|“|| We come in silence.|
- Awakened cyborg activated by LEGION
An Awakened cyborg is a heavily armed and armoured cyborg created to fulfill Kane's will. The Awakened are of a more advanced design than the Second Tiberium War cyborg, and serve as the basic infantry of the Marked of Kane.
|“|| Silent. Devoted.|
- When selected.
While speculated to be the remnant of CABAL's forces, it has been confirmed that they are the result of a secret project conducted by Nod scientists in Central Asia, using human corpses as a base for heavy cybernetic enhancement. The Awakened lack any emotions, and are unquestioningly loyal to Kane. Originally meant to be used during the Second Tiberium War, their activation was delayed until 2052.
|“|| New destination received.|
- Awakened moving.
Awakened are armed with an EMP cannon implanted in their right arm, a heavy machine gun grafted onto their left, a rebreather unit and numerous other augmentations. Their armour, while its composition remains unknown, is the toughest used by any basic infantry force. For better control, their enhanced cyber-neurological implants are linked to a world-wide control network. These units can use their EMPs to disrupt enemy vehicles or structures for a short time. Awakened primarily use this to temporarily halt an armoured advance, while letting units better suited to anti-vehicle operations to destroy the immobilized vehicles. Meanwhile, their Enlightened brethren, possessing more potent EMPs, together with their powerful particle beams, can wreak havoc on an armoured column by themselves.
|Call for transport||If an Air Tower is deployed, Awakened can call in a Carryall for pickup for a small fee of $200. This ability has a 2 minute cooldown (Ctrl+A).|
|EMP blast||Awakened fire off their EMP, disabling vehicles caught in the blast for 5 seconds in a radius of 50.This activated and targeted ability has a cooldown of 30 seconds (Ctrl+S).|
|Charged particle beams||If a Marked of Kane player gets access to a Black Hand Technology lab, the Charged particle beams upgrade will affect the Awakened. This enhances Awakened cyborgs' firepower further by replacing their machine guns with rapid-firing energy weapons (Ctrl+S).||Purchasable at Black Hand Technology Lab for $1000 and takes 0:30 to research. Awakened obtained via the Redemption power can also obtain this upgrade.|
- Awakened moving.
While stronger than regular infantry, the Awakened are more costly, making them poor scouts. They lack any further upgrades from their subfaction (though in rare instances when the Marked of Kane and the Black Hand operate jointly, the Awakened can be upgraded by Black Hand charged particle beams). Deployed in squads of three, the Awakened are more susceptible to sniping and crushing than infantry deployed in larger formations; a sniper can still eliminate them in a single shot.
Their armour properties are different from most types of infantry; they are less vulnerable to small arms fire (though still fairly vulnerable) and more vulnerable to anti-vehicle weapons than normal infantry (though still less vulnerable than a vehicle would be), reflecting their cyborg nature.
The Awakened have access to an EMP ability which can be manually activated. It has a very small splash radius, making it possible to hit multiple targets. This can shut down vehicles or buildings for a few seconds, and gives them extra utility in harassment attacks. Their weapons are in no way adequate for dealing with hard targets, but this ability is helpful in that it lets them assist other units when fighting vehicles or buildings - or, at the very least - shutting them down and giving the Awakened a chance to get away.
Awakened, unlike previous Nod cyborgs, are not immune to Tiberium poisoning. This makes them less useful as guards against anti-harvesting operations. They are not affected by Electromagnetic pulse weaponry, making them less vulnerable than their predecessors to the weapon.
Regular Brotherhood forces do not produce these cyborgs conventionally. However, the Redemption ability allows them to resurrect deceased Militants into Awakened. The Black Hand do not have access to the Redemption ability and thus have no way of producing them.
The EMP special ability has oftentimes been proven as prone to malfunction, likely due to a coding error. This has been fixed in community patches 1.02+ and 1.03.
- EMP special ability
- Stronger than all other faction's starting infantry (unless drafted)
- Vulnerable to snipers
- Vulnerable to Tiberium
- Costly and slow
- Small squad size (3 members)
- Only 1 Awakened appears when selling a structure, making it the weakest drafted infantry unit
- Extremely vulnerable to air attacks
- We come in silence!
- Yours to command!
- Command uplink active!
- Souls of steel!
- Our will is Kane's!
- Ready to serve!
- Silent! Devoted!
- Awakened online!
- We serve the Brotherhood!
- Your wish?
- Altering destination!
- Command received!
- Moving out!
- New destination received!
- We obey!
- New vector engaged!
- Claiming for Nod!
- We will take it!
- It is ours!
- Destroy them!
- In Kane's name!
- No survivors!
- Target acquired!
- They will suffer!
- Clean them!
- We will redeem them!
- Target locked!
- We will silence them!
- They are powerless!
- Command pulse blast!
- EMP blast engaged!
- Immobilize them!
- Disable them!
Move to Attack
- Leave no survivors!
- Terminate them all!
- Wiping the area!
- High alert!
- We cannot fail!
- We can taste their fear!
- Their flesh is weak!
- Move back to base!
- We shall return!
- It is Kane's will!
- To the ground!
- Originally, the Awakened were supposed to be named "Silent Ones". Hence their reply: "We come in silence!"
- Awakened and enlighted are the only units in the game (or, perhaps, in the universe) that cry out different phrases after being trained ("Awakened!", "We come in silence!", "Command uplink active!" “Enlightement acqired!” And “The Enlighted rise.”).
- The Awakened were also supposed to have the Supercharged particle beams upgrade, as seen in the concept art, but this was cut during development. However, for some reason, the Awakened are affected by the Black Hand Charged particle beams upgrade.
- The basic design of Awakened somewhat humorously resemble one of the design of Robocop's replacements seen in Robocop 2 (albeit the Robocop's version separates manipulator and weapon).
- The Redemption power works by deploying automated "meat processor" droids and Awakened robotic chassis' for quick "meat" swapping to the one being revived.
- The Black Hand do not deploy Awakened because they believe them to be 'soulless machines'. This stance may be religious in nature, but may also be due to a wanted dissociation with technology that reminds them of CABAL.
- Sometimes they will dance like robots when left idling.
- Rifleman Squad - GDI's basic infantry
- Militant Squad - Nod's basic infantry
- Confessor Cabal - Black Hand's basic infantry
- Buzzers - Scrin's basic infantry