Mauler

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Mauler
Mauler.jpg
Class: Assault Mech
Faction: Inner Sphere
Ticket cost: 12 upon destruction
Tier: 11
Tonnage: 90 tons
Speed: 54 km/h
Torso yaw: 180°
Torso pitch: -34° to +50° while standing.
-34° to +60° while crouching.
Variant Armament
Variant Weapons Equipment
Prime:
Price: 95 500 CBills
Total base armor: 69 621
Engine Size: Hermes 270 XL
A:
Price: 115 300 CBills
Total base armor: 69 621
Engine Size: Hermes 270 XL
B:
Price: 100 500 CBills
Total base armor: 69 621
Engine Size: Hermes 270 XL
C:
Price: 109 100 CBills
Total base armor: 73 209
Engine Size: Hermes 270 XL
D:
Price: 111 500 CBills
Total base armor: 80 380
Engine Size: Hermes 270 XL
E:
Price: 108 500 CBills
Total base armor: 73 209
Engine Size: Hermes 270 XL
F:
Price: 107 750 CBills
Total base armor: 73 209
Engine Size: Hermes 270 XL
G:
Price: 99 700 CBills
Total base armor: 69 621
Engine Size: Hermes 270 XL
Armor Points Distribution
BT
HD
LA
LL
LT
CT
RT
RA
RL
INT
5532
2760
4777
4777
7694
8549
10057
8549
4777
7694
4616

The Mauler is an Inner Sphere Assault Mech, normally specialized as a long-range fire support. While having least armor in its class and being one of the slowest Mechs, the Mauler is relatively cheap and packs tremendous firepower, allowing it to quickly disable or destroy almost any opponent. Like other Assault Mechs, the Mauler suffers from extremely slow speed and poor maneuverability, leaving it vulnerable to attacks by more agile foes, so it should rarely be deployed on the front lines, but if it must be, wise pilots would do so with an escort of lighter Mechs to provide support against speedier assets as well as to distract foes so the Mauler can unleash its firepower without being destroyed first.


Roles and Gameplay Hints

Prime

The Mauler Prime is the cheapest Mauler variant, but is no less of a threat. Armed with 2 LRM15's and 2 ERLBL's, the Prime variant packs a powerful and accurate long-range attack capable of disabling or destroying any targets it can find. 4 UAC2's give it a fearsome backup array of weapons, capable of shredding lighter Mechs and Vehicles, as well as giving the Mauler Prime limited anti aircraft capabilities. Eoptics allows it to accurately target and engage long range foes. 2 free tons of ammo is best used for the long range missile launchers as they will run out far more quickly than the UAC2s. Though packing quite a long range punch, the Mauler Prime only has average heat management - four double heat sinks can somewhat manage the combined heat from the ERLBL and ultra autocannons.

Variant A

Emphasized for longer range assault, the Mauler A carries an array of powerful weapons. No less than two LRM20s can rain down 40 missiles per volley on opponents while also being hit by accurately fired high speed gauss slugs aided by eoptics. Enemy mechs that try to close the distance under 650m will only get hit by staggering blasts from the rare Heavy PPC that does twice the damage of a regular PPC. Backup weapons are dual medium pulse lasers and twin small beam lasers that will give some protection against BA. 3 free tons of ammo give each ammo dependent weapon a reload, ensuring longer time on the contested battlefield. The four double heat sinks are not enough for continuous weaponry firing, so mechwarriors will have to keep a careful eye on the heat levels. The Mauler A's fearsome long range alphastrike can heavily damage even the toughest assaults in only two volleys while being able to core anything lighter.

Variant B

A pure long range mech, the Mauler B can reach targets up to 1000m with a pair of LRM5s and 1500m with quad high velocity autocannon 2s. The damage dealt at that range will antagonize enemies as most will not be able to shoot back until they close. Once they do, the B's powerful dual ERPPCs can be brought to bear on them, blasting them with screen shake making it more difficult for them to return fire. Mechwarriors piloting the B must keep the range open as it is far too slow and lacks any short range weaponry to deal with brawlers. Note that although the 4 tons of free ammo gives the B a very long time on the battlefield, it still has to carefully manage the heatspikes from the ERPPCs as it has only 2 heat sinks. Finally, the high speed nature of the HVAC2 shells make them ideal for harassing aircraft.

