|Page Contents Current As of Patch:||June 19th, 2014|
|Repairs, Ammo Resupply, Turrets|
Anti-Infantry MANA Turret,
MANA Anti-Vehicle Turret,
|Suit:||Advanced Shield Capacitor,|
Reserve Hardlight Barrier
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 stronghold 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.
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|
|Passive Systems||Quick Shield Recovery||
|Tool Slot||Nano-Armor Kit||
|Ability Slot||Ammunition Package||
|Anti-Infantry MANA Turret||
|Ability||Anti-Vehicle MANA Turret||
|Ability||Spitfire Auto-Turret Capacity||
|Suit Slot||Advanced Shield Capacitor||
|Grenade Slot||Sticky Grenade||
|Utility Slot||Anti-Personnel Explosives||
|Reserve Hardlight Barrier||
Allows Shotguns to be equipped in the secondary weapon slot. Does not include Directive Reward weapons. Engineer only.
Unlocks access to LMGs. Does not include Directive Reward weapons. Engineer only.
|Assault Rifle Access
Unlocks access to Assault Rifles. Does not include Directive Reward weapons. Engineer only.
|EMP Grenade Access|
Unlocks access to EMP Grenades. Engineer only.
|Anti-Vehicle Grenade Access|
Unlocks access to Anti-Vehicle Grenades. Engineer only.
Class Specific Abilities
The Engineer can be seen as the weakest direct combat class as they have no combat ability, such as a jetpack, self-healing, overshield or cloak. However they make up for this in utility, as the Engineer has access to the most items in a single loadout. The Engineer can resupply allies with ammo, fix vehicles and MAX units, lay down a variety of turrets and place Tank Mines, Anti-Personnel Mines and C4. The three turrets available for the Engineer are:
- The default Anti-Infantry MANA Turret. This manned turret is completely accurate on it's first shot but quickly becomes inaccurate over sustained fire (making it ineffective at long range without bursting). Instead of having ammunition, the MANA Turret has infinite ammunition and a heat mechanic - firing will heat the weapon and overheating the weapon will disable the turret for a few seconds (Note: EMP Grenades will also overheat the turret). The turret has a forward-facing shield that is completely immune to all forms of damage. To destroy the turret, damage has to impact the turret itself, making a frontal assault very ineffective. While inside the turret, an Engineer is vulnerable to grenades, flanking and enemy snipers. The turret can be used as deployable cover, allowing the shield to soak enemy bullets while the Engineer shoots over it. Upgrading this turret will increase the maximum heat capacity. Only the owner of the turret can enter it.
- The Anti-Vehicle MANA Turret 1000 . This manned turret shoots a single powerful rocket that will follow the cursor. This allows for precision shots onto enemy vehicles at long range. This turret has no shield and can be destroyed from any angle, making the Engineer very vulnerable whilst inside the turret. The turret can also be used as deployable cover but is less effective than the default turret. Upgrading the AV turret will decrease the time in between shots. Only the owner of the turret can enter it.
- The Spitfire Auto-Turret 1000 . This unmanned turret is very weak in both firepower and health. It can be destroyed by 10-15 bullets from any gun, a single rocket or 2 bolt action sniper rounds. An Engineer can only place one and must wait for a reset timing to place or replace it again. The turret will fire at any enemy it sees in a 50m radius, is very accurate but has a slow rate of fire. It will beep before opening fire. The Spitfire will not survive on its own against any opponent, however it can be used effectively as supplementary fire or as a warning system. While you and an enemy are shooting each other, the turret will act as supplementary damage, potentially turning the tide against your opponent. The Spitfire will not survive if targeted by an opponent, but is a low priority target, and so it excels wherever enemies are distracted or have too many other things to shoot at. The Spitfire cannot be upgraded.
The Ammo Pack can be upgraded to have a larger effective radius and to last longer on the field. At rank 5, the Engineer can place 2 at a time.
The Repair Tool can be upgraded to repair faster and to last longer before overheating.
The Engineer is the only class with access to the Sticky Grenade 100. This grenade is identical to the Frag Grenade except that it will stick to almost every surface and to enemies. Because of this, it is far more controllable than the standard Frag. It is considered to be an upgrade to the default grenade, as it's only downside is that it cannot be bounced around corners.
The following weapon types are available to the Engineer class:
- Scout Rifles
- NS-AM7 Archer
- Submachine Guns
- ACE Tool (Mana Turret, AV Mana Turret, Spitfire Auto-Turret)
Class Cert Builds
How to spend your first Certification points
- Nano Armor Kit - 40 (Rank 3) - Easiest upgrade and something you will be using often as an engineer.
- Suit Slot - 61 (Rank 3) - Choose either Nanoweave armor or Flak Armor, depending on which path you want to take first (anti-vehicle or anti-personnel). The recommended choice would be to upgrade your flak armor, as the easiest way to start is to support mechs and vehicles which leaves you vulnerable to explosive splash damage from the enemy.
- Utility Slot - 100 - Pick either the anti-personnel or anti-tank explosives.
- Ammunition Package - 160 (Rank 3) - At Rank 3, the ammo kit also gains an increased radius as well as a longer period of time before it despawns. The ammo kit, in a busy spot, will earn a constant stream of exp for as long as its lifespan lasts.
- Anti-Infantry Turret - 150 (Rank 2) Good weapon to have in specific situations, but especially on defences where enemy infantry is constantly coming in a specific direction.
- Anti-Vehicle MANA Turret - 1150 (Rank 2) This replacement for the Anti-Infantry Turret can be unlocked with either 1000 certification points or 700 station cash. Despite the huge cost, once you have the your basic skills upgraded to a decent point it should be your target goal. Repairing MAXes and vehicles is the primary job of an Engineer and having the ability to also place a turret to help against enemy MAX units and vehicles is invaluable for both offence and defence. As a added benefit, when the AV Turret can also be morphed into a Level 3 equivalent Ammo Package.
These will give you a good all around starting build, allowing you to function competently in your role. For more specific loadouts: see below.
- Anti-Infantry 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 deployable's the Engineer has, for both offense and defence. It allows for both base assaults and defence, through the use of choke points. This deployable 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 team These turrets stick out making them attractive targets and can be used to decoy the enemy.
- 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 defences, 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 and the final rank allows you to safely deconstruct enemy tank mines.
- Special Ability: Ammunition Package
The Ammunition Package (or Ammo Kit) is dropped by pressing the class ability key (default F) it is a hand dropped box similar to mines that resupplies ammo at a steady rate to infantry in a radius around it's self Ignoring obstructions. When used by a friendly the Engineer will receive a notification plus a small amount of xp for each tick of ammo supplied, however this won't happen when being used by an enemy. Upgrading the Ammo Kit increases the time until it despawns and from the third rank onwards also increases the radius of affect in a sphere around the box. As It's so easily deployed Engineers should drop ammo kits as often as possible especially if a ally has a ammo icon (three bullets in a row) above their head as it's a easy source of xp and ribbons. A well placed Ammo kit in a busy battle can provide a almost constant stream of xp for any engineer with a ammo kit in a radius (Ammo Kits do not override each other but also do not provide any additional benefit if overlapping) although after a high amount of xp has been earned from ammo resupply in a short period the ammo ticks will stop giving xp for a short while, this is to curb farming. At the final rank, an Engineer is able to place two Ammunition Packages at once.
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 defence is all about keeping the base's defence 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 defence 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.
Weapon Ribbons and Medals
With any class, you have the ability to gain Ribbons which will further increase your experience and certifications after completing specific tasks. This list does not include possible vehicle, base capture, or kill/assist related ribbons while playing in a vehicle as that class.
|Carbine Ribbon||10 kills.|
|Engineer Turret Ribbon||10 kills w/ MANA Turrets|
|Explosive Ribbon||10 kills w/ Anti-Tank or Proximity Mines or C4|
|Pistol Ribbon||10 kills.|
|Knife Ribbon||10 kills.|
|Shotgun Ribbon||10 kills.|
|Submachine Gun Ribbon||10 kills.|
Player Ability Ribbons
|Ammo Ribbon||Not yet implemented|
|Generator Repair Ribbon||Not yet implemented|
|Repairing Ribbon||Repair 15,000 points|
|No Medal||0 kills||N/A|
|Copper Medal||10 kills||2|
|Silver Medal||60 kills||10|
|Gold Medal||160 kills||20|
|Auraxium Medal||1,160 kills||200|