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16th Apr '17 11:01:56 PM Getta
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One solution against a HeavilyArmoredMook is to use an AntiArmor attack or ability to easily defeat them. Unlike ArmorPiercingAttack, this does not just bypass defenses, but it does more damage to units than if they ''weren't'' armored and [[CripplingOverspecialization are most likely impractical against anything else]]. In other words, where armor is normally an advantage, AntiArmor makes it into a disadvantage. Alternatively, it may involve removing armor off an enemy. There is some TruthInTelevision to this: RealLife armour-piercing rounds have a tendency to overpenetrate and thus deal less damage to unarmoured targets.

Examples include:
* Concussive shock wave that slams the subject around inside the armor instead of him simply being thrown back
* Being cooked alive inside heat-insulating carapace armor by [[FireBreathingWeapon flamethrowers]].
* Removing the armor off the Mook, ClothingDamage, or using TheNudifier.
* Striking at the gaps in the armor, usually after jumping on or swarming around the Mook.
* Using ElementalPowers such as SelectiveMagnetism and ExtraOreDinary to manipulate the armor.
* Disabling DeflectorShields.

Typically involves StuffBlowingUp. SubTrope of WeaponOfXSlaying. See also ArmorIsUseless. Compare AntiAir, AntiInfantry, AntiVehicle, and AntiCavalry.

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One solution against a HeavilyArmoredMook is to use an AntiArmor attack or ability to easily defeat them. Unlike ArmorPiercingAttack,

Ways
this does not just bypass defenses, but it does more damage to units than if they ''weren't'' armored and [[CripplingOverspecialization are most likely impractical against anything else]]. In other words, where can happen:
* '''Extra Damage Against Armored Targets:''' This weapon/attack makes having
armor is normally an advantage, AntiArmor makes it into a disadvantage. Alternatively, it It may involve removing armor off an enemy. There is some TruthInTelevision to this: RealLife armour-piercing rounds have a tendency to overpenetrate and thus deal less damage to unarmoured targets.

Examples include:
* Concussive
work by concussive shock wave that slams the subject around inside the armor instead of him simply being thrown back
* Being
back, or being cooked alive inside heat-insulating carapace armor by [[FireBreathingWeapon flamethrowers]].
flamethrowers]]. The attack may not work (or less effectively if they do) on unarmored enemies.
* Removing '''Armor Cracker:''' This weapon/attack reduces the defense of the target. It may work by removing the armor off the Mook, ClothingDamage, or using TheNudifier.
* Striking at
TheNudifier, or disabling the gaps in DeflectorShields. In games with a dedicated "armor/shield points/gauge", this weapon/attack may do significant damage to that gauge rather than the armor, usually after jumping on HP gauge; if they have RegeneratingShieldStaticHealth, it may either slow, or swarming around stop the Mook.
* Using ElementalPowers such as SelectiveMagnetism and ExtraOreDinary to manipulate
shield from the armor.
* Disabling DeflectorShields.

Typically involves StuffBlowingUp.
regenerating.

Compare ArmorPiercingAttack, where the attack pierces armor/defenses entirely without playing with the armor itself.

SubTrope of WeaponOfXSlaying. See also ArmorIsUseless. Compare AntiAir, AntiInfantry, AntiVehicle, and AntiCavalry.
3rd Apr '17 11:43:24 AM KZN02
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* Disabling DeflectorShields.


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* ''VideoGame/{{Warframe}}'': Puncture, Radiation, and Corrosive attacks are effective against Grineer armor while Impact, Cold, and Magnetic attacks are effective against Corpus shields.
7th Mar '17 3:40:36 AM Alceister
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* High-explosive squash head (HESH)/high-explosive plastic (HEP) shells comprise a type of multipurpose explosive munition useful against a wide range of hardened targets. Instead of penetrating or exploding on impact, HESH shells are filled with plastic explosive that "squashes" on contact with a hard surface, like reinforced concrete or tank armour. Less than half-a-second later, the shell explodes, causing destructive shockwaves to ripple through the contact surface, pulverizing concrete into dust and deforming steel plating to such an extent that pieces break off and become dangerous shrapnel. This has gotten less effective against main battle tanks, but still works fine against concrete fortifications and most other vehicles.

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* High-explosive squash head (HESH)/high-explosive plastic (HEP) shells comprise a type of multipurpose explosive munition useful against a wide range of hardened targets. Instead of penetrating or exploding on impact, HESH shells are filled with plastic explosive that "squashes" on contact with a hard surface, like reinforced concrete or tank armour. Less than half-a-second later, the shell explodes, causing destructive shockwaves to ripple through the contact surface, pulverizing concrete into dust and deforming steel plating to such an extent that pieces break off and become dangerous shrapnel. This type of munition has gotten become less effective against modern main battle tanks, but still works fine against concrete fortifications and most other vehicles.
7th Mar '17 3:38:11 AM Alceister
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* High-explosive squash head (HESH)/high-explosive plastic (HEP) shells comprise a type of multipurpose explosive munition useful against a wide range of hardened targets. Instead of penetrating or exploding on impact, HESH shells are filled with plastic explosive that "squashes" on contact with a hard surface, like reinforced concrete or tank armour. Less than half-a-second later, the shell explodes, causing destructive shockwaves to ripple through the contact surface, pulverizing concrete and deforming steel plating to such an extent that pieces break off (called spalling) and become dangerous shrapnel. This has gotten less effective against main battle tanks, but still works fine against concrete fortifications and most other vehicles.

