Shakarn line-up is now open for speculation!

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Known units:

T1 Core: Raider (Domok caste - basic infantry)
T2 Specialist: Infiltrator (Zardas caste - shapeshifter)

Wild speculations:

T1 Scout: Flying drone
T2 Flyer: Controller (Zardas caste - crowd control type unit)
T3 Skirmisher: Brawler (Domok caste - melee unit)
T3 Artillery: Flying vessel
T4 Elite: Bigass monster/dragon

What else?
 

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I put all the units from released screenshots together. I'm not sure about 7, but it has the same colorscheme.
 

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8 and 1 are definitely different.
8 looks like the turtle guy from the cover art

Edit:
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1 and 8 in same pic
 

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1 looks like a t3 melee bruiser, like a wrecker or Ravenous.

2 I would guess as the t4, since there is a smaller air unit in 9

3 im not sure. Probably a healer, but it looks too fancy for a t2. T3?

4 looks like a colonizer.

5 looks like a scout.

6 is probably the artillery.

8 looks like t2 overwatch.

9 looks like a flyer.

Kinda like the syndicate in mostly bio, some mechanical units. Shown stuff has some form of regen, so maybe limited healing in initial lineup.
 

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I think 7 is infiltrator, and 8 is 1
Definitely different. Maybe 8 is the bigger brother of a raider? Maybe Raiders evolve into 8? For sure 1 looks much more like a heavy hitter. Maybe it's an anti vehicle or anti heavy type unit? Could be cool, high single shot attack, so wasted against many lower tier units, but good in duels?


6 looks like an awesome tank.

2 looks like a sentient cucumber? No idea.
 

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Based on 8 it looks like their tier 2 assault is a melee.

7 I think is just an infiltrator.

3 looks like a specialist tier 3.

No idea what 6 is as I think 1 and 3 are their tier 3s. Unless we are getting another tier 3 per faction as part of the DLC. I wouldn't terribly mind that.
 

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@TibblesTheCat

Great catches with the screenshots, some of those I didn't notice but it's probably the whole lineup here. My thoughts:

1. Tier 3 - melee "tank" unit
2. Tier 4 - Shakarn "carrier", either summons Shakarn regular units or maybe nr. 9? Might not be a regular unit, but a high tier strategic operation effect (summon). Alas it can potentially not have anything to do with summoning other units, we can see its aoe attack in the trailer
3. Tier 3 - support/ranged. But if 2 turns out to not be a regular unit, then I would call this one T4
4. Colonizer
5. Tier 1 - scout
6. Tier 3 - artillery/tank
7. Infiltrator
8. Tier 2 - lizard with mini-gun from the key art
9. This one is a tough cookie. Might be a flyer unit, but I would rather say summon (maybe from number 2?)

PS: On a side note, this is not a Shakarn unit but on the "Earthquake" world event screen we can see on the right something that looks like a black variant of Mega Sow, because I don't think it's a simple light effect... and on the left another two possible new (neutral) units? The one on the bottom looks mechanical and the one on top has a similar color theme but looks more organic... maybe it's a new unit family like the Reapers?

 
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PS: On a side note, this is not a Shakarn unit but on the "Earthquake" world event screen we can see on the right something that looks like a black variant of Mega Sow, because I don't think it's a simple light effect... and on the left another two possible new (neutral) units? The one on the bottom looks mechanical and the one on top has a similar color theme but looks more organic... maybe it's a new unit family like the Reapers?
Definitely looks like a lighting effect to me, I've done a lot of messing around with world map lighting for mods :p
On the left side I just see a shakarn hero in light armor, and above it an assembly flyer on an imperial defense node.
 

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Definitely looks like a lighting effect to me, I've done a lot of messing around with world map lighting for mods :p
On the left side I just see a shakarn hero in light armor, and above it an assembly flyer on an imperial defense node.
I can agree on the pig (although I compared it to the originals pink skin color scheme and I still think it's too dark to be "just" a lighting effect, might be a color-swapped variant like Hopperhounds have) and Assembly unit. I actually was thinking it's an Assembly unit (Lightning Rider) but couldn't quite catch all the details.

The third one I'm not so sure, because it's a player controlled stack it might suggest it's a hero unit... but we've yet to see such an armor hue for Sharkan units, plus there are details like armor platings and robotic joints that would suggest otherwise. If we assume Infiltrators represent female variants of the Shakarn faction then we can see their tails differ between the "white" unit on this screen (thick, spiked tail) and Infiltrator (thin, whip-like tail). Ofc females might still have a couple more designs, or it can't very well be a Secret Tech variant of a unit or additional hero armor we didn't yet see on a bigger screen...

EDIT: Oh wait, the stack has a hero emblem on the army icon, nvm then...
 

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At this point I want to know how the Shakarn change the ST units and such. I really would like to know which secret tech would work best, as it would help to let me know what the other secret tech/faction combos should be.
 
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Wait, Melee purifiers? That is actually cool. Now I want to know what the Xeno Debilitation thing is. Deadly Overwatch on the Deadeye sounds like it would boost critical chance of Overwatch for that unit.
 

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Oh, there was a stream?

Recon confirmed as scout unit. It has an interesting ability - Recon Buoy so it probably spawns observation nodes.

Shakarn Purifier looks strange. Alas it confirms there are melee variants of their regular units.

And Deadeye actually has a snake lower half it seems, so it confirms my theory about Shakarn being Lizardmen/Dragon/Naga hybrids. Also I wonder what "Deadly Overwatch" does...
 

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Oh, there was a stream?

Recon confirmed as scout unit. It has an interesting ability - Recon Buoy so it probably spawns observation nodes.

Shakarn Purifier looks strange. Alas it confirms there are melee variants of their regular units.

And Deadeye actually has a snake lower half it seems, so it confirms my theory about Shakarn being Lizardmen/Dragon/Naga hybrids. Also I wonder what "Deadly Overwatch" does...
I honestly think that the purifier is cool as a melee unit, though I expected it to be ranged like the rest of the purifiers. Still could allow for different tactics for Shakarn players.