ontra is a freeware modification for Command and Conquer Generals: Zero Hour real-time strategy game. It's a big project started in 2004. It adds many new units as well as numerous new upgrades, new general's powers and buildings. It also adds new sounds, maps, bug fixes, enhanced graphics, and other effects, as well as three new generals.


  • Introduced Ranking system, in which that certain buildings and units can only be built when a certain general's rank is achieved. Players get awarded for their combat efficiency.
  • 3 New Generals - USA Cybernetic, China Flame and GLA Assault.
  • A.I. is greatly enhanced.
  • Introduction of "Super Units". The limit is 1 per player (like hero units). Super units require 5th rank. Each general has a unique super unit.
  • Neutral Tech Structures reappear after a while after they are destroyed.
  • Deep variety of gameplay tactics and strategies.
  • Wide choice of units, buildings, special powers and upgrades.
  • New graphics and sounds.
  • All 12 generals were made as diverse as possible. The gameplay for each general is unique.
  • Simplified micro management (since Contra 008).
  • Each faction speaks its own language (since Contra 008).
  • Increased stability in multiplayer games (since Contra 008).

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Available versions for download:

008 FINAL - ModDB
008 BETA 2 - ModDB
008 BETA - ModDB
007 - ModDB Revora
006 - ModDB FileFront
005 - ModDB FileFront
004 - ModDB FileFront
003 - ModDB FileFront
002 - ModDB FileFront


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USA Generals:

Air Force - Malcolm "Ace" Granger

Air Force general depends on speed and precision. He requires skillful
control and is heavy on micro management. While being a powerful general
the skill and experience required makes him difficult for many
beginners to play.

Laser - "Pinpoint" Townes

Laser is a versatile general strong in call situations. He is flexible and has
units to fill every combat role. As a result he has no weaknesses other
than being a specialist at nothing.

Super Weapon - Alexis Alexander

Advantage of this general is easy micro and very simple strategy. Almost the same
vs all enemies - build up around enemy until he dies. However, you
should not ignore other abilities.

Cybernetic - Algrin "A.I." Ironhand

The generic feature of this general is his mobility, which allows to move
an entire army very fast and create numerical superiority at desired
areas of the battlefield. His basic strategy is unstoppable maneuvering
along enemy base perimeter. If he finds a weak point in defense, he
moves there instantly and destroys the most significant targets.

China Generals:

Nuke - Tsing Shi Tao

Nuke General must rely on aggression to defend his base. He has no defenses
to hide behind while you wait for your nukes to load. The absence of
defense structures forces the player to be more active and aggressive.
Use your units to carry out counterattacks for defense and support your
main attack with super weapons.

Infantry - "Anvil" Shin Fai

Infantry is a volatile general given to decisive victories or defeats in the
early game. As expected, he relies on masses of infantry in the early
game, later reinforced by more infantry. In the late game he gains
powerful artillery strikes supported by the same infantry.

Tank - Ta Hun Kwai

His strategy is easy to understand, but not as easy to implement:
build more tanks and attack. But everything has its details.

Flame - Huang Lin Bao

He has the same strategy as tank general, but another means for its
implementation and another battle tactics. His vehicles are not as
armoured as tank general's ones, so he has to use artillery and
different tactics and tricks, instead of forcing his way through.

GLA Generals:

Toxin - Dr. Thrax

Toxin General specializes in area attacks and damage over time. He is
especially effective vs mobbed units and hordes. If well played, you
will find all of your positions unapproachable for the fields of acid
and poison.

Demolition - Rodall "Demo" Juhziz

He is a versatile and powerful general with demanding micro management needs.
Since almost all units are disposable, you must use them with care,
directing almost all kamikazes manually. The more assiduously you play -
the more complex it becomes for enemy to defend from your endless flows
of kamikazes. If you play properly, you can defeat any other general.

