|"Distress Beacon activated. Teleport imminent!"|
| Team Resources
|Abilities and Upgrades|
Scan, Distress Beacon, Detector, Recycle
Infantry Portal, Armory
|Build Time:||15 seconds|
|Builds From:||Marine Commander|
|Buy From:||Advanced Tab|
The Observatory is the Frontiersmen alien detection and emergency recall structure created by the Marine Commander. Marines or MACs are required to assemble the unbuilt structure and Power Nodes nearby.
When powered, the Observatory can passively detect nearby Kharaa lifeforms and structures, which will periodically appear as blips on Marine Heads-up Display; detection can also reveal Kharaa under Camouflage effects. The Commander can spend Team Resources to scan any area for alien presence with the benefits of detection. Additionally, Phase Tech can be researched at an Observatory by the Commander to unlock the Phase Gate structure.
The Observatory enables the Distress Beacon for emergency teleportation when activated by the Commander. After a short delay, all existing Marines will teleport to the nearest Command Station from the Observatory.
The Observatory is designed to detect Kharaa lifeforms and structures. When hostiles are within range, they will be revealed if under the effects of Camouflage; all nearby Marines will receive periodic target circles on their Heads-Up Display, allowing them to approximate the threats' locations. ARC sonic cannons can lock onto Kharaa structures that are detected by the Observatory.
The Marine Commander can use any Observatory's scanning capabilities to reveal a large part of the map. The Scan will provide a small light source to aid Marine visibility in unpowered rooms, and provides the same benefits as the Detector passive ability.
The Distress Beacon is an emergency teleportation function of the Observatory. After initiating the beacon protocol and a small delay, all Marines will be teleported next to the nearest Command Station from the Observatory. Distress Beacon cannot be cancelled once activated.
- Positioning is key to maximize Observatory detection coverage.
- Placing an Observatory in the center of your base reveals hidden lifeforms in the base.
- Placing an Observatory on the outskirts of your base allows your team to prepare for incoming attacks.
- The Observatory is very fragile. Try not to expose it to Bile Bomb attacks around corners.