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The Cyclops Walker is a battle walker used by Haihead that fills the role of a main battle tank, despite being a different classification of vehicle.

Official description

During the early design phases for the Haihead's main battle unit, a consensus was reached among the Foehn engineers, that in order to maximize its combat potential in harsh environments, the concept of a classic tank on treads must be scrapped and replaced with something more flexible. The idea that followed was a successor to the Tsurugi - a large, mass-produced mechanical walker, with advanced computer support systems to make it as adaptable to the battlefield as possible. Thus, the Cyclops was born, a "tank" like no other, capable of outclassing most of the competing machines, if operated by a skilled pilot.

In accordance with the Haihead's doctrine, which is to deal as much damage in a small time window as possible, the Cyclops doesn't waste a moment on rotating its turret when facing its targets. What's more, it is capable of increasing its accuracy against targets that get too close, due to the additional vertical movement range its head-turret has. In Cyclops' close range, each of its shots hits harder than usual.[1]

Overview

A Cyclops Walker finishing off a Marauder while being supported by a Hovracoon. Note the visual indicator of its doubled firepower boost due to its close proximity to the Marauder.

The Cyclops Walker is tied with Last Bastion's Bison Tank in armor type, hit points, cost, and overall firepower. While lacking the nanite repair abilities of the Bison, Haihead's premier main battle tank has several tricks up its sleeve to make up for it.

The Cyclops has one major advantage that puts it above all other main battle tanks of other factions: it has an attack range of 7 instead of the traditional 6. This gives Haihead's commanders the guaranteed first strike in a standoff against other MBTs if the walker is managed correctly. If that wasn't enough, the Cyclops also gains a damage boost if it manages to close in to the enemy at point-blank ranges - it will deal double the damage if it manages to fire off its cannon at melee ranges. With its respectable speed, this allows the walker to chase down slower targets easily before hammering them with its 110mm cannon.

However, the Cyclops inherits the weaknesses of all other dedicated anti-armor vehicles; it is ineffective against infantry (though it can flatten them provided they aren't heavy infantry, such as Tesla Troopers), cannot fire on aircraft, and won't last long in a direct confrontation with heavier tanks.

AI behavior

Cyclops Walkers controlled by the AI have the following attack patterns:

All difficulties

  • 3x targeting vehicles, accompanied by 2 Megalodons
  • 4x targeting vehicles or structures
    • This task force will only be constructed if a Cloud Piercer is not present
  • 6x targeting vehicles

Medium/Hard

  • 3x targeting vehicles, accompanied by 2 Irritators

Hard

  • 3x targeting vehicles, accompanied by 2 Hovracoons and 4 Lancers

Assessment

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  • Effective against armored vehicles.
  • Can crush infantry and fire on the move.
  • Good armor, speed, attack range, and rate of fire.
  • Has the longest attack range (7 in contrast to the standard 6) of all starter tanks.
  • Doubles firepower when attacking at close range.
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  • Not as effective against infantry.
  • Expensive. ($900)
  • Vulnerable against aerial and anti-armor threats.
  • Weak firepower when not attacking at close range.

Behind the scenes

  • Initially the Cyclops Walker was supposed to have a completely different design (see Gallery), but it was eventually changed to the current one.
    • There is also a flavor text associated with the different design (may not be accurate in the current version)[2]:
Proselyte, intel acquired from the Kanegawa Industries Complex in Kagoshima contained the blueprints of several mechanical frames we have not seen before. We assumed they were prototypes, the only one which was successfully realized by the Pacific Front forces being the Tsurugi Powersuit.
However, a recent sighting by our Initiates has confirmed activity of a small division of bipedal walkers which resemble the design included in this captured material. We must be careful. Perhaps the Pacific Front is planning a rebellion, or maybe it's the Chinese who have found a way to complete one of Kanegawa Industries projects. We are unsure if these suits are manned or not, which may bring our psychic powers into question. We cannot allow this!

Trivia

The GDI Titan Assault Mech from the mod Reign of Steel. Its SHP is now used by the Cyclops Walker.

  • In Greek mythology, cyclopes are a race of giants with a single eye on their forehead.
  • The Cyclops Walker bears resemblances to the Titan walker in Tiberian Sun. It also shares some of the (albeit limited) quotes of the latter.
  • The Cyclops Walker's SHP originated from the Titan Assault Mech unit in the discontinued Reign of Steel mod for Yuri's Revenge, now reused for Mental Omega.

See also

References

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