The Raijin is the least popular of the heavy bots in War Robots. This is surprising given it has many attributes that should have seen it become a popular foundation. Introduced in 2016 it was often seen as a hindrance to teammates due to its bulky wide stance running on four legs that often got in the way of other players.
The Raijin proved a favourite kill for a plasma Galahad who could close quickly on a Raijin, get between its guns and blast away until it scored a kill while the Raijin could neither bring its guns to bare or move away relying on its shield in Bastion mode to protect it.
Still, there are players who favor the Raijin. Some because of its unique ability to climb affording it more angles to shoot from. Some because in Bastion mode it increases weapon damage to 130%. Some like its durability having at Mark 1 Level 12 a huge 250,000 health plus 150,000 in shield strength.
Raijin has been seen running Tempests and Trebuchet, Embers and Thunders, Anciles and Zeus making it a highly versatile platform. The thing is, the Carnage can run two heavy weapons just like the Raijin so it can get around quicker and has an Ancile to provide some protection to bullets and missiles which is a viable trade-off for the extra damage bonus of the Raijin. The Fury with three heavy slots does more damage even with the 130% the Raijin can do and because both the Carnage and Fury have a high mount points for their weapons they can better use cover, shooting over it while protecting their bodies while the Raijin’s low slung weapons slots mean it must stand in the line of fire.
To many the Raijin doesn't offer enough to make it a good alternative, especially in high-level play. Especially when it can be subjected to friendly fire from players annoyed by the Raijin blocking them.
Enter the Dragoon Raijin!
The Dragoon is an energy weapon released in the 3.6 update of War Robots. It is a plasma weapon with a 600m range and can store up to four rounds these it can fire in quick succession before switching to reload and fire mechanics.
The Dragoon Raijin is a counter to the Fury or Carnage Zeus, or builds running energy weapons like the Scourge or Shocktrain because of its two forward shields that drop into place when in Bastion mode. It's high health giving it durability to get into optimal firing position. The Raijin is faster than a Fury and only marginally slower than the walking speed of a Carnage.
In battle, the Dragoon Raijin can be a great suppression bot. It has the firepower to deter heavy bots from closing including Lancelot, Griffin, Natasha, and Fury. The 600m range presents the Raijin the ability to lock down a significant area against Light, Medium, and Heavy brawlers. The Dragoon Raijin can push other 600m or less range bots into hiding and provide the pilot suitable reward in terms of damage done while supporting the brawlers on your team with cover or assist fire.
Most players will build up to a triple Dragoon Fury as they buy their Dragoons. Many will start with a single on a Lancelot or Strider before getting their second. Once you get two, the Dragoon Raijin is a powerful alternative and a chance to dust off the Raijin you bought but never really found a use for.
On larger maps the 600m Dragoon makes the Raijin an effective counter to the Haechi, Spectre and other bots not protected by physical shields. Spectre’s with their low health are decimated in seconds. Against a shielded bot the Dragoon Raijin is a strong support bot as well as packing the punch needed to break a Lancelot shield as it closes for battle.
The Raijin might finally have found the weapon it needed to make it a viable fighter, offering great offensive and support for your hanger.
If you have a Raijin and two Dragoon it would definitely be a build worth trying for yourself.