Stealth - Prince Kassad

While at a glance his units are weak and poorly suited of combat, Stealth
General is a deceptively powerful general using infiltration and
surprise to his advantage. He has long range sniper units capable of
attacking with impunity against units lacking stealth detection. He is a
challenging general to play, but has a strong reward for the effort

Assault - Mahmud al Huchum

Assault is a flexible general with flexible units. He is low micro management and well suited
for most players. While having no spectacular abilities he also has no weaknesses.

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21 comments by d-ce on Jun 6th, 2015

Hi people,

it's been a long time since our last update, which was release of 008 FINAL version.

I hope you guys enjoy playing this great mod as much as we do. We have been playing many online games, we watched many walkthrough videos on YouTube and we are happy that people are so much interested in Contra. Because of all that, and because of all ideas we still have, we continued our work.

So, let's put it in some order. Let's start with USA.

- Many people were sad that we could not fix bugs which appeared with Web Defense System, we were sad because of that too. But, we found a way to use this great weapon, slightly changed. So, we present you Super Weapon general's Ion Tower defense.

ion defense

Ion Tower defense will replace Fire Base artillery, so it is available at rank 1. It consumes power, can be garrisoned by 4 infantry units. It is a very precise artillery structure, effective vs all ground units.

- Next is Grendel defense system for SW general. Yes, you have probably seen this structure somewhere, it was used in Remix mod, and for USA Boss general, but now it's a part of SW general too. SW general's patriots are now changed, they are more effective but also cost more, they don't match up vs ECM tanks. This is where Grendel comes in, it's a very good anti-tank defense system. Does not depend on other defenses and brings good damage vs tanks.


- Let's continue with USA SW. Strategy Centers give you weapons if you choose bombardment strategy, right!? Before it was a boring artillery cannon for all USA generals. Not anymore, now they are unique and effective in their own ways. USA SW general has Ion Tower.


- Laser General has prototype of Rail Gun weapon, very devastating cannon.


- Laser general also has one good improvement. Colonel Burton now has a light saber instead of his knife attack. This attack is very effective vs tanks. He can kill rank 3 tanks with one blow. Col. Burton is also hidden while performing this attack, so if you see your tanks dying you better bring some scouts with you.


- That's it for USA... China didn't get any new visual candies (for now). But GLA did. This new tank, Marauder T-63, replaces the old Marauder model. New model is the finest of GLA units so far, and this honor is given to Assault general. Not only he is visual changed, he is also changed in his stats. He is more effective vs. tanks and structures now.


- New Challenge maps are also in progress. You can see, we are working on all aspects of the game. Below is shown challenge versus USA Boss.



- There are many more changes in balance and bug fixing. We read your comments, test everything and make changes. List of changes is big, and I won't post it right now because it could be changed in the future. Most important change that I can share with you is faster exp gaining. Yes, you heard good. Now you can get rank 5 a lot faster and game is more interesting.

- Last but not least, I would like to point you a few links to people that record and show Contra videos from time to time.

- First one is Generals Gentlemen, track his channel because he is putting streaming videos online from Contra games too: Youtube.com

- Another person posting Contra videos and walkthroughs is Irwe3 Youtube.com , although I can't make a contact with him for further videos.

- And for German fans, there is BurakkiD Youtube.com

That's it for now. Stay tuned!!! :D

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Contra 008 FINAL version is here!!! Long work is finally done and now you can enjoy full 008 version. Please read the installation instructions carefully...

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Contra 008 Beta II. Happy New Year to all of you!!! We are happy to inform you that Contra 008 Beta II release is ready!

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The long, long awaited BETA is finally here! We, members of Contra Project Team, thank you for all the wait! It has been years since the last release...

Contra 007 Net Fix

Contra 007 Net Fix

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You get disconnect (or mismatch) during multiplayer games? Contra 007 Net Fix is here. This patch requires Zero Hour 1.04 Patch and Contra 007. It's not...

