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Full throttle!
- Combat Cycle emerging from an Arms Dealer

The Combat cycle was an innovative GLA vehicle that appeared later in the conflict. All GLA infantry including the Worker were trained to ride in these speedy motorcycles.


Upgrades[]

Upgrade gla junk repair Junk Repair When purchased, the combat cycle slowly self-repairs in the field. Purchasable from any Black Market for a cost of $2000.

Note: any upgrades applicable to the infantry unit riding the combat cycle are still applied.

Game Unit[]

The combat cycle is capable of traversing cliffs and mountains, making it an effective unit for hit and run tactics.

Combat Cycles are produced with a Rebel by default, or a Terrorist for Rodall Juhziz/Leang. Any GLA infantry except the angry mob could switch with the vehicle's current operator, and while they may not fire from within, the Combat Cycle will inherit weapons based on their attributes, as well as stealth. Ordering the operator to evacuate will allow them to dismount, immediately destroying the vehicle as a result.

Infantry-Specific Weapons[]

To change the driver, click on the infantry unit and then click on the bike. This will cause the selected infantry unit to enter the bike, causing the previous driver to leave the vehicle.

In-game unit[]

Generals Combat Cycle

Numerous combat cycles at full speed

The combat cycle was cheap, fast and able to traverse steep surfaces that other units could not. This made it a superb reconnaissance unit, able to sneak into enemy bases and gain valuable information, especially if the vehicle was ridden by a cloaked infantry unit, such as a saboteur. They were also useful for quick hit-and-run attacks, provided that the GLA commander had the advantage of surprise. Being an "open" vehicle, combat cycle can be used as a platform for nearly any infantry weapon.

Jarmen Kell could also ride a combat cycle, retaining his stealth and pilot sniping ability, but gaining mobility and protection from Pathfinders. A group of combat cycles ridden by terrorists was used as a small and very fast makeshift bomb truck. These "demo bikes", effectively land-based missiles, were difficult to intercept at full speed before they reached their target, making them potent when used even in modest numbers.

The combat cycle was also useful for the sneaky insertion of infantry: a worker lost his ability to build while riding on a combat cycle, but he could drive one behind enemy lines (possibly jumping normally uncrossable terrain like cliffs), abandon his cycle, and construct a Tunnel Network.

However, the combat cycle had the weakest armour of almost any vehicle on the battlefield. Unlike the technical, which allowed its passengers to survive should it be taken out by the enemy, the soldier riding the bike would perish along with his vehicle if it was destroyed.

Although they were fast, they had poor turning speed, which meant that it needed to slow down in order to go in a different direction. It was, however, able to avoid certain slower projectiles thanks to its speed. It also had no protection against aircraft like the Comanche or the Helix, and was vulnerable to armoured units. They also were incapable of crushing enemy infantry, and could be crushed under the treads of a tank. Neutron shells and Jarmen Kell's pilot-sniping ability could destroy an combat cycle with one shot.

Not all cliffs could be climbed. The combat cycle required momentum and a run-up before being able to climb one. Without enough speed, the combat cycle could become stuck in the hill, leaving it very vulnerable.

Quotes[]

Hahahahaha!
- When selected
They won't catch us!
- When selected
It doesn't get any faster!
- When selected
Let's take a jump!
- When selected
Cliffs? Let's do it!
- When selected
Let's get out of here!
- When moving
Full throttle!
- When moving and out from the Arms Dealer
Push it!
- When moving
Haha! Gun it!
- When moving
Pick up the speed!
- When moving
Let's go!
- When moving
Go, go!
- When moving
Hahah!
- When ordered to attack
Get them!
- When ordered to attack
Raid and pillage!
- When ordered to attack
Run them down!
- When ordered to attack
Hit and run!
- When ordered to attack

Trivia[]

  • When the combat cycle owned by Leang is destroyed after falling off a cliff several times, it will use the rocket buggy's wreck model. Also, Leang's combat cycles use the rocket buggy's quotes instead of the proper ones assigned to regular combat cycles.
  • When ordered to stop while driving over an inaccessible area (such as the sewer in Tournament Urban), the driver can dismount and become almost unreachable by enemies.
  • General Juhziz's combat cycles already come with a terrorist. However, the AI can automatically train terrorists on combat cycles without switching drivers, regardless of which GLA general it chooses.
  • For unknown reasons, combat cycles driven by workers are unarmed, yet launch missiles when force-firing.

See also[]

Gen GLA Logo Global Liberation Army War against the GLA Arsenal Gen GLA Logo
China General Leang Arsenal China
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