The 85K-b “Falchion” 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: 25%. 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 170 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.
The 85K-b “Falchion”, despite being classed as a Medium Tank, can be seen as an up armored Light Tank, as it has more health and armor than a standard LT. Due to having these somewhat mediocre stats, its sole strength lies in its cheap cost, and sheer volume when produced in the Mass Production Factory. Due to its crate size consisting of five vehicles, instead of the standard three, it is possible to manufacture large amounts of Falchions, and efficiently transport them to a frontline Seaport or Storage Depot.
Due to Falchions having a manufacturing advantage over Warden Tanks, in order to capitalize on their numerical advantage, these tanks should be used en masse, where the bare minimum of crew is required to operate them. This tactic allows armored pushes to field more tanks at a time, which increases armored firepower, but at the cost of more limited battlefield awareness). All Falchion crews should attempt to do as much damage as possible before being destroyed, especially when being confronted by heavier tanks, such as Battle Tanks.
While the 85K-b “Falchion” can be seen as a good beginner tank, it should not be manually hammered out due to its unique production benefit, which is only applied when it is produced in the Mass Production Factory.
With the max MPF discount, as well as it making five vehicle crates per Shippable Crate, it is possible to field 25 Falchions every order.
If you have the necessary resources and facilities, a Falchion should be modified to become a 85K-a “Spatha”.
This tactic is good if you want to increase survivability, but not useful if the strategy requires getting as much armor out as possible.
The 85K-b “Falchion” is the only tank in the game to have a MPF bonus, which gives each crate five tanks instead of the usual three.
The 85K-b “Falchion” hull heavily resembles the prototype Tiger (P) tank, and incorporates design elements of the UK Cromwell tank.
A "Falchion" is a type of one handed, single edged sword typically featuring a slightly curved blade and a crossguard.
This weapon was typically seen as a peasants' weapon, owing to low quality of construction.
A stencil of one such weapon can be seen on the sides of the tank.