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Watchtower
  • Basic
  • Upgrade with AP Ammo
Unit
Affiliation

GDI icon test GDI
CNCKW ZOCOM Logo ZOCOM
CNCKW Steel Talons Logo Steel Talons

Role

Anti-infantry defense

Tier

1

Properties
Hit points

2400

Armour type

Medium (75% Cannon, 50% Rocket, 100% Grenade, 25% Gun, 1% Sniper)

Production
Cost

$600

Build time

0:06

Produced by

GDI Construction Yard

Requires

GDI Power Plant

Hotkey

F1

Combat
Ground attack
  • 120 (Gun)
  • 300 (Gun) (upgrade)
Cooldown

0.01 seconds, each burst has a 0.53 second duration

Attack range

350

Function
Upgrades

CNCKW AP Ammo Cameo AP Ammo

Power

-5

Abilities

Detects stealth units

Quickly build and deploy a Watchtower base defense from the support structure tab.
- GDI Officer in North Carolina
CNCTW Watchtower Cameo

Watchtowers are GDI's primary anti-infantry defense in Tiberium Wars.

Background

They are armed with twin 20mm automatic railguns able to pierce through most infantry armor and even destroy light vehicles given enough time. The railguns rest safely on an elevated platform 30 feet above the ground. With an IR spotlight and a next generation sensor package, the watchtower is capable of detecting stealth units in addition to its role as an anti-infantry defense. In addition, its programming prioritizes enemy infantry, so that its efficiency is maximized against enemy forces consisting of both vehicles and infantry.[1]

However, the watchtower needs to aim and fire a burst at every individual member of a squad (as opposed to the shotgun-like Shredder turret or the indiscriminate razors of the Buzzer Hive) so it has limited effectiveness against large groups of enemy infantry such as Nod Militants. However, the Watchtower is able to fire over structures, making Watchtowers placed behind obstacles very difficult to remove with just infantry.

It can be upgraded with special Armour piercing ammunition, increasing lethality especially against heavily armored troops such as the Black Hand, Enlightened, and Commando.

Upgrades

CNCKW AP Ammo Cameo
AP ammo Equips Watchtower with AP ammo, increasing damage. Much more effective versus vehicles (Kane's Wrath only) (Ctrl+A). Purchasable at any Command Post for $2000 and takes 1:00 to research.

Game building

The watchtower is a very effective defensive emplacement, able to tear through infantry in seconds. It also easily destroys lightly armoured targets, such as attack bikes. They will always target the weakest unit within their line of sight, which is generally infantry and light vehicles.

Watchtowers can also fire over buildings, so hiding them behind other structures can give them added protection.

Assessment

Pros

  • Effective against infantry and light vehicles.
  • Cheap (only costs $600).
  • Low power consumption.
  • Detects stealth units.
  • Able to fire over other structures.

Cons

  • Weak against heavily armored units.
  • Defenseless against air units.
  • Has limited effectiveness against large groups of infantry.
  • Shuts down with insufficient power, leaving the base defenseless

Behind the scenes

According to early screenshots, the watchtower was originally a component tower with the Vulcan cannon upgrade, indicating that early on the tower was supposed to make a return in Tiberium Wars.

Gallery

References

  1. Intel Database
GDI icon test Global Defense Initiative Third Tiberium War Arsenal GDI icon test
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