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Flag: Cost
File(s): rules(md).ini
Values: Signed integers: All whole numbers from -2147483648 to 2147483647; in rare cases, only from -32768 to 32767.
Default: 0
Applicable to: TechnoTypes:

AircraftTypes, BuildingTypes, InfantryTypes and VehicleTypes

This is the primary usage of Cost; for other meanings, see Cost (Multiplier).

Sets the base amount of credits needed to purchase this object, before any multipliers are applied (such as Country bonuses or the Industrial Plant). The final cost (after any multipliers have been applied) is the amount of credits that will be deducted from the constructing player during the course of construction (when the unit is, say, 10% constructed, 10% of the final cost will have been deducted from the player. When the unit is 50% constructed, 50% of the final cost will have been deducted, and so on).

Cost is sometimes used when calculating the refund amount a player gets when selling or grinding a unit or building, depending on the circumstances (see Soylent for details).

Cost also determines, in part, the amount of time the object will take to construct. [General]→BuildSpeed determines the time, in minutes, to construct 1000 credits' worth of an object, so an object with Cost=2000 will take ( 2 * BuildSpeed ) minutes to construct. Any multipliers to cost have no effect on construction time - construction time is always determined by the base Cost of an object.

Cost also determines, in part, the order objects' build icons will appear on the sidebar - if there are two or more objects of the same TechLevel, the cheaper one(s) will appear earlier in the list.

It is possible to set Cost to a negative value so that the player will actually receive credits during the object's construction. However, setting negative Cost values on multiplayer start units causes you to start with a very high number of units, because the number of starting units is based, in part, on their Cost value, and negative Cost values are converted to zero for this calculation.

A BuildingType that has a FreeUnit with a higher Cost than the BuildingType's own Cost will actually cost the same as the FreeUnit in-game, however the base cost is unchanged as far as other values, such as Soylent and build time, are concerned.

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