Contra 007 Chinese Translation

Contra 007 Chinese Translation

Dec 1, 2011 Patch 8 comments

Chinese translation for Contra 007 has been completed. Thanks to Oops2005. Just copy file to ZH folder.

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Contra 007 Map Fixes

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When Contra 007 was released, it had new multiplayer maps. But they were locked because of an error. This fix unlocks 5 new maps. Install: Unpack it and...

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Gorwe Apr 6 2015, 5:48pm says:

Isn't Dr.Thrax all kinds of weak? I mean, he has got the worst tier 1 of all generals(edit: ok, maybe Granger has got equally crappy T1, but where Granger progresses beautifully through the tiers, Thrax just stays more or less the same)! It'd really help if he got Scolos on tier 1(instead of Scorpions?). One more thing: could you make that toxin bunker have a detonate mode so it spills the fresh goody goody around?

Also: Could you please make gen.Alexander have exactly TWO Tomahawk Storms available in Tournament mode? She REALLY isn't competitive without at least two. Unless it's hard coded to limit SWs to one...

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ThePredatorBG Apr 23 2015, 12:42pm replied:

Dr. Thrax is one of the two GLA generals with the best defensive structures. Purchase Scorpion Rockets, you don't really need all that much at rank 1 if you are able to hit-n-run effectively (count Mortar Buggies in this situation too). We'll think about Toxin Bunker.

Number of super weapons is hard-coded. We can use any number as a limit, but that will also be the same number for Tournament Mode.

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Gorwe Apr 23 2015, 3:14pm replied:

How are his things better than Huchum roadblocks or Juhziz firecrackers?

Some of his defensive structures in T1 need to leave Acid behind...

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Jetgh Mar 30 2015, 10:32pm says:

I have recently been trying challenge mode and have found an interesting bug. I have found that when facing the nuke general as the incendiary general you cannot get past the cutscene, but if you play as any other general it plays like normal. If this bug could be addressed that would be greatly appreciated.

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Persun Apr 3 2015, 5:12am replied:

You can pass intro, just when game get stuck, just hit ESC and RESTART (Do not click EXIT GAME). If it doesnt help first time, it will second. Hope this help.

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Jetgh Apr 3 2015, 11:53am replied:

I have tried restarting about 20 times in a row without exiting and never gotten past the intro.

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kvort May 14 2015, 11:34am replied:

Same here! I've played a lot right after the release, than i've installed some other mods, than Contra again. I've un/re install everything, same result - stuck on nuke general challenge cinematic, any way to fix?

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Persun Mar 26 2015, 6:50pm says:

Hi Contra lovers! :) If anyone want to try play in multiplayer you can join us in Tunngle. We play every day, so you can join us whenever you want! What's the point of playing against AI? The point is that you'll never become a good player as someone who plays in multiplayer. Play with real people and prove yourself! Two friends join and play against 6 AI, 50K, no limit superweapons and superunits, get tons of defences and think you are unbeatable!? It proves that you are a big noob. Thinking that you are playing against man just makes game more interesting and exciting...

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Gorwe Mar 27 2015, 6:53am replied:

Because not everyone is on the path of Progamer and hence some of us just wanna have fun.

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Persun Mar 27 2015, 7:22am replied:

Noone says that you must be a pro to play multiplayer games. We also have fun, its just a game, there's no matter you win or lose. Just having fun. I want to say that playing against human makes game more interesting than playing against stupid bots.

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Gorwe Mar 26 2015, 11:13am says:

Me again.

What is the intended difficulty to be used when playing vs AI? Hard seems kinda pushover, only pushover that cheats :p . Maybe Very Hard?

And, do all generals have their own challenge map now? I know that Fai used to have it but it was scrapped for one reason or the other in ZH beta. How about the new generals? I know that Mahmud has it...

Btw LOVE your version of Juhziz defenses. So wicked! Oh and Kassad, he is as tricky as always! Gotta love those two!

(Is Granger OP?)

edit: what language do GLA speak?

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