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Rocket Buggy
Generals Rocket Buggy
Rocket Buggy: above the basic model; below with the Buggy Ammo
Unit
Affiliation

Global Liberation Army

Role

Artillery

Armament

Long-range rocket launcher

Protection

Light

Properties
Hit points

120

Armour type

Truck Armor

Production
Cost
  • $900
  • $1000 (General Juhziz)
Build time

0:10

Produced by

Arms Dealer

Requires

Palace

Hotkey

B

Combat
Ground attack

20 (25 with AP Rocket) (Explosion)

Cooldown

200

Speed

90 (80 if badly damaged)

Attack range

300

Sight range

180-300

Function
Upgrades
Gen1 AP Rockets Icons
AP Rocket
Gen1 Rocket Buggy Ammo Icons
Buggy Ammo
Gen1 Junk Repair Icons
Junk Repair
Notes

Vulnerable to infantry

Let's kick up some dirt!
- Rocket Buggy leaving the Arms Dealer
Gen1 Rocket Buggy Icons

The Rocket Buggy is the basic GLA long-range attack vehicle. It is the fastest but the least powerful of all long-range units.

Background

Roads? How boring.
- Rocket Buggy

Unlike other long-range units, the Rocket Buggy is fast and agile; however, it has the weakest armor of all siege/support vehicles. Rocket Buggies are armed with pods of small missiles, which are weaker than the RPG Trooper's rockets individually. The Buggies compensate their relative lack of power by firing a swarm of projectiles in rapid succession, especially when upgraded with extra ammo.

Upgrades

We have more Buggy Ammo now!
- Rocket buggy after the Buggy Ammo upgrade

All of these upgrades could be purchased at a Black Market.

Gen1 AP Rockets Icons Armour-Piercing Rockets Improved the damage dealt by each rocket by 25%. Purchasable from any Black Market for a cost of $2000.
Gen1 Rocket Buggy Ammo Icons Buggy Ammo Doubled the capacity of the launchers on all Rocket Buggies, allowing them to fire more rockets in a single attack. Purchasable from any Black Market for a cost of $2000.
Gen1 Junk Repair Icons Junk Repair Allowed all Rocket Buggies to slowly auto-repair to full health while in the field. Purchasable from any Black Market for a cost of $500.

In-Game

They will be humiliated!
- Rocket Buggy

The Rocket Buggy optimizes the GLA's hit-and-run tactics. Fast, agile, and next to useless at close range against other units (without superior numbers), Rocket Buggies are required to get in, make the attack, and get out again. In squads, it can destroy almost any armored ground unit in matter of seconds. As well as being useful for taking out enemy defensive structures from a distance, Buggies can bring up the rear of armored assaults, acting as support. Of particular note was the ability of a small number of Buggies, working together, to easily destroy China's oft-feared Overlord Tanks, thanks to their superior speed and long-range attack.

Coupled with elite (fully upgraded) Technicals and Quad Cannons, such groups can make for the fastest, most effective hit-and-run squads in the game, covering all spectrums from anti-infantry, anti-air, anti-tank and siege warfare.

The Rocket Buggy is vulnerable to almost any other unit that could get in range of it, especially during its long reload delay, due to its lack of armor. The rockets can be shot down by units with PDLs, especially Avengers, Paladins and King Raptors, but it would require several of them to completely neutralize the full attack of one buggy. Proper application of hit-and-run tactics or Quad Cannon support greatly enhances their survivability.

Unlike other artillery, they have to get their targets in their line of sight, so any base defense built some distance back from the top any type of slope or around a bend forced Rocket Buggies to get on even ground to be able to fire, which if the defenses are built in a proper position, forced them to get within firing range of the defenses and other units. They are also ineffective in an urban setting, where the many buildings made them prime targets for other artillery, enemies within buildings out of their sight, and especially aircraft. It was also incredibly easy to track where the rockets where coming from, as instead of an instant burst like most artillery, it took rocket buggies a few seconds to discharge all their rockets, making it very easy to pinpoint where they are coming from.

Assessment

Pros

  • Very fast
  • Excellent for long-range harassment
  • As cheap as Inferno Cannon
  • Buggy Ammo upgrade doubles the number of rockets
  • Effective when massed
  • Effective against buildings (including base defenses) and vehicles
  • Capable to squish infantry

Cons

  • Poor armor
  • Low maneuverability
  • Very long reload time
  • Rockets can be intercepted by point defense lasers and jammed by ECM tanks
  • Ineffective against infantry
  • Vulnerable to aircraft

Selected Quotes

Let's kick up some dirt!
- When emerging from the Arms Dealer
Yes?
- When selected
I ride alone.
- When selected
I will make my own path.
- When Selected
Roads? How boring.
- When Selected
What is it?
- When selected
Rocket barrage ready.
- When selected
Leave them in the dust.
- When moving
Aaaaiiiiieeeeeeeeee!
- When moving
I wait for you.
- When moving
Alright, let's go.
- When moving
I am going.
- When moving
Of course.
- When moving
Get off my trail!
- When ordered to attack
Die!
- When ordered to attack
They will be humiliated!
- When ordered to attack
It is my duty!
- When ordered to attack
Attacking!
- When ordered to attack
Hit them!
- When ordered to run over
Step on the gas!
- When ordered to run over
Let's go for it!
- When ordered to run over
We have more buggy ammo now!
- When Buggy Ammo upgrade is completed
We have AP rockets now!
- When Armor-Piercing Rockets upgrade is completed

Gallery

Videos

Trivia

There is a special Toxin Shells upgrade for the Rocket Buggy, as the missile has some code that makes it leave behind toxin residue after the upgrade has been purchased. The upgrade also exists in the code but it has no button to purchase it.

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