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.
- 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.