|For other uses of the term Avatar, see Avatar.|
|“|| I must have that device Commander. I am sending the most powerful weapon we have, the Avatar. Use them to blast your way out. DO NOT KEEP ME WAITING!|
Unlike the Purifier, the Avatar is more versatile and capable of upgrading itself to use different types of weapons or abilities such as stealth systems or sensors but must require a donor vehicle to do so.
In the wake of the destruction caused by GDI walkers to Nod armed forces during the Second Tiberium War, the Brotherhood became interested in making use of the technology - perceiving it as an innovative way to expand their forces.
Whilst GDI abandoned the widespread deployment of walkers due to reliability issues, the Brotherhood Black Hand began its own research. Basing it in part on GDI designs and taking advantage of its own research in other areas to accelerate the development of the Avatar.
Standing at 10 meters tall, a towering bipedal warmech able to engage and crush any opposition head on with ease, was created.
The Avatar's pilot was enclosed in a "virtual sensory pod" found within the warmech itself. The pod is a control interface wherein the pilot is neurally linked to their mech, allowing them to control its movements. The Avatar's incredible all terrain ability, fluid motion and extreme power make it in effect a gigantic soldier.
The introduction of this towering walker changed Nod's military doctrine - instead of always resorting to using hit-and-run and guerilla tactics to wear down their heavier adversaries, the Avatar gave Nod the option to battle their opponents head to head with superior armor and terrifying firepower if the need arose.
It comes by default with a powerful laser cannon on its right arm (based on the Isis laser found on the Obelisk of Light ), and possesses the ability to use its claw on the left arm to rip off weaponry and equipment from certain other Nod vehicles, then install the components onto its own frame, augmenting its battle capabilities:
- Attack bike: Stealth detectors
- Stealth tank: Personal stealth generator
- Flame tank: Flamethrower
- Beam cannon: Particle beam cannon
In addition, the Avatar Warmech is capable of crushing most other vehicles under its feet, similar to the Mammoth 27 or Annihilator Tripod. In form, it bears similarity to CABAL's Core Defender, although it is unclear if Nod reverse-engineered its technology.
An Avatar can also upgrade itself using enemy Nod vehicles, gaining power while destroying an enemy unit. They can also rip weapons of other Nod sub-faction vehicles (e.g. A Marked of Kane Avatar can take the Flamethrower off a Black Hand Flame Tank).
As the Avatar is a successor to the Purifier, both walkers bear a high level of visual similarity. However, there are noticeable differences that can be used to distinguish the two.
Generally, Avatars are predominantly black in color except for red lights and stripes along the body and a silvery gray middle torso and legs, while Purifiers possess red-mauve armor on the shoulder and leg sections, with yellow and black warning lines on these segments.
Purifiers also naturally sport the Black Hand insignia, being a Black Hand-specific unit, while Avatars sport the normal Brotherhood of Nod insignia. Purifiers also come standard with the Flamethrower as a standard weapon.
Sometime after 2052, the Nod AI LEGION conducted a critical analysis of the warmech.
It found that while in itself a powerful unit, Avatar pilots would impulsively take the weapons off of other perfectly functioning Nod vehicles in order to maintain self-preservation - which lessens overall Nod presence in the area and consequently gives opposing GDI forces the upper hand.
The AI found that this created inefficiency, and so issued Nod engineers to later work in developing the next-generation Avatar. The Mk. II version was made available by the time of the Ascension Conflict.
|Commandeer Technology||The Avatar has a unique and versatile, if somewhat ruthless, means of upgrading itself. Certain Nod units can be destroyed by the Avatar in order to provide it with enhanced capability (Ctrl+A).|
|Vehicle Crusher||This unit can crush most Tier 1 and Tier 2 vehicles as well as heavy infantry by simply walking over them, and can do so without suffering any penalties to movement speed.|
The primary weakness of the Avatar is its susceptibility to aerial assaults, swarms of anti-armor infantry and Commandos, who are capable of planting explosives on an Avatar's legs (a major reason GDI decided to abandon most of its walker research and technology).
