254 Reconnaissance Tractor Symbol

254 Reconnaissance Tractor

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Vehicle
254 Reconnaissance Tractor
254 Reconnaissance Tractor Portrait
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Unarmed light support vehicle with increased vision range. Can call-in mortar and smoke barrages, and spot enemies in the fog of war when stationary. Reveals nearby camouflaged units.

The 254 Reconnaissance Tractor is a DAK support vehicle unit. In skirmishes it is available from the .

This is a unique support unit with a wide variety of abilities and functions. It has no weapons to attack with and has very low durability, so care must be taken as it is very easily destroyed if caught out.

By default, the unit has one of the highest sight range (50) on its own. It has several abilities including Signal Detection, Off-Map Mortar Barrage, Off-Map Smoke barrage. It also can capture territory without needing an upgrade to do so, and benefits from Support Veterancy which allows it to gain XP when other friendly units gain XP.

The passive Signal Detection allows it send 'radar pings' outward from itself, allowing it to detect enemy units at a long range even through the fog of war. Meanwhile its active artillery barrage abilities are quite effective due to their rapid deployment, occurring very quickly after the initial cast. Upon reaching veterancy level 1 it gains a new toggle ability that allows it to disable its movement but greatly improve its barrage abilities. More info about the 254's unique abilities can be seen below.

The 254 is a great utility unit that can act as an 'enabler' for the DAK army, allowing them to make moves based on intel and support them with useful abilities. Its artillery barrages are very handy due to how fast they drop, as well as their large cast range, making them incredibly useful as reactionary tools. While it cannot fight directly, the 254 more than makes up for it with its unique utility.

Armor


light armoured car

CoH3 Stats light Cover Icon9
CoH3 Stats negative Cover Icon6
CoH3 Stats light armoured car Portrait
CoH3 Stats heavy Cover Icon12
CoH3 Stats light Cover Icon9

Veterancy


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800 XP

Unlocks veteran ability. Increases rotation rate, sight, and acceleration.
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2400 XP

Increases rotation rate, and reduces barrage recharge times.
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4800 XP

Increases speed, acceleration, health, and sight.

Veterancy Abilities

  • Observer Lockdown: Active toggle ability gained upon reaching veterancy level 1. When toggled on, the 254 will disable its movement, but in return significantly improve its off-map barrage abilities. These improvements include significantly increasing the amount of rounds fired, increasing the maximum cast range, and reducing the minimum cast range. This essentially means more powerful barrages with greater flexibility on where it can be cast. If the player can keep up with the micromanagement, ideally the lockdown should be enabled to fire off the barrage abilities, then toggled off so the unit can be repositioned immediately before any counter attacks occur (as it does not need to stay in lockdown after the ability is cast). More information about the enhanced versions of these barrage abilities can be found below.

Abilities


Support Veterancy icon
Support Veterancy
Receives veterancy experience from nearby allies when they earn veterancy experience. The shared experience is split between each unit with this ability near that ally.
Stealth Off icon
Stealth Off
Toggle to enable Stealth. Vehicle must be out of combat for at least 6 seconds before it can stealth again.
Observer Lockdown icon
Observer Lockdown
Increases the number of shells fired by the unit's barrage abilities. Locks the movement of the vehicle.
Time Cost

5

Off-map Mortar Barrage icon
Off-map Mortar Barrage
Barrages the target area with off-map mortars. Effective against stationary infantry and structures.
Time Cost

90

Improved Off-map Mortar Barrage icon
Improved Off-map Mortar Barrage
Barrages the target area with off-map mortars. Effective against stationary infantry and structures.
Time Cost

75

Off-map Smoke Barrage icon
Off-map Smoke Barrage
Orders an off-map smoke barrage at the target position.
Time Cost

60

Improved Off-map Smoke Barrage icon
Improved Off-map Smoke Barrage
Orders an off-map smoke barrage at the target position.
Time Cost

45

Signal Detection icon
Signal Detection
When stationary, the unit will periodically reveal enemy units in the fog of war.
Emergency Repair Kits icon
Emergency Repair Kits
The unit will slowly repair damage when out of combat and stationary.
Smoke Canisters icon
Smoke Canisters
Orders the vehicle crew to deploy smoke canisters in front of the vehicle.
Munitions Cost

25

Time Cost

120

Vehicle Capture icon
Vehicle Capture
Unit can capture and decapture territory.
  • Signal Detection: Passive ability. 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 the 254 tractor. 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.

  • Support Veterancy: Passive ability. This unit will gain veterancy experience when nearby friendly units also earn experience. This allows it to still gain XP despite having no weapons.

  • Vehicle Capture: Passive ability. By default this unit can capture territory much like infantry units can, without requiring additional upgrades to do so.

  • Off-Map Mortar Barrage / Improved Off-Map Mortar Barrage: By default the Off-Map Mortar Barrage is an active ability that will fire artillery strikes at the target area. This artillery strike occurs very quickly with little delay after the ability is cast, and is effective at saturating the target area with multiple volleys in quick succession. These volleys are relatively light artillery, but is still very effective against infantry and is great for forcing an opponent to move units out of the area or else take great damage.

    The Improved version is available only when the vehicle has its vet 1 ability Observer Lockdown, toggled on. This version has a larger maximum cast range and a smaller minimum cast range, greatly improving the flexibility of where it can be placed. It also significantly fires more rounds for a total of 14 rounds, making it overall a much stronger artillery ability at the cost of a longer cooldown.

  • Off-Map Smoke Barrage / Improved Off-Map Smoke Barrage: By default the Off-Map Smoke Barrage is an active ability that will fire smoke rounds at the target area, saturating it with sight obscuring smoke clouds. Smoke is useful for a variety of offensive and defensive purposes. Like the tractor's mortar barrage, this ability occurs very quickly with little delay and saturates a decently large area.

    The Improved version is available only when the vehicle has its vet 1 ability Observer Lockdown, toggled on. This version has a larger maximum cast range and a smaller minimum cast range, greatly improving the flexibility of where it can be placed. It also significantly fires more rounds which saturates a larger area, making it overall a stronger ability at the cost of a longer cooldown.

Upgrades/Abilities

  • Smoke Canisters: Active ability. Drops smoke directly in front of the vehicle. Requires the Vehicle Survival Package upgrade from the Armory.

  • Vehicle Capture: This unit already can capture/decapture by default. The Rapid Advance upgrade from the Armory will still apply the increased movement speed and rotation rate bonus.

  • Battlefield Repairs: Passive ability. This unit will automatically repair itself over time when stationary and out of combat. Requires the Emergency Repair Kit upgrade.

Armored Support Battlegroup

  • Vehicle Awareness: Passive ability. The vehicle can detect enemy vehicles in the fog of war. Requires the Vehicle Awareness perk.

  • Panzer Storm: Active battlegroup ability. Upon activation, globally increases the speed of all vehicles and grants them immunity to engine criticals for the duration.

Weapons


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Range027.555
Penetration353535