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Boris
Boris (RA2 IG)
Unit
Affiliation

RA2Sovietlogo Soviet Union

Role

Commando

Armament

Specially modified AKM
Laser pointer
Pistol (cheering only)

Tier

3

Tech level

9

Properties
Hit points

200

Armour type

Flak

Amphibious

No

Production
Cost

$1500

Build time

1:00

Produced by

Soviet barracks

Requires

Soviet battle lab

Combat
Ground attack
  • 65 (90 when elite) (BORISWH)
  • 1 (airstrike) (AirstrikeFlare)
Cooldown
  • 20
  • 60 (airstrike)
Speed

5

Attack range
  • 7 (9 when elite)
  • 12 (airstrike)
Sight range

9

Function
Abilities

Calls MiG airstrike
Instantly kills infantry
Uncrushable

Elite upgrade

Increased range, strength, firepower, rate of fire, self-healing

Boris has arrived!
- Boris
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Boris (Russian: Борис) was a Soviet commando during the second iteration of the Third World War, replacing the defunct Volkov and traitor Yuri's clones. He is also a recipient of the Gold Star medal, giving him the title of the hero of the Soviet Union.

Strengths

Boris was equipped with a specially designed AKM assault rifle, which was the successor to the AK-47 that most rifle infantry wielded in the Second World War. Due to extensive training and battlefield experience, he was very accurate and could dispatch most infantry with a single burst of fire from long range. This weapon also dealt an appreciable amount of damage to vehicles. Boris was decently armoured, allowing him to fight even some anti-infantry vehicles. One-on-one, he was more than a match for a gattling tank. Furthermore, he was resistant to mind control.

MiG airstrike

Boris could call in a MiG airstrike against structures by designating them with a laser. The laser had a long range, allowing these strikes to be called in from a great distance. The missiles deployed by the MiGs were extremely powerful, and two missiles were enough to level most structures, including war factories. As Boris gained veterancy, the number of MiGs called in increased, up to a maximum of four.

This attack, however, had several weaknesses. Firstly, the attack was appreciably slower than Tanya's C4 attack, as the MiGs had to fly in from off screen and back before another group could fly in. Secondly, although the MiGs were tough, they could be shot down while approaching the target. Finally, the targeted structure had to be designated until the MiGs actually launched their missiles, forcing Boris to choose between destroying the structure and self-defense. However, the long range of the laser was longer than that of defensive structures (save for the Grand Cannon).

Also, Boris' airstrikes could still be used (to an extent) while he was not using his laser. The MiGs turned back towards the edge of the map when he stopped targeting the airstrike. When he re-targeted a structure with his laser, the MiGs would turn around and head back to it. Doing this, however, significantly increased the amount of time it took for the aircraft to reach the target.

Weaknesses

As formidable as Boris was, he did have some weaknesses. First, he could not (or rather, would not) swim, forcing the use of an amphibious transport, making him the only commando in Yuri's Revenge who could not traverse water on his own. Secondly, like Tanya and Yuri Prime, he had no defense against air units. In addition, unlike his counterparts, Boris could not destroy a building immediately, having to wait for MiGs to destroy it. However, this made him able to destroy buildings from a safe distance.

Additional info

Little is known about Boris' early history, other than that he was formidable enough on the battlefield to become a hero of the Soviet Union, and that he was not willing to swim for some odd reason. It is believed that he contributed greatly in Mother Russia's fight against Yuri.

After the merging of the timelines, the role of Commando was taken by Natasha during the Post-war Crisis and the War of the Three Powers.

Assessment

Pros

  • Can kill platoons of infantry quickly.
  • Airstrike can be called from a safe distance.
  • Deals an appreciable amount of damage to vehicles at a rapid rate of fire.
  • Immune to mind control.
  • Cannot be crushed by armoured units other than Battle Fortresses.
  • Self-heals.
  • Good attack range.

Cons

  • Expensive ($1500), and only one can be produced (two with Yuri's cloning vat).
  • Helpless against aircraft.
  • Vulnerable to groups of anti-infantry vehicles, especially high pinpoint damage like from Mirage tanks.
  • Cannot (or rather, will not) swim, forcing the use of an amphibious transport.
  • Loses to Tanya in a one-on-one battle.
  • Cannot destroy a building immediately, as it takes time to call an airstrike, and the sequence is cancelled if Boris is ordered to do something else or dies.
  • Aircraft summoned can be shot down; new aircraft need time to arrive.
  • Snipers, desolators, and Viruses are still a threat.
  • Without veterancy, can be overwhelmed by very large groups of GIs, conscripts or initiates.

Quotes

Boris has arrived!
- When ready.
Boris here.
- When selected
Yes, comrade general.
- When selected
Let's light them up.
- When selected
I will point out the target.
- When selected
Don't mess with me.
- When selected
There is nothing I cannot do!
- When moving
This will be easy.
- When moving
Boris agrees.
- When moving
I have an important mission.
- When moving
Russia's fate is with me.
- When moving
Die, traitorous dogs!
- When ordered to attack
Eat lead!
- When ordered to attack
Fools! You can't touch me!
- When ordered to attack
Who is next?
- When ordered to attack
They are attacking us!
- Under fire
It's very bad here comrade!
- Under fire
I'm hit!
- Under fire
We must have reinforcements!
- Under fire
Bring on the MiGs.
- When ordered to call an airstrike
Have I been gone somewhere, comrade Zofia?
- Boris in San Francisco, in the case he was killed before or during the time lapse.
I'm not swimming out there! Get me an armoured transport from shipyard.
- Boris in San Francisco

Gallery

Trivia

  • In the Chinese version, Boris' name was not transliterated like Tanya's. Instead, he was given a new name, 菁英戰鬥兵 (elite combat trooper). If transliterated into Chinese, however, Boris would be called 鲍里斯 (Bàolĭsī), while Tanya would be called 譚雅 (Tányǎ).
  • Unlike Tanya, Boris has little to no character development outside of his apparent performance on the battlefield in-game.
  • Boris's second name was never revealed.
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