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The Pandora Hub is Epsilon's advanced technology structure which unlocks their more advanced units and structures. However, it has to be upgraded with any of the subfaction-specific add-ons to grant the proselyte full access to the Epsilon arsenal.

Official description

The Pandora Hub serves as a central research laboratory for the most powerful of Epsilon technologies. In addition to providing the blueprints for Epsilon's most insidious machines, it also serves as an uplink for additional support powers. Such a vital building must be protected well and its secrets guarded safely from Yuri's enemies. The Pandora Hub should be upgraded further to provide the complete technology coverage and additional weapons. Each of the Epsilon's subfactions has its own unique upgrade.

Scorpion Cell has access to a fake decoy version of this structure once they build a Bio Reactor and an Ore Refinery. The fake version of the building will auto-upgrade itself with a fake Chemplug after 2 and a half minutes have passed since its construction, which is roughly the time required to build a real Chemplug.[1]

Overview

For a detailed list of changes from the original game, click here.

Players from Red Alert 2 should take note that Yuri's battle lab alone does not unlock Tier 3 in Mental Omega. Instead, one would need a Pandora Hub and a Radar Spire for a Pandora Hub plugin such as the Psychplug to be unlocked. The plugin itself grants access to Tier 3.

In addition, the Pandora Hub can be built as early as the Radar Spire (in fact one can build a Pandora Hub before a Radar Spire). Building a Pandora Hub before a Radar Spire is best done if the player wishes to build Tier 2 faction-exclusive vehicles as early as possible (especially Speeder Trikes, in accordance to Scorpion Cell's early game dominance).

Besides serving as the key to unlocking the partial Epsilon Tier 2 arsenal, the Pandora Hub without any upgrades is able to provide the following support powers:

Support power Description
Rinficon.png
Type: Defensive Power
Cost: $800
Recharge Time: 6:00

Deploys a temporary Risen Monolith on the battlefield
Risen Monolith attacks ground and air targets from a long range
Cannot be repaired or rendered invulnerable, but does not require power to operate
Strong vs. Infantry, Aircraft

Left-click icon then left-click on target location (cannot be targeted on water)
Pblzicon.png
Type: Defensive Power
Cost: $800
Recharge Time: 6:00

Increases firepower and range of all Inferno Towers and Antares Batteries for 90 seconds

Left-click icon to activate

However, the Pandora Hub, even without upgrades, are susceptible to infiltration from enemy commanders and rogue proselytes. Therefore the Pandora Hub should be covered with walls or guarded by Spooks and/or Stingers, units that are able to detect and eliminate any suspicious looking infantry.

Appearances

Act Two

Special Ops

Cooperative

Behind the scenes

  • During development for 3.3, the Pandora Hub had its name supposedly changed to Research Junction but it was never implemented[2].

See also

  • Psychplug - PsiCorps-exclusive addon that unlocks their best psychic, anti-gravitic and magnetic-derived arsenal
  • Chemplug - Scorpion Cell-exclusive addon that unlocks their best chemical-derived arsenal
  • Geneplug - Epsilon Headquarters-exclusive addon that unlocks their best genetic and stealth-derived arsenal

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References

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