In the dark shadows on Pixonic’s Development Centre a small bot was being conceived. A ghost whispered about. Originally designated Exorcist it would drive out the evil that had become before it but instead, it was consumed by the dark shadows becoming a ghost, a shade, a Spectre.
It sounds like the set up for a B-grade horror movie and the Spectre could be a bot that players would have nightmares about as it descends on your bot with four medium slots of death.
The Spectre follows on from the Inquisitor and is a jumping bot with the Stealth Jump ability called Descend. Where the Inquisitor combined two medium slot weapons with a single heavy slot, the Spectre carries a payload of four medium weapons.
Let’s take a closer look at the ghost of the Battlefield, the Spectre.
The Spectre has claws. Running four medium slot weapons gives the Spectre potentially superior firepower over the likes of the Haechi and Bulgasari. Equipped with Orkans it can be used like a Thunder Carnage for Ambush attacks. With Tarans it can strike from the side or rear with lethal effect. Shocktrains or Tulumbas for a bit more range for airborne attacks.
The Spectre can do significant damage in battle.
The Spectre has a top speed of 55 which puts it up with some of the fastest medium class bots on the battlefield. It is faster than the former top league favourite, the Galahad and current favourite Haechi. This allows it to slip around the battlefield quietly and quickly turning up where it can do the most damage, appearing like a ghost.
Like the Inquisitor, the Spectre has the Stealthed jump that allows it to break target locks while in the air and for four seconds after hitting the ground. The jump allows it to reach high ground quickly. The downside of the jump is that it has an eighteen second cool down versus the Rogatka which is faster and can jump again within seconds of landing.
The Spectre has an Achilles heel. At Level 12 Mark One, the Spectre was just 110,000 health. This is less than a Carnage, the Galahad, the Haechi or Rogatka. In fact, it has marginally more health than a Stalker and 2,000 less than a Jessie.
It was this that led to the Spectre being referred to by Foggy of Foggy1Gaming on Youtube as the “Glass Tiger”. If you haven't already seen Foggy’s Youtube channel you should check it out.
Anyway, the moniker stuck. The Spectre is a glass tiger. Sure it can do a lot of damage but it is relatively easy to take down.
How to play the Spectre?
For me, the best strategy is to play it like a Griffin. Use cover to move close to your weapon range then jump to attack. If you're sure you can kill the target and no other bot is in position to retaliate then you can use the jump to gain ground as well as put you into attack. If not a retreating jump can do damage while opening the gap for a safe escape, using the Spectre’s speed to beat a hasty retreat.
A Tulumbas Spectre can be ran the same way as a Russian Death Button Griffin (Tulumbas and Pins) using the 500m range and splash of four Tulumbas to good effect as a counter to Shocktrain equipped Bulgasari.
The secret to survivability is to use the shadows of cover.
How to Kill a Spectre?
You don't need to call Ghostbusters to kill this Ghost.
The Spectre is as fragile as a light bot. It has no physical or energy shield. It's only defensive ability is the Descend which can be countered by splash or plasma offering minimal temporary protection from lock-on weapons like Zeus, Shocktrain or Scourge.
Faced with one, watch its weapons, what range do they have, did they just get fired? The best defence is awareness. Knowing what is happening, what bots are around you and who can hit you.
One of the most feared versions was a Spectre with four Shocktrains and anyone familiar with three on a Haechi or Bulgasari know that four would no doubt hurt your bot to get hit with. Still having already faced one I can tell you I would rather face four Shocktrains on a Spectre than three on a Bulgasari any day. The Bulgasari is a much harder takedown with superior health and a physical shield. Knowing it is out there is halfway to killing it.
A Glass Tiger is still a Tiger if it has all its teeth and claws. Without, it goes from predator to prey in the blink of an eye. Avoid its teeth and claws and you can easily tweak a tiger’s tail or in the case of the Spectre, take it down with most weapons on the battlefield.
The Spectre is a fun bot to play. Its speed and agility allow it to get around the map quickly and easily. It can be played like a Kamikaze leaping into the battle certain of a quick but glorious death or more conservatively picking targets carefully, capturing and defending beacons.
I found it particularly useful in King of the Hill game mode where it could quickly gegg from beacon to beacon. Carrying sufficient firepower to defend or deter players trying to take away the beacon from you the Spectre is at home in this game mode but still can take on the other modes including Team Deathmatch and hold its own against bots with superior health.