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Guard Tower
TD Guard Tower
A guard tower
Unit
Affiliation

CNC1 GDI Emblem GDI

Role

Anti-infantry base defense

Armament

High-velocity machine gun

Tech level

2

Properties
Hit points

200

Armour type

Light

Production
Cost

$500

Build time

0:33

Requires

Barracks

Combat
Ground attack

25 (HE)

Cooldown

50

Attack range

4

Function
Power

-10

Abilities

Detects stealth

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The Guard Tower is a defence structure employed by GDI during the First Tiberian War.

Background

It is essentially a sandbagged observation post on an elevated wooden platform, outfitted with a powerful machine gun, excellent against invading infantry. Guard Towers provided a manned defense to counter hostile ground attacks.

Game units

In Tiberian Dawn Guard Towers require 500 credits to construct and use machinegun fire to deal with infantry effectively. They are weak against more heavily armored units and impotent to air units. If managed properly Rocket infantry and Nod Light Tanks can fire at the structure from outside its shooting range.

The Guard Tower does not use much power and can still function without it. They also have the ability and purpose of detecting Nod Stealth Tanks when they are near. In one game cut-scene a Guard Tower is seen observing a retreating Nod assault party, only to be vaporized later by a (presumably commandeered) Ion Cannon.

Legacy

The Guard Tower was eventually succeeded by vulcan cannon upgrades for component towers by the Second Tiberium War.

Assessment

Pros

  • Effective against infantry.
  • Cheap (only costs $500)
  • Does not use much power and can still function without it.
  • Detects stealth tanks when nearby

Cons

  • Weak against heavily armored units.
  • Defenseless against air units.
  • Flame weapons especially the Flame tank can burn it down.
  • Deals less damage against dug in infantry.
  • A rocket soldier or light tank has longer range and thus can attack the tower without taking damage.

Trivia

The Guard Tower's machine gun's high rate of fire and noise is similar to the German Army's MG3 machine gun, which is a modernized version of Nazi Germany's MG42 machine gun, which was the replacement of the MG34 machine gun.

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See also

  • Turret - Nod anti-tank base defense
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