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The Zorbtrotter is a specialist infantry used by the Wings of Coronia. They manipulate the air around them to not only make them amphibious, but also suffocate enemy infantry by throwing orbs of vacuum at them. They can also create a much larger vacuum sphere that also makes them more resistant to enemy fire, and can move faster with the support of Spinblades.

Zorbtrotters can be transformed into Zorbfloaters through a Nanofiber Sync.

Official description

The Zorbtrotters of Coronia have taken air manipulation techniques to the extremes. It is widely believed among those who try to defeat the Foehn Revolt, that their air manipulation technology has already been miniaturized and attached to its soldiers. However, some are speculating that the powers to control the winds have manifested from within, and are not enhanced by any mechanical means, in a similar fashion Yuri's psychics can move various objects around with their minds alone. It could just be that the Zorbtrotters are taught by those who supposedly defected from the Epsilon.

What's clear is that the Zorbtrotters are lethal to any infantry, which.. needs to breathe. These soldiers can essentially deny breathable air to those who stand in their way, by creating spherical spots, from which the oxygen is removed. Zorbtrotters also control a sphere of winds around themselves, allowing them to utilize Spinblades and lift own bodies over water. If situation demands it, they can use this sphere as a weapon against infantry, by temporarily increasing its size. Just like the main weapon, the enlarged sphere is lethal to the enemy troops and can also slow down enemy projectiles fired at the Zorbtrotter.[1]

Overview

A Zorbtrotter expanding its wind orb

Zorbtrotters is the Wings of Coronia unique infantry available in the game. Using the Wings of Coronia's wind manipulation technology, these Zorbtrotters possess the power to control the very air itself for both offensive and defensive purposes.

Zorbtrotters is a light armored infantry arming with nothing but the ability to control the air. These soldiers are capable of creating a vacuum sphere that they can 'throw' to suffocate enemy infantry. Zorbtrotter attacks are highly effective against any infantry in the game; even Brutes cannot get close enough to pummel them into submission. Zorbtrotters have high weapon range and their attacks also deal splash damage, making them quite effective against massed infantry. While their speed is mediocre , they can get a temporary speed boost with the support of a Spinblade. Zorbtrotters are also amphibious.

Zorbtrotters can create their own vacuum sphere around themselves to damage any infantry nearby. They can be ordered to deploy to expand this sphere to increase their durability for a short time, but in that time are unable to attack. Curiously, nearby Zorbtrotters in a small radius also receive the armor bonus. Their mastery of the winds also makes them immune to the Alanqa’s hurricane attacks.

Unfortunately, unlike most Foehn infantry, they can be crushed by vehicles, and can be taken down by dogs and Spooks. They are overspecialized, in that they can only attack infantry. They are also quite fragile, so armored anti-personnel weapons can easily eliminate them with no resistance. They are also prone to causing friendly fire, making them dangerous if not managed effectively.

Assessment

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  • Very effective against infantry.
  • Vacuum spheres deal damage to infantry groups in a small target area.
  • Long attack range.
  • Amphibious.
  • Decent speed, especially when boosted by Spinblades.
  • Can deploy to temporarily create a larger anti-infantry vacuum sphere around itself and boosting the armor of itself and nearby Zorbtrotters in a small radius.
  • Resistant to tornado.
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  • Cannot attack vehicles, aircraft and structures.
  • Useless against Clairvoyants and Duplicants.
  • Expensive.
  • Vulnerable to anti-infantry fire.
  • Vulnerable against Dogs and Spooks.
  • May cause friendly fire.

Behind the scenes

  • The Zorbtrotter's ingame appearance is based on the Rocketeer.

Trivia

  • The Zorbtrotters' name seems to be a reference to zorbing, a sport where its participants rolling downhills while inside a transparent orb.

See also

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