GDI commando (Tiberium Wars)

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CNCTW GDI Commando Cameo.png

TW Commando Symbol.png Commando

CNCTW GDI Commando.jpg
Internal name



CNC3 GDI logo.png Global Defense Initiative
CNCKW ZOCOM Logo.png Zone Operations Command


Rail Carbine[1]
Det Packs
Jump jets



Hit points


Armour type

Heavy (5% Cannon, 12% Rocket, 40% Grenade, 50% Gun, 100% Sniper)



Build time


Produced by



Tech Center



Ground attack

10000 (Sniper), 1000 (Grenade) w/ a 9999% damage scalar for valid detpack targets


0.5 seconds, each burst lasts 5 seconds



Attack range
  • 300 (carbine)
  • 20 (Detpack)

CNCTW Jetpacks Cameo.png Jetpack
CNCTW GDI Call for Transport Cameo.png Call for transport

Let's get this party started!
- Commando

The commando was GDI's ultimate infantry unit in Tiberium Wars and Kane's Wrath.

Background[edit | edit source]

GDI Commando Corps emblem

Backed by 50 years of tradition, they are the results of a powerful training program, with a 22% fatality rate and a 97% drop-out rate for the survivors (even after starting with the very best of the best in all branches of service).[2] Typically, only one commando at a time will be allotted to a commander due to the high expense of equipping one, and in addition to the scarcity of such elite graduates.

Equipment[edit | edit source]

The next generation Commandos wear full suits of heavy body armour made of Kevlar5tm over a Mitsubishi elasticized polymer ceramic core, with a Data General Rugged System (DGRS) Sensor fusion helmet system and a hard point mounting system with an integrated Dai Nippon Skunk Works PCS/Jenner jump jet unit.[3]

They are also equipped with prototype high rate-of-fire assault railgun carbines which can tear infantry apart and, if given enough time, light vehicles like the Attack Bike. And, like their predecessors, they carry a large amount of det packs (based on an exotic new explosive) for demolition of buildings. One of their key abilities is destroying enemy Mechanized walkers by planting explosives on their legs.

To maintain fitness, GDI commandoes usually do one handed push ups when idle, which is a testament to their physical prowess.[4]

Notable members[edit | edit source]

Lt. Fullerton, the commander of Stuttgart GDI forces was a Commando and was instrumental in retaking the city from the Scrin. Higgins and Conrad are commandos used extensively in GDI recruitment videos and posters.[5]

Abilities[edit | edit source]

CNCTW Jetpacks Cameo.png
Jetpack Allow Commando to take flight, clearing large amounts of terrain in a single jump to land at a targeted destination. This activated ability has a 10 second cooldown (Ctrl+S).
CNCTW GDI Call for Transport Cameo.png
Call for transport Calls in a V-35 Ox to carry the Commando anywhere on the map (Ctrl+A).

In-game[edit | edit source]

GDI commandos are some of the deadliest infantry on the field of battle, and should never be ignored by either their commander or opposing commanders.

Commandos have superior range to most other infantry, and, much like snipers, can eliminate an infantry soldier in a single hit. However, they fire extremely quickly and as a result can destroy many squads of enemy infantry all on their own. They are perhaps the best counter available to masses of enemy infantry.

Commandos can lay det packs on enemy walkers or vehicles provided that they get right in front of them. Since there are no walker units that are particularly deadly to infantry, they can easily tear straight through walker groups. If a commando penetrates an enemy's defenses they are equally deadly, capable of destroying many buildings or an entire base. GDI Commandos have jump jets, allowing them to jump over otherwise impassable terrain and anti-surface defenses, meaning they are especially good at getting into the weak spots of an opponent's base.

They are more difficult to kill than most infantry, though they are still very vulnerable to massed anti-infantry fire. Unlike most infantry, however, they can hope to take some fire from things like anti-infantry base defense turrets and survive the encounter, though charging or staying within range of said turrets is still not advisable. Commandos can even take small amounts of flamethrower fire and survive, as long as they retreat or jump jet away quickly.

