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Moving to unpack location.
- Nanocore preparing to deploy.

Nanocores are unmanned amphibious vehicles produced by Imperial MCVs, capable of unfurling into a wide variety of military structures.

Game unit[]

Nanocore Lost
- AI Warning of a of a lost Nanocore

Nanocores are slow unmanned drones, built from Imperial construction yards and are a prime example on how quickly, an Imperial commander can spread across the map. Unlike their counterparts, which rely on the base boundaries, Nanocores are unaffected by build limits and can be deployed anywhere.

However, while they offer some degree of freedom, they are unarmed, and lightly protected, so a small rush of units can bring one down, before they have a chance to deploy. When expanding further out, commanders are exercised to provide armed escort as the drone bumbly glides to its destination.

All buildings, apart from Fortress Walls, are built from these machines with their respective icon displayed above the nanocore and their semi-permament deployment phase means that they cannot be packed back up after construction.

Even for a large seaborne vessel, Giga Fortresses are the only unit to be built from a Nanocore, though it is deployed from the Docks, rather than the Construction Unit themselves.



  • Red Alert 3 beta patch 1.5:
    • speed reduced to 65 from 75
    • locomotors giving a 1 second acceleration time, increased turn time by 0.5 seconds
    • destroying nanocores now gives XP
  • Red Alert 3 patch 1.05: fixed a bug where nanocores were not unpacking if the player saved a game while they were moving to their destination



  • Dojo core, ready!
  • Generator core, ready!
  • Mecha bay core, ready!
  • Dock core, ready!
  • Refinery core, ready!
  • Defender core, ready!
  • Tower core, ready!
  • Nanoswarm core, ready!
  • Decimator core, ready!
  • Mainframe core, ready!
  • Giga Fortress core, ready!


  • Dojo core!
  • Generator core!
  • Mecha bay core!
  • Dock core!
  • Refinery core!
  • Defender core!
  • Tower core!
  • Nanoswarm core!
  • Decimator core!
  • Mainframe core!
  • Giga Fortress!


  • Nanocore moving!
  • Moving!
  • Transporting!
  • Updating!
  • Revision set!

Moving to Deploy[]

  • Unpack location set!
  • Set for core unpack!
  • Moving to unpack location!

Low on health[]

  • Nanocore critical damage!
  • Critical damage!
  • Nanocore damage critical!


See also[]

EotRS logo Imperial Red Alert 3 Arsenal EotRS logo