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Gen1 Overlord Tank Icons
Are you ready?
- Overlord Tank rolling out of the War Factory

Overlord is a mighty large heavy main battle tank destroyer in Generals.

Background

I am big.
- Overlord Tank stating the obvious

It is by far the largest, most powerful and considered the final word in armor fielded by any of the factions in the GLA conflict. It can quite easily defeat any conventional vehicle in a one on one fight. Traveling on four sets of treads, the Overlord by default mounts two enormous cannons (located on the sides of its turret) and boasts extremely heavy armor. The Overlord is also sufficiently large to crush other smaller vehicles. The Overlord stands as a supreme late game unit.

Chinese General Ta Hun Kwai, known as the 'Tank General', developed his own, even more dangerous model of the Overlords, known as the Emperor Overlord Tank.

Upgrades

Unit

The following upgrades are purchased for each individual tank. Only one may be applied to any single tank at a time.

Gen1 Overlord Battle Bunker Icons Battle Bunker When added, the Overlord would be outfitted with a bunker that could hold 5 infantry units. This cost $400 per tank. Beware that the bunker may not protect its inhabitant from chemical attacks.
Gen1 Overlord Gatling Cannon Icons Gatling Cannon When added, the Overlord would be outfitted with a gatling cannon, allowing it to engage air units, giving it a minimum protection from hostile air units effective against infantry and aircraft. This cost $1200 per tank. Like its base defense variant, the gatling cannon could also detect stealth within a small radius.
Gen1 Overlord Propaganda Tower Icons Propaganda Tower

When added, the Overlord would be outfitted with a small speaker tower, emboldening and healing nearby allies. This cost $500 per tank.

Base

The following upgrades are purchased at various buildings.

ZH Isotope Stability Icons Isotope Stability When an Overlord Tank with the Nuclear Tanks upgrade was destroyed, the radiation no longer harmed allies. Purchasable from Tsing Shi Tao's Propaganda Center for $2000.
Gen1 Subliminal Messaging Icons Subliminal Messaging Increases effectiveness of any mounted Propaganda Towers by 25%. Purchasable from all Propaganda Centers for $500.
Gen1 Uranium Shells Icons Uranium Shells Increases damage by 25% and adds radiation damage
Automatically applied to Tsing Shi Tao's tanks
Purchasable for normal China and Ta Hun Kwai at the Nuclear Missile Silo for $2500.
Gen1 Nuclear Tanks Icons Nuclear Tanks Increased all Overlord Tanks' movement speed by 25%.
Automatically applied to Tsing Shi Tao's tanks.
Purchasable for normal China and Ta Hun Kwai at the Nuclear Missile Silo for $2000.

Game unit

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Overlord Tank variants

They will beg for mercy.
- Overlord Tank on the offensive

The slow-moving, overwhelmingly-armed Overlord epitomizes the basic approach of the Chinese army. In order to be most effective these tanks should be used in mixed squads, with varied upgrades and flank protection from other units.

With their double cannons and thick armor they make good tank destroyers in addition to running over infantry and vehicles including enemy tanks. A large group of upgraded Overlord Tanks (more than three) is unstoppable, unless met with overwhelming force or dedicated AA weapons. Due to their armor they are ideal for making the initial breach in the enemy line and allowing smaller, faster, less armored units to attack the rear and fight in the confines of the enemy’s base. The Overlord can also play a role in defending a base or key areas on the battlefield before more permanent base defenses can be constructed.

Overlords are unwieldy and the slow traverse of their turrets means that large groups of smaller and more mobile anti-tank units can quickly overwhelm them (although, it should be noted that when facing large number of smaller vehicles in a confined area, the Overlord can simply run them over). The Overlord's armor is particularly vulnerable to rocket-wielding infantry units and enemy aircraft, although the Gatling Cannon upgrade compensates for this to an extent. Despite their apparent size, Overlord is transportable.

Jarmen Kell's skill at killing vehicle drivers makes the slow-moving Overlord particularly vulnerable and a favorite target-of-opportunity to the GLA. Rocket firing aircraft (F-22 Raptors, MIGs, Comanches, etc.) are recommended as counter, as the Overlord fares poorly against aircraft even when upgraded (although the bunker upgrade with five tank hunters somewhat compensates for this). General Granger's fleet of King Raptors can also make short work of them. Hijackers may also easily approach and capture the vehicle, especially if the Overlord is not upgraded. Terrorists and Bomb trucks are also quite effective counters, as the Overlord is unable to outrun them or gun them down quickly enough. A rogue nuke cannon with neutron shell would be a final say for overlord. Chinese opposition can also use EMP based weapon on it. Also all three US generals have units (King Raptor, Aurora Alpha, Laser Crusader) that are fairly effective against the Overlord.

