Galactic War Difficulty, Adding More Maps, and a Total Overhaul


Galactic War is a roguelite campaign for Planetary Annihilation. Starting with only a small amount of tech you battle your away across the galaxy to uncover more, fighting increasingly tough and numerous opponents until you defeat the three enemy factions. Defeat bosses in specific systems and you’ll unlock new starting loadouts which you can use in future campaigns.

This guide will help you pick the right difficulty, explain the factions and unlocks, and also guide you through adding more maps.


The higher you set the AI difficulty the greater its eco modifier, economy handling and general intelligence will be. Normal uses a different set of maps from the other difficulty levels, with far less multi-planet systems.

Threat assessmentsTerribleTerribleBadBestBest
Factory build delayLongSomeTinyNoneNone
Expansion delayExtremeLongNoneNoneNone
Avoids eco floatNoNoYesYesYes
Commander retreatsNoYesYesYesYes
Difficulty ramp*+0.005+0.01+0.01+0.01+0.02
Slow expansionYesYesNoNoNo
Targets weakest CommanderNoYesYesYesYes
T2 delayYesNoNoNoNo
More commandersNoUnlikelyUnlikelyPossiblyLikely
Base eco modifierx0.4x0.5x0.5x0.7x0.8

*The increase applied to the AI’s base eco modifier for each planet you travel from the starting point

System Size

SizeNumber of Planets

*added by the Bigger Galactic War mod


By choosing a colour in the lobby you are choosing a faction. The faction you select will not appear in your war. The only difference between the factions are their boss systems and loadouts, so choose a faction whose boss you wish to avoid, or whose loadouts you have already unlocked.


Your starting loadout determines what units you have access to from the start of the war. You start with one loadout unlocked: the Vehicle Commander. Seven loadouts remain locked. You will unlock them by defeating particular faction bosses.

Each faction has multiple possible boss systems. At the start of a war, one system is selected for each faction. You may not always encounter a boss tied to a locked loadout.

FactionSystemLoadout Unlocked
Legonis MachinaKohrArtillery Commander
EntaraBionic Augmentation Commander of Neutralizing
Tau Leporis
Poseidon’s Wrath
FoundationAtlasAir Commander
PatagoniaAssault Commander
Blogar’s Fist
Zeta Draconis
SynchronousCupruBot Commander
RevenantsAlenquerOrbital Commander
XianyaoGeneral Commander

Adding More Maps

Once you’ve played a lot of Galactic War you will have seen all the built-in systems more than once. You might fancy a change, have particular systems you’d like to see, or just want more multi-planet than you get out-of-the-box. To achieve this we will use Shared Systems for Galactic War, a mod which lets you load in TITANS systems, your systems, and systems out of any map pack you lay your hands on.


Go into Community Mods from the main menu. Click the Available tab and search for “gw”. Select Shared Systems for Galactic War and choose to install it.

Using the Mod

When you go into Galactic War you’ll notice something different.

Galactic War with Shared Systems for Galactic War mod installed

In the bottom left you now choose what systems to load into Galactic War. By default, it has selected the PA category, which are the systems that ship with TITANS. Below that is My Systems, which would load any systems you have created or imported. Default Systems and onwards are categories on the Shared Systems server. These are areas which anyone can upload to (default systems) or are restricted to specific individuals (everything else). I recommend against using these categories for two reasons:

  1. Many of the systems are old and out-of-date
  2. The Shared Systems server is often offline, or when online is slow to load the systems
Loading systems from the cloud

In the screenshot above we see a 0 next to Default Systems and the Go To War button is greyed out. This is because the systems from Default Systems have not completed loading. Given the count of 0, I would assume the server is offline, but even if it were online you wouldn’t be able to play until hundreds of random systems had been loaded.

So how do we add more systems? Simple. Map packs.

Adding Map Packs

Return to Community Mods on the main menu and this time search for “map”. Select the ones you want and click install for each.

Installing map packs from Community Mods

Checking the Contents

If you haven’t used these map packs before you might want to check out what you just installed. The easiest way to do this is to go into the System Editor from the main menu.

Viewing installed systems

Each map pack consists of one or more categories which are displayed as tabs. In addition, you will see My Systems, which are ones you’ve created or imported, and PA, which are the systems that come with the game. Shared should be ignored.

If you want to get an idea of what you’ve added just browse through the selection here and click on a system to get an overview. You’ll be able to see the number of planets, the number of starting locations, planet size, etc. You can always load them in the editor if you want to go in-depth, but this overview should give you an idea of which categories you want to add into your war.

Adding Your Maps to Galactic War

Now everything is loaded all you have to do is pick which ones to use. On the Galactic War screen, you’ll see that it’s not a list of map packs, rather it’s a list of the categories you saw in System Editor.

Loading map packs in Galactic War

Each category displays a system count, in addition, once you select a category the number of multi-planet systems in that category will appear in brackets.

