40 (Mini/Rail), 60 (Dual Mini)
|Spawns From:||Near Prototype Lab|
|Move Speed:||6 (Mini/Rail), 4 (Dual Mini)|
|Abilities and Upgrades|
Power Claw, Minigun/Railgun, Smash Eggs, Target Acquisition, Floodlight, Thrusters
Weapons 1/2/3, Armor 1/2/3
Research Exoskeleton, Research Dual Miniguns (2 Command Stations)
|Buy From:||Prototype Lab|
The Exosuit is a purchasable Frontiersmen mechanoid from the Prototype Lab, of which is the structure for Exosuit and Dual Minigun research by the Marine Commander. Marines can also purchase Exosuits retrofitted with dual miniguns when researched by the Commander.
The Exosuit is a mechanical unit that consists entirely of Armor which requires the Welder or MAC to repair. When equipped, the Exosuit grants the Marine immunity to biological abilities such as Gorge Heal Spray, Lerk Poison Bite venom, and Spore toxins. The standard Exosuit possesses a power claw and minigun, with an on-board holographic user interface for monitoring structural integrity and minigun overheat. The Exosuit's view screen displays the Mini-map and a built-in targeting system to track Kharaa lifeforms in range. It is also equipped with leg thrusters to allow the Exosuit to move over different elevations in terrain.
When purchased, the Exosuit is permanently equipped by the Marine until death. Any purchased weapons equipped by the Marine prior to Exosuit purchase will be dropped on the ground for other Marines to pick up. As an Exosuit, the player cannot access Command Station login, as well as Armory and Prototype Lab buy menus. Due to its large mass, the Exosuit cannot teleport by Phase Gate or Distress Beacon, and cannot construct or repair structures and Power Nodes.
The Power Claw is a default Exosuit augmentation on the left arm. It is an armored mechanical hand capable of destroying structures with efficiency, as well as provide the Exosuit with self-defense when its Minigun or Railgun is on cooldown.
|The Exosuit is equipped with a mechanical claw used for anti-structure melee attack.|
The Minigun is a default Exosuit augmentation on the right arm. It is a triple-barreled weapon capable of providing sustained firepower by rapidly firing bullets, which are constantly manufactured in the munition packs on the back of the Exosuit. However, continuous usage of the Minigun can overheat the weapon, then the Minigun must cool down before further usage.
|The Exosuit is equipped with an anti-armor Minigun. It can overheat when fired constantly, requiring the minigun to cool down before reuse. Ammunition is automatically manufactured by the munition packs on the back of the Exosuit.|
The Railgun is an alternative Exosuit augmentation on the right arm. It shoots a single projectile over a long range and can be charged to increase damage potency. The projectile will penetrate through Kharaa lifeforms and structures, dealing its full damage to all targets hit.
|The Railgun Exosuit is equipped with a precision Railgun. Railgun projectile can penetrate through units and structures, and can be charged over 2 seconds to increase its damage. Lifeforms acquired by Target Acquisition are outlined in blue instead of auto-targeted.|
|Damage||50 (150 charged)|
The Exosuit is able to smash Kharaa Eggs by moving over them. An Egg will be smashed regardless of whether a lifeform resides within or not.
|The Exosuit can use its heavy weight to instantly destroy any eggs beneath it.|
The Exosuit has an integrated targeting function that detects Kharaa lifeform presence on screen. Lifeforms in range will be automatically targeted by the system, allowing the Exosuit pilot to quickly pinpoint enemy positions. The Railgun Exosuit targeting system is slightly different. Kharaa lifeforms appearing within the player crosshair will be highlighted in blue, allowing the Railgun Exosuit pilot to aim with precision and time his shot.
|The Exosuit's in-built targeting system quickly detects Kharaa presence, targeting lifeforms on screen.|
The Floodlight is located on the front side panels of the Exosuit. When toggled on, it emits an extremely bright light with wider coverage than the standard Marine Flashlight.
|Toggles on/off a floodlight, which provides a wide area of illumination in front of the Exosuit.|
The Exosuit is equipped with Thrusters on both legs. The Thrusters enable the Exosuit to traverse from lower to higher elevations without a ramp or staircase. Additionally, the Exosuit can charge forward quickly using Thrusters.
|The Exosuit's leg thrusters allow it to gain height and hover for short periods of time, as well as charge forward quickly.|
|Hotkey||Space or Shift (hold)|
|Speed||Default Speed + 2.5|
Tips and Strategies
- The ultimate technology in Kharaa extermination - if properly supported.
- All Exosuits venturing out of base alone are just canned tuna to the Kharaa, although DPS output for the mini-gun Exos are very high, they are also very easy to kill by a pack of Kharaa lifeforms.
- Due to their large bulk, once lifeforms get within melee range of an Exosuit, it is much more difficult to track and kill them at close range.
- Exosuits perform best guarding narrow corridors, where the Kharaa are funneled to a choke point. Mini-guns will make short work of anything coming down the corridor.
- Rail-gun exosuits cannot output enough sustained damage to hold off a horde of Kharaa, but the rail shot can kill skulks in one shot if fully charged, and significantly damage all other lifeforms for marines to finish off.
- Exosuits should travel with marines in a group, and be welded as required, having MACs following the "Exo train" is a good idea.
- If a group of marines and Exosuits get into a hive, the first priority for the Exosuit is to crush all eggs in a hive to stop the Kharaa spawning in that hive location. Marines can also shoot the eggs, but the ammo can be better spent on the hive
- recent game builds has allowed a marine to exit the exosuit (press and hold "G"). This will allow the marine to weld their own exosuits (provided they have purchased a welder). To go back in the exosuit, press and hold "E" next to the suit. Note other players can not go inside your exosuit.