|Mammoth Mk. III|
Mammoth Mk. III with railguns
$2500 ($2000 KW 1.02)
0:25 (0:20 in KW 1.02)
|For for more uses, see Mammoth tank.|
|“|| Armoured superiority!|
- Mammoth pilot
The Mammoth Mk. III (GDI designation: Mammoth 27) is a GDI heavy assault tank that entered service prior to the Third Tiberium War. At the time it replaced the Mammoth Mk. II walker as GDI's premier land assault unit.
Following the Second Tiberium War, GDI concluded that the technology present did not make widespread use or deployment of walkers an optimal solution. The Mammoth Mk. II walker was slated to be supplanted by the less expensive Mammoth Mk. III. This decision was not without its detractors; Colonel Nick Parker opposed the discontinuation of the massive walker and claimed it was the result of "bureaucratic penny pinching" rather than an appreciation of military realities. Nonetheless, production of the Mammoth Mk. II ceased in 2039. This was then followed by the Mammoth Mk. III entering production in Reykjavik, Iceland.
During the Third Tiberium War the Mammoth Mk III was first deployed in Alexandria, where they proved very efficient in destroying Nod's primary African port and base. The Mammoth would later serve in all remaining battles throughout the war including at Sarajevo, New Eden and the Italian Red Zone, however it did seemingly meet its match against the Scrin airforce and the Annihilator Tripods.
The Mammoth tank is designed with long-range operations in harsh environments in mind. For this purpose, apart from twin cannons, it is covered in thick, hexagonal armor. The vehicle is designed to incorporate an organic engineer crew to maintain it in the field. They could independently repair the vehicle to 50% effectiveness. The Mammoth Tank's fire power and armor were so impressive to the extent that it can destroy three Predator tanks in combat and still have around half its health left over. Against Avatars and Annihilator Tripods, the Mammoth Tank will generally emerge the victor. As such, it's generally regarded as the most useful tier 3 armor unit.
It has a distinctive H shape that comes from General Combat Hull, Inc.'s patented quad-drive tread system, originally developed for the Bull tank. Each tread has two independent high-torque HTSC (High Temperature Superconductor) electromagnetic motors. The main power source are dual Mil-Spec CVJF (Combat Vehicle Jet Fuel) ducted turbine generators. This combination gives the Mammoth speed, durability, maneuverability and IR (heat signature) reduction.
The tank is equipped with dual 150-mm cannons on the turret (which can be later upgraded to railguns) and comes, in the vein of earlier models, with two 4.75-inch dual missile pods attached at the sides, specially designed to attack infantry and aircraft. 
An upgrade replacing the cannon with railguns became available prior to the Third Tiberium War, and vehicles continued to be retrofitted right through to the end of that conflict. Additional upgrade options dating to pre-TW2 years include adaptive armor and railgun accelerators; these were mostly found in Mammoths employed by the Steel Talons experimental combat technology division.
|The following is based on the spin off novel by Keith R. A. DeCandido and some details might contradict canon.|
The G-150 Mammoth variant carried an infantry squad. G-150's were employed by the 22nd Infantry Division during the Third Tiberium War.
Mammoth Armed Reclamation VehicleEdit
While not strictly a variant, the Mammoth Armed Reclamation Vehicle was derived from the Mammoth Mk. III concept.
The Mammoth Tank is one of the most expensive units in GDI's Arsenal (in the vanilla game it is the most expensive unit), but it is also considered to be GDI's ace in the hole in the late game; it has very heavy armor and very high firepower, and is the ultimate expression of GDI's attitude towards armor superiority.
Compared to the Scrin Annihilator Tripod, or the Nod Avatar Warmech, the Mammoth Tank is the slowest moving, but in terms of the amount of firepower and armor for its price it is the most cost-efficient for armored battles. While its primary weapon are dual cannons, it also features dual missile launchers that each can fire a salvo of two missiles at any type of target, giving the Mammoth the ability to attack aircraft and assisting it in attacking anything else.
The Mammoth excels at destroying enemy ground vehicles. Almost any type of enemy vehicle is guaranteed not to last long in a direct confrontation with a Mammoth unless it has numerical superiority. Several Mammoths attacking and charging forward at once can quickly overwhelm most types of targets and can cut through the defenses of all but the most heavily guarded bases, then proceed to destroy the buildings within.
The sheer size of the Mammoth Tank allows it to aggressively plow through most types of ground units; it can crush anything that isn't a walker-type vehicle, another Mammoth Tank, or a commando-type unit. However, it has weakened side and rear armor compared to the front, so charging through enemy armor and infantry is not always a good idea since it may take more damage than if it simply stands still and keeps firing. Due to its slow speed it isn't difficult for enemies to evade being crushed, either.
