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TW Zone Trooper Symbol.png Zone Troopers

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Internal name



CNC3 GDI logo.png Global Defense Initiative


Heavy anti-armour/anti-structure infantry




Zone armour



Hit points

240 per squad member

Armour type

Heavy (5% Cannon, 25% Rocket, 75% Grenade, 100% Gun, 75% Sniper)



Build time


Produced by



Tech center



Squad size


Ground attack

210 per squad member (Cannon)


2.3 seconds

Air speed

10 (jetpack only)

Land speed


Attack range


Sight range



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CNCTW Power Packs Cameo.png Power Packs


CNCTW Jetpacks Cameo.png Jetpack
CNCTW GDI Call for Transport Cameo.png Call for transport


Zone Troopers can cross otherwise impassable terrain using their jetpack ability

Troopers, ready for action!
- Zone Trooper rolling out of the Barracks.

Zone troopers are advanced heavy infantry used by the GDI since the Third Tiberium War.

Background[edit | edit source]

After extended operations in Tiberium infested areas, the GDI infantry command commissioned the development of the advanced protective environmental suit. The result are the Zone Troopers, elite infantry units deployed to distant areas in the harshest of conditions.[1]

Their suits are made with a composite armor originally developed for the Mammoth tank, making them impervious against small arms fire. Miniaturized power generators enable the suit to operate while carrying heavy loads such as anti-tank weapons and oxygen supplies[1]. These suits are fully sealed, protecting them from Tiberium exposure.

Zone Troopers are armed with armor piercing rail-guns that allow them to engage vehicles and structures while retaining a high level of mobility. This is further enhanced by back mounted jetpacks which help them move through rough terrain and obstacles.[1]

In-game[edit | edit source]

Squads of four zone troopers are deadly foes, often accompanying larger tanks on their way into combat. Their suits can be upgraded with sensor packs giving them limited stealth detection abilities and with advanced power packs which amplify the suit's performance, resulting in increased resilience and firepower, and allows the suit to self-repair and also give the wearer medical attention.

A drop pod delivers Zone Trooper reinforcements.

Zone troopers can also be dropped from orbit using atmospheric entry drop pods, allowing for rapid insertion onto the battlefield as either reinforcement or to establish beachheads. The drop pod squad is composed of 3 experienced squads of troopers. Unlike the Bloodhounds, GDI Airborne and sharpshooter teams which have to be inserted via V-35 Ox transports, making reinforcement slow and vulnerable, Zone troopers arrive on the battlefield instantaneously.

However, the cost of equipping a single Zone Trooper is enormous as a single suit and associated equipment costs 25 credits more than a whole rifleman squad. They are also completely defenseless against aircraft (especially the Venom) and armour-piercing projectiles of the shredder turret, and flame-based weaponry is highly effective against them. It is advised to cover them from such threats using anti-air units and heavier tanks.

Legacy[edit | edit source]

Following the conflict and in the years leading up to the Incursion War, GDI had managed to make improved versions of Zone Armor which for a time led to the units being somewhat immune to the effects of the fires from Nod flame tanks until a new series of such vehicles were introduced. The zone trooper also has a new type of variant known as the Zone Captain, as well as other variations such as the Zone Enforcer or Zone Lancer.

Abilities[edit | edit source]

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Jetpack Allow Zone Troopers to take flight, clearing large amounts of terrain in a single jump to land at a targeted destination. This activated ability has a 10 second cooldown (Ctrl+S).
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Call for transport Calls in a V-35 Ox to carry the Zone Trooper anywhere on the map (Ctrl+A).

Upgrades[edit | edit source]

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Scanner Packs Provides Zone Troopers with a 20% range and line of sight bonus while also allowing them to detect stealth (Ctrl+S). Purchasable at any Command Post for $500 and takes 0:15 to research.
CNCTW Power Packs Cameo.png
Power Packs Makes Zone Troopers considerably more durable by adding 50% more hit points and also confers self-healing (Ctrl+D). Purchasable at any Armory for $1000 and takes 0:30 to research.

Development[edit | edit source]

The initial zone trooper design did not have sealed armor. The fanbase complained this did not make sense given the Tiberium-contaminated environment they were supposed to operate in. The final design was sealed, though the original design can still be seen in several cutscenes, most notably the GDI intro.

Changelog[edit | edit source]

Quotes[edit | edit source]

When created[edit | edit source]

  • Troopers, ready for action!

When selected[edit | edit source]

  • Troopers in the field!
  • Whaddaya need?
  • Alive and ready!
  • We're here!
  • Trooper squad!
  • What's the call?
  • That's right!

When moving[edit | edit source]

  • We hear ya!
  • Got it!
  • Let's go, troopers!
  • Moving!
  • Time to go!
  • I'll check it out!
  • Let's move!
  • Let's get over there!

When using jump jets[edit | edit source]

  • Over easy!
  • Hit it!
  • Let's go!
  • Punch it!

When garrisoning a structure[edit | edit source]

  • You know where to find us!
  • Take it!
  • Going in!

When ordered to attack[edit | edit source]

  • Sit tight!
  • We got 'em!
  • Let's do it!

When attacking[edit | edit source]

  • Shut this party down!
  • Pin 'em down!
  • Oh yeah!
  • Have at it!
  • We got this one!
  • Take 'em!
  • Get a load of this!

In combat[edit | edit source]

  • Keep 'em comin'!
  • We got this handled!
  • It's under control!
  • Here, want some more?
  • Have some of this!
  • Take that!

When retreating[edit | edit source]

  • It's no use, let's go!
  • We're outta here!

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Zone troopers were originally to have their heads exposed in the zone armour. Eventually, a design decision was made to make the zone armour fully enclosed.
  • Zone troopers would have being randomly assigned customized suit paint jobs. This feature was cut from the final game, though the code to implement this is fully functional, and the customized zone trooper textures are included in the sample art pack of the official mod SDK.
  • Zone troopers bear a striking resemblance to the original Mobile Infantry from Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers. They both wear large and bulky powered armour, both use jetpacks to perform long jumps and make sudden entrances onto the battlefield as opposed to flying, they use extremely powerful handheld weapons, and both are deployed from orbit via a disposable transport pod.
  • Single zone troopers can be added to a map instead of squads with the Worldbuilder, and these single units can garrison civilian structures.

Idle animations[edit | edit source]

  • A zone trooper does a one-armed push-up, similar to the commando.
  • A zone trooper will beat his chest with one arm.
  • A zone trooper will kneel.

References[edit | edit source]

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