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For the gamemode with the same name, see Mothership (Game Mode).
Mothership

The now-removed giant Mothership that appeared in the Mothership Game Mode.

The Mothership is a tank that is only obtainable in Sandbox you can become a Mothership in Sandbox by repeatedly pressing the “\” (switch class key) until you become a Mothership. This version of the Mothership is a much smaller variation of the one that appeared in the now defunct Mothership gamemode (corresponds to its Level). In the Mothership game mode, the win condition was to destroy the enemy Mothership, centralizing the players’ tactics around attack or defense of a Mothership. During games in that mode, the Mothership was a playable entity that players took turns controlling every 5 minutes until one of the Motherships was destroyed. The Mothership is one of the tanks that doesn’t have a circular body, the others being the Necromancer, Factory, Defender, Summoner, and Guardian.

Design

The Mothership has a hexadecagonal (a 16 sided polygon also known as a hexakaidecagon) body and 16 short Drone Spawners that shoot out small A.I.-controlled Protectors and controllable Drones.

Historical

In the defunct Mothership Game Mode, it was slightly larger than a Dominator (due to its Level) and as large as an Alpha Pentagon.

Stats

In Sandbox mode, the Mothership retains the same Stats as other tanks do; in essence, you upgrade it as you would any other tank, but it doesn’t allow to copy the stats it had in the old Mothership mode, as it would take 50 upgrade points, and you only have 33.

Historical

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The old Mothership’s stats, unlike normal Tanks almost all its stats are full (except Health Regen)

In the defunct Mothership game mode, the Mothership spawned as a tank with all aspects maxed out except for Health Regeneration, with it having only one point in it. It spawned at Level 140 and could not Level up further, which made farming pointless, or even counterproductive, although it helped other players farm. It had exactly 7,000 health points. However, its Movement Speed was equivalent to a Booster going backwards due to its Level; making it one of the slowest tanks in the game. Mothership’s field of view was slightly larger than a Ranger’s field of view.

The Mothership’s Protectors had a bit less Bullet Penetration than an Overlord’s maxed drones, with the same Bullet Damage, Speed (similar to a Battleship’s maxed drones), and the Reload of a Hybrid (For each drone). The Mothership regenerates health at twice the speed of regular maxed Regeneration tanks, and its Reload is about as fast as a non-upgraded Machine Gun.

Technical

Mothership and drones

Mothership in Sandbox, surrounded by its drones.

The Mothership uses Drones for its weapon. The Drones look like Protectors and are produced by the Mothership’s Barrels. A Mothership can have up to 16 Drones and 16 Protectors, but only half the Drones are controllable (Similar to the Battleship’s mechanics). The Drones and Protectors for the Mothership are as fast as a maxed out summoning tank (Necromancer, Manager, Overlord, Overtrapper). The right click function works like a summoning tank but remains somewhat pointless unless against widespread targets. When you activate Auto Spin, your Drones spin slowly in a circle around you, much like if you used Auto Spin with the Overseer. The current Mothership’s Drones and Protectors are the smallest ones in the game.

Historical

Mother Guardian

Only drones on the right are controlled by the player

In the Mothership game mode, pushing a Mothership with a Level 45 Booster with maximum Speed and Reload moved it by a fraction of an inch. Players could hide in the center of the giant Mothership, much like in the Dominator, but would constantly get pushed out. It was not a reliable shield method because high Bullet Penetration Bullets would still pass through and damage you.

2Motherships

Marker Arrows showing Mothership’s Location

For other players, arrows would appear on the screen pointing towards both Motherships, showing them the direction of both Motherships. The arrows would fade away if you got closer to one of them.

Arena Closers always went for the surviving Mothership first. The Mothership lasted for a short period of time after being attacked (on average 30 seconds after the arena closed, but almost immediately died after the Arena Closers actually arrived), especially when the Arena Closers got Body Damage.

Control

In the Sandbox mode, the Mothership handles much the same as a regular Tank, and without a time limit (not considering Arena Closing).

Historical

10 seconds

When you had only 10 seconds left, a warning would appear

In the Mothership game mode, any player in the arena had the ability to control the Mothership on their team. The first two people that joined in the Mothership server gained control of the Motherships and everybody else that joined served as the “army” (regular players). Each person that was granted the role of the Mothership were allowed a timeframe of 5 minutes, and the Mothership’s control would then be switched to a different player. This continued until one of the Motherships was destroyed. This prevented people from stopping/stalling the game (e.g. hiding in a corner).

When a player’s time was up with the Mothership, the Mothership role became open for anyone who was currently joining a Mothership game, and the player who was previously in control would then respawn as a part of the army. If you happened to die or enter the server, and you rejoined while the Mothership player’s time was up, you would have become the Mothership for five minutes.

