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Desolator Trooper
RA3 Desolator Ingame
Unit
Affiliation

Soviet Union

Role

Advanced anti-infantry

Armament

Deathspray hose (x2)
Splattershot cannon

Protection

Powered toxin suit

Tier

3

Properties
Amphibious

No

Production
Cost

1500

Build time

0:15

Produced by

Barracks

Requires

Battle lab

25px-Disambig For the Red Alert 2 unit of the same name, see Desolator (Red Alert 2).
Need to kill some weeds?
- Desolator
RA3U Desolator Trooper Icons

The Desolator Trooper is a special Soviet infantry unit appearing in Red Alert 3: Uprising.

Background

They are terminally ill patients, spirited away from Soviet hospitals in Omsk, implanted with extensive cybernetic enhancements and placed into monstrous suits of bionically-powered armour, with no recollection of their previous lives thanks to the memory wipe.

Their weapons and armour were developed as the Soviet Union was crumbling down, and the Ministry of Experimental Science desperately sought new means to defend Mother Russia. The handful that did not defect or desert continued their research, eventually creating the Desolator Trooper Programme (DTP), which bred the most horrifying frontline trooper ever to corrupt the face of the Earth (whose very existence violated 71 International Provisions of Appropriate Military Conduct). In fact, the creators of Desolator troopers were also their first victims.

The Desolators take their name from the toxins they employ as weapons. Quickly evaporating and leaving little traces behind, they are impossible to analyze, but rumors abound that they are a by product of Soviet super-reactors. They were used on the frontlines, in the form of Desolator airstrikes, but only in the closing stages of the war did the scientists find a way to transport them in a more portable fashion.

The average lifespan of a Desolator trooper is about a year or two (or until their life support dies), during which they require no sleep nor food due to being cybernetically and surgically augmented.[1]

Deployment History

I see you have met the Desolator troopers. They are masters of toxic weaponry. They are not the most sophisticated of our forces... but they are quite deadly.
- Dasha Fedorovich to the Soviet Commander.

Deployed during Operation Raid on Lost Castle, the Desolator troopers were part of the Commander's task force that was raiding the FutureTech base. During Yuriko Omega's insurrection, she uncovered a data file from a FutureTech prison camp which revealed that their scientists were struggling to get a captured Desolator trooper outside his suit without killing him.

Abilities

RA3U Deathspray Mode Icons
Deathspray Mode The Desolator sprays a concoction that kills infantry directly, which can also clear garrisons (but not vehicles).
RA3U Splattershot Mode Icons
Splattershot Mode The Desolator uses an all-new formula fired in balls that will poison and corrode armour, allowing the sprayed chemical to be used on it.

In-game

Being an offshoot of Tesla suit technology, the Desolator shares many of its strengths and weaknesses, including cladding that is uncrushable by vehicles (albeit vulnerable to shurikens, dogs and bears), and a "fatal attraction" to the Magnetic Satellite. There are two modes on the Desolator's menu - the first is a sprayed concoction that kills infantry directly, which can also clear garrisons (but not ones inside vehicles). The formula is similar to the one used in Desolator Airstrike in terms of damage and appearance. The second concoction is an all-new formula fired in balls that will poison and corrode armour, allowing the sprayed chemical to be used on it. When in use, this formula can help other infantry units to write off heavily armoured vehicles and structures. As chemicals, both weapons have an area of effect, defiling a position before being vapourised or absorbed slowly. Desolators can garrison buildings and can also enter vehicles. They are best suited with groups of other infantry types (beware of their chemical spill). They are vulnerable to almost all anti-infantry weapons and aerial attacks.

Bioshock Big Daddy Reference: During the challenge mission on Australia in Uprising's challenge mode where the player unlocks the Desolator trooper for use, there would be a heroic Desolator trooper patrolling the areas around the neutral super reactors. Following him there will be a mini Yuriko, just like the Yuriko in the first mission on her mini campaign, only smaller.

Assessment

Pros

  • Will single-handedly melt entire battalions of infantry
  • Can clear garrisons
  • Very tough, probably the toughest buildable infantry unit in the war  
  • Uncrushable by smaller vehicles
  • Secondary splatter attack can make vehicles and buildings more vulnerable to its primary attack
  • Deadly against commando units, especially against Tanya and Yuriko
  • Immune to suppression.
  • Immune to Desolator airstrike (except if a target of Splatter attack)

Cons

  • Vulnerable to concentrated anti-infantry fire
  • Helpless against air attacks
  • Primary attack is useless against structures and weak against vehicles and ships (except when using splatter attack to corrode them first)
  • The most expensive non-hero infantry unit ($1500)
  • Primary weapon does not instantly hit enemies.
  • Vulnerable to Magnetic Satellites.
  • Despite all of his toughness, he is still one-shot prey for Natasha

Selected Quotes

Created

  • Desolation Hour!

Select

  • What is it?
  • Need to kill some weed ?
  • Desolator!
  • Share... the suffering!
  • *moaning*
  • It does the body bad.
  • What are you looking at!?
  • The first one is free!

Moving

  • I'll make a clearing!
  • Nothing will grow there!
  • Alright!
  • I know!
  • Right!
  • I'm going!
  • Moving!
  • Wasteland on its way!
  • This stuff is heavy!!

Garrisoned Structure

  • Need a fumigation?
  • Keep the windows open!
  • I'll take a break!

Attacking in Deathspray Mode

  • Take your medicine!
  • Enjoy!
  • See how they like it!
  • Ahh yes!
  • Eradicate their kind!
  • Mince and repeat!
  • It all comes out in the wash
  • Full strength!

Attacking in Splattershot Mode

  • Maybe a little messy!
  • Here, catch!
  • Here, have a sample!
  • Desolation for all !
  • You want one too!?

Move to Attack

  • Pesticide coming through!
  • They should be more green!
  • They look too happy!
  • I will be generous!
  • Spread... The misery!
  • Agony will look good on them!

In combat

  • Uhh... Ahh yes!
  • Desolation for all!
  • Harm sustainable!
  • Stay still now!
  • How does it feel?
  • Don't forget to breathe!

Under fire

  • Hey! I've suffered enough!
  • Ow!.. it's leaking!
  • Agh! what..was my respirator!?
  • Get them away from me!

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See also

References

  1. Desolator unit profile. Red Alert 3 official website (archived).
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