HRUNTING/YGGDRASIL Mark IX Mantis/Gameplay
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Mantis Upgrade: Missile/Shield Req.
Mantis Upgrade: Gauss/Designator Req.
In Halo Wars 2 Mantises serve as replacements for Warthogs for players using Avery Johnson as their leader and can be built at the UNSC Garage. It is also exclusive to Major Vaughan on Operation: SPEARBREAKER. Non-upgraded Mantises perform okay against infantry, vehicles, and structures, but poorly against aircraft. Once the Missile/Shield Req. upgrade is purchased the Mantis will perform okay against aircraft. Once the Gauss/Designator Req. upgrade is purchased, the Mantis will perform well against vehicles. This makes a fully upgraded Mantis ideal for fighting vehicles like Gauss Warthogs, Eklon'Dal Workshop Marauders, and Shua'ee-pattern Locusts. In Blitz, a Mantis costs 80 energy, while a Veteran Mantis costs 110 energy. Commander Jerome-092 can summon his Command Mantis Theseus into battle with his ability once Command Mantis was researched, but like himself there can only be one used by the player at a time due to it was listed as a Hero Unit. Theseus can be controlled as its own unit, but will only use its missiles if Jerome is piloting it. If Theseus is destroyed while Jerome is piloting, Jerome's survivability depends on how much he has taken. If he was badly wounded, there is a chance that he will be also killed.