PlanetSide 2's vehicles are the key to victory: skillful pilots will be able to turn the tides of battle on their own if they can take out enough high-value targets. The Lightning tank is the perfect vehicle for the kind of Rambo-esque commando that wants to go out on his own, rack up kills, and come home with some new notches on his belt. This single-pilot tank has a high rate of fire (six rounds every three seconds), so enemies expecting a lumbering, molasses-slow cannon will be literally shocked by the Lightning's artillery.
The Lightning’s available to all three factions, and comes outfitted with a Skyguard turret that’s effective at ground-to-air firing as it is against on-foot infantry. Even better, its shots burst into flak if they’re shot near aircraft, so even if you miss a couple shots against airborne enemies, you’re likely to do some serious damage. The Lightning is also a predator of the battlefield: the ATV-like quad is the only vehicle that can outrun it, and the only way to evade a Lightning is to turn back and retreat towards your base. Though it won’t beat a full-on battle tank in a head-on fight, it can easily strafe around it to take it down from behind.