ASK THE EXPERTS: BEST WAY TO BRING DOWN BANSHEES?

Another question for the experts/pros from us regular but…less-than-excellent players: What are your preferred methods for bringing down banshees, especially ones where the pilot has controller-mapped/has a habit of doing a lock-breaking loop-de-loop simultaneously with each banshee bomb?

My stopgap measure against banshees helicoptering over a base has been to warm up a spartan laser at it so the pilot scrams for fear of ending their killstreak, but it only briefly drives them away from the base. Thanks for your tactical advice!

From the experts so far:
At low Req levels, use Plasma Pistol (charged for much increased tracking range): will allow teammates to either board or put rounds on the banshee.
At mid Req levels, use Railgun or Endgame (aiming at the rear may do increased damage).
At high Req levels, use Phaeton Helios.

If there is a Plasma Pistol on the map then use the Plasma Pistol. Either hijack that Banshee or make it a easy target to hit.

Either endgame or phaeton helios seems to be the best to take down banshee’s especially the banshee ultra.

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> If there is a Plasma Pistol on the map then use the Plasma Pistol. Either hijack that Banshee or make it a easy target to hit.

I’ll try that, since those unlock at level 3 (where I unfortunately usually am when an opponents gets their banshee). Plasma Pistol tracks when in fine aim, or is that my imagination?

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> > If there is a Plasma Pistol on the map then use the Plasma Pistol. Either hijack that Banshee or make it a easy target to hit.
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> I’ll try that, since those unlock at level 3 (where I unfortunately usually am when an opponents gets their banshee). Plasma Pistol tracks when in fine aim, or is that my imagination?

Well if you zoom with it, it gets like insane tracking range when you do.

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> Either endgame or phaeton helios seems to be the best to take down banshee’s especially the banshee ultra.

I’ll use Endgame for banshee-shooting next time. I just use it for splaser kills now since I thought they were too slow for banshee-killing (I know, facepalm).

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> > If there is a Plasma Pistol on the map then use the Plasma Pistol. Either hijack that Banshee or make it a easy target to hit.
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> I’ll try that, since those unlock at level 3 (where I unfortunately usually am when an opponents gets their banshee). Plasma Pistol tracks when in fine aim, or is that my imagination?

Charged Plasma Pistol rounds will track with or without Smart-Scope. Smart-Scope just increases its tracking range.

If you can get to REQ level 4, Railguns work fairly well against Banshees.

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> > > If there is a Plasma Pistol on the map then use the Plasma Pistol. Either hijack that Banshee or make it a easy target to hit.
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> > I’ll try that, since those unlock at level 3 (where I unfortunately usually am when an opponents gets their banshee). Plasma Pistol tracks when in fine aim, or is that my imagination?
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> Well if you zoom with it, it gets like insane tracking range when you do.

AHH, will do then! Thank you!

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> > > If there is a Plasma Pistol on the map then use the Plasma Pistol. Either hijack that Banshee or make it a easy target to hit.
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> > I’ll try that, since those unlock at level 3 (where I unfortunately usually am when an opponents gets their banshee). Plasma Pistol tracks when in fine aim, or is that my imagination?
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> Charged Plasma Pistol rounds will track with or without Smart-Scope. Smart-Scope just increases its tracking range.
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> If you can get to REQ level 4, Railguns work fairly well against Banshees.

Sub-question then about railguns: Do they do more damage against the back of the banshee? I rarely get banshee kills–only assists–with railguns, though most of the time I’m accurate enough to hit the aircraft.

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> > > > If there is a Plasma Pistol on the map then use the Plasma Pistol. Either hijack that Banshee or make it a easy target to hit.
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> > > I’ll try that, since those unlock at level 3 (where I unfortunately usually am when an opponents gets their banshee). Plasma Pistol tracks when in fine aim, or is that my imagination?
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> > Charged Plasma Pistol rounds will track with or without Smart-Scope. Smart-Scope just increases its tracking range.
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> > If you can get to REQ level 4, Railguns work fairly well against Banshees.
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> Sub-question then about railguns: Do they do more damage against the back of the banshee? I rarely get banshee kills–only assists–with railguns, though most of the time I’m accurate enough to hit the aircraft.

I think there’s a weak point at the rear of the Banshee, so I’d assume that Railguns would do slightly more damage.

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> > > > > If there is a Plasma Pistol on the map then use the Plasma Pistol. Either hijack that Banshee or make it a easy target to hit.
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> > > > I’ll try that, since those unlock at level 3 (where I unfortunately usually am when an opponents gets their banshee). Plasma Pistol tracks when in fine aim, or is that my imagination?
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> > > Charged Plasma Pistol rounds will track with or without Smart-Scope. Smart-Scope just increases its tracking range.
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> > > If you can get to REQ level 4, Railguns work fairly well against Banshees.
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> > Sub-question then about railguns: Do they do more damage against the back of the banshee? I rarely get banshee kills–only assists–with railguns, though most of the time I’m accurate enough to hit the aircraft.
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> I think there’s a weak point at the rear of the Banshee, so I’d assume that Railguns would do slightly more damage.

Thanks, added to the OP!

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> > > > > If there is a Plasma Pistol on the map then use the Plasma Pistol. Either hijack that Banshee or make it a easy target to hit.
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> > > > I’ll try that, since those unlock at level 3 (where I unfortunately usually am when an opponents gets their banshee). Plasma Pistol tracks when in fine aim, or is that my imagination?
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> > > Charged Plasma Pistol rounds will track with or without Smart-Scope. Smart-Scope just increases its tracking range.
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> > > If you can get to REQ level 4, Railguns work fairly well against Banshees.
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> > Sub-question then about railguns: Do they do more damage against the back of the banshee? I rarely get banshee kills–only assists–with railguns, though most of the time I’m accurate enough to hit the aircraft.
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> I think there’s a weak point at the rear of the Banshee, so I’d assume that Railguns would do slightly more damage.

There is, Cageybee did a vid about the weakpoints of the Banshee and a few other vehicles…