You are free to mix and match the system categories as you wish to get whatever Galactic War experience you want. The important thing is that you should now have a wide variety of exciting systems to play on.

Galactic War Overhaul

Once you’ve played enough Galactic War you might want to increase the challenge, or simply inject more variety into your game. The Galactic War Overhaul mod adds the following:

  • Faction personalities
  • Customised enemy/sub-commanders
    • Unique model
    • Unique personality
    • Unique colour
    • Fight according to their faction’s preferred style
  • Eight new difficulties suitable for anyone from a new player to a veteran of the game
  • Reduced sub-commander power so they won’t carry the game for you anymore
  • Adds the possibility of multiple factions in a system and an FFA occurring
  • Add support for shared army enemies
  • Bosses are distinctly more difficult than surrounding systems
  • Added planetary intelligence to allow you to make meaningful decisions on the galactic map
  • Randomised spawns so maps remain fresh on replay
  • Uses all game modes:
    • Bounty mode
    • Land anywhere
    • Sudden death
  • You can give the enemy tougher commander units
  • Option to give yourself more starting neutral systems
  • The AI uses tech card buffs
  • Guaranteed loadout to unlock every war
  • 13 new loadouts
  • Unlocks Galactic War’s biggest planetary systems
  • Adds a new faction
  • 109 new tech cards
  • Multiple AI opponents to choose from


Go into Community Mods from the main menu. Click the Available tab and search for “gw”. Select Galactic War Overhaul and choose to install it.

Using the Mod

In the Galactic War lobby you’ll find you have new difficulties available to you:


Where an item is greyed out it means the setting is specific to each Commander, not the difficulty level.

The difficulty in Galactic War Overhaul scales higher than the base game and higher difficulties assume you have unlocked better loadouts. The number of enemy Commanders will scale much higher than in the base game, so if you select a large galaxy make sure your PC is up to the task.

This mod introduces an option called Easier Start, which allows you to add more neutral systems at the beginning of the war to increase the amount of free tech you receive.

Threat assessments*
MicroNoneOKBestBestBest Best Best Best
ScoutingOKBestBestBestBest Best Best Best
Factory build delay SmallNoneNoneNoneNone NoneNone None
Expansion delay None NoneNoneNoneNone NoneNone None
Avoids eco floatNoNoNoNoNoYesYesYes
Commander retreatsNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Difficulty ramp**0.050.0750.
Slow expansionYes YesNoNoNoNoNoNo
Targets weakest CommanderNoNo YesYesYesYesYesYes
T2 delay*
More commanders No UnlikelyPossibly LikelySomeSeveralPlentyLoads
Base eco modifierx0.35x0.425x0.5x0.6x0.7x1.0x1.2x10

*Specific to each commander not the difficulty level

**The increase applied to the AI’s base eco modifier for each planet you travel from the starting point


Play as whichever faction you find hardest to beat so that you don’t have to face them. Remember that your sub-commanders will play according to faction preference, so make sure to provide them with the necessary tech.

While each faction has a preference in how it plays, each Commander within that faction will play slightly differently.

Legonis Machina logo

Legonis Machina

  • Focuses on land units
  • The closest faction to the skirmish AI
Foundation logo


  • Focuses on air and naval units
  • Can often be the easiest faction to face early
Synchronous faction logo


  • Uses a balance of all unit types
  • A jack of all-trades but a master of none
Revenants logo


  • Focuses on orbital units
  • Harder to beat on multi-planet systems
Cluster faction logo


  • Focuses on basic units
  • Features different commanders

Queller AI Mod for Multiplayer and AI Skirmish


Your Queller AI is literally best teacher there is when it comes to pure learning how to play this game, especially [the] basics

B13, Uber rank

This guide will walk you through the installation, configuration and use of the Queller AI mod. This mod is a total overhaul of the AI. It covers a wider range of difficulties than TITANS, from easier to harder (Casual to Uber), all of which play in a more humanlike fashion than their TITANS counterparts. It features complete support for the Legion Expansion.

Queller AI uses the AI Compatibility Framework to allow you to play it alongside the TITANS AI. Want a mix of TITANS and Queller in one game? You can do that.

Once installed, Queller AI will work in any game you host. Other players do not need the mod installed.

The Queller AI has no effect on Galactic War, for that you should refer to the Galactic War AI Overhaul.

Why the Queller AI?

There are a number of reasons why you might be looking to upgrade the TITANS AI:

  • You can beat the AI on absurd
  • You can’t beat the AI on a single planet, but on multi-planet systems it’s too weak for you
  • The difficulty jump from Normal to Hard is too big
  • You want something that plays a bit more like online human players would

The Queller AI is designed to resolve all of these issues, be it giving you a larger challenge, smoothing out the difficulty curve, invading more often on multi-planet maps, or just using the units a human would at that skill level.

