You may also want to see the Gold purchase guide.
Weapons are slightly more important in the beginning than which bot is being used, especially in lower tiers. It’s important to note that once you complete Level 15 in the Workshop, you will not get any more ‘bonuses’ for reaching milestones, so making the best choices with your initial purchases will save you a lot of time and regret later on.
Recommended buying order:
- 2 Tarans
- 2 Magnums
- 2 more Tarans
- 2 more Magnums
- 2 Tridents
- more Tridents/Magnums/Tarans as you see fit
- Trebuchets, Hydras, Raijin
One of the best medium weapons in the game. Be sure to flank shielded bots and keep your distance from Thunder bots unless you have a thunder yourself. Purchasing 4 is recommended.
The main difference between plasma weapons and machine guns is that MGs suffer from high spread at longer distances. This results in less damage at longer distances due to more bullets missing. Plasma weapons are, in that respect, stronger at their maximum distance.
The Taran is of the highest priority as in the early game, a Thunder Taran Boa is one of the best setups. In addition, once the boa becomes obsolete, you can easily switch the taran to a Griffin, Galahad, or Rhino without any troubles. Once you start using heavy robots, it is strongly recommended to carry at least two plasma builds, such as the Taran Magnum Griffin, the Taran Magnum Rhino, the Taran Magnum Galahad, and the Taran Thunder Lancelot. In top tier, most players will be using at least 4 tarans.
One of the best light weapons in the game. This is due to the magnum possessing high damage, good range, and no reload time.
Under the current matchmaking, most players switch quickly to heavy robots. Popular builds are the Magnum Taran Griffin/Rhino, the Magnum Thunder Leo, and the Magnum Taran Galahad. Due to this, so 4 Magnums are recommended.
Tridents are excellent WP weapons. Arguably being the most powerful rocket munitions in the game. They possess the longest range(600m) and the shortest reload time, as well as damage comparable with that of a pinata, resulting in the highest dpm of any rocket weapon.
The Fury or Butch equipped with triple tridents is essentially a DB Rhino or Griffin with twice the range. They are effective against robots with physical shields, such as the Knights of Camelot (BritBots), the Raijin and the Rhino. A Trident Carnage or a Trident Pin Natasha are excellent alternatives if you don't own a (5000 gold) Fury, and most good players carry 1-2 midrange (Trident or Zeus) robots. Some players also run a Trident Pin Leo.
Tridents have lost some use with the recent anicle buff however.
The Carnage is an ambush/flanking bot due to its speed and built-in Ancile Shield.
It is very versatile, as it can ambush bots with Thunders or do a decent job at midrange. It can protect itself and other robots against missiles (especially in midrange shootouts), and its speed allows it to roam the field. Meaning that it will always be in optimal firing range. The Carnage is one of the only WP robots commonly seen in high tiers, the other being the rhino.
The Thunder Carnage is the most popular carnage setup as well as a great knife-fighter in Dead City, Power Plant and the alleys of Shenzhen where it can close with cover, however, on the other maps the Thunder Carnage is situational at best and useless at the worst. The another popular build is a midrange Trident or Zeus Carnage, which works both as midrange, area control robot and can function as an anti midrange bot, capable of taking out Trident Furies.
The Rhino is an effective power runner, although the introduction of other fast shielded bots has broken its prior monopoly. In addition, most players prefer the Galahad when comparing plasma setups. However, the Rhino still has a lot of fans, especially in mid to high tier matches. It takes a lot of practice to use, and everybody has a unique style for it that works best for them. 1-2, no more than that unless you are extremely good with it.
Best setups are Taran Magnum, Orkan Pinata, and Orkan Magnum. Like other shielded bots, they are vulnerable to rockets.
The Stalker is a hit and run beacon capper. With the Stealth ability, it can play hide and seek, getting out of cover and peppering a heavy robot with Aphids, Pinatas or Magnums and retreating into cover when stealth runs out. It is arguably one of the only two light robots that are useful in the higher tiers (along with the Gareth). It is also the fastest bot in the game. While it takes some time to master the playstyle, some expert players do love to use their Stalkers.
Under the current matchmaking, there are conflicting arguments for and against using a Stalker. Some players argue that using several Stalkers allows them to win games while keeping their damage down, earning gold with beacon capping while getting favorable matches as higher damage equals stronger opponents. Other players feel that light beacon cappers are obsolete, as fast medium robots as the Galahad or Carnage fill that role and are better options to win the game.
Most Fujin builds are situational, doing well in some situations while being utterly worthless in others. Fujins have a weakness in that they are slow and have not a lot of hitpoints, making them very vulnerable to commonplace Plasma/Energy builds. Their main strength is their protection against physical weapons due to the built in Ancile that activates upon their immobilizing sentry mode as well as being the only robot that has 3 medium hardpoints. They can guard a beacon and withstand death buttons relatively well using the energy shield activated by engaging sentry mode if their opponents are low on plasma weapons.
A Hydra Fujin can rack up decent damage from 600m away while hiding in cover, and a Molot Fujin is a viable Anti-Midrange weapon. A Taran Fujin also has a very high damage output, making it an interesting alternative to a Magnum/Taran Griffin. Some players run Orkan Fujins, but they suffer somewhat from the lack of mobility (compared to the popular death button Griffin), and opponents can just sit back at 300m+ and take them out with Plasma.
A Fujin is can be seen an interesting or fun change-of-pace robot, but is not a priority and should be bought only if a player has all the Tarans, Magnums and Tridents he needs.
Trebuchets are long-range weapons with comparably low damage. They work best in pairs (Trebuchet Natasha) or triples (Trebuchet Fury). The most powerful build is a Trebuchet Butch that has effectively 4 active Trebuchets. Trebuchets were considered ineffective for a long time, but with the recent shift to midrange and Anciles, Trebuchets have become more popular. Now, they can serve as a decent counter to midrange and can damage anicle bots. Shield bots are still much more popular by a huge margin, though, so bring too many trebuchets to the fight is not recommended.
Many players don't like Trebuchets though as Sniping in general is an ineffective tactic. The most important objective in this game is beacon capturing and holding, which the Trebuchet does not help with at all. Sniping is also frowned upon as most snipers will continue to snipe in situations where it is far more necessary to wrestle beacons from opponents, often losing the game due to inactivity.
A Trebuchet can be considered a more efficient version of the Nashorn or Kang Dae, sacrificing a bit of power for higher burst (significantly more damage per shot but full reload time of 23s) and bypassing energy shields. In any case they are very low priority acquisitions.
Performs much like the Spiral, but with almost twice the damage and a bit better flight path intelligence. Hydras allow one to do constant damage from 600m and it is very hard to hide from them, as they can fly around many buildings. However, their low damage makes them situational, and do not enough damage to take out opponents if threatened.
Popular builds are Hydra Spiral Griffin (decent on the big roof in Shenzhen, where it can fire at any robot in the middle while staying out of sight) or the Hydra Fujin.
Hydras are considered as very low priority acquisitions.
The Raijin looks similarly to the Fujin, but has different attributes, such as higher health, Bastion mode which deploys 2 × front-mounted shields and 2 × heavy hardpoints (instead of 3 × medium hardpoints). It is very situational, performing well if it can use its physical shield, but it still very vulnerable to rockets.
Generally used for long-range or mid-range camping when equipped with dual Zeus, Tridents or Trebuchets. Thunder builds are less effective due to the slow speed.
Many players consider the Raijin as one of the worst heavy robots in the game, and it is a very low priority acquisition.