The Marauder II is a 100-ton assault based on the original 75-ton Marauder with generally hybrid hardpoint layouts. With the exception of the energy and missile boat, most variants of this chassis are forced to mix disparate weapons more often than other 100-tonners, making them underwhelming on paper by comparison.
While the side torsos are generally easy to isolate, this makes the mech highly durable, especially when running non MAD-4HP variants, as they generally have the majority of their weapons all on one side of the 'mech, thus allowing the player to easily "deadside" their 'mech.
Dead side shielding basically means to use the left side of your 'mech to shield the right side. Due to the excellent hitboxes of the chassis as a whole, it can do this with superb ease. Decent quirks improve survivability, with the exception of the MAD-4HP which instead focuses purely on offense.
|MAD-4A||3||3||2||3||FALSE||360||10.8 kph/s||70o @ 63.0o/s||20o|
|MAD-4HP||2||4||4||2||1||3||FALSE||360||8.5 kph/s||70o @ 58.5o/s||20o|
|MAD-5A||3||2||3||3||FALSE||360||10.8 kph/s||70o @ 63.0o/s||20o|
|MAD-4L||2||ECM||2||2||3||FALSE||360||10.8 kph/s||70o @ 63.0o/s||20o|
|MAD-6S||2||2||1||2||4||FALSE||360||10.8 kph/s||70o @ 63.0o/s||20o|
|MAD-ALH||2||2||2||2||3||FALSE||360||10.8 kph/s||70o @ 63.0o/s||20o|
A heavy energy focused variant which is limited to only 8 hardpoints like the ANH-1E, but with worse geometry and worse quirks. A reasonable engine cap allows this mech to cram in more heatsinks, speed, and build variety than the Annihilator. It's roughly as tanky as the Annihilator 1E, but trading an extremely valuable 10% heat gen quirk for a less valuable, but more 'comfortable' 10% laser duration quirk.
Two tons is a high price to pay for a jump jet - compared to the already sub-300-engine ANH-1E. The primary advantage of this variant compared to something like the Annihilator 1E however, is the ability to fit a much larger engine. The larger engine cap gives this 'mech quite a niche over the Annihilator 1E despite lacking that effective heat gen quirk. This variant over-all plays like an Inner sphere Marauder IIC.
Low damage output for an assault, however, it's consistent damage output.
Trading at extreme range with the high-mounted 3ERLL is tempting, but remember the enemy can see you before you can see them, and 3ERLL alone won't win any direct trades. So you abuse the durability of the 'mech to help win trades easier. The extra range is nice, but treat it like a normal midrange laservomit mech. You can swap to normal 3LL to run cooler.
Light Engine grants tonnage enough for 3LPL and more speed. The duration quirk is rather nice with the LPL+ERML synergy, and the DPS is comparable to 3LL+5ERML. You can swap to standard 5ML for more sustain, but the limited range is... well, limited. Also, when you add an LE, you short change the vaunted durability of the 'mech.
Perhaps the strongest build this variant can run. Standard engine allows abusing the deadside durability this 'mech has, and with the 10% laser duration quirk, the pulse lasers on this variant feel more like pinpoint weapons then beam ones.
Simple staggered-alpha laservom build. Easy to play, but running at closer range than the ERLL version means people will have an easier time a specific component of the 'mech while your staggered lasers take their time channeling.
Decent long-range specialist, but with only three of six lasers in high mounts, this mech needs to expose quite a bit to fire all weapons. Jumpjets help it navigate terrain more easily than many of its competitors, but it's considerably heavier than, and not really competitive with, established long-range favorites like the Battlemaster and Stalker.
Nine missile hardpoints with the best possible convergence opens the doors for brutal firepower, making this the most effective variant.
The hardpoints and quirks highly suggest rocket boating, which can be devastating, but it goes both ways - rockets are risky and you really should avoid using them as your "primary" weapon. The plethora of missile hardpoints does allow you to run relatively normal missile builds while adding lightweight rockets on top, however it's too much of a shame to give up the advantage of being able to massively boat real primary weapons that aren't spent after a single shot.
This is how you boat SRMs on this mech. Decent speed to get into short range, and plenty of heatsinks.
In order to fit maximum SRM, you have to make concessions. This lacks heatsinks, armour, and ammo. It also lacks speed, although you can drop a heatsink to up the engine as far as STD350 with further armour stripping.
