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For other spies, see Spy.
Spy
RA2 Spies
Unit
Affiliation

RA2Alliedlogo Allies

Role

Infiltrator

Armament

Make-up kit
Machine gun (IFV)

Protection

Light

Tier

3

Tech level

5

Properties
Hit points

100

Armour type

Flak

Amphibious

No

Production
Cost

$1000

Build time

0:40

Produced by

Allied barracks

Requires

Allied battle lab

Combat
Ground attack

20 (IFV) (SSA)

Speed

4

Attack range

6 (IFV)

Sight range

9

Function
Abilities

Disguise as another infantry unit

Disguise ready!
- Spy
RA2 Spy Icons

Spies were employed by the Allies to gather information from enemy bases and sabotage them during the first and second iterations of the Third World War. These men could give Allied Commanders information of plans and vulnerabilities to enemy bases. The spy did this by disguising himself (using a trusty make-up kit) as an enemy infantryman to sneak into the enemy base.

History

Spies were deployed directly in battle by the Allies during the Second World War, though usually they were used as intelligence gathering operatives behind enemy lines or in enemy command centers and bases. The deployment of battlefield spies by the Allies continued during Third World War and its second iteration, providing Allied commanders with valuable information about plans and vulnerabilities of Soviet and Yuri bases. The spy was also used as a sabotage unit, unlike their predecessors. A spy would disguise himself as an enemy soldier to pass unnoticed to most other units and infiltrate buildings, sabotaging them or stealing enemy resources and technologies from them.

Spies were vital to the Allies' victory, especially during Operation: Dark Night, where they were a key element in sabotaging two nuclear missile silos in Soviet-controlled Poland.

The Soviets were not ignorant of the Allies' use of the spy and trained attack dogs to differentiate the scent of base personnel and if they noticed a strange smell among the Soviet men, they would attack and kill the Allied spy. The Allies did the same with their own dogs, in the case of being targets of rogue or mind-controlled spies. On the other hand, Yuri used his mind-control units and towers (including the psychic radar) to detect spies. For some reason, spies were not issued any weapons, even basic pistols or knives, so they had to overcome the enemy defenses completely by the use for stealth and discretion.

In-game

Rather than attacking enemy units, the spy targets an enemy and changes his appearance to that of the enemy unit. A spy can mimic even dogs, or units that normally do not move in a regular way (Chrono legionnaire, Rocketeer). This can lead to a comic and decamouflaging sight of those units walking.

While camouflaged as a unit owned by a specific player, a spy will not be attacked by most units owned by that player (or their allies). The spy owner's units will also not see the spy as a target. However, as with all "invisible" units, manually targeting a spy will change the mouse cursor to "attack" mode.

Once safely changing the appearance, a spy can sneak past enemies and into enemy structures, providing substantial benefits. The spy's function inside the enemy structure depends on which building he enters.

If the spy infiltrates:

  • A power plant, the entire enemy base powers down for a short period of time (30 to 60 in-game seconds). This causes all base defences requiring power (such as Tesla Coils and Prism Towers) to go offline. Until the effect wears off, no amount of new power plants built by enemy will bring the power back online.
  • A radar facility, he resets shroud for the opponent. For obvious reasons, it is useless when enemy has a Spy Satellite Uplink.
  • An ore refinery or a deployed slave miner, 20% of total enemy cash will be stolen to boost the commander's own war efforts.
  • A barracks, all infantry produced from the commander's own barracks gain veterancy (one rank). The effect from multiple infiltrations does not stack.
  • A war factory, all vehicles and aircraft produced from the commander's own war factories gain veterancy. The effect from multiple infiltrations does not stack.
  • A superweapon, its timer resets back to maximum possible duration.
  • A battle lab, it will allow access to special units:
    • Chrono commando - if the spy infiltrated an Allied Battle Lab and his commander owns an Allied Barracks (RA2), if the spy infiltrated an Allied Battle Lab (YR)
    • Chrono Ivan - if the spy infiltrated an Allied Battle Lab and his commander owns a Soviet Barracks (RA2), if the spy infiltrated a Soviet Battle Lab (YR)
    • Psi commando - if the spy infiltrated a Soviet Battle Lab and his commander owns an Allied Barracks (RA2), if the spy infiltrated a Yuri Battle Lab (YR)
    • Yuri Prime - if the spy infiltrated a Soviet Battle Lab and his commander owns a Soviet Barracks (RA2 only)

Aftermath

After Anatoly Cherdenko's trip to 1927, spies from the altered timeline were equipped with sniper rifles (used only when garrisoned in a Multigunner turret or a Multigunner IFV) and the ability to bribe enemy units into treason, in addition to their disguise and sabotage abilities. They were also able to swim.

Assessment

Pros

  • Can disguise himself as an enemy infantry unit to sneak into the enemy base.
  • Can steal enemy resources and technologies from them.
  • Uses a machine gun in an IFV.

Cons

  • Unarmed.
  • Expensive ($1000).
  • Slow-moving.
  • Attack dogs can detect and kill them easily.
  • Can be crushed by enemy tanks regardless of whether he is disguised or not.
  • If detected by an enemy commander, he can use any unit to kill the spy. Only attack dogs attack spies without giving an order to them.
  • Mind-controlling units and towers (including psychic sensors/radars) can detect spies and take possession.
  • A lot of micromanagement is required to guide him safely into the enemy base.

Quotes

Commander?
- When selected
Mission, sir?
- When selected
Give me a plan
- When selected
Agent ready
- When selected
Operation underway
- When moving
Indeed
- When moving
Disguise ready
- When ordered to disguise
They found me out!
- Under fire
I've been spotted!
- Under fire
Ready to infiltrate
- When ordered to infiltrate (cut)
Obtaining intelligence
- When ordered to infiltrate (cut)

Gallery

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