- Common abilities:
- -17 Ranged Strength against district defenses and Naval units.
- Special traits:
- Lower Production cost (250 vs. 330).
- Lower Combat Strength (45 vs. 50).
- Lower maintenance cost (3 vs. 5).
- Cannot move and attack in the same turn.
The Hwacha has the same Ranged Strength as the Field Cannon, but is available an entire era earlier. However, it has lower Combat Strength and cannot attack and move in the same turn. The Hwacha is therefore best used as soon as possible, before it becomes outclassed in the Industrial Era.
The Korean hwacha (or “fire chariot”) launched the most terrifying fireworks display of the 15th Century. At first glance, this simple, two-wheeled wooden cart bears little more than a slotted horizontal board as its cargo. When fully loaded and fired, dozens of rocket-propelled projectiles would streak out from those slots, raining a steel-tipped volley upon distant enemy formations.
This efficient death machine came to prominence when it helped repel a late 16th Century Japanese invasion of Korea. The hwacha presence at the Battle of Haengju significantly aided the 3,400 Korean defenders against an invading samurai infantry nine times their size.