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For more units of this type, see Tesla trooper.

The Soviets have taken Tesla technology to the final step: a man in a Tesla-powered suit. These soldiers are excellent at destroying tanks and also seem to be able to power up Tesla Coils for their extra energy.
- Eva Lee(src)

The Tesla trooper is a heavy Soviet anti-surface infantry unit in Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 and Yuri's Revenge.

Official description

This specialised infantry unit attacks with a powerful electrical charge generated from his portable Tesla coil. Tesla Troopers are valuable for a number of reasons, not the least of which is their immunity to being steam-rolled by enemy tanks. In times of emergency power shortages, Tesla Troopers can charge up the Tesla Coils defending your base to keep them operating against enemy units. Charging up a Tesla Coil will also increase its range and power. To charge a Tesla Coil, simply move a Tesla Trooper near it. Charging will happen automatically.
- Red Alert 2 manual(src)

Deployment history

Lt. Eva Lee briefed the Allied commander about Tesla troopers during Operation: Hail to the Chief, describing their power against tanks and their ability to power up Tesla coils with their extra energy. This ability was later seen during the liberation of the city.

RA2Sovietlogo.png The following is based on the Soviet campaign of Red Alert 2 and might contradict canon.

The Tesla trooper was first made available during the Soviets' invasion in New York and played a significant role in Paris, turning the Eiffel Tower into a gigantic Tesla coil.

Game unit

Tesla troopers are best used as static defenses or escort for an armour column, as they are effective against infantry, yet particularly devastating to enemy tanks (which cannot crush them). Tesla troopers can charge up a Tesla coil for a slow-recharging, but devastating bolt of increased range and power. If three or more Tesla Troopers charge the same Tesla coil at a time, it will become independent of base power supply. It is best to wait until a cloning Vat can be built because it will produce two Tesla troopers for the price of one. They can be overwhelmed by GIs, though, so they are best to be escorted by conscripts or flak troopers. Since the range of their Tesla weaponry is barely beyond that of an attack dog, and their movement speed one of the slower amongst infantry, long ranged anti-personnel units pose a particular threat to them.

When they reach the elite rank, their Tesla bolts can bounce to two other targets, so an elite Tesla trooper has a chance to damage up to three enemy units with one bolt.

AI behavior

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

  • Easy: 3x targeting production structures
  • Hard: 1x charging Tesla Coils; 2x targeting base defenses, accompanied by 2 Flak Tracks and 3 V3 launchers; 3x targeting production structures, accompanied by 10 Conscripts and 2 Flak Troopers

Aftermath

After the Psychic Dominator Disaster, the Soviets introduced a new design of their Tesla trooper. Though more powerful and cheaper than the original trooper, they were more vulnerable to tanks as they could be crushed by them. They can also no longer charge Tesla coils. After Einstein's erasure in 1927, the Tesla troopers were able to charge Tesla coils and were uncrushable again.

Quotes

When selected

  • Tesla suit ready.
  • Charging up!
  • Electrodes ready!
  • Checking connection.
  • Extra crispy! (cut)

When moving

  • Going to source.
  • Moving out.
  • Yes, comrade.
  • Surging forward.
  • Electrician in the field.
  • Rubber shoes in motion!

When ordered to attack

  • 2000 Volts coming up!
  • He's fried.
  • Completing circuit.
  • Let the juice flow!
  • Commencing shock therapy.
  • Congratulations, you've been discharged! (cut)

When suppressed

  • Ground yourselves!
  • Reinforcements!
  • I am hit!

Gallery

Cameos

English French German Korean Chinese
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RA2 Tesla Trooper Veteran Icons.png CNCRA2 Tesla Trooper French Veteran Cameo.png CNCRA2 Tesla Trooper German Veteran Cameo.png CNCRA2 Tesla Trooper Korean Veteran Cameo.png CNCRA2 Tesla Trooper Chinese Veteran Cameo.png

Alpha cameo:
CNCRA2 Tesla Trooper Alpha Cameo.png

Trivia

  • The Tesla trooper bears a striking resemblance to Juggernaut from the X-Men franchise.
  • Two quotes were cut from Red Alert 2, but were found in early beta versions of Red Alert 3. They are often restored in mods.
  • Due to an error in animation sequencing in art.ini, the walking animation when facing east will show the first frame of the northeast-facing animation in the game.
  • There is evidence in the code that suggests Tesla Troopers, SEALs, Tanya and Boris were once able to enter and clear garrisons, but then that functionality was disabled before release; see here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1HnoE57i8A&t=195s.
We will bury them! Soviet Third World War Arsenal Death to capitalists!
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