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Yes, garrison your buildings. You will only delay the inevitable!
- Kwai

Garrisoning is a tactic used in urban combat. As high ground and cover are both effective measures to protect infantry, commanders often choose to send their troops inside neutral or friendly buildings whenever possible, vastly increasing their survivability.

Garrisoning increases the chance of survival for infantry, as most units will have to deal with the building before the infantry. A few missile soldiers e.g. Missile Defenders, along with some anti-infantry support like scouts, can be extremely useful against all comers of enemy tanks, aircraft and vehicles.

Civilian Structures

A trained group of infantry, other than GLA Angry Mobs, can easily turn a civilian structure into a makeshift fortress, keeping them safe, at least as long as the structure stands; in order to increase the longevity of a building, generals may order their construction dozers or workers to repair and maintain it.

A civilian building is open to garrison to all sides, as long as an enemy doesn't garrison it first. Usually, up to 8 (Generals) or 10 (Zero Hour) soldiers can occupy one building. Larger building generally has more health and allows its occupants to cover more grounds, while smaller buildings sometimes can only houses fewer infantry.

GLA's expert mercenary, Jarmen Kell, and the American Pathfinders could garrison a building without being noticed.

When garrisoned, the building will take damage instead of its occupants, until it has 1/3 of its original health left, then it will no longer available garrisoned until repaired enough, and the occupants will left the building with half of their original health.

Units garrisoned in buildings are immune to Pathfinder or Jarmen Kell's sniping attack, as well as Fire Radiation, and Toxin as long as the building is still standing. As a downside, Missile Defenders cannot use laser locking ability while inside a building, Pathfinders and Black Lotus will also lose their stealth detection capability, Hackers, Black Lotus, Worker, Terrorist, Hijacker, Saboteurs also becomes useless, this garrisoning for them should be used as temporary protection rather than defense.

Military Structures

When civilian structures are not available, all factions can build its own structures for garrison, the US can build Fire Bases (house 4 infantries and has a built in cannon), China can build Bunkers or Fortified Bunkers (house 5 or 10 infantries), while GLA can build Palaces (house 5 infantries).

The Chinese Internet Center and GLA Tunnel Network and Toxin Network can also be garrisoned, but they are used for hacking, transport and healing/repairing rather than defense, and does not allow garrisons to fire from inside.

Compare to civilian structures, these specifically built fortifications are sturdier, and can keep its occupants inside until it is destroyed, Bunkers, Fortified Bunkers, Palaces, Tunnel Network and Toxin Network are also equipped with ABC defense and can shield its occupants from anything other than Bunker Busters and Neutron Shells. Fire Bases, however, are open air and leaves its occupants vulnerable, but the cannon can keep firing even when the garrisons are killed.

Counters

Generals Dragon Tank

Though garrisoning a building is an effective defense certain units like the Dragon Tank will be a serious problem to it unless it is destroyed quickly.

Anybody home?
- Ranger

The simplest method to deal with occupants is to destroy the building itself, this prevents the enemy from ever using the building again, but the escaped infantry can scatter and keep fighting, or enter another nearby building. To quickly eliminate the infantry or keep the building for future use, specific weapons must be employed.

There are a variety of counters to garrisoning. For the USA, Rangers work well both when upgraded with Flash-Bang Grenades or rappelling from a Chinook. The Microwave Tank can burn the garrisoned infantry without damaging the building. Also, the Nighthawk can kill garrisoned forces when upgraded with Bunker Busters, even units garrisoned in Tunnel Networks. Chinese Dragon Tanks and GLA Toxin Tractors can get rid of a building of its infantry enemies with fire or toxins.

Any artillery could outrange and destroy the building, without being countered himself. The Nuke cannon could be upgraded with Neutron Shells, killing all infantry instantly and leaving the building intact.

Anti-garrison weapons

USA

China

GLA

Mobile bunkers

Get out there and take care of business!
- Helix, unloading

Several vehicles are also capable of holding infantry and allows them to fire from the inside.

  • Humveewhen destroyed, the infantry inside is also killed
  • Overlord tank when upgraded with Bunkerwhen destroyed, the infantry inside is also killed
  • Helix/Assault Helix when upgraded with Bunkerwhen destroyed, the infantry inside is also killed
  • Assault Troop Transport, ejects infantry with half health when destroyed
  • Listening Outpost, ejects infantry with half health when destroyed
  • Attack Outpost, ejects infantry with half health when destroyed
  • Combat Chinook, infantries garrisoned in humvees inside can also fire from its ports, when destroyed, the unit inside is also killed
  • Combat Cycle, gains unique weapons when garrisoned by different infantry, when destroyed, the infantry inside is also killed
  • Battle Bus, when first destroyed, becomes immobile and infantry can leave with half health, self destructs when all infantry left; when destroyed for the second time, the units inside is also killed


See also

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