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Why did you give me this?
—An Oxidizer driver complains at a proselyte about his no-lethal weapon

The Oxidizer is a support anti-air vehicle used by the Scorpion Cell. Despite being classified as such, it does no damage to enemy aircraft whatsoever, but instead makes them more susceptible to damage.

Official description

The Oxidizer is the Scorpion Cell's dedicated anti-air support system. Oxidizers are primarily made up of salvaged parts of other vehicles, haphazardly soldered and bolted together in order to cut down on costs taxing the Cell's fluctuating budget. The resulting contraption fires capsules containing a highly potent cocktail of hydrogen peroxide, hydrochloric acid, and nitric acid, which literally eats away at aircraft. Due to the threadbare interiors, dangerous chemicals, and unstable construction of the Oxidizer, the position of pilot or gunner of one of these death traps is considered a lowly position, reserved for disciplinary action. The Oxidizer is designed purely for anti-aircraft warfare and so is very vulnerable to any other forces.[1]

Overview

Oxidizer is a special Tier 3 unit used by Scorpion Cell to reduce the defense of enemy air units. This feature makes it often used in conjunction with the Gatling Tank and turn this team into "advanced anti-air defense unit". Even better, they have the same speed, which means that this combination can also be used for guerrilla.

The biggest weakness of Oxidizer is that the armor is extremely weak. Due to this, Scorpion Cell commanders are more accustomed to using them and the matching Gatling Tank/Gatling Cannon for defending their base and sending them into the Tank Bunker.

Appearances

Cooperative

  • Oxidizers are introduced in The Cardinal, as Scorpion Cell's reinforcements.

Act Two

  • For single player campaign, the Oxidizer makes its first appearance in Ghost Hunt, among the Scorpion Cell enemies.
  • In Lizard Brain, it is notably impossible to build Oxidizers, even if both the Epsilon War Factory and upgraded Pandora Hub are recaptured from the Allies.
  • The Oxidizer makes its debut as a buildable unit in the Covert Ops mission Survivors.

Assessment

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  • Weapon decrease target aircraft's armor by 25%.
  • Armor debuff is stackable, allowing anti-air weapons to shoot down heavier aircraft with ease.
  • Very effective against aircraft.
  • Can fire on the move.
  • Fast.

  • Lightly armored.
  • Cannot deal direct damage.
  • Useless against ground units and needs support to deal with air units.

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