Research in Divinity: Dragon Commander is done by gathering Research Points and investing them in unit research, unit upgrade research or dragon power research.
Research points are what fuel the development of your engines of destruction. They are gathered by occupying countries on the Strategy Map. The more countries you occupy, the more research points you gather, allowing for faster research.
Strike a balance between spending points to fund unit research and spending them to improve your personal combat skills; both of these require the same resource! An army is nothing without a powerful commander at its back, but a powerful commander with a weak army is also doomed to fail.
To research units in the single player campaign, Grumio is always willing to lend a helping hand. He will help you construct and upgrade your machines of war. To visit him, click on the Engineering Bay icon onboard the Raven and speak to him by left-clicking.
Click the research panel to start researching units and their skills.
You will first have to research the unit before you are able to start researching specific skills of that unit.
You can opt to pick the normal time for Grumio to research the chosen project (ranging from 1-4 turns), or you can choose immediately to have it at your disposal, a function that carries a heavier cost in research points.
Multiplayer: To research in multiplayer mode, right-click on your Capital’s country and a selection menu will open up. The icon on the right (depicted as an Erlenmeyer Flask) will open the research menu once you left-click on it.
Researching dragon skills
To research your dragon skills in the single player campaign, Maxos is ready to teach you his wisdom...at a cost. To visit him, click on the Royal Chamber icon onboard the Raven and speak to him by left-clicking.
Ask him for his research, and the research panel will appear. From here, you are able to pick the Dragon Skills you wish to research. Each Dragon Skill has its own cost and research time and, as with the units research, you are also able to click the Buy Now button, which teaches you the skill immediately for a heavier cost in research points.
Multiplayer: To research in multiplayer, right-click on your Capital’s country and a selection menu will appear. The icon at the bottom (depicted as a Dragon’s Eye flask) will open the research menu once you left-click it.