This article is considered accurate for the current version (1.54) of the game.
The “Talos” is a Velian modification to the 85-series, fitted with an oversized 75mm cannon. Knowing that such a heavy cannon would likely not be suitable, the engineers built it to disperse weight in such a manner that the 85-series chassis could bear it.
— In-game description
The 85V-g “Talos” (simply known as a Talos) is a late-game ColonialAssault Tank defined by its large turret, which is noticeably larger compared to other tanks. It is equipped with a 75mm main cannon.
The 85V-g “Talos” has 3250 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.
Due to its slow speed, relative short range, and relatively weak armor (in comparison to other tanks capable of being fielded during late-game), the 85V-g "Talos" is best used as a PvE Support Tank, destroying enemy defensive structures that can hinder friendly armored vehicles and infantry. While it's capable of tackling enemy armor, it should not be its primary role, due to multiple weaknesses making it incapable of prolonged combat.
Despite being capable of being repaired from the inside by the Engineer, it is more efficient material-wise to repair from the outside, however, the Engineer should only use the repair option in emergency situations.
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.
Like all vehicles that use large shells, they can be quickly submitted into them without accessing their inventory
While this can be done for all vehicles, it should only be done if they can carry/use large items
Equip the shell and walk up to the vehicle
Submit the shell into the vehicle - pressV
The 85V-g “Talos” was the first Medium Tank armed with a large shell main cannon. These shells require an Engineer to reload the main cannon, which was first seen in Battle Tanks.
The design of the 85V-g “Talos” bears similarities to the Soviet KV-2 and Finnish BT-42 assault guns.
In one of the early concept arts for the 85K-a “Spatha”, we can see a variant of the vehicle that looks eerily similar to the 85V-g “Talos”, (that variant sports a 75mm main cannon).
In Greek mythology, Talos was a giant bronze golem created by Hephaestus at the request of Zeus to protect his one of his many lovers, Europa.
Unlike the 85K-a "Spatha", and the 85K-b "Falchion", the 85V-g "Talos" is a Velian modification of the chassis. Due to the tank being created by a different country, it has a different designation (the tank has the 'V' designation to denote it's of Velian design).
Veli is a country directly connected to the Colonial faction, making up the southern-most regions of the conquest map.
The 85V-g “Talos” from the front
The 85V-g “Talos” from the rear
The 85V-g "Talos" introduced in the Update 1.50 ('Inferno') Dev Stream
A 85V-g "Talos" with a soldier popping out of the tank's hatch