A prisoner of war (abbreviated POW) in Act of Aggression is a wounded soldier or a vehicle pilot who is captured. If an enemy soldier is wounded on the battlefield, an orange icon will be displayed above them. Most infantry can capture them, with some exceptions like rocket soldiers. If you have a PoW center (field hospital for the US Army, Prison for the Chimera, prison module upgrade for the Cartel barracks), that prisoner will be automatically transferred there upon capture.
Only a handful of infantry units can capture POWs (if capture is possible, an icon of orange jail bars will appear when targeting the prisoner). Infantry units armed with explosive weapons like the Stinger, Javelin, Grenadier, Grinch, Viper, Shershen, Light Mortar Team can only attack POWs.
List of infantry units able to capture POWs
Prisoners of war provide a credit bonus upon capture, generate credit income, and can be traded for resources:
- Field hospital (US Army) - can trade POWs for aluminium or rare earth.
- Prison (Chimera) - can trade POWs for Rare Earth
- Barracks with prison module (Cartel) - Five POWs allow it to generate Aluminum at the cost of losing its storage capacity and credit generation.
As resource deposits dry up late-game, PoWs and resource-generating buildings become the main providers for resources. Capturing them should not be overlooked. To deny the enemy POW income, try to heal any allied combatants and get your pilots to safety.