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25px-Disambig.png For other uses, see Guardian.
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MBT-X8 Guardian Tank

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Unit
Affiliation

Allies

Role

Main battle tank

Armament
Tier

2

Properties
Hit points

480

Armour type

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

  • 105% side damage, 110% rear damage
Amphibious

No

Production
Cost

950

Build time

0:10

Produced by

Armor Facility

Requires

Heightened Clearance

Hotkey

F4

Combat
Ground attack

60 (Cannon)

Speed

80

Attack range
  • 150 (cannon)
  • 350 (target painter)
Sight range
  • 200 (vision)
  • 500 (shroud clearing range)
Function
Upgrades

High technology

Abilities

Target painter (toggle)

Guardian tank, awaiting deployment!
- Guardian tank rolling out of the Armor Facility

The MBT-X8 Guardian Tank is the Allied main battle tank in Red Alert 3 and its expansion, Uprising.

Background[edit | edit source]

Main article: Guardian tank/Profile
The Guardian Tanks' Target Pointer special ability in action

A main battle tank of British origin, the Guardian became the mainstay of Allied forces on the ground worldwide after besting the Grizzly, an American-made design, in field tests across the board.

The Guardian boasted an impressive balance of power, durability, and maneuverability and had a molded frame that helped keep production costs down. Its 90 mm main gun could punch through Soviet armor reliably and packed more firepower, though a slightly lower rate of fire, than the Guardian's Soviet counterpart.

In addition, each Guardian tank was equipped with a target-designating module, which replaced the exposed machine gun mount found on older models. Designed to complement other Allied weapons platforms, the Spyglass target designator (colloquially called the "target painter") relays targeting information to nearby Allied forces. By automatically interfacing with their weapons systems, the target painter could make other forces more accurate and deadly by compensating for wind direction, visibility, and more than 100 marginal factors--all of which add up.

A Guardian tank was unable to maintain the beam through the recoil of its main gun's firing sequence, so Guardian crews must coordinate well to decide which unit within the column is going to "cast the lure" (as Guardian technicians put it) while the others press the attack.

Abilities[edit | edit source]

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Smoothbore Cannon Switches to the Guardian Tank's main weapon, a 90mm smoothbore cannon. Although effective against enemy vehicles it is less so against infantry targets, and completely unable to fire at air targets.
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Target Painter Switches to a target painter, which gives all friendly units a 50% firepower bonus against a designated target. With the High Technology Upgrade acquired, this bonus will be increased to 100%, effectively doubling the firepower of friendly units.

In-game[edit | edit source]

The Guardian tank is slightly cheaper than the Hammer tank and the Tsunami tank. In terms of overall abilities, it is well balanced, having the fastest speed and the strongest firepower of all three MBTs (not counting Hammer tank's leeched weapons), while also being the second most durable. Like all other tanks, it is vulnerable against aircraft and anti-armor infantry, and need to be protected from them by other units.

Its target painter is an extremely valuable support weapon. Painted targets take 50% more damage from all weapons, or 100% more with the High technology upgrade. Since the target painter has a much longer range than the main cannon, it is a good idea to always have one Guardian tank switched to target painter at the back, while other Guardians engage the target. The effects of multiple target painters do not stack.

Changelog[edit | edit source]

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Created[edit | edit source]

  • Guardian tank, awaiting deployment!

Select[edit | edit source]

  • What's on the agenda?
  • Guardian tank!
  • What can we do for you, sir?
  • Could we be of help, sir?
  • Guardian tank, good to go!
  • Guardian tank, at your service!
  • Ready as always!
  • What's it gonna be?

Moving[edit | edit source]

  • Affirmative sir!
  • Gentleman, let's move!
  • We'll be on our best behaviour.
  • Approaching area!
  • You heard the boss!
  • Move it out, lads!
  • We're on it sir!
  • Come on boys!
  • Of course sir!
  • Capital!

Attacking[edit | edit source]

  • Open fire!
  • Send 'em home!
  • With pleasure!
  • Let 'em have it!
  • They'll get theirs!
  • Another one ey?
  • Take it to 'em boys!
  • Commence firing!

Use Target Painter[edit | edit source]

  • Got 'em in our sights!
  • That's the one!
  • We have him late!
  • Target set!
  • Spotlights on that one!

Move to attack[edit | edit source]

  • All the lads have been waitin' for this, sir.
  • We'll show 'em out.
  • They causing trouble?
  • Dispose of this rubbish.
  • Coming right up!
  • Well let's have it then!
  • Time for a switching, boys!
  • That's him, light 'em up!
  • They've been asking for this!
  • A little tidying up, ay?
  • Take it to him, boys!

In combat[edit | edit source]

  • Don't let up, lads!
  • This it is, boys!
  • Settle down boys the command's on the line!
  • Come on! Come on now!
  • Hold 'em a mess you sir!
  • You had enough?!!
  • There more where that come from!
  • Keep at it, lads!

Retreating[edit | edit source]

  • Back it up, we're done here!
  • Outta here, on the double!
  • Make way!

Under fire[edit | edit source]

  • They messing with the wrong bloats
  • We're got some incoming!
  • They firing at us!
  • We'll give it right back!

Videos[edit | edit source]

Surveillance footage

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The body and 3 sets of treads of the Guardian resembles the Scorpion tank.
  • The Guardian tank's special ability is similar to that of the Avenger's in Generals.
  • The Guardian is the most common enemy vehicle seen in the unit profiles of Soviets and Imperial units.
  • In the Red Alert 3 Tutorial, a Guardian Tank is seen along with a Tsunami tank and Hammer tank, teaching the new commander how to play. Though the Guardian tank in the tutorial appears to be voiced by the Multigunner IFV's voice actor instead of the Guardian tank's.

References[edit | edit source]

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