Turrets play a very important role in Tanki Online. The type of weapon you choose will strongly affect your playing style, whether it is aggressive, lightning-fast attacks, or firing from protected positions.
Your turret of choice can be upgraded. All guns have seven major modifications. These are Mk1, Mk2, Mk3, Mk4, Mk5, Mk6, and Mk7 from weakest to strongest. Additionally, each of the four modifications can receive a number of Micro-upgrades. A fully micro-upgraded Mk7 turret is often referred to as Mk7+, or Mk8.
Lower-level modifications aren't expensive, so you can try the most popular tactics at junior ranks without having to spend a large number of crystals. However, it is impossible to get everything you want at once. Certain guns and modifications may only be purchased once you have reached a certain rank.
The correct choice of the turret is only part of an effective strategy. You also need to choose a hull. The good news is that there are plenty of those in Tanki Online. From the lightest and fastest, to the heaviest and most armored, hulls also come in seven modifications (Mk1, Mk2, Mk3, Mk4, Mk5, Mk6, and Mk7 from weakest to strongest respectively). As with turret modifications, each major hull modification can receive a number of Micro-upgrades.
Lower-level modifications aren't expensive, so you can try the most popular tactics at junior ranks without having to spend a large number of crystals. However, it is impossible to get everything you want at once. Certain hulls and modifications may only be purchased once you have reached a certain rank.
Paints and Modules
You can further personalize your tank using a wide variety of paints: there are common paints and rare, unique paints that are used by representatives of the game’s administration, tournament winners, and other players who have gained special recognition for their contributions to the project.
Modules are special elements that can be equipped on your tank, designed to protect it from the enemy weapons. Visually, modules do not appear on the tank nor show any effect, however, if you press and hold the Tab key while in battle, you can see which modules and what protections are used by other players that are in the battle with you.
Skins are elite items that have a unique appearance. They are an optional appearance for your equipment. You will be able to equip them on appropriate turrets and hulls at any Rank, no matter the modification (Mk1-Mk7). However, it is important to note that they only differ from their original counterparts by looks and not by any extra, higher, or better statistical values. For example, there is no difference between a Thunder Mk7 and a Thunder XT Mk7 except for the new additions onto the turret. The same goes for hulls, such as Hornet Mk7 and Hornet XT Mk7.
Drones are your helpers in battles. They boost your stats, enhance supplies and help in many other ways. They can be purchased with crystals in the Garage in the “Drones” section. You are also able to upgrade them in order to make their effects even stronger.
Overdrive is a tank's special ability, which instantly activates uniquely for every hull. Overdrive has a number of strategic uses, such as giving yourself a boost when supplies run out, sharing supplies in a group, helping a damaged teammate when they are escaping with the enemy flag, and many more. This ability requires careful planning and assessment of the situation in order to be used effectively. On average, one player will be able to charge and use their overdrive 2-4 times in every 7-minute battle, depending on how well they play.
During a battle, in chat, you will occasionally see words such as “Drugs!” or “Drugger!”. These words are in no way related to the use of illegal substances. They simply refer to players who are making use of Supplies. These items from the garage allow you to temporarily boost a particular feature of your tank while in battle or place an explosive mine in the battlefield.
Maps are whole worlds, designed and brought to life by artists and mapmakers with great attention to every detail. All of this is done to make sure that there is a perfect balance between players competing on every map.
Non-Pro battles are automatically created by the server. The server picks a Map and Mode from the Map Pool. The Map Pool contains maps that have been deemed to have fair/even gameplay. Not so long ago, a new Night-Mode was added to some existing maps. You might want to check them out if you have yet to do so. They look fantastic. Maps are also equipped with a number of supply drop zones as well as Gold Box drop zones. With so many different and original maps to play in, you will never run out of new places to explore, play in or conquer.
Passes give you certain privileges in the game. Take part in battles where supplies are disabled, change your nickname, get special deals for buying crystals, earn experience faster, increase your Challenge rewards or even get a premium status. All of this is possible with the respective pass.
Show your skill in Deathmatch, carry your team to victory in Team Deathmatch, Capture The Flag in the dying minutes of a battle or take Control of many Points to mark your territory. Choose your preferred game mode. Each mode requires a unique set of skills, tactics, and equipment to be able to effectively take down and crush the enemies.
Format battles are battles that are played using specific weapons, or played in accordance with specific rules.
They are divided into five main categories: Hornet and Railgun (ХР), Wasp and Railgun (ВР), Hornet/Wasp/Hopper and Railgun (ХР/ВР), Dictator and Railgun (DR) and Parkour.
The current progress of a player can be evaluated by their current rank. In order to rank up, you need to get a certain number of experience points. Destroy enemies, capture points, and steal flags: earn experience points in order to progress further up the career ladder.
The Daily Missions feature allows you to earn in-game rewards for completing daily assignments.
Every day, you will receive 3 missions to complete, with a small dot on the missions tab to let you know that you have new ones. You can only complete a maximum of three missions per day.
Any missions that you do not complete on the day, will be re-assigned the next day, with your progress kept. A mission is only considered completed after you have clicked the "Claim Reward" button.
The Friends system in Tanki Online lets you keep your friends even closer than before!
In PRO battles, you can invite your friends to your battle, quickly see who is online and whether they are in a battle or not. In Matchmaking (standard) battles, you can invite friends to a Group and then join battles together.
An automated system that works by restricting the number of characters over time. The restriction may not necessarily apply to the whole message but even to a part of it. If you’ve used up your quota of characters for a set period of time, the extra ones will be highlighted in red, and instead of the “Send” button, you will see a timer telling you how long you have to wait before sending a message of such length.
Each turret, hull, drone, and module can be upgraded.
Thanks to Micro-upgrades, you don't need to wait until the next modification of an item becomes available; you can improve its stats step by step immediately.
When fully micro-upgraded, Mk1, Mk2, Mk3, Mk4, Mk5 and Mk6 modifications of turrets and hulls have equal parameters to their higher modifications. When you fully micro-upgrade an item, you will get its higher modification for free once you unlock it.
Augments are modifiers that allow a player to alter or improve gameplay features of turrets and hulls while keeping them within the overall game's balance. For example, an augment can weaken one characteristic in favor of strengthening another one. Usually, the net effect is a moderate increase in performance.
Changing Equipment in battle
This feature allows you to modify your combination of equipment without having to leave the battle and lose your currently achieved score. After changing, there is a two-minute cooldown (except for paints), during which it is impossible to change the piece of equipment you just changed. You can also upgrade or buy new versions of equipment while in battle.
A product kit is a package made up of several pieces of equipment. Together, they cost less than the same goods bought separately. All items in your kits will be accessible to you separately. In addition to the cost advantage, buying kits can enable you to get a turret or a hull without having to purchase all of its previous modifications first, and can also give you access to items which are not normally available at your rank. They can be found sometimes in the Showcase for discounted crystal or tankoin prices, and always in the Shop for the regular Tankoin price.
Ratings and Statistics
The ratings' system is based on a weekly TOP-100 of tankers in 4 categories: experience earned, gold boxes caught, crystals earned and efficiency.
Each tanker has his own profile page, displaying various statistics such as current rank, amount of EXP until the next rank, number of enemies destroyed, number of deaths, total kill/death ratio, current Gear Score, and current positions in the weekly ratings.
Achievements are Tanki medals which are awarded for reaching various milestones in the game. There are 188 of them, ranging from the most obvious, such as destroying enemies and capturing flags, to even unusual ones, such as collecting all XT items or acquiring a rare paint.
To get access to your own achievements, as well as getting access to other tankers' achievements, simply open the respective profile and click on the "Achievements" icon.