Light (100% Cannon, 75% Rocket, 25% Grenade, 25% Gun, 1% Sniper)
5.1 seconds, each volley of 10 takes 1 second
The Mantis was designed specifically for anti-air defense to fill the gap left after the cult rejected optic camouflage technology, including the Stealth tank. It has a large capacity anti-air missile battery (which can be upgraded to Tiberium core missiles) and a set of sophisticated sensors, allowing it to detect any cloaked vehicles or infantry. When massed in sufficient numbers, it is more than capable of taking on even the heaviest of aircraft.
While the Mantis lacks the optic camouflage and the ability to attack ground-based targets of the stealth tank, it is less expensive and requires far less technological knowledge to build.
|Tiberium Core Missiles||The power of Tiberium packed into a rocket makes Mantis even more lethal (Ctrl+D).||Purchasable at any Tech Lab for a cost of $2500 and takes 1:15 to research.|
The Mantis is highly maneuverable, having a surprising firepower against enemy aircraft. However, its thin armour can make lone ones vulnerable aircraft that target them before they can fire back enough to do much damage. Therefore, when used in air defense, they may need to be deployed in groups, or with other units which are AA-capable. Their stealth detection ability gives them some extra advantages in ground battles, where they can double as a scout unit due to their high speed when necessary, though they are not cost-efficient for this role.
- Detects nearby stealthed units
- Upgradable with Tiberium core missiles, considerably increasing firepower
- Relatively fast and cheap; available at Tier 2
- Devastates air units when massed, including Scrin Motherships, Devastator Warships and Planetary Assault Carriers
- Can crush infantry
- Light armour; easily destroyed
- Helpless against ground units (except crushing infantry)
- Only available to the Black Hand
- Slow to fire; can not shoot down more than one aircraft before being destroyed
Being an entirely mechanical unit, the Mantis has no dialogue; it only acknowledges commands with electronic beeps and other such noises.