221 Scout Car Symbol

221 Scout Car

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Vehicle
221 Scout Car
221 Scout Car Portrait
Wehrmacht Icon
Faction

Light vehicle effective against infantry and snipers. Has increased vision range. Can reveal nearby camouflaged units.

The 221 Scout Car is a Wehrmacht unit. In skirmishes, it is produced from the .

As the name implies, this light vehicle unit is an effective reconnaissance and light skirmishing unit. Durability and mobility wise, it is quite similar to the UKF's , featuring identical health value, slightly less armour values. and practically identical speed and acceleration. As such, the 221 Scout Car is an effective skirmishing unit that can move around quickly to support fights on the battlefield and/or chase down retreating units.

The 221 also features far greater sight range of 45 compared to most units with 35 sight range. This makes it quite useful for spotting for the rest of the army.

Offensively it is armed with a rotating machine gun that is effective against infantry. This weapon generally deals greater damage per second against infantry than the usual weapons on ultra light recon vehicles such as the USF and UKF . However, this weapon lacks penetration and thus it is not too effective against light vehicles.

The 221 can be upgraded to further utility or to equip an anti-vehicle weapon. The Radio Antenna upgrade allows the unit to capability of detecting enemy units in the fog of war when stationary. Meanwhile, the Panzerbüchse 41 Anti-tank Gun upgrade changes the unit's weapon to a forwarding facing anti-tank weapon that is most effective against light vehicles, while also unlocking the White Phosphorus Round ability. More info can be seen in the sections below.

At veterancy level 1 it gains the passive Scout Awareness, which further increases its already impressive sight range. This makes the 221 one of the best scout units in the game (ignoring special abilities).

While by default the 221 does not carry the same kind of shock value some other light vehicles do, it certainly still offers good utility and speed. Use its speed and superior sight range to get around the field quickly and assist other units as necessary, whether that be to add firepower or to scout for threats. As with most light vehicles, while it is resistant to small arm bullets it is still vulnerable to being destroyed fairly quickly from practically any anti-tank weapon or ability. Care must be taken as it is still ultimately a fragile unit.

In particular, upgrading the 221 with the anti-tank weapon in the early to mid game stages of a match is a common strategy, in order to deal with other light vehicles effectively. Be wary that this anti-tank weapon can only face forward and thus the 221 must always face its target in order to fire, so it can be quite vulnerable if caught by flanks. Usage of White Phosphorus Rounds can be lucrative as a way to support other anti-tank efforts, as it is a very effective vehicle snare.

Uniquely, this unit can benefit from the Repair Crews perk from the Mechanized Battlegroup, allowing it to passively repair nearby vehicles when stationary and out of combat.

Armor


light armoured car

CoH3 Stats light Cover Icon15
CoH3 Stats negative Cover Icon10
CoH3 Stats light armoured car Portrait
CoH3 Stats heavy Cover Icon20
CoH3 Stats light Cover Icon15

Veterancy


Veteran Star FullVeteran Star EmptyVeteran Star Empty

800 XP

Unlocks veteran ability. Increases rotation rate, sight, and acceleration.
Veteran Star FullVeteran Star FullVeteran Star Empty

2400 XP

Increases speed, rotation rate, and accuracy.
Veteran Star FullVeteran Star FullVeteran Star Full

4800 XP

Increases speed, acceleration, health, sight and rate of fire.

Veterancy Abilities

  • Scout Awareness: Passive ability gained upon reaching veterancy level 1. The 221 gains +12 sight range, increasing its already impressive sight range. This allows the unit to become one of the best scout units in the game, ignoring special abilities.

Upgrades


Radio Antenna icon
Radio Antenna
Upgrades the unit to periodically reveal enemy units in the fog of war when stationary.
Munitions Cost

35

Panzerbüchse 41 Anti-tank Gun icon
Panzerbüchse 41 Anti-tank Gun
Replaces the machine gun with a fixed anti-vehicle cannon. Effective against light vehicles.
Munitions Cost

50

Spotting Scopes icon
Spotting Scopes
Upgrades the unit with a spotting scope.
Munitions Cost

30

  • Radio Antenna: Upgrades the unit with the Signal Detection passive ability, allowing it to detect enemy units in the fog of war while stationary. See abilities section for more details.

