Raven

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Raven
Raven 086.png
Class: Light Mech
Faction: Inner Sphere
Ticket cost: 4 upon destruction
Tier: 2
Speed: 97.2 km/h (136 km/h with MASC)
Torso yaw: 360°
Torso pitch: -34° to +45° while standing.
-34° to +55° while crouching.
Variant Armament
Variant Weapons Equipment
Prime:
Price: 52 200 CBills
Total base armor: 25 486
A:
Price: 57 500 CBills
Total base armor: 27 667
B:
Price: 42 950 CBills
Total base armor: 27 667
C:
Price: 56 100 CBills
Total base armor: 27 667
D:
Price: 48 400 CBills
Total base armor: 27 667
E:
Price: 45 750 CBills
Total base armor: 30 936
F:
Price: 46 000 CBills
Total base armor: 27 667
G:
Price: 48 250 CBills
Total base armor: 31 329

The Raven is an Inner Sphere Light Mech primarily used for scouting. It has a very distinctive profile, looking like a large bird beak on two chicken-like legs. Well-Armored for an InnerSphere light mech, it can be difficult to kill. In most cases, the Raven sacrifices weapons and speed for a wealth of equipment, such as Laser Anti-Missile Systems, Active Radar Probes, Myomer Accelerator Signal Circuitry, Guardian Electronic Countermeasures, and Enhanced Optics. Some variants are also equipped with Target Acquisition Gear or NARC beacon launchers, allowing them to direct friendly missile fire. Due to this vast array of target-marking and electronic warfare equipment found in nearly every variant of it, the Raven makes an excellent scouting and fire support platform.

Roles and Gameplay Hints

Prime

The Raven Prime, even more so than other Ravens, has little going for it in terms of firepower. Two Medium Beam Lasers and a single Streak Short Range Missile Six-Pack comprise its entire compliment of weapons - where the Prime variant really shines is in reconnaissance. The Prime only has a Beagle Active Probe, instead of the Bloodhound Probe carried by some other variants, yet it still fills the role of scout wonderfully by adding in MASC and carrying GECM. While the Prime has no additional Heatsinks, when not firing its weapons it can afford to use its MASC quite often. When in combat, Mechwarriors are advised to use MASC sparingly as the Prime will overheat very quickly. Instead, Mechwarriors can surge their MASC while in combat (holding down on the MASC button, then releasing after a second or so). Surging causes the Mech's speed to become highly unpredictable and can often cause enemies to miss their target.

Unlike other, slower Ravens, the Prime has an improved NARC beacon launcher, allowing it to move in, mark a target, and leave - which in turn allows allied missiles to eliminate the target from afar. The Prime has only one spare ton available for ammo, so care must be taken when choosing targets to mark with the iNARC. Any kind of NARC is an ammo-hungry weapons system, so Mechwarriors that are either poor at aiming NARCs or plan on painting many targets should reserve their free ton for NARC ammo. On the other hand, Mechwarriors with better accuracy or plan on painting very few targets are advised to get an extra ton of SSRM ammo. Both the NARC launcher and the SSRM6 will chew through their ammo quickly. SSRMs don't have a very long lock-on time, but the Prime can bypass even this by NARCing their target, the SSRMs will follow the NARC as long as the SSRMs are fired in the general direction of the NARCed target. Like most other Raven variants, the Prime also carries Command/Control/Communications (C3) equipment, which rounds out its electronics package and allows the mech to share radar and contact information with allied assets. Lastly, like nearly all Raven variants, the Prime incorporates EOptics, which - in the case of the Prime variant - can allow the pilot to effectively snipe with the iNARC.

Variant A

The A is a beefier version of the Prime. Instead of using a NARC, the A uses a TAG laser, which requires slightly more skill than a NARC, and constant visual contact, but consumes no ammo. In addition, the A replaces the SSRM6 and MBLs with a pair of Large Pulse Laserss. This change in weaponry frees up enough tonnage to carry three Double Heat Sinks. The additional cooling capacity allows the A to use its MASC much more frequently than the Prime, effectively giving it the highest sustainable speed of any Raven variant. Like many other variants, the A carries both C3 and GECM, as well as EOptics, to fulfill its role as a dedicated scouting platform.

