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Quick start

Start the game with the -quickstart command line parameter to skip the introduction sequences and go directly to a new, no animation menu.


Note: This procedure involves editing a game file; create a backup copy of the file before proceeding. Use a text editor to edit the "skirmishstats.ini" file in the "command and conquer generals data" folder. It can be found in "c:\my documents\" or "c:\documents and settings\administrator\" in Windows XP. Change the Honors line to "Honors = 999999999999999". If you do not have the Honors line, enter that line under the Challenge line.

100% complete

Note: This procedure involves editing a game file; create a backup copy of the file before proceeding. Use a text editor to edit the "skirmishstats.ini" file in the "command and conquer generals data" folder. It can be found in "c:\my documents\" or "c:\documents and settings\administrator\" in Windows XP. Replace the current contents of the file with the following. Note: The "winstreak", "best win streak", "wins" can be changed as desired.

BestWinStreak = 100
Challenge = 0
Honors = 1000000
LastHouse = America
Losses = 0
LoyalGames = 31
Nuke = 1
PPC = 1
SCUD = 1
WinStreak = 100
Wins = 100
maps\alpine assault\alpine assault.map_2 = 1
maps\armored fury\armored fury.map_2 = 2
maps\dark mountain\dark mountain.map_2 = 1
maps\desert fury\desert fury.map_2 = 1
maps\fallen empire\fallen empire.map_2 = 1
maps\final crusade\final crusade.map_2 = 1
maps\fortress avalanche\fortress avalanche.map_2 = 3
maps\golden oasis\golden oasis.map_2 = 1
maps\heartland shield\heartland shield.map_2 = 1
maps\homeland alliance\homeland alliance.map_2 = 3
maps\lone eagle\lone eagle.map_2 = 1
maps\rogue agent\rogue agent.map_2 = 1
maps\sand serpent\sand serpent.map_2 = 1
maps\scorched earth\scorched earth.map_2 = 1
maps\silent river\silent river.map_2 = 1
maps\tournament desert\tournament desert.map_2 = 1
maps\tournament island\tournament island.map_2 = 1
maps\tournament lake\tournament lake.map_2 = 1
maps\tournament tundra\tournament tundra.map_2 = 1
maps\twilight flame\twilight flame.map_2 = 3
maps\wasteland warlords\wasteland warlords.map_2 = 1
maps\whiteout\whiteout.map_2 = 3
maps\winter wolf\winter wolf.map_2 = 1

Note: Enter the following into the file to achieve all medals and honors and also have gold stars for every official map, instead of just bronze stars.

