I fancy myself as a bit of a scorpion expert.
Most of the tips are aimed towards beginners, as you guys who know how to handle one dont need to be told.
2X Perks, wheelman and survivor. I always go survivor as if something bad does happen, your not giving the enemy team free kills (i play BTB so objective games are different). Ill cover both games anyway.
Due to the maps you really want to ‘camp’ at your teams half of the map. By that i mean your spawn. 9 times out of 10 you head for the enemy’s side, they spawn right around you and you’re toast.
By camp i DO NOT mean sit still. Always keep moving. A moving target is alot harder to hit.
If you get plasma’d you have a choice. This choice should be made on the proximity and number of enemy’s. Either get out, melee and kill your opponent or wait and use the scorpion’s gun to take them out. TAKE NOTE! When PP’s the main gun will go back to center. Meaning if they are behind you, you will not turn around in time. If there is more than one coming from different directions, your awareness failed and you should not be in that position. However if you are take out the ones closest to where you are aiming first. That way you take out more, quicker and lower your chances of getting a free loader along for the ride… This may sound easy but tunnel vision prevents this some times. If you ‘notice’ the guy behind you first dont be set on him. Look around. THIS IS ONLY if numerous enemy’s are approaching at once. Normally your rear is the most vulnerable position. Try to minimise the time you actually have to turn the gun. Use both joysticks to really get that thing spinning if you have too. Another tactic when facing several at once, is use both sticks and turn your back away from the closest one. This is actually pretty advanced and you need to practice this but if you can keep your back away from the enemy, you will be pretty safe in this situation.
If someone happens to get on your back and your back is close to a wall, shoot the wall. It will kill the other player and damage you, ‘hopefully’ they didn’t have time to plant a nade and you can keep on truckin’
For objective games, you want to cover the objective at a safe distance with clear lines of sight around you. The objective is like a magnet, if you are hanging there your vehicle will become priority numero uno.
Try to avoid taking the low ground. You are limited how high you can aim and it is VERY easy to be jumped down on, and taken out.
Jetpackers are NOT YOUR FRIEND. Back up, wait till they land and fire just before they actually touch the ground. This way they are stuck in the direction they take and will be easy to preempt their movement direction. If you are skilled enough you can take them out in the air, but moving air targets are tricky and you need a really good connection. If you miss, chances are they will be close enough to take you out, as you will not have reloaded in time. It is 100% safer to wait for them to nearly land while you back up. Same with Banshee’s. Them along with jetpackers will be the tanks only undoing if you stick to these tips. Shoot in front of where the banshee will be, not actually at it, or you will miss all the time.
When im in a Banshee and i 1v1 a scorpion i always come out on top (Banshee is my favorite vehicle though so maybe its just the skill) UNLESS there is a gunner. This is when you want a team mate as a gunner, in Banshee maps. They are heaps more effective at moving land and air targets. They are also unprotected and a very easy target. You really need team work and mic with your gunner to be super effective. Also the gunner can keep firing when PP’d. So if you have a jetpacker infront of you PP midair your teammate can take him out nice and easily.
Splash damage. Just because someone ducks behind a rock or wall, doesnt’ mean you have missed them. The scorpions gun has very powerful splash damage. So a shot behind the rock or into the corridor, half of the time will land you a kill. Especially if they are already weak.
When coming up against another scorpion, be aware. Use cover to your advantage. Know where he is going to be before he gets there. If he is coming over a hill, take the low ground. You can shoot up they cannot shoot down.
Honestly the scorpion is one of the best power weapon/vehicles in the game PROVIDED you have awesome teamwork. Try to keep it alive as long as you can, be a bit safe and more cautious with it. DONT charge into the enemy spawn looking for multi-kills. You will get so many more, mopping up one or two here and there all game than you will getting a Killimanjaro, charging into their spawn. You are slow to move and reload times are even slower. Use your team to help you, the best thing you can do is have THEM actually protect YOU and then you will be an unstoppable force.
-Off topic- If you are in a Banshee, your job is ASSISTANCE for the scorpion.
Thats all i can think of right now, i might edit in some more tips later. I could do heaps more Banshee tips does anyone want them?