The Glyph Carver is the Hierarchy's primary 'builder' unit.
The Glyph Carver is a smaller hexapod unit equipped with a powerful cutting laser for etching glyphs (crop circles) into the ground. These Glyphs are then scanned by orbiting supply ships to determine what is needed on the ground below and then the object is either dropped (as per a Walker or Reaper/Detection Drone) or teleported in (as per turrets and structures).
For a walker, drone, or structure brought in by glyphs, half of its construction time consists of the Carver creating the glyph (which may be instantly destroyed by any attack) and the other half consists of "scanning" the glyph, which is represented by the glyph gaining health. It is interesting to note that Walker glyphs may be carved just about anywhere, even underwater, since the object being called down is able to move over just about any terrain.
Max. Speed: 1.0
Armor: Alien Infantry Light
Crush Defense: 20
Crush Power: 6
Method: Built by Arrival Site
Can Produce Edit
Effect: Glyphs carve 25% faster
Method: Research Quantum Branch Suite 2
Effect: Creates radioactive cloud when destroyed
Method: Research Mutagen Branch Suite 1
- Unlike the Masari Architect or Novus Constructor, Glyph Carvers only perform one task, cutting glyphs. Thus it is not suggested one waste valuable popcap on too many spare Glyph Carvers that will only take up space if you are not actively carving.
- Glyph Carvers are not only the most expensive "builder" unit in the game (700 RM) but is also the most valuable when destroyed (300 RM).
- Glyph Carvers are the only builder unit that is unable to repair other units, leaving that job to the Defiler and Saucer, for infantry and vehicles respectively.
- There is a "Alien Glyph Carver" in the coding of the game. it is not seen in the game.