||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.
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.
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.
- Time to rock 'n' roll!
- You got it!
- No problem.
- I'm on it!
- Real tough guy!
When ordered to plant a C-4[edit | edit source]
- I've got a present for ya!
- Keep 'em coming!
- That was left handed!
- 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.
DOS manual render, from a cutscene