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Research in Age of Wonders: Planetfall is divided into two categories: Military research and Society research. Military research is divided into three subcategories: Faction technology, Weapons technology and Secret technology. Society research is divided into three subcategories: Doctrine technology, Economy technology and Operations technology.

Secret Technology[edit | edit source]

At the start of the game each player selects one of the 7 secret technologies of the Star Union. These are fields of experimental or forbidden research that were hidden from the general population. Secret Technologies contain 3 additional units, in addition to mods and especially operations. Each Secret Technology has its own doomsday weapon, which reflects the ultimate goal of that technology. Doomsday Weapons are powerful, planetary scale weapons which the player can use to gain a huge advantage and eventually win outright.

Technology Weapon Groups Bonuses
SecretTech Celestian.png Celestian Damage Psionic.png Psionic
  • Sway enemy soldiers and colonists to your cause
  • Strong moral buffing and damage reflection
  • NPC diplomacy bonuses
SecretTech Heritor.png Heritor 24px Entropy
  • Drain the Essence of enemies and use it to fuel powerful abilities
  • Harness the power of Essence
  • Reincarnate ancient Es'Teq minds
  • Strong attacks against machines
SecretTech Promethean.png Promethean Damage Thermal.png Laser
  • Create weapons of mass destruction
  • Settle in inhospitable places
  • Shield units and colonists from Armageddon
SecretTech Psynumbra.png Psynumbra Damage Psionic.pngPsionic
  • Summon ethereal beings
  • Shatter reality to terrorize the populace
  • Break enemies' minds
SecretTech Synthesis.png Synthesis Damage Arc.png Arc
  • Deploy AI daemons in battle
  • Hack and override enemy mechanical units
  • Bolster strategic operations
  • Integrate the populace into the network
SecretTech Voidtech.png Voidtech Damage Kinetic.png Explosive
  • Command highly mobile units that can teleport and pass through obstacles
  • Create temporal clones of units
  • Destabilize and decelerate enemies
SecretTech Xenoplague.png Xenoplague Damage Bio.png Bio
  • Spawn and evolve special units after battle
  • Heal and enhance biological units
  • Deploy infectious bioweapons