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Kirbycolors This article is about the vehicle in Kirby Battle Royale. For other uses, see Tank (disambiguation).

An Electro Shock Tank is a vehicle in the Kirby series, debuting in Kirby Battle Royale.

Physical Appearance

An Electro Shock Tank is a small gray tank. It has two protected treads housing two wheels apiece, a green laser cannon on its front, and rocket thrusters on its back. The pilot's seat is exposed, leaving its operator unprotected. The front of the tank is decorated with two large green bulbs meant to resemble eyes. Its overall design is heavily inspired by Heavy Lobster.

The tank turns blue or red depending on who is piloting it—blue for the player and red for opponents.

Games

Kirby Battle Royale

The Electro Shock Tank appears exclusively in the Attack Tanker stage of the Attack Riders game mode. At the beginning of the match, the center of the ring opens up and a tank is raised into the air. The platform carrying the tank rotates as it rises, making the players unsure of where the vehicle will be deployed. The platform eventually extends a ramp, releasing the Electro Shock Tank into play.

A character can touch the tank to mount it. When in use, it is always moving. The pilot can fire giant, powerful blasts of energy forward by pressing the B Button, but the cannon must recharge for three to four seconds before it can be fired again. Pressing the A Button causes the vehicle to jump and descend slowly. If it is hit by any attack, the pilot is ejected and the tank becomes accessible to other competitors. These conditions make the Electro Shock Tank useful for gaining the advantage in combat but not overpowered.

During the last 30 seconds of the match, a second Electro Shock Tank is deployed to give other competitors a better chance of making a comeback. The blasts dissipate upon contact if two opposing tanks shoot at each other.

In The Cake Royale, Electro Shock Tanks first appear in the Gold League's third League Battle, Time for Electro Shock Tanks.

Trivia

  • Level 3-5 CPU opponents almost always jump over an Electro Shock Tank's blast if it is fired from ground-level and they see it coming. This is not the case if they are preoccupied.
  • Notes from the ESRB that explain Kirby Battle Royale’s E10+ rating explicitly mention the Electro Shock Tank, saying: "players can... shoot fireballs from armored vehicles."[1]

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References

  1. ESRB
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