Fan-and-rebound shots is the primary weapon against the agile, rapid-firing purple tanks.  Occasionally, you may need to get into a duel with them.Purple Tank

Child of the red tank and the yellow tank, the purple tank possesses both rapid-fire and mine laying abilities, however the former is the dominant trait, as it doesn’t lay mines as crazily as the yellow tanks.  Unlike its red parent, Purple is fairly good at calculating the rebound trajectory of their ordinary shells, but interestingly not very good at avoiding your fan-and-rebound shells, despite its speed being on par with yellow tanks, i.e. faster than reds.  That’s why fan-and-rebound is the primary weapon against it.

Purple tanks do inherit their red parents tendency to seek you out for a direct confrontation, but you can usually keep them at bay by firing fan-and-rebound shots, which they will either evade (and therefore unable to confront you directly) or be destroyed by it.

Occasionally, however, a mission starts with a purple tank already in your direct line of sight.  In such a case you would have to fight fire with fire like you did with the red tanks.

In fact, the purple tank doesn’t bring much new stuff to the table, and correspondingly there is not much new tactics needed :)

So, now you’ve seen a lot.  You’ve seen tanks that lay mines, fires rocket-propelled shells, even 2-rebound rocket-propelled shells.  This next tank, however, is invisible.  You have to see it, or not see it, to believe it!  Introducing the White Tanks!

 

Avoid direct confrontation when possible and use fan-and-rebound shots.  Otherwise, fight fire with fire.  Oh, and run…White Tank

The white tanks turns invisible as the mission starts, but do leave tracks as they move.  In fact, their tracks are darker than all other tanks’.  They rapid-fire ordinary shells but move at ordinary speed.  In a touch of elegance by Nintendo, these tanks are poor at evading your shells, as if being transparent means that light rays will pass through the entirety of the tank unimpeded, including the retina of its cameras or the eyes of the tank operators!

Mission 20 sees the white tank’s first appearance, and is in my opinion really the only mission in which they are truly lethal, because white tanks are easily defeated using fan-and-rebound shots IF there is no line of sight between you and them, but mission 20 is nothing but wide open space, putting you constantly in their direct line of sight.  See Mission 20 for strategies specific to that mission.

Outside of Mission 20 they are relatively easy to defeat via fan-and-rebound shots in the absence of line of sight.  The only real threat posed by these invisible tanks is when they sneak up on you without you noticing (even though they rarely stop firing on their way to you).  So, just pay attention to any approaching tracks as well as other visible tanks.

There isn’t much more to it thanks to their poor evasion abilities.  After the white tanks, you won’t encounter another new type of tanks until Mission 50, when the absolutely insane black tanks appear!  But as you will see, even this ultimate tank isn’t so formidable ;)

Trivia

Did you know the white tanks are accompanied by their own music?

 

Fire head-on when in line of sight, randomize your rebound shots otherwise.Black Tank

First appearing in Mission 50, the black tank is the only tank that can rapid-fire rocket-propelled shells (no rebound).  (Fortunately, there is no tank that can rapid-fire 2-rebound rocket-propelled shells.  Phew.)  As if that wasn’t enough, they are the fastest of all tanks – faster than your shells!  And if that wasn’t enough, they are also extremely good at evading your shells.  Just about the only good news here is that they don’t go invisible!  Here are some tactics:

  1. When in their direct line of sight, the best tactic is to get out of that predicament!  For all their deadly force, they always aim squarely at you and don’t lead, therefore if you run in a direction that is “sideways” to them, you will prevail in escaping.  Once you are protected by walls, employ tactic #4 below.
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