The Queller AI will be useful to you no matter your level of skill.


The Queller AI is available to install through the game’s built in Community Mods manager for anyone who has Planetary Annihilation: TITANS. It is not available for classic owing to differing units and balance. You will need to enable Community Mods.

Choosing a Difficulty

You should download and install this mod via the Planetary Annihilation TITANS in-game Community Mods.


Queller AI Casual difficulty
  • Economy first opening
  • One army
  • Techs as soon as possible
  • Goes orbital as soon as possible
  • Turtles
  • Poor troop selection
  • Barely scouts
  • Doesn’t adapt to what the enemy is doing
  • Loves fabbers
  • Loves static defence/offence
  • Poor use of fabbers
  • Poor economy handling
  • No micro
  • Terrible threat assessments


Queller AI Bronze difficulty
  • Factory first opening
  • One army
  • Techs as soon as possible
  • Will go orbital if it can
  • Expands slowly
  • Poor troop selection
  • Barely scouts
  • Doesn’t adapt to what the enemy is doing
  • Loves fabbers
  • Loves static defence/offence
  • Poor use of fabbers
  • Average economy handling
  • No micro
  • Terrible threat assessments


Queller AI Silver difficulty
  • Factory first opening
  • Few armies
  • Will tech if it can
  • Will go orbital if it can
  • Expands slowly
  • Poor troop selection
  • Barely scouts
  • Doesn’t adapt to what the enemy is doing
  • Likes fabbers
  • Likes static defence/offence
  • Average economy handling
  • Average micro
  • Poor threat assessments


Queller AI Gold difficulty
  • Smart factory first opening
  • Many armies
  • Will tech if it can
  • Will go orbital if it can
  • Expands OK
  • OK troop selection
  • OK scouting
  • Some adaption to its opponent’s play
  • Dislikes fabbers
  • Appropriate use of static defence/offence
  • Average economy handling
  • Average micro
  • OK threat assessments


Queller AI Platinum difficulty
  • Smartest factory first opening
  • Unlimited armies
  • Techs quickly
  • Goes orbital smartly
  • Expands quickly
  • Good troop selection
  • Good scouting
  • Smartly adapts to its opponent’s play
  • Good fabber to troop balance
  • Appropriate use of static defence/offence
  • Good economy handling
  • Best micro
  • Great threat assessments


Queller AI Uber difficulty
  • Smartest factory first opening
  • Unlimited armies
  • Techs quickly
  • Goes orbital smartly
  • Expands quickly
  • Good troop selection
  • Good scouting
  • Smartly adapts to its opponent’s play
  • Good fabber to troop balance
  • Appropriate use of static defence/offence
  • Good economy handling
  • Best micro
  • Great threat assessments


By default, Queller AI at Uber level will adapt its play to try and suit the system and the opposition it faces. You can use subpersonalities to customise Queller’s game to your liking or help it play better where it’s making poor strategy choices.


  • Optimised for 1v1 play


  • Doesn’t build vehicle factories

Free For All

  • More cautious about engaging in battle
  • Techs earlier
  • Orbital earlier
  • Avoids antagonistic scouting raids


  • Techs late
  • Slower to enter orbital


  • Doesn’t build bot factories


  • More likely to build defences at its expansions
  • More likely to build titans

Suggested Difficulty

Below are recommendations for the difficulty you may wish to start on based on what you set the TITANS AI to, or your ladder ranking.

When you need to increase the challenge but don’t want to increase the difficulty, give the AI an eco-boost rather than adding more AIs. Not only will this be better for the sim, but will also stop the problem of there being fewer resources to go around for the AI which in turn makes it easier to beat.

UberAnyUber 1.8
Modifying the eco rate


The spawn the AI starts in and the profile used can make a big difference, even for symmetrical 1v1s. If you find the AI too easy on a map, try a different spawn point for it. And don’t use Bedlam, the AI’s forces struggle to pathfind on this map.

Be sure to follow the recommended number of players for any map. Remember that the number of players actually relates to the number of armies.

Thanks To

  • Sorian of Planetary Annihilation Inc for:
    • making his AI moddable
    • answering my questions
    • taking on suggestions
    • fixing bugs as they come up
    • adding cool new features which make the AI increasingly smart
  • wondible for his creation of the AI Showdown tool
  • mikeyh for writing the Javascript for loading Queller’s personalities
  • alpha2546 for extensively playtesting Queller during Legion development
  • Everyone who has helped with translations:
    • K-Orthic | Gamax
    • gmase
    • PRoeleert
    • R.O.S.S
    • DeathByDenim
    • River
    • Felix Köhler
    • tunsel
    • omylist
    • IPWIW
    • Fred
    • CmdrEdem
    • something more than human
    • Linus Petersson
    • Spassky
    • Craeox
    • sevmek
    • fera
  • PA Inc for including Queller in its professional translation project
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