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Manufacturing Companies

Each part in the game is manufactured by different companies from [[RSI|Rak Sal Industries] to Mobitech Industries. Each companies line of parts have their own themes and aesthetics such as parts having high weight and armor and the parts are bulky and square looking.

For a full list of manufacturing companies see the businesses in MAV wiki page.

Chassis

Required Part; Critical Part

This is the part responsible for movement of your MAV, it must be the first part that is placed. All other parts are built from this part.

Hovers

The fastest but most fragile Chassis with the lowest load capacity; the hover chassis has the unique ability not only to bypass land mines, but also to safely glide down high ledges.

Wheels

With high energy generation and reasonable mobility, wheels are primarily a utility chassis ideal for the Engineer roletype.

Bipeds

Well balanced walker, they're great for medium to close range combat with their good acceleration, top speed, rotation speed, and reasonable durability.

Inverse

A type of Biped with knee joints that point the 'wrong way', this chassis has a higher stability allowing them to effectively utilize sniper rifles and other high recoil weapons. They suffer from lower durability and sluggish acceleration, making them best used away from the front-lines.

Digitigrade

A combination of Biped and Inverse. This style of Chassis has all around good stats, but are very expensive and considered more of an endgame part.

Quadrupeds

Unreleased

A fast, rotation locked chassis, this is the only type of Chassis with the ability to strafe.

Treads

Also known as Caterpillar Tracks, this type of Chassis is durable and sports a reasonably high load capacity. They have great armour and a high rotation speed that enables them to be very strong in close combat while impact forces have little effect on them. Their low below average stability limits their effectiveness with high recoil weaponry.

Hexapods

Slow and relatively fragile, this chassis has an extremely high load capacity, good stability, and the ability to scale steep slopes to reach vantage points that other Chassis types cannot; they tend to make great heavy weapons platforms.


Trivia

While Hovers existed in Chromehounds, they were not very popular among the players due to the unfavorable comparisons that could be made to wheels which filled the same role. Due to this, they were not planned to ever return in MAV.

Early in the MAV Alpha, wheels had been designed to fall differently from other chassi so that when driven off of ramps and ledges with enough speed you would have some hang time. It was soon discovered that an interesting bug would happen when these wheels were driven off of particularly high ledges such as the big rock in Outpost Alpha; that was you were able to freely drive about in the air while the MAV slowly descended toward the terrain below. You were essentially flying!

A famous build that exploited this bug was known as the Red Baron, it resembled an air plane and was armed with Rockets for bombing runs. Battles with multiple Red Barons proved to be quite enjoyable yet ridiculous. The bug was soon fixed so that Wheels were treated the same as other chassi when falling, but it inspired Cyber to bring Hovers into the game with a means of giving them a characteristic that would drastically distinguish Hovers from their Wheeled rivals in the scout role.

By purposefully replicating the bug and applying it to the hover chassis, the Hover chassis was suddenly introduced in patch 0.5.20_18 as a complete surprise to the community.

Cockpits

Required Part; Critical Part

While the Chassis functions as the base of your MAV and its means of maneuvering the battle, the Cockpit serves as the nucleus of the MAV. Unlike many games, the Cockpit does not have to be on the top of your build- in fact, it is generally considered prudent to hide your cockpit to avoid it being specifically targeted.

In truth, the Cockpit is really the only part that actually determines whether or not your MAV is alive or dead. Due to how the part dependency mechanic works, the Chassis is only a 'kill shot' because all other parts are by definition reliant on it- including, ultimately, the Cockpit.

Cockpits currently come in a total of 3 'weights' and 3 'styles'.

Weights

Light
Lightly armored, not very heavy.
Medium
A good balance of armour-to-weight.
Heavy
Incredibly heavily armored, and incredibly heavy. Also tend to have the most hardpoints.

Styles

Standard
3 to 4 weapon groups, with anywhere from 3 to 6 weapons per grouping, depending on the weight of the cockpit. This style is meant for an average build with a couple different types of weapons.
Assault
Between 3 to 4 of weapons per group, but with up to 5 weapon groups. This style is meant for builds which use many smaller groups of weapons- often when each weapon group has a longer reload. Exclusively made up of the Hawk, Eagle, and Dragon series cockpits.
Support
Essentially an opposite of Assault cockpits having 6 weapons per group and few groups, they have a high stability to handle a number of high recoil weapons. They are less durable and are even more susceptible to explosives, as well they also have a long fire delay.

