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Laser Crusader Tank
Generals Laser Tank
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Unit
Affiliation

USA (Townes only)

Base unit

Crusader tank

Role

Main Battle Tank

Armament

High-energy directed pulse laser cannon

Protection
  • Medium (without Composite Armor)
  • High (with Composite Armor)
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), this unit cannot move away from the War Factory.
Produced by

USA War Factory

Hotkey

T

Combat
Ground attack

80 (Armor Piercing)

Cooldown

2000

Speed

Fast

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, building
  • Weak vs aircraft, anti-tank
  • Cannot function without power
ZH Laser Tank Icons
Laser Crusader ready for engagement!
- Laser Tank rolling out from the War Factory

The Laser Tank (or also known as the Laser Crusader) was a futuristic replacement for standard US armour pioneered by Townes and his main battle tank (MBT).

Overview

Keep the power flowing!
- Laser Tank

Based on a Crusader chassis (and thus often dubbed the 'Laser Crusader'), Laser Tanks had turrets equipped with deadly laser weapons, most effective against other vehicles and structures. The tank fulfilled the same role as the Crusader in Townes' forces, costing the same for him to acquire.

Much of the technology behind the Laser Tank remains classified. It is still unclear why, if Townes failed to maintain sufficient base power levels, the tanks became entirely inactive (this is probably because a portable reactor for such a lethal weapon could not be developed yet, and thus required a stationary reactor. This could mean that Townes could also have developed a way to provide energy without using direct connection); or why the lasers are not accurate against infantry.

Upgrades

Laser cannon targeting set!
- Laser Tank

Drones

Gen1 Scout Drone Icons
Scout Drone The Scout Drone simply fed battlefield information to the vehicle crew, increasing their sight range and revealing nearby stealthed units. Costs $100.
Gen1 Battle Drone Icons
Battle Drone The Battle Drone was armed with a small machine gun to defeat enemy infantry, and could also repair its parent vehicle. Costs $300.
ZH Hellfire Drone Icons
Hellfire Drone The Hellfire Drone, available in Zero Hour, fired a small but surprisingly powerful missile against enemy ground units. Costs $500.

Important Note: Drones can be further upgraded with Drone Armour.

Structure-specific

Composite Armor installed sir.
- Crusader
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

Gameplay

Tactics

Power up the lasers!
- Laser Tank on the attack

The laser generated by the Laser Tank was more dangerous to enemy armor than even a standard 120mm tank shell. Only the Chinese Overlord could match the Laser Tank, and Townes' machine was far cheaper and faster. In large numbers, however, they were more than capable of decimating entire armored columns in seconds.

Laser Tanks are also fairly ineffective against infantry, needing support against rocket-toting infantry. Avengers are efficient for this purpose. Avengers are also a necessity to protect these tanks from air assault.

As with most US tanks, Laser Tanks, when in large groups, can even defeat Overlord Tanks.

Counters

Raising intensity!
- Laser Tank engaging enemy forces

However, it still had the same weaknesses as the standard Crusader, namely a vulnerability to aircraft and anti-tank infantry. In addition and as noted above, due to the need to maintain a steady level of power at the nearest base for Laser Tanks to be used, destroying enough of a Townes' power plants would not just shut down his base defenses, but also the Laser Tanks.

This vehicle is also the reason the Paladin tank is not used by Townes.

Patch updates

The Laser Crusader's complete dependence on base power, a key weak point, was completely removed from play as of community patch 1.06 , thus leaving enemies with one weakness less to exploit. However, for balance purposes, Laser Crusaders still consume power and hence, they are still accounted for in overall base power load.

Assessment

Pros

  • An upgraded version of Crusader tank
  • The laser cannon is more powerful than most MBTs' conventional cannons
  • A group of Laser Tank can beat a single Overlord
  • Promotion allows Laser Tank to out-range most MBTs

Cons

  • Unlike the Paladin, the laser cannon cannot be used to defeat missiles
  • Will lose if pitted against a regular Paladin tank
  • Vulnerable to aircraft
  • The laser cannon is still weak against infantry
  • Each tank increases base power requirement; be careful to not construct too many Laser Tanks or base power will be overloaded!

Selected Quotes

Laser Crusader ready for engagement!
- When emerging from the War Factory
Keep the power flowing!
- When selected
Laser cannon targeting set!
- When selected
Power up the lasers!
- When ordered to attack
Releasing energy pulse!
- When ordered to attack
Raising intensity!
- When ordered to attack

Trivia

  • The tank shares some of its lines with the Crusader Tank, even the line "Crusader Tank responding". It does have several new lines (see Selected Quotes above), however.

See also

Generals USA icon United States of America First GLA War Arsenal Generals USA icon
Sheppard Tanks Sheppard

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