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Riptide ACV

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Internal name



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Amphibious assault transport

  • .50 cal machine gun
  • Torpedo tube (x2)


Hit points


Armour type

BaseHarassmentVehicleArmor (0% Melee, 0% Sniper, 25% Gun, 100% Auto Cannon, 75% Rocket, 100% Flak, 170% Cannon, 100% Concussive, 170% Prism, 170% Tesla, 100% Explosive, 5% Radiation)

Transport slots






Build time


Produced by

Armor Facility and Seaport

Ground attack
  • Machine gun: 5 (x8) (Auto Cannon)
  • Torpedoes: 40 (x2) (Concussive)
Land speed


Sea speed


Sight range
  • 200 (vision)
  • 500 (shroud reveal range)
Alright, who's my first pickup?
- Riptide ACV rolling out

The Riptide ACV is the Allied transport and T1 anti-infantry/anti-ship vehicle in Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 and its expansion, Uprising.

Background[edit | edit source]

Nothing is known about the Riptide ACV's background. It is an air-cushion vehicle designed for transporting infantry, and can traverse any terrain with ease. It is armed with a .50 caliber heavy machine gun and two torpedo tubes. It can transport five infantry units.

Abilities[edit | edit source]

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Evacuate Drops off all infantry inside. Usable only on land.

Game Unit[edit | edit source]

It is mainly used to transport infantry but it also can be used when in superior numbers in water, during which its torpedoes will sink any capital ships in a short time. Its torpedoes can hit submerged targets but the torpedoes cannot be used on land. Note that if the unit is destroyed, any infantry inside it will be lost along with it.

It is the standard Tier 1 Allied ship at sea, roughly equal to the Stingray and Yari mini-sub, but on land serves roughly the same role that the Sickle has in the Soviet Army, which is the anti-infantry role. Commanders also admit it is defenseless against aircraft and its armor is relatively weak to most tanks. Despite the fact that it has machine guns, large numbers of anti-armor infantry can swarm in and quickly destroy the Riptide.

Because the Riptide is available once an Armor Facility has been built and has anti-infantry machine guns, it is sometimes used to rush infantry to the opponent's base during the early game if the opponent's forces consists of mostly infantry.

Finally, due to its decent speed, variable weapons, and moderate cost, the Riptide is probably the most well-balanced APC in Red Alert 3.

Changelog[edit | edit source]

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Upon exiting either an Armor Facility or a Seaport[edit | edit source]

  • Alright, who's my first pickup?

Select[edit | edit source]

  • Riptide here!
  • Whatcha got cookin'?
  • No complaints!
  • So what's coming up?
  • Engines running!
  • Doors always open!
  • Designated driver!
  • Someone called for transport?

Moving[edit | edit source]

  • I'll go with that!
  • Sounds alright!
  • Cool!
  • Yeah!
  • We're out!
  • That's 10-4!
  • Gotcha!
  • You got it sir!
  • Keepin' it smooth!

Moving to land[edit | edit source]

  • Let's pull it up!
  • Get up on there!
  • Head'n to shore!

Moving to water[edit | edit source]

  • Let's make waves!
  • Hitting the blue!
  • Don't mind getting wet!

Attacking with gun[edit | edit source]

  • Keep firing!
  • Smoke 'em!
  • ADIOS!
  • Rock and roll!
  • Bust some caps!
  • Grease 'em!
  • Light 'em up!

Attacking with torpedos[edit | edit source]

  • Sink 'em!
  • Send 'em another fish!
  • Reds flash!
  • Give 'em a soup tour!

Move to Attack[edit | edit source]

  • There's one!
  • Better buckle up!
  • FIRE UP THE 50!
  • Get the duster ready!
  • Man that gun!

In combat[edit | edit source]

  • Go ahead command!
  • I'm right here, what you need!
  • They right in front of us!
  • Hey, keep those chambers hot!
  • Don't stop that beat!
  • Yeah, that's how it happens!

Retreating[edit | edit source]

  • Let's get outta here!
  • Don't look back!
  • Bug out!
  • We're falling back!
  • Coming in hot!

Under fire[edit | edit source]

  • The LZ is hot!
  • In contact!
  • Watch the shrapnel!
  • Keep your helmets on!

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • "ACV" stands for "air-cushion vehicle", a synonym for hovercraft.
  • The Riptide's torpedo projectiles use the same model as the Akula submarine's torpedoes. Though there is a different torpedo model included in the Riptide's model, it was not used.

Videos[edit | edit source]

Surveillance footage

See also[edit | edit source]

  • Sickle - Soviet anti-infantry vehicle counterpart.
  • Mecha Tengu - Imperial anti-infantry vehicle counterpart.
  • Bullfrog - Soviet transport vehicle counterpart.
  • Sudden transport - Imperial transport vehicle counterpart.
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