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Shut them down at once!
—A Wormqueen driver authorizing her crew to open fire

The Wormqueen is an Epsilon stolen tech unit acquired by infiltrating any of the Soviet labs and Construction Yard. It is a subterranean vehicle capable of absorbing damage from Tesla weapons and launches psionic bolts – a deadly combination of psychic and Tesla technology.

As a result, almost nothing can stand in the Wormqueen's way, especially anything equipped with Tesla weapons, as their attacks will heal it instead.

Official description

Ever since Yuri joined the Soviet army, he's been interested in its tesla technology. The result of Nikola Tesla's marvellous work has been weaponized and used in the Soviet army ever since the Second Great War, and has always been feared by the Allied forces. In the early years of his work in Moscow, Yuri was focused on furthering his mind control research. However, as his technology developed and he began to understand more and more about the human mind, he realized that the psychic powers can be used for more than just controlling the masses.

The Wormqueen is a result of the combined psychic and tesla technologies. The abilities of Yuri's enhanced psychics can be used to boost the power of even lightning itself, creating a devastating energy weapon. The lightning generated through traditional tesla coils is converted through the use of psychic tech, to give it features previously considered impossible - the Wormqueen can fire multiple bolts at great ranges, and can deal plenty of damage to enemy structures as well.

The Wormqueen's design is complemented by the use of drills and a sturdy design, to give it the ability to travel underground, just like the Driller or the Tyrant. The turret of this tank is equipped with special coils, that absorb almost any tesla energy directed at it. These unique features make it an extremely dangerous weapon to encounter on the battlefield, especially if you are a Russian.[1]

Overview

Tesla weaponry for the Soviets is already powerful, but what happens when you combine it with Epsilon’s unorthodox tactics and psychic technology? We find the answer to that in the Wormqueen, a rather unconventional vehicle that packs tremendous firepower against all kinds of ground targets on the battlefield. It is a welcome addition to any of the subfactions’ arsenals, especially the Scorpion Cell as their Tyrants can accompany it to take most of the punishment while providing them with much-appreciated anti-armor firepower, as their monster tank is not suitable for fighting other armored vehicles on their own. In case its long range and drilling capabilities weren’t enough, it can even absorb enemy Tesla shots and use them to heal itself in the heat of battle! This makes it a great counter to Russian forces as Tesla weaponry is a significant part of their arsenal, more so than China or the Confederation.

While it benefits Scorpion Cell the most as it can team up with Tyrants to give unprepared bases a nasty surprise, they are still powerful additions to PsiCorps and Epsilon Headquarters should a proselyte be lucky enough to procure them. PsiCorps's high-tier ground units (namely the Magnetron and Mastermind) are not capable of doing any damage to enemy units on their own, while Epsilon Headquarters' Colossus lacks the firepower to deal with infantry swarms and the range to safely engage defensive structures. The Wormqueen can easily fill in to compensate for their weaknesses because of its nightmarish effectiveness against all ground targets.

For its large price tag however, it is rather fragile (on par with most main battle tanks) despite being durable enough to tunnel underground. It is also vulnerable to strong base defenses (excluding Tesla Coils and provided it strays into range of them) and concentrated anti-armor fire. The weapon it carries has limited ammunition and recharges relatively slowly, meaning it is ill-equipped to deal with massed Mortar Quads, hordes of main battle tanks, or powerful Tier 3 tanks like the Nuwa and Catastrophe.

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Challenges

Assessment

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  • Effective against all types of unit.
  • Long range allows it to hit most ground targets and destroy them with ease.
  • Excellent for ambush tactics.
  • Heals when attacked by Tesla weapons.
  • Can travel underground and bypass natural obstacles.
  • Cannot be attacked when subterranean.
  • Automatically repairs itself.
  • Using Overcharge on Wormqueen can temporarily increase its firepower. 
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  • Expensive ($2000).
  • Not very durable for its price tag.
  • Vulnerable to anti-armor weapons and mind control.
  • Slow-moving.
  • Cannot engage air units.
  • Weapon has a long recharge time.
  • Large minimum range can be exploited.
  • Cannot surface from the underwater and unexplored terrain.
  • Enemy commanders can detect and anticipate underground movements before they surface.

Behind the scenes

  • The Wormqueen's turret is a public asset and can be used by other modders. The link can be found here.
    • The turret is supposed to be used by a certain "Psychic Tank" (the name of the turret's voxel is psytanktur.vxl).

Trivia

  • The Apocalypse Tank is unaffected by the Wormqueen's ability when attacked by Tesla weapons (despite its weapons are classified as Tesla technology), so the Apocalypse will destroy the Wormqueen normally. The same goes for the Kirov Airship's tesla bombs when elite.
  • The firing sound of the Wormqueen is identical to the Ion Storm strike sound in Tiberium Wars.

See also

Other Epsilon stolen tech units:

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References

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