Apocalypse tank (Red Alert 3)

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For an overview of the Apocalypse class, see Apocalypse tank.
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Apocalypse tank

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Internal name



RA3 USSR logo.png Soviet Union


Advanced anti-armour tank


2x 125mm Drakon cannon
"Shchuka" magnetic harpoon
"Myasorubka" Chain Treads


16-layer reinforced steel armor



Hit points


Armour type

BaseAdvancedTankArmor (0% Melee, 0% Sniper, 50% Gun, 25% Auto Cannon, 100% Rocket, 150% Flak, 100% Cannon, 100% Prism, 100% Tesla, 250% Explosive, 5% Radiation)





Build time


Produced by

Soviet War Factory


Battle Lab



Ground attack
  • Cannons: 100 (x2) (Cannon)
  • Cannons (Heroic): 125 (x2) (Explosive)
  • Grinders: 25 (Explosive)


Attack range
  • 150 (cannons)
  • 300 (M-Harpoon)
Sight range
  • 200 (cannon mode vision)
  • 300 (M-Harpoon mode vision)
  • 500 (shroud clearing range)

While not under attack, heals 4 HP per second

Armageddon is here!
- Apocalypse tank

The Apocalypse tank is the Soviet Union's heavy battle tank in Red Alert 3 and its expansion, Uprising.

Background[edit | edit source]

You now have access to Apocalypse Tanks, the toughest armor in the world.
- Soviet Advisor

The biggest, most powerful ground vehicle ever constructed, the Apocalypse certainly lives up to its nickname. Each of its two main guns is more powerful than the main cannon of a lesser tank, a second set of cutting treads installed into its hull allows it to simply roll over lesser vehicles, and its magnetic harpoon secondary weapon - one of the Union's first practical magnetic weapons - can draw fast-moving vehicles straight into its "meat grinder" chain-treads, which can carve through metal much like their namesake.

However, the Apocalypse tank is not without its flaws, such as a horrendous top speed, a complete lack of anti-air and anti-infantry weapons, as well as an exorbitant price. Also, the schematics for manufacturing these vehicles are authorized only by battle lab technicians required to study the tank's performance characteristics.

Because of this tank's notoriety, the identities of apocalypse tank crews are kept secret by the Soviet Union. It is difficult to imagine what sort of person would be fit to operate such a weapon, let alone what the experience of this would do to that person.

Abilities[edit | edit source]

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Main Cannons The Apocalypse Tank uses its twin 125mm cannons to engage enemy units.
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Magnetic Harpoon The Apocalypse Tank has been armed with a Magnetic Harpoon. This weapon will lock onto an enemy vehicle and pull it towards the Apocalypse Tank's grinders. It can also be used on buildings, but instead of pulling the building apart, it will pull itself towards the building and rip it apart, brick by brick.

If used against naval vehicular units, its magnetic harpoon will drag them ashore thus destroying these units instantaneously- unless it is amphibious. 

Tactics and Counters[edit | edit source]

The Instrument of Doom.
- Apocalypse

Apocalypse tanks are strong against other vehicles and structures. The apocalypse tank will beat the allies and empires toughest vehicles one on one and win including the vastly inferior mirage tanks, assault destroyers and future tanks and the somewhat inferior king Onis.

The latest Apocalypse Tank does not have a great defense against most aircraft and infantry - the worst of which is that the Tank can be easily bribed to join the Allies for a fee of $1000. Anti-armor and anti-heavy units like Tankbusters, Javelin Soldiers, Hydrofoil's Weapon Jammers, Steel Ronin, Wave-force artilleries, Vindicators, Harbinger Gunships, Giga Fortresses, Yuriko, Spectrum Towers, and Future Tank X-1s were additional reasons why Apocalypse Tanks require support.

If they are under attack from naval units, the Apocalypse Tanks can't do much other than to run away inland- where they can't be shot at. Their M-Harpoons are effective only on ground vehicles and structures. However, for any enemy ships that are closer to the shoreline, the Apocalypse tank can utilize its special ability because non-amphibious units in the water which are reeled in by the M-Harpoons are dragged towards the shore and destroyed.

