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For other tanks of this class, see Apocalypse Tank.
Apocalypse Assault Tank
RA2 Apocalypse Tank
Unit
Affiliation

RA2Sovietlogo Soviet Union

Role

Heavy assault tank

Armament

Dual 120mm cannons
Mammoth Tusk surface-to-air missiles

Protection

Heavy tank plating

Tier

3

Tech level

7

Properties
Hit points

800

Armour type

Heavy

Amphibious

No

Production
Cost

$1750

Build time

1:10

Produced by

Soviet War Factory

Requires

Soviet battle lab

Combat
Ground attack

100 (ApocAP or ApocAPE when elite)

Air attack

50 (HE)

Cooldown

80

Speed

4

Attack range
  • 5,75 (ground)
  • 8 (air)
Sight range

6

Function
Abilities

Self-repair to full health in RA2, half health in YR

Elite upgrade

Increased strength, firepower, rate of fire
4 rapid succession shots while attacking ground units.
Anti-air missiles fire faster than usual

The apocalypse has begun!
- Apocalypse tank
RA2 Apocalypse Tank Icons
RA2 Apocalypse Tank Veteran Icons

The successor to the old Soviet Mammoth tank, the Apocalypse Assault Tank was a powerful heavy tank used by the USSR during the first and second iterations of the Third World War. It featured twin 120mm cannons, anti-air missiles, very heavy armour, and self-repair abilities, making it a force to be reckoned with on the battlefield.

Background

The Apocalypse tank was the most powerful tank in the Third World War. It possessed a pair of powerful cannons effective against both vehicles and structures, and was capable of eliminating the IFV and other light vehicles with a single volley. Against infantry, the cannons were significantly less effective, doing relatively minor damage. The Apocalypse also featured dual Mammoth Tusk missile launchers, effective against enemy aircraft. Lt. Zofia described them as "war in a can". Like the earlier Mammoth tanks, the Apocalypse was designed to go toe-to-toe with any enemy unit, and emerge the last unit standing.

In-game unit

The tank itself was much larger and slower than the Grizzly and Rhino tanks, but also much more powerful, doing more than twice the damage of the Rhino with its twin cannons. In addition to its cannons, the Apocalypse also featured a pair of anti-air missile launchers. Although these missile launchers were slow to fire, they were significantly more powerful than other anti-air missiles such as those found on IFVs. This allowed the Apocalypse tank to defend itself reasonably well against aerial threats, especially in conjunction with its advanced heavy armour. Its armour was only equalled by the Battle Fortress and Kirov airship. An on-board self-repair system allowed the Apocalypse to repair itself when damaged. When elite, they become very powerful, becoming strong against infantry, vehicles, buildings, and even air units.

In multiplayer, the Apocalypse tank was mostly found by players to be a situational unit. Despite its power, its cost and slow speed meant that small numbers of tanks were often vulnerable. It was generally most effective if a large number of them were built, in which case they were often unstoppable. The resources this required, however, meant that this was not always possible to pull off.

The AI usually attacks with 4 Apocalypse 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 defensive building from their current location. Note that like all tanks that prioritize defenses, Apocalypse tanks do not consider Tank bunkers to be a defense regardless of whether or not it contains enemy tanks.

Once all defenses are destroyed, Apocalypse 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.

Apocalypse tanks are reasonably good defensive assault tanks, as their high health means that multiple offensive units will have to be dispatched to deal with them (superweapons' damage is insufficient). However, they also expensive ($1750, or $1312 with an Industrial Plant), so if the enemy has enough firepower to one-shot an Apocalypse tank, it is more efficient to use two Rhino tanks.

Counters

Their ability to target both ground and air units makes brutal AI's Apocalypse tanks formidable defenders. However, Apocalypse tanks are only able to damage one unit at a time. This makes it very easy to overwhelm them with large groups of Grizzly, Rhino, or Lasher tanks, Rocketeers, and other infantry units. Also, its anti-air missiles are slow and lack firepower.

Aftermath

After the Psychic Dominator Disaster, the Soviets introduced a new design of their Apocalypse tank. It was lighter and cheaper than the old version, but less armor than before.

After Cherdenko's trip to 1927, the Apocalypse tank had a different design with grinders and magnetic beam to destroy anything in its way, but was stripped off anti-air armaments.

