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The Saboteur is the Soviet espionage unit that, unlike its Allied counterpart, wears a low yield nuclear bomb vest that detonates upon death.

Official description

The Saboteur's main role is espionage: stealing important intelligence from enemy labs and facilities. Able to disguise himself as enemy infantry and slip past defenses, he is similar in that aspect to an Allied Spy. There is one major difference between the Saboteur and your regular espionage agent.

The Saboteur wears a vest with a low-yield nuclear bomb embedded within. The bomb's trigger is directly connected to a small heart rate monitor, which detonates the bomb when the Saboteur's heart stops. This contraption results in a localized explosion in the event the Saboteur is discovered and killed, either grievously wounding or killing the attacker.[1]


Serving as the Soviet's main espionage unit, the Saboteur's main purpose is to infiltrate enemy bases providing substantial benefits. Like other espionage units, they can disguise themselves to what infantry the commander needs in order to slip past enemy lines. Employing Borillos and Halftracks/Tigr APCs are recommended to ensure the safety of the Saboteurs, as these transports are armed and can deal with the Saboteur's common countermeasure, Attack Dogs and Spooks, easily.

Although the Saboteur explodes upon death, the damage dealt is relatively minor as the blast is unable to kill even Attack Dogs and Spooks unless they are already moderately injured. This makes the ability a trivial one at best, unless he detonates near a critically damaged structure or unit.

As with other espionage infantries, the Saboteur can enter an enemy building but the effects will vary depending on the building:

AI behavior

The AI is notorious for building Saboteurs as early as building a Barracks.

Saboteurs controlled by the AI have the following attack patterns:

All difficulties

  • 1x infiltrating power plants (except Nuclear Reactor) or ore refineries


  • 1x infiltrating barracks or war factories


  • 1x infiltrating offensive superweapons (including Fake Psychic Dominator), radar structures, Field Bureaus or Harbinger Towers


Now that the brainwashed Allied pilot has brought our Saboteurs to the position, you have to infiltrate the Comm Tower used by the Euro Alliance to communicate.
—Soviet intel during Operation: Idle Gossip

In the campaign, Saboteurs are never trainable from the player's Barracks, while the enemy can train them normally. It's possible to gain access to an indefinite amount of them via mind control or abduction with Drakuv Prison Vehicles, but they are still unavailable to train by sending them to Field Bureau. In addition, they are prohibited from infiltrating labs and Construction Yards in the campaign, unless if that's a mission objective.

Act One

In Casual and Normal difficulty of this mission, soon after the player gains control of the base, an AI-controlled Saboteur will come to sabotage the Tech Missile Bunker. The player needs to escort him to the Missile Bunker.

At the beginning of the mission, two Saboteurs are dispatched to the player and tasked with infiltrating the European Alliance's Comm Tower before the MCV arrives. After the base is established for a period, 5 more Saboteurs will be paradropped along with Pyros to support the player, and can be used freely.

  • See: Idle Gossip

  • After the bridge has been repaired and defended to allow the four Demolition Trucks to cross and aid the player, a Saboteur will join and become controllable as well. He can infiltrate a Tesla Reactor to instantly cut power from the Psychic Beacon and free the separatists, but it's also possible to do this normally by destroying and/or capturing the Tesla Reactors and Wind Plants.

  • See: Warranty Void

  • In Normal and Mental difficulty of this mission, a Saboteur is hiding in the camp at the farthest northwest of the player's base, he will infiltrate the player's Power Plant once the battle intensifies. If the player destroys the camp in advance or garrisons it with infantry units, he will appear directly.

  • See: Sunlight

  • At the beginning of the mission, two Saboteurs, disguised as Pacific Front GIs, are smuggled on a Voyager Transport and delivered to a Pacific Front complex where they have to infiltrate their Tech Center.

  • See: Unshakeable

  • Three Saboteurs will be sent and can be used freely. Additionally, at the start of the mission, Chinese Saboteurs are instructed to infiltrate the player's Barracks and War Factory, giving the Chinese veteran units. This cannot be prevented in any way.

  • See: Dragonstorm

  • Act Two

    Four Saboteurs will be sent after Morales evacuates, can be used freely.

