|For the Tiberium Wars generation, see Laser turret (Tiberium Wars). For the Generals defensive structure, see Laser turret (Generals).|
The self-powered laser turret (called simply as laser in-game) is the basic defensive structure of the Brotherhood of Nod during the Second Tiberium War and the Firestorm Crisis. It is essentially the smaller, more versatile cousin of the mighty Obelisk of Light
Its design is simple - a laser gun powered by an internal capacitor (meaning it remains active even if the power grid goes down), mounted on a flexible mount, lying dormant underground when not in use. Due to its relative simplicity, large numbers of laser turrets are often deployed to defend Nod bases.
The weapon is powerful enough to cut through GDI combat suits with ease and seriously damage Wolverine powered armour suits or knock their arms off. However, heavier foes such as the Titan are capable of destroying the laser turret from well outside its range, as the laser gun is limited in this aspect. Another weakness is that the turret was almost entirely exposed to weapons fire, making it easy to disable it.
This structure is essentially an arm with laser provision on its edge. It requires only a 1 x 1 tile to be deployed. Its laser consumes armour and health of is single target, unlike RPG Upgrade for the GDI Component tower, which has less armour piercing capabilities. However, the RPG Upgrade deals splash damage, while the Laser turret does not.
Although in CG movies laser turrets are shown to have a pop-up ability, but in game they can't retract underground.