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Drakuv Prison Vehicle
Sovrava
Unit
Affiliation

Sovicon Soviet Union

Role
  • Support
  • Imprisonment
Armament
  • Stun rifles
  • Grinder
Tier

3

Properties
Hit points

1200

Armor type

Heavy

Transport slots

8 (only for abducted infantry)

Speed

7

Production
Cost

$1800

Recharge time

5:30

Deployed from

Field Bureau

Requires
Combat
Attack range
  • 5 (stun rifles)
  • 1.5 (grinder)
Function
Abilities
  • Stun rifles abducts enemy infantry
  • Grinder can destroy walls
  • Heals nearby friendly infantry at periodic intervals
Notes
  • Spawns at the player's first Field Bureau when deployed
    • The Drakuv will appear in any possible locations if the Field Bureau is surrounded by walls when deployed
  • Self-repair
  • Can crush infantry
  • Immune to omnicrush
  • Cannot be depiloted
I'll treat them well, really!
- A Drakuv driver promising to treat the brainwashed soldiers well
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The Drakuv Prison Vehicle is a unique Soviet vehicle that is summoned through the namesake support power available from the Field Bureau once any of the Soviet labs is built.

The Drakuv is capable of abducting enemy infantry with its stun rifles to turn them into obedient servants of the Soviet Union (or to be taken in to Field Bureaus so their equipment can be analyzed for "reverse-engineering"), healing nearby friendly infantry and crushing anything else in its way under its frontal grinders.

Description

The Drakuv Prison Vehicle is a unique vehicle, as it is deployed from the Field Bureau and not the War Factory as all the other tanks are. It is a heavy multi-functional carrier designed not only for support, but for specialised tactics as well. A large grinder adorns the front side of this beast of a vehicle, holding any object it comes across in its place, tearing into it until there is nothing left. Enemy tanks will remain unable to move unless the Drakuv stops its attack or is destroyed.

Atop the troop crawler are turrets that fire powerful tranquilizer projectiles. With them, the crawler can capture weakened enemy infantry and brainwash them into service of the Soviet Union. Health packs supplied with the Drakuv allows injured infantry to be made combat ready again, as well as sustain them when nearby the unit.

Overview

During the development of Mental Omega 3.3 this vehicle has been through many sweet and sour to finally become the ultimate Soviet infantry support unit. It is tough as nails and can be a reliable wall for infantry to cover when they try to break through enemy forces and rest after combat thanks to their healing ability. What makes them extremely good in this version is that they can heal all types of Infantry unlike in 3.0 and their healing effect will stack if any other Drakuvs are stationary nearby.

In the late game, Drakuv are an excellent defensive unit when using in conjunction with defensive structures or friendly infantry to neutralize any infantry rush tactic and even locking down tanks and other armored units for the Soviet commander's forces to take care of them.

The Drakuv is an excellent vehicle to use in conjunction with mid-game heavy infantry since their grinder attack will ensure tanks will only fire upon the Drakuv while sparing the fragile infantry so that they can do as much damage as possible. They couple extremely well with Pyros and Tesla Troopers, since that combination is strong against everything on the ground and will need constant healing since their close range attacks will definitely cause them to receive some damage.

The Drakuv's usefulness become less so in the late game where enemy anti-armor divisions will chew through Drakuvs with little to no effort, unless the Soviet commander can obtain the blueprints of the Apocalypse Tank, since the healing effect of both of them do stack and a formation of Drakuvs, Apocalypse Tanks and heavy infantry will surely bring destruction upon enemy bases.

Outside of combat, they can be utilized to abduct weakened enemy infantry, and they will become controllable to the Drakuv's commander once they evacuate the Drakuv. At this point the commander can choose to send the converted infantry to war, or to a Field Bureau so that the commander will be able to train that specific infantry.

Appearances

  • The Drakuv Prison Vehicle is introduced as a controllable unit in Firewalking.
  • In Noise Severe, three Drakuvs are used by the Russians to transfer and return their Chinese prisoners back home. They must be protected from brainwashed Russians until they can arrive at the Chinese base - if all of them are destroyed, the mission is failed.

Assessment

Pros

  • Extremely durable.
  • Locks down enemy vehicles, structures and walls while destroying them.
  • Periodically heals nearby friendly infantry (Healing effect stack with other Drakuv).
  • Very powerful late game infrantry support since many Drakuv stack their healing effect.
  • Abducts enemy infantry and converts them to the commander's side.
  • Can self-repair.
  • Cannot be crushed and depiloted.
  • Practically Immune to abduction since Chrono Prison doesn't have enough slot to abduct it.
  • Grinder can destroy wall.
  • Can safetly dismantle and destroy non-turreted unit with immunity if attacked from the rear.

Cons

  • Can only be produced in limited numbers using its own support power.
  • Support power unlocks only after building a Field Bureau, and has long cooldown.
  • Grinder weapon has short attack range.
  • Slow, can be kite easily with specialize anti armor unit.
  • Vulnerable against aircraft and heavy anti-armor threats.
  • Still vulnerable to Anti tank infrantry swarm (Unless the Drakuv have sufficient number).
  • Will NOT one shot abduct any infantry (they need to take some damage first).
  • Painfully slow stun rifle fire rate.
  • Useless in low number (less than 5).
  • Useless against Hero or any infantry that immune to abduction.
  • Useless against Terror Drone.
  • Vulnerable against turreted tank since their weapon can still turn and fired back at Drakuv.
  • Take 12 slot in transport, impractical in many maps.
  • Will NOT abduct friendly unit for cheap tech share.

Quotes

The Drakuv uses the voiceset of the Chinese POW Truck in Generals.

When selected

  • I'll treat them well, really.
  • Our clearance is pretty good.
  • We will entertain them during their stay.
  • I love meeting new people.
  • Are there more pickups?
  • They will submit to our ways.

When ordered to move

  • Where are the prisoners?
  • More candidates?
  • We don't want them to wait too long.
  • There's always room for more.
  • Looking for some company.

When ordered to attack

  • We will change their minds.
  • Get the shackles ready.
  • They look cold, let's bring them inside.
  • They will agree with us... eventually.
  • They will be.. reconditioned.
  • He should be restrained.

Trivia

  • In 3.0, the Drakuv was a regular vehicle buildable from the Soviet War Factory and was only available to the Latin Confederation.
  • During development for 3.3, the Drakuv was supposed to receive the Drakuv Healthpacks support power instead of the current passive healing ability. This support power would have required a Prison Facility (which was the initial name of the Field Bureau) and healed much quicker than the present area of effect healing to infantry. Friendly Drakuvs from fellow Soviet generals would also be affected by this support power.[1]

References

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