|“|| It will be a silent spring!|
- A Desolator
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.
Returning from the original game but now available to all Soviet subfactions besides China, the Desolator is by far one of the most powerful infantry the Soviet has to offer. Its main weapon is the rad cannon which enables them to fire powerful radioactive beams that dissolve any organic target as it pleases. Its rad cannon are powerful enough to kill light infantry with a single shot. These cannons are also powerful enough to damage any non-robotic vehicles as well, and can stand its ground against main battle tanks. The Desolator also deploy themselves allowing them to contaminate the surface around it to deny access for any hostile ground troops; even ships and submarines aren't safe from them. Once deployed they will continue to irradiate the surface until they are ordered to move. Their suit makes them immune to radiation especially their own weapon and grant immunity to Dogs and Spooks.
Due to their instantaneous and reliable damage output, they are an excellent choice as passengers inside the Confederation's Catastrophe Tanks; it addresses the monster tank's weakness against infantry, making the Catastrophe an all-around unit that can be mass produced.
Unfortunately, they have a few setbacks. One thing to known that deploying Desolator can harm friends and foes thus it is necessary to be caution on using it if any unit is nearby. Their rad cannon are useless against buildings, rogue Desolators/Eradicators and Robotic units making them a sitting duck against them. Epsilon magnetic weapon can hinder them as well.
- Desolators make their first appearance as controllable unit in Road to Nowhere.
- They are trainable in Dragonstorm.
The Desolator, along with the Eradicator, uses most of the voiceset from the former in Red Alert 2. Some quotes that are purposed to be changed into firing secondary weapon voice is unused however, for unknown reason.
- Desolator Ready.
- (Heavy breathing)
- Ready for a meltdown.
- Reactor ready.
- Mercury Rising.
When ordered to move
- Find a hot spot.
- Scorched Earth.
- There goes the neighborhood.
- It will be a silent spring!
When ordered to attack
- Tagged for extinction!
- Let's heat 'em up!
- Here comes the sun!
- The end is near!
When ordered to deploy (unused)
- Spread the doom!
- Make it glow!
- Let's make an oasis of death!