- "This medium Allied APC has solid armor and good pickup, but a wide turning radius. The top-mounted minigun can be remotely controlled by the driver."
- — Stockpile caption
The APC variant of the Guardian can carry four passengers and sports a remote-controlled 7.62mm Minigun with 2,000 rounds of ammunition. The minigun that can tear infantry and light vehicles to shreds. The basic Guardian is the most common of the Guardian series; it can often be seen driving around Caracas, the Allied Nations Head Quarters and all AN roadblocks.
This vehicle is easy to hijack and easy to destroy due to its poor armor, which, despite the in game description, is very poor, not even able to stand up to 7.62mm or .50cal (12.7mm) bullets. These APCs get easily be shredded by other APCs, recoilless rifles, helicopters and even an early AA type like a Bolivar Quad 50. Also beware of ATGMs and any tanks.
The base version has nothing outstandingly special other than its minigun which works great against infantry and light helicopters (provided the helicopters aren't armed with any kind of rockets or ATGMs).
The Guardian APC based upon the M1126 Stryker ICV, albeit with a minigun, rather than a Browning M2 .50 caliber machine gun.
- Strangely, unlike other APCs, the Guardian is of armor type 2 meaning it can be damaged by bullets including .50 caliber rounds. In the PlayStation 2 version of Mercs 2 it is bulletproof.