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Commando (Tiberian Dawn)

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Commando
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Unit
Affiliation
Role

Special forces

Armament
  • .50 cal silenced sniper rifle[1]
  • C4 charges
  • Benelli M3-Super-90 shotgun (cameo image)
Tech level

7

Properties
Hit points

80

Production
Cost

$1000

Build time

1:07

Produced by

Barracks
Hand of Nod

Requires

Advanced Communication Center
Temple of Nod

Combat
Speed

10

Sight range

5

Keep 'em comin'!
- Commando in action
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Both GDI and the Brotherhood of Nod make extensive use of special forces operatives in their actions against each other. The Commando in Tiberian Dawn is one of those highly trained men.

Background

I got a present for ya!
- Commando getting ready to blow up a building

Commando forces are tasked with infiltration and demolition of vital enemy structures, or assassinating crucial, irreplaceable personnel. They are allowed to customize their equipment and weapons to a degree no other soldier is allowed. Many discard their regulatory uniforms, preferring custom-made battle harnesses and camo clothing.

Commando forces make use of a silenced .50 Caliber (12,7mm) variant of the Cobretti AR-70 Raptor automatic rifle, a weapon that entered widespread service towards the end of the First Tiberium War. High recoil but high power of the 12,7mm battle rifle however prompts to use it as a powerful sniper rifle, firing single shots from afar. In addition, they carry large quantities of C4 charges for the demolition of enemy structures.

Usually, commandos are deployed via air insertion in areas far away of their intended target, then have to treck long distances on foot the rest of the way. This is done because commando targets are usually far too well guarded to deploy them any closer, and on commando missions most of the time stealth is considered a key factor.

Deployments

Their combat prowess allows them to accomplish their missions against seemingly unbeatable odds. This includes destroying a heavily defended airfield by GDI special forces or recapturing an overrun base and assassinating Doctor Wong Hu Chan, head of the Ion Cannon project, by Nod snipers.

Legacy

During the Second Tiberium War, GDI employed Ghost Stalker as their commando unit while Nod created the Cyborg Commando.

Notable operatives

In-game

Commando forces are skilled marksmen and as such are highly effective against infantry. Further, the use of C4 charges enables them to demolish buildings with ease. However, the Commando's weaponry is ineffective against enemy vehicles. Therefore, direct engagements with enemy armor are strongly discouraged. Further, base defenses like Obelisks and Guard towers can easily kill a commando before he can get close enough to plant an explosive charge to disable the building.

Gallery

Trivia

  • Frank Klepacki did the voice acting for the Commando.
  • While some publicity shots (taken for propaganda purposes) feature commandos posing with Benelli M3Super90 semi-auto shotguns, in-game they use "Raptor" .50 cal assault rifle/sniper rifle hybrids, deadly over long ranges and outfitted with integral suppressors.

Citations

  1. Tiberian Dawn official manual


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