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For other generations of this tank, see Tesla tank.

Russian Tesla Tanks fire a short range Tesla Bolt that can short-circuit enemy vehicles and even arc over enemy walls.
- Multiplayer loading screen for Russia

The Tesla tank is a Soviet anti-surface tank in Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 and Yuri's Revenge, and is only available to Russia as a country-specific unit.

Official description

The Soviet Tesla Tank is a large ground vehicle that fires a Tesla charge instead of a ballistic weapon. This charge is effective against both units and structures.
- Red Alert 2 manual(src)

Game unit

The tanks are particularly effective en masse as, although lightly armored, their attack was quite strong and had a very short reload time, meaning it can make short work of most vehicles, especially Grizzly tanks and IFVs. Like other tanks, it can also crush enemy infantry by simply running over them. They however have trouble breaking through prism towers and other heavy defenses, due to the short range of their Tesla weapon.

The Tesla tank is a country specific unit: in order to build it in skirmish, one needs to play as the Russia country. Another method of building the tank lies in capturing a Tech Secret Lab which may give the plans for this tank, allowing it to be constructed even from non-Soviet war factories. In skirmishes, crates may contain this "short circuit on wheels."

Tesla tanks are quite capable of acting as distracting units like Apocalypse tanks; they have less than half of the health as an Apocalypse tank, move faster, cheaper and more effective damage against all ground targets.

The AI usually attack with 3 Tesla tanks and 2 Rhino tanks. They prioritize defensive structures above all other targets, and will bypass all other types of enemy structures and units while any defenses remain on the battlefield. However, once they become aware of enemy units, they will leave their previously targeted building and engage them instead. Once all of the nearby enemy units are defeated, they will proceed to attack the nearest building from their current location. Note that like all tanks that prioritize defenses, Tesla tanks do not consider Tank bunkers to be a defense regardless of whether or not it contains enemy tanks.

Once all defenses are destroyed, Tesla tanks become like any other tank with no preferred target; they will attack the nearest building to them regardless of type, and will turn and attack enemy units if they become aware of any nearby.

AI behavior

Tesla Tanks controlled by the AI have the following attack patterns:


  • 3x targeting base defenses, accompanied by 2 Rhino Tanks
    • The AI will use Invulnerability on this strike force if the superweapon is available



In the Allied campaigns of both Red Alert 2 and Yuri's Revenge, the Tesla tank was only seen during Operation: Chrono Storm, since the operation took place in Russia's capital Moscow, the tank's main production facility.

In the Soviet campaign of Red Alert 2, it did not make an appearance.

RA2Sovietlogo.png The following is based on the Soviet campaign of Yuri's Revenge and might contradict canon.

In the Soviet campaign of Yuri's Revenge, the Tesla tank is first encountered during Operation: Brain Wash, and is available for construction when the Allied base is liberated.


Note: in Red Alert 2, the Tesla tank shares its quotes with the Rhino heavy tank.

When selected

  • Generators humming.
  • Wired for destruction!
  • Capacitor at full charge!
  • I have the power!
  • Reading meters.

When moving

  • Positively.
  • Efficient and clean.
  • Maximum power!
  • That sparks my curiosity.
  • Nothing wasted!

When ordered to attack

  • Free hook-ups!
  • No charge for extra power!
  • Prepare for rolling blackout!
  • Need a little boost?



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Alpha cameo:
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  • Despite the multiplayer loading screen saying that it can "short-circuit enemy vehicles", its Tesla coils do not disable vehicles because TibSun's EMP mechanics don't work in RA2.


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