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===Prime===
 
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The [[CLPL]] was a weapon of disbelief and much aggravation to the Inner Sphere opponents during the invasion era, and rightly so - incredible pinpoint damage at 850 m means remote surgery at a range where few other weapons can easily compete. Add the motion augmenting equipment, and it means this variant can reach positions where a only few units can reach you and successfully retaliate.<br>
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This quintessential second-line skirmisher variant features [[Jump Jets|Improved Jump Jets]] with advanced vectoring capabilities, granting it enhanced mobility. It uses a [[Pulse Lasers|Large Pulse Laser]] in its right arm as its main weapon, with a long range and rapid refire rate that doesn't falter as enemies close the distance. A pair of [[Extended Range Lasers|Medium Lasers]] in the left arm amicably augments the LPL's damage output, with similar range profiles. Finally, an [[SRM4]] in an external pod provides an extra helping hand in close range encounters.
The two [[CERML]] reach to 700 m, serving as backup weapons, and the [[CSRM4]] will provide leverage should the fight close to knife distance.<br>
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The bulk of the fire power being energy based and reaching at least to 700m could designate this unit as an energy-boat skirmisher with missiles as a cooler backup weapon, but it can also fill the roll of a jump sniper as well (I.E. a ''"poptart"'').
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| Comment1=This variant is easily out-DPS'd by lighter dedicated brawlers, so keeping a healthy range advantage is imperative to winning battles. Copious usage of the jumpjets should aid in this, whether to get onto normally inaccessible vantage points, or to dodge and evade enemies that are too close for comfort. Users should try and focus on a single part with the lasers, as the LPL's damage output is less front-loaded and more reliant on rapid follow-up shots.
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| Writer1= - Toriate/Jingaku }}
  
 
===Variant A===
 
===Variant A===
A dedicated close-range brawler with marginal skirmishing capabilities, this variant notably lacks jumping capabilities. An array of 3 [[Pulse Lasers | Medium Pulse Lasers]] provide a rapid source of short-mid range damage, while a pair of [[Advanced Tactical Missiles|HEATM 3s]] grants this variant an extremely painful up-front punch.
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A dedicated close-range brawler with marginal skirmishing capabilities, this variant notably lacks jumping capabilities. An array of 3 [[Pulse Lasers | Medium Pulse Lasers]] spread across the side torsos and right arm provide a rapid source of short-mid range damage, while a pair of [[Advanced Tactical Missiles|HEATM 3s]] located in an external pod and left arm grants this variant an extremely painful up-front punch in a brawl.
  
 
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| Comment1=The HEATMs provide the brunt of this variant's damage output within 300m. Continued barrages from them, however inaccurate, will quickly soften up parts on targets, allowing the pulse lasers to surgically remove them in short order. Even despite the pulse laser's reasonable range of 500m, this loadout will quickly falter if the user is caught out in the open with no cover due to its very average mobility. It is thus best used to single out high priority targets when fighting with and against a group. With copious amounts of torso twisting, this variant can take quite a beating thanks to its standard engine.
 
| Comment1=The HEATMs provide the brunt of this variant's damage output within 300m. Continued barrages from them, however inaccurate, will quickly soften up parts on targets, allowing the pulse lasers to surgically remove them in short order. Even despite the pulse laser's reasonable range of 500m, this loadout will quickly falter if the user is caught out in the open with no cover due to its very average mobility. It is thus best used to single out high priority targets when fighting with and against a group. With copious amounts of torso twisting, this variant can take quite a beating thanks to its standard engine.
  
| Writer1= - Toriate/Jingaku }}
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Although individual salvos from the HEATM3s may not do all that much damage compared to the primary weapons on other equivalently tonned assets, the missiles cycle extremely quickly and are some of the most efficient DPS weapons in the game. Groupfire the HEATMs and and try to hit them as often as possible to  maximize and focus your damage output. HEATM3s refire only slightly slower than ERMLs, meaning you don't need to worry too much about carefully timing your shots to shake your opponents - they refire fast enough to reliably disrupt enemy salvos without forethought, and the longer you keep firing the further the DPS advantage tilts in your favor. Suggest to chainfire the HEATMs only if you absolutely need to mitigate a large alpha that you know is in play, say to shake the aim of a gauss rifle asset that you haven't seen fire in a while. Another defensive option is to groupfire your ATMs but immediately flick your torso up and to the left or right - the ATMs will still be able to track to their target, and you may be able to force an enemy alpha to impact one of your side torsos (which do not transfer damage to the CT at an increased rate when destroyed, thanks to the variant's standard engine) instead of your essential CT.
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| Writer2= - [CJF] DireWolf2K
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===Variant B===
 
