The inflatable friend is a lifelike decoy soldier issued to soldiers of the Empire of Ishtar as a means to deceive enemies and bolster their apparent numbers in dire situations. The inflatable friend looks somewhat like a flare or gas grenade before it is activated. The user pulls a ripcord and lobs the canister into the desired location whereupon it deploys much like an airbag, forming a very convincing replica of a helmeted Ishtaran soldier (or a number of other troop designs labeled on the exterior of the device). The inflatable friend can follow nearby allies and roughly emulate their posture and movements. One additional benefit the inflatable friend provides is when it gets destroyed by an enemy, it explodes, giving off an electrical burst damaging anyone nearby.