Should the Ascended survive through a number of battles, their objective as holy warriors become clearer to them. Taking the teachings of Kane to their hearts, they become fearest warriors of Nod and a prime example of servitude to their brethren. They now serve a higher purpose - to bring light into the dark. The dark corners of the human souls. The ones that hadn't converted into the Brotherhood.
The Enlightened is a powerful cybernetic warrior, with an integral arm-mounted cannon. It is essentially a smaller, less powerful, but cheaper version of the Centurion. While their predecessors, the Enlightened of the Marked of Kane, were armed with particle beam weapons, their descendants are armed with simpler cannons. This allows the new Enlightened to be used in larger numbers.
The Enlightened are available early on in the game, and is the only Cannon unit available a low-level Nod Defense Class Commander until the Centurion is unlocked. They are cheap and quick to produce: perfect against massed tank attacks. Like all Nod Tier 1 Infantry, Enlightened can self-heal when not in combat.
The Enlightened's cannon is most effective against medium armour, but is not so good against heavy tanks and is likely to miss infantry units. As an infantry unit, Enlightened are vulnerable against gun-type attacks.
When upgraded with Dark Armaments, Enlightened cyborgs gain the ability to revert to a legless form when they sustain too much damage, like the old Cyborgs in the Second Tiberian War. They are also equipped with a suicide explosive pack and can charge at the enemy while in legless form to detonate themselves.
An achievement can be earned if the player uses its suicide attack to destroy a target.
Funny enough, by listening to their quotes, they can be heard suffering pain. Although the earlier Enlightened did so too, the new versions seem to be emotionally distressed by pain. It doesn't seem to weaken their battlefield performance.
Their helmets have the same face visor design as Nod's standard soldiers during the second and third tibeirum war, who served as frontline soldiers. Through concept art though, they seem to have a "three eyed" design, but in - game, their visor have the standard Nod soldier visor design.