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"It’s got reinforced armor plating. It’s got jet propulsion. It’s got a cannon. I’m pretty sure it’s even got a cupholder (it doesn’t). If you’re looking to trample through the wilderness in comfort with heavy artillery strapped to your back, the Colossus is for you."
– Anonymous

The Colossus is a heavy tank-type javelin exo-suit.

Overview

"This heavily armored javelin is a cornerstone of human society and is used in various occupations, including industrial work, deep-sea diving, and heavy transport. Though slower than other models, this javelin can withstand a punishing amount of damage. In battle, you can count on the Colossus to hold the line or disperse threats with its tremendous strength in close combat. This heavily armored suit is the largest and strongest javelin. You can count on the Colossus to hold the line."
– In-game description
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A Colossus

The successor to the Javelin of Dawn,[1] the Colossus is the largest of the four javelin types. It trades mobility for defense, carrying a deployable shield (along with reinforced armor plating), as well as a devastating Siege Cannon. A hulking war machine, the Colossus was designed to clear out entire hives of vicious predatory fauna with mounted artillery, heavy arms or even a flamethrower. [2] The Colossus model goes at least as far back as the time of the Legion of Dawn, and their leader, Helena Tarsis, who favored the use of the Colossus. [3]

Gameplay

The Colossus is analogous to a 'tank' class, [4] trading mobility for extra firepower. [5] Slower than other javelin types, it is the only javelin which can be equipped with any of the heavy weapons such as a grenade launcher or autocannon. [4] It cannot be equipped with pistols or SMGs. [6]

Abilities

Colossus as other javelins has its own special skills and gears.

  • Ordnance launcher
  • Heavy assault launcher
  • Heavy support gear
  • Heavy Smash (Melee) - Slam the ground with the Colossus’ two giant fists, dealing damage in an area around the mech [7]
  • Siege Cannon (Ultimate) - Fire three giant missiles that explode in flames and cover a massive area. These are essentially three mini-nukes and deal high damage to single target enemies or large groups. [7] This makes it ideal for clearing out smaller enemies, controlling enemies in a choke point, or putting some extra damage on a boss. [8]
  • Shield (Utility) - The Colossus raises its shield, allowing it to withstand attacks. [9] The shield takes damage when hit and cannot be used indefinitely. [10] The Colossus will be able to revive a downed ally even while the shield is active. In addition to protecting teammates, the shield can also be used while charging the enemy. [11]

Trivia

  • Haluk has a custom built Colossus javelin.
  • The Colossus cannot equip pistols or SMGs.
  • Later on in the storyline (after the Fortress of Dawn), an option to equip the Dawn Shield becomes available. However, you need to complete several quests to unlock the recipe, then farm for corium, only found when defeating Ash Titans, or acquiring it from an Escari.

References

  1. Electronic Arts - YOU ARE A DESCENDENT OF THE LEGION OF DAWN IN ANTHEM
  2. Electronic Arts | THE FOUR JAVELINS OF ANTHEM
  3. Fandom - The Sci-Fi Epic that Sings Already: ‘Anthem’
  4. 4.0 4.1 https://www.ea.com/games/anthem/gameplay-features/colossus-javelin
  5. IGN - 19 MINUTES OF ANTHEM GAMEPLAY (WITH DEVELOPER COMMENTARY) IN 4K
  6. IGN - WE KNOW 135 MORE FACTS ABOUT ANTHEM
  7. 7.0 7.1 https://www.polygon.com/anthem-guide/2019/2/1/18204112/colossus-javelin-tips
  8. Electronic Arts - JAVELIN ULTIMATE ABILITIES IN ANTHEM
  9. YouTube - 4 Minutes of Anthem Open World Co-Op Exploration Gameplay - E3 2018
  10. IGN - ANTHEM: HANDS-ON GAMEPLAY AND EXPLORATION IMPRESSIONS
  11. Polygon - Class Abilities