What determines generals taking over battle from another general?

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Jan 13, 2004
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Many hours played but I'm still not certain about general priority in battle. What factors come into play such that a general assumes leadership over another general mid-battle? Does being a ruler or heir matter? Do movement or siege pips matter? Do stars matter? I'm pretty sure I've seen a 3-star general supersede a 1-star general, though that might have just been old versions of EU IV.

If anyone has a precise formula, I'd really appreciate it. Thanks!
oh I always thought it was the highest no. of shock pips commands the shock phase, highest fire pips commands the fire phase ?

Sadly no. I'd assume it goes by total # of pips, maybe total # of non-siege pips if we're lucky, but generals that are worse for you can definitely take over.
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