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This article explains the economy system used in Dawn of War II, Dawn of War II: Chaos Rising and Dawn of War II: Retribution multiplayer matches. The economy is rather streamlined and fairly light to manage compared to some other real-time strategy games, but there are some not-quite-transparent features a beginning player should know.

Requisition Dow2 requisition[]

Dow2 requisition point

A friendly Requisition Point, producing Dow2 req 16+30 at the moment

Requisition is the basic "money" resource in Dawn of War II, roughly equivalent to minerals in StarCraft or mass in Supreme Commander. Requisition is needed to purchase any kind of unit, upgrade or structure in the game. Some basic purchases have only a Requisition cost, while advanced units/upgrades generally require Power as well.

Requisition is gained by controlling specific points on the map. The HQ building produces a constant income of Dow2 req 16+264 per minute for each player, but to gain more resources the player/team must capture Requisition Points. These special locations start neutral, but can be claimed by any infantry unit (the process takes a moment and can be interrupted).

Captured Requisition Points grant more Requisition income per minute, starting from Dow2 req 16+10 in 1v1 matches, Dow2 req 16+7 in 2v2 games and Dow2 req 16+5 in 3v3 games. The point will "mature" over time and produce more Requisition, up to Dow2 req 16+30 (1v1), Dow2 req 16+20 (2v2) and Dow2 req 16+15 (3v3). If the point is decaptured by an opponent, it must be reclaimed and the maturation process starts again, hurting the player's economy.

As the game progresses, the Upkeep mechanic will start lowering your Requisition income.

Power Dow2 power[]

Dow2 power node

Activated Power Node and three Eldar-built generators, producing Dow2 pow 16+39

Power is an advanced resource roughly equivalent to vespene gas in StarCraft or energy in Supreme Commander. Higher technology tiers, most advanced units and most upgrades require Power in addition to Requisition.

The Power resource is produced by generator structures, which must be purchased with Requisition. The HQ building will grant a minimal Power income of Dow2 pow 16+10, which will not go very far. To gain more Power, generators must be constructed, but in Dawn of War II they can only be built around specific Power Node locations.

The Power Node is captured like a Requisition Point, after which it generates a small amount (Dow2 pow 16+5 in head to head matches) of Power. The Power Node can be "activated" for Dow2 req 16125, which builds a structure on top of it, increasing the Power income and forcing an opponent to destroy the structure before claiming the Node for themselves. When the Node is activated, up to three Power Generators may be built around it for Dow2 req 16100 each, further increasing the Power income up to Dow2 pow 16+39.

Node Activated Generators Maximum
1v1 Dow2 pow 16+5 Dow2 pow 16+9 Dow2 pow 16+10 ea. Dow2 pow 16+39
2v2 Dow2 pow 16+3 Dow2 pow 16+6 Dow2 pow 16+7 ea. Dow2 pow 16+27
3v3 Dow2 pow 16+2 Dow2 pow 16+4 Dow2 pow 16+5 ea. Dow2 pow 16+19

Population Dow2 popcap[]

The Population capacity limits the size of a Dawn of War II army. Each model takes up a certain amount of Population, with more powerful models "costing" more; for example, a single Guardsman model uses only Dow2 pop 161, while a Tactical Marine model uses Dow2 pop 165 and a Great Unclean One uses Dow2 pop 1621.

This Population count has two functions. First, the size of an army cannot exceed Dow2 pop 16100, forcing a player to plan their purchases. Second, all models exceeding Dow2 pop 1630 activate the Upkeep mechanic and start taxing the player's Requisition income.

Global Resource Dow2 global[]

Dow2 orbital nuke

Orbital Bombardment, the Space Marine Dow2 global 16500 "nuke" global ability

The Global Resource (named Zeal, Waaagh!, Psychic Might, Biomass, Favor or Command depending on race, usually just called "red" by players) is a new resource mechanic in Dawn of War II. The Global Resource is a bit like experience, accumulated by fighting. Each model has a Global Resource value, which is granted to an opponent who kills the model. The owner also receives 75% of the value. For example, a Land Raider tank is worth Dow2 global 16120, which is granted to the destroyer, while the owner receives Dow2 global 1690 for losing it.

This Global Resource is used for "global abilities", powerful feats not activated from/by any single unit, but from the global ability bar. The abilities can generally be used anywhere on the map, ranging from buffs or debuffs to calling down special units like on the field. The cost for global abilities vary from Dow2 global 1625 for a simple buff to Dow2 global 16500 for a "nuke" ability such as Orbital Bombardment. Some globals have a Requisition/Power cost as well; for example, calling in a Terminator Squad would cost a total of Dow2 req 16650 and Dow2 pow 16100 in addition to the "red" cost of Dow2 global 16350.

The Orks have a special version of the Global Resource mechanic, generating their Waaagh! at a rate of Dow2 global 16+15 per minute, but in exchange, unlike other races, they need to spend it to activate many regular unit abilities.


Upkeep is a Requisition tax that a player pays to maintain their army. Each race starts with Dow2 req 160 upkeep, and it will remain Dow2 req 160 as long as the Population threshold of Dow2 pop 1630 is not exceeded. Every unit after this limit, however, will start to decrease the overall Requisition income by a certain amount. This amount is called "upkeep".

The upkeep of a single Guardsman model is Dow2 req 162.55. If you have five unupgraded Guardsman Squads (6 models each, taking up Dow2 pop 161 per model), you will reach a total of Dow2 pop 1630 and suffer no upkeep penalty. At this point, should you build a sixth Guardsman Squad, your Population count will rise to Dow2 pop 1636 and you will suffer a Dow2 req 1615.3 income penalty for the extra 6 models you have over Dow2 pop 1630 (2.55 × 6 = 15.3).

Regardless of the order the units are purchased in, the most expensive models are always put at the top of the list (and therefore will be taxed first), while the units with cheapest upkeep go to the bottom of the list.

The upkeep tax system may seem counter-intuitive at first, but it has its functions in the game mechanics. It allows players to start their army and build Power Generators quickly, as early-game armies will cause only low upkeep. When the army grows, possibly even reaching the limit of Dow2 pop 16100 so that new units cannot be bought, the player will not be able to gain and float huge amounts of Requisition just by sitting on their hands and turtling portions of the map, but must continue to hold as many Requisition Points as possible while avoiding casualties (as income is slowed, casualties are harder to replace). The mechanic also acts as a soft equalizing mechanic, allowing the losing player to get back into the match after losing many units, as their Requisition income will improve somewhat (though of course they will likely lose control of their Requisition Points and Power Nodes).