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Machete
Machete
Overview
Rank Prerequisites Rank 73
Main Stab DMG 65
Backstab DMG 130
Stab Range 6 studs
Main Slash Rate 0.6
Alt Slash Rate 0.5

The Machete is a One Hand Blade melee weapon in Phantom Forces. The Machete is unlocked at Rank 73. It can also be purchased with credits (CR) or by rolling a LEGENDARY while opening a case.

Background

The machete's first uses were as an agricultural implement, cutting down crops like sugar cane, and undergrowth in the rainforest. It's most commonly found in use in tropical regions in Latin and South America.

However, in American culture, the machete is much more popularly known because of its role as a weapon in movies like Friday The 13th. The Machete was also used in historical uprisings and wars. Many militias have used it as a mainstay close combat weapon, and countries like Britain and the United States have provided it to their soldiers when involved in jungle-heavy areas.

Model

The Machete in-game is modeled off the "Taiga Machete", a combination tool that can function as an axe, knife, shovel, saw, ruler or protractor.

Compare to the typical machete, the Taiga is very short and heavy for its size. The blade is just slightly longer than a "full-sized" (7 inch) combat knife. The tool is about 2/3 tang, the rest 1/3 on the handle is hollow to store some other essential tools. The blade is made from high carbon steel, though it's hard and easy to re-sharp, it rusts fast if not cleaned correctly after use.

In-game

General Information

The Machete overall is very similar to the Knife. They both do the same amount of damage 130 on the back, though Machete does 65 on front and knife 50. The Machete also gives the player maximum mobility. The Machete has different animations from the Knife, being swung down in a hacking motion instead of a slash on an LMB click, as well as a different inspect animation, but they don't have significant impact on usage and effectiveness.

Usage and Tactics

Although the Machete is very pretty much identical to the Knife in terms of performance, there are some statistical difference. First, the Machete has a longer melee range than the knife, being 6 studs compared to the knife's 4 (this difference is probably too small to notice). Second, the Machete has a faster secondary stabbing animation (the right click animation) than the Knife, being 0.5 seconds long whereas the knives is 0.7 seconds long. Both the Machete and the Knife have the same main stabbing animation (F/left click animation) time of 0.6 seconds.

Conclusion

Overall, the Machete is pretty much a reskin of the knife except with small statistical improvements as well as different animations.

Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • One-hit headshot capability.

Cons:

  • Unlocked through cases.

Trivia

  • The machete model in-game is that of Russian Spetsnaz survival machete known as a taiga machete.
  • The Machete was the second melee weapon to be added to Phantom Forces
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