A dog is a man's best friend. This age-old adage is proven time and time again with the effectiveness of military Attack Dogs. Trained to attack enemy troops with no remorse, these canines are a threat to any infantry on the battlefield. Their speed, excellent swimming ability, and above-human perceptiveness makes them excellent scouts. It also allows them to sniff out enemy spies effectively. Unfortunately, to make sure the dogs are able to remain agile, they are equipped with only the lightest armor. They are completely helpless against defenses and vehicles.
With a thick fur coat and incredible survival instinct, the Soviet Attack Dog is capable of surviving in even the most bitter of winters. Enemies are wise to keep their infantry away from Attack Dogs to prevent unnecessary mauling. Light on their feet and great swimmers, the dogs serve as excellent recon units. Like their Allied cousins, they can sniff out enemy spies effectively and are just as vulnerable to vehicles.
Attack Dogs both maintain and expand their role they had in Red Alert 2; their high speed makes them excellent scouts, and they can now swim, which makes them able to explore further than their vanilla counterpart. They can detect infiltrators, including the new Arsonists and Hijackers, which makes them valuable at all stages of the game.
They have a very powerful bite attack; it can nearly kill any infantry that doesn't benefit from an immunity to it, which makes them especially useful in taking out engineers, other dogs, or lone infantry. This does, however, severely limit their usefulness against certain types of infantry, particularly against the Foehn Revolt's. They also no longer have a lunge on their attack (now exclusive to Chitzkoi), and coupled with their frail health and inability to attack buildings and vehicles, they are generally not suited for heavier engagements with a strong presence of anti-infantry weapons.
- Be on the lookout for spies, comrade. It seems a little too quiet tonight.
- Hehe, we don't need to worry about stupid American spies. That's what the dogs are for!
—A Conscript and a Rhino Tank operator during Operation Eagle Fly Free
- The Allied Attack Dog first appears in Archetype as enemy unit.
- The Allied Attack Dog is first controllable and trainable in Red Dawn Rising, at the beginning of the Third Great War.
- Similar to the Allied one, the Soviet Attack Dog first appears as a controllable and trainable unit in Bleed Red at the beginning of Third Great War.
- In Act One, the Epsilon Army has not yet been established at this time. In most cases, the PsiCorps will use Soviet Attack Dog as their scout unit. Starting from The Conqueror, the Epsilon began to use Spook to replace the Soviet Attack Dog that previously used.
Behind the scenes
- Epsilon Army uses Attack Dogs, which are Rottweilers, before the Spook was introduced in version 3.3.
- In version 2.0, the Attack Dogs from different factions has their own features: Allied one has higher speed, Soviet one is tougher and the Epsilon one has virus effect and its immunity. In version 3.0, all Attack Dogs' status have been unified.
- The Attack Dog reuses original voiceset in the vanilla and .
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