This article will serve as a walkthrough for the first Soviet mission in the PC game Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3 which is entitled’The Shrike and the Thorn’. This mission starts with the city of Leningrad under attack from all directions by the Empire’s forces. The objectives of The Shrike and the Thorn in Red Alert 3 is to protect the Fortress from destruction while fending off the attacking forces. The Soviet Commander will be assisted by Oleg Vodnik in the struggle against Kenji Tenzai’s forces during The Shrike and the Thorn in Red Alert 3.
Red Alert 3: The Shrike and the Thorn Primary Objectives
1. Defend the fortress
2. Natasha must survive
3. Destroy the Shogun battleships
Red Alert 3: The Shrike and the Thorn Secondary Objectives
1. Train 5 Flak Troopers
2. Train 5 Conscripts
3. Liberate the Hermitage
Units introduced in The Shrike and the Thorn: Natasha, Conscript, Flak Troopers, Bullfrogs
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The first phase of The Shrike and the Thorn in Red Alert 3 begins with Natasha under player control being catapulted over the river to the island fortress through the use of a Bullfrog. The first task in The Shrike and the Thorn is to clear out the enemy infantry with Natasha’s sniper rifle. This weapon instantly kills all infantry, and can take out several if they are lined up along the shot. Using the attack command on the front gate, or any other vehicle or building, will cause Natasha to call down a powerful airstrike, which in this case, gains her access to the fortress and clearing the enemy units within.
Once the initial groups of enemies are clear in The Shrike and the Thorn, Oleg moves in and starts building infantry for defense of the south west entrance, while the Player is tasked with defending the south west gate after training 5 Flak Troopers for anti-air and anti armor purposes. It’s important to position the Flak troopers spread out, and away from the gate the enemy tanks will pour through, as otherwise they are easily killed through being run over. Soon Infantry begin making attack waves, at which time more credits are gifted to the player, and Conscript training unlocked at the Barracks.
The next phase begins after beating the initial waves, with the Empire attacking the Hermitage museum. At this point, load up some conscripts with Natasha and use the Bullfrog to launch them over the water. They only need to clear the attacking infantry, while avoiding the vehicle patrols. Once the Hermitage is saved, another Bullfrog is gifted to the player to allow launching the away units back over the water, and to help with the next waves of attacks against the fortress.
The final phase consists of 8 battleships attacking the outskirts of the Fortress. Use Natasha and her airstrike ability to send the battleships to the watery depths. Some infantry will help escort and distract any units that try to attack Natasha. Soon after the start of this phase, the Magnetic Satellite protocol is unlocked for use, allowing 2 of the paired battleships to be sucked up quickly while Natasha makes her way to the remaining vessels. Destroying the final Battleship before they can destroy the fortress makes this mission complete.
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