Ryoken

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Ryoken
StormCrow.jpg
Class: Medium Mech
Faction: Clan
Ticket cost: 11 upon destruction
Tier: 10
Tonnage: 55 tons
Speed: 96 km/h
Torso yaw: 200°
Torso pitch: -35° to +45° while standing.
-35° to +55° while crouching.
Variant Armament
Variant Weapons Equipment
Prime:
Price: 84 500 CBills
Total base armor: 53 864
Engine Size: Fusion 330 XL
A:
Price: 90 500 CBills
Total base armor: 53 864
Engine Size: Fusion 330 XL
B:
Price: 80 000 CBills
Total base armor: 53 864
Engine Size: Fusion 330 XL
C:
Price: 84 150 CBills
Total base armor: 53 864
Engine Size: Fusion 330 XL
D:
Price: 89 400 CBills
Total base armor: 53 864
Engine Size: Fusion 330 XL
E:
Price: 77 800 CBills
Total base armor: 53 864
Engine Size: Fusion 330 XL
F:
Price: 79 700 CBills
Total base armor: 53 864
Engine Size: Fusion 330 XL
G:
Price: 84 200 CBills
Total base armor: 53 864
Engine Size: Fusion 330 XL
Armor Points Distribution
BT
HD
LA
LL
LT
CT
RT
RA
RL
INT
4719
2760
4522
4522
6016
5112
7865
5112
4522
6016
3610

The Ryoken (Clan designation Storm Crow) is a wide-spread, second generation OmniMech fielded by many Clans. However, within the Clan Smoke Jaguar touman, the Storm Crow was especially common during the Clan Invasion and was codenamed the Ryoken by the warriors of the DCMS who encountered it. Because of its versatility through its combination of mobility, armor, and firepower in its various configurations, the Storm Crow is a feared opponent on the battlefield.


Roles and Gameplay Hints

Prime

Bringing a bevy of lasers to bear on Innersphere enemies, the Ryoken Prime is a powerful long-range attacker, using its high speed to maintain range from opponents while striking them with maximum pin-point damage using two CERLBLs and 3 CERMBLs. 12 double heat sinks allow a near constant volume of long range accurate fire aided by eoptics.

Variant A

The Ryoken A is a powerful close-range brawler, quickly wittling away at enemy armor with four Clan medium pulse lasers, while a dual SRM6 allows a powerful blow to damaged components. A single CLRM10 allows some opening volleys while the A variant closes in on opponents, and GECM keeps its presence hidden from enemy radars while it moves in for the kill.

Variant B

Simple and to-the-point, the Ryoken B offers pilots a devastating CUAC20 fed by a single ton of ammo to pummel opponents of all sizes into submission in short order. This is backed up by three CERMBL which allow the B variant to get shots in before the massive cannon comes into play. A LAMS defends the unit's vicinity from enemy missile strikes. 4 DHS can manage the autocannon's heat, but pilots have to be careful of the heat spike its lasers generate. At all costs, Mechwarriors must shield the autocannon from as much return fire as possible by torso twisting the vulnerable arm away from enemies. Using terrain or even other friendly mechs as cover while closing the distance to its prey can be the decisive tactical move to unleash the Ryoken B's full potential.

Variant C

The C variant acts as a mid-range support Mech, relying on its dual ATM9s to cripple opponents and keeping out of brawling range with its speed. A pair of cERMBL and a quad array of cERSBL for point defense complete the loadout with additional firepower, though pilots should take care not to overburden the few heatsinks this variant carries.

Variant D

The Ryoken D carries a scary amount of close to mid range firepower as well as the long range can-opener ERPPC, thus it is capable of frying itself while alpha-striking as much as it can hurt its enemies. Its main armament are its trio of energy weapons; the ERPPC, HLL and HML, melting armor from anything they touch. However, pilots will need a modicum of aim to keep the heavy lasers on target for its entire duration, and they generate so much heat that group firing them is guaranteed to give pilots a heat warning. Its single short range ATM6(HE) can further weaken damaged areas, possibly finishing off targets. A lack of any extra reloads won't bother pilots too much. Be wary though, the 8 DHS will be unable to manage the initial heat spike of all of its energy weapons, so chain firing or separating the ERPPC into its own weapon group would be a wise choice. The Ryoken Ds speed allows pilots to have the tactical advantage to choose their engagement range against slower enemies, beginning with a long range attack, closing to medium range and either finishing off the enemy or breaking off for repairs.

Variant E

A jack of all trades at a discount price, the Ryoken E is not a real heavy hitter compared to the other variants. Instead, it relies on its speed to selectively enter and exit engagements at will. At 700m out, a pair of cERMBLs accurately pokes holes at its targets while the LBX10 peppers enemies, its shots getting more and more focused as the enemy enters into close range only to get pounded by a pair of fast firing cSSRM4s with an effective range of 350m. Its 2 DHS can manage the heat of its energy weapons and cool autocannon at mid range, but the extra heat generated by firing its missiles, hurts the Ryoken E's sustainability in close range engagements. Still, they are unavoidable for pilots who want to maximize the asset's already stretched thin damage potential, although care must be taken to soften specialized close ranged enemies at distance before charging in, and even with 2 Free tons ammo runs after every few engagements are to be expected if the user doesn't want to be left dry in the middle of a firefight. A LAMS protects the variant and its allies from missile attacks.

Variant F

The Ryoken F is equipped for extreme range engagements with EOptics and anti-air missile strikes. Its main weapon is a pair of Extended Range ATM12, reaching out to 1250m against targets in the air or the ground with speedy and manoeuvrable missiles. A weak munition compared to other ATM loads, the barrage of 24 missiles is the largest any unit is capable of and more than makes up for it. Its point defence of four cSPL is paltry compared to its main weapon, but adequate considering the Ryoken's natural agility and armor. Unfortunately the large size of the missile launchers makes them ammo hungry and an extra Free ton for each won't last them long while a meagre pair of DHS will force pilots to take breaks to cool down after a few strikes.

Variant G

The Ryoken G is a long to mid range skirmisher with an eclectic mix of firepower. At 900m a Gauss Rifle fed by a single extra reload provides a significant pinpoint strike, assisted by a hotter cERLBL that lacks any need for leading, while enemies within 700m can be reached by a cERMBL. The nature of these weapons can allow the pilots to stalk the battlefield in passive, but when they are afforded to run active radar a pair of LRM5s provides some extra damage and screenshake without much extra heat or significant ammo needs. EOptics extends the view while LAMS protect this unit from enemy missiles, making it ideal for countering LRM units, but a single DHS will force it to control its energy weapons fire during prolonged engagements.

Trivia

The Ryoken ‘Mech stands as one of the longest “in-development” assets for MWLL, having been in some form or other of development, re-development and being passed amongst at least 4 different developers over the past 2+ years. The Ryoken was released with 0.6.0.

Canon

The Ryoken was originally designed by Clan Hell's Horses, but Clan Ghost Bear conquered the planet on which the Ryoken was developed. The Stormcrow is a wide-spread, second generation OmniMech fielded by many Clans. However, within the Clan Smoke Jaguar touman, the Stormcrow was especially common during the Clan Invasion and was codenamed the Ryoken(a misspelling of ryoken - hunting dog) by the warriors of the DCMS who encountered it. Because of its versatility through its combination of mobility, armor, and firepower in its various configurations, the Stormcrow is a feared opponent on the battlefield.

Note: Despite the characteristic missile launchers on top of its hull, the standard variant of the Ryoken was armed only with lasers - three ER Medium Lasers and two Large Lasers.

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