You sacrifice the accuracy of the SRMs to have four pinpoint lasers instead. This build is especially awkward because the SRMs must be fired in two volleys, and then the lasers sometimes have to be fired separately because they are hitscan unlike the missiles.
This alpha is free of ghost heat. Remember that the MRMs aren't enough damage to trade with as an assault, so try to get only into situations where you can abuse the rate of fire of the SRMs. When you are heatcapped, use the SRMs because they are vastly more accurate.
A terrible variant with worse hardpoints than the Atlas "Boar's Head", but has jumpjets and dual AMS. There is only one ballistic, which highly encourages usage of the largest option (HGauss), but that limits you to a STD engine, when 100-tonners really should be mounting dual HGauss instead of just one.
Again, a Boar's Head with a lower profile.
Truly pathetic alpha, vulnerable to being easily stripped. At least it has PPFLD free of ghost heat, and dual AMS, I guess.
STD engine so you can deadside the crap out of this without any qualms. Just show your left torso when you aren't shooting.
This variant has the most ballistics, like the hero. They are low-mounted in the arms which are further slot-limited by the presence of lower arm actuators. While this variant does offer ECM, the build diversity and builds themselves are rather underwhelming.
A long range DPS-trade hybrid, with low mounts which means this build needs to present and try to assert dominance. This lacks the DPS and sustain of pure AC2 boats, and lacks the trade quality of pure trade assaults - it's the worst of both worlds, but the hardpoints on this mech force your hand.
Quad RAC2 does indeed have ghost heat, but with enough heatsinks you can just ignore it. Fire all four for decent mid-range burst potential, and you can drop to firing three when heatcapped if you really need the extra sustain.
This really should have three ERLL to be a decent build, like the King Crab, but this is the price you pay to have ECM. You could do 2LPL for midrange DPS, but the KGC-001 does that significantly better.
What should be a good build is made awkward by a ghost heat limitation. Due to the HSL quirk, you can still fire two Gauss and one ERPPC simultaneously, but you will always have to fire the last ERPPC separately. At longer distances you can fire the two Gauss and then the two ERPPC to accommodate their leads separately.
Not a lot of raw firepower for a 100-tonner, but plenty of range to work with, a decent profile, and stealth to keep attention away from you. Even under ideal conditions, this mech needs a fair amount of match time to be effective, which can be hard to come by in a fast-paced queue. Best played by quickly finding a position with good overwatch on the battlefield, and landing your shots carefully. Stealth should give you time to land the 40PPFLD exactly where it needs to go.
A eclectic variant, two ballistics and 6 energy all in the arms doesn't seem like a strong combo at first glance, but 10% cooldown and higher DPS Inner Sphere weapons means that it actually packs high combined ballistic and laser alphas with high DPS.
All of this combined with the ability to easily "deadside" due to forced standard engines on many builds means that the 'mech combines extreme durability with the aforementioned high DPS and alpha. Of course, this all comes at the cost of heat, this 'mech runs very hot on almost all builds.
Similar in damage output to a quad LB10 mech, but with pinpoint lasers and the heat issues that come with them.
Solid alpha, high durability, and good sustain make this build solid, but nothing more.
It's a Boar's Head with worse quirks, but a lower profile, and the obvious benefit of being able to deadside with ease.
The Hero has a similar layout to the MAD-4L. It has the most ballistic hardpoints, but they are low mounted in the arms which are further slot-limited by the presence of lower arm actuators.
There simply aren't enough hardpoints here to run true dakka builds, and the mixture of limited energy and missile is awkward, so not many decent builds are available. However, the ones that are possess high alpha, and high heat.
Brawl-centric build with some extra range thanks to well-quirked UAC10s. MRMs will need to be close to be truly effective, but let you farm some early damage when needed. This will heat-cap rapidly, leaving you with two quirked UAC10s to fall back on, but the burst DPS up to that cap is solid.
Reasonable pseudo-pinpoint alpha and passable sustain.
Almost a true dakka build, but still underwhelming for a 100-tonner, and outgunned by lighter assaults.
Good burst DPS from long range. UAC jam chance quirks make the UAC2s more reliable, but will mean this generates more heat than is typical for UAC2 mechs. Peek, fire until heat cap, and cool off while repositioning.