    Three Saboteurs will be sent later in the mission, can be used freely.

  • See: Firewalking

  • After the destruction of the first Nanocentrifuge, two Saboteurs will appear and are tasked with infiltrating the Chinese Atomheart. They must be protected from Attack Dogs and Terror Drones along the way.

  • See: Heartwork

  • After 10 minutes, a team of four Saboteurs arrive at a designated point on the left edge of the map. 5 minutes after that, four more Saboteurs arrive at another point on the top edge. The player can freely use them.

  • See: Thread of Dread

  • The Soviet General starts with two Saboteurs in his disposal and can use them freely.

  • See: Meltdown

  • Saboteurs are provided to the player midway through the mission and can be used for any purpose. They will be advised to use them to infiltrate the Psionic Converters, as doing so will temporarily shut down the Hands of Ereshkigal's weapons.

  • See: Death's Hand

  • Origins

    • In Kill the Messenger, four Saboteurs will be sent later in the mission and can be used freely.

    Special Ops

    • In Eclipse, if the player completes the optional objective to bring the Technician to the designated Robot Ops Control Center and then defend him for 2.5 minutes, six Saboteurs will arrive. They can be used freely, and can infiltrate a Robot Ops Control Center to instantly destroy it, although this is optional.


    Both players will get 3 Saboteurs for each in the mission and can use them freely.

    The 1st player will get two Saboteurs later in the mission and can use them freely.

  • See: Ego Ergo Hax

  • A Saboteur is required to infiltrate a Shield Command to shut down the Force Shields that protect enemy defenses. He must survive before the infiltration is done.

  • See: Combustion

  • Three Saboteurs for each players will be dispatched to the players when the bases established minutes later, and can use them freely.

  • See: Money Source

  • Krukov and Reznov have to contact a Saboteur in the northern camp, at which point he'll fall under control of the player controlling Krukov. The Saboteur points out an unguarded opening in the Chinese complex and must be brought there so he can plant explosive barrels on the wall, allowing Krukov, Reznov, the Saboteur and the Engineer accompanying them to get inside. Once they reach the central part of the complex, they'll find their way blocked by four Tesla Coils, but the Saboteur will say that he's skilled enough to disable them by infiltrating the nearby Field Bureau (which no other Saboteur can), and must be tasked to do so.

  • See: Cyberanatomy

  • Assessment

    • Can disguise himself as an enemy infantry unit and infiltrate enemy buildings, giving an advantage over the enemy.
    • A successful infiltration into the enemy's tech lab can unlock stolen tech units, and potentially change the game's outcome.
    • Using transports can help Saboteurs travel across difficult obstacles and save time.
    • Explodes when killed, injuring or killing the attacker.
    • Very fragile.
    • Mediocre speed.
    • DogsSpooksClairvoyantsDuplicants, Robot TanksTerror DronesFury Drones, Chitzkoi, Stingers, Roadrunners and Sensor Towers can detect disguised Saboteurs.
    • Even without being detected, it can still be crushed by enemy miners or tanks (without causing an explosion).
    • If detected by an enemy commander, any unit can be ordered to kill the Saboteur.
    • A lot of micromanagement is required to guide him safely into the enemy base.
    • Walls are obstacles for keeping out Saboteurs from infiltrating structures.

    Behind the scenes

    • In version 3.0, the Saboteur left radiation along with the explosion when killed, which made it deadlier against Attack Dogs and other detectors that were not immune to the radiation; that feature was removed as it made the Saboteur immune to radiation and that was deemed overpowered.
    • Previously, the Saboteur's original SHP sprite (named Comm Guy) was available for public download. Downloads are no longer possible as there are no known links that are still working.


    • The Saboteur's death cries are used from the Saboteur in Generals Zero Hour.
    • In version 2.0, the Saboteur previously used the voiceset of GLA Saboteur in Command & Conquer Generals: Zero Hour. However, his death cries were from the Spy's prior to version 3.0.
    • The Saboteur is slightly less durable than its counterparts (130 HP vs 140).
    • The sprite of Saboteur's airborne gesture is relatively smaller compared to other action frames.

    See also