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Commando (Tiberian Dawn)

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TD Gameicon.png C&C Covert Ops Cover.gif
For other commandos, see Commando.
TD Commando Icons.png TDR Commando Cameo.png




Internal name



CNCR GDILogo.png Global Defense Initiative
CNCR NodLogo.png Brotherhood of Nod


Special forces

  • .50 cal silenced sniper rifle[1]
  • C4 charges
  • Mossberg 500 shotgun (cameo image)
Tech level


Hit points




Build time


Produced by

Barracks (GDI)
Hand of Nod (Nod)


Advanced communications center (GDI)
Temple of Nod (Nod)

Ground attack

100 (Hollow Point)





Attack range


Sight range


Keep 'em comin'!
- Commando in action

Commando (sniper in Brotherhood parlance) is a powerful anti-infantry and anti-structure unit available to both GDI and the Brotherhood of Nod in Tiberian Dawn.

Background[edit | edit source]

The most highly trained soldiers in the employ of either faction, commandos are deployed in precision strikes against enemy bases and other high value targets. Operators are given leeway when it comes to customizing their combat gear, usually eschewing regulation uniforms in favor of customized battle gear, adapted to their needs. Regardless of their basic gear, commandos typically use a suppressed 12.7 mm/.50 caliber anti-materiel rifle as a primary weapon with a generous supply of C4 for use against enemy structures.

Through the First Tiberium War, commandos were used in special operations by both sides of the conflict. GDI used commandos to disable Nod airfields and cripple their supply chains, while the Brotherhood employed its own commandos and snipers to target GDI assets in order to cripple experimental weapons projects. Notable instances include the assassination of Doctor Wong Hu Chan in Angola, delaying the ion cannon project, destruction of the Mammoth tank proving grounds in Tanzania. A sniper also spearheaded the reclamation of the Nod base where the Ezekiel's Wheel stealth tank was developed.

Characteristics[edit | edit source]

Commandos are perhaps the most iconic unit in Tiberian Dawn, thanks to their unique voice set. In game terms, commandos are a top-tier anti-infantry unit with added mighty building destruction capabilities. Commandos also have generous health pools and are the fastest infantry unit in the game. In the right hands, a commando can lay waste to entire bases.

However, they are not invincible. Their primary weapon has excellent range, but low rate of fire and infantry in numbers can pose a threat. Their rifle is also ineffective against vehicles, while the need to be in direct contact with the target building makes destroying base defenses impossible.

Quotes[edit | edit source]

When selected[edit | edit source]

  • Yeah?
  • Yo!
  • Yes, sir?

When idle[edit | edit source]

  • C'mon!

When moving[edit | edit source]

  • Time to rock 'n' roll!
  • You got it!
  • No problem.
  • I'm on it!

When ordered to attack[edit | edit source]

  • Real tough guy!
  • (laughter)

When ordered to plant a C-4[edit | edit source]

  • I've got a present for ya!

After attacking[edit | edit source]

  • Keep 'em coming!
  • That was left handed!

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

  • Frank Klepacki did the voice acting for the Commando.
  • While some publicity shots feature commandos posing with Mossberg 500 shotguns, in-game they use "Raptor" .50 cal assault rifle/sniper rifle hybrids, deadly over long ranges and outfitted with integral suppressors.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Videos[edit | edit source]

GDI commandos in actions

References[edit | edit source]

CNCR GDILogo.png Global Defense Initiative First Tiberium War Arsenal CNCR GDILogo.png
CNCR NodLogo.png Brotherhood of Nod First Tiberium War Arsenal CNCR NodLogo.png
Sole Survivor Cover.jpg Command & Conquer: Sole Survivor Arsenal Sole Survivor Cover.jpg