BestWinStreak = 66
Challenge = 0
Honors = 178682
LastHouse = America
LoyalGames = 1
Nuke = 1
PPC = 1
SCUD = 1
WinStreak = 66
Wins = 66
maps\alpine assault\alpine assault.map_2 = 1
maps\alpine assault\alpine assault.map_3 = 1
maps\alpine assault\alpine assault.map_4 = 1
maps\armored fury\armored fury.map_2 = 1
maps\armored fury\armored fury.map_3 = 1
maps\armored fury\armored fury.map_4 = 1
maps\dark mountain\dark mountain.map_2 = 1
maps\dark mountain\dark mountain.map_3 = 1
maps\dark mountain\dark mountain.map_4 = 1
maps\desert fury\desert fury.map_2 = 1
maps\desert fury\desert fury.map_3 = 1
maps\desert fury\desert fury.map_4 = 1
maps\fallen empire\fallen empire.map_2 = 1
maps\fallen empire\fallen empire.map_3 = 1
maps\fallen empire\fallen empire.map_4 = 1
maps\final crusade\final crusade.map_2 = 1
maps\final crusade\final crusade.map_3 = 1
maps\final crusade\final crusade.map_4 = 1
maps\fortress avalanche\fortress avalanche.map_2 = 1
maps\fortress avalanche\fortress avalanche.map_3 = 1
maps\fortress avalanche\fortress avalanche.map_4 = 1
maps\golden oasis\golden oasis.map_2 = 1
maps\golden oasis\golden oasis.map_3 = 1
maps\golden oasis\golden oasis.map_4 = 1
maps\heartland shield\heartland shield.map_2 = 1
maps\heartland shield\heartland shield.map_3 = 1
maps\heartland shield\heartland shield.map_4 = 1
maps\homeland alliance\homeland alliance.map_2 = 1
maps\homeland alliance\homeland alliance.map_3 = 1
maps\homeland alliance\homeland alliance.map_4 = 1
maps\lone eagle\lone eagle.map_2 = 1
maps\lone eagle\lone eagle.map_3 = 1
maps\lone eagle\lone eagle.map_4 = 1
maps\sand serpent\sand serpent.map_2 = 1
maps\sand serpent\sand serpent.map_3 = 1
maps\sand serpent\sand serpent.map_4 = 1
maps\scorched earth\scorched earth.map_2 = 1
maps\scorched earth\scorched earth.map_3 = 1
maps\scorched earth\scorched earth.map_4 = 1
maps\silent river\silent river.map_2 = 1
maps\silent river\silent river.map_3 = 1
maps\silent river\silent river.map_4 = 1
maps\tournament desert\tournament desert.map_2 = 1
maps\tournament desert\tournament desert.map_3 = 1
maps\tournament desert\tournament desert.map_4 = 1
maps\tournament island\tournament island.map_2 = 1
maps\tournament island\tournament island.map_3 = 1
maps\tournament island\tournament island.map_4 = 1
maps\tournament lake\tournament lake.map_2 = 1
maps\tournament lake\tournament lake.map_3 = 1
maps\tournament lake\tournament lake.map_4 = 1
maps\tournament tundra\tournament tundra.map_2 = 1
maps\tournament tundra\tournament tundra.map_3 = 1
maps\tournament tundra\tournament tundra.map_4 = 1
maps\twilight flame\twilight flame.map_2 = 1
maps\twilight flame\twilight flame.map_3 = 1
maps\twilight flame\twilight flame.map_4 = 1
maps\wasteland warlords\wasteland warlords.map_2 = 1
maps\wasteland warlords\wasteland warlords.map_3 = 1
maps\wasteland warlords\wasteland warlords.map_4 = 1
maps\whiteout\whiteout.map_2 = 1
maps\whiteout\whiteout.map_3 = 1
maps\whiteout\whiteout.map_4 = 1
maps\winter wolf\winter wolf.map_2 = 1
maps\winter wolf\winter wolf.map_3 = 1
maps\winter wolf\winter wolf.map_4 = 1


Skirmish award requirements

Air Wing Honor: Build over 20 aircraft in a solo or multi-player mode mission.
Apocalypse Honor: Build each of the Super Weapons.
Battle Tank Honor: Build over 50 tanks in a solo or multi-player mode mission.
Blitz Honor: Defeat an enemy in less than 10, 5, or 3 minutes.
China Campaign Honor: Complete China's campaign mode
Endurance Honor: Complete all Skirmish maps
GLA Campaign Honor: Complete GLA's campaign mode
Streak Honor: Win 3, 10, or 30 matches in a row.
USA Campaign Honor: Complete USA's campaign mode

Player ranks

Get the following point total to advance to the corresponding rank. Note: They are earned in increments of three points for each victory.

Corporal: 5
Sergeant: 10
Lieutenant: 20
Captain: 50
Major: 100
Colonel: 200
Brigadier General: 500
General: 1,000
Commander in Chief: 2,000




Easily selecting units

When you have many units of soldiers or vehicles, first select all the units. Then, press [Ctrl] and a number (0 to 9) to find the selected unit.

Americans: Prevent enemy from passing

When playing as the Americans, put six Rocket Soldiers and four Snipers inside a building. They will stop any enemy movement nearby, even the helicopter combat drop. The Rockets Soldiers will tear any vehicle and airship, while snipers take out Soldiers. You can use this to defend your base or specific places.

Americans: Helicopter pilots always eject

If you are playing as the Americans and a ranked (veteran, elite, or heroic) helicopter gets shot down, you can force the pilot to eject. Quickly use the green drag-box to attempt to select the helicopter as it is falling out of the sky. You will not actually select the crashing aircraft, but the pilot should eject every time.

