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Battlemaster Tank
Generals Battlemaster Tank
Unit
Affiliation

China

Role

Main battle tank

Armament

125 mm 2A46 smoothbore gun

Protection

Medium

Properties
Hit points

400

Armour type

Tank Armor

Production
Cost
  • $800
  • $700 (General Kwai)
Build time

0:10

Produced by

China War Factory

Hotkey

B

Combat
Ground attack

60 (75 with Uranium Shells) (Armor Piercing)

Speed

25
35 with Nuclear Tank upgrade (32 when badly damaged)

Attack range

150

Sight range

150-300

Function
Upgrades
ZH Battlemaster Elite Training Icons
Battlemaster Elite Training (Kwai only)
ZH Autoloader Icons
Autoloader (Kwai only)
ZH Isotope Stability Icons
Isotope Stability (Tao only)
Gen1 Nationalism Icon
Nationalism
Gen1 Uranium Shells Icons
Uranium Shells
Gen1 Nuclear Tanks Icons
Nuclear Tanks
Abilities

Horde bonus when in groups of 5

China's tank division
- Battlemaster
Gen1 Battlemaster Icons
ZH Battlemaster Icons
ZH-Battlemaster-Elite-Cameo

The Battlemaster is China's main battle tank (MBT) in Generals.

Overview

Relatively inexpensive and quick to build, the Battlemaster is designed to crush its opponents with great numbers; groups of 5 or more Battlemasters gain a Horde Bonus, improving their rate of fire. While it is not as advanced as American tanks, it is easily capable of crushing the relatively frail GLA armour in a head-on fight, and powerful upgrades are available from the Nuclear Missile Silo to make it even more formidable. The tank lacks any anti-air protection and effective anti-infantry weapons, but can run down infantry.

Upgrades

ZH Battlemaster Elite Training Icons Battlemaster Elite Training All Battlemaster were built as elite. Purchasable at General's promotion menu by General Ta Hun Kwai's of any rank.
ZH Autoloader Icons Autoloader Increases the Battlemaster's firing speed (fires three shots before reloading). Purchasable at General Ta Hun Kwai's Propaganda Center for a cost of 2500$.
ZH Isotope Stability Icons Isotope Stability Radiation released by the destruction of the Battlemaster stops harming friendly units. Purchasable at General Tsing Shi Tao's Propaganda Center for a cost of 2000$.
Gen1 Nationalism Icon Nationalism Increases the Battlemaster's horde bonus by 25%. Purchasable at any Propaganda Center for a cost of 2000$.
Gen1 Uranium Shells Icons Uranium Shells Increases the Battlemaster's damage by 25%. Purchasable at any Nuclear Missile Silo for a cost of 2500$.*
Gen1 Nuclear Tanks Icons Nuclear Tanks Increases the Battlemaster's speed by 25%. Purchasable at any Nuclear Missile Silo for a cost of 2500$.*
*Pre-installed on General Tsing Shi Tao's Battlemasters.

Game unit

We will prevail!
- Battlemaster

The Battlemaster alone is something of a mediocre unit, lacking the speed of the GLA's basic Scorpion Tank and the armour of the USA's Crusader Tank. It is still quite effective against vehicles and structures as its gun is as strong as a Paladin's, but China's key armoured unit is the Overlord tank. The Battlemaster requires protection from other units to compensate for its weaknesses - Gatling tanks are most effective for this purpose.

The Battlemaster, however, is potentially an extremely capable anti-tank unit once its numbers reach a certain mass. When grouped in units of 10 or more, it can maintain the devastating horde bonus long enough to eliminate its enemies. However, commanders must keep in mind tactic still has some drawbacks. The Battlemaster is more fragile than an Overlord tank, meaning that an air strikes can decimate a horde of Battlemasters very quickly. Swarms of anti-armor infantry can also make short work of even groups of Battlemasters.

A mass of Battlemasters will also have a large footprint, making it impossible for them to have the entire platoon fire from stand-off distances, thus necessitating that Battlemasters close distance, possibly into enemy traps. Finally, as Battlemasters require large numbers to be effective; a true Battlemaster attack is a bit of a gambit, absorbing large quantities of resources without providing versatility to defend against its counter-units. A much more effective option would be a combined assault using both Battlemasters, Gatling Tanks, Dragon Tanks and/or Troop Crawlers.