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* High-explosive squash head (HESH)/high-explosive plastic (HEP) shells comprise a type of multipurpose explosive munition useful against a wide range of hardened targets. Instead of penetrating or exploding on impact, HESH shells are filled with plastic explosive that "squashes" on contact with a hard surface, like reinforced concrete or tank armour. Less than half-a-second later, the shell explodes, causing destructive shockwaves to ripple through the contact surface, pulverizing concrete into dust and deforming steel plating to such an extent that pieces break off (called spalling) and become dangerous shrapnel. This has gotten less effective against main battle tanks, but still works fine against concrete fortifications and most other vehicles.
6th Mar '17 6:45:02 AM Alceister
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* High-explosive squash head (HESH)/high-explosive plastic (HEP) shells comprise a type of multipurpose explosive munition useful against a wide range of hardened targets. Instead of penetrating or exploding on impact, HESH shells are filled with plastic explosive that "squashes" on contact with a hard surface, like reinforced concrete or tank armour. Less than half-a-second later, the shell explodes, causing destructive shockwaves to travel through the contact surface, pulverizing concrete and deforming steel plating to such an extent that pieces break off (called spalling) and become dangerous shrapnel. This has gotten less effective against main battle tanks, but still works fine against concrete fortifications and most other vehicles.

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* High-explosive squash head (HESH)/high-explosive plastic (HEP) shells comprise a type of multipurpose explosive munition useful against a wide range of hardened targets. Instead of penetrating or exploding on impact, HESH shells are filled with plastic explosive that "squashes" on contact with a hard surface, like reinforced concrete or tank armour. Less than half-a-second later, the shell explodes, causing destructive shockwaves to travel ripple through the contact surface, pulverizing concrete and deforming steel plating to such an extent that pieces break off (called spalling) and become dangerous shrapnel. This has gotten less effective against main battle tanks, but still works fine against concrete fortifications and most other vehicles.
6th Mar '17 1:57:52 AM Alceister
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* High-explosive squash head (HESH)/high-explosive plastic (HEP) shells comprise a type of multipurpose explosive munition useful against a wide range of targets. Instead of penetrating or exploding on impact, HESH shells are filled with plastic explosive that "squashes" on contact with a hard surface, like reinforced concrete or tank armour. Less than half-a-second later, the shell explodes, causing destructive shockwaves to travel through the contact surface, pulverizing concrete and deforming steel plating to such an extent that pieces break off (called spalling) and become dangerous shrapnel. This has gotten less effective against main battle tanks, but still works fine against concrete fortifications and most other vehicles.

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* High-explosive squash head (HESH)/high-explosive plastic (HEP) shells comprise a type of multipurpose explosive munition useful against a wide range of hardened targets. Instead of penetrating or exploding on impact, HESH shells are filled with plastic explosive that "squashes" on contact with a hard surface, like reinforced concrete or tank armour. Less than half-a-second later, the shell explodes, causing destructive shockwaves to travel through the contact surface, pulverizing concrete and deforming steel plating to such an extent that pieces break off (called spalling) and become dangerous shrapnel. This has gotten less effective against main battle tanks, but still works fine against concrete fortifications and most other vehicles.
5th Mar '17 7:03:05 PM Alceister
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* High-explosive squash head (HESH)/high-explosive plastic (HEP) shells comprise a type of multipurpose explosive munition useful against a wide range of targets. Instead of penetrating or exploding on impact, HESH shells are filled with plastic explosive that "squashes" on contact with a hard surface, like reinforced concrete or tank armour. Less than half-a-second later, the shell explodes, causing destructive shockwaves to travel through the contact surface, pulverizing concrete and deforming steel plating to such an extent that pieces may break off (called spalling) and become dangerous shrapnel. This has gotten less effective against main battle tanks, but still works fine against concrete fortifications and most other vehicles.

