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- A Tsurugi warning hostiles to stand down
The Tsurugi is the Pacific Front equivalent of the IFVs used by the other Allied factions. This powersuit comes with several advantages. It has an increased passenger survivability rate and is completely impervious to environmental hazards such as radiation and toxins. Previously used in law enforcement, the Tsurugi was initially planned to be fully automated. However, when a Tsurugi's AI malfunctioned during a demonstration in Tokyo, killing a business man, the idea was scrapped in favor of a human pilot.
The Tsurugi Powersuit, in its standard configuration, acts as the Tier 1 troop carrier and anti-aircraft vehicle for the Pacific Front. While the Euro Alliance Archon AMC favors armor and the American Stryker IFV prefers speed, this variant lacks both (although it is slightly better armored than the Stryker) but it makes up for these drawbacks with a slightly higher survival rate for its passengers in the event the vehicle is destroyed. In addition, it offers immunity to environmental hazards, such as radiation and toxins. Lastly, it is the cheapest variant of the Allied IFVs available.
When loaded with an Engineer, this unit becomes a mobile repair vehicle that can quickly replenish the health of fellow Pacific Front vehicles. They can also neutralize large swarms of Terror Drones, and multiple Tsurugis can all repair a unit at once - this allows units such as the Battle Tortoise to endure more punishment while soaking up immense amounts of damage easily. They cannot repair aircraft, even if they are landed at their respective airfields.
Ideal infantry units to place into one include Siege Cadres and Navy SEALs. Siege Cadres will transform the Tsurugi into a cheap yet potent anti-structure weapon, while Navy SEALs will arm it with formidable anti-infantry firepower with a bonus of being immune to units such as Desolators.
Because of its slow speed and rather lacking armor, the Tsurugi is not as suited for rapid ambushes or defensive duties, especially against faster aircraft.
|Default "Mist" missiles|
|Machine gun – ineffective against vehicles|
|Crazy Ivan||Ivan Bomb launcher – attaches Ivan Bomb to target|
|Sub-machine gun – ineffective against heavy vehicles|
|Tesla Trooper||Dual Tesla Coils – temporarily disables vehicles|
|Chrono Legionnaire||Temporal displacement device|
|Riot Trooper||Flash grenades – clears garrisoned structures|
|Siege Cadre||Prism rifle|
|Clairvoyant|| Stun beam – temporarily immobilizes target infantry
|Guardian GI||"Seeker" missiles – ineffective against infantry|
|Bloatick||Toxic warhead – detonates on attack, releasing poison clouds|
|Duplicant|| Nanoid warhead – detonates on attack, turning infantry killed into Duplicants; does not heal Foehn infantry
|Virus||Virus sniper rifle|
|Field Medic||Heal bullets|
|Archer||Long bow with AROs|
|Explosive warhead – detonates on attack; does not create radiation as in the vanilla Red Alert 2|
|Flak Trooper||Flak cannon – can only attack air targets|
|Brute||"Jagdpanther" cannon – more effective against infantry than regular tank cannons|
|Stalker||Imploder – cannot target infantry|
|Arsonist||Napalm charges – attaches napalm charges to buildings|
|Morales||Incendiary sniper rifle – deals damage in a line, and depilots Tier 1 and Tier 2 vehicles|
|Malver||Kinetic blade – effective against infantry and vehicles; cannot target buildings|
|Libra|| Custom explosive darts – effective against all targets
|Libra Clones|| Fake custom explosive darts – deals less damage than the real version
|Volkov||Chain lightning Tesla cannon – cannot target buildings|
|Knightframe||Dual VHMG – cannot attack air targets|
|Kingsframe||Dual Power cannon|
|Huntress||Nanoid container gun – has an exceptionally long range|
|Deviatress||Confusion rifle – cannot attack air targets|
|Syncronaut||Area bond breaker – ranged attack|
- Tsurugi first appears in Think Different as an enemy unit, which is only used by Kanegawa Industries until The Gardener.
- The player has one (and only one) Tsurugi at their disposal to rescue the missing KI scientists throughout The Gardener. Unlike regular Tsurugis deployed from the War Factory, this one will be disabled if it has no passengers.
- Due to the player's limited access to PF tech in the campaign, it does not become buildable (without capturing enemy Pacific Front War Factories) until Stormbringer.
Behind the scenes
- Prior to 3.0 the Tsurugi was supposed to be only operational when an infantry is loaded inside it, but it was scrapped due to technical limitations. This feature is revived in The Gardener.
- A tsurugi (剣) is a Japanese straight, double-edged sword.
- The Tsurugi is based from ED-209 in Robocop.
- Most of its quotes and part of its description is, in fact, references to the ED-209.
- In spite of being a human-piloted unit, the Tsurugi addresses itself to the commander with a robotic tone.
- The Tsurugi Powersuit's unit ID is actually named TENGU, while the Tengu's unit ID is MECHA. In addition, the Tsurugi's armor type is called "tengu" as well.