Zero Hour

  • One of General Ta Hun Kwai's Generals Powers allows him to drop Battlemasters anywhere on the map by air (up to 4 Battlemasters at the highest level). Kwai's Battlemaster is also cheaper to produce and has the autoloader upgrade available (Kwai's unique upgrade), greatly increasing the tank's firepower.
  • General Shin Fai does not build Battlemasters, as he shuns tanks, but, after capturing a war factory of any other Chinese General, all Battlemasters gain the Nationalism upgrade and, when upgraded, also Patriotism.
  • Being a nuclear general, Tsing Shi Tao's tanks automatically roll out with nuclear shell and nuclear engine upgrades. This feature is clearly seen in the tank design (clearly distinctive from the common Battlemaster). The nuclear shell also leaves behind radiation, similar to GLA's toxin shell upgrade.

Assessment

Pros

  • Well-balanced in terms of attack, defense and speed
  • Horde Bonus improves their combat effectiveness
    • Horde Bonus can stack with General Shin Fai's
  • Nuclear Tank and Uranium Shell upgrades greatly improves their damage potential and speed
  • Nearly unstoppable in large numbers
  • General Tao's variant comes with both Nuclear Tank and Uranium Shell upgrade pre-researched
  • General Kwai's variant can be upgraded with Autoloaders to maximize their damage potential
  • General Kwai's variant can be trained as veterans (elite with Battlemaster Elite Training)

Cons

  • Relatively slow
  • Must be used in large numbers for full effectiveness
  • Vulnerable to missile-armed infantry
  • Helpless against aircraft
  • Explodes when destroyed after upgraded with Nuclear Tank
    • General Tao can prevent this from happening with the Isotope Stability upgrade

Selected Quotes

China's tank division.
- When emerging from the War Factory
Battlemaster Tank reporting.
- When selected
Where is the battle?
- When selected
Fighting for the Red Army.
- When selected
Serving China's needs.
- When selected
Right here.
- When selected
Nuclear Battlemaster tank.
- General Tao's variant, when selected
Upgraded Battlemaster here.
- General Tao's variant, when selected
Moving to new area.
- When moving
Yes, General.
- When moving
China needs us there.
- When moving
We will defend this territory.
- When moving
Move order confirmed.
- When moving
For the Red Army!
- When ordered to attack
We will prevail!
- When ordered to attack
We are invincible!
- When ordered to attack
Destroy China's enemies!
- When ordered to attack
Attack!
- When ordered to attack
I have China's blessing!
- When ordered to attack
We will crush them!
- When ordered to run over
They won't escape!
- When ordered to run over
Crush the enemy!
- When ordered to run over
Depleted uranium shells ready, General.
- When the Uranium Shells upgrade is complete
Nuclear tank upgrade complete.
- When the Nuclear Tank upgrade is complete
The autoloaders are ready, General.
- General Kwai's variant, when the Autoloaders upgrade is complete
We will fire much faster with the new autoloaders!
- General Kwai's variant, when the Autoloaders upgrade is complete
The autoloaders will ensure our victory!
- General Kwai's variant, when the Autoloaders upgrade is complete

Cut quotes

Fusion reactors will make us faster!
- When the cut Fusion Reactors upgrade is complete
The fusion reactors upgrade is complete!
- When the cut Fusion Reactors upgrade is complete
Make room for the new fusion reactor!
- When the cut Fusion Reactors upgrade is complete
Weapons grade uranium shells are now available, sir.
- When the cut Weapons Grade Uranium Shells upgrade is complete
The weapons grade uranium shells will destroy the enemy!
- When the cut Weapons Grade Uranium Shells upgrade is complete
Weapons grade uranium shell upgrades are ready!
- When the cut Weapons Grade Uranium Shells upgrade is complete

Videos

Trivia

  • The Battlemaster has what appears to be a rocket launcher(?) mounted on top of the turret though it is unused. It could also be an infrared searchlight for night combat.
  • The Battlemaster tank is largely representative of the real-life Type 59 Main Battle Tank (a basic copy of the Soviet T-54/55 tank).
  • Much of the Chinese arsenal in Generals resembles a Cold War-era military force (with obvious exceptions, like the Overlord). In the Battlemaster's case, this is almost certainly because the older, Soviet-style 'pudding-basin' turret makes it easy to visually distinguish from American tanks.

See also

China People's Republic of China First GLA War Arsenal China
Sheppard Tanks Sheppard

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