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…The most durable robot in its class. Perfect for close combat… – in-game description


Introduction

The Boa is a medium robot with a heavy and medium hardpoint. According to Pixonic, it, along with the Golem have been temporarily removed from the store for balancing purposes.

Strategy

The speed and durability of the Boa gives it a slight advantage on the battlefield. At level 9 it reaches its maximum speed of 42 km/h, allowing it to quickly close in or sneak up on slower enemies. The Boa's health rivals that of most of the heavy robots, and it has the highest health in the medium class.

The Boa is often seen equipped with a Thunder and Orkan in order to do lethal damage in a short amount of time, making this robot and weapon set popular. It is also commonly seen equipped with a Taran in place of an Orkan.

Although the Boa only has 2 hardpoints, many pilots (experienced and inexperienced) believe that this flaw is overshadowed by all of its advantages. Only having 2 hardpoints is also an advantage when upgrading weapons and the robot itself, as it takes less time and costs less than having several hardpoints. This robot performs well in low to middle leagues, however it is usually not seen in higher leagues, as it is outperformed by many meta robots.

The Boa’s key strength is its high durability and therefore it should be used as a close-range brawler, where it can make full use of its ability to outlast enemy robots.


Possible Setups

These are effective setups for the Boa:

Note: When "Opt." is next to a slot type, it refers to one of the multiple options that can be used in combination with the other weapon(s) slot type(s).

Close Range (350m or less)

Slot Types Heavy Slot Medium Slot (Opt. 1) Medium Slot (Opt. 2) Medium Slot (Opt. 3) Medium Slot (Opt. 4)
#Slots x1 x1 x1 x1 x1
Setup 1
Thunder
Orkan
Taran
Storm
Punisher T
Setup 2
Exodus
Orkan
Storm


Overview

The Boa is most effective as a close-range brawler, where it can make the most of its high durability and firepower. It is much less effective as a mid-ranger, and there are a lack of effective builds for long-range, as most robots will outclass the Boa in mid-long range combat where health isn't as important as firepower. Players are advised only to use it as a brawler.

Boas equipped with a Thunder and Orkan can deal devastating damage in a very short amount of time, with enough firepower to destroy most enemies before they can retaliate effectively. Using a Taran instead of an Orkan offers more firepower over a more sustained period of time, excelling against opponents with more firepower but less health, where the Boa can use its incredible health to great effect.

The Thunder/Storm setup has great synergy, as both weapons are the same type and deal similar damage. This build is particularly effective as a shield-breaker, as it does double damage to physical shields along with other kinetic weapons. Even at ranges of 400 meters where shotgun weapons are usually less effective, the bullet spread means that the fired bullets will still hit energy shields due to the large surface area.

Finally, using a Thunder and Punisher T provides decent and cost-effective firepower while players have yet to purchase Tarans, Orkans or Storms.

Not Recommended

  • Mid-range and long range weaponry, due to low damage output, and they don't fit the Boa's role very well, as the Boa is a brawling unit.
  • The use of more valuable equipment because there are better platforms for mounting premium equipment (unless you’ve won them and have no better robots to use them on)


Mark I Statistics

Purchase Information

Purchase
Level
Purchase
Cost
Health Speed (km/h)
1 500,000 Ag 103,000 32


For Robots purchased before Version 4.0, upgrade times may be found here.

Upgrade Information

LevelCost AgHealthSpeedTime
2 10,000 110,000 33 5 minutes
3 20,000117,00034 30 minutes
440,000124,000361 hour
5200,000132,000374 hours
6400,000140,000388 hours
7800,000149,0003912 hours
81,500,000159,0004116 hours
93,000,000169,0004220 hours
105,000,000180,000421 day
118,000,000192,000421 day 2 hours
1213,000,000204,000421 day 4 hours
Total31,970,000+101,000+105 days 19 hours 35 minutes


Mark II Statistics

Purchase Information

Note: Level 12 Mark I is required to upgrade (purchase) to Mark II.

Level Cost Health Speed (km/h)
1 500 Au 123,600 32


Upgrade Information

LevelCost AgHealthSpeedTime
2 10,000 132,000 33 5 minutes
3 20,000140,40034 30 minutes
440,000148,800361 hour
5200,000158,400374 hours
6400,000168,000388 hours
7800,000178,8003912 hours
81,500,000190,8004116 hours
93,000,000202,8004220 hours
105,000,000216,000421 day
118,000,000230,400421 day 2 hours
1213,000,000244,800421 day 4 hours
Total31,970,000+121,200+105 days 19 hours 35 minutes


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Update History

Version Changes
4.8.0 Total Upgrade Time: 17 days 3 hours 22 minutes⟶5 days 19 hours 35 minutes
Total Upgrade Cost: 63,940,000 Ag⟶31,970,000 Ag
4.5 Temporarily removed from store for ‘maintenance’
4.0 Economy Changes (July 5):
Total Upgrade Cost: 48,450,000 Ag⟶63,940,000 Ag
Total Upgrade Time: 13 days 9 hours 20 minutes⟶17 days 3 hours 22 minutes
3.5.0 New design
3.0.1 Durability increased by 10%
2.4.0 New skin
1.7.0 Sustains more critical hits, which makes its weapons harder to destroy
0.9.0 Armor increased by 20%
0.8.4 Durability increased by 10%
0.2.1 Robot was added to the game
Boa2

Design prior to version 3.5.0

Poll

What do you think of the idea of a new Boa skin resembling the appearance of a Hellburner?
 
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The poll was created at 01:59 on August 18, 2018, and so far 189 people voted.

Trivia

  • With a maximum health of 244,800, the Boa is fourth only to Leo, Raijin and Invader in health
  • Before British bots and WP robots were added to the game, this robot was often considered one of the best knife fighters in the game
  • Adrian Chong has included it in his “Top 5 Robots You Should Buy” Mini-series on YouTube
  • This robot's previous design strongly resembled a toaster when its weapons got blown off and was very popular with the player base. This led to the new design being highly controversial and unpopular with some
  • The name Boa comes from the common snake called a boa-constrictor, or known as the red-tailed boa
  • Click here for a 3D image of this robot (for old Boa model click here)
  • In the Update 5.2.1 update, the old Boa model can be seen beside Jad Parkes’ Mercury probably the old model because Pixonic mentioned Jad likes cancelled or abandoned things, such as Bastion.
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