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“Well-armed and plentiful, these troops are effective at tearing down enemy buildings. These unique Japanese soldiers deal more damage.”

Elite JSDF Soldier is the level 13 Japanese unique Heavy Infantry unit unlocked in the Space Age. Its predecessor is the Heavy JSDF Soldier and can be upgraded to Honored JSDF Soldier.It is researched in a level 12 Armory. It replaces Expert Infantry.

General Information[]

The standard Heavy Infantry's default A.I. or purpose is to destroy the closest building (excluding walls) but when attacked by an enemy troop; will fight back. They're excellent at taking down defensive Heavy Cavalry (noticeably on cavalry at an age lower than them) and are able to destroy buildings quickly. However, their disadvantages are that they have low health meaning that they can be killed very quickly. They can get destroyed easily by Splash Damage Structures such as Catapults or Mortars and Multiple Target Damage Structures such as Redoubt or Machine Gun. They are also weak against other Heavy Infantry (and even Ranged Infanty} spawned by the City Center, Garrisons, Ambush Traps etc.

  • As a Japanese unique unit, Elite JSDF Soldier has 20% more damage than the standard Heavy Infantry they replace.

Historical Description[]

The Japanese Constitution, which was written by U.S. General Douglas MacArthur's staff in 1946, expressly prohibits a military of any kind. Nevertheless, the constant threat of Soviet invasion during the Cold War persuaded America to allow the formation of the Japanese Self Defense Force. For nearly two decades Japanese soldiers were armed with outdated WWII-era firearms like the Type 99 light machine gun and even American M1 Garands and Carbines. But as their industries recovered, Japan developed weapons technology that was every bit as advanced as that of the United States and Soviet Union.

Attacking Strategies[]

  • If these units are used in large groups and not in heavy fire; then they can be devastating and can destroy a base easily.
  • Catapults or Mortars, with their splash damage, are devastating against these units and can kill a group of them in a few hits if in the range of the impact. Spread the units around so that the mortar would have to hit each infantry to kill it and that its impact would not affect other infantry as well or deploy a few Heavy Cavalry to destroy it.
  • Redoubts or Machine Guns (Building) can likewise be devastating against these units, if it is not dealt with appropriately. Keep the units away from it until it is destroyed or position them to destroy it quickly.
  • Missile Silo can elemininate a group of these units quickly. Don't group them together so much that will attract the Silo attacks. Or deploy them after the Silo is destroyed, sabotaged or distracted by other units with high HP.
  • They can be used as a distraction for many defenses and can help protect ranged infantry such as riflemen from heavy fire from defenses.
  • A group of them can easily overwhelm single target defensive towers but are vulnerable against Machine Gun (Building).


  • JSDF stands for "Japan Self Defence Force"