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Halo Wars 2 Icons of War DLC Launch/Breakdown

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Halo Wars 2 Icons of War DLC Launch/Breakdown

343 Industries yet again delivers for Halo Wars 2 DLC, this time we're getting two characters. Jerome and the Arbiter (Halo Wars 1 Arbiter, to be exact) grace our screens, along with a brand new launch trailer and some lovely new art and descriptions for unit types. I was lucky enough to use these characters at E3 before release and I can honestly say the Arbiter is by far my favourite character to use thus far on Halo Wars 2. Below is the art and descriptions given by 343I for the units and abilities.

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JEROME-092 (Introduction)

"A UNSC Expeditionary Force Commander. With the authority granted to him as the ranking Navy and UEG official in a designated administrative region, Captain Cutter has conferred Jerome-092 the acting rank of Commander. The rank itself is a formality, but one insisted on by Isabel to better align the ship’s ad-hoc command structure with the letter of UNSC regulations. As force commander, Jerome-092 and select units in his army to Inspire the troops around them, increasing their health and damage. Once inspired they can be further buffed with abilities that trigger temporary acts of Heroism, which further augments their armour, damage output, and speed. His Victory Mine and Enduring Salvo abilities also Inspire nearby troops when they are activated. As the battle reaches the peak of ferocity he can call in his trump cards: the Spartans of Omega Team and the ability to conduct a Field Promotion, which calls in an elite kill team of Spartans and upgrades all units to the second level of veterancy, respectively. He can also activate Time For Heroes to Inspire his army and allow them to gain veterancy at a greatly-increased rate.

Commander Jerome has proven himself to be an inspirational and highly capable leader, though some aspects of his Spartan conditioning conflict with his strategic instincts. Among these is a preference for direct action. On the battlefield, Commander Jerome can Inspire nearby troops and take the fight to the enemy with a custom Hydra missile launcher, shrugging off attacks with his energy shield. Commander Jerome cannot Hijack vehicles, but he can deploy his personal Command Mantis onto the battlefield with Mech Drop. Upgrades increase the radius of his Inspire ability and add a suppressing orbital barrage to the Mech Drop.”

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New Units

COMMAND MANTIS: "The Command Mantis is a hero vehicle deployed by Commander Jerome. It is an upgraded variant of the Mantis all-environment bipedal walker armed with twin high energy lasersand fitted with an advanced energy shield. The Mantis can operate in an unmanned combat mode or be piloted by Commander Jerome. When piloted by Commander Jerome the mech’s long-range missile launchers are also deployed, though these do have a minimum engagement distance.  Jerome-092 is free to disembark at any time with the unloadability. The Command Mantis is tailored specifically for Jerome’s neural interface and cannot be Hijacked. Upgrades to Commander Jerome also affect the Command Mantis, and he continues to Inspire while operating the mech. "

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MASTODON: "Mastodons are heavy troop carriers available to Commander Jerome. Each is armed with a M41 machine gun in a remotely operated weapon station, but the vehicle’s primary offensive utility comes from the two units of infantry it can carry. Each of these units can engage the enemy using their weapons through the APC’s firing ports. The Mastodon can be upgraded to carry an additional infantry unit. If the Mastodon is destroyed the troops within will survive, but suffer heavy damage. Note that allied troops can also embark in a Mastodon."

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