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Alright, I'm here. Let's have an update.
- Black Lotus reporting for duty

Black Lotus is the codename of a Chinese all-female elite hacker unit in Generals and Zero Hour. Her rank may be Field Officer Class B.

Background

Need a transfer?
- Black Lotus

The Black Lotus unit was formed from a need to attack the enemy on a different field than just combat. Each is extremely proficient with any IT technology, to the point that they can subvert enemy buildings and disable vehicles.

When serving under General Shin Fai, Black Lotus agents received additional training that made them hack faster, gain veterancy and could disable buildings as Hackers can. The agent 'Black Lotus' was renamed Super Lotus and normal hackers were turned into Super Hackers that can also disable vehicles.

Abilities

They won't even notice.
- Black Lotus hacking enemy supply buildings
Capture Building
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Black Lotus hacks into an enemy building and assumes control of it.
Disable Vehicle
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Black Lotus uses a computer virus to disable a vehicle's electronics.
Cash Hack
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Black Lotus hacks into an enemy Supply Center and steals up to $1000 from the enemy.

Game unit

Strategy

We have their building, what's next?
- Black Lotus after capturing an enemy building

In spite of the fact that she lacks the plain destructive power of Colonel Burton and Jarmen Kell's outstanding ability to subdue any infantry or manned vehicle instantly, Black Lotus is just as much of a threat. If she is successful in infiltrating a base she can capture important buildings for the Chinese. Her vehicle hack ability is useful to temporarily shut down important vehicles, such as artillery or heavier tanks, either during an assault or defense.

In addition to capturing enemy structures, she can also capture tech buildings, therefore, eliminating the need to upgrade Red Guards with the capture ability. Although, if commanders chose this option, their enemies could take advantage of the delay as they "tech up" to get Black Lotus on the field.

Counters

Abort!
- Black Lotus under fire

However, Black Lotus is still just an infantry unit. Being completely defenseless except against vehicles, stealth-detecting units and anti-infantry units would easily expose her location and quickly kill her.

Assessment

Pros

  • Stealthed unless using an ability
  • Can detect stealth at a large radius, which is exceptionally good for China lacking scan ability
  • Can capture buildings faster than basic infantry and from long distances
  • Can steal money from enemy supply buildings
  • Can temporarily disable vehicles

Cons

  • Unarmed
  • Vulnerable to scouts and anti-infantry units
  • Using abilities takes several seconds to complete and leaves the Black Lotus vulnerable
  • Cannot harm infantry in any way

Campaign

Let's turn off their toys!
- Black Lotus about to disable a vehicle

While many of Lotus' covert operations remain a mystery, she is known to have assisted in a number of Chinese and one combined US-Chinese operation against the GLA. The very first appearance of her in China's missions was at the Three Gorges Dam where she joined the surviving garrison forces to destroy the dam. In the Tanggula Mountains, she led her commando team consisting of Red Guards and Tank Hunters to destroy five Stinger Sites to clear the way for a MIG attack on a GLA toxin factory. In Scorched Earth, Black Lotus guided the Chinese forces through the booby-trapped city and captured an oil complex. One Black Lotus operative planted a bomb on the railway bridge at Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan to prevent GLA reinforcements arriving by train and attacked the GLA stronghold in Dushanbe.

Meanwhile, she appeared in one mission in the American campaign later during the GLA War with US commando, Colonel Burton who is known to have said 'Lotus' to destroy the GLA research facility holding intelligence to the GLA invasion of Europe. She only appears in the very final mission to end the GLA war in Europe by capturing or using her Nuclear Missile to blow up the American and GLA bases near Hamburg in Germany.

Quotes

Created

  • Alright, I'm here. Let's have an update.

Selected

  • Need a transfer?
  • What is it?
  • I'm listening.
  • Give me a job.
  • I have work to do here!

Moving

  • Is it clear?
  • That's right.
  • Sure.
  • Quickly.
  • Got it.
  • ​​Let's move.
  • Leave it to me.

​Using Capture Building

  • Their buildings can be our own.
  • ​I'll hack into their capture building.
  • ​Let's take their buildings from them.
  • I'll be in and out.
  • Ready for transfer.​
  • Up-link available. 
  • Watch my back.
  • Let's do it!​
  • I'm going in.

Building Successfully Captured

  • Their building is ours.
  • I'm in, we control the building now.
  • Building capture complete.
  • We have their building, what's next?

Using Disable Vehicle

  • I'll cut their comm relays.
  • I'll turn them off.
  • Give me a second.
  • Setting up.
  • I'll unplug 'em.

Vehicle Successfully Disabled

  • They're disabled.
  • Disabling complete. 
  • That's it, their vehicle is down.
  • The vehicle is down, what's next?

Using Cash Hack

  • We'll clean them out.
  • They won't even notice.
  • Credit transfer ready. 
  • Let's make a withdrawal.
  • Fast cash.

Videos

See also

Trivia

He's in my way!
- Black Lotus' unused attack quote
  • Originally in Generals, Black Lotus was supposed to be able to attack enemy Units, but this ability was removed for unknown reasons. However, the voice quotes remain in the original Generals sound files.
  • Black Lotus may be named after the Asian assassin of the same name who appears in Marvel Universe strip 'The Femizons'. In turn, the Chinese assassin 'Black Lotus' from the BBC's 'Sherlock' series may be named after her.
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