Hollander II

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Hollander II
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Class: Medium Mech
Faction: Inner Sphere
Ticket cost: 5 upon destruction
Tier: 3
Speed: 86.4 km/h (120 km/h with MASC)
Torso yaw: 360°
Torso pitch: -34° to +55° while standing.
-34° to +64° while crouching.
Variant Armament
Variant Weapons Equipment
Prime:
Price: 55 300 CBills
Total base armor: 35 568
A:
Price: 60 500 CBills
Total base armor: 31 972
B:
Price: 54 000 CBills
Total base armor: 35 568
C:
Price: 62 750 CBills
Total base armor: 35 568
D:
Price: 54 750 CBills
Total base armor: 33 769
E:
Price: 55 350 CBills
Total base armor: 31 972
F:
Price: 56 800 CBills
Total base armor: 33 769
G:
Price: 53 300 CBills
Total base armor: 35 568

The Hollander II is an Inner Sphere Medium Mech well known for its powerful weaponry and gangly appearance. The Hollander II has relatively light Armor for a Medium Mech, and is not particularly speedy or maneuverable; it makes up for this by mounting some of the most damaging weaponry in MWLL. Hollander IIs tend to stick to the same basic design: one large, powerful weapon mounted on the Right Torso, and smaller, weaker weapons mounted on the Left and Right Arms. The Hollander II does have a couple of glaring weaknesses: both the Cockpit and its main weapon are very visible atop the Center Torso, making it fairly easy to either kill the Pilot or disable the weapon. The Hollander's spotlight is mounted directly above the cockpit. Turning on the spotlight can partially blind the pilot due to glare and the light reflecting off of fog.
One of the obvious methods for defeating this Mech is to destroy the right torso of the Mech, thus removing the vast majority of this Mech's firepower. Additionally, one in combat with this Mech may choose to destroy the Left Torso. Although this section does not mount weaponry to remove, it is less armored, and therefore easier to blow away.

Roles and Gameplay Hints

Prime

The Prime variant mounts 1 Gauss as its main weapon, and supports that with 4 SPLs, giving it a respectable long-range punch, as well as enough close-range firepower to deter Battle Armor and Light Mechs. Care must be taken to protect both the Gauss and Cockpit, as they are both very vulnerable. However, because the Gauss is positioned on the highest point of the Mech, it allows the majority of the Mech to remain in cover when poptarting.

Variant A

The Hollander II A mounts a single HGauss as its main weapon, and supports this with 4 SBLs and a MASC system. This gives the A variant absolutely fearsome firepower at close to medium range, and allows it to close at unexpectedly quick speeds. This is balanced with low ammo capacity and a long refire rate for the HGauss, limiting its effective time in the field. Extra care must be given to protecting the HGauss, as that is this variant's primary means of defending itself. This variant is extremely susceptible to spontaneously exploding when the Gauss Rifle is destroyed, due to overloading causing additional damage to neighbor sections.

Variant B

The B variant is a bit of an oddity, as it mounts weapons that are really only effective at close to medium range. While the UAC20 is technically capable of effectively dealing heavy damage to targets at long range, the 4 Flamers are not. The relatively close-ranged weaponry means that the Hollander II B must close with its targets, making it much more vulnerable to enemy fire directed at its Right Torso or Cockpit. The B variant is best used as close fire-support, dealing heavy damage with the UAC20, and utilizing the Flamers to deal debilitating heat to enemy targets, as well as roasting any BA.

Variant C

The Hollander II C mounts as its main weapon a RAC5, and supports this with 2 UAC2s. This loadout is extremely good at shredding Light Vehicles and Mechs, as well as hosing down any enemy air units that come in range. Coupled with Eoptics, the C variant makes a very effective early-game AA platform, and carries enough extra ammo for extended field time. It falters significantly against mechs of a similar or greater weight class, as its weapons simply cannot deal enough damage in time to heavier armor. Care must be taken to monitor its rapid fire arsenal, as jamming and overheating can bring its barrage of shells to an abrupt and dangerous end.

Variant D

Variant E

Variant F

Variant G

Essentially a poor man's Bushwacker Prime, this Hollander carries an HVAC10 in the right torso mount, with two ERMBLs in the arms for backup. Its ranged firepower is fairly lackluster compared to many other 'Mechs in its price category; the variant's main saving grace is its GECM and improved Jump Jets, allowing this Hollander to sit high up on a hill and empty its generous ammo bins into any hostiles in the vicinity.

Canon

The closest thing to the Hollander II in Battletech is the Hollander model BZK-F5, which carries a Gauss Rifle, a single Medium Laser, and a Streak SRM 2. There is also no mention of Jump Jets.

BattleTech Reference