“…Considerably outperforms any opponent at close-ranged exchange of fire. Rhino is a living incarnation of indomitable rage, a true berserk of the future. Able to enter assault mode. While in assault mode, Rhino gains protection from built-in shields and loses ability to turn and fire medium weapons. In exchange, his movespeed is increased by 100%, which allows him to break through enemy lines and force enemies into close combat…” – in-game description
When the Assault mode ability is activated a physical shield deploys in the front of the robot disabling its medium weapons and the Rhino's forward movement speed is increased by 100%. In Assault mode the upper torso movement is also extremely limited to about 5 degrees per second. Similar to the Écu, the Rhino's shield offers protection against energy and gun type weapons, but does not block splash damage weapons. Often times, two Rhinos will charge headfirst into each other to bypass each others shield, reminiscent of actual rhinos fighting in real life.
The Rhino excels as a brawler, using its Assault Mode to quickly get into its weapons' range and then unleashing a devastating barrage of fire. The shield works well for blocking enemy fire while waiting for medium weapons (e.g. Orkans) to reload, with the light weapons providing cover fire.
Although the Rhino is a strong robot and is a fearsome sight in battle, it isn't flawless. Its glacial traverse speed with assault mode activated makes it extremely vulnerable to small, fast robots, especially Cossacks and Stalkers. In addition, remaining in assault mode at ranges less than 100m allows even medium robots to circle the Rhino and quickly get around the frontal shield and out of the line of fire of its light weapons before the shield can be retracted to allow traversing.
The Rhino is also noticeably weak to the Pin, Tulumbas and Trident weapons, as their large amount of damage, splash damage properties, and ranges of 500-600m allow for the weapons to damage the Rhino with or without shield, and the robot possessing the weapons can fire in safety, with the extra distance. This is one of the main reasons of why the Russian Death-Button had become popular in competitive play.
An easy way to negate this is to remain at ranges of about 200-300m. For 300m engagements, 2 × Orkans and 2 × Magnums can be very effective. Engaging at this range is particularly effective against enemies using Thunders, as the damage will be significantly decreased due to the wider spread of fire.
Rhinos can be devastating for leading charges on city maps like Shenzhen and Dead City. Pushing up to enemy held beacons and continuing the assault straight into the enemy spawn usually leads to confusion among enemy forces and breakthroughs. The favoured combination of weapons on Rhinos is usually 2 × Pinatas or Magnums on the light hardpoints (or 2x Aphids) and 2 × Tarans or Orkans on the medium hardpoints. Especially with Orkans, the burst damage potential on the Rhino is absolutely brutal, meaning you can quickly bring down your opponent’s health, activate Assault Mode, and finish them off with the light weapons. This strategy applies very much to ambushing targets in the spawn area, although this will inevitably lead to the destruction of the robot. However, it gives your team some breathing space to regroup and capture beacons as you draw enemy fire and do large amounts of damage.
- Robot Rhino has a visible horn on its head, just like actual Rhino.
- Although Rhino is a bit of out of the endgame now, there is a wonderful guide for Rhino piloting by Strayed: http://warrobots.wikia.com/wiki/User_blog:I%27mWithTheGuyWithTheShirtThatSaysI%27mWithStupid/PDB_rhino_guide
- Player needs 6,537,480 Silver and 28 days in order to gather enough WP to get Rhino (using all six WP slots and no Gold to buy WP)
|7||1,000,000||126,000||176,000||24||1 days 8 hours 46 minutes 40 seconds|
|8||2,000,000||134,000||188,000||24||1 days 22 hours|
|9||5,000,000||143,000||200,000||25||2 days 9 hours|
|10||7,000,000||152,000||213,000||25||2 days 21 hours|
|11||15,000,000||162,000||227,000||25||4 days 14 hours|
|12||24,000,000||172,000||241,000||25||5 days 10 hours|
|Total||54,870,000||172,000||241,000||25||19 days 23 hours 51 minutes 40 seconds|