Variant C

The C variant, popularly known as Broadside, deviates from the standard long-range fire support role emphasized in the other variants and focuses on close-range fire with a multitude of ammo dependent weaponry. Armed with a rapid firing UAC20, a shotgun LBX20, a heavy hitting MRM30 and backed up by no less than 5 short range missile launchers (4 SRM2s, 1 SRM6) the Mauler C has incredible firepower, on par with that of much more expensive Assault Mechs, making it capable of quickly and easily destroying Light Mechs, and will cause severe damage to anything that survives the the initial barrage. Unfortunately, this dizzying array of different weaponry all require different target leading due to distinct shell speeds, making it difficult to successfully alphastrike all but the slowest mechs. Also, the two free tons of ammo provide insufficient ammo for all of the Mauler C's weapons, causing some of its weapons to run dry earlier than expected. As it lacks any long range weapons, defensive equipment and moves at a slow pace, mechwarriors should never find themselves on the open battlefield alone. Going into battle with a teammate that can provide LAMS will help its survivability.

Variant D

The D variant is a hard hitting close to mid-ranged mech. The dual PPCs allow it to mash enemies from afar, while the dual MRM-40s pound anything that dares to approach it. Quad small x-pulse lasers protect it from battlearmor and fast mechs. The mech's 7 DHS struggle to handle the combined heat for its weapons load, making it overheat if the mechwarrior doesn't watch it. Its been blessed with an extra 2 tons of armor, making it considerably tougher than the other variants which can catch opponents off guard. 2 free tons of ammo help this slow mech stay in the midst of battle for a while.

Variant E

An extreme range combatant, the Mauler E sacrifices all close range firepower for maximum poking potential. A Light Gauss and 4 AC2 allow it to continuously annoy targets from beyond traditional weapon range, while its ERPPC and twin ELRM15 allow it to inflict real damage. It'll do all this under the radar cover of GECM, immensely frustrating enemies as they get hit by shots they can't even acquire visually or electronically. Five free tons are available for spare ammo; pilots are recommended to dedicate most of it to the hungry ELRM launchers.

Variant F

The Mauler F is the bigger, meaner, and uglier brother to the Rifleman A, carrying four UAC5 as its primary armament. Two ERLBL give it precision long-range damage, and twin Tbolt5 give it some minor screen-shake power. It carries both BAP and GECM allow it to slink about, and four free tons are available for ammo. As with the Rifleman, it is best suited to sitting at its max range, stripping off enemy limbs.

Variant G

The Inner Sphere's ultimate open-range combatant, the Mauler G carries withering direct and indirect firepower at an exceptionally cheap price. Its primary armaments are a pair of arm-mounted long-ranged HVAC10 and two shoulder-mounted LRM15 launchers. Four torso-mounted ERMBL provide close to mid-range point defense. Four free tons are available for spare ammo. The Mauler G shines in open terrain, where it can endlessly pour autocannon and missile fire downrange. Mauler pilots should strive to keep the enemy at least 200 meters away, where they can unleash all of its weapons. However, pilots should bare in mind that it will quickly overheat when using its lasers, and it is a poor choice for attacking agile enemies.

Canon

Created by Luthien Armor Works in the Draconis Combine, the Mauler was first seen in 3050. It is actually a complete overhaul of an earlier design, the Daboku, itself adapted from a House Liao design called the Linesman, which was plagued by flaws in every major component. After improving every aspect of the older design, they renamed it with the designation given to it by Davion units during the War of 3039 to avoid the stigma around the Daboku. Everything about the Mauler is geared towards long range battle; the AC/2s allow for a constant barrage of AutoCannon fire in addition to the long-range reach of it's two LRM launchers.

The Mauler is not one of the so-called Unseen.
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