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CNCRiv aircraft.png Laser Drone

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Unit
Affiliation

CNCR Nod logo.png Nod

Role

Anti-vehicle aircraft

Armament

Laser guns

Tier

1

Tech level

20 Common

Properties
Hit points

180 per squad member[1]
720 total

Production
Cost

CNCRiv Tiberium.png 20

Produced by

Air tower

Combat
Squad size

4

Ground attack

10 (27 DPS) vs infantry
92 (245 DPS) vs vehicles
92 (245 DPS) vs structures
68 (181 DPS) vs harvesters

Cooldown

1.5 seconds

Air speed

Fastest (~0.67 TPS)

Attack range

1

Sight range

3

The swarm is infinite
- Drones when attacking

The Laser Drone is a Nod aircraft squad in Command & Conquer: Rivals.

Background[edit | edit source]

Laser Drones are the result of Kane's directive to utilize recruits from Yellow Zones whose physical limitations, brought on by years of Tiberium exposure, made them unsuitable for standard service. It was found that by forcibly transplanting the cerebrum of these recruits into a Laser Drone they could provide a few days of valuable service to the Brotherhood despite their disabilities.

Abilities[edit | edit source]

  • Can target infantry Strong against vehicles Cannot target aircraft
  • Has vision range of 3.

Game unit[edit | edit source]

Fast, powerful, yet cheap, Laser drone squad can inflict significant damage to any ground vehicle. They even effective against Pitbulls and are a headache for Attack bikes. The Titan will melt against three drone squads. The population cap might make such swarming impractical.

Due to their cheap price, speed and damage, Laser drones are frequently used to rush harvesters. When rushing, is often accompanied by a Venom to deal with early game infantry.

The long vision range allows the drones to scout, but due to cost it is not a good opening unit, except for the harvester rush.

Their ineffectiveness against infantry means that Missile squad will remove Laser drones from the map fast, unless they utilize their speed and keep a safe distance. The fragility of the drones means they will fall quickly against fast shooting units like Slingshot. Their movement speed is not as effective against anti-air aircraft, making them an easy pray to Phantoms and Talons.

For a more sturdy unit that can target both ground and air, Banshee could be a better option. If a more powerful anti-vehicle firepower is required, Shade is a good candidate.

Decks[edit | edit source]

Kane Pontiki Kane[2]
Militant Laser Squad Tick Tank Laser Drone Venom Phantom

Changelog[edit | edit source]

  • 2019-01-21 Unit introduced
  • 2019-07-02:
    • Attack speed increased to 1.2 (was 1.5).
    • Damage vs. Vehicles increased to 92 (was 80).
    • Damage vs. Harvesters reduced to 68 (was 72).
    • Vision increased to 3 (was 2).
  • 2019-07-31: Attack Speed decreased to 1.5 (was 1.2).
  • 2020-03-25:
  • Health decreased to 180 (was 200)
  • Delay b/w squad attacks increased to 0.4 (was 0.3)

Quotes[edit | edit source]

When created[edit | edit source]

  • Swarm ready to exterminate
  • The swarm has arrived

When selected[edit | edit source]

  • The swarm awaits
  • Awaiting orders
  • Ready to destroy
  • Processing
  • Scanning

When moving[edit | edit source]

  • I obey
  • Moving and scanning
  • The swarm moves
  • Swarming

When ordered to attack favorably[edit | edit source]

  • Excellent
  • Eliminate the weak
  • Exterminate
  • They will be destroyed!

When ordered to attack unfavorably[edit | edit source]

  • Following orders
  • Objectionable tactics
  • Unfavorable
  • As commanded

When ordered to attack neutral[edit | edit source]

  • You are an enemy of the brotherhood
  • For Nod
  • Target acquired
  • Drones will deliver
  • Attacking

When ordered to attack unreachable target[edit | edit source]

  • Unproductive
  • Impossible
  • Preposterous

When in favorable or neutral engagement[edit | edit source]

  • Can't kill us all!
  • The swarm is infinite
  • Swarm for Nod
  • You cannot stop us
  • Destroy

When in unfavorable engagement[edit | edit source]

  • Drones under fire
  • Systems compromised
  • Drones being attacked
  • Swarm taking damage

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Being a low cost, flying, anti-vehicle swarm built from the Air Tower, we expect the Laser Drones to give Nod players lots of new air options.
- MrBlack[3]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The voice sounds monotone and synthetic.

See also[edit | edit source]

  • Drone swarm — GDI drones.
  • Banshee — a more versatile and sturdy unit.
  • Shade — a more powerful anti-vehicle unit.

References[edit | edit source]

CNCR Nod logo.png Brotherhood of Nod Rivals Arsenal CNCR Nod logo.png