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Support Power Gallery Changelog

The Hunter-Seeker is a support power used by the Pacific Front from their Robot Ops Control Center. It releases the namesake kamikaze drone which seeks a high-priority target and purposely crashes itself onto it, causing high damage, and also releasing a cryo payload in a large radius around the target area to deal as much damage as possible to nearby enemies. If the Hunter Seeker targets a unit with less than 200 health, it will immediately kill it but it will not detonate, instead it will move on to find another target.[1] This happens frequently when it initially targets an infantry unit.

While the Hunter Seeker travels to its target, it will fire lasers at nearby enemy units. The Hunter-Seeker drones are also unaffected by the Blasticade.

An interesting quirk to note is that each Allied War Factory present on the battlefield will release a Hunter-Seeker drone upon activation; the maximum limit of Hunter-Seeker drones that can be released at a time is five. This significantly improves the support power's potency – provided the commander is able to afford the additional cost and power to build and maintain the additional War Factories.

AI behavior

Automatically used by the AI once Hunter-Seeker is off cooldown.

Appearances

Due to the ability of the Hunter-Seeker to automatically track targets that shouldn't be targeted in missions, and the fact that it is not affected by the targets' immunity, the Hunter-Seeker never appears in the campaign.

Challenges

  • In the Regenbogen Challenge, Hunter-Seeker drones will head for the players' bases in massive numbers when the battlefield turns to yellow light. Every 3 minutes, at most 10 drones will be spawned by each enemy, one per Power Plant. If an enemy base is low on power, its respective drones won't be spawned.

Behind the scenes

  • During development for 3.3, there was originally a planned support power named "Tengu Strike" which is a quick anti-armor drone strike[2]. The current Hunter-Seeker support power may have succeeded it.

Trivia

  • The support power resembles the Hunter-Seeker from Tiberian Sun, but the latter can only release one drone at a time, and has much more destructive power (in fact, the Tiberian Sun version is able to destroy even a Construction Yard in one explosion while Pacific Front's Hunter Seekers can only damage buildings moderately.)
  • The Hunter-Seeker Drones bear resemblance to the Burst Drones fielded by the Empire of the Rising Sun in Red Alert 3.
    • In addition, the internal name for the weapons are called "Sunburst" (SunburstBomb and SunburstLaser), which is a reference to the Sunburst drones from the Final Squadron protocol which is also owned by the Empire of the Rising Sun.

Notes

  1. This requirement is not displayed on the Allied Tech Tree page on the official Mental Omega website.

References

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