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* High-explosive squash head (HESH)/high-explosive plastic (HEP) shells comprise a type of multipurpose explosive munition useful against a wide range of targets. Instead of penetrating or exploding on impact, HESH shells are filled with plastic explosive that "squashes" on contact with a hard surface, like reinforced concrete or tank armour. Less than half-a-second later, the shell explodes, causing destructive shockwaves to travel through the contact surface, pulverizing concrete and deforming steel plating to such an extent that pieces may break off (called spalling) and become dangerous shrapnel. This has gotten less effective against main battle tanks, but still works fine against concrete fortifications and most other vehicles.
5th Mar '17 7:02:28 PM Alceister
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* High-explosive squash head (HESH) or High-explosive plastic (HEP) shells comprise a type of multipurpose explosive munition useful against a wide range of targets. Instead of penetrating or exploding on impact, HESH shells are filled with plastic explosive that "squashes" on contact with a hard surface, like reinforced concrete or tank armour. Less than half-a-second later, the shell explodes, causing destructive shockwaves to travel through the contact surface, pulverizing concrete and deforming steel plating to such an extent that pieces may break off (called spalling) and become dangerous shrapnel. This has gotten less effective against main battle tanks, but still works fine against concrete fortifications and most other vehicles.

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* High-explosive squash head (HESH) or High-explosive (HESH)/high-explosive plastic (HEP) shells comprise a type of multipurpose explosive munition useful against a wide range of targets. Instead of penetrating or exploding on impact, HESH shells are filled with plastic explosive that "squashes" on contact with a hard surface, like reinforced concrete or tank armour. Less than half-a-second later, the shell explodes, causing destructive shockwaves to travel through the contact surface, pulverizing concrete and deforming steel plating to such an extent that pieces may break off (called spalling) and become dangerous shrapnel. This has gotten less effective against main battle tanks, but still works fine against concrete fortifications and most other vehicles.
5th Mar '17 1:44:24 AM Alceister
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* Some anti-tank weapons don't penetrate armour but in instead rely on 'spalling', hitting the target hard enough to make pieces of the interior fly around and kill the crew. Most modern tanks are designed to prevent this though.

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* Some anti-tank weapons don't penetrate armour but in instead rely High-explosive squash head (HESH) or High-explosive plastic (HEP) shells comprise a type of multipurpose explosive munition useful against a wide range of targets. Instead of penetrating or exploding on 'spalling', hitting the target impact, HESH shells are filled with plastic explosive that "squashes" on contact with a hard enough surface, like reinforced concrete or tank armour. Less than half-a-second later, the shell explodes, causing destructive shockwaves to make travel through the contact surface, pulverizing concrete and deforming steel plating to such an extent that pieces of the interior fly around may break off (called spalling) and kill the crew. Most modern tanks are designed to prevent this though. become dangerous shrapnel. This has gotten less effective against main battle tanks, but still works fine against concrete fortifications and most other vehicles.



* For that matter, the smaller artillery pieces have seen quite a bit of use as anti-armor guns. Set up in a prepared position in the path of an enemy advance, they could be devastating, especially if they were able to target an exposed flank. Many Tank Destroyers, vehicles designed to destroy enemy armored vehicles, consisted of a truck with one of these guns mounted on top of it, and could count on being ''shredded'' if the enemy tank got the first shot. Still, their lighter weight meant they could travel quickly from position to position without much of the wear and tear that the heavier tanks would have to deal with.
** Another method for developing Tank Destroyers was to mount the most powerful guns available in a tank chassis. Either the vehicle would be lightly armored and equipped with a fast-traversing turret to make them {{Glass Cannon}}s (popular in American TD doctrine), or they would be massively armored, with the gun mounted in the main body of the tank without the complication or extra weight of a turret, making a MightyGlacier (popular in German TD doctrine).

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* For that matter, the smaller artillery pieces have seen quite a bit of use as anti-armor guns. Set up in a prepared position in the path of an enemy advance, they could be devastating, especially if they were able to target an exposed flank. Many Tank Destroyers, tank destroyers, vehicles designed to destroy enemy armored vehicles, consisted of a truck with one of these guns mounted on top of it, and could count on being ''shredded'' if the enemy tank got the first shot. Still, their lighter weight meant they could travel quickly from position to position without much of the wear and tear that the heavier tanks would have to deal with.
** Another method for developing Tank Destroyers tank destroyers was to mount the most powerful guns available in a tank tracked vehicle chassis. Either the vehicle would be lightly armored and possibly equipped with a fast-traversing turret to make them {{Glass Cannon}}s (popular in American TD doctrine), Cannon}}s, or they would be massively armored, with the gun mounted in the main body of the tank without the complication or extra weight of a turret, vehicle, making a MightyGlacier (popular in German TD doctrine).MightyGlacier.
10th Feb '17 6:04:00 AM Chabal2
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** The iconic boltgun is designed to penetrate armor then explode inside. Tha latter part makes it just as effective against lightly-armored infantry, just messier.



* ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} III'': the Fortified armor type is weakest against Siege attacks and resistant to all others. Heavy armor type (mostly having more innate armour value than other unit types) has no weakness except for Magic attacks.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} III'': the Fortified armor type is weakest against Siege attacks and resistant to all others. Heavy armor type (mostly having more innate armour value than other unit types) has no weakness except for Magic attacks.attacks (which are either laughably weak, coming from the SquishyWizard casters, or horribly high, coming from the heavy flyers).
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