B.L. 5.5-Inch Artillery Emplacement Symbol

B.L. 5.5-Inch Artillery Emplacement

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Emplacements
B.L. 5.5-Inch Artillery Emplacement
B.L. 5.5-Inch Artillery Emplacement Portrait
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Artillery emplacement extremely effective against stationary targets. Must barrage to attack.

The BL5.5 Artillery Emplacement is a UKF emplacement. In multiplayer skirmishes it is only available as an unlock from the Indian Artillery Battlegroup. Once unlocked, it can be constructed by Royal Engineers anywhere in friendly territory except the HQ area. Like all artillery units, it must face the direction it wants to fire as it can only barrage within its arc of fire.

This artillery emplacement is completely immobile as a structure, but in return it is among the most heaviest artillery available in skirmishes. It has the largest range of any artillery unit, and thus on many maps will still have great reach into enemy territory even if built in a safe position close to the HQ territory. It brings with it extremely destructive artillery barrages on a relatively long cooldown. These barrages are very powerful, capable of wiping out squads and dealing massive damage to armour with each hit. The explosions even deform the terrain and can create light cover in the form of craters.

Unlike other artillery units, it has no regular attack, and thus will only fire when told to use its barrage abilities. In addition, the emplacement can be de-crewed and thus is vulnerable to being taken over by other players including the enemy! However, this is usually not a risk as it is often constructed very close to the HQ territory.

Upon reaching veterancy level 1 it gains Precision Shot, which eschews a barrage in favour of a single precise shot. Be wary though it runs on a shared cooldown with its barrage ability, meaning once it is used it will prevent barrages for the cooldown duration.

This unit does not benefit from any upgrades available at the Training Center.

Veterancy


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1200 XP

Unlocks veteran ability. Increases sight, accuracy, and reduces barrage recharge times.
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2400 XP

Increases accuracy, rate of fire, health, and reduces barrage recharge times.
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4800 XP

Increases health, weapon range and improves accuracy.

Veterancy Abilities

  • Precision Shot: Active ability gained at veterancy level 1. Fires a single shot at the target area with high accuracy. Has a minimum range. Be wary that it has a longer cooldown than High-Explosive Barrage, and both abilities will be placed on this cooldown after this ability is used.

Abilities


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Precision Shot
Fires a single indirect shell at the target with high accuracy.
Munitions Cost

35

Time Cost

60

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High-explosive Barrage
Fires an indirect barrage of shells at the target.
Time Cost

45

  • High-Explosive Barrage: Fires multiple volleys at the target area. Has a minimum barrage range. As this emplacement is one of the heaviest artillery in the game, its barrages are devastating with significantly more damage and blast radius than most artillery. Its explosions will deform the terrain and can create light cover in the form of craters. When on cooldown, all other abilities including Precision Shot are also placed on the same cooldown.

Weapons


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Near
Mid
Far
Range0150300
Penetration100010001000
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Trivia

  • This unit has an Indian accent.

  • As of the December 5 2023 Steep Shepherd patch, heavy artillery emplacements can no longer be constructed inside HQ territory.