the Raging Typhoon

The Raging Typhoon is the crown jewel of the original B.T.R. (Built To Rule) GI Joe vehicles. It is a large vehicle that is primarily configured as a hovercraft, and is armed to the teeth in this mode. Of course, there's much more than meets the eye with this complex device.

Namely, the Raging Typhoon can be deconstructed and rebuilt as not one, but four other vehicles when necessary! This splits its various weapons and components across the four 'new' devices, as is detailed below for each. The Raging Typhoon itself has these characteristics:

Autocannons (a): the Raging Typhoon has many of these weapons available. Six, in fact! Each individual autocannon can be fired to inflict the operator's Agility +5 damage in a short burst, raised to his or her Agility +6 damage in a sustained burst of fire.

However, any vehicle which has one of these actually has two, which can be fired in tandem for a +1 to the above damage (of either a short or long burst variety). The main hovercraft mode itself has all six, mind you, but only two can be trained on a single foe at once.

Body Armor (s): the Raging Typhoon and all its sub-vehicles have an effective m.s. of 12. The hovercraft and land attack vehicles both offer +3 armor to their occupants, while the others (save for the converted drone) only provide this at +2.

Communications Array (i): the Raging Typhoon is equipped with a gigahertz frequency, frequency wobbler clandestine operations radio system, allowing for constant team communications. This provides intensity 5 comm power (a 100 mile range) with intensity 10 signal encryption.

Drone (i): the Raging Typhoon is equipped with a ground-based drone, a four wheeled vehicle that can be controlled remotely in order to scout out nearby land. It is equipped with a missile launcher that can be used to neutralize most personnel threats.

Lightning Speed (a): while it's highly versatile, the Raging Typhoon isn't too fast (as is the case with most ground effect vehicles). It can move at intensity 2 speeds, around 45 miles per hour, though it can do so either on land or water!

Missile Launchers (i): the Raging Typhoon has four separate missile launchers. Each sub-vehicle can have one, while the main vehicle has all four present. Three of these are individual launchers, while one is a rotary-barreled, multi-projectile launcher.

When launched singly, these missiles will inflict intensity 10 damage. However, when a vehicle can fire multiple projectiles, add a +1 to the damage caused for each additional missile which strikes its target (in hovercraft mode, the Raging Typhoon can fire up to nine at once).

Passengers: by design, the Raging Typhoon can carry a whole lot of Joes around. The main vehicle can fit two Joes inside, with a third in the turret on top. There are numerous additional hand-holds and the like for extra Joes to cling onto the vehicle in a pinch.

Shape Change (a): in the event that circumstances require it, the Joes operating the Raging Typhoon may dismantle it in order to rebuild the vehicle into four separate, distinct devices! Each of these are described as follows, borrowing components from the main vehicle:

* Land Attack Vehicle (i): this is a heavily armored, four wheeled ground assault vehicle. It carries the rotary-barrel missile launcher on the driver side and two autocannons on its roof. It benefits from the main vehicle's body armor rating.

* Sea Attack Vehicle (i): this is a small, high-speed boat. It can reach speeds of intensity 2 speeds (60 miles per hour) over short distances on the open sea, though usually less on rivers and such. It has a missile launcher and two of the autocannons.

* Air Attack Vehicle (i): this is a small, maneuverable one-man aircraft. It has two autocannons and a missile launcher, and can usually reach intensity 7 air speed (around 300 miles per hour). It can take off from the water, just like a sea plane.

* Drone Attack Vehicle (i): the Raging Typhoon's drone can be reconfigured slightly in order to be controlled directly by a Joe. It then looks like a go-kart with a missile launcher on top (which is about what it is). It offers its operator no body armor rating.

Extra Goodies:

the Raging Typhoon Saga Text File Download

GI Joe directories featuring a version of the Raging Typhoon:

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