However powerful they may be, they still have glaring weaknesses. Commandos are horribly ineffective against vehicles. With very excessive fire they can kill light vehicles, but engaging light vehicles isn't even advisable most of the time against a good enemy commander. Firing at heavy vehicles like tanks is pointless; commandos cannot hope to noticeably damage them in any reasonable period of time, being even less effective than standard assault rifle-wielding infantry at the task. Units such as Hammerheads or Venoms can make quick work of commandos and intercept them quickly as well; commandos have no ability to defend themselves from aircraft and are fragile. Additionally, only one commando may be on the field at a time. Traditionally, Nod commanders tend to use Shadow Teams to counter commandos and GDI commanders may make use of Sniper teams. Both are stealthed units that can quickly kill a commando. If they get the first hit in, they are virtually guaranteed to emerge victorious. Buzzers can instantly kill commandos too, but they must get right in front of a commando to make this possible and commandos can kill them in a single shot. Scrin commanders may make use of the Buzzer Swarm power to summon Buzzers directly on top of a commando to negate this disadvantage, or attach Buzzers to a vehicle then move it right next to a commando.

Development[edit | edit source]

Originally, the commando was supposed to have two versions - one for the Blue Zones, featuring short sleeves and an eyepiece and a Red Zone versions, with full body adaptable armour. However, eventually, the original rifleman model was used for the Commando, the riflemen were given a new one and the Blue Zone commando was recycled as the sergeant, guarding the barracks.

Changelog[edit | edit source]

Quotes[edit | edit source]

When created[edit | edit source]

  • Let's get this party started!
  • Okay boss, let's hear the plan! (unused)
  • Didn't miss anything, did I? (unused)
  • Load and lock and roll and rock! (unused)

When selected[edit | edit source]

  • Yeah?
  • I'm ready.
  • Whaddaya got for me?
  • So where are they?
  • Alright, waddaya got?
  • Yo!
  • Set 'em up and I'll knock 'em down!
  • Well, let's do this thing.

When moving[edit | edit source]

  • Right!
  • I know the routine!
  • I'm there!
  • Got it!
  • Yep!
  • Goin' there!
  • You got it.
  • Already there!

When using jump jet[edit | edit source]

  • Goin' up!
  • Hittin' it!
  • Oh yeah!
  • Here we go!

When garrisoning a structure[edit | edit source]

  • Going in!
  • Let's check it out!
  • How's the room service?
  • Hope the maids are cute!

When ordered to attack[edit | edit source]

  • Don't mind if I do...
  • Give 'em a runnin' start...
  • We'll start with them!
  • This oughtta be fun...
  • A little target practice?
  • All right!
  • Don't be shy!

When attacking[edit | edit source]

  • I'll put 'em down!
  • He's done!
  • Siddown!
  • Too easy!
  • Dismissed!
  • This shouldn't take long...
  • I'll give him special treatment!
  • I got his one!
  • I didn't forget you!
  • See ya!
  • He's goin' dirt-tastin'!

When ordered to plant explosives[edit | edit source]

  • Santa's comin' to town!
  • It's the thought that counts!
  • I got your present right here!
  • I've got a present for ya!
  • I'll put a little surprise under your tree!

In combat[edit | edit source]

  • Let's see who's left standing!
  • Like fish in a barrel!
  • Next!
  • Keep 'em comin'!
  • Real tough guy!
  • Bring it!
  • Keep the day job, buddy!
  • That was left-handed!
  • Hahaha...
  • Ah sweet! Like shootin' skeet!
  • Nice faceplant!
  • Goodnight, ladies!
  • C'mon girls, let's see what you got!
  • Step right up!

When retreating[edit | edit source]

  • Gotta go!
  • Outta here!
  • See ya!
  • We'll save 'em for later!
  • Later!

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Even with the commando's armour, he is vulnerable to Tiberium.
  • The commando inherits certain quotes with the commando from the original Command & Conquer, such as: "I've got a present for ya!", "Real tough guy!" and "That was left-handed!".
  • Rarely, the Commando will start dancing and will continue to do so until clicked on or engaged.

Idle animations[edit | edit source]

  • Rarely, the commando may dance until interrupted.
  • More commonly he'll dance for only a few seconds.
  • He'll do a spin trick with his gun.

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Weapon.xml, Mod SDK
  2. Tiberium Wars Intel Database
  3. Duane Loose. 2006. "Block 10 Technical Bulletin #1: Designn". File mirror
  4. Idle animation in Tiberium Wars
  5. Tiberium Wars promotional materials
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