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Overlord Tank
Generals Overlord
Unit
Affiliation

China

Role

Heavy assault tank

Armament
  • Twin ZPT-98 125mm cannons
  • Gatling cannon (upgrade)
  • Infantry Bunker (upgrade)
  • Speaker Tower (upgrade)
Protection

Super Heavy

Properties
Hit points

1100

Armour type

Tank Armor

Transport slots

5 infantry (Bunker upgrade)

Production
Cost

$2000

Build time

0:20

Produced by

China War Factory

Requires

Propaganda Center

Hotkey

O

Combat
Ground attack
  • 80 (100 with Uranium Shells) (Cannon)
  • 10 Gattling Cannon vs. ground
  • 5 Gattling Cannon vs. air
Cooldown

2000 (Two shots every four seconds (depending on rank)

Speed

20 (30 with Nuclear Tank)

Attack range

175

Sight range

150-200

Function
Add-ons
Gen1 Overlord Battle Bunker Icons
Battle Bunker
Gen1 Overlord Gatling Cannon Icons
Gatling Cannon
Gen1 Overlord Propaganda Tower Icons
Propaganda Tower
Upgrades
ZH Isotope Stability Icons
Isotope Stability(Tao only)
Gen1 Subliminal Messaging Icons
Subliminal Messaging
Gen1 Uranium Shells Icons
Uranium Shells
Gen1 Nuclear Tanks Icons
Nuclear Tanks
Abilities

Can crush vehicles

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Gen1 Overlord Tank Icons
Are you ready?
- Overlord Tank rolling out of the War Factory

The mighty Overlord is the ultimate land vehicle in Generals.

Background

I am big.
- Overlord Tank

It is by far the largest, most powerful and considered the final word in armor fielded by any of the factions in the GLA conflict. It can quite easily defeat any conventional vehicle in a one on one fight. Traveling on four sets of treads, the Overlord by default mounts two enormous cannons (located on the sides of its turret) and boasts extremely heavy armor. The Overlord is also sufficiently large to crush other smaller vehicles. The Overlord stands as a supreme late game unit.

Chinese General Ta Hun Kwai, known as the 'Tank General', developed his own, even more dangerous model of the Overlords, known as the Emperor Overlord Tank.

Upgrades

Unit

The following upgrades are purchased for each individual tank. Only one may be applied to any single tank at a time.

Gen1 Overlord Battle Bunker Icons Battle Bunker When purchased, the Overlord was outfitted with a bunker that could hold 5 infantry units. This cost $400 per tank. Beware that the bunker may not protect its inhabitant from chemical attacks.
Gen1 Overlord Gatling Cannon Icons Gatling Cannon When purchased, the Overlord was outfitted with a gatling cannon, effective against infantry and aircraft. This cost $1200 per tank. Like with the land version this gatling has stealth detection in a small range
Gen1 Overlord Propaganda Tower Icons Propaganda Tower When purchased, the Overlord was outfitted with a small speaker tower, emboldening and healing nearby allies. This cost $500 per tank.

Base

The following upgrades are purchased at various buildings.

ZH Isotope Stability Icons Isotope Stability When an Overlord Tank with the Nuclear Tanks upgrade was destroyed, the radiation no longer harmed allies. Purchasable from Tsing Shi Tao's Propaganda Center for $2000.
Gen1 Subliminal Messaging Icons Subliminal Messaging Increases effectiveness of any mounted Propaganda Towers by 25%. Purchasable from all Propaganda Centers for $500.
Gen1 Uranium Shells Icons Uranium Shells Increases damage by 25% and adds radiation damage
Automatically applied to Tsing Shi Tao's tanks
Purchasable for normal China and Ta Hun Kwai at the Nuclear Missile Silo for $2500.
Gen1 Nuclear Tanks Icons Nuclear Tanks Increased all Overlord Tanks' movement speed by 25%.
Automatically applied to Tsing Shi Tao's tanks.
Purchasable for normal China and Ta Hun Kwai at the Nuclear Missile Silo for $2000.

Game unit

Generals-China-OverLordTankVariants

Overlord Tank variants

They will beg for mercy.
- Overlord Tank on the offensive

The slow-moving, overwhelmingly-armed Overlord epitomizes the basic approach of the Chinese army. In order to be most effective these tanks should be used in mixed squads, with varied upgrades and flank protection from other units.

With their double cannons and thick armor they make good tank destroyers in addition to running over infantry and vehicles including enemy tanks. A large group of upgraded Overlord Tanks (more than three) is unstoppable, unless met with overwhelming force or dedicated AA weapons. Due to their armor they are ideal for making the initial breach in the enemy line and allowing smaller, faster, less armored units to attack the rear and fight in the confines of the enemy’s base. The Overlord can also play a role in defending a base or key areas on the battlefield before more permanent base defenses can be constructed.

