85K-a “Spatha”

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This article is considered accurate for the current version (1.54) of the game.

The “Spatha” assault tank features a unique and destructive 40mm turret that fires high-velocity shells. This specialized turret is not as well suited to mass-production as its more refined counterpart, the “Falchion.”
In-game description

The 85K-a “Spatha” (also known as a Spatha) is a late-game Colonial Assault Tank defined by its hexagonal-shaped turret. It is equipped with a high-velocity 40mm main cannon.

General Info


The 85K-a “Spatha” houses a crew of three soldiers:

  • Driver (Seat 1)
    • Controls the movement of the vehicle, and can see the remaining fuel in the vehicle
  • Cannoneer (Gunner) (Seat 2)
    • Controls the movement, reloading, and firing of the 40mm high-velocity main cannon
  • Commander (Seat 3)
    • Capable of directing the crew, as well as giving them a better overview of the battlefield
    • Can open up the hatch by pressing E, which allows the player to use their secondary, such as binoculars


It is equipped with one main armament:

  • 40mm Cannon
    • Mounted on a turret (can rotate 360 degrees, turns 30° per second)
    • Ammo Used: 40mm
    • Reload Duration: 5 seconds per projectile
    • Range: 40 meters
    • Fire Rate: 8.6 per minute
    • High velocity barrel increases damage by 20% (720 damage)


It has 2 inventory slots and a dedicated ammo slot that can hold 45 40mm shells.

Health & Armor

The 85K-a “Spatha” has 3000 HP and is disabled under 30% health. It has "Heavy Armor" resistance: it can soak small arms fire, shrapnel, and 12.7mm machine guns, and it is immune to Flamethrowers. But heavy explosives and anti-tank weaponry are a real threat to it.
It has subsystems that have a chance to be disabled by heavy explosives and anti-tank weaponry if hit specifically: Tracks: 25% (Anti-Tank Mines always disable them), Fuel Tank: 25%, Turret/Cannon: 20%.
It has Tank Armor. With it, in best case scenario, penetrating projectiles only have a 33% chance of penetrating and doing damage. That chance goes up quickly if the armor is worn or if it is shot from up close, or on the side or rear from a direct angle, or with ammo that has penetration bonuses.
It takes 165 Basic Materials to fully repair it from 1% to 100% health with a Hammer. Its health, subsystems, and Tank Armor can be instantly repaired at a Garage for 100 Basic Materials.


Structure Input(s) Output Time
Small Assembly Station (Tank Factory) 8 x Processed Construction Materials ProcessedConstructionMaterialsIcon.png
10 x  Assembly Materials I AssemblyMaterials1Icon.png
8 x  Assembly Materials IV AssemblyMaterials4Icon.png
2 MW of power ProductionPowerIcon.png
1 x   85K-b “Falchion” 85K-b Falchion Vehicle Icon.png
 85K-a “Spatha” 85K-a Spatha Vehicle Icon.png 00:07:00

The 85K-b “Falchion” must be fully researched in the Weapons and Structure IconFilterWeaponsStructures.png Tech Tree in order to be produced.

Storage & Transport

The 85K-a “Spatha” can be stored in a Storage Depot, Seaport or Storage Ship.

It can be packaged into a large Shippable and transported only by certain Shipping Vehicles (Barge, Freighter, Storage Ship, Flatbed Car, or Large Crane).


The 85K-a “Spatha” is one of the primary Colonial medium tanks, which are used to assault and flank enemy defenses. Similar to other tanks, they benefit greatly from having infantry support to protect them. While it has more armor and health compared to its base chassis, the 85K-a “Spatha” is still a somewhat vulnerable tank, meaning that heavy armament will still significantly damage, or even disable, the tank. As such, the crew should take advantage of flanking and hitting enemy vehicle subsystems in order to disable them.

Although it is possible to use the tank without a Commander, it's not recommended as it will limit your awareness on the battlefield.

Standard Equipment Loadout
Like with every other armored vehicle, the crew should ALWAYS equip themselves with a Gas Mask and multiple Filters to avoid dying to Gas Grenades. Additionally, they should bring a Hammer and Basic Materials to repair the tank. These tactics can be buffed by wearing either a Tank Uniform or an Engineer Uniform.


  • The turret of the 85K-a “Spatha” bears a close resemblance to the turret on the Valentine Mk IX.
  • The main cannon for the 85K-a “Spatha” has a name, which is called the High-Velocity A/35 “Hesper” Cannon.
  • A Spatha is a form of sword common in the Roman Empire between the first and sixth centuries AD. It was used both by heavy infantry (replacing the Gladius in the role), Calvary, and gladiators.
    • A silhouette of such a weapon can be seen painted on the sides of the tank.
  • Early concept art of the 85K-a “Spatha” indicated it was originally intended to carry a 68mm gun, before being changed to use 40mm ammunition.