Cicada CDA-X5

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CDA-X5 Overview

CDA-X5
CDA-X5.png
Overview
Base: Cicada
Introduced: 3049
Tonnage: 40]
Class: Medium
Cbill.png  Cost: NA
MC.png  Cost: 3000
Stock Equipment
Engine: 330 XL
Speed: 133.7 km/h
Structure: Endo Steel
Armor: 268 (97.8%)
Heat Sinks: 13 Double
Stock Armament
RT: 1 Medium Laser
LT: 1 Medium Laser
RA: 1 Medium Laser
LA: 1 Medium Laser
RT: 1 SRM2
LT: 1 SRM2
Hardpoints
Right Arm: 1
Left Arm: 1
Right Torso: 1 1
Left Torso: 1 1
ECM location:  
AMS location: None
ECM Capable: No
Jump Jets: No
Mech Module Slots: 1
Weapon Module Slots: 2
Consumable Module Slots: 2
Chassis Attributes
Speed (min/max): 40.5 - 137.7
Speed Tweak Bonus: 44.6 - 151.5
Engine Ratings: 100 - 340
Movement Archetype: Small
Max Armor: 274
Pitch Twist
Arms 30°
Torso 30° 125°
Twist X Bonus: 137.5°/150°
Advanced Equipment
Ferro Fibrous  
+30% C-Bill Bonus


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Cicada Specs

BattleMech Engine Maneuverability Hardpoints Expenses
Series min / max Speed Torso Arms Total MC.png 
Models [km/h] Pitch/Twist Pitch/Turn
Cicada CDA-2B 100 - 340 40.5 - 137.7 30° / 125° 30° / 0° 500 1275
Cicada CDA-3M 100 - 340 40.5 - 137.7 30° / 125° 30° / 0° 410 2840
Cicada CDA-3C 100 - 340 40.5 - 137.7 30° / 125° 30° / 0° 140 1280
Cicada CDA-3F 100 - 340 40.5 - 137.7 30° / 130° 30° / 0° 400 0
Cicada CDA-2A 100 - 340 40.5 - 137.7 30° / 125° 30° / 0° 600 1280
Cicada CDA-X5 100 - 340 40.5 - 137.7 30° / 125° 30° / 0° 402 3000
Cicada CDA-2A(C) 100 - 340 40.5 - 137.7 30° / 125° 30° / 0° 600 1600

Cicada Hardpoints

BattleMech Hardpoints
Mech Weapon Consumable
Series Jump Module Module Module
Model Jets Slots Slots Slots AMS RA RT HD CT LT LA
Cicada CDA-2B No 2 2 2 RT 2     1    2
Cicada CDA-2A(C) No 1 2 2 RT   2   2 2  
Cicada CDA-X5 No 1 2 2 None 1 1 1     1 1 1
Cicada CDA-2A No 1 2 2 RT   2   2 2  
Cicada CDA-3F 8/8 1 2 2 RT   2     2  
Cicada CDA-3C No 2 2 2 RT   1 2     2  
Cicada CDA-3M No 1 2 2 RT   1   2 1 1  



Overview[edit | edit source]

The CDA-X5 makes use of a number of missile and energy Hardpoints. These hardpoints allow the X5 to take advantage of the lightest and most efficient weapons available. It also spreads the hardpoints evenly among all locations to minimize the disabling the damage potential of this 'Mech with one lucky shot.

Like all Hero 'Mechs, the -X5 can only be purchased with MC.png . It does save you from having to make big Cbill.png  purchases by including some of the best equipment available. An XL 330 allows you almost reach the maximum speed possible. All three advanced, and expensive, upgrades are already installed on the 'Mech as well. The -X5 also provides the same 30% Cbill.png  bonus that all Hero 'Mechs do.


Stock Loadout[edit | edit source]

The Cicada CDA-X5 is a marvel of technology compared to its standard counterparts. Four Medium Lasers and two SRM 2s allows it to hit relatively hard, and 13 Double Heat Sinks means it has the heat efficiency to keep up the firepower. In terms of overall stock firepower, the -X5 is similar to a Jenner JR7-D.

Strengths[edit | edit source]

  • High speed potential at 133.7KPH stock with XL330 engine- among the fastest 'Mechs in the game
  • Very useful hardpoints
  • Only Cicada with missile hardpoints of any kind.
  • Good Armor for a Cicada

Weaknesses[edit | edit source]

  • Each missile hardpoint in the side torso only has two missile tubes, meaning missiles that fire four or more missiles at a time will fire in volleys of two.
  • No AMS hardpoint
  • Turning radius and speed make it difficult to avoid running into obstacles. Full speed should be used in moderation.
  • XL Engine

Evaluation[edit | edit source]

The -X5 has some good strong points, but weaknesses to balance then out. Stock, it is good for speed-capping, harassing, and hit and run. Once a few efficiencies are unlocked, this 'Mech can make an excellent Scout-Hunter or skirmisher. This 'Mech can even match the pace of a Commando going backwards! And with about five and a half tons of FF armor, it can sustain a few more hits than the average scout.
As aforementioned, the -X5 is not without weaknesses. It's lack of an AMS leaves it vulnerable to LRM barrages when moving slowly. An XL engine means that the 'Mech can't withstand the destruction of a side torso if the enemy manages it.


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BattleMech Hardpoint List[edit source]

Chassis Attributes Table[edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. CDA-X5.mdf file (Piranha Games\MechWarrior Online\Game\Objects.pak\Objects\mechs\Cicada\CDA-X5.mdf)