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Ow! Okay, okay, I will work!
- Worker being pushed to work

TheWorker is GLA's engineering and logistical unit in Generals and Zero Hour.

Background[]

Workers' tasks included building and repairing structures and carrying supplies as well as the safe removal of land mines. They were trained in both command centers and Supply Stashes. Being unarmed and relatively fragile, workers were very easy targets for enemy forces and required protection. Another downside of a dismounted unit was that it was slower and carried fewer supplies. However, unlike construction dozers, they were very cheap to train and could not be neutralized/hijacked and stolen by the enemy.

Game Unit[]

Though unarmed, Workers are far cheaper and highly versatile, given they can either transport supplies, construct buildings, remove mines or conduct repairs. They themselves can also take advantage of mobility provided by vehicles and Tunnel Network; one worker escaping from an overrun base allows the GLA general to recover and reconstitute. They could mount Combat Cycles (though without any armament) and use the motorcycle's unique abilities to cross normally unscalable terrain obstacles, potentially even penetrating into an enemy base where a tunnel could be quickly constructed for an inside attack.

Due to its low cost and the fact that it fills both the role of resource gatherer as well as construction unit, the Worker tends to be present on the battlefield in large numbers. This prevalence, combined with the fact that it can be produced by two different buildings, can make finishing off a GLA faction more difficult.

Abilities[]

Upgrades[]

Structures available[]

Buildings[]

Icon Building Requirements Role
Gen1 GLA Command Center Icons Command center none Headquarters
Gen1 GLA Barracks Icons Barracks none Infantry training and healing
Gen1 GLA Supply Stash Icons Supply Stash none Supply drop-off point
Gen1 Arms Dealer Icons Arms dealer Supply Stash Vehicle production and maintenance
Gen1 Palace Icons Palace Arms dealer Tech building
Infantry bunker
Gen1 Black Market Icons Black market Palace Upgrade center
Resource generator
Gen1 Scud Storm Icons SCUD storm Palace Superweapon
CNCGZH Fake Command Center Cameo Fake Command center
(Zero Hour only)
none Decoy
CNCGZH Fake Barracks Cameo Fake Barracks
(Zero Hour only)
none Decoy
CNCGZH Fake Supply Stash Cameo Fake Supply Stash
(Zero Hour only)
none Decoy
CNCGZH Fake Arms Dealer Cameo Fake Arms Dealer
(Zero Hour only)
Supply Stash Decoy
CNCGZH Fake Black Market Cameo Fake Black Market
(Zero Hour only)
Palace Decoy

Defenses[]

Icon Building Requirements Role
Gen1 Stinger Site Icons Stinger site Barracks Anti-air/anti-armour defense
Gen1 Tunnel Network Icons Tunnel Network Barracks Anti-infantry defense
Troop shelter and movement
Unit repair/healing
ZH Toxin Network Icons Toxin network
(Dr. Thrax only)
Barracks Anti-infantry defense
Troop shelter and movement
Unit repair/healing
Gen1 Demo Trap Icons Demo trap Arms dealer Stealthed explosive device
ZH Advanced Demo Trap Icons Advanced demo trap
(Rodall Juhziz only)
Arms dealer Stealthed explosive device

Changelog[]

  • Generals patch 1.05:
    • fixed exploit that allowed multiple workers to speed up structure build times
    • hit points increased from 100 to 140
  • Zero Hour patch 1.03:
    • fixed the problem that would cause GLA workers to stop gathering resources when buying the fortified building upgrade
    • accidentally slowed down gathering rate
  • Zero Hour patch 1.04: slow supply gather rate problem fixed

Quotes[]

I will work.
- When emerging from the Command Center or Supply Stash
Yes?
- When selected
What do you want with me?
- When selected
Do not hurt me.
- When selected
I will obey.
- When selected
I'm just a peasant.
- When selected
I'm hungry!
- When selected
Cannot we live in peace?
- When selected
Ow! Okay, okay, I will work!
- When selected
I do what I'm told.
- When moving
I will go.
- When moving
*panting*
- When moving
Can I have some shoes?
- When moving (before Worker Shoes is researched)
You change your mind often.
- When moving
Does it have to be so far?
- When moving
I am but a worker!
- Under fire
I have no weapons!
- Under fire
Ow! I never hurt you!
- Under fire
Hey, stop!
- Under fire
I am innocent!
- Under fire
It is not me who you want!
- Under fire
I will go in that building.
- When ordered to garrison building
What is in there?
- When ordered to garrison building
Is it safe?
- When ordered to garrison building
If that is what you want.
- When ordered to build
This is hard work!
- When ordered to build
I will do what I must!
- When ordered to build
This hammer is heavy!
- When ordered to build
Are there not better tools?
- When ordered to build
I will try to hurry.
- When ordered to build
I will do the best I can.
- When ordered to build
There are mines out there?
- When ordered to clear mines
If I really have to...
- When ordered to clear mines
Hope I'm still lucky today.
- When ordered to clear mines
If you say so.
- When ordered to clear mines
I will try my chances.
- When ordered to clear mines
Um, okay...
- When ordered to clear mines
This may be painful...
- When ordered to clear mines
I should repair that.
- When ordered to repair buildings
Starting repairs.
- When ordered to repair buildings
It is not looking too good, is it?
- When ordered to repair buildings
It already needs repairs?
- When ordered to repair buildings
I guess I should help out...
- When ordered to repair buildings
I will help.
- When ordered to repair buildings
That's a lot of supplies!
- When ordered to collect supplies
I will carry as much as I can.
- When ordered to collect supplies
My hands have splinters!
- When ordered to collect supplies
Okay, here I go...
- When ordered to collect supplies
Our work is complete.
- After completion of the construction
I am finished with the building.
- After completion of the construction
Building construction has been completed.
- After completion of the construction
That was a lot of work...
- After completion of the construction
There's not enough room for that building...!
- When unable to build
I can't build there!
- When unable to build
That building cannot fit there.
- When unable to build
There are no more supplies to carry.
- When running out of supplies
I cannot see any more supplies.
- When running out of supplies
This supply pile is empty.
- When running out of supplies
Take me first!
- When surrendering
Will I be treated with dignity?
- When surrendering
It is better to surrender than stay here!
- When surrendering
I surrender...!
- When surrendering
Here, take me, I don't care!
- When surrendering
I like my new shoes!
- When the Worker Shoes upgrade is completed
These shoes fit nicely!
- When the Worker Shoes upgrade is completed
Thank you for the new shoes!
- When the Worker Shoes upgrade is completed
It will be much stronger.
- When the Fortified Structure upgrade is completed
Attaching supports.
- When the Fortified Structure upgrade is completed
Making it safer.
- When the Fortified Structure upgrade is completed
Building harder walls.
- When the Fortified Structure upgrade is completed
Preparing for the attack.
- When the Fortified Structure upgrade is completed

Trivia[]

  • According to the Generals sound files, the worker shoes upgrade was supposed to be in standard Generals, but was eventually moved to Zero Hour.
  • The censored German versions of Generals and Zero Hour omit quotes which imply the worker is subjected to torment and starvation.

Gallery[]

See also[]

Gen GLA Logo Global Liberation Army War against the GLA Arsenal Gen GLA Logo
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