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Sandstorm (Rivals)

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CNCRiv Sandstorm.png

CNCRiv Sandstorm stand.png

CNCRiv Sandstorm idle.png

CNCRiv Sandstorm engage.png


CNCR GDI logo.png GDI


Anti-ground/anti-air hovercraft


Missile launchers



Tech level

2, epic

Hit points






Produced by

Tech Lab

Ground attack

10×12 against infantry
100×12 against vehicles and harvesters
150×12 against structures

Air attack



4 seconds



Attack range


Sight range



Fires at three targets in an arc.

Calm before the sandstorm
- Sandstorm when leaving Tech lab.

The Sandstorm is an epic GDI tech hovercraft in Command & Conquer: Rivals.

Background[edit | edit source]

The AHV-8 Sandstorm is a GDI hover vehicle first fielded after the 3rd Tiberium War. The Sandstorm is noteable for its ability to fire a seemingly endless volley of guided missiles at multiple enemy air and ground forces simultaneously.

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Strong against vehicles and aircraft. Deals damage to up to 3 enemies in an arc.

Game unit[edit | edit source]

Sandstorm is a late game unit that can deal with all manner of air threats and can deal wreak havoc for lower tier vehicles. As such it's used as a tech spalsh unit for GDI aggro decks.

Although light anti-vehicle infantry like Laser Squad will eventually take down a Sandstorm, it's high health means that it might be too late, therefore a better answer to the Sandstorm is an infantry with a stronger punch or some baiting tactics before heavy hitting vehicles or aircraft moves in.

The amphibious nature of the unit makes it capable of quickly moving across maps which have ponds.

Personality[edit | edit source]

Professional, at times emotional. When idle, move the rocket launcher around.

Quotes[edit | edit source]

When created[edit | edit source]

  • Ready to kick up the dust
  • Calm before the sandstorm
  • Ready for action

When selected[edit | edit source]

  • Sandstorm scanning
  • Reporting
  • Rocket pods aligned

When moving[edit | edit source]

  • Sandstorm in motion
  • Sandstorm mobile
  • Sandstorm drifting

When ordered to attack favorably[edit | edit source]

  • We will vaporize them
  • Lock and load!
  • Sandstorm superiority

When ordered to attack unfavorably[edit | edit source]

  • This is gonna be bad
  • As commanded
  • No happy advantage

When ordered to attack neutral[edit | edit source]

  • Understood
  • Acknowledged
  • Affirmative

When ordered to attack unreachable target[edit | edit source]

  • No can do!
  • Impractical, sir
  • Negative

When in favorable or neutral engagement[edit | edit source]

  • Taking them down
  • Rockets on track
  • We've got this

When in unfavorable engagement[edit | edit source]

  • Sandstorm under assault
  • Enemy has the upper hand
  • We're under fire

Videos[edit | edit source]

Intel Report on Sandstorm

References[edit | edit source]

CNCR GDI logo.png Global Defense Initiative Rivals Arsenal CNCR GDI logo.png