Medium damage missile. If it hits Tiberium Gas, its damage is increased and it also damages all adjacent tiles.
Catalyst Missile is a high damage projectile that can hit any visible tile on the battlefield and deals a splash damage to the units on that tile. The damage is enough to kill any infantry, aircraft and all light to medium vehicles. Since there is a warning about the incoming missile, all but the slowest units can escape it. This makes the Catalyst missile very useful at breaking up fortress units, like MG squad, M.L.R.S. or Juggernauts.
It is also effective at denying tiles. If the nuclear missile is about to fire and the opponent has to cross a specific tile to get on the pad, a timely Catalyst missile on that tile can buy precious seconds.
The Catalyst missile alone is situational, but when combined with Tiberium, it can give off an impressive explosion spanning multiple tiles. The Tiberium source can be Tiberium Cloud, Chemical warrior, Chem buggy or Tiberium patch. The explosion damages adjacent tiles as well. If the nearby tile also has a Tiberium source, it will explode as well (except Tiberium patch). With enough Tiberium clouds a single Catalyst missile can destroy any unit.
When combined with plenty of Tiberium clouds, the catalyst explosion can do tremendous damage to the base. Targeting five Tiberium sources on or near the base can reduce it's health by half. The easiest way to spray the base is by using Chemical warriors, because unlike Chem buggies they can survive attacks for long enough.
- 2018-07-19: Impact delay increased to 3.5 seconds (was 3.0)
- Cost increased to 90 (was 80)
- Time to hit reduced to 3 seconds (was 3.5)
- 2019-07-31: Cost decreased to 80 (was 90)
- Missile damage to structure (and vehicles and aircraft) 2500 (was 3500)
- Explosion damage to structure 2500 (was 2250)
- 2020-03-25: Damage to vehicles and aircraft increased to 3500 (was 2500)