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- Chrono miner
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The Chrono miner was the resource gatherer used by the Allies during Third World War and the Psychic Dominator Disaster.

Background

The Chrono miner is equipped with a miniaturized chronosphere-like device, similar to the Chrono tanks developed in Second World War. However, for commanders to be able to manufacture them without a Battle lab, the device was simplified to the point where it could only chronoshift to a location with a special beacon on it. All Allied ore refineries have one of these beacons installed on them, so a Chrono miner can chronoshift back to it after filling its load of ore. The beacon can be installed on a Soviet ore refinery if one is captured.

However, there is a downside to this feature. If more Chrono miners are attached to the same Refinery, only one can unload there at a time. The others will try to go there using their treads. So if they are distant from the Refinery, they are very vulnerable to attacks from all kind of units, since it has no defenses other than the usual ability to crush infantry. The Chronosphere device and power supply require lots of amenities and as a result, the Chrono Miner only has a small cache left for mine deposites. This aspect makes it able to deliver only 500 credits in one unload (1000 if it is loaded with gems). This is compensated by the speed of delivery.

Game Unit

In the blink of an eye!
- Chrono Miner

The Chrono miner may only chronoshift to a friendly Ore refinery and will do so automatically when full. It must move conventionally to any other location. They can also be commanded to do so, providing a way to quickly escape when under attack. This can also allow Chrono miners to teleport to a player controlled refinery which is even not directly accessible by wheels, like across bodies of water or across the whole map. This may be significant for going to a forward refinery quickly and efficiently. Chronoshifting will also leave behind any Terror drones that may have embedded themselves in the Chrono miner, but will keep Crazy Ivan's bombs with them.

Chrono miners ALWAYS teleport to the refinery, regardless whether or not it's an Allied or Soviet-type refinery, although sometimes, when not told strictly to go home, they may attempt to roll back on their wheels instead of just teleporting away (this is obviously a bug). If the Chrono miner harvests from an isolated area of the map (e.g. no passable route to the refinery), they also tend to stuck, and must be returned manually to the refinery.

Aftermath

It was not present in the War of the Three Powers, as without Einstein, the Allies were unable to perfect any other technology using the Chronosphere, therefore they developed Prospectors to gather ore.

Assessment

Pros

  • Teleports to return to a refinery, greatly facilitating inter-refinery miner allocations (should the player owns multiple refineries that are far away, across bodies of water or not connected by land at all) comparing to the Soviet War Miner.
  • Very heavy armour.
  • Escape Mechanism using Chrono ability especially when the need to retreat to another refinery when one gets destroyed in a firefight. Terror Drones are removed as it teleports.
  • Immune to mind control and radiation.
  • Can crush infantry.
  • Can self-repair.

Cons

  • Unarmed, has no offensive weapon unlike War Miners, and it will get distracted by hit-and-run attacks.
  • Vulnerable against aerial and heavy anti-armor threats.
  • Although "Chrono", it cannot transport into mining fields directly via "Chrono-shift".
  • Unlike Terror Drones, Crazy Ivan's bombs will not be removed even if they teleport back to their refinery.
  • Carries less ore and gems than the War Miner.

Selected Quotes

Note: If Yuri's Revenge is not installed, this unit will use quotes from the Grizzly battle tank.

Oh, hello Sir!
- When selected
Ready as ever
- When selected
Chrono miner reporting for duty
- When selected
Good day commander
- When selected
24/7
- When selected
Always on time
- When moving
Oh yes, I agree
- When moving
Okay
- When moving
Sure thing, Sir!
- When moving
Of course
- When moving
You'll get the cash in a flash
- When ordered to harvest
It's in the bank
- When ordered to harvest
Mining
- When ordered to harvest
Aah, there it is!
- When ordered to harvest
Rolling with a Chrono Convoy
- When ordered to harvest
I'll be there right away
- When return to refinery
In the blink of an eye
- When return to refinery
In no time at all
- When return to refinery
Let's dump this stuff
- When return to refinery
Comin' home!
- When return to refinery

Gallery

See Also

RA2Alliedlogo Allied Third World War Arsenal RA2Alliedlogo
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