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Crusader Tank
Generals Crusader
Unit
Affiliation

Generals USA icon USA (vanilla only)

Role

Main battle tank

Armament

120mm L30 rifled gun

Properties
Hit points

480 (580 with Composite Armor)

Armour type

Tank Armor

Production
Cost

$900

Build time
  • 0:10 (with power)
  • 0:16 (without power)
Produced by

War Factory

Hotkey

C

Combat
Ground attack

60 (Armor Piercing)

Cooldown

2000

Speed

30 (25 if badly damaged)

Attack range

150

Sight range

150-300

Function
Add-ons
Gen1 Scout Drone Icons
Scout Drone
Gen1 Battle Drone Icons
Battle Drone
ZH Hellfire Drone Icons
Hellfire Drone
Upgrades
Gen1 Composite Armour Icons
Composite Armor
Gen1 Advanced Training Icons
Advanced Training
Notes
  • Strong vs vehicles, buildings.
  • Weak vs aircraft, anti-tank.
USA armor division
- Crusader tank rolling out of the War Factory
Gen1 Crusader Tank Icons

The Crusader tank was the American main battle tank during the War against the GLA.

Background

Relatively inexpensive and easy to obtain, the Crusader mounts a 120mm cannon, which is effective against tanks and other vehicles.

The Crusader's chief advantage over foreign competitors is its high tech armor protection that can be further upgraded as desired, as well as its 120mm cannon which offers a punch equal to the Battlemaster Tank (without uranium shells). Like most US vehicles, drones can be assigned to serve a particular vehicle.

Upgrades

Drones

Gen1 Scout Drone Icons
Scout Drone The Scout Drone increases the vehicle's sight range and reveals nearby stealth units. Costs $100.
Gen1 Battle Drone Icons
Battle Drone The Battle Drone is armed with a small machine gun, and could also repair its parent vehicle. Costs $300.
ZH Hellfire Drone Icons
Hellfire Drone The Hellfire Drone, available in Zero Hour, fires a small but surprisingly powerful missile against enemy ground units. Costs $500.

Drones can be further upgraded with Drone Armor.

Unit

Gen1 Composite Armour Icons
Composite Armour This upgrade improves the armor of each Crusader. Purchasable at any Strategy Center for $2000
Gen1 Advanced Training Icons
Advanced Training Allowed Crusader, along with all other USA units gain veteran status twice as fast. Purchasable at any Strategy Center for $1500

Game unit

The Crusader has an edge over most other tanks due to its superior armor. This tank retains its usefulness even in late-game matches, being able to go head-on with all other vehicles in its same class.

However it is easily countered by anti-tank infantry and aircraft, as well as long-range units such as the GLA's Rocket Buggy, against which it has little defense.

Assessment

Pros

  • Good against vehicles and buildings.
  • The most powerful basic MBT, in terms of both attack and defense
  • Can even handle the basic Marauder
  • Can be upgraded with Composite Armor for increased defense and Advanced Training for faster veterancy
  • Like most USA vehicles, can be upgraded with one of several drones

Cons

  • Weak against missile-armed infantry
  • Less powerful than Paladin Tank
  • Vulnerable to aircraft
  • Ineffective against infantry
  • Slow moving; can easily be destroyed by hit-and-run tactics
  • The most expensive of the main battle-tanks, at $900
  • Available only to the standard USA faction. Not available to the other US Generals
  • Cannot handle the fully salvaged Marauder.

Quotes

Crusader Tank responding
- When selected
Heavy armour, ready for action
- When selected
How about a show of force?
- When selected
Armour detail reporting
- When selected
On your command
- When selected
USA armor division
- Leaving the factory
Proceeding to target zone
- When moving
Anywhere you say, sir
- When moving
Moving in
- When moving
Clearing terrain
- When moving
Taking new ground
- When moving
This will wake them up
- When ordered to attack
Delivering ordnance
- When ordered to attack
Blow 'em wide open!
- When ordered to attack
Let's grease them
- When ordered to attack
In my field of fire
- When ordered to attack
Lighting them up
- When ordered to attack
Crush them
- When ordered to run over
Clear a path
- When ordered to run over
Out of the way
- When ordered to run over
Constructing Battle Drone
- When deploy Battle Drone (unused)
Assembling Battle Drone
- When deploy Battle Drone (unused)
Composite armor installed, sir
- Receiving the Composite armor upgrade

Gallery

Trivia

  • None of the American generals utilize the Crusader. Therefore, it does not appear in the Generals Challenge outside of several cutscenes.
  • Interestingly, this tank combines the resemblance of a real life Leopard 2 & M1 Abrams main battle tanks (further reinforced by the fact that the model's name is 'AVLeopard').
  • The Crusader was originally going to be armed with a coaxial machine gun in addition to its main cannon. Coding of the machine gun is still present in the game codes, being merely commented out instead of removed. It was likely removed for balancing reasons.
  • Much like the Raptor's early design, the Crusader also used a gold skin and completely different tread design. In some ways, the early design's chassis slightly resembled the Siege tank from the StarCraft series. Its model and its texture can still be accessed by browsing through the game's files.
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