Deployment history

  • Apocalypse tanks were deployed during the initial invasion of the United States (several were seen in San Francisco when the Allies traveled back in time to stop Yuri). They can also be seen in the introduction video to Red Alert 2.
  • Apocalypse tanks are first encountered in the Allied campaign during Operation: Mirage.
  • Romanov's Black Guard possesed four elite Apocalypse tanks which were deployed around the Kremlin.
RA2Sovietlogo The following is based on the Soviet campaign for Red Alert 2 and some details might contradict canon.
  • In the Soviet campaign, the Apocalypse tank becomes available during Operation: Chrono Defense. It is available in all subsequent missions.
  • Apocalypse tanks were seen passing the Golden Gate Bridge in the cutscene before Operation: Sub-Divide, as well as in front of it after the time shift in Operation: Time Lapse.

Assessment

Pros

  • Devastating against vehicles and structures.
  • Greater firepower and armor than the Rhino tank.
  • Cheaper than 2 Rhino tanks ($1750; you save $50 for each Apocalypse tank created).
  • In general, Apocalypse tanks make better distracting units than Rhino tanks due to their heavier armour. Because of this they are less vulnerable to artillery fire and other splash damage, and are much harder to kill.
  • Able to self-repair.
  • Cheaper than Kirov airship and Battle Fortress.
  • Can attack air units, especially Rocketeers since their HE missiles are somewhat lethal against them.
  • In desperate situation, 4 Apocalypse tanks can shoot down a Kirov very quickly.
  • Cannons shoot twice as fast when promoted to veteran status.
  • Anti-air missiles shoot twice as fast as before but still have the same firepower when promoted to veteran, or elite. This will allow more units to be targeted.
  • Able to destroy most light units in a single volley and others in just a few.
  • Can defeat most units in one-on-one matches, including tank destroyers.
  • Extremely powerful when Elite, having explosive warheads and able to one-shot infantry.
  • Can survive direct hits from the Nuclear Missile or Weather Control Device.
  • 4 Black Eagles are required to take down a single Apocalypse tank.
  • Firepower upgrade from crates and combined with the Elite status, Apocalypse tanks can even take out advanced base defenses and buildings in a single volley, and its AA missiles explode on impact, capable of destroying Harriers in one shot.
  • A single Apocalypse tank can defeat two Rhino tanks. A single Apocalypse Tank can also defeat 3 Grizzly tanks or 3 Lasher tanks.

Cons

  • Expensive, at $1750 ($1312 with an Industrial Plant)
  • Very slow
  • Slower than Battle Fortress, which are the only unit that can crush them
  • Can be defeated by a Battle Fortress with the correct infantry combination (like Battle Fortresses loaded with Tesla troopers, Guardian GIs, initiates, GIs, etc.).
  • Can be easily blown up by Tanya's C4 charge (Yuri's Revenge only).
  • Tank destroyers can pierce its armour.
  • Combined power of multiple prism towers can kill them with one shot.
  • Frequent target to large numbers of basic tanks and anti-armour infantries.
  • Anti-air missiles are too slow to be a threat to fast aircraft.
  • Chrono Legionnaires can destroy lone Apocalypse tanks.
  • Still ineffective against infantry, except when elite.
  • Vulnerable to hit-and-run attacks from faster and longer-ranged units.
  • Highly vulnerable to mind control.
  • Cannot outrange advanced defensive structures.
  • It is difficult to remove terror drones from an Apocalypse tank due to its slow speed hindering its return to a service depot.
  • Can be easily defeated by garrisoned initiates.

Selected Quotes

The instrument of doom.
- When selected
It is day of judgement!
- When selected
Armageddon is here.
- When selected
Soviet power supreme.
- When selected
Annihilating.
- When selected
They will run in fear.
- When moving
I cast a deadly shadow.
- When moving
It will soon be a wasteland.
- When moving
Excellent.
- When moving
Be patient.
- When moving
Eradicate them.
- When ordered to attack
The end is at hand.
- When ordered to attack
These will be your last moments.
- When ordered to attack
Taste your mortality.
- When ordered to attack
The apocalypse has begun!
- When ordered to attack
Bringing down the hammer.
- When ordered to attack

Gallery

Trivia

  • Although the opening to Red Alert 2 depicts Apocalypse tanks driving into Texas, they are not encountered in any missions in the Allied campaign set in America. It is notable that in Yuri's Revenge, Allied commander did encounter the Apocalypse tanks while struggling in San Francisco.
  • The battle lab in the Ural mountains housed the blueprints for this tank.
  • The game's cutscenes depict the tanks as black, while their in-game voxel is brown.
  • Photographs of Red Alert 2 Apocalypse tanks were found displayed on the walls of a museum within the first Cairo Temple of Nod in the First Tiberium War.
  • Apocalypse tanks appear in a loading screen in Command and Conquer: Generals. This screen only appears in-game if no videos are found while loading. The image was also used in a magazine to announce the game in 2003, as well as in the multiplayer sneak peek.
  • AI tends to use groups of 4 Apocalypse tanks.
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