Variant B

The B variant dramatically changes the Raven's role, packing different gear and weapons to turn this scout into a support-brawler. The signature GECM is still in place, however it is now complimented by a single LAMS, making the B a poor choice for a scout mech, but an excellent choice as a support asset that stays close to its allies. It still carries C3 but removes the BAP. Weapons-wise the B variant takes on a more hard-hitting loadout; three Small Pulse Lasers and one Lubalin Ballistics-X AC10. The LBX10 offers some limited Anti-Air capabilites, but is best used in ground-based operations, supporting allies and exploiting holes in enemy armor. Despite this variant's focus on short- and medium-range support, no additional armor is carried. Therefore, pilots must be wary of their surroundings and avoid being left behind should their team be forced to retreat or fall back.

Variant C

The Raven C can fill the role of scout like most other Ravens, but where most Ravens have short- to medium-range weapons, the C packs one Extended Range Particle Projector Cannon, allowing it to snipe targets as far away as 900m. It is usually difficult to determine where PPC sniper fire is coming from, so the C can often fire many shots while remaining relatively unnoticed. The inclusion of GECM further decreases this variant's noticeability, while MASC allows it to quickly fade behind cover after each shot, should cover be necessary. Further augmenting the C's sniping capabilities is a BHP - giving it a massive 1400m radar range - as well as EOptics. For close-range backup, the C also sports two MBLs. Mechwarriors should be aware that the C has only two DHSes, and firing all weapons constantly will quickly overheat it, even if its MASC is never engaged, making the C a poor choice in a brawl. As with most other Ravens, the C is equipped with C3 to share radar information with its comrades.

Variant D

The Raven D fits soundly into the role of medium- to long-range fire support. It is fitted with BHP, C3, GECM, and EOptics, which all significantly contribute to this variant's secondary role of scouting. Its weapons include one Short Range Missile Two-Pack, one Extended Range Large Laser and three Extended Range Medium Lasers, giving it a larger array of weapons than any other variant, but at the cost of range. As the D only carries two DHSes, Mechwarriors are encouraged to chain fire the ERMBLs on the D for this reason. Most of this variant's firepower is contained within the three ERMBLs in its left arm, therefore Mechwarriors are advised to ensure that arm's survival.

Variant E

The Echo was the most common Raven variant in MWLL 0.4.x mostly due to its formerly low price. It's surprisingly adept at dealing heavy, sustained damage, even late-game. The E variant has GECM, BAP, C3, a pair of Medium X-Pulse Lasers, and a single heavy-hitting Medium Range Missile 20-Pack. The MXPLs' fast fire rate, incredibly easy fire control, combined with the Raven's 360 degree torso rotation, make this variant at least somewhat decent against fast targets. Where the E really excels is against slow moving, large targets like tanks, heavy mechs, and assault mechs. The E does have increased armor, but is still a scout mech, and as such should not engage alone. Additionally, all of its weapons are mounted in its arms, so pilots should take care to protect them.

Variant F

Packing two Autocannon Class 2s to back up an Extended Long Range Missile 15-Pack give the Raven F a very long reach. With a TAG laser, the Raven F can quietly paint a target to shower from up to 1300m away. Like most Ravens, the F carries both a BHP and GECM, enabling it to take full advantage of the extended-range LRMs it carries. However, the AC2s are not highly accurate against moving targets at long range, nor do they deal much damage. The Raven F also has no energy weapons, making resupply a high priority despite having two free tons for extra ammo. Its armament is also entirely arm-based, so protecting both arms is a priority.

Variant G

A departure from other Ravens, the G variant mounts a Rotary AC2 and a Particle Projector Cannon, the former of which allows it to pour a high rate of fire into a target whenever the mech emerges from cover to fire its PPC. An Angel ECM takes the place of the standard GECM, sacrificing personal cover to instead provide ECM coverage for nearby allies, while providing radar info with its C3 suite. This, on top of a LAMS, turns the Raven G into a highly-effective fire support Mech capable of laying down suppression fire during the early game. Although it is one of the cheaper Ravens, it cannot be purchased at the start of the game without donations from other members of the team. Care must be taken not to jam the RAC, as much of the G's utility depends on it. Even more care must be taken to keep both arms, as they house this variant's only means of defense.

Gallery

Canon

The Raven was designed by the Capellan Confederation and saw its first taste of combat when it was rushed into production during the Fourth Succession War. During that conflict, it won praise from commanders on both sides, and many wrecks were salvaged by Davion technical crews and brought home for reverse-engineering. With the addition of previously lost Star League-era technologies in the 3030s and 3040s, by the time of the Clan Invasion in 3050, the Raven was one of the best dedicated scouting platforms the Inner Sphere had to offer.
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