them.
Scouting will help you not only to get a faster start but will also show you rare positions and resource locations (wood, mine and oil wells). Eventually, you will have the whole map visible.