The Manticore is an enemy vehicle/mech that appears in the Call of Duty: Black Ops III campaign as a unique boss encounter and in Gorod Krovi being piloted by Original Timeline Nikolai Belinski. It shares a similar structure to the P.A.W.W.S. mecha, but is significantly larger, more heavily armed and armored, and has the capacity to run autonomously or be operated directly by a human pilot.
Because of this, unlike a P.A.W.W.S., the Manticore has a cockpit to accommodate a human pilot.
Though extremely rare, the Manticore is extremely powerful, capable of fighting an entire company on its own.
Utilised exclusively by the CDP, the Manticore is technically classed as a heavy assault exoskeleton, albeit a massively oversized one. Built by Russia, it is both heavily armed and well armoured. However, it is only produced in low numbers and its size and relatively low movement speed makes it a vulnerable target.
- Produced: 2049-2051
- Number built: <100
- Weight: 2.8 tons
- Length: 2.9 meters
- Width: 4.5 meters
- Height: 4.4 meters
- Crew: 1
- Operational range: 200km
- Speed: 22 km/h on-road, 15 km/h off-road
It is significantly more maneuverable than a P.A.W.W.S., capable of leaping distances of several dozen feet in a single bound.
The Manticore is also significantly more heavily armored than a P.A.W.W.S., requiring dozens of hits from high explosive weaponry to bring down, compared to only a handful of direct hits from explosives to kill a P.A.W.W.S.
Because of its large size and the fact it is being operated directly by a human pilot, the Manticore cannot be hacked with Cyber Core abilities.
The original version of Nikolai Belinski can be seen operating a Manticore mech during the intro cutscene for Gorod Krovi. While it has kept its minigun armament, its rocket launcher is replaced by what seems to be a powerful spear launcher that has explosive spears.
- When Donnie "Ruin" Walsh is selected in multiplayer, a Manticore can be seen in the background.