  • Panzerbüchse 41 Anti-tank Gun: Replaces the default machine gun with a fixed, forward facing anti-tank weapon. This weapon is most effective against light vehicles, obviously packing far greater damage and penetration against vehicles compared to its default weapon. That said, it will struggle against heavier armour, and is generally ineffective against infantry. Be wary that the weapon only faces forward and thus the unit will need to it entire body in order to face targets.

  • Spotting Scopes: This upgrade is only available when the Spotting Scopes perk within Mechanized Battlegroup is obtained. Increases the vision range of the unit by +10 when stationary.

This unit benefits from the following Battlegroup benefits:

Breakthrough Battlegroup

  • Rapid Production: Passive perk. Significantly reduces the build time of all vehicles from production buildings.

  • Blitzkrieg: Active ability. Globally increases vehicle speed, rate of fire, and vehicles are harder to hit when active.

Mechanized Battlegroup

  • Raid Package: Passive perk. Globally allows all light vehicles to capture territory and all vehicles can use the Smoke Canisters ability.

  • Mechanized Assault: Active ability. Vehicles auto-repair, and infantry move faster, take less damage, and are harder to hit when near friendly vehicles for duration of ability

  • Repair Crews: Passive perk. Grants the and its variants ( and ), as well as the the passive ability Repair Crews, allowing them to repair nearby friendly vehicles while stationary and out of combat.

Abilities


Forward Observer Artillery Barrage icon
Forward Observer Artillery Barrage
Coordinates a barrage between off-map artillery batteries, converging on the target area.
Munitions Cost

60

Time Cost

90

White Phosphorus Round icon
White Phosphorus Round
Fires a special smoke round at the target vehicle that will reduce its performance for a short period of time.
Munitions Cost

35

Time Cost

30

Hold Fire Disabled icon
Hold Fire Disabled
Unit will not engage unless given a manual attack order when active.
Raid Package icon
Raid Package
Globally allows all light vehicles to capture territory and all vehicles can use the Smoke Canisters ability.
Repair Crews icon
Repair Crews
Can repair nearby vehicles when out of combat and not moving.
Self-repair icon
Self-repair
Orders the crew to repair their own vehicle.
Munitions Cost

25

Smoke Canisters icon
Smoke Canisters
Orders the vehicle crew to deploy smoke canisters in front of the vehicle.
Munitions Cost

25

Time Cost

120

Signal Detection icon
Signal Detection
When stationary, the unit will periodically reveal enemy units in the fog of war.
Scout Awareness icon
Scout Awareness
The veteran crew become better at observing their surroundings increasing their sight range.

Note: Forward Observer Artillery Barrage is not available in skirmishes.

  • Signal Detection: Passive ability, only available when the Radio Antenna upgrade package is obtained. When stationary, this unit will periodically reveal enemy units in a large range around it, even through the fog of war. This is represented as a 'radar ping' where white rings periodically radiates from it. If it overlaps with an enemy unit in the fog of war, they will be detected and either an infantry or vehicle icon will show up on the screen and mini-map. While it does not reveal the exact unit identity nor provide vision in the fog of war, it essentially shows the player the positioning and type of unit(s) in the fog of war. Moving will disable this ability and interrupt any current detection rings being sent out.

  • White Phosphorus Round: Active ability, only available when the Panzerbüchse 41 Anti-tank Gun upgrade package is obtained. Fires a special round at the targeted vehicle, blinding it completely while also significantly slowing it and disabling its weapons temporarily. A powerful ranged anti-tank snare, it will debilitate a targeted vehicle greatl for a short time, making it extremely vulnerable to follow-up attempts. Combine with other dedicated anti-tank weapons for great effect.

  • Repair Crews: Requires the Repair Crews perk from the Mechanized Battlegroup. Allows the and its variants ( and ), as well as the to passively repair nearby friendly vehicles at a rate of 5.5 health per second while stationary and out of combat.

  • Raid Package: Passive ability. Requires the Raid Package perk from Mechanized Battlegroup. Globally allows all light vehicles to capture territory and all vehicles can use the Smoke Canisters ability.

  • Smoke Canisters: Active ability. Requires the Raid Package perk from Mechanized Battlegroup. Drops a smoke cloud immediately in front of the vehicle, obscuring line of sight. Useful especially in defensive situations in order to escape fire from enemy units.

Weapons


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Near
Mid
Far
Accuracy0.70.60.52
Range72035
3
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Near
Mid
Far
Range027.555
Penetration353535