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It's super effective!
—A Hailstorm assesses an attack result

The Hailstorm is a siege vehicle used by the Pacific Front. It is a mobile platform carrying a Hailjet bomber which it uses to destroy enemy structures from a distance.

Official description

Raining icy destruction from the skies above, the Hailstorm is the Pacific Front's premier siege engine. Formerly used to combat forest fires in Australia, the Hailstorm makes use of a bomber aircraft that unleashes several payloads of high-yield cryogenic substances, turning buildings into brittle constructs which easily collapse under their own weight. Though incredibly effective against structures and other hardened targets, the vehicle's Hailjet bomber is vulnerable to anti-aircraft fire.[1]

Overview

Among the three siege vehicles of the Allies, the Hailstorm is the most survivable because it has the heaviest armor, making the Hailstorm usually survive from enemy's precise air raids.

Another major feature of Hailstorm is the attack mode and attack range. The small bomber Hailjet can cast a large number of hail cannon to a large target area, and their attack range is the highest among the three siege vehicles, which means that Hailstorm can even destroy enemy advanced defense structures like Antares Battery, outside their range. But this type of attack also means that Hailstorm is more difficult to attack bases full of anti-air power.

On the other hand, Hailstorm's maneuverability is far less than Prism Tank, even though its hail cannons are effective for infantry, its movement speed is the slowest. Therefore, Hailstorm usually needs some more flexible units and anti-air units to guard.

AI behavior

Hailstorms controlled by the AI have the following attack patterns:

All difficulties

  • 4x targeting structures
    • The AI may use Chronoboost on this task force
    • If possible, Shadow Ring may also be applied
  • 2x targeting base defenses
    • This task force may be accompanied by 2 additional Hailstorms

Easy

  • 4x targeting Construction Yards
    • The AI will use Chronoshift on this task force
    • This task force is accompanied by a Spy that will infiltrate a power plant

Medium/Hard

  • 2x targeting infantry, accompanied by 2 Robot Tanks
    • This task force may be accompanied by 2 additional Hailstorms
  • 2x targeting special defenses (Iron Guards, Plasmerizer, Signal Inhibitors, Gap Generators)
    • The AI may use Glacial Screen on this task force
    • This task force may be accompanied by 2 additional Hailstorms
  • 2x targeting structures, accompanied by 6 Siege Cadres
  • 2x guarding friendly base
    • This task force may be accompanied by 2 additional Hailstorms
  • 6x targeting Construction Yards
    • The AI will use Chronoshift on this task force
    • This task force is accompanied by a Spy that will infiltrate a power plant
    • Hard AI is more likely to build this task force than Medium AI

Appearances

We have finally completed the Hailstorm project that has been delayed for a long time. Use their Hailjets to strike enemy buildings from afar, but watch out for anti-air defenses.
—Allied intel during Operation: Hypothermia

Special Ops

  • In Eclipse, three Hailstorms appear in the KI complex. They do not have Hailjets on them and serve purely as props.
  • In Digital Demon, a Hailstorm without jet is the key target to protect. The player needs to let a KI Scientist to re-extract its data by entering the Kanegawa Assembly in the top right corner of the map and evacuate it to a friendly Voyager Transport.
  • It doesn't mean those remaining restricted PF troops have no Hailstorms. They will use Hailstorms normally in Split Seconds, and is available to build in Origins mission Tainted Empire.

Cooperative

  • The first functional Hailstorms appear in Rush Tactics, in a convoy protected by Battle Tortoises and Future Tanks. Their elimination is the goal of the two players, ensuring that they won't be put to use until much later in the war.
  • Chronologically, the Hailstorm becomes buildable in Hypothermia, earlier than Relentless.

Act Two

  • The Hailstorms are first put to use in Relentless. Some time after the player receives an MCV, a few Hailstorms will be given to the Allied Commander, and subsequently unlocks.

Origins

Assessment

+
  • Very effective against infantry and structures, and adequate against lighter vehicles.
  • Can destroy structures and units from an incredible range.
  • Can strike targets with decent accuracy.
  • Most durable of the three Allied siege vehicles.
  • Can self-repair.
  • Immune to omnicrush.
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  • Expensive.
  • Vulnerable against aircraft and anti-armor threats.
  • Its Hailjet bomber is vulnerable to anti-aircraft fire.
  • Hailjet takes time to return and reload after finishing its bombing run.
  • If the Hailjet is shot down, it takes time for the Hailstorm to provide a replacement.
  • Not effective against heavier tanks.
  • Slow-moving.

Trivia

  • The Hailstorm bears resemblance to the concept art of ORCA Lift Truck, a unit that was planned for Renegade but was removed from the final release.

See also

References

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