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…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

Introduction


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.

The rockets explode upon impact causing splash damage. Splash damage allows missiles to damage nearby enemy robots, damage robots protected by an Écu shield and damage robots behind cover.

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.

Update history

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

Trivia

  • 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)

Upgrade details

Level Damage Cost Time Burst DPS Cycle Damage Cycle DPS
5 860 1,200 Au 7242 27520 1023
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

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