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Battle Bus
Generals Battle Bus
Battle Buses: basic, upgraded once, upgraded twice
Unit
Affiliation

GLA

Role

Heavy infantry assault transport

Armament

Variable (depending on occupants)

Protection

Medium

Properties
Hit points
  • 400
  • 650 (bunker)
Armour type
  • Battle Bus Truck Armor
  • Battle Bus Structure Armor Tough (bunker)
Production
Cost

$1000

Build time

0:15

Produced by

Arms Dealer

Requires

Palace

Hotkey

E

Combat
Ground attack

Variable (depending on occupants)

Air attack

Variable (depending on occupants)

Speed

75 (50 if badly damaged)

Attack range

Variable (depending on occupants)

Sight range

150-200

Function
Upgrades
Gen1 Junk Repair Icons
Junk Repair
Abilities

Transports infantry.
Has firing ports.

My van will do good for you in battle.
- Battle Bus leaving the Arms Dealer
ZH Battle Bus Icons

The Battle Bus was a GLA innovation that appeared later in the war.

Background

Okay now, where are we going next?
- Battle Bus

The Battle Bus was a school bus fitted with significant armor and could be occupied by GLA infantry. The infantry could fire out of the windows, making it both an armored troop transport and mobile bunker. Even after the Battle Bus' engine was destroyed the structure of the bus would remain intact allowing the GLA to use it as an stationary bunker. However note that once the bus has been immobilized, all infantry units inside of it will have their health reduced to 50% and if the bus should be destroyed, the units inside will be killed.

Upgrades

Hey, hey, hey! Be careful with the upholstery!
- Battle Bus
Gen1 Junk Repair Icons Junk Repair Allows the Battle bus to auto repair while in the field, increasing its chances of survival after being damaged. Can also repair itself once it goes into its bunkered stage. Available at any Black Market for of $2000.

Note that any upgrades applicable to the infantry unit riding inside the battle bus will still be applied.

Salvage

Ram them!
- Battle Bus charging through
The Battle Bus could benefit from armor plates salvaged off the battlefield. When upgraded once, its battered frame is noticeably patched up and improved some durability. The second improvement adds an intimidating ram to the front, further increasing the bus' durability and allow the Battle Bus to crush infantry.

Strategy

Tactics

We will turn them into soup!
- Battle Bus attacking an enemy

The effectiveness of the Battle Bus depended greatly on what infantry were inside of it. Potentially it was a lethal hit-and-run attacker with few counters, however, concentrated heavy weapons could take it down. They were also vulnerable to tanks if fully loaded with Rebels, or missile-armed infantry if all were RPG Troopers (although the bus could simply run infantry down in the latter case.).

Battle Bus (than Bunker)

Immobilized Battle Bus that acts as a bunker

Its ability to gain a second life after its first health bar emptied made fighting a group of battle buses a very rough experience. If the battle buses were doing serious damage while mobile to any structures or units in the area, they are more than likely going to finish the job once they go into their bunker stage. A Sneak Attack followed by eight fully loaded battle buses can quickly eat a base from the inside out due to the immense amount of fire power each battle bus is capable of carrying. This tactic can be potentially costly with opponents who are cautious about defenses inside their base,but can turn the tide of a battle in an instant if used properly.

Despite its heavy armor and lethal attacks when loaded out with RPG Troopers, it stood no chance against most fast-moving aircraft, as they would bomb the Battle Bus into oblivion and retreat before the rockets could even scratch them.

Counters

You, out of my bus!
- Battle Bus' driver yelling at the passengers to evacuate

In spite of its lethality up close, the Battle Bus was very vulnerable to long ranged attacks. Nuke cannons in particular can easily eliminate one, killing its driver and passengers if it was armed with Neutron shells. The dreaded battle bus/sneak attack combination was also very time consuming and expensive to prepare, and was very obvious if any generals had abilities to keep an eye on enemy commanders. While for holding a position or destroying a fixed structure the Battle Buses second life was a god send, it was very irritating if they are being used for mobile warfare, as it counts the bus out for any other engagements else where. It is not uncommon for buses to be broke down in oddball places due to mines, aircraft, or from a skirmish. If the opposition was keen, they would eliminate the battle bus before the opposing general could drive another out to pick up the infantry inside, which was a heavy blow to any general.

Selected Quotes

My van will do good for you in battle.
- When emerging from the Arms Dealer
Hey, hey, hey! Be careful with the upholstery!
- When selected
You there, come along with us!
- When selected
Okay now, where are we going next?
- When selected
We will get there soon enough.
- When moving
Ah yes, we will take this path.
- When moving
We have no time to waste!
- When moving
Let's go now!
- When moving
Take them out of our path!
- When ordered to attack
Bring them to ruin!
- When ordered to attack
We will turn them into soup!
- When ordered to attack
We will not be stopped!
- When ordered to run over
Ayiyiyiaaaaah!!!
- When ordered to run over
Ram them!
- When ordered to run over
Hold on, everybody!
- When ordered to run over
Hurry now, I have more passengers waiting!
- When ordered to evacuate
You, out of my bus!
- When ordered to evacuate
Clear the seats!
- When ordered to evacuate

Cut Demolition Battle Bus quotes

We have many Demo Traps to spare.
- When selected
We will sabotage the enemy with Demo Traps.
- When selected
Release a Demo Trap!
- When dropping a Demo Trap
Quickly, before they see us!
- When dropping a Demo Trap
Drop a Demo Trap, do it, NOW!
- When dropping a Demo Trap

Trivia

ZH Disguise Icons

Disguise ability icon

  • Interestingly, the Battle Bus has the habit of flying a short distance before turning into a bunker.
  • It is strikingly similar to Nod's Reckoner, with the exception that the Battle Bus cannot deploy into a bunker at will.
  • Unlike the Reckoner, the Battle Bus will be replenished to full health after being destroyed and deployed into a bunker (the Reckoner will have half the health after taking certain damage,) but remember, if no infantry garrisoned inside after destroyed, Battle Bus will be eliminated within a second itself.
  • The Battle Bus of Prince Kassad was supposed to get the Disguise ability of the Bomb Truck, allowing it to disguise as any vehicle on the battlefield, friend or foe. It is only usable by the duplicate Prince Kassad's Battle Bus, but since he can't build any Battle Buses, the ability can not be seen. Even if you place this variant in the World Builder, the disguise ability does nothing, and infantry cannot get out of the bus due to the buttons for it being removed for some reason.
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    Demo Battle Bus

  • General Juhziz was supposed to have his own version of the Battle Bus called the Demolition Battle Bus, one of the cut quotes (see Selected Quotes above) suggest that it was able to drop Demo Traps. Only the quotes remain into the Zero Hour sound files; mods like NProject and Shockwave restores the Demolition Battle Bus.

See also

Gla Global Liberation Army GLA War Arsenal Gla

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