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The war miner is the Soviet resource gatherer in Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 and Yuri's Revenge.

Background

Soviet military analysts saw a major problem with the ore truck used during Second World War. It was easy for the Allies to overwhelm them with small groups of infantry wielding anti-tank weapons. Other than trying to run them down, which was not often successful if they were spread out, it had no defensive capabilities. To counter this, the new war miner was equipped with a machine gun to fight off enemy infantry and rogue terror drones. However, it still did not have a decent defense against vehicles and aircraft.

Game unit

Only requiring the placement of a machine gun, the war miner has lots of allotted space to stow ore. This difference benefits the Soviets, as their war miner can carry up to 1000 credits (or up to 2000 if assigned to a gem field). However, it is much slower than its Allied counterpart, the chrono miner.

When elite, its machine gun upgrades into a powerful auto-cannon which is effective against tanks, infantry, and structures, and can easily ward off a squadron of GIs or initiates, especially if it finds the powerup crates. Like all heavy vehicles, it can also crush most enemy infantry by driving over them.

War miners are effective against soldiers with mind-control ability, as they are resistant to all forms of mind control,; this includes Yuri Prime.

In general, war miners make better distracting units than Rhino tanks due to their higher health. Because of this, they are less vulnerable to splash damage.

Quotes

Note: in Red Alert 2, the war miner shares its quotes with the Rhino heavy tank, except when ordered to harvest, which it does silently.

When selected

  • War miner here!
  • Pride of the working class!
  • Building Soviet economy!
  • Making Russia strong!
  • We are armed!

When moving

  • Relocating operations!
  • At once, comrade!
  • For Soviet people.
  • Serving the cause.
  • Da, comrade general!

When ordered to harvest

  • Equal share for everyone.
  • Let's keep the ore moving!
  • Da, we will need that!
  • Looks like good place to mine.[sic]

When ordered to attack

  • On the attack!
  • Protect the ore!
  • Take them out!
  • They pose a threat!
  • This will show them!

Trivia

  • An early version of the war miner's voxel remains in the game's files.

Gallery

Cameos

English French German Korean Chinese
RA2 War Miner Icons.png CNCRA2 War Miner French Cameo.png CNCRA2 War Miner German Cameo.png CNCRA2 War Miner Korean Cameo.png CNCRA2 War Miner Chinese Cameo.png
RA2 War Miner Veteran Icons.png CNCRA2 War Miner French Veteran Cameo.png CNCRA2 War Miner German Veteran Cameo.png CNCRA2 War Miner Korean Veteran Cameo.png CNCRA2 War Miner Chinese Veteran Cameo.png

Pre-release cameos, in order: alpha, beta.
CNCRA2 War Miner Alpha Cameo.png CNCRA2 War Miner Beta Cameo.png

See also

We will bury them! Soviet Third World War Arsenal Death to capitalists!
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