Gatling Cannons are the primary defense emplacement of all Epsilon bases. A versatile and powerful twin rotary cannon capable of pumping out several thousand rounds a minute, it functions as both the main anti-infantry and anti-aircraft defense.
Though this dual purpose gives it a major advantage over its Allied and Soviet counterparts, it requires power to operate, making an Epsilon base much more dependant on a constant power source to protect itself from enemies.
Boasting the durability of anti-air defenses and the stopping power of both anti-air and anti-infantry, the Gatling Cannon is a flexible early game defense. It is able to mow down infantry rushes, as most infantry only last a few seconds in the gunfire of a Gatling Cannon. It is also effective against lighter vehicles and aircraft, especially recon vehicles and jets respectively. This versatility compensates for its bigger cost and power.
What makes the Gatling Cannon different from its counterparts is its ability to "spin up", which means that the longer it fires, the faster its fire rate will be, resulting in a noticeable damage increase. This attribute makes the Gatling Cannon just as necessary in the late game, though during the initial seconds of opening fire is mediocre against heavier vehicles and aircraft at best. It has 3 phases of its spin up ability, and they are retained in the first few seconds after holding fire.
For an impressive defense, it holds notable flaws that can be exploited by the enemy. First of all, its ranges are no different from its counterparts (whether anti-infantry or anti-air), meaning it is possible to outrange it with siege units. It also drains power, unlike most of its anti-infantry defense counterparts, forcing the proselyte to spend more on Bio Reactors if he wishes to maintain a steady number of Gatling Cannons.
Behind the scenes
- Before 3.3 the Gatling Cannon used the model from the original Yuri's Revenge.
- The Gatling Cannon shares the selection sound of the defense with the same name on Generals.
- Gatling Tank - Gatling weaponry on wheels