Apocalypse tanks can crush smaller vehicles and walls but can still be outnumbered by larger numbers of smaller armor which includes large numbers of enemy main battle tanks.

Changelog[edit | edit source]

  • Red Alert 3 beta patch 1.3:
    • can now grind large vehicles (MCVs) and even structures using its harpoon and grinder
    • heroic Apocalypse tank damage type changed to explosive from cannon
    • heroic Apocalypse tanks now fire high explosive rounds that detonate in a similar fashion to that of V4 rockets
  • Red Alert 3 beta patch 1.5: can be lifted by the Twinblade
  • Red Alert 3 patch 1.05:
    • can now properly change targets when using its Magnetic Harpoon ability
    • fixed a bug where units would potentially warp when being disengaged from an enemy Apocalypse tank's magnetic harpoon.
    • will now display its grinder effects on medium and lower LOD settings
  • Red Alert 3 patch 1.11:
    • grinder damage halved
    • vision range in harpoon mode increased
    • can no longer move while harpooning
    • while inside a Nanoswarm, Apocalypse tanks can now properly attack other units within the Nanoswarm

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Created[edit | edit source]

  • The Apocalypse has begun!
  • Armageddon is here!

Select[edit | edit source]

  • We wait!
  • Soviet Power Supreme!
  • I have the final say...
  • The Instrument of DOOM...
  • It is day of judgement!
  • Where are they?
  • Vengeance is near...

Moving[edit | edit source]

  • We cannot be stopped!
  • It is time!
  • They will run in fear!
  • Make a path...
  • They will pay!
  • Excellent!
  • Be patient...
  • We know they are here...

Attacking with Cannon[edit | edit source]

  • Crush them!
  • Now!
  • Amusing!
  • Pathetic!
  • Kill it!
  • Leave nothing!
  • Eradicate them!
  • With pleasure!

Attacking with Magnetic Harpoon[edit | edit source]

  • A fine choice...
  • An appetizer...
  • This one looks good!
  • Your turn!

Move to Attack[edit | edit source]

  • Annihilating!
  • The day has come!
  • At last!
  • So it begins!
  • *Maniacal Sadistic Laughter*

In combat[edit | edit source]

  • Such Fools!
  • The end is at hand!
  • It's soon shall be over!
  • This will be their last moments!
  • Their end draws near!
  • We shall end this! 
  • It will soon be a wasteland!
  • There is no mercy!

Retreating[edit | edit source]

  • Armageddon will wait!
  • Soviet Power must be preserved!!
  • Let them be!

Under fire[edit | edit source]

  • The fools cannot hinder me!
  • The Apocalypse cannot be stopped!
  • I will not be interrupted!
  • They have not accepted their fate!

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Videos[edit | edit source]

Surveillance footage

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Conceptually, the M-Harpoon is similar to Yuri's Magnetrons; the only difference between the two is that the Apocalypse uses it to drag vehicles underneath its grinders, while the Magnetron lifts the victim unit in the air and pulls it towards the Magnetron.
  • Most of the Apocalypse tank's lines are direct quotes from Red Alert 2's Apocalypse tank as well as the Rhino tank.
  • If the Apocalypse Tank magnetizes any unit (enemy, ally or player units), by the time the Apocalypse starts grinding, use reverse move or simply move the Apocalypse forward but doing this will only crush the target vehicle. If done right, the target will explode instantly. Does not work on ships and tier 3 units.
  • The Apocalypse's M-Harpoon can magnetize lower-leveled time bombs.
  • The Apocalypse's M-Harpoon can instantly kill a frozen unit. There will be no animation in which the tank pulls a unit, the unit simply explodes when the magnetic beam hits it.
  • One of the Apocalypse's quotes when using the M-Harpoon, "Get over here!", is a reference to the iconic phrase spoken by Mortal Kombat character Scorpion when using his spear attack.
  • The Apocalypse tank is the only Soviet unit that can crush other vehicles.
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