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This article is about the Red Alert Soviet Grenadier. For the other Grenadiers, see Grenadier.
Grenadier
RA Grenadiers
Unit
Affiliation

USSR

Role

Support infantry

Armament

High-explosive Grenades

Protection

N/A

Tier

1

Tech level

1

Properties
Hit points

50

Armour type

N/A

Production
Cost

$160

Produced by

Soviet barracks

Combat
Ground attack

50 (HE)

Cooldown

60

Speed

5

Attack range

4

Sight range

4

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CNCRA Grenadier Lores Cameo

Grenadiers are specially trained soldiers armed with high explosive grenades first introduced by the USSR to counter Allied infantry and buildings, appearing in Red Alert 1.

Background

More powerful than the standard rifle infantry, grenadiers are frequently present alongside rifle infantry. They carry large amounts of highly explosive grenades, which they throw at long distances to engage infantry and buildings, even hidden behind obstacles. Their units are easily distinguished from other infantry, as they wear dark blue belts which hold the grenades. However, due to the amount of explosives carried by them, shrapnel could easily detonate one and kill even a whole squad.

Legacy

Tiberian Universe

During First Tiberium War, Global Defense Initiative adopted the Grenadier concept to create the own version of these infantry squads.

Red Alert Universe

These infantry squads were recalled and decommissioned after the Second World War due the development of Flak trooper before the Third World War.

In-game

They are effective at eliminating infantry quickly, sometimes in a single hit. In groups, they are effective against armored vehicles that are stationary, but they can also be effectively squashed by tanks. Fast moving infantry support vehicles could quickly finish off grenadiers. A big weakness the grenadier faces is when they are bunched up together attacking vehicles and units that get to close or pass through, which can cause unwanted friendly damage and suicides. Grenadiers that die explode, meaning that friendly infantry should steer clear from severely wounded grenadiers.

Assessment

Pros

  • Cheap (cost only $160)
  • Effective against infantry and structures.
  • May eliminate enemy infantry in a single hit.
  • Deals splash damage to clumped units.
  • Effective against vehicles in group

Cons

  • Can easily be crushed by heavy armour.
  • Vulnerable to anti-infantry units
  • Vulnerable to air units.
  • May cause friendly fire.
  • Explodes when killed
  • If they are bunched up, killing one cause a chain reaction of explosions killing all of them.

Gallery

Soviet Union Logo 1950 Soviet Second World War Arsenal Soviet Union Logo 1950

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