Overlords are unwieldy and the slow traverse of their turrets means that large groups of smaller and more mobile anti-tank units can quickly overwhelm them (although, it should be noted that when facing large number of smaller vehicles in a confined area, the Overlord can simply run them over). The Overlord's armor is particularly vulnerable to rocket-wielding infantry units and enemy aircraft, although the Gatling Cannon upgrade compensates for this to an extent. Despite their apparent size, Overlord is transportable.

Jarmen Kell's skill at killing vehicle drivers makes the slow-moving Overlord particularly vulnerable and a favorite target-of-opportunity to the GLA. Rocket firing aircraft (F-22 Raptors, MIGs, Comanches, etc.) are recommended as counter, as the Overlord fares poorly against aircraft even when upgraded (although the bunker upgrade with five tank hunters somewhat compensates for this). General Granger's fleet of King Raptors can also make short work of them. Hijackers may also easily approach and capture the vehicle, especially if the Overlord is not upgraded. Terrorists and Bomb trucks are also quite effective counters, as the Overlord is unable to outrun them or gun them down quickly enough. A rogue nuke cannon with neutron shell would be a final say for overlord. Chinese opposition can also use EMP based weapon on it.

Because of these weaknesses, Overlord tanks should never be sent into a battle unescorted. It is strongly recommended to support them with artillery, anti-air, anti-infantry, sensor and air support units. One Overlord can be upgraded with speaker tower, improving the safety of the group.

The Overlord's voice is calm and (sometimes thought to be) sarcastic. Their voice may seem creepy and unsettling.

Assessment

Pros

  • The biggest vehicle in the war
  • Can easily toe-to-toe with most vehicles
  • Can crush most vehicles
  • Can be upgraded to serve different roles:
    • Gatling cannon for anti-air and anti-infantry defense and stealth detection in short radius
    • Speaker tower for healing
    • Bunker for infantry to load into and fire out of
  • Nuclear Tank and Uranium Shells upgrades further improves attack and speed potential
  • When paired (one with speaker upgrade and one with Gatling cannon), can annihilate an undefended base in a few minutes.

Cons

  • Very slow unless the Nuclear Tank upgrade is researched
  • Expensive, and the upgrades available to it add up to the overall cost
  • Turret traverses slowly, meaning it can easily be attacked from behind
  • Unavailable to General Fai
  • Gatling upgrade has relatively short range
  • Can be overwhelmed by anti-armor infantry, and fully upgraded Rocket Buggies are a serious threat
  • Vulnerable to artillery
  • Quite vulnerable to aircraft unless upgraded with the Gatling cannon
  • Speaker Tower is somewhat inferior compare with the real one
  • Must be mixed with other units to unleash true potential
  • If Nuclear Tank upgrade is researched, only Tao can prevent accidental collateral damage by Isotope Stability, which can be troublesome when captured or hijacked
  • A very big target for large numbers of tanks and aircraft

Selected Quotes

Are you ready?
- When emerging from the War Factory
This is the Overlord Tank.
- When selected
It is time.
- When selected
What do you need?
- When selected
I am big.
- When selected
Overlord is waiting.
- When selected
Extra large.
- When selected
Overlord moving.
- When moving
Nothing in our way.
- When moving
What is next?
- When moving
In a moment.
- When moving
I am in control.
- When moving
This better be good.
- When moving
It won't be long.
- When moving
I will finish this.
- When ordered to attack
I will take care of it.
- When ordered to attack
I see.
- When ordered to attack
They will beg for mercy.
- When ordered to attack
This will be over, soon.
- When ordered to attack
Is that all?
- When ordered to attack
They are puny.
- When ordered to attack
I will crush.
- When ordered to run over
They are nothing.
- When ordered to run over
Smooth it out.
- When ordered to run over
Leave, now.
- When unloading
Dismissed.
- When unloading
Bunker is empty.
- When unloading
Bunker will be ready soon.
- When ordered to upgrade with Battle Bunker
Speaker tower will be ready soon.
- When ordered to upgrade with Speaker Tower
Gatling cannon will be ready soon.
- When ordered to upgrade with Gatling Cannon
Bunker is ready.
- After upgraded with Battle Bunker
Speaker tower is ready.
- After upgraded with Speaker Tower
Gatling cannon is ready.
- After upgraded with Gatling Cannon

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See also

China People's Republic of China First GLA War Arsenal China
Sheppard Tanks Sheppard

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