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A guide to Railgun

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Hello fellow Tankmen! Rail is one of the most iconic weapons in game, and it certainly has a very long record. In this article, I will review some of its history, and give you a few tips as to how to use it, and protect yourself against it.


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Railgun has a very interesting history. Like Smokey, Firebird, and Twins, this weapon has been around for a very long time. However, it was not initially known by the name "Railgun." At first it was named "Fear Machine." This name fit it exceedingly well, since it was at first, the most powerful gun that crystals could buy. Every successful tankman had a M3 Railgun with M3 Dictator. The "Fear Machine" mounted on Dictator really did rule the game. However, that all changed when new weapons came out, such as Thunder and Freeze. It was about this time that Railgun got its new name, "Railgun." So, in the next era of Tanki, Railgun became a historic weapon, which was used mainly for clan wars and special events. With the rebalance, Railgun has become a weapon that is ready and able to compete with its old rival, Shaft.


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Game play

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Though most of the time Rail's gameplay isn't fast paced, it still is a whole lot of fun if you like knocking out enemy tanks at long range. Since you will be doing a lot of sniping, you probably will want to take a bit more time choosing sniping positions, and so that will slow you down. Once you get to your position, though, you will have a lot more fun. This weapon is really effective in NS battles, where the enemy cannot be protected by punching the 2 button. However, this means that you will probably have to go without punching the 3 button, and rely on your skills. Most tankmen enjoy Railgun because it sharpens their skills. If you miss even one shot with this weapon, you are in big trouble! This weapon usually can play both mid field and attack positions very well.

How to protect yourself from it

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If you feel like you have problems defeating this weapon, or if you encounter this weapon often, you might want to try equipping a strong paint to protect against it. I have compiled a small list of suggested paints that protect against this weapon here:

Forester: Warrant Officer 3 and below

Tundra: Warrant Officer 4 - First Lieutenant

Digital: Captain - General

Prodigi: Marshal - Generalissimo

These are the best paints that protect against Railgun. I did not include other paints that also have moderate protection for their rank, for the sake of brevity. If you think that protection from this weapon will really help you, then look at your rank and purchase one of these paints. They are the best protection for their rank. I suggest that you buy Digital or Tundra if you do not wish to spend many crystals on getting a new paint. But, for those who can afford it, and need it, these are the best selections.

How to use it

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In short, this weapon is not to be used as an attacking weapon. It is best to find a good camping spot with plenty of cover. This will allow you to use Rail as it was initially meant to be used for. It probably isn't a good idea to use it in games without teams, since it is definitely a team weapon. Without a team, Rail is not nearly as effective. CTF is an okay choice, but it isn't the optimum one since the best way to get points in that game mode is to capture a flag. Still it is very useful there, and in clan wars it can be deadly. The best mode to play this weapon in is TDM, since that is exactly what Rail is best at. Most of you know that it is important to work like a team, but if you work like a team with Rail, you will noticed a great improvement in your effectiveness. Since Rail takes a longer time than most weapons to reload, you will find a partner extremely helpful, and it will increase both of your scores to work together. Another last reminder: Don't miss! Rail is great, but since it takes so long to reload, one mistake can mean death.


Well, I hope I have gone over most of the important things regarding Rail, and I hope that you will have tons of success with this weapon. If you like camping, this definitely is an excellent choice, and you will really enjoy Railgun. Good luck!