Americans: Tomahawk kills

Have a Tomahawk set on "Guard" on a cliff and it will kill anything with its guided missiles. It will sometimes miss fast objects like the GLA Tech, etc.

Americans: Easy final mission

At the start of the game, use your promotions to get an A-10 airstrike, fuel air bombs, and start building Aurora bombers after have the Strategy Center. After that, capture the Chinese base. Build a War Factory and other things. Make about five Overlords, one with a Propaganda Tower and the rest with Gatling Cannons. Make another drop of zone. Then, start making Inferno Cannons. Leave two Overlords at your Chinese base. Then havve the rest of your forces attack the GLA. Also when you have enough money, build a Nuclear Missile and two Particle Cannon Uplinks. Use them on the GLA and victory is yours.

Americans: Attack strategy

First, build a squad of about ten to fifteen Humvees. Upgrade them all with TOW missiles and Battle Drones, but get one with a Scout Drone. Then buy 50 to 75 Rocket Soldiers (five for each Humvee) and load them up in the Humvees. This can be used to defend your base or attack your enemy's base. If you want to capture the enemy buildings as well, build about an extra five Humvees and load them up with Rangers, with Capture Building and Flashbangs. Flashbangs are used to clear out garrisoned buildings. Also, upgrade those five Humvees with Scout Drones.

Build two or three air fields. Store half with Raptors and half with Aurora Bombers. Then, perform airstrikes on buildings and finish the job with tanks.

Americans: Easy win

Take Col. Burton, and put a remote demo on any civilian tech building. Keep a constant watch on your radar screen in the corner. When an enemy starts to capture it, blow the charge. It works every time.

Americans: Stronger Humvees

When playing as the USA, Humvee can become powerful easily. This is usually best when starting out. First, build a Barracks and a War Factory. Next, build five Rocket Soldiers and a Humvee. Place the five soldiers into the Humvee. Your Humvee now uses its default attack, plus all five soldiers attack as well, giving it an excellent advantage over tanks. With four Humvees you can easily wipe out a small base (like when you are still starting to build). For extra damage, upgrade to TOW missiles.

Chinese: Bigger nuclear explosion

First, build a Nuclear Missile. Then, upgrade the Mine Cluster (must gain three star generals first). When the Nuclear Missile is ready, drop the Mine Custer at the enemy base. After that, launch the Nuclear Missiles to where you dropped the mine.

Chinese: Defend base

Have some Gattling Tanks and Tank Hunters to defend the base. Also have a Speaker to heal the troops. The Tank Hunters will kill all the tanks and the Gattling Tank will kill all the soldiers and aircraft.

Chinese: Free Red Guards

When the guard finishes building, it will come out in pairs. When the first one comes out, cancel it. You will get the money back with the free guard.

Chinese: Easy win

First get a Radar, then quickly get a Dozer to build a Supply Depot. Quickly build a Factory and start pumping some APsS (Troop Crawler) and send them to the enemy base. Have at least two APCs. Then, swam them with your infantry.

No Chinese ground-based invasion is complete without an ECM tank or two. The best invasion consists of an even number of Overlord or Emperor Overlord tanks, half of which are upgraded with Propaganda Towers and half with Gattling Cannons. The ECM tanks, when close by, will detour more than half of the missiles fired at your tanks (which is useful against annoying, yet powerful Scorpion Rockets). They can also deactivate nearby vehicles, which is useful when encountering an Overlord Tank or any other ominous threat.

Use the following trick on the level where you must destroy the water dam. Once you have gathered enough money(oil derricks at the upper left of your base), build three extra Bulldozers, four Nuclear Reactors, then three Gattling Guns (multi tasking) on the land bridge when the water level drops. Also put two Gattling Guns below your base just to be safe. Use the extra construction Bulldozers to stand by and repair the Gattling Guns. Build two Airfields, with four planes in each to help guard the land bridge. Use a few planes to scout the entire map. Click the star button at the bottom right of the screen and click the one where the soldiers you make automatically start with a "^" sign above their heads. Build three Barracks. Keep building Red Guards until you have 70. At the same time while training the red guards, make at least 30 Tank Hunters. This takes a while because the oil derricks must supply you with more money if the supplies run out. Then, build a War Factory. Make Battlemaster Tanks and five Dragon Tanks. Then, select all the men (both Red Guards and Tank Hunters) and charge them into the enemy base. Use the tanks to escort the men in front. Make sure the men do not pass up the tanks to keep the men from getting run over by enemy vehicles. The men should provide cover fire for the tanks. With this tactic, the enemy does not stand a chance.