Strategy

Historical

  • Strong Against: Every playable tank individually.
  • Weak Against: Teams of Level 45 tanks, Hybrid, Manager (if placed correctly).

As the Mothership

In the Mothership game mode, the Mothership was the strongest tank in the game (besides the Arena Closer and some bosses), and could defeat any tank in a 1 vs 1 scenario even if the opponent had maxed out Movement Speed and Reload.

Your goal with/as the Mothership was to destroy the enemy Mothership. You shouldn’t have attacked the enemy Mothership immediately after you spawned, as everyone who could support you would be around Levels 1-5. Instead, the player should have waited until the player himself and some of the player’s team’s level 30-45 tanks joined.

As a Mothership, running into the rival Mothership did pulses of high damage (1/6 of max HP on average), as well as killing every enemy tank that ran into the player (but because of your slow speed, you probably wouldn’t have killed any enemy tank with the player’s body). However, such an act would have proven pointless unless the player wanted to end the server quickly.

So instead, the player should have stayed a safe distance from the rival Mothership, trying to find as many of your team as possible to group up with you. When you had around 3-5 high level tanks with you, you could then start close combat with the rival Mothership. While your teammates damaged the rival Mothership with their Bullets, you should have tried and killed any of the rival Mothership’s teammates, because your teammates did not have very high health. By the time (almost) everyone was high Level, then was the time for you to concentrate your Drone fire on the enemy Mothership. Once the enemy Mothership had lower health than you, you should have collided with the opposing Mothership. Even the smallest health difference made the difference between killing the enemy Mothership and being killed by said Mothership.

Arena Closers

When you and/or your team destroyed the enemy Mothership, the Arena Closers would come and close the match. Unfortunately, as big as the Mothership was, it could not survive them, although you could hold out for a good 30 seconds before they took you down, as the slow movement speed was a considerable disadvantage. It was possible to avoid Arena Closers for a short period of time, as cramming yourself in the corner prevented from flanking and saved you about one or two seconds more of survival time. Protectors/Drones could not kill an Arena Closer, and ramming into one would kill you before you could kill it. This hinted that the recently updated (Domination/Post-Domination) Arena Closers had more health (likely infinite or near infinite) and insane damage.

As the Mothership

Before joining the Mothership, it was recommended to farm until you were about Level 30. The rest of your levels could have been farmed while being close to the Mothership. High Bullet Penetration was recommended as there would also be enemy Bullets firing in your direction.

Classes like the Triplet, Penta Shot, Hybrid, Sprayer, and Gunner should have simply attacked the rival Mothership with their Bullets whilst staying very close to their Mothership.

Classes like the Stalker, Ranger, and Predator should have stayed slightly behind the Mothership, killing nearby tanks that were not aided by the rival Mothership.

Classes with high area denial like the Octo Tank and the Triple Twin should have guarded the Mothership from enemy Drones and tanks that were unaided by the rival Mothership.

Classes that use Drones like the Overlord or Necromancer should have attempted to kill the tanks that were aiding and being aided by the rival Mothership.

The Booster and Fighter should have distracted enemy tanks with its fast speed, therefore stopping enemy tanks shooting the Mothership.

Against the Mothership

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Level 45 tanks attacking a Mothership

No player by themselves could achieve anything more than a tiny impact against the enemy Mothership. Getting a team of around 5-10 Tier 3 or 4 tanks may have improved the odds of survival, and getting the friendly Mothership to come helped as well. Because the Mothership’s Protectors and Drones couldn’t target every player at the same time, it was possible to take it down. The Tri-Angle/Booster could once again be used to distract the enemy’s Mothership Guardians as well as enemies that were targeting your own team’s one.

History

Mothership Neutral

what the “Ghost Ship” Marker looked like

  • In early versions of the game mode, a yellow Mothership arrow would sometimes appear.
    • Following the yellow Mothership arrow would lead to the arrow disappearing or moving, leading to it being dubbed “Ghost Ship” by some fans.
    • However, it has since been patched.
  • On September 3rd, a smaller version of the Mothership was made playable, but only in Sandbox.
  • As of September 18th, the developer announced that the Mothership game mode will be recycled soon to use those servers to add a new gamemode.
  • The Maze game mode was added on September 22nd, taking the place of the Mothership game mode.
    • This officially marked the removal of the Mothership game mode, and the giant Motherships. Smaller Motherships still remain in the Sandbox mode.
    • It is unclear whether the Mothership Tank will ever be used again outside of Sandbox.

