As of the upcoming Patch 1.851, the GLA will have access to a third Mercenary unit. Available as early as Tier 0, the Runner is the most lightweight and cheapest of the three Mercenary types. His primary armament is a machete which is now exclusive to him and allows him to close in quickly with enemy infantry in order to deliver a killing blow. Alternatively, he can switch to a reliable pump-action shotgun for up-close engagements, making him an excellent close quarters combatant.
Not only does the Mercenary Gunner now come in three different visual variants, but his functionality has also been modified: His ability to dig a foxhole has been removed and replaced in favour of a more straightforward stance switch, allowing him to change between walking stance and prone stance. When prone, the Gunner will receive a damage resistance boost and fire his machine gun without interruption as opposed to the bursts he would fire when standing. When ordered to go prone, the Gunner retains his ability to move, albeit at a slow crawling pace, so altering back to walking stance is advised when it comes to taking the fight forward.
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