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Mobile EMP
Mobile EM-Pulse
Unit
Affiliation

GDI

Role

Electronic warfare

Armament

EMP emitter

Protection

Angled composite

Tier

2

Tech level

6

Properties
Hit points

800

Armour type

Heavy

Production
Cost

$1000

Produced by

GDI War Factory

Requires

EMP Cannon

Combat
Ground attack

None; disables units and structures

Air attack

Lethal; affected aircraft are destroyed

Cooldown

0:30

Speed

7

Attack range

Short

Sight range

6

FS Mobile EMP Icons

The Mobile Electromagnetic Pulse Cannon was a GDI support unit used during the Firestorm Crisis.

Background

Realising the effectiveness of the EMP cannon, GDI researchers quickly developed a mobile EMP emitter. It is a vehicle that releases a less powerful blast with far less range, creating it radially from the vehicle's present location. It is also weakly armored due to the EMP generators it carries. It is effective only to nearby electric devices and vehicles (cyborgs included). However, the Mobile EMP Cannon requires some time to charge before being able to fire, similar to the teleportation method of the Chrono tank from Red Alert 1.

Deployment

Its design allowed GDI to deploy EMP blasts in areas without GDI bases, which happened at least twice during the Firestorm Crisis. Mobile EMPs were deployed to stop rioters' vehicles ensued after Tratos' death without damaging them and possibly killing the occupant, and were also deployed in the joint GDI and Nod attack on CABAL's core.

During the engagement, GDI used the mobile EMP device to neutralize a cyborg commando guarding two bridges into the territory. The EMP tech has been redesigned and integrated with the shockwave artillery warheads.

Legacy

Following the Firestorm Crisis, these units were decommissioned and GDI and Nod incorporated the EMP technology into various combat-ready units such as grenadier squads and raider buggys.

In-game

The tank is quite fast, as it must close in on its target before the EMP release can take effect. The EMP weapon requires a long time to recharge. The EMP shockwave hits everything in its (rather short) radius, whether friend or foe. Additionally, it can disable base defenses such as Obelisks of Light, provided it can get within range. Also of note is that while the Mobile EMP is not affected by its own EMP discharge, it can be disabled if caught in the blast of another Mobile EMP or that of an EMP cannon.

The basic chassis may have been reused for the Allied Grizzly battle tank in Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2.

Multiplayer Tactics

Offensive Strategies

Due to its light armor, it isn't the most popular unit to use when taking on enemy armored formations. If descovered, it's often destroyed before it can charge enough power to disable anything. However, it's unobstrusive enough to go unnoticed, especially in small numbers (5 is the safe maximum). When utilized by a commander who is both brilliant and sneaky, it can creep right up to the enemy forces and get at least one pulse off before it's discovered; two if he's lucky; and three or more if the other commander is a complete twit.

Here are a few tips that will give you the possible decisive edge in offensive battles:

  • Keep them away from the front lines and in the shadows
  • Swing them around and behind enemy lines if possible
  • Slowly move them up while the enemy is distracted with your other units
  • Charge them while they're closing in so they'll be ready when they reach the enemy force
  • Get them out of range after the first pulse is fired; multiple units increase affected area

Defensive Strategies

Keep in mind that vehicles and structures caught within the blast's effective radius are only disabled for a short time (10 seconds at the most), and that infantry are immune altogether. Also remember that multiple pulses will not affect the length of time enemy units or structures are disabled; once the first pulse is fired, it's wise to move the unit away from the battle area to minimize the damage it takes. And keep allied units out of the blast radius, as they will also be rendered inoperable.

Here are a few tips that will give you the possible decisive edge in defensive battles:

  • Keep them behind your defensive lines and spread out among the buildings
  • Keep them charged if enemy forces start gaining the upper hand
  • Fire them as fast as possible and try to keep them hidden until the last second
  • Fire the pulses when multiple enemy vehicles are nearby for maximum effect
  • Keep them away from heavier vehicles and anti-armor infantry

Mobile EMPs are most effective against long-range, slow-firing ground units and non-defensive structures.

Assessment

Pros

  • Effective against vehicles, buildings and cyborgs.
  • Very fast and agile.
  • EMP can disable groups of vehicles

Cons

  • Lightly armoured
  • EMP attack must be used at very close ranges
  • Dangerously weak against infantry.
  • Defenseless against air units.
  • Need to recharge before the vehicles can use EMP

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See also

GDI Logo 2030 Global Defense Initiative Second Tiberium War Arsenal GDI Logo 2030

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