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- "I sent you a Landmaster Fox! Check the location of the Landmaster on Radar!"
- —Peppy Hare
The Landmaster is a tank used by Fox McCloud and designed by Slippy in the Star Fox series of video games. It has appeared in two games so far, Star Fox 64 and Star Fox: Assault. Its controls are, for the most part, much like the Arwing. However, the tank turns a little slower. Jets on the bottom of the tank allow it to turn quickly and barrel roll, and if both jets are fired the tank can hover upwards. The Landmaster is also the main battle tank of the Cornerian Army and their sworn enemies the Venomian army, but theirs are not as advanced as the custom version used by the Star Fox Team, due to modifications made by Slippy Toad.
The Landmaster is 17.5sm long. The Landmaster tank in Star Fox 64 was only used on two missions, Titania, where the player was forced to use it because of the sandstorms that covered the skies and on Macbeth, in which the player needed to follow an enemy train. The Landmaster design was very basic; it had a single cannon capable of shooting several laser-balls per second or Smart Bombs. It also had two traditional tank treads. The camera angle could not be changed. It had limited flying capability with its jump jets. In this game, the Landmaster did not create a deflection shield when barrel rolling. Instead, the Landmaster's barrel roll was usedmerely for dodging enemy laser fire and other weapons.
Notes: Both the Landmaster and the Blue-Marine use propulsion system components originally developed for the Arwing. All three can synthesize their own hydrogen fuel for their plasma engines, giving them extended operating ranges.
During the incident at Titania, Peppy, upon discovering that Falco was allegedly aiding the Androssian Remnant (actually Katt Monroe's group, the Hot-Rodders), became suspicious of Captain Shear's true motives, and sent Slippy and and a Landmaster to investigate the base. Unfortunately for Slippy, who had bad memories of Titania due to nearly becoming a monster's lunch, was captured by a Goras sent by Captain Shears to retrieve a hostage, and the Landmaster was presumably impounded upon Slippy's capture. Fox and Slippy later managed to locate the Landmaster, although they were forced to nearly risk their lives in the process to defeat a revived Andross by firing one of its Smart Bombs at Andross, heavily damaging the Landmaster and destroying the research base in the process.
The Landmaster's appearance in Star Fox: Assault improved greatly: The design looks more complex and the turret can now swivel in more directions which makes it more effective. It now has four all-terrain wheels instead of traditional tank treads, which decreases traction but increases mobility, and its barrel roll technique now creates a deflection shield around the vehicle. Unfortunately, it can no longer uses Nova Bombs, has a much slower rate of fire (though the projectiles are significantly more powerful), and has lighter armor. It also has been modified to be an anti-aircraft vehicle. Slippy is an expert at controlling the Landmaster.
In Star Fox 64 and Star Fox: Assault, the Landmaster is available in Versus Mode. These are the only times that the Landmaster can collect Laser Upgrades. In Star Fox 64, the lasers will upgrade to twin and hyper spiraling shots, while in Assault, the laser fire will become faster.
In the Super Smash Bros. Series
Landmaster tanks have recently appeared in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as Final Smashes for Fox, Falco, and Wolf. However, the CPU-controlled Fox, Falco, and Wolf have a tendency to drive the Landmaster off-screen. The tank's appearance is a cross between its Star Fox 64 look and its Star Fox Assault look. It maintains the sharp and futuristic appearance it had in Assault, but still has the traditional tank treads from 64. All of them except for Wolf's are modified by Slippy. The previous model appeared in Super Smash Bros. Melee as a trophy.
Activation Quote: "Landmaster!"
Fox's Landmaster is the most balanced of the three. Its laser has moderate power, and it has decent hovering capabilities. Its roll is the second most powerful, but its turn and movement speed is fairly slow.
Trophy for Fox's Landmaster
|Landmaster (Fox)||Fox's Final Smash. Climb aboard the Landmaster tank, the ultrahigh- performance, antiair, rolling combat vehicle of Team Star Fox. Just like in the Star Fox series, the cannon can be used to blast foes, and the tank can roll over enemies. The jets beneath the main body can be used to hover. Between its firepower and mobility, this tank knows no equal.|
Activation Quote: "Personally, I prefer the air!"
Falco's variant of the Landmaster is nearly identical to Fox's, but its attributes are more personalized to his criteria. It has better turning and movement speed and hovering capabilities, although its rolling and laser power are slightly weaker than Fox's.
Trophy for Falco's Landmaster
|Landmaster (Falco)||Falco's Final Smash. He jumps aboard the Landmaster high-spec, antiaircraft tank. With the tank's powerful cannon blasts and rolling ability, it's possible to take out all enemies at once. The Landmaster is based on actual production vehicles, but Team Star Fox's Landmaster was customized by the team's mechanic, Slippy Toad.|
Activation Quote: "We're gonna have fun with this thing!"
Wolf's Landmaster has the same appearance of Fox and Falco's, only sporting the red color of his Wolfen and the notable absence of the Star Fox emblem on the side panel. Wolf stole the schematics for Fox's Landmaster and made a more upgraded version. It surpasses Fox and Falco's in all statistics except for handling and fuel. His final smash lasts 6 seconds less than Fox/Falco's Landmasters.
Trophy for Wolf's Landmaster
|Landmaster (Wolf)||Wolf's Final Smash. Wolf analyzed Fox's Landmaster and built his own improved version, which he now calls out and boards. He's increased the output of the onboard generators and upped the vehicle's firepower. However, this has substantially decreased the time the Landmaster can appear on the screen. It sports the same colors as Wolf's Wolfen.|
Trophy Info in Melee
|Landmaster||Team Star Fox's high-powered, anti-aircraft hover tank. Its caterpillar-like treads allow it to perform quick lateral rolls. It can even fly for short periods of time. Its main cannons closely resemble the weapons technology on an Arwing, so the same rules apply: if you charge them up, you can shoot guided missiles.|
- In Star Fox 64, the Landmaster has the ability to launch bombs, but lacks this attribute in Star Fox Assault.
- The Landmaster is able to use a booster in 'Star Fox 64', but can only do a shorter one in Star Fox: Assault.
- In Star Fox 64 3D, the Landmaster bears more resemblance to its Super Smash Bros. Brawl design than the original one.
- Also, The Landmaster resembles a T57 AAP Tank, which, the two are fairly Identical. here an image of the T57 from WoT http://www.csarmy.eu/system/files/images/t57.png
- The Wolfen Landmaster keeps a similar colour scheme with the Venomian Landmaster, thus adds to Wolf's connection with Andross and the Venomian army.
- In Star Fox 64, the two levels in which you pilot the Landmaster (Titania and Macbeth) are both named after characters from Shakespeare plays.
- Nintendo Power: Official Nintendo Star Fox 64 Player's Guide, page 17, 1997.
|Fox McCloud | Falco Lombardi | Slippy Toad | Krystal | ROB 64|
|James McCloud | Pigma Dengar | Peppy Hare|
|Lucy Hare | Amanda | Tricky|
|Marcus McCloud | Slippy's son | Lucy's daughter | Miyu | Fay | Fara Phoenix | Saru|
|Arwing | Landmaster | Blue Marine | Great Fox|