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CNCKW ZOCOM Orca Cameo

A modified variant of the Orca Mk. III, the ZOCOM Orcas are outfitted with Sonic grenade launchers instead of rocket pods.

Background

Since they mostly operate in areas with heavy Tiberium contamination, ZOCOM forces make heavy use of sonic weapons to aid their abatement efforts. One such example is the ZOCOM Orca, a modified Orca Mk. III that fires sonic grenades, which cause powerful area-of-effect damage.

Since operations in the hostile environment of Red zones often require more durability than sheer firepower, ZOCOM Orcas cannot be upgraded with Hardpoints, but can be equipped with Ceramic Armor to increase their survivability.

Abilities

CNCTW Pulse Scan Cameo
Pulse Scan Emits a stealth-detecting scan in a small radius around it. This ability has a 1 minute cooldown (Ctrl+A).
CNCTW Sensor Pods Cameo
Sensor pods Deploy a stealth-detecting sensor pod. This activated ability costs $100 to use, but has no cooldown (Ctrl+S).
CNCTW Return to base Cameo
Return to base Orders the Orca to break off and immediately return to its docking station (Ctrl+D).

Upgrades

CNCTW Sensor Pods Cameo
Sensor pod This upgrade allows the Orca to deploy a stealth-detecting Sensor Pod that can be launched onto friendly or enemy vehicles and structures, or onto the ground (Ctrl+S). Purchasable at any Command Post for $500 and takes 0:15 to research.
CNCKW Ceramic Armor Cameo Ceramic Armor Gain a significant boost to durability (Ctrl+S). Purchasable at ZOCOM Airfield for $1000 and takes 0:30 to research.

Game unit

Unlike the standard rockets used by the Orca, sonic grenades move fast and have a wide area of effect. They are much better at destroying infantry squads and massed vehicles, but also cost 400 credits more than a regular Orca. They do less damage to heavy vehicles than a standard Orca, but are still effective strike platforms against any ground unit.

Just like regular Orcas, they are completely defenseless against enemy aircraft or SAM missiles. Other units need to protect them in some situations.

Assessment

Pros

  • Devastating to infantry and ground vehicles
  • Just as fast as a standard Orca
  • Harder to kill with Ceramic Armor
  • Several can severely damage an epic unit
  • Fires faster than a normal Orca, shrinking the window it is exposed to enemy fire
  • Excellent for support and assault roles
  • Does splash damage

Cons

  • Very expensive
  • Unable to hit fast moving units
  • AA units are still a considerable threat
  • Unable to engage other aircraft
  • Easily destroyed
  • Shares the same detection issue with the standard orca - its stealth detection systems must be activated manually
  • Has to return to base to reload

Gallery

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