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For the Tiberian Twilight unit of the same name, see Avenger (Tiberian Twilight).
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Avenger
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Unit
Affiliation

Gen USA Logo.png United States
A laser.png Townes
A air.png Malcolm Granger
A super.png Alexis Alexander


Gen China Logo.png Leang
Role Anti-aircraft vehicle
Armament Twin anti-air lasers
Laser-based support suite
Properties
Hit points 300
Armor type Anti Air Vehicle Armor
Production
Cost $2000
$1500 (Townes)
Build time 0:10
Produced by American war factory
Chinese war factory (Leang only)
Requires Strategy center (Granger only)
Hotkey G
Combat
Ground attack 20 (Small Arms)
Cooldown 500
200
Speed 30 (20 if badly damaged)
Attack range 300
Sight range 150-300
Function
Add-ons
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Scout Drone
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Battle Drone
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Hellfire Drone
Upgrades
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Advanced Training
Abilities Shoot down missiles and aircraft
Increase firing rate at the targeted unit
Notes
  • Strong vs missiles, aircraft
  • Weak vs land units.

The Avenger was an American support vehicle based on the Humvee's chassis and introduced later in the War against the GLA.

Upgrades

Drones

Cut em clean!
- Avenger attacking Aircraft
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Scout Drone The Scout Drone increases the vehicle's sight range and reveals nearby stealth units. Costs $100.
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Battle Drone The Battle Drone is armed with a small machine gun, and could also repair its parent vehicle. Costs $300.
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Hellfire Drone The Hellfire Drone, available in Zero Hour, fires a small but surprisingly powerful missile against enemy ground units. Costs $500.

Drones can be further upgraded with Drone Armor.

Vehicle Specific

Tactical Lasers online!
- Avenger
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Advanced Training The Avenger gains veteran status twice as fast. Purchasable at any Strategy Center for $1500

Gameplay

Advantage

The Avenger could paint ground units with a laser designator, improving the accuracy of friendly units in the vicinity. In addition, it was equipped with a Point defense laser similar to, but more advanced than that of the Paladin tank, providing impressive protection against enemy missile attacks both for the Avenger itself and nearby units. Lastly, the Avenger had two large anti-aircraft lasers cannons mounted on the back of the vehicle. While the weight slowed down the vehicle somewhat, these lasers provided efficient anti-aircraft support. In this way, they improved the survivability of other US units in battle and were virtually untouchable by aircraft, falling only to vastly superior numbers.

Disadvantages

Unfortunately, all of these equipment meant that the Avenger was slow and quite fragile, as well as possessing virtually no weapons for defending itself against ground forces, requiring an escort at all times. Because they utilised such advanced laser technology, Avengers were also quite expensive for most American generals to obtain (they were naturally cheaper for General Townes). They were also easy targets for hijackers, Jarmen Kell's snipe ability and any other units that did not utilise missile based weaponry. In addition, the advanced technology of this system meant that in order to be manufactured, the base required a Strategy Center to be built first, meaning it was typically only available later in a conflict. Due to its focus as a support vehicle, its point defense laser was not calibrated for targeting enemy infantry like the Paladin tank.

Tactics

Used sparingly in most offensives due to its cost, it was still nonetheless an effective countermeasure against units that used rocket attacks, such as Rocket Buggies and missile-armed infantry. The Avenger's PDL meant that these vehicles would have a hard time destroying an Avenger or any nearby troops unless greatly outnumbered. Additional Avengers are used to take down large aircraft faster, like the Chinese Helix and cargo planes. In particular, a strong combination involved with the Avenger consisted of General Townes's Laser Crusaders. The Laser tank fired more quickly thanks to the Avenger's targeting designator, which made the deadlier the duo quite deadly, not to mention covering both spectrum of anti-ground and anti-air combat.

Changelog

  • Zero Hour patch 1.01:
    • now leaves tire tracks
    • bomb trucks disguised as Avengers still have the Avenger turret (however the turret is lowered unlike the normal unit which has the turrets raised)
  • Zero Hour patch 1.02: now available without the strategy center (USA and Townes only)
  • Zero Hour patch 1.03:
    • laser turret no longer has sight range
    • composite armour upgrade has been removed
    • now displays upgrade cameo for the Hellfire drone
    • damage received vs. jet missiles improved from 30% to 23%
    • fixed the bug where the map would become slightly uncovered when building an Avenger
    • locomotor has been corrected
    • bomb trucks now disguise themselves as Avengers using the correct model
    • now available without the strategy center (Alexander only)
    • cost decreased from $2400 to $2000 (Alexander only)

Quotes

Aircraft targeting ready!
- When selected
Defensive laser systems
- When selected
Scanning for enemy aircraft
- When selected
Tactical lasers online
- When selected
Targeting cursor set
- When selected
Re-calibrating
- When moving
Confirmed
- When moving
Yes, sir!
- When moving
Advancing!
- When moving
Analyzing terrain effects
- When moving
Charging up
- When ordered to attack
Commencing light array
- When ordered to attack
Acquiring target
- When ordered to attack
Initiating laser strike
- When ordered to attack
Cut them clean
- When ordered to attack
Designating the target
- When ordered to use laser-based support
Flush them out
- When ordered to use laser-based support
Targeting for rapid fire
- When ordered to use laser-based support
They may not like the attention
- When ordered to use laser-based support
This will help keep an eye on them
- When ordered to use laser-based support

Trivia

  • This unit is named after the real life M1097 Avenger anti-aircraft and anti-missile system. The real vehicle uses Stinger missile launchers instead of lasers. However, prototype laser weapons have successfully been mounted on and tested with Avengers.
  • The Avenger's laser pointer originally granted a damage increase, this has been changed to a rate of fire increase in the final game.
  • The Avenger suffers from some graphical glitches. The laser turret on the back may sometimes disappear if it comes out of the fog of war. Additionally, if one was pilot sniped (or hit by a neutron blast), then the laser turret turns white like for every other vehicle, but the actual vehicle remains the same color, even if it is captured by enemy troops. Furthermore, if a bomb truck disguises as one, the laser turret on the back will be invisible. The latter was fixed in Zero Hour patches 1.01 and 1.03.
Gen USA Logo.png United States of America War against the GLA Arsenal Gen USA Logo.png
China.gif General Leang Arsenal China.gif