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For other units of the same name, see Scorpion tank.
Scorpion Tank
Generals Scorpion Tank
Scorpions: basic, upgraded once, upgraded twice



Light tank


30mm chain gun
Rocket launcher





Hit points



$600 (GLA)
$650 (General Juhziz, Dr. Thrax)

Build time


Produced by

Arms dealer



Ground attack

Lethal (vehicles)
Excellent (infantry)


40 (30 when damaged %50+)

Attack range


Sight range



Scorpion Rockets
Toxin Shells (GLA only)
Anthrax Beta (GLA only)
Anthrax Gamma (Thrax only)
AP Rocket
Junk Repair

Scorpion, ready to sting!
- Scorpion rolling out of the Arms Dealer
Gen1 Scorpion Tank Icons

The Scorpion is the GLA's primary armoured vehicle in Generals.


Our will is strong!
- Scorpion tank

The Scorpion is the GLA's main battle tank. While fast, they are a poor match for more modern armour in direct combat. This was demonstrated amply in Iraq, when a division of USA Crusader Tanks took on an equally-sized division of Scorpions, annihilating the latter without suffering any losses. Nevertheless, the GLA have plenty of upgrades available to make the Scorpion a viable weapon, such as the nearly mandatory Scorpion Rocket upgrade and the Toxin Shells upgrade. Later in the conflict, resourceful GLA fighters can upgrade their Scorpions by salvaging parts from destroyed enemy vehicles.



Scorpion rocket installed, sir!
- Scorpion tank's driver talking about the new rocket upgrade
Gen1 Scorpion Rocket Icons Scorpion Rocket When purchased, all Scorpions are given a crude rocket launcher able to fire at ground targets. Purchasable at any Arms Dealer for a cost of $1000.
Gen1 Anthrax Shells Icons Toxin Shells When purchased, all Scorpions fire shells laced with anthrax toxin. Purchasable from any Palace for a cost of $1000.
Gen1 Anthrax Beta Icons Anthrax Beta When purchased, all Scorpions' Toxin Shells employ a more deadly mixture. (Dr. Thrax instead upgrades to Anthrax Gamma.) Purchasable from any Palace for a cost of $2000.
ZH Anthrax Gamma Icons Anthrax Gamma When purchased, improved the toxin used by the Scorpions' Toxin Shells further. Purchasable Dr.Thrax's Palace for a cost of $2000.
Gen1 AP Rockets Icons AP Rocket When purchased, the Scorpion rocket does 25% more damage. Purchasable from any Black Market for a cost of $2000.
Gen1 Junk Repair Icons Junk Repair When purchased, all Scorpion crews slowly repair their vehicles with improvised materials. Purchasable from any Black Market for a cost of $2000.


My horse was faster!
- Scorpion tank

In Zero Hour (but not in Generals), the Scorpion can also be upgraded with salvaged parts. The Scorpion can be upgraded two times with salvaged parts from destroyed enemy vehicles. The first upgrade improves its cannon, while the second upgrade will improve its cannon even more and add a second rocket to its weapons systems, bringing the Scorpion tank up to par with the Battlemaster and Crusader tanks in terms of damage output. A Scorpion can only recieve the second improvement if Scorpion Rockets have been researched. Otherwise, the salvage will be converted into money to fund the GLA war effort.

Game unit

- Scorpion tank on the offensive

Speedy and inexpensive, Scorpions are good for hit-and-run missions in the early phases of a battle. The Scorpion's cannon is most effective against lighter vehicles and structures. The Scorpion Rocket upgrade is very useful, significantly adding to the Scorpion's firepower and giving it quite the edge against stationary anti-tank infantry. Because they are cheap, the Scorpion can be deployed in large numbers and it is possible to win through attrition.

However, direct confrontation with technologically advanced USA and China heavy weapons is ill-advised in most cases. Furthermore, Scorpions are highly vulnerable against anti-tank infantry (although the Toxin Shells and the Rocket upgrade help redress this somewhat) and aircraft. However once fully upgraded they were on par if not better than the Chinese Battlemaster in terms of power and speed.

Because of their inability to target air units, Quad Cannons should be used in conjunction as air cover for them.



  • Very cheap
  • Very fast
  • Reasonably good for hit-and-run attacks
  • Scorpion Rocket upgrade improves anti-vehicle ability, benefiting from AP Rockets upgrade
  • Toxin Shell upgrade allows to kill infantry more effective, benefiting from Anthrax Beta upgrade (or Anthrax Gamma upgrade for Dr. Thrax)
  • Salvaged parts increases firepower and adds a second rocket


  • Weak individually
  • Inferior to other MBTs
  • Cannot handle one-on-one battles with other MBTs without upgrades
  • Rocket can be intercepted by point-defense lasers and jammed by ECM Tanks
  • Vulnerable to anti-vehicle weapons
  • Helpless against aircraft
  • Ineffective against infantry unless upgraded by toxin shells

Selected Quotes

Scorpion, ready to sting!
- When emerging from the Arms Dealer
Scorpion Tank.
- When selected
No lack of courage!
- When selected
I will do my best.
- When selected
Our will is strong!
- When selected
Light tank of the GLA.
- When selected
I will do this.
- When moving
As you request.
- When moving
Yes, I understand!
- When moving
It is good.
- When moving
Very well.
- When moving
Fast as I can!
- When moving
My horse was faster!
- When moving
This people will not be mocked!
- When ordered to attack
- When ordered to attack
They must die!
- When ordered to attack
It will be taken care of!
- When ordered to attack
We are the just ones!
- When ordered to attack
No one stands in our way!
- When ordered to run over
They will pay for such insolence!
- When ordered to run over
How dare they stand there like that!
- When ordered to run over
Arming Stinger missile.
- When ordered to fire the rocket
Loading up a Stinger.
- When ordered to fire the rocket
Arming Scorpion tank rocket.
- When ordered fire the rocket
Firing Stinger.
- When firing the rocket
Sending the missile.
- When firing the rocket
It will hit its target.
- When firing the rocket
Stinger launched.
- When firing the rocket
Feel the scorpion's sting!
- When firing the rocket
Scorpion rocket installed, sir.
- When the Scorpion rocket upgrade is completed
Toxin Shells upgrade complete!
- When the Toxin Shells upgrade is completed
The Junk Repair upgrade has been installed.
- When the Junk Repair upgrade is completed




Light tank of the GLA.
- Scorpion tank
  • The model/design Scorpion tank is very similar to the World War II Italian P-40 medium tank.
  • The concept and unused turretless model suggests the Scorpion is a captured and modified M113 or M114 APC.
  • The Scorpion tank was originally meant to be a Chinese tank. While only an unfinished model (as shown in the gallery) is available inside Generals' files, the original Scorpion tank looked like an actual Scorpion, with its double barrels and a rocket launcher (?) "tail". The original Scorpion tank model can be accessed by modding the game.
  • The second model of the Scorpion tank looks like the real life King Scorpion.
  • If a Scorpion tank is destroyed, it uses the wreckage of the Crusader tank. In Zero Hour, Scorpion wreckages have been improved to be their own instead.
  • In the mod Shockwave, Dr. Thrax's Scorpions use one of the unused models.

See also

Gla Global Liberation Army GLA War Arsenal Gla
Sheppard Tanks Sheppard

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