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Zabu is a minor character in ArmA 2's Silver Lion campaign.


Zabu is a German Shepherd dog that works under the command of Sergeant Bohuslav Kouba.

Silver Lion (2010)

Zabu was one of the many military working dogs assigned to the Czech military's counterinsurgency force based in the Bystrica region of Chernarus.

Assigned to Sgt. Kouba's squad, Zabu greatly assisted in the capture of three criminals working with Colonel Radan Miyović's Bystrican militia; Borz Kazbekov, Dragan Kasun and notorious arms smuggler Aslan Radayev.

« Radayev: OUCH! Call off the beast!
Kouba: Zabu, get back! Stay! Here you are, you bastard. Lie down! Hands behind your back!
Zabu "catches" Aslan Radayev and his associates

Thanks to Zabu, Kasun, Kazbekov and Radayev are all quickly tracked down one-by-one and are subsequently brought into Czech custody.

The Czech commander praised Zabu for the dog's fundamental role in locating the fugitives.


  • Zabu is unique for being the first named, non-human character in the entire series.
  • He will not stray more than 30 metres away from the player unless they deliberately "block" the dog's AI pathing.
    • Whenever a criminal is within range, Zabu will always lunge towards them and begin barking loudly. Due to the lack of dog attack animations however, Zabu will not actually harm the suspects.


See also

Characters of ArmA 2
USMC 27th MEU Carl DresslerDavid ArmstrongEd Winter* • John MaddoxShaftoe
Force Recon Brian O'HaraChad Rodriguez† • Ian Simmons† • Matthew CooperPatrick Miles† • Peter Adamson† • Randolph SykesRobert Johnson† • Sanjeev Raj† • Steve Kaminski
U.S. Army Task Force Knight Ben HerreraC.F. KaneGarry PierceHoward Drake
Delta Force Terry Graves
ACR Bohuslav KoubaJan KristekTomáš VybíralZabu
CDF BegunovR.A. StavovichTomas Marny
ChDKZ Gregori Lopotev* • Kostey† • Mikola Bardak* • Nikola Nikitin
Russian Armed Forces Karelin† • Lev Zotkin* • Mikhail Istcov* • Shagarov
NAPA Prizrak† • Little JohnYidashYuri Olegich
British Army Jack GallagherJames IrvinePhilip Stephenson
Bystrican Militia Andrej KasunBorz KazbekovDragan KasunRadan Miyović
Smugglers Aslan Radayev
ION Brian FrostFrank "Tanny" Radcliffe† • Henry AsanoJames Eckersley† • Mark ReynoldsPatrick Dixon† • Roland Saunderson
Takistani Army Muhammad R. Aziz


Anita BakerAntonia LagushinaIvan Ruce† • Joe Harris† • Josef Sova† • Rita EnslerValentina Galkina† • Vojtech Hladik
indicates deceased characters | * indicates character status is unknown
DLCs that the character was first introduced in:
Operation Arrowhead | British Armed Forces | Private Military Company | Army of the Czech Republic