Mammoth tank are vulnerable to aircraft; because their missile launchers reload slowly, they are not reliable at bringing down groups of most types of aircraft other than Nod Venoms or Scrin Stormriders; so commanders need to escort them with more reliable anti-air units such as Pitbulls, Slingshots, or Guardian APCs if they expect the Mammoth to receive fire from enemy aircraft. Still, the launchers are helpful in allowing the Mammoth to defend itself.
Traditionally, like most tanks, the Mammoth is vulnerable to infantry attacks. It is especially vulnerable because it is slow moving, so it cannot hope to outrun infantry if it is in danger. Upgrading it to use Railguns helps it fight infantry more effectively, but it will still be vulnerable, so it may require some anti-infantry escorts. Its missile launchers are also more effective against infantry than its cannons when it isn't equipped with Railguns, but again, the slow fire rate of the launchers makes them an unreliable defense.
Another key weakness of Mammoth Tanks is that without their Railguns upgrade they are significantly less effective (though still deadly). Due to their slow speed and large size they are vulnerable to being destroyed or at least damaged by enemy artillery. Small groups of Juggernauts, masses of Beam Cannons, and even harassment from Annihilator Tripods are all effective ways of countering Mammoth Tank attacks. If a Nod commander charges several EMP coils-upgraded Raider Buggies into a mass of Mammoth Tanks then shuts them down, they can be picked off before they come back online.
To counter the slow speed of the Mammoth, which naturally leads to it often being worn down from harssing attacks as it moves across the battlefield, GDI commanders often supplement them with Battle Bases which can repair them in the field. In Kane's Wrath, the Steel Talons subfaction has access to the Adaptive Armour upgrade which can give them immunity to EMP attacks when upgraded. It is also useful because it allows a Mammoth to better survive harassing airstrikes, since it can sacrifice some of its firepower for more armor when needed.
- Can crush Tier 1 and Tier 2 units
- Strong armor; can be strengthened with Adaptive Armor upgrade
- Railgun upgrade increases its already impressive firepower
- Missiles can ward off aircraft and engage ground units for added effect
- Very difficult to deter in large numbers
- Cheaper than some other Tier 3 units
- Adaptive Armor upgrade will grant immunity to EMP strikes
- Railgun Accelerator can help negate the slow firing speed
- Probably the best Tier 3 land unit overall
- Very slow; can be out-maneuvered by any other unit except for the Scrin Mothership
- Slow rate of fire, especially with Railgun upgrade; increases slightly at Rank 3 (can be offset with Railgun Accelerator upgrade for Steel Talons)
- Expensive to produce at 2500 credits per unit, only available at Tier 3, Railguns takes a lot of time to research and costs 5000 credits, if adaptive armor is researched it costs even more, making it expensive to bring mammoths to their full potential
- Cannot deal with swarms of anti-armor units
- Missiles fire too slowly to threaten hit-and-run aircraft attacks
- Outranged by Annihilator Tripods, Devastators and Planetary Assault Carriers
- Vulnerable to Fanatics and Vertigo bombers
- Mammoth tank awaiting orders.
- Mammoth tank ready.
- Mammoth tank.
- Mammoth tank assembled (when finished bulding).
- Armor superiority.
- Ready here.
- What do you have?
- Move it up.
- Pushing forward.
- Taking it there.
- Mammoth advancing.
- Yes sir.
- Let's get to the front.
- Take 'em down.
- Drop 'em!
- Flatten 'em.
- Roll over them!
- Take 'em out!
- Let's have some fun!
- Close in!
- Going in!
- Back to base!
- Turn it Around!
The Mammoth tank was modelled by Mike Colonnese.
- ↑ Command & Conquer 3 Xbox 360 unit profile, EALA, Los Angeles, 2007
- ↑ Nov. 2, 2009. Mastodon. Electronic Arts. Nov. 2, 2009.
- ↑ Verdu, Michael. 2006-09-29. Technology in 2047. Crysis News. 2009-05-30.
- ↑ Lanzing, Jackson (w), Martin Cocolo (p). "An Unexpected Hero" Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight Video Game, Exclusive Motion Comic 1 (March 5, 2010) EA Los Angeles, Ape Entertainment. Gametrailers Exclusive Motion Comic Issue One HD (An Unexpected Hero). Accessed 2010-03-13.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 Electronic Arts, Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars. Video: GDI introduction.
- ↑ Duane Loose. 2006. "Block 10 Technical Bulletin #1: Designn". File mirror