Although powerful, Avatars are only capable of using their laser weaponry whilst stationary: a drawback against highly mobile targets. However, a simple flamethrower upgrade (which may be used while moving) can partially eliminate the drawback of being bombed by Commandos or anti-armor infantry. Another failing is that without any additional weapons, the Avatar often loses against the GDI Mammoth Tank.
Fallen Avatars are repairable by capable engineers, who can reactivate the pilot's virtual sensory pod and rebuild the walker, adding it to the armed forces of the side the engineer was on (a blessing and a curse for the Nod commander). The only requirement is that the engineer must reach the fallen walker before either its power core finally dies down, or a coup de grace is delivered, destroying the fragile husk.
In earlier patches, the Avatar was regarded as the least useful tier 3 land unit. Lacking the Mammoth Tank's firepower and the Tripod's range and shield upgrades, and its own ability to tank equipment from vehicles was typically regarded by most players as too expensive to be worth using, particulary since in practice the Avatar is too slow to take advantage of stealth detection or being stealthed, and Vertigo bombers proved a more cost effective way of dealing with enemy armor. However, in later patches, the Avatar was balanced. Specifically, its cost was reduced (to 2200), its health increased, and its original laser weapon made more powerful. Due to this, the Avatar is currently considered to be both cost effective and powerful.
A bit of a battlefield tip: properly timing multiple Avatars can allow them to share a single vehicle.
Interestingly, an Avatar can upgrade itself using weapons from enemy Nod vehicles, although this tactic is mainly effective against enemy Flame Tanks, being the slowest of the four Avatar-compatible units. Additionally, if a vehicle targeted for weapon commandeering is destroyed, an Avatar can still retrieve the weapon from the remains of the vehicle (it only has a few seconds to do this, however, before the wreckage disappears).
- Excellent defence from high HP per unit and Robotic Armor; Avatars do not take additional damage from multiple directions and do not need to reverse move
- Survivability multiplied by impressively long fire range, even better than that of Mammoth Tanks and Tripods, and relatively good mobility compared to Scorpion and sub-units. Can also be stealthed to maximise survival.
- Powerful firepower when used against vehicles and structures, especially with upgrades
- Turns into a husk when destroyed, which can be recaptured if the battle is won or garrisons are nearby
- A lot cheaper than both Mammoths and Tripods ($2,200 while counterparts are $2,500 and $3,000, a difference of up to $700). Very cost efficient unit.
- Can crush most lower tier units underfoot
- Very versatile upgrade choices (stealth, flamethrower does splash damage, second laserbeam and as a Detector) which can take advantage of units that have been damaged or are slower to deploy.
- Relatively low damage-per-second per unit output compared to its GDI and Scrin counterparts; needs to work in a pack. May be outclassed by a bigger swarm of cheaper Scorpions.
- Cannot fire on move (except for its flamethrower upgrade) and must face its target to fire (cannot reverse move)
- Vulnerable to anti-tank infantry and Commandos and unusually vulnerable to rocket-type damage. Very inefficient against infantry without the flamethrower upgrade.
- Vulnerable to air attacks; no missile or AA weapon upgrade (compared to the heroic Redeemer units); also highly vulnerable to EMP attacks (including Raider Buggy)
- Requires Tier 3 to build, protect the Tech Lab!
- Unsecured Avatar husks may be captured by the enemy; losing a battle gives your opponent more opportunities
- Upgrading Avatars require lots of additional investment or previously damaged (and repairable) vehicles, and does not preserve veterancy, so is somewhat inefficient
- Avatar ready!
- Weapons primed!
- Powered on!
- Thought so...
- Location set!
- Of course!
- Clear a path!
- To dust!
- They're done!
- Another one!
- I want that!
- I like!
- Pay up!
Move to Attack
- They're next!
- Target set!
- Full power!
- Clear the junk!
- Under control!
- Everything goes!
- Clean it up!
- While using his comandeer ability, Avatar uses his left hand to take the technology. However, while comandeering the Beam Cannon, Avatar uses his right hand, which is a laser cannon. Strangely, the hand comes out directly from the laser capacitor, which may have been invisioned to the gun. But the size of the robotic forearm is just too huge to fit in a laser cannon as an alt-weapon, nor to come out of capactor.
- The cost of a fully upgraded Avatar is $6,800.