|For the Red Alert 2 structure, see Ore Purifier. For the Salamander mounted weapon in Tiberian Twilight, see Purifier Incendiary Delivery System.|
Heavy Assault Walker
Laser, Subliminal Messaging System and Flamethrowers plus legs to crush tanks
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- Purifier entering combat
The Purifier is the predecessor to the Avatar Warmech, and is used exclusively by the Marcion-led Black Hand. It is fitted with a subliminal message device that boosts the morale of nearby infantry, and comes pre-equipped with a flamethrower in addition to the laser.
It's development was commenced after brother Marcion, in a pitched Second Tiberium War urban battle against GDI forces, noted how his presence on the battlefield (along with the improvised flamethrower he used to clear GDI trenches) had an inspiring effect on the brothers that fought alongside him. The Purifier was constructed to recreate Marcion's iconic feat, a giant walking humanoid spouting flames, with a subliminal messaging system inspiring infantry near it.
Black Hand's obsession and expertise with flame weapons allowed Purifiers to be upgraded with more combustible and efficient fuel for their flamethrowers, giving them the Purifying flame upgrade. Unlike the Avatar, the Purifier doesn't need to stop or turn to use its flamethrower, as it will automatically set ablaze any enemy unit that comes within its radius. However, it lacks its successor's ability to upgrade itself with components from allied units, making it less adaptable. It compensates for this with its immensely powerful flamethrower and cost efficiency; the cost for an Avatar and a Flame Tank to upgrade it costs 3200, compared to the Purifier's 3000 cost, subliminal message bonus, and ability to use its flamethrower while moving.
As a fully modified Avatar possessed all the Purifier´s features, plus stealth detection, stealth generators and an additional laser cannon, a Purifier is technically inferior to it. If a base commander is not careful or does not possess adequate base defenses, a single Purifier is capable of razing an entire base to the ground, especially with the Purifying Flame upgrade. The Purifier is also effective against mass light vehicle and infantry attacks, with it's powerful laser and flamethrower quickly dispatching them. However, the Purifier is at a disadvantage when facing other heavy vehicles such as the GDI Mammoth Tank , simply because the laser is not as powerful as the Avatar's and it's flamethrower's range is rather short. Having said that, if it can close the distance quickly and has the Purifying Flame upgrade, it stands a reasonable chance against the Mammoth Tank.
On the other hand, its automatic flamethrower does afford it limited protection against enemy commandos, as the commando would have to be extremely quick to detonate one of these behemoths. While a single Purifier can pose a hazard to a base, a group of 6 or more can literally burn down the base as they walk. It is also worth noting that a group of 6 Purifiers or more with the Purifying Flame upgrade can easily obliterate an Eradicator Hexapod.
Despite being older and more crude than the Avatar, the Purifier Warmech is anything but obsolete.
- Immensely dangerous to all units, except aircraft
- Flamethrower can be used on the move and has greater range than the Avatar's; laser is not as powerful as the Avatar
- Provides firing speed bonus to nearby infantry
- Relatively good mobility
- Can clear garrisoned buildings
- Can crush Tier 1 and 2 units
- Can single-handedly destroy even a well-fortified base in groups
- Not as vulnerable to Commandos
- Heavy armor
- Poses a serious threat to epic units in large numbers
- Can level an entire base by simply walking through in Aggressive stance, especially when the flamethrower is upgraded.
- Short flamethrower range
- Cannot attack and are useless against aircraft
- Vulnerable to missile-armed units
- Expensive; only available at Tier 3
- Not as adaptable as the Avatar
- Vulnerable to EMP attack
- Cannot fire laser weapon on the move
- Like the Avatar, it must face its target to fire its laser
The Purifier's introduction into the Black Hand originally caused dissent within the organization; as many viewed the machine as incompatible with the religious purpose of the Black Hand. To avoid further problems, Brother Marcion mandated that prior to deployment, all Purifiers had to be consecrated by Black Hand abbots.
Purifiers were fairly rare during Marcion's rebellion; several guarded his main base from attack and attempted to escort Marcion away from the battlefield once his command center was destroyed by LEGION's forces. Another group of twelve Purifiers was encountered following the Black Hand's reintegration with Nod; when LEGION assaulted a GDI Liquid Tiberium Lab. Though they had been damaged by Steel Talons forces, they were reactivated and utilized to complete the mission. Despite the introduction of the Avatar, the Black Hand chose to continue to use the Purifier, up to the year 2052, when the 2nd Armoured Regiment of the Black Hand assisted the Marked of Kane in capturing the Tacitus
Purifiers take the place of the Avatar for the Black Hand subfaction and are thus built at the same tech level and require the same facilities before combat delivery can commence, i.e. a Tech Lab and a War Factory/Redeemer Engineering Facility.
Like the Avatar, the Purifier husk can be reactivated by suitably trained personnel if the Purifier has been destroyed, provided the husk is not destroyed first. The Purifier was replaced by the Fourth Tiberium War era Avatar walkers.
- Set it on fire!
- Purifier ready.
- In control.
- It shall rain ash!
- Location set...
- Fired up!
- White hot!
- Ready to burn!