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Class Overview Edit
Though the Engineer has always had a vital role in defending Auraxis’ facilities, the introduction of nanites to the military sector caused a radical shift from their traditional role of vehicle and MAX suit mechanics. When factory-built tanks and vehicles were replaced by relatively disposable nano-fabricated versions, Engineers began training extensively in marksmanship and demolition. Despite their recent shift in duties, Engineers have quickly proven themselves as effective soldiers, capable of either turning an ordinary warehouse into an impregnable fortress or blasting an enemy's fortresses to the ground.
The Advanced Construction Engine, or ACE, was created to eliminate the need for Engineers to carry bulky stationary weapons and fortifications in their new combat role. It contains a small, portable fabricator capable of constructing and deconstructing Nanite Blueprints on a smaller scale than seen at vehicle facilities. The ACE’s deployable MANA turret is available in both anti-vehicle and anti-infantry configurations, providing a deadly support weapon that excels at area denial. Engineers can also deploy a shield generator that provides temporary cover to friendly troops by absorbing damage that would otherwise be lethal.
The Engineer’s viability in the field extends far past their ACE, however. Their easy-to-use Nano-Armor Kit replaces entire tool chests worth of repair instruments, allowing the repair of heavy damage on vehicles, facility equipment and MAX suits in seconds. They are also experts in the use of powerful anti-tank mines, giving them the means to fortify a facility or cause massive and unexpected destruction on the field by mining a far off choke point.
While their engineering background allows them to provide their empire with support, their infantry training has given them means to remain competitive with other soldiers in medium-to-long range combat. Though their training focuses primarily on the use of rifles, they also have access to many powerful short range weapons such as SMGs and shotguns.
The Engineer’s flexibility empowers them to excel in many combat situations. Whether they’re defending a facility under siege or assisting their empire in staging one themselves, their legendary support abilities and combat prowess make them a valuable asset to any squad.
The Engineer is one of the most versatile team members of a squad and extremely valuable in both Offensive and Defensive encounters. With the ever growing number of vehicles and aircraft filling the roadways and skies, the Engineers repair ability becomes extremely helpful in keeping their empire's squads at full health.
|Engineer Class Certifications|
|Category||Certification Name||Levels and Cost|
|Tool Slot||Nano-Armor Kit||
|Ability Slot||Ammunition Package||
|Suit Slot||Advanced Shield Capacitor||
|Utility Slot||Anti-Personnel Explosives||
Class Weapons Edit
The following weapon types are available to the Engineer class:
Class Cert Builds Edit
How to spend your first Certification points
- Nano Armor Kit - 10 pts (Rank 2) - Easiest upgrade and something you will be using often as an engineer
- Suit Slot - 61 pts (Rank 3) - Pick one, either Nanoweave armor to Rank 3 or Flak Armor to Rank 3, depending on which path you want to take first (anti-vehicle or anti-personnel)
- Utility Slot - 100 pts - Pick either the anti-personnel or anti-tank explosives. If Engineer will be your goto class, you may want to invest a little more and get the C4.
Additionally you will have access to the Engineer's Special abilities, listed below. These will give you a good all around starting build, allowing you to function competently in your role.
- Special Ability: ACE Tool
ACE Tool is a handheld device used by the engineer to spawn useful items in the world, you can toggle through your currently equipped buildables with the change firing modes key (Default B).
The Default buildables are:
- Buildable: Mana Turret
Mana Turret is a stationary Turret (with shields) that is capable of shredding infantry. This makes Mana Turret one of the most useful buildables the Engineer has, for both offense and defense. It allows for both base assaults and defense, through the use of choke points. This buildable can be upgraded using additional certification points. Upgrades increase the amount of time before the turret overheats. Mana Turrets also come with shields that protect the operator, creating cover for yourself and fellow teammates. These turrets stick out making them attractive targets and can be used to decoy the enemy.
- Buildable: Ammunition Package
The Ammunition Package is another useful tool in the Engineer's arsenal. This buildable allows the Engineer to quickly replenish the Ammunition of teammates in the vicinity. The Ammunition Package is most useful during base assaults, when it is not possible to run back to a weapon console. During base defenses this saves the defensive team vital minutes, allowing them to remain in the fight and keep the bases defended. This buildable can be upgraded through certifications which increases its duration and radius.
- Special Ability: Nano Armor Kit
The Nano Armor Kit is an Engineer's bread and butter skill. This ability allows the Engineer to repair friendly vehicles, MAXes and equipment (base turrets, shield generators, etc.)The Nano Armor Kit is extremely useful and should be an upgrade priority, as this is one of the most effective methods Engineers will use to earn the bulk of their points (another being ammunition resupplying, see above). In base defenses, ensure all turrets and equipment stay at 100% health as well as the team vehicles and MAXes. For base assaults, the Engineer should hang back a bit and take a support role, ensuring that all the vehicles and front line MAXes are able to pull back and receive repairs when needed. Upgrading this ability increases the repair speed.
- Special Ability: Ammunition Package
This package is identical to the one spawned by the ACE Tool above and will replace any Packages already placed by you with either tool. This separate package is faster and easier to deploy then the ACE tool variant as it requires less actions and is not affected by the ACE tool's cooldown.
- Engineer Loadout: Anti-Vehicle
- Engineer Loadout: Ground & Air Operator
- Engineer Loadout: Vehicle Defender
Class Strategy Edit
Offensive strategy suggestions: The current build revolves around the two main Engineer abilities, which are the ACE Turret and the Nano Repair Kit. The Ammunition Package that the engineer receives is a benefit to organized attacks that occur away from the empire's base. Without an Ammunition Package in the vicinity to resupply ammo, players will quickly run out.
One major offensive strike strategy involves the use of the Nano Armor kit to mechanical items, including the MAX and all vehicles. MAX units are very powerful attack units and are quite large. This makes them ideal for attacking heavily fortified enemy stations, but also it makes them large targets. Having an engineer follow the MAX provides both cover for the engineer (it's fairly easy to hide behind a MAX during assaults) while providing the MAX unit with a free heal, which can be constant. This allows individual players (or a group) to constantly advance on the enemy position, with the weaker assault units protected behind the stronger, armored MAX units. The same strategy can be utilized when attacking enemy bases and stations. Having an engineer following vehicles and providing repairs can be critical for the attacking forces. This eliminates the time and resources it takes to get replacement vehicles into battle, which can be costly depending on the logistics involved.
Another offensive strategy involves skillfully deploying ACE Turrets near enemy stations. ACE Turrets provide a significantly more firepower to the attacking forces than the normal player weapons (with few exceptions) and can quickly take down enemy units, vehicles and defensive structures. Once the ACE Turret is placed, however, it is not mobile and can be easily targeted and destroyed. Engineers need to place the turret quickly and take out as many enemies as possible before being targeted. Once the turret has been targeted, the Engineer can simply move to a different location and place a new ACE Turret.
Defensive strategy suggestions: Currently this involves the use of all the Engineer unique abilities. The Ammunition Package becomes more useful in defensive situations, especially at the larger stations. Strategically locating the Ammunition Package increases efficiency, allowing players to restock their ammunition from a nearby location rather than to running longer distances to access a restocking station.
Large Base defense is all about keeping the base's defense systems intact and operational for as long as possible. The gun and missile turrets on each base need to be constantly repaired when under assault and the Engineer class is the only one that can do this. In addition, the Shield generators work to keep the enemy out of the large bases and need to be repaired as soon as possible, limiting enemy infiltration.
Small Base defense usually depends on the ability of the Engineer's turrets as well as their ability to repair their own vehicles continuously. An engineer inside a ground vehicle, defending a base, can stop invading forces while ducking back to safety to repair their vehicle. This saves the engineer both credits and time while keeping the base consistently defended. ACE Turrets are very useful for defending areas, especially smaller stations and bases that do not have any built in turrets. ACE Turrets can be placed in locations that overlook the defensive area and provide overall coverage fire to the rest of the defensive units.
Vehicles - The engineer excels at using both ground and air vehicles for, with care, they can continually repair that vehicle and stay in the fight longer. Offensively this is gives the Engineer a huge advantage over other classes. The Engineer does not have to spend extra credits or extra time and potentially be locked out of a vehicle. For the attacking forces, who are generally away from their spawn point and have to travel to the attack location, this ability becomes crucial by keeping their air and ground vehicles in the fight. Repairing on the fly allows an attacking force to field a sustained attack and avoid attacking in waves. Whenever a player decides to pilot or drive a vehicle the class in the driver seat should always be an engineer. Ground vehicles can stay in the fight longer when they retreat behind cover such as large rocks or trees to repair. Air vehicles can go on bombing runs and strafing runs toward enemy locations returning to a controlled tower (ammo replenishment as well as repair) or flat level ground in your empires controlled territory to repair.
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