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This article is about the Red Alert Soviet Grenadier. For the other Grenadiers, see Grenadier.

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Grenadiers are specially trained soldiers armed with high explosive grenades first introduced by the USSR to counter Allied infantry and buildings, appearing in Red Alert 1.

Background

More powerful than the standard rifle infantry, grenadiers are frequently present alongside rifle infantry. They carry large amounts of highly explosive grenades, which they throw at long distances to engage infantry and buildings, even hidden behind obstacles. Their units are easily distinguished from other infantry, as they wear dark blue belts which hold the grenades. However, due to the amount of explosives carried by them, explosions or projectiles could easily detonate one and kill a whole squad.

Legacy

Tiberian Universe

During First Tiberium War, Global Defense Initiative adopted the Grenadier concept to create the own version of these infantry squads.

Red Alert Universe

These infantry squads were recalled and decommissioned after the Second World War due the development of Flak trooper before the Third World War.

In-game

They are effective at eliminating infantry quickly, sometimes in a single hit. In groups, they are effective against armored vehicles that are stationary, but they can also be effectively squashed by tanks. Fast moving infantry support vehicles can quickly finish off grenadiers. A big weakness the grenadier faces is when they are bunched up together attacking vehicles and units that get too close or pass through, which can cause unwanted friendly damage and suicides. Grenadiers that die explode, meaning that friendly infantry should steer clear of severely wounded grenadiers.

In the Giant ants missions they can be trained by the Allies.

Assessment

Pros

  • Cheap (cost only $160)
  • Effective against infantry and structures
  • May eliminate enemy infantry in a single hit
  • Deals splash damage to clumped units
  • Effective against lightly armoured vehicles in groups
  • Longer attack range than standard infantry

Cons

  • Ineffective against heavy armour
  • Grenades can be easily dodged by vehicles
  • Can be easily crushed by heavy vehicles
  • Vulnerable to anti-infantry units
  • Vulnerable to air units
  • Slow attack speed
  • May cause friendly fire
  • Explodes when killed
  • Can cause a chain explosion when killed next to fellow grenadiers

Gallery

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