The Black Widow is an European Alliance and Pacific Front unmanned support aircraft that is summoned through the namesake support power from the Tech Center, but also requires a Shield Command or Robot Ops Control Center to be deployed.
The Black Widow covers itself with stealth systems that makes it invisible to enemies until it reaches its target destination, at which it will circle the area to draw enemy anti-air fire for a long period of time. Its jamming equipment will shut down enemy radar systems and, if they are within the Black Widow's scrambler range, decreases enemy defenses' firepower. The Black Widow will also provide friendly aircraft within its range with a masking cloak that allows them to resist more damage from anti-air weapons.
The Black Widow can be shot down, although its heavily customized armor allows it to soak up heavy amount of anti-air fire before it is destroyed.
The AI will use Black Widow similar to how they use superweapons, so they will target the following structures, assuming they are not cloaked. These are ordered according to priority:
- War Factories
- Tier 3 technology providers (e.g. Epsilon Pandora Hub)
- Power providers
- Construction Yards
If all these does not exist, it will target airfields, base defenses, then finally units.
- In Think Different, a Black Widow is parked on the north side of map, despite that it's not functional yet.
- The Black Widow is first usable in the campaign in Puppet Master.
- In Convergence, if the player chooses Norio to battle, Black Widow will be enabled during the phase of taking actions in both sides of canal.
Behind the scenes
- Prior to version 3.3.5, the Allies only had Black Widow support power and does not have Black Widow Alpha. During that period, Black Widow uses Black Widow Alpha's current voxel.
- The Black Widow clearly resembles the Aurora Bomber (or more specifically, the Aurora Alpha variant with their similar color schemes) from Generals. However, the Black Widow cannot actually attack, is an unmanned aircraft, and its armor is substantially more durable in contrast to the latter two's paper-thin natures.