Trivia

  • On September 22nd, the Mothership joined the Arena Closer as the only Sandbox-exclusive playable tanks.
    • This means that it is the only removed tank that is still playable in Sandbox.
  • It is the only Drone-using tank whose spawner is not a trapezoidal one.

Historical Trivia

  • Motherships had a huge amount of Body Damage. If the two Motherships collided, both took immense damage. In such collisions, the Mothership that has taken less damage – BEFORE the collision occurred – would survive.
  • If opposing Motherships collided, sometimes they would die simultaneously, glitching the game. However, the game would state that the Blue Team won the game.
    • This is probably because team Blue was first in the games’ code, making the game check if the Mothership is single, testing the Blue Mothership first.
      This is seen once your mothership control time is over

      This screen was seen once the Mothership control time was over.

  • The Mothership’s HP represented the team’s score on the leaderboard.
  • Although the Mothership actually had a full Movement Speed Stats, it was visibly slow. This is perhaps due to the high level and mass of the Mothership.
  • Since just about anyone could be the Mothership, many inexperienced players could control it, causing a heavy loss for that team.
  • When your control of the Mothership ended, the death screen said you were killed by an unnamed tank.
  • If you were the first to log into a Mothership server, you controlled the Mothership first.
    • Also, If you were the second to log in, you became the second Mothership.
  • If you gained control of the Mothership, your name got changed to “Mothership”.
  • The Mothership was the first controllable tank to be able to exceed Level 45.
  • When you were close to the Mothership, the Mothership arrow disappeared.
    • This applies to the leader arrow in other modes as well.
  • The Mothership could “twitch” uncontrollably, and when it did, it became transparent. Note that it was rare, though.
  • Very rarely, a tank would spawn inside the Mothership, forcing it to be stuck inside until the Mothership died, or a player lost control of the Mothership.
  • There were rare cases when the Motherships got their health reduced to 3500 or even 468 HP, making them highly vulnerable. It’s believed that this was a glitch.
  • There was also a rare glitch where the Mothership was unable to spawn its Protectors to defend itself.
  • The Giant Mothership was one of the slowest tanks in the game.

Bugs

This section contains bugs related to Mothership (Tank). Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please screenshot, then reload. If the bug happens a second time, then get a second screenshot to verify that the bug is still happening.
  2. If the bug is still occurring, please post the bug report with the appropriate system template,  PC  or  Mobile , depending on which platform the bug has been encountered on.
  3. Describe the bug in detail, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person-anecdotes: such discussions belong in either the comment section or on the appropriate forum board.
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Patched or Removed Bugs

Mothership Neutral

What the “Yellow Mothership” Marker looked like

  •  PC  Occasionally in the early stages of the Mothership Game Mode, a yellow (neutral color) arrow would point in a random direction. However, this arrow did not lead to a Mothership.
  •  PC  Sometimes, a Mothership server would have the Motherships using 3500 or even 468 as their Max Health (visible on the scoreboard), making the game easier to end as the Motherships were much more vulnerable. There is a possibility that this was intentional in order to end the game faster when there weren’t enough players.

Bug Gallery

Gallery

  • Here is a video on how you could have become the level 140 Mothership back when the Gamemode was still playable:
Tanks
Tier 1 BasicTank UpgradeSlot
Tier 2 FlankMachinegunSniperTwin
Tier 3 Auto 3AssassinDestroyerGunnerHunterOverseer
Quad tankSmasherTrapperTri-angleTriple shotTwin Flank
Tier 4 AnnihilatorTierAuto 5TierAuto GunnerAuto SmasherAuto TrapperBattleshipBooosterFactoryTierFighterrGunner TrapperHybridProfileLandmineManagerprofileMega trapper2NecromancerOctotankOverlordprofileTierOvertrapper 2Penta ShotPredator-0RangerSkimmerSpikeSprayerSpread ShotStalkerStreamlinerTri-trapperTriple TwinTriplet
Removed Auto 4Machinegun2MegaDestroyerMegasmasherMothership 2.0X HunterCircleMounted Turret
Old Versions PredatorOldArena Closer 2.0Landmine-Old
Special New Arena CloserThreeDominatorsMiniMothershipProfileDeveloper-Upgrade

Start a Discussion Discussions about Mothership (Tank)

  • Defender

    4 messages
    • Bruh You can't get the defender. The defender is a boss. It can't be played.
    • Not even in Sandbox.
  • Was it a good idea to remove Mothership gamemode?

    8 messages
    • Mothership was somewhat boring, all the Motherships would do is ram eachother and almost nobody would help you. Maze is better (although i ...
    • ^ same here. If the Motherships weren't allowed to deal ram damage, maybe a game would've lasted longer than at least a few minutes.

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