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Tip of the Week #64 - 'Shoot to kill' - A Damage Guide

By R Schneider - 9th November 2009 - 01:45 AM

Spending your resources wisely is the key to victory. When you are sending your bombers or stealth teams behind enemy lines, you want to be sure that your primary target ends up as a heap of rubble, but you also cannot afford to overkill your target. The following matrix shows how many popular strike units you need to take down your favorite enemy structure.

Key


Date: January 4, 2010
Game: Tiberium Wars 1.09
Author: R Schneider
The column headers have the following meaning.
  • FHs: Firehawks (2 bombs each)
  • FHBs: Firehawk bombs (1500 grenade damage per bomb)
  • Orcas: Orcas (6 rockets each)
  • ORs: Orca rockets (750 rocket damage per rocket, 375 effective)
  • V'gos: Vertigo Bombers (1 bomb with 3000 cannon damage, 2250 effective)
  • Sh'ws: Shadow strikes (2000 grenade damage)
  • Fans: Fanatics (750 cannon damage, 562.5 effective)
(For completeness, though not used here: The Firehawk in anti-air configuration carries four missiles that deal 1000 rocket damage each.)

To give you the extra edge on micro superiority, the list also contains the number of individual warheads needed to take down a structure. After all, why waste half a Firehawk that could bomb something else instead? Beware, though, that if you deliver your damage slowly (like with Orcas or Fanatics) and the enemy starts repairing, you may well need a greater number of hits to finish off your target.

The second table lists the number of warheads required from certain units with infinite ammo.
  • Mis: GDI Missile Squad and Nod Militant Missile Squad missiles (250 rocket damage per missile, 125 effective, fired in volleys of 2)
  • PbM: Pitbull missiles (200 rocket damage, 100 effective, 400 rocket damage against air targets, fired in volleys of 2)
  • PC: Predator Tank cannon shells (400 cannon damage, 300 effective)
  • PR: Predator Tank railgun blast (572 cannon damage, 429 effective)
  • Jug: Juggernaut shell (1000 cannon damage, 750 effective, fired in volleys of 3)
  • Bike: Attack Bike missile (300 rocket damage, 150 effective, fired in volleys of 2)
  • SC: Scorpion Tank cannon shell (240 cannon damage, 180 effective)
  • SL: Scorpion Tank laser blast (520 cannon damage, 390 effective)
  • StT: Stealth Tank missile (375 rocket damage, 187.5 effective, fired in volleys of 10)
  • Ava: Avatar main laser blast (1250 cannon damage, 937.5 effective)

The damage matrix I - Structures


StructureFHsFHBsOrcasORsV'gosSh'wsFans
All factions
Con. Yard/Drone Platform (20000 HP)
7
14
9
54
9
10
36
Crane/Foundry (3000 HP)
1
2
2
8
2
2
6
Superweapon (20000 HP)
7
14
9
54
9
10
36
Refinery/Extractor (10000 HP)
4
7
5
27
5
5
18
Power Plant/Reactor (4000 HP)
2
3
2
11
2
2
8
T1.5 Infantry Tech (3000 HP)
1
2
2
8
2
2
6
T2 Tech Structure (5000 HP)
2
4
3
14
3
3
9
Nod/Scrin T3 Tech (10000 HP)
4
7
5
27
5
5
18
GDI T3 Tech Center (10000 HP)
4
7
9
54
4
5
14
T4 Tech Structure (3000 HP)
1
2
2
8
2
2
6
War Factory/Warp Sphere (10000 HP)
4
7
5
27
5
5
18
Anti-air defense (7000 HP)
3
5
4
19
4
4
13
Tib. Spike, Hovel, EMP (10000 HP)
4
7
5
27
5
5
18
Defensive Tower (5000 HP)
2
4
3
14
3
3
9
Expansion Point (3000 HP)
1
2
2
8
2
2
6
Bunker (12000 HP)
4
8
6
32
6
6
22
GDI
GDI Tiberium Silo (1000 HP)
1
1
1
3
1
1
2
Barracks (3000 HP)
1
2
3
16
1
2
4
Airfield (4000 HP)
2
3
4
22
2
2
6
Watchtower (2400 HP)
1
2
2
7
2
2
5
Guardian Cannon (4000 HP)
2
3
2
11
2
2
8
Sonic Emitter (7000 HP)
3
5
4
19
4
4
13
Nod
Nod Tiberium Silo (3000 HP)
1
2
2
8
2
2
6
Hand of Nod (2500 HP)
1
2
2
7
2
2
5
Air Tower (3000 HP)
1
2
2
8
2
2
6
Shredder Turret (3600 HP)
2
3
2
10
2
2
7
Laser Turret (3600 HP)
2
3
2
10
2
2
7
Obelisk of Light (7500 HP)
3
5
4
20
4
4
14
Disruption Tower (3000 HP)
1
2
2
8
2
2
6
Scrin
Growth Accelerator (3000 HP)
1
2
2
8
2
2
6
Portal (3000 HP)
1
2
2
8
2
2
6
Gravity Stabilizer (6000 HP)
2
4
3
16
3
3
11
Buzzer Hive (1600 HP)
1
2
1
5
1
1
3
Photon Cannon (4000 HP)
2
3
2
11
2
2
8
Storm Column (6400 HP)
3
5
3
18
3
4
12
Lightning Spike (3000 HP)
1
2
2
8
2
2
6


