Bend your knees, use your arms.
—A Dunerider speeding around
The Dunerider is an Epsilon infantry unit that specializes as a fast response unit.
Acting in loose groups as quick response teams to any threat that may compromise the security of Epsilon settlements, Duneriders use anti-gravity hover boards that allow them to maneuver across any terrain with extreme ease and great speed. Lobbing grenades with toxic charges makes the Dunerider an effective jack-of-all-trades to infantry and buildings.
The Duneriders are Tier 2 units used by all of the Epsilon subfactions. Their toxic grenades are effective against infantry and buildings to an extent. Also, their long attack range (although a Virus can more safely pick off infantry from a longer distance) allow them to easily kite enemy infantry that try to give chase.
Being fast and amphibious are both strengths of the Dunerider, and most infantry in general can’t compete with a Dunerider over water. This powerful advantage allows the Proselyte to use several Duneriders to speed through a poorly defended waterway before the enemy commander can react, eliminate key buildings, then flee immediately after.
However, it's worth noting that Duneriders are very weak on attack vehicles, so it is ill-advised to use them to attack armor units unless you intend to use them as bait. Duneriders also have no way to defend themselves against aircraft; an issue that is exacerbated by the low count of anti-air infantry in Epsilon arsenals.
Duneriders are our latest hover units, effective against infantry and buildings.
—Unused Epsilon intel during Operation: Memory Dealer
- The Dunerider is introduced in Memory Dealer as a trainable unit.
- In Divergence, three elite Duneriders are in the initial taskforce, along with Malver and Rahn.