The Lightning Rod is placed by its namesake support power from the Shield Command, which provides European forces additional power for emergency uses to keep their production at full efficiency and base defenses online if an enemy succeeds in compromising base power by destroying enough Power Plants. It also complements well with the Force Shield; using this support power will allow the commander to activate a Force Shield in the most desperate of times, such as a superweapon activation while the base is underpowered. Despite all this, it is still unable to save a commander from a power sabotage from enemy Saboteurs, Infiltrators, or Clairvoyants.

Additionally, the Lightning Rod will allow Thor Gunships to use their weapon more effectively due to a continuous stream of lightning strikes being "captured" by the rod, thus increasing their firepower.

A.I. behavior:

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