Generators

Generators create a source of power to your MAV and allows your MAV to operate more energy expensive parts. They come in three size groups, Small, Medium, and Large and the difference in weight and energy production between each group is noticeable along with the size difference. Many generators produce the bulk of your MAV's operating heat.

Weapons

Howitzer

High-power long-reload splash weapon. These are designed for bringing down Bases and bombarding an area from afar.

Machine Gun

High rate of fire weapon. The low damage and lack of precision is made up for with a high firing rate and low weight.

Rocket Pod

Low damage multiple shot splash weaponry. These are designed to blanket an area with explosives or do high damage up close.

Sniper Rifle

They have a very high effective range second only to the rail gun with good direct damage. Their high velocity makes these weapons very accurate even at extreme range. Just keep in mind that sniper rifles are quite fragile and will be destroyed easily in close range engagements.

Assault Rifle

Three round burst rifles with decent damage and muzzle velocity, they can quickly destroy enemies with the use of focused fire. Among the lightest weapons in the game.

Shotgun

Multiple shot close range weapon. The spread and drop off speed of the pellets isn't makes them poor at a distance, but when you hit a target up close they will deal significant damage.

Cannon

High powered medium range guns, the shells fired by them are normally slow but cause very high direct damage. Very sturdy.

Flame Thrower

These do little direct damage but when sufficiently focused the target can start taking potentially fatal amounts of heat damage. Best used on hotter maps and with other heat-based weapons.

Spike

A melee weapon that is immune to explosive damage, this weapon does an insane amount of damage. Best equipped onto faster MAVs.

Rail Gun

A highly accurate weapon with the incredible range necessary to hit enemy MAVs as far away as you can see; this heavy weapon acts a more powerful but clunky sniper rifle. They have very limited ammo capacity and a slow reload rate.

Heavy Howitzer

Essentially a battleship turret, this heavy weapon acts as a larger, more powerful howitzer with longer range. Most variants have multiple barrels and a wider splash radius.

Heavy Rocket

Perhaps the most varied type of weapon, they come in a few different shapes and sizes and fire in very different manners from one another. One functions as a step-up from their lighter counterparts, another fires individual rockets with good accuracy, one fires a very large and widespread volley, and one focuses on close range disruption.

Mine Deploy

Drops a scattering of land mines around your MAV, they take several seconds to arm. Best used in high traffic choke points that your enemy is likely to travel. Hover chassi can safely pass over landmines.

Saw

Scary and extremely durable, this melee heavy weapon can do incredible amount of damage in a short time and trap lighter MAVs by knocking them toward the user. Left and right handed models are available.

Grenade

A sturdy close range splash weapon. Their limited ammo capacity makes them mainly a secondary weapon.

Spacers

These parts are used to better position other parts around your MAV. They can be placed to put an armor plate in front of your chassis, to better group weapons together, or just as a spacer to move an awkward part into a better location. Keep their durability in mind when using them with high durability parts, placing a heavy cockpit onto a spacer is normally a terrible idea.

Auxiliary

Aux parts provide special benefits to your MAV and include active systems that require you to use them and passive systems that are always working.

Deployment Systems

These parts create an object on the battlefield when you use them. These include network uplinks, turrets, walls, and repair sheds.

Command Systems

Otherwise known as Commander Networks these parts create a highlighted area around your MAV that will show enemy and alley locations on the map if they are within that circle. To increase the effective range of these parts you can place Network Uplinks on the map which creates Network areas around them that your Network can connect too as long as the circles are touching and provide map data to you and your alleys.

Sensors

Sensors augment the way you see the battlefield. They need to be toggled on and off. Currently only Thermal Vision exists; the main benefit of it is to see enemy MAV's through sandstorms and other low visibility conditions. They are the only part besides cockpits that are required to be pointed forwards.

Fire Suppressor

Essentially a fire extinguisher, when activated it sprays foam that quickly cools your MAV and extinguishes any fire. It sprays a conical area in the direction that it is attached.

Radiator

A passive means of managing the heat that your MAV may be subject to. They lower the operating temperature of attached parts, a well placed and sufficiently protected radiator will provide a degree of resistance to heat-based weapons.

Other

Unreleased

These sort of Aux parts would consist of other utilities such as increased fuel capacities, and rotors.

Armor

Armor plates are simple hunks of metal that can be strategically attached to different parts on your MAV to increase it's survivability. General placement of armor plates is in front of your chassis through the user of spacers and around high target locations like a spine / weapons / cockpit.