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Barukaza Workshop Locust

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Barakuza Workshop Siege-Crawler
HW2 Banished Locust.png
Production information

Manufacturer:

Model:

Locust

Technical specifications

Length:

8.8 meters (28.9 ft)[1]

Width:

9.3 meters (30.5 ft)[1]

Height:

6.6 meters (21.5 ft)[1]

Mass:

7.8 metric tons (7.7 LT; 8.6 ST)[1]

Engine(s):

Quadrupedal leg assembly

Other system(s):

Energy shields[3]

Armament:

1 unstable focus cannon[3][1]

Firing arc: Forward

Crew:

Usage

In service:

Post-Covenant War conflicts

Role(s):

Siege vehicle

Affiliation:

 

"They should start calling me the Locust of doom!"
— An eager Unggoy Locust pilot during the Second Ark Conflict.[5]

The Barakuza Workshop Siege Crawler is a variant of the Locust line of vehicles operated by the Banished.[1][3]

Overview[edit]

Banished Locust schematics.

Design details[edit]

The Locusts used by the Banished bear heavy resemblance to their Covenant-era counterparts, the Shua'ee-pattern Locust. As with most Banished equipment, they are considerably up-armoured and coated in a red and grey paint scheme. Unlike their forebears, the Barukaza Locust design is primarily intended as a combat support vehicle and not as an excavator - as such many of the hardware limitations imposed on Covenant Locust designs by the San'Shyuum have been removed, allowing for a much higher tier of power in its use.[1]

Armaments[edit]

The Banished have modified the standard focus cannon armament on their Locust to be much more unstable, making them more dangerous than their Covenant counterparts.[3]

Crew and complement[edit]

The Barukaza Locust design, unlike the Shua'ee-pattern before it, employs a pruned colony of Rhulolekgolo to power many of its underlying mechanisms, with a single control console capable of hosting a lone Unggoy pilot to direct the vehicle.[1][2] The use of the Lekgolo control clusters allows the Locust heightened abilities, which harken back to ancient designs.[1]

Development history[edit]

The Locust design used by the Banished were developed by the Barukaza Workshop, and are now-manufactured by the Armory of Barukaza.[1] The Banished Foundry's garage and its kit assembly line allows the requisition of a Banished Locust at any Banished Outpost.[6]

Usage[edit]

Unlike their predecessors, the Banished do not employ their Locusts as excavators, but instead as combat vehicles. They serve the Banished as siege engines and assault walkers tasked with supporting the advances of infantry and vehicle forces. This often takes the form of long-ranged support fire, designed to eliminate enemy structures and even targets such as Sentinels.[1]

Variants[edit]

A few further-modified models of Locust are employed by the Banished.

Operational history[edit]

In April 2559, Banished forces used Locusts against the crew of the UNSC Spirit of Fire during the Second Ark Conflict.[5] During the campaign, Locusts were used by Banished forces to cut through the remains of old Covenant starships for salvaging purposes - and were used to cut through the wreckage of High Charity at the onset of the Outbreak on Installation 00.[7] The design was at some point recorded by the United Nations Space Command and entered into the UNSC Threat Database under record J-458-T-30.[2] The T-30 may indicate that the Barukaza Locust has been type-classified as the Type-30 Locust.

Gameplay[edit]

Halo Wars 2[edit]

  • Info: Anti-Building, Sustained damage, Long range, Weak armor
  • Tier: 2
  • Cost: Population 4, Supplies 300, Power 200

Locusts can be built at the Banished Foundry by all Banished leaders. Locusts perform well against structures, okay against infantry and vehicles, and poorly against aircraft. In Blitz Locusts cost Blitz Energy 60 energy, Bloodfuel Locusts cost Blitz Energy 80, and Enduring Locusts cost Blitz Energy 90. Bloodfuel Locusts siphon health from enemies while Enduring Locusts will spawn Grunt squads when it is destroyed.

Phoenix log[edit]

Phoenix Log - Locust
Phoenix log artwork

Siege walker.

Locust walkers are siege vehicles armed with an unstable focus cannon that deals continuous damage to buildings and vehicles. Locusts are fitted with energy shields but are relatively fragile once those shields are depleted.

One of the many Covenant vehicles modified by the Banished to serve their needs, the Locust is a walker unit originally built for mining and excavation purposes. The Covenant repurposed Locusts to demolish enemy buildings and outposts with sustained bombardment from their focus cannons, but the Banished have managed to make these vehicles even more dangerous than they were before.

Gallery[edit]

List of appearances[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition), page 457
  2. ^ a b c Halo Waypoint Store, Halo Wars 2 Locust Schematic Premium Tee: File link (Retrieved on Sep 22, 2017)
  3. ^ a b c d Halo Wars 2, Phoenix Logs: Locust
  4. ^ Halo Wars 2, Phoenix Logs: Hunters
  5. ^ a b Halo Wars 2, Gameplay
  6. ^ Halo Wars 2, Phoenix Logs: Foundry
  7. ^ Halo Wars 2, Phoenix Logs: Tread Carefully