The ZX-336 carries a daunting variety of lethal weaponry to protect its precious cargo of high ranking field officers and advanced technology. The chassis is armed with a balance of melee, close-in, medium, long, and tactical ranged weaponry rather than putting all of its eggs in one basket. This may weaken it in specific roles, but it makes for a very stable and trustworthy platform. Of course its ability to vaporize virtually any opponent in a single shot is a considerable consideration for any foe seeking to engage this massive theropod in battle.
“War-Storm” 100mm Gatling Cannon – left torso side-mount, forward & rear arcs, 45° axial rotation, 360° vertical arc
Braedurin R&D engineers have long studied the common and efficient Gatling-style cannon, seeking to build the ideal optimized battlefield weapon. The War-Storm was designed to be the best balanced weapon for the XZ-336 Eradicator, complimenting and supplementing the other systems on the platform. The War-Storm is a gas-operated cyclic cannon capable of firing a single round, 6-round bursts, or pouring out 20 rounds per second until its 4,000 round capacity magazine runs dry. Each round is micro-fin stabilized with a kill range of 9 kilometers and a hardened “mag-neutral” Zi-metal kinetic energy penetrator atop a fraction-second delay vaporizing explosive core. The “mag-neutral” aspect is designed to allow the shells to fire through the Eradicator’s own Magnezer shields with minimal variance in trajectory and velocity. The canon is mounted upon an universal jointed armature affording it an extensive firing arc; it can swing about to cover the Zoid fore and aft. A single burst from this gun can gnaw through the armor of even heavy Zoids and leave units such as the Rhimos or Command Wolf as a splay of smoldering, shattered parts.
“Specter-Bolt” Force Howitzer – right torso side-mount, forward & rear arcs, 45° point-axial rotation, 360° vertical arc
In a nutshell, the Specter-Bolt is a direct fire weapon that substitutes projectiles with shards of concentrated force; a sniper rifle that fires force fields. The weapon is packed with sensitive electronics and classified technology which is encased in a heavily armored, shock resistant housing until needed. Once activated, the housing opens and the barrel extends. The system coalesces a “round” in the chamber and uses the same particle projection technology to direct it into the enemy. The shot retains cohesion for line of sight, only splintering apart if it contacts another force. In theory, it could shoot an enemy on the other side of a mountain. An external hyper-capacitor magazine allows it to recharge independently of the Zoid it is mounted to, allowing the Specter-Bolt to be carried by virtually any machine. However, if tied in to a strong core, such as the Eradicator’s, it can recharge in less than ten seconds.
“Hornet Hive” 35mm Canister Countermeasure System (x4) – various mounted locations & arcs
The designers of the massive XZ-336 were certainly not fools; they knew that large armored units were still subject to deadly damage from lightly armored vehicles or even infantry. The Eradicator is equipped with 360° of defensive canister countermeasure systems. These launchers carry nine tubes, each of which can be loaded with a different type of ammunition. Most commonly three tubes carry high explosive omnidirectional flechet rounds, the other six tubes are armed with any combination of ECM attracters, a high-burn flares, or micro EMP rounds that can incapacitate a foe within 200 meters of the detonation point.
“Sunderflare” 150mm Twin-Beam Cannon (x2) – shoulder mounted, forward arc, 190° inclination, 20° rotation
The Sunderflare is considered the primary weapon of the Eradicator, though not its most lethal. It taps the XZ-336’s ample power plant and is a pure energy weapon, and therefore is not limited by ammunition. Though designed to fire both 150mm barrels in a single, lethal strike of superheated energy, the guns can alternate between them to cause less damage to more targets, and cool faster between shots. Firing twin shots can melt through a Dibison’s armor in a half second and has a rate of fire of one shot per 20 seconds. Single shots can reduce a Rhimos’ armor to slag at half the rate of fire. The shoulder mounts limit the horizontal arc of the guns to wherever the Eradicator turns, but they can fire into the rear arc on their horizontal axis. This also allows the cannons to engage airborne foes. The effective range against most targets remains at some 5+ kilometers as lighter targets use a single barrel. However, should the pilot target light aerial Zoids with double-barreled blasts they can be destroyed at more than 8 kilometers distant.
“Razor Rain” Force Warhead (x5) – back mounted, forward arc, integrated construction
Located in the “hump” of the XZ-336 between the primary core cowlings is a concealed launcher armed with five “Razor-Rain” missiles. These weapons are designed to eliminate enemy avian units but they work very well against any Zoid. The delivery vehicle is equipped with a small force generator which creates a force field just prior to impact, but the field is entirely unstable by design. The field ruptures instantly after it is made as high explosives rip the missile apart. The result is that it sends an expanding shower of force field particles out to almost 50 meters. The result can cause thousands of microscopic cuts throughout its entire structure; smaller Zoids fall apart, larger units tend to experience dozens of catastrophic operational failures, including fatally wounded cores. The missiles are not especially accurate, but since they have no need to contact a target this has not been an issue. The range of the delivery vehicle is only 10 kilometers due to the mass of the generator. Also, they are expensive to produce, so commanders are requested to use other weapons if at all possible.
“Armorbane” 80mm Mass Driver (x2) – tail mounted, aft arc, 200° rotation, 60° inclination
This turret is located on the first tail segment aft of the tail gunner station. It was included in the Eradicator design to afford a rear arc direct fire defense solution, using hypervelocity slugs to pierce armor and smash smaller units to pieces. The guns have a range of 6 kilometers being most effective within 2, and may fire in tandem to tear up heavier targets. Each gun holds a magazine of 70 rounds but as a mass driver they can fire virtually any metallic object that fits in the breach. Manufactured rounds afford each gun a range of 7 kilometers and a rate of fire of 1 round per 5 seconds (to allow magnets to cool and capacitors to recycle). Improvised ammunition varies greatly, but is considered ineffective and inaccurate beyond 2 kilometers. One commander that had run short of ammo took time to cram spare bolts and hand hold pieces into the feed system, causing moderate damage at close range.
