MJ12 Commandos are elite troops equipped with bio-electrically powered combat armor. The armor, codenamed "Obsidian", was invented in MJ12 laboratories in Hong Kong and Zürich. Its equipment includes:

All of this is powered by standard bioelectric cells. Detachments of the Commandos have been assigned to guard important Majestic 12 facilities and to support major assaults and operations.

Tactics[edit | edit source]

Commandos are the most dangerous humanoid enemies in Deus Ex. Up close they use twin machine guns which do significantly more damage than the assault rifle carried by most human enemies, and at range they switch to rocket launchers. While the rockets have small damage radius and do not do nearly as much damage as a normal LAW or GEP gun rocket, their rate of fire is much higher.

Furthermore, true to their armor's description, they are almost completely resistant to knock-out attempts with the Baton and the Riot Prod. They can only be knocked out with a riot prod (or a baton with expert skill in low-tech weapons) by hitting a sweet spot on the small of their back. They are completely immune to tear gases (but not poison gases, although a large dose of green poison gas would be needed to kill them) and take only half damage from fire-based weapons (this includes the Plasma rifle) and tranquilizer darts. The Obsidian also greatly increases their survivability and they have 250 HP in all body locations, meaning JC will need to be at least Advanced in Rifle/Pistol weapons skill to take them out with a single headshot from a sniper rifle or mini-crossbow.

Commandos never retreat from combat. As such it is best to dispose of Commandos without entering an actual fight with them. Sneaking behind them and attacking with the Dragon's Tooth Sword will kill them instantly. They can also be killed with a knife from the back if hit in the head from the back by an agent with a Low-Tech skill at the Advanced or Master level. Assault shotgun is effective assuming JC's first shot will be a headshot. Of course, any sort of explosive such as a LAM or the GEP gun will kill them instantly.

If JC is forced into a firefight with Commandos, try to keep them at a distance. The rockets are damaging, but travel relatively slowly and can easily be avoided just by strafing. They do have a splash damage however, so try not to have a wall behind JC's back when using this tactic. If he has the Aggressive Defense System augmentation at level 4, activate it, and the Commandos will kill themselves with their own rocket splash damage.

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

  • MJ12 Commandos were at first a mechanically augmented riot cop named "Megatech", before this design changed. This was changed to Majestic 12 soldier instead of a cop and his mechanical augmentation were completely redesigned to be power armor with a regular human inside instead of a mechanically augmented person.
  • An unused feature is the ability to turn one or both of the commando's arm weapons invisible, as seen in the gallery.

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