On the last mission for China, first build a Command Center with the Cash Hack bonus (Cash Hack 3 works best). Kill every enemy but the Supply Stash. Kill the Worker and use the bonus to get money, then destroy it. Build a Gattling Cannon, Propaganda Center, and War Factory. Go down the hill to where you started. Send eight Hackers down there and start gaining money. When you have $5,000, build an airfield and send a jet to explore. If SCUD Storm launches, send Hackers into a bunker and get all vehicles down the hill. Never use any bonuses until you destroy the SCUD Storm or it will launch. Wait until you destroy the palace to capture the Oil Derrick.

This strategy works best with a Chinese opponent, as they have the lowest anti-aircraft capability. In any skirmish match, build airfields as early as possible. Have four MiGs patrol on each approach to the base as well as blocking the approaches with Gatling Cannons. If there are any Oil Rigs, they will make this strategy a lot easier. Build four more MiGs and have them patrol over any nearby Oil Rigs, then have Black Lotus capture them. Leave the rigs protected by MiGs. You now have a stable income with hardly any risk of losing it, which will make this process a lot faster. Build small MiG groups and have them patrol over the enemy base. Against the USA or GLA, both of whom like to spam anti-aircraft weapons, you must watch these groups and replace any aircraft you lose. You can now start attacking in earnest. Build a War Factory and purchase the Black Napalm upgrade. It will be very useful for this MiG-orientated strategy. The MiG description reads "Create a firestorm in large groups". This is the basis of the exploit. Create two groups of between twenty and forty. This will, as mentioned, be far easier and quicker with Oil Rigs on your side; the more the better. You will by this point have enough firepower to easily destroy the entire enemy base in two or three raids, if you use both groups every raid. However, quite a bit of coordination will be required to do this, because you will have to target each building individually. For now, make sure your big MiG squads are grouped with [Ctrl] + <number>, as this will help when you make a big attack. Send your two squads repeatedly to the enemy base with the "attack move" button, as this will get rid of any enemy tanks or infantry remaining in the enemy base. Build a Nuclear Missile. If you have general promotion points, get the Cluster Mines and Artillery Barrage. Drop Cluster Mines, a Nuke and an Artillery Barrage (in that order) on the enemy Command Center, and have your MiGs finish it off if it is still there, then destroy any enemy bulldozers. The can no longer replace any buildings you destroy. Then, get your big MiG groups and destroy everything.

GLA: Two armies for the price of one

Use Jarrem Kell to kill the driver of an USA or China Construction Dozer. Then, send a soldier or Jarrem inside the dozer. You will be able to construct all the installations of that army.

GLA: Quick win

At the start of the match, build an Arms Dealer as soon as possible. Once established, build a Technical and send it directly into your enemies base around the side where they have no defenses. Considering this is done at the start, if you were quick enough they will not have any defenses at all yet. Once in the enemy's base, start shooting their supply trucks or running over their workers that are collecting money. Note: This will not work if the enemy is the USA; fill the Technical with Terrorists, go over to their base. and blow up their Supply Depot. This little and inexpensive attack will cause major problems for your enemy because it will stop them receiving money for about one minute, allowing you to get an extra $3,000 dollars or so. If you are playing online, your enemy is most likely to surrender after this ordeal.

GLA Vehicle upgrades

The following is a list of the salvage upgrades for GLA vehicles:

Level 1: Bigger gun
Level 2: Another rocket
Level 1: Bigger gun
Level 2: Another gun
SCUD Launcher
Both levels: Bigger SCUD
Level 1: Grenade Launcher replaces machine gun
Level 2: Rocket launcher replaces grenade launcher
Toxin Tractor
Both levels: Bigger sprayer
Battle Bus
Both Levels: Better armor
Quad Cannon
Both levels: Bigger gun
All other units
Money or Veterancy

Americans or Chinese: Effective base

First, build two Construction Dozers (one for Power Plant and one for Barracks). When they are done, build two Supply Depots and send those two Construction Dozers to the area that you are defending. When you have enough money and power, build a Bunker and a Gattling Gun next to it. When done with that, build moer Gattling Guns and about three or four more Bunkers. Fill the Bunkers with Rocket Soldiers. When they attack, the Rocket Soldiers will tear the vehicle apart and the Gattling Gun will kill the men. When they attack by air, both the Rocket Soldiers and Gattling Guns will defend your base.

