Every Chinese general gained the ability to call in an Artillery Barrage when they reached a certain rank (providing they chose that promotional option). Located safely away from the battlefield, a battery of extremely long range artillery cannons could be ordered to fire upon an area. Artillery shells were unstoppable and could do considerable damage. Like many promotional powers, the Artillery Barrage had three ranks with the number of cannons used increasing by 12 each time (from 12 to 24 and finally 36). Even at the second rank an Artillery Barrage could wipe out most buildings, and it was also devastating against massed, stationary units in an enemy base.