Mortar

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Mortar

Mortar

"Mortar launcher. Lobs bombs over walls. Very inaccurate but long-ranged."


Type
StructureSecurity
Size
2 ˣ 2
HP
180
Market Value
1500 Silver.png
Beauty
-60
Mass
200 kg
Mode
Single-shot
Dmg Type
Sharp
Damage
50
Warm-Up
500 ticks (8.33 secs)
Cooldown
2,040 ticks (34 secs)
Range
500 tile(s)
Minimum Range
30 tiles
Accuracy
79% - 42% - 18% - 6%
Average Acc.
36.25%
Velocity
41 (m/s)
Burst Count
1 (per burst)
Miss Radius
16 tile(s)
Blast Radius
3.5
DPS
1.18 (0.43)
Buy
Steel 150 + Building Material (steel, wood, plasteel, etc.) 100 + Component 4
Sell
Steel 112 + Building Material (steel, wood, plasteel, etc.) 75 + Component 3


The mortar is a stationary defense mechanism which, when manned, launches mortar shells at any enemy pawns which enter its firing range. It will target any raiders, mechanoids, and psychotic animals which enter within a 500-tile radius around the mortar. It will not fire at enemies within 30 tiles.


The mortar is a 1-round artillery weapon. 5.8-second warmup time, 35 second cooldown time and a 12-tile forced miss radius. When a mortar is severely damaged, it will explode. Upon impact, it will cause an explosion with a 3.5-tile radius and deal 50 damage.

There is no way to increase mortar accuracy. Reliable shelling for this mortar is somewhat expensive and usually requires multiple manned mortars. Do not forget to unassign pawns from mortars, or they will become exhausted, starve, and potentially suffer a mental break.

Mortars may also be built in incendiary mortar and EMP mortar varieties. All mortar varieties must be placed in an unroofed area to fire.

Strategy

Mortars can be used to attack siege bases, or shell raiders while they are preparing or walking towards your base. While 2 mortars are enough for siege bases, at least 4 will be needed for direct attacks on raiders.

Mortars are not effective against enemies equipped with personal shields, as they usually regenerate faster than the mortars can keep up. Pairing them with EMP mortars can overcome this problem easily.