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The Spy is the Allies' espionage infantry. While lacking any additional abilities, they are the cheapest infiltrator who can disguise as enemy infantry.

Official description

Espionage has been an essential part of warfare for millennia. Spies exceed in blending in and disguising themselves, allowing them to slip past enemy lines. Spies can provide a commander with invaluable assets when he infiltrates an enemy facility, but be wary of units that can detect them, as a Spy is unarmed. The Allied Spy is the cheapest infiltrator that can disguise.[1]

Overview

Serving as the Allies' main espionage unit, the Spy's main purpose is to infiltrate enemy bases providing substantial benefits. Like other espionage units, they can disguise themselves to what infantry the commander need in order to slip past enemy lines. While lacking in special benefits compared to its new counterparts, it makes up for being slightly cheaper. To increase chances of successful infiltrations, Spies should be transported with either IFVs like the swift Stryker IFV or the airborne Stallion Transport.

Spy main advantages compared to its counterpart is their cheap cost.

As with other espionage units, the Spy can infiltrate an enemy building, but the effects will vary depending on the building:

However, Spies are vulnerable once discovered by the enemy commander. It also vulnerable to Dogs, Spooks and other units that can detect disguised Spies rendering them ineffective. Another downside is that a building protected by walls will block off Spies unless the wall is torn down.

Appearances

In the campaign, Spies are never trainable from the player's Barracks, and when available, almost always serve to accomplish an objective in the mission. The enemy can train them normally, and it's possible to gain access to an indefinite amount of them via mind control or abduction with Drakuv Prison Vehicles. In addition, they are prohibited from infiltrating labs and Construction Yards in the campaign, unless if that's a mission objective.

Act One

Act Two

  • In Puppet Master, the player will be given four Spies if the Allied Psychic Beacon is destroyed.
  • In Stone Cold Crazy, the Allied Commander starts with four Spies in his disposal and can use them freely.
  • In Ghost Hunt, a few minutes after the MCV is secured, a Spy will emerge from the Mine Shaft if it has not been destroyed.
  • In Tainted Empire, a few minutes after the initial Chinese attack on the Kanegawa Headquarters is repelled, six Spies will be given to the player. They can be used freely.
  • At the start of Unthinkable, after battlefield control goes online, a Spy will be scripted to infiltrate the player's Radar Spire, causing shroud to be reset. This can be prevented by selling the Radar Spire as soon as possible.

Cooperative

  • The first objective in Mad Monster is to contact a team of Spies located south of the players' starting position. Once they're found, they'll fall under control of the players and must infiltrate the Soviet Control Towers.

Assessment

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  • Can disguise himself as an enemy infantry unit and infiltrate enemy buildings, giving an advantage over the enemy.
  • By infiltrating the enemy's tech lab and construction yard, you can gain access to powerful stolen tech units, and potentially change the game's outcome.
  • Using transports can help Spies travel across difficult obstacles and save time.
  • Cheaper than Saboteurs and Infiltrators ($800).

  • Unarmed.
  • Very fragile.
  • Mediocre speed.
  • Dogs, Spooks, Clairvoyants, Robot Tanks, Terror Drones, Fury DronesChitzkoi, Stingers, Roadrunners and Sensor Towers can detect disguised Spies.
  • Even without being detected, they can still be crushed by enemy miners or tanks.
  • If detected by the enemy player, any unit can be ordered to kill the Spy.
  • A lot of micromanagement is required to guide them safely into the enemy base.
  • Walls are obstacles for keeping out Spies from infiltrating structures.
  • Unlike other infiltration units, the Spy has no unique abilities.

References

  1. Allied Infantry page on the official Mental Omega website

See also