“Thermoshock” 140mm Friction-Laser Cannon (x2) – tail mounted, aft arc, 180° inclination
Heavy rear-arc energy cannons combine a superheated laser beam with an acoustic particle pulse. The pulse violently vibrates and rattles the target, rattling pilots as well as any fragile components, and can interfere with balance and sensor systems. The focused heat burst can melt through common armor almost instantly. More heavily armored targets need not fear armor penetration so much as armor and structural melt; the misshapen parts interfere with mobility. The beam has been known to cook off fuel and ammunition in targets, melt targeting system lenses, instantly burn through wiring and slag canopy glass onto pilots. The effective range is limited to within 5 kilometers against most targets, but is quite capable of killing “soft” vehicles and armored infantry at twice that range.
“Defiant” 35mm Burst Cannon (x4) – tail mounted, aft arc, 360° rotation, 200° inclination
A defensive turret of four Defiant light cannons was mounted beneath the first tail segment to discourage the approach of light Zoids, vehicles, or infantry units that might attempt to topple this Goliath. These guns spray out dense pellets shaped to cause effective damage to light armor and catastrophic damage to flesh targets; the rate of fire is in excess of 3,000 rounds per minute but typically fire in bursts of 10 rounds each (40 rounds per burst from all 4 guns). The guns can be cycled to lay down a withering rain of metal or they can pick off enemies by blasting away with all four guns in a single, hammering shot. The ammo magazines are held in the tail segment and provide each gun with 45 bursts. The cannon is vulnerable to jamming through the narrow ammo feed system that threads through the armored turret collar.
“Repulse” 50mm Recoilless Cannon (x2) – chest mounted, forward arc, 360° rotation, 180° inclination
Mounted as a pair but each gun can incline independently, the Repulse system fires 50mm armor defeating rounds at 4 round every second. Ammunition is belt-fed from an internal, chest mounted magazine into the guns through an inter-axial linkage; the magazine actually rotates with the turret to prevent feed problems. Spent cartridges are expelled from the guns through an armored cowling, further reducing possible jams sometimes occurring with return-feed systems. Though limited to only 300 rounds per gun, they are quite effective against soft to mid-weight targets and seldom require to be triggered continuously. They have an effective range of only 4 kilometers but are most often used in close combat anyway. A light weight but well engineered and reliable weapon.
“Arclight” 75mm Focused Plasma Cannon (x2) – Head mounted, forward arc, integrated construction
While abstaining from using its more powerful weapons the XZ-336 Eradicator has plenty of power for maneuvers and lighter weapon systems. The Arclight uses some of that ample energy and focuses it into bolt of superheated plasma that can defeat light armor instantly and penetrate reinforced layers with only a few bursts. The cannons were included to offer Eradicator pilots another forward fire option other than its heavy guns or its lighter defensive cannons. By mounting them on the head they have an excellent targeting arc, able to snipe anything the Xz-336 can point its nose at up to 2 kilometers away at maximum effectiveness, but arc cooling reduces damage drastically beyond this.
Magnezer-Enhanced Alloy Jaws – head mounted, forward arc, integrated construction
Not only does the XZ-336 have a powerful bite, it has a [i]powered[/i] bite. The Eradicator uses Magnezer technology to enhance its tooth blades with a burst of armor-shredding force. While its normal bite can cause great damage, virtually nothing can survive the energized jaws; one Helic commander witnessed an Eradicator ripping a Cannon Tortoise in half without even breaking stride, and the 5th Royal Battleherd watched helplessly as their flagship Ultrasaurus had its neck cropped from its body with no more effort than a gardener snipping the branch of a sapling.
“Warhammer” Focused Magnezer Emitter – head mounted, forward arc, integrated construction
Using both the Magnezer-enhanced jaws and a large directional graviton array at the back of the throat, the “roar” of the XZ-334 becomes a hyper-intense field of magnetic and gravitic forces. With a range of less than 100 meters this attack is very short ranged, but the result is similar to striking an enemy with a solid fist of force roughly the size of an entire Iron Kong. One witness of the weapon saw a Dibison smashed flat in mid-run amid a plume of armor shards and spraying fluids. The Warhammer uses tremendous power, and repeated applications can cause crippling damage to the Eradicator’s head (which can lead to self-destruct; see below), but as a last measure attack against a close-in opponent, it is a virtual guarantee of victory. It must be noted that energy shields pose no obstacle to the force of gravity. Zoids so equipped must not make the fatal mistake of relying on their shields for close-in defense, lest they be utterly destroyed.
Magnezer-Enhanced Alloy Talons – foot mounted, integrated construction
As with the jaws, the claws and talons of the Eradicator can be surged with Magnezer forces to cause catastrophic melee damage. When used in conjunction with the jaws, the talons of the XZ-336 can collapse a Blade Liger’s force field. De-energized, the Eradicator can use the talons to grip and climb large armored or stone structures (or enemies) with relative ease.
Magnezer-Enhanced Alloy Blade – tail mounted, rear arc, integrated construction
As with the talons, this wicked 8-meter long blade can cleave through virtually any common armor or structure. Using the Magnezer force system to wreck havoc with shields and sensory components, many foes are struck dumb upon the weapon’s activation just before they find their Zoids severed by the blade. The highly flexible tail also grants the blade a very large arc. It should be further noted that the tail blade is controlled by the Eradicator itself to engage targets of opportunity, so no pilot should rely on the Zoid’s driver being overwhelmed by close-combat chaos to escape this weapon.