Americans or Chinese Using GLA as secondary force

This trick is more effective when fighting against hard or brutal enemies. First, fight against a GLA opponent. They will almost always build a Resource Collection building at other collection points other than the one nearest to their base. Allow them to do so. Send a few Paladins accompanied by a duo of Humvees to eradicate one of these secondary bases. Capture the building, and immediately build a Worker. Send him back to your base and you can start your own GLA force.

Easy multi-player mode wins

When you are against the GLA, you can destroy the cars so that the other player cannot use them as car bombs. The trick is to crush the cars by passing over them. Have one of your tanks or bulldozers go next to the car. They will not go around it, but will instead go over it.

Fine Art Of War map

Build two Tomahawks and put them on the ledges next to the towers on both sides. Nothing can get them and they will rank up quickly.

Homeland Alliance map

At start, build a Bulldozer or Worker. Send both to the center of the city. Build a Supply Center and Barracks. Sell your Command Center and build a new one in the city. It will be easy to guard the city when playing against the CPU. Just send Missile Defenders, Rpg Troopers, or Tank Hunters into the buildings at the edges of the cities (about ten to twenty per side). Stay within the city and you will be unstoppable. Note: This works best as the Chinese.

Allied artillery

Use the Strategy Center's Bombardment. It will be same as the Artillery. Note: If you shoot very close to the Strategy Center, it cannot fire.

Multiple Commanche Rocket Pod attack

When you have upgraded the Commanche's Rocket Pods, go to the area you wish to attack. Select the Rocket Pod ability. After you initiated the Rocket Pod attack, quickly switch to the Commanche's normal attack (machine guns and Hellfires). This is useful when destroying a battalion of tanks in close formation.

Launch two super weapons for the price of one

This trick only works with the SCUD Storm. Build a SCUD Storm. Once you can fire it, click it once. Then, attack a target like you would with a regular unit. You will not hear any message that the SCUD Storm has been launched. You must wait for the first nine SCUDS to drop before you can fire it regularly.

Taking out large groups of infantry and tanks/buildings

Make as many Humvees as desired. Create an even number of them. Upgrade to TOW Missiles. Fill half of the Humvees with Snipers and the other half with Missile Defenders, RPG Troopers, or Tank Hunters. If you also want to capture buildings, make another set of Humvees with Rangers, Red Guards, or Rebels and upgrade to "Capture Buildings".

Faster Particle Beam Uplink movement

When using the US Particle Beam Uplink superweapon, keep clicking the area where you want the beam to go. Note: You must still have the blue Particle Beam crosshairs to do this. The beam's movement will speed up. This is a very effective tactic against weak or damaged structures.

Flying man

Destroy one of the GLA's assault trucks (Technicals) and the rebel in the back will go flying. Note: Sometimes the rebel can get hit when falling if there area lot of Technicals, however this is rare.

Watch a shell map

If you just want to watch a shell map, but not on the main menu, put the file into the maps folder. When you go to the Skirmish menu, go to "Unofficial Maps". The shell map should be in the area where missions are, with no player number next to it.


Strategy: Characters, guns, and tanks: by Stackout

Strategy guides from GameFAQs

Published strategy guides

Trainer: All missions: by PiZZA

Trainer: Ranks by Rare

Trainer: +1 by DEViANCE

Trainer: +4 by iMSDOX

Trainer: +9 v1.02 by Outcast

Trainer: +9 v1.03 by Outcast

Trainer: +1 v1.05 by DARKNeZZ

Trainer: +4 v1.05 by iMSDOX

Trainer: +12 v1.05 by CES

Trainer: +2 v1.06 by MMDoX

Trainer: +4 v1.06 by Phoenix