The manta is a light but fast attack vehicle that excels where speed is more important than firepower. For instance, your team has just linked to the enemy power core and you must inflict damage quickly against a defended base. Pilot the speedy manta and weave toward and into the enemy base to the core. Fire several plasma bolts and strafe around the core to avoid enemy counters as long as possible. Use the manta to reach power nodes quickly. The vehicle can also be used as a fast troop transport; teammates hop on the side and the pilot charges toward the desired location.
But what the manta has in speed it lacks in armor. A few shots are all it takes to dismantle the fragile manta. Use the mantas speed to help avoid incoming fire. For instance, against a goliath you could strafe around to avoid the goliaths main turret. Meanwhile, youre pelting the goliath tank with plasma fire. But if the goliath has a secondary gunner, dodging becomes much more difficult. The manta also features the ability to jump and slam. Perform the jump over particular terrain to move quickly and press the alternate fire button to perform the slam maneuver. Score a "road kill" by slamming the manta on an enemy. Its also possible to simply ram an enemy with the fast manta for a rather easy kill.
The speedy scorpion shares some similarities to the manta: its primary strength is speed and primary weakness is armor leaving it best suited for duties that require speed over brute force. Drive the scorpion to an unshielded power core and fire away or use the vehicle to quickly reach a particular power node (and like the manta, have teammates jump on for the ride). The scorpion offers a unique primary weapon, an energy ribbon that actually wraps around targets. Hold down the fire button for a more potent ribbon and release the launch the projectile. Wrap the ribbon around ground troops, a vehicle, or even as an effective attack against the enemys power core.
Pressing the alternate fire button while piloting the scorpion deploys twin industrial-grade steel shears from either side of the vehicle. Drive next to enemy infantry and deploy the blades for instant road kill. Note that the blades can be broken off. Dont deploy when next to a stationary object. Like the manta, use the scorpions speed to survive encounters with larger vehicles. Launch the ribbon and retreat while mowing down any enemy infantry with the slicing shears.
The hellbender provides a good balance of speed, armor, and firepower. The vehicle possesses the speed to get to the front line quickly or to infiltrate the enemy base quickly to mount an attack on an unshielded node. The hellbenders armor is much more durable than the manta or scorpion and the hellbender features two weapon stations with varied attacks. But thats the kicker: the two weapon stations are in addition to the driver.
The driver simply drives the vehicle (and honks the horn while driving over enemies like a maniac!) while additional teammates man each weapon station for a total of three passengers in a fully loaded hellbender. Note that a driver could switch from station to station and use the hellbender as a stationary weapon system but its much more effective in mobile attack situations.
One of the gun stations fires EMP projectiles (similar to the shock rifles alternate fire mode). The same gunner uses the alt-fire button to detonate the projectiles; hit one and cause a chain reaction among all fired EMP projectiles. Use it to blast a group of enemy infantry or to counter a small pack of vehicles. The other gun station is similar to a sniper rifle offering an instant-hit bolt; hold down the primary fire button for additional charge and use the alternate fire for zoom.