Because of these weaknesses, Overlord tanks should never be sent into a battle unescorted. It is strongly recommended to support them with artillery, anti-air, anti-infantry, sensor and air support units. One Overlord can be upgraded with speaker tower, improving the safety of the group.

The Overlord's voice is calm and (sometimes thought to be) sarcastic. Their voice may seem creepy and unsettling.

Assessment

Pros

  • The most powerful tank in game
  • The tank that has the most by far powerful fire rate and damage of any fighting vehicles
  • Can easily destroy vehicles directly by one on one or a few of them 
  • Can easily destroy buildings and base defenses except EMP patriot missle due to (eletrical stunning ability) and a dozen of Laser defense turret that easily fry deep any hostile units in range
  • It has intense large size enough to crush smaller vehicles by running over top on them
  • The only vehicle that can run over heroes (Black Lotus, Burton and Jarman Kell)
  • Very useful add-ons (Gatling Cannon for AA defense and detecting stealth, Speaker Tower and Bunker) that converts a tank into a mobile support structure
  • Nuclear Tank and Uranium Shells upgrades boost up the tank's speed and damage output giving it more power than usual it also adds nuclear shells to it's cannon fire armament, when the tank fires it will release nuclear radiation that will give radiation damage effect by over time health reducing 

Cons

  • Very slow moving vehicle unless it has nuclear tank upgrade which gives the tank more 25% speed than usual
  • Expensive, more so with add-ons
  • Despite of having intense powerful damage against any types enemy vehicles and base defenses, the tank's armor is thin and fragile, making it an easy quick destroying target to those missile armed infantry
  • Slow turning turret greatly reduces survivablility, extra flank protection almost always needed
  • Weak against a group of missiled armed infantry or any soldiers that deal explosions to vehicles
  • Vulnerable to long ranged units
  • Defenseless against aircrafts (Unless a Gattling cannon add-on or rocket armed soldier filled bunker is added but only provide a Limited Anti-Air Defense to the tank)
  • Prone to vehicle crew killer units
  • Penetrable to hijackers without Gatling add-on
  • Add-on structures less effective than stationary counterparts
  • Nuclear reactor causes considerable collateral damage on destruction, unless Isotope Stabilization (exclusive to Tao in Zero Hour) is researched
  • Not available to the infantry general

Selected Quotes

Are you ready?
- When emerging from the War Factory
This is the Overlord Tank.
- When selected
It is time.
- When selected
What do you need?
- When selected
I am big.
- When selected
Overlord is waiting.
- When selected
Extra large.
- When selected
Overlord moving.
- When moving
Nothing in our way.
- When moving
What is next?
- When moving
In a moment.
- When moving
I am in control.
- When moving
This better be good.
- When moving
It won't be long.
- When moving
I will finish this.
- When ordered to attack
I will take care of it.
- When ordered to attack
I see.
- When ordered to attack
They will beg for mercy.
- When ordered to attack
This will be over, soon.
- When ordered to attack
Is that all?
- When ordered to attack
They are puny.
- When ordered to attack
I will crush.
- When ordered to run over
They are nothing.
- When ordered to run over
Smooth it out.
- When ordered to run over
Leave, now.
- When unloading
Dismissed.
- When unloading
Bunker is empty.
- When unloading
Bunker will be ready soon.
- When ordered to upgrade with Battle Bunker
Speaker tower will be ready soon.
- When ordered to upgrade with Speaker Tower
Gatling cannon will be ready soon.
- When ordered to upgrade with Gatling Cannon
Bunker is ready.
- After upgraded with Battle Bunker
Speaker tower is ready.
- After upgraded with Speaker Tower
Gatling cannon is ready.
- After upgraded with Gatling Cannon

Gallery

Trivia

  • The Overlord Tank's Design appearance may had been inspired by the MKII Grizzly Mammoth Tank from HALO series
  • the only tank in the game that has a bit resemblance that it could be a futuristic tank
  • The tank was supposed to be a US Faction unit, it's early design is what to become now as the Crusader tank of the US Faction, the crusader tank early design was changed into a different one which was smaller and look more quite single armored tank compared to overlord's design, the crusader initially replaced Overlord Tank's role in the US Faction as the MBT,  so it was then was transferred and given to china instead as one their MBTs


See also

China People's Republic of China First GLA War Arsenal China
Sheppard Tanks Sheppard
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