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Rocket-Propelled Grenade Upgrade
RPG Upgrade
Structure
Affiliation

GDI

Role

Base defense

Armament

Rocket Propelled Grenade launcher

Tier

1

Tech level

9

Properties
Hit points

0

Armour type

Wood

Production
Cost

$600

Requires

Component tower
Barracks

Combat
Ground attack

110 (RPG)

Cooldown

80

Attack range

8

Sight range

8

Function
Parent

Component tower

Power

-20

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A Rocket-Propelled Grenade launcher was an anti-armour defense upgrade for the GDI component tower, used during the Second Tiberium War and the Firestorm Crisis.

Game structure

The RPG module could offer powerful long range anti-armour bombardment defense. It was effective at holding not just Tick tanks and other armoured threats at bay, but also infantry, which the RPG could kill in a few direct hits. While effective against most threats, RPG upgrades lacked the accuracy of the Nod Obelisk of Light. The turret shoots explosive shells that explode on impact, giving splash damage to anything within its blast radius. 

The cost of the structure meant that GDI had to deploy them more carefully although it was far cheaper than the Obelisk of Light. They did suffer from minimum range disadvantage and inaccuracy, making it possible for Nod's Attack cycle to rush them, however GDI could pair these with Vulcan cannon upgrades to balance this weakness. Other disadvantages included it had no anti-air defense and has rather average armor. Nod artillery made good answer to them alone.

Legacy

They were replaced by the Guardian cannon, which was far more accurate, faster-firing, equally durable and railgun-upgradable, but also significantly more expensive and less powerful shot-for-shot.

Assessment

Pros

  • Strong against groups of ground units of almost any type
  • Good firing range
  • Relatively fast rate of fire
  • Inexpensive ($800 including tower base)
  • Available early on as a low-tier building
  • Relatively low power consumption
  • Not affected by power shortage
  • Does splash damage

Cons

  • Cannot hit targets below minimum effective range
  • Average armor and durability
  • Outranged by Nod Artilleries
  • Vulnerable to airstrikes

Trivia

  • In the Firestorm expansion, the direction for the turret sprite is incorrectly aligned, making it appear as if the projectile is exiting the side panel rather than the actual openings. This oversight was never revised in any version of the game.
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