The Pig Cop Tank, also known as the Riot Tank, is an enemy in Duke Nukem 3D. It was introduced in the Atomic Edition and only appears in The Birth and Alien World Order.

Description Edit

Like the Recon Patrol Vehicle, the Pig Cop Tank is a vehicle driven by a Pig Cop. When destroyed, there is a 50% chance that its driver will escape unharmed. The tank fires a rapid hitscan attack using its dual-mounted side guns, and it launches grenades, similar to the Battlelord's.

On the backside of the tank is a self-destruct button. Pressing this button will cause an alarm to ring, and the vehicle will self-destruct after a few moments. If the vehicle self-destructs, it yields an explosion that uses the same sprite as other explosions, but it deals more damage and has a wider blast radius than its sprite suggests.

Combat analysis Edit

The Pig Cop Tank can deal large amounts of damage very quickly and has more health than most enemies in the game. However, it is slow-moving and even slower to rotate. In general, the self-destruct button on its backside is an easy and reliable method for destroying the Pig Cop Tank, provided that the Pig Cop Tank is not at a long-range distance and that it is possible to escape before the tank explodes.

Being mechanical in nature, the Pig Cop Tank is immune to the Shrinker. Most other weapons are similarly ineffective or impractical to use against the Pig Cop Tank. If the self-destruct button on the Pig Cop Tank's backside is not a viable option, then the best choice of weaponry is either the RPG (3 rockets) or the Shotgun (6 shots).

Weapon effectivenesses
Mighty Foot
50 kicks
85 shots
6 shots
Chaingun Cannon
55 shots
3 rockets
4-6 pipebombs
Not effective
Microwave Expander
11 shots
16 rockets
Laser Tripbomb