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Ursa Major
Ursa major
Ursa Major (green) and ordinary War Bear (yellow)
Unit
Affiliation

USSR

Base unit

War Bear

Role

Advanced anti-surface scout

Properties
Armour type

Skin & Steel plates

Amphibious

Yes

Notes

Cannot be trained, challenge-only unit

Pros Cons
  • Deadly against every ground or sea unit
  • Cannot be crushed even by the toughest vehicles
  • Amphibious
  • Faster than the original bear
  • Probably the toughest infantry unit in the game
  • Very powerful mauling attack allows them to destroy multiple units in one hit.
  • Can survive a shot from an advanced base defense
  • No defence against aircraft
  • One-shot target for Natasha's sniper rifle and Yuriko's psycho-kinetic burst ability
  • Vulnerable to long-range artillery (V4, Athena, Wave-force and Pacifier FAV)
  • Vulnerable to desolator-type attacks
  • Commandos are still a threat
  • Can only be found on the map "Kodiak Lake" in Uprising a player cannot train them or assume command of them whatsoever
The Bears in this land are quite powerful...!
- Oleg Vodnik in the Challenge

Ursa Major is a much bigger and stronger mutated version of the Soviet War Bear, appearing in one of the Commander's Challenge missions in Red Alert 3: Uprising.

Background

After unsuccessful in the War of the Three Powers, Oleg Vodnik managed to "create" a new version of the War Bear in a top-secret location inside the United States of America, penetrating homeland security for American and Allied forces around the planet Earth.

In the first part, Oleg succeeded, but before he could transport the bears back to Russia, he was stopped by the Futuretech Commander from using them to leave the area. The whole event was in the challenge mission, Number One Threat To America.

Game Unit

Ursa Major is almost 20x bigger than the original bear, thus he is really a nightmare for all ground units.

  • Bear's large body excels against infantry, buildings, light vehicles, ships, and even tough vehicles like Apocalypse tanks.
  • Ursa Major cannot be crushed by heavy units, simply because he is just bigger than them.
  • Because bears can swim, he is a nightmare for all ships as well.
  • Fortunately, the Ursa Major is not able to attack air units, thus it is an easy target for various aircraft.
  • Even though the Bear is fast the armor is the same of soviet war bear, so it's an easy target for commando units.

If some unit is so lucky that it kills the Ursa Major on his own, it gains instantly heroic veterancy.

Outcome

Thankfully, all bears were killed by the Futuretech Commander as Oleg left the area stating:

The bears here smell far too pretty to serve in glorious Soviet Army anyway.

Trivia

RA3 USSR logo Soviet War of the Three Powers Arsenal RA3 USSR logo

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