The damage matrix II - Structures


StructureMisPbMPCPRJugBikeSCSLStTAva
All factions
Con. Yard/Drone Platform (20000 HP)
160
200
67
47
27
134
112
52
107
22
Crane/Foundry (3000 HP)
24
30
10
7
4
20
17
8
17
4
Superweapon (20000 HP)
160
200
67
47
27
134
112
52
107
22
Refinery/Extractor (10000 HP)
80
100
34
24
14
67
56
26
54
11
Power Plant/Reactor (4000 HP)
32
40
14
10
6
27
23
11
22
5
T1.5 Infantry Tech (3000 HP)
24
30
10
7
4
20
17
8
17
4
T2 Tech Structure (5000 HP)
40
50
17
12
7
34
28
13
27
6
Nod/Scrin T3 Tech (10000 HP)
80
100
34
24
14
67
56
26
54
11
GDI T3 Tech Center (10000 HP)
160
200
25
18
10
134
42
20
107
8
T4 Tech Structure (3000 HP)
24
30
10
7
4
20
17
8
17
4
War Factory/Warp Sphere (10000 HP)
80
100
34
24
14
67
56
26
54
11
Anti-air defense (7000 HP)
56
70
24
17
10
47
39
18
38
8
GDI
GDI Tiberium Silo (1000 HP)
8
10
4
3
2
7
6
3
6
2
Barracks (3000 HP)
48
60
8
6
3
40
13
6
32
3
Airfield (4000 HP)
64
80
10
7
4
54
17
8
43
4
Watchtower (2400 HP)
20
24
8
6
4
16
14
7
13
3
Guardian Cannon (4000 HP)
32
40
14
10
6
27
23
11
22
5
Sonic Emitter (7000 HP)
56
70
24
17
10
47
39
18
38
8
Nod
Nod Tiberium Silo (3000 HP)
24
30
10
7
4
20
17
8
17
4
Hand of Nod (2500 HP)
20
25
9
6
4
17
14
7
14
3
Air Tower (3000 HP)
24
30
10
7
4
20
17
8
17
4
Shredder Turret (3600 HP)
29
36
12
9
5
24
20
10
20
4
Laser Turret (3600 HP)
29
36
12
9
5
24
20
10
20
4
Obelisk of Light (7500 HP)
60
75
25
18
10
50
42
20
41
9
Disruption Tower (3000 HP)
24
30
10
7
4
20
17
8
17
4
Scrin
Growth Accelerator (3000 HP)
24
30
10
7
4
20
17
8
17
4
Portal (3000 HP)
24
30
10
7
4
20
17
8
17
4
Gravity Stabilizer (6000 HP)
48
60
20
14
8
40
34
16
33
7
Buzzer Hive (1600 HP)
13
16
6
4
3
11
9
5
9
2
Photon Cannon (4000 HP)
32
40
14
10
6
27
23
11
22
5
Storm Column (6400 HP)
52
64
22
15
9
43
36
17
35
7
Lightning Spike (3000 HP)
24
30
10
7
4
20
17
8
17
4

Notes

If your favorite building is missing from the list, you can figure the number out yourself: structures take 100% damage from grenade damage, but only 75% from cannon and 50% from rocket damage (with a few exceptions, like the GDI Barracks, Airfield and Tech Center). For other structures and units, if you know their armor resistances and their full health, you can deduce the required number of strikes - or just ask in our forums! Here are some values for popular units, though.

The damage matrix - Some units


UnitFHsFHBsOrcasORsV'gosFansStTBikePbM
GDI/Scrin Harvester (7500 HP)
10
20
3
14
3
10
27
34
50
Nod Stealth Harvester (5000 HP)
7
14
2
9
2
7
18
23
34
Mutant Marauders (1200 HP)
1
2
2
7
1
4
13
16
24
Scrin Mothership (30000HP): 30 Firehawk AA missiles, 8 Firehawks, 54 Stealth Tank missiles, 100 Attack Bike missiles, 75 Pitbull missiles.

For most units such a simple table is not so useful: Infantry receives a extra armor (25% damage) when suppressed and armor penalty (150% damage) when force-moving while suppressed, and it is very susceptible to splash damage effects. Most vehicles have directional armor penalties for attacks from the flanks or the rear. By popular request, however, here is one special case.

Predators vs. Scorpions

  • Predator: 3400HP, 400/572 cannon damage (unupgraded/Railguns)
  • Scorpion: 2400HP, 240/520 cannon camage (unupgraded/Lasers)
Both tanks take 110% damage from the side and 150% damage from the rear, and have no armor (100%) against cannon damage. Therefore:
  • It takes 6 Predator shells in the front to destroy a Scorpion, or 4 in the rear; after upgrade it takes 5 or 3 railgun blasts, respectively.
  • It takes 15 (front) or 10 (rear) Scorpion shells to destroy a Predator; 7 (front) or 5 (rear) laser blasts after upgrade.
  • Predator vs. Predator: 9 (front) or 6 (rear) cannon shells; 6 (front) or 4 (rear) railgun blasts.
  • Scorpion vs. Scorpion: 10 (front) or 7 (rear) cannon shells; 5 (front) or 4 (rear) laser blasts.
Note that the Dozer Blades upgrade applies a global 75% damage scalar to Scorpion Tanks, i.e. they take only 75% cannon damage.

Stay tuned for more unit stats in a future GameReplays release!

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