Be Quick or Be Dead is a Commander's Challenge mission, ranked thirty-eighth in the side challenge.


Despite the thirty-seven victories by FutureTech, their Commander is sent to Zaire to attack three bases and steal Takara Sato's Rocket Angel from her compound. She, Oleg Vodnik of the Soviets and Douglas Hill of the Allies are hoping to take down the Futuretech Commander before searching for a dreaded facility belonging to the victors. The Commander manages to crush the three bases and stole Takara's Rocket Angel before the enemies retreated from Zaire. Their mission to locate the facility was entirely abandoned.

A.I Behavior

[Empire] will build as normal A.I, but is quickly destroyed when building lots of infantry, she has no aircraft as long as she will be attacked first by the player.

[Soviets] The soviets will build small artillery and Sickles, but they don't build anti-air defenses at their base, so using aircraft is a good approach. Going after them first is a good idea, as they will attempt to overwhelm your base with Reapers and Mortar Cycles.

[Allies] The Allies will build their normal arsenal, but they build Javelin soldiers and Assault destroyers, they will also build aircraft really quick, which will target the power plants at the top of your base, so taking them on last is wise. It is also handy to put anti-air there!

Strategies and Notes

  • Your base is pre-built with a Barracks, Warfactory, Powerplants, Airfield (No airfield if you are the Empire), Base Defenses, and a Naval Yard
  • You have instant access to both Superweapons depending on which faction you decide to play as regardless of current unlocks

    The map

  • Your base is vulnerable from the rear. 
  • The enemies build fairly quickly, so get ready.

Briefing Information

Under par Time

[Empire] Build 2 additional Instant dojos, 2 Mecha bays. Start building Tankbusters and Imperial warriors to take down Takara's base. Upgrade the mecha bays to build Striker VX/Chopper VXs, and start building them. In the meantime, start attacking Takara's base first with the build infantry, when she is dead, let the Chopper VX's deal with the soviets. When this is done. Attack with the choppers the allied production capabilities, then destroy the mcv and the rest of the base. You will probably have a par time at about 8-9 minutes.

Note: If your power plants get destroyed by Cryocopters and bombers (the top ones), sell the base defenses at the bottom of your base, because the Allies don't attack there.

The other commanders should be defeated before doing this!

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