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For more units of this type, see Tesla trooper.
Tesla Trooper
RA2 Tesla Trooper



Anti-tank and anti-infantry heavy infantry


Portable Tesla coil





Tech level


Hit points


Armour type






Build time


Produced by

Soviet Barracks

Ground attack
  • 50 (Shock)
  • 60 (IFV) (Shock)
  • 60 (40 when elite)
  • 45 (30 in RA2) (IFV)


Attack range
  • 3 (5 when elite)
  • 6 (IFV)
Sight range



Charging up Tesla coils

Elite upgrade

Increased strength, firepower, rate of fire, self-healing

Commencing shock therapy.
- Tesla Trooper
RA2 Tesla Trooper Icons
RA2 Tesla Trooper Veteran Icons

Tesla troopers are Soviet heavy soldiers used primarily as anti-tank and anti-infantry shock troopers during the Third World War and the Psychic Dominator Disaster.


Rubber shoes in motion!
- Tesla trooper on the move
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Advancements in technology made by the Soviet Union as part of their covert rebuilding program allowed the Tesla coil to be miniaturized into a perfect man-portable form. While early attempts at such a weapon were made and fielded by the Union before, it wasn't until the invention of a Tesla-powered battle suit that its full potential could be reached. The end result is a sealed, insulated combat uniform with a Tesla coil gauntlet, powered by a miniature back-mounted Tesla generator. Typically worn with an insulated jumpsuit underneath and red overalls on top, it is used by specialists in tank warfare, owing to it being uncrushable by tanks. In a pinch, they can also power up Tesla coils.

Deployment history

Lt. Eva briefed the commander about Tesla troopers during the occupation of Washington D.C., describing its power against tanks and their ability to power up Tesla coils with their extra energy. This ability was later seen during the Allied liberation of the city.

RA2Sovietlogo The following is based on the Soviet campaign for Red Alert 2 and some details might contradict canon.

The Tesla trooper was first made available during the Soviets' invasion in New York and played a significant role in Paris, turning the Eiffel Tower into a gigantic Tesla Coil.

Game unit

Ground yourselves!
- Tesla trooper under heavy fire

Tesla Troopers are best used as static defenses or escort for an armor column, as they are effective against infantry, yet particularly devastating to enemy tanks (which cannot crush them). Tesla troopers can charge up a Tesla Coil for a slow-recharging, but devastating bolt of increased range and power. If three or more Tesla Troopers charge the same Tesla coil at a time, it will become independent of base power supply. It is best to wait until a Cloning Vat can be built because it will produce two Tesla Troopers for the price of one. They can be overwhelmed by G.I.s, though, so they are best to be escorted by Conscripts or Flak troopers. Since the range of their tesla weaponry is barely beyond that of an Attack Dog, and their movement speed one of the slower amongst infantry, long ranged anti-personnel units pose a particular threat to them.

When they reach the elite rank, their Tesla bolts can bounce to two other targets, so an elite tesla trooper has a chance to damage up to three enemy units with one bolt.


After the Psychic Dominator Disaster, the Soviets introduced a new design of their Tesla trooper. It was more powerful and cheaper than the old version, but more vulnerable to tanks as it could be crushed by them. They can also no longer charge Tesla Coils.

After Cherdenko's trip to 1927, the Tesla troopers were modified and were able to charge Tesla Coils and were uncrushable again.



  • Effective against armored vehicles.
  • Decent against infantry and structures.
  • Cannot be crushed by vehicles. The only vehicle that can crush them is the Allied Battle Fortress.
  • Better armor than basic infantry.
  • Charges up Tesla Coils to increase their power and range. Two can provide enough charge to keep it powered in case of a blackout and three will enhance it even during a blackout.
  • Relatively inexpensive ($500).
  • More versatile and deadly when placed in a Battle Fortress or IFV as a fast moving Anti-Tank unit.
  • Decent rate of fire


  • Slow moving.
  • Short range.
  • Anti-infantry units, especially Attack Dogs, can kill them easily.
  • Cannot target aircraft.
  • Can be overwhelmed by basic infantry (GIs and Conscripts).
  • Doesn't fare well either against high-technology vehicles such as Apocalypse Tanks unless massed in moderate to large numbers.

Selected Quotes

Tesla suit ready!
- When selected
Charging up
- When selected
Electrodes ready!
- When selected
Checking connection
- When selected
Yes, comrade?
- When selected
Going to source
- When moving
Moving out
- When moving
Yes, comrade
- When moving
Surging forward
- When moving
Electrician in the field
- When moving
Rubber shoes in motion!
- When moving
2,000 volts coming up
- When ordered to attack
He's fried
- When ordered to attack
Completing circuit
- When ordered to attack
Let the juice flow
- When ordered to attack
Commencing shock therapy
- When ordered to attack
Ground yourselves!
- Under fire
- Under fire
I'm hit!
- Under fire
- when killed
Ek U Ak!
- when killed



  • The Tesla Trooper bears a striking resemblance to Juggernaut from the X-Men franchise.
  • In cutscenes, they have bubble glass helmet, but in renders they have a metal helmet with a narrow visor.
  • Strangely, it can be killed by Attack Dogs, despite it wears a metallic armor.
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