===Variant B===
One of the more expensive Hellhounds, this skirmisher variant features slightly more [[armor]] but has a fragile XL engine. It sports [[AECM]] and standard [[Jump Jets]]. An [[LBX10]] in the right arm provides far-reaching firepower, while 4 [[Extended Range Lasers|small lasers]] and a pair of [[SRM6]] launchers provide a hefty close range punch.
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One of the more expensive Hellhounds, this skirmisher variant features slightly more [[armor]] but has a fragile XL engine. It sports [[AECM]] to conceal nearby allies from enemy radar and has standard [[Jump Jets]] for basic vertical maneuverability. An [[LBX10]] in the right arm provides far-reaching firepower that only gets more devastating at closer ranges, while a pair of [[SRM6]] external pods provide a hefty close range punch. 3 [[Extended Range Lasers|small lasers]] in the left arm, and an extra one in the left torso, provide adequate backup weaponry. A single [[free ton]] of ammo is available, allowing an extra reload for the LBX10 to be stored.
  
 
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| Comment1=The LBX10 has a long range, but it's only a fraction of this variant's total damage output. Careful maneuvering in and out of cover with the aid of jumpjets is required to bring its full loadout into play. Poptarting can be viable if not facing off against a large group.
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| Comment1=The LBX10 has a long range, but it's only a fraction of this variant's total damage output. Careful maneuvering in and out of cover with the aid of jumpjets is required to bring its full loadout into play. Poptarting can be viable if not facing off against a large group. In a pinch, the LBX can be used as an anti-air weapon, but the Hellhound chassis is not particularly capable of pitching its torso enough to properly aim at air assets.
  
 
AECM allows this variant to hide allies from enemy radar, which can be useful for catching entrenched enemies off guard in daring flanking maneuvers that they'd normally be able to see coming from a mile away. However, as AECM does not hide the user, this can result in enemies focusing fire on the user far more than usual.
 
AECM allows this variant to hide allies from enemy radar, which can be useful for catching entrenched enemies off guard in daring flanking maneuvers that they'd normally be able to see coming from a mile away. However, as AECM does not hide the user, this can result in enemies focusing fire on the user far more than usual.

Revision as of 08:04, 1 August 2020

Hellhound
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Class: Medium Mech
Faction: Clan
Ticket cost: 7 upon destruction
Tier: 7
Tonnage: 50 tons
Speed: 97 km/h
Torso yaw: 260°
Torso pitch: -34° to +50° while standing.
-35° to +60° while crouching.
Variant Armament
Variant Weapons Equipment
Prime:
Price: 66 000 CBills
Total base armor: 49 561
Engine Size: 300 STD
A:
Price: 59 200 CBills
Total base armor: 48 061
Engine Size: 300 STD
B:
Price: 77 300 CBills
Total base armor: 52 274
Engine Size: XL
C:
Price: 62 500 CBills
Total base armor: 50 774
Engine Size: 300 STD
D:
Price: 78 100 CBills
Total base armor: 46 848
Engine Size: XL
E:
Price: 59 600 CBills
Total base armor: 49 275
Engine Size: 300 STD
F:
Price: 73 500 CBills
Total base armor: 45 348
Engine Size: 300 STD
G:
Price: 65 600 CBills
Total base armor: 45 348
Engine Size: 300 STD
Armor Points Distribution
LE
BT
HD
LA
LL
LT
CT
RT
RA
RL
INT
2714
4071
2760
3901
3901
5190
4410
6785
4410
3901
5190
3114

All stats current as of release 0.12.2

The Conjurer - otherwise known as the Hellhound to Inner Sphere forces - is a Clan medium mech designed for frontline combat. Speed is sacrificed for lower price and increased survivability, helped in part by the usage of a Standard engine. All units are equipped with Enhanced Optics and a ground speed of 97 km/h. Relatively cheap for a clan chassis, it bridges the affordability gap between the high-end clan light mechs and the clan mediums. The Conjurer is also notable for its battlefield longevity, as all variants mount between 9.5 and 10.5 tons of armor, and are equipped with a standard engine, meaning that damage done to a destroyed side torso does not get a multiplier when it is applied to the center torso. This fact, combined with the lack of weapon mounts on the side torsos, make them particularly poor targets on this chassis, and skilled pilots should look to use them to soak damage when possible. The weapon mounts are spread across the center torso, the arms, and a pair of shoulder racks, making it generally inefficient to target individual weapon systems on this chassis, despite the relatively thin armor on those components.


Roles and Gameplay Hints

Prime

This quintessential second-line skirmisher variant features Improved Jump Jets with advanced vectoring capabilities, granting it enhanced mobility. It uses a Large Pulse Laser in its right arm as its main weapon, with a long range and rapid refire rate that doesn't falter as enemies close the distance. A pair of Medium Lasers in the left arm amicably augments the LPL's damage output, with similar range profiles. Finally, an SRM4 in an external pod provides an extra helping hand in close range encounters.

Player Comments:
This variant is easily out-DPS'd by lighter dedicated brawlers, so keeping a healthy range advantage is imperative to winning battles. Copious usage of the jumpjets should aid in this, whether to get onto normally inaccessible vantage points, or to dodge and evade enemies that are too close for comfort. Users should try and focus on a single part with the lasers, as the LPL's damage output is less front-loaded and more reliant on rapid follow-up shots.
- Toriate/Jingaku


Variant A

A dedicated close-range brawler with marginal skirmishing capabilities, this variant notably lacks jumping capabilities. An array of 3 Medium Pulse Lasers spread across the side torsos and right arm provide a rapid source of short-mid range damage, while a pair of HEATM 3s located in an external pod and left arm grants this variant an extremely painful up-front punch in a brawl.

Player Comments:
The HEATMs provide the brunt of this variant's damage output within 300m. Continued barrages from them, however inaccurate, will quickly soften up parts on targets, allowing the pulse lasers to surgically remove them in short order. Even despite the pulse laser's reasonable range of 500m, this loadout will quickly falter if the user is caught out in the open with no cover due to its very average mobility. It is thus best used to single out high priority targets when fighting with and against a group. With copious amounts of torso twisting, this variant can take quite a beating thanks to its standard engine.
- Toriate/Jingaku
Although individual salvos from the HEATM3s may not do all that much damage compared to the primary weapons on other equivalently tonned assets, the missiles cycle extremely quickly and are some of the most efficient DPS weapons in the game. Groupfire the HEATMs and and try to hit them as often as possible to maximize and focus your damage output. HEATM3s refire only slightly slower than ERMLs, meaning you don't need to worry too much about carefully timing your shots to shake your opponents - they refire fast enough to reliably disrupt enemy salvos without forethought, and the longer you keep firing the further the DPS advantage tilts in your favor. Suggest to chainfire the HEATMs only if you absolutely need to mitigate a large alpha that you know is in play, say to shake the aim of a gauss rifle asset that you haven't seen fire in a while. Another defensive option is to groupfire your ATMs but immediately flick your torso up and to the left or right - the ATMs will still be able to track to their target, and you may be able to force an enemy alpha to impact one of your side torsos (which do not transfer damage to the CT at an increased rate when destroyed, thanks to the variant's standard engine) instead of your essential CT.
- [CJF] DireWolf2K


Variant B

One of the more expensive Hellhounds, this skirmisher variant features slightly more armor but has a fragile XL engine. It sports AECM to conceal nearby allies from enemy radar and has standard Jump Jets for basic vertical maneuverability. An LBX10 in the right arm provides far-reaching firepower that only gets more devastating at closer ranges, while a pair of SRM6 external pods provide a hefty close range punch. 3 small lasers in the left arm, and an extra one in the left torso, provide adequate backup weaponry. A single free ton of ammo is available, allowing an extra reload for the LBX10 to be stored.

Player Comments:
The LBX10 has a long range, but it's only a fraction of this variant's total damage output. Careful maneuvering in and out of cover with the aid of jumpjets is required to bring its full loadout into play. Poptarting can be viable if not facing off against a large group. In a pinch, the LBX can be used as an anti-air weapon, but the Hellhound chassis is not particularly capable of pitching its torso enough to properly aim at air assets.

AECM allows this variant to hide allies from enemy radar, which can be useful for catching entrenched enemies off guard in daring flanking maneuvers that they'd normally be able to see coming from a mile away. However, as AECM does not hide the user, this can result in enemies focusing fire on the user far more than usual.

Despite having an extra half ton of armor, the XL engine in this variant considerably reduces the robustness of the unit, mostly when its side torsos are shot out.

This variant closely resembles the Centurion CN-9D BattleMech.
- Toriate/Jingaku


Variant C - "MadMouse"

Tough as nails with an extra half ton of armor, and packing a tremendous punch in its own weight class in any range.
The three CLRM5 launchers apply both steady DPS and considerable screen shake, and once the three HMLs are brought to bear, the enemy will be relieved of any component put in harms way.
Trading mobility for endurance and heavy punch, this unit reaps the fruits of the latter two, although care must be taken not to fall victim to the former. The armor level is not sufficient for prolonged engagements against similarly priced Inner Sphere heavy Mechs.
Surprisingly, this variant is actually rather weak in a knife-fight brawl, preferring to stay at the 300-400 m range where its lasers and missles can more easily find their targets. Care must be taken not to allow a fast enemy asset to close withing the 30 m minimum range envelope of the CLRM launchers, as it will deny the pilot a considerable part of her damage output. Additionally a wary opponent that gets in close may shrug off several HML volleys by a mix of jump jets, MASC, and torso twisting. As this chassis has no mobility equipment, it will be difficult to get back in LRM range once an opponent is on you.

Variant D - "Stink Eye"

"Stink Eye" is yet another non typical clan design right there. Augmented mobility coupled with C3 means spying and treachery by it self. Provided you have the guts to run your Radar Hot. And hot it will be - thanks to the Blood Hound Probe shedding light to those hidden away enemy APCs, or other small radar profile targets, moreover your C3 will rely them further to your team. That feat alone makes this asset a valuable addition to its lance or team.
Enter weapons:
The Heavy Large Laser will direly tax both the scarce 2 DHS as well as the armor on the receiving end. Something that will mandate a lot of getting used to, especially as the ATM12 launcher will generate even more heat to dissipate. The comfort comes from the trusty Machine Gun array, that boasts 4 of them. Free of ammo, free of heat and reaching as far as 1600 meter if you don't care for actual damage. If you do care, watch to employ up to 250 meter as that is where their damage is still in full effect.
A second liner you aren't likely catching off guard, valuable scout and avid money printer. Keep an eye on heat levels at all times and shine proudly at those BA spewing APCs!

Variant E

A Clan classic if there ever was one. Two CERML, three ATM3 and lo and behold - Improved Jump Jets!
If you take care of where you stand and note how the battle is progressing, if you engage only aerial targets, and if you use your CERML sparingly for the occasional finishing blow, you might not even notice how hot this unit gets when used as a skirmisher.
Skirmishers should jump out of cover, fire the laser battery, wait for the ATMs to lock on, and launch during the fall into cover. Take care not to fire them under the 120 m minimum range and apply coolant to stay off the yellow line. Turning and twisting damaged components out of harms way will allow the pilot to get in a few more volleys before being forced to repair.
The ATM3s will likely be ready to fire by the time the jump jets have recharged, allowing for a near constant stream of fire. This is a decent mech for the price and it's common to see them live long enough to be sold at base for a net gain.

Variant F

With a gunload resembling that of a certain popular Solitare variant, but packing substantially more armor and close range punch with its HMGs. Its CERPPC provides fearsome punch at all ranges and its CERSLs dig into wounded components nicely. This Hellhound's versatility is highlighted by its GECM and IJJ giving it tons of options for how it approaches and engages targets, making it a tricky combatant to pin down when coupled with the Hellhound's signature toughness. A powerful generalist that excels at nothing but isn't bad at anything either makes for a flexible mech capable of adapting to a dynamic engagement without need to rearm or rebuy.

Variant G - "Bayonet"

Armed with the mighty HAG20, this mech is capable of putting out some serious damage in the early to mid stages of the game. However, it's true calling and namesake is pairing that at close range with its array of 4 Heavy Small Lasers which in tandem with its main gun are capable of putting serious hurt even on larger mechs. Coupled with the Hellhound's trademark survivability, it has plenty of opportunities to apply it's damage at both short and long ranges. This unit is perhaps must at home when contributing its HAG20 damage to a larger firing line, then breaking off to dive a weakened enemy, and using its armor to return to its own line.

History

The Hellhound was confirmed for release with update version 0.11.0, notably being the first Clan mech utilizing a Standard Engine.

Canon

The 2829 Conjurer (codenamed the Hellhound by the Inner Sphere nations) is a fast, inexpensive medium BattleMech that excels at medium to short range. As befits its status as a second-line 'Mech, the Conjurer uses a Standard engine, though it is constructed on an Endo-Steel chassis and uses eight and a half tons of Ferro-Fibrous armor. Its Jump Jets enable it to leap up to 180 meters at a time. Of note is that the Conjurer is, for all intents and purposes, the Wolverine IIC and was even reported as such by ComStar in early sightings, presumably for its obvious heritage; it was designed off the WVR-7H Wolverine II variant of the original Wolverine, taking the concept and rebuilding it with advanced technology in the fashion of a IIC rebuild. However the Clans would not retain the name of the Not-Named Clan for the redesigned 'Mech.

Year introduced: 2829, during the "Early Succession Wars" era (2781 - 2900) Unit Role: Skirmisher

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