“…A powerful weapon at short range. Low area of impact lets it damage opponents protected by Ecu shield or a cover. Deadly at close range. Utilizes the same missiles as Pinata but can reload while firing…” – in-game description
The Orkan is a Medium Missile weapon that can be purchased with gold. It is similar to Pinata, but has more ammunition (32 missiles), the same fire rate, splash area and the exact same range (300m) as the Pinata.
However, while very similar to the Pinata, the Orkan does more damage per rocket. In addition to being able to unleash an entire volley of missiles on a target, the Orkan can continue to be fired while it is reloading. The reload rate is 1 missile every 0.72 seconds, or 23 seconds for a full reload.
Most importantly, it has the ability to fire only a fraction of its payload at once. Against a weak target, a pilot can fire only as many missiles as necessary to destroy the enemy target. This leaves the weapon ready for the next engagement with a shorter reload time to completely refill. This characteristic was added to Pinata, Tulumbas and Pins in update 2.9
The Orkan has one of the shortest effective ranges of any weapon and a lower damage per minute than its most common competitor, the Taran. Another consideration is that the rockets have a relatively slow speed and small splash radius, and faster bots can avoid taking damage entirely at longer ranges by outrunning its rockets. The weapon is best used at a very short range where the rockets are more likely to hit.
Because of its ability to deliver heavy damage in a very short amount of time, reload while firing, and ignore physical shields, which many dominant robots have, like the Rhino or Lancelot, it is considered one of the best weapons in the game.
Latest update, 2.9, was made with a controversial rebalance to the Orkans, namely:
- Damage increased +15% at lvl12
- Firerate decreased -17% (from 10 rps to 8.3 rps)
- Burst DPS drops slightly, approximately -5% from 14,270 to 13,612 for lvl12
- Cycle DPS, however, increased +15% from 1,742 to 1,951 for lvl12
- Orkan translates to hurricane or storm in German, which describes this weapon’s nature well, as it can launch a “hurricane” of missiles.
- The name may be a reference to the M-87 Orkan, a Yugoslav multiple rocket launcher.
- Prior to 2.9 update Orkan was using same rockets as Pinata, only x2 capacity (Pinata was 16 missiles, and Orkan was 32)
|Level||Damage||Cost||Time||Burst DPS||Cycle Damage||Cycle DPS|
|6||940 (+9%)||720,000||15 h||7916||30080||1118|
|7||1030 (+10%)||1,400,000||1d 6h||8674||32960||1225|
|8||1130 (+10%)||2,700,000||1 d 14 h||9516||36160||1344|
|9||1240 (+10%)||5,400,000||1 d 21 h||10442||39680||1475|
|10||1360 (+10%)||9,000,000||2 d 7 h||11453||43520||1618|
|11||1490 (+10%)||14,000,000||3 d 3 h||12547||47680||1772|
|12||1640 (+10%)||23,000,000||4 d 7 h||13811||52480||1951|