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The Desolator is an infamous heavy infantry used by all Soviet factions except China, who uses the more powerful Eradicators instead, that can annihilate enemy troops and poison the land with his rad cannon.


The aptly named Desolator is the bane of any organic lifeform. A man in a heavy anti-radiation suit, the Desolator can traverse and resist any rad-based dangers. Coupled with a shoulder-mounted radiation cannon, the Desolator can melt any infantry into a puddle of residue in seconds. The potent rad beam is even powerful enough to damage armored vehicles.

The Desolator can deploy his cannon as well. Planting it into the earth and pumping lethal doses of radiation into the ground, the surrounding area becomes dangerous for any infantry to traverse, not to mention the ecological damage caused in the process. In short, the Desolator is a walking affront to environmental stability.



  • Nearly unmatched against most infantry.
  • Powerful in numbers.
  • When deployed, cannot be crushed by normal vehicles.
  • When deployed, Desolators can irradiate the surface, making passing through ground lethal to infantry and light vehicles.
  • Their radiation field can also penetrate water, damaging enemy submerged units and revealing them.
  • Desolator's weapon is quite effective against vehicles.
  • Decent attack range.
  • Very powerful when inside a Catastrophe Tank.
  • Immune to radiation.
  • Immune to Dogs and Spooks.

  • Vulnerable to long-ranged anti-infantry weaponry and air units.
  • Vulnerable to magnetic weapons.
  • Susceptible to mind control and confusion rays.
  • Completely useless against structures, robotic units, and enemy Desolators.
  • Immobile while deployed.
  • Deployed Desolator's radiation can harm friendly units.


The Desolator, along with the Eradicator, uses most of the voiceset from the former in Red Alert 2.

When selected

  • (Heavy breathing)
  • Desolator Ready.
  • Ready for a meltdown.
  • Reactor ready.
  • Mercury Rising.

When ordered to move

  • Mercury rising.
  • Find a hot spot.
  • Scorched Earth.
  • Spread the doom.
  • There goes the neighborhood.

When ordered to attack

  • It will be a silent spring!
  • Here comes the sun!
  • Tagged for extinction!
  • Make it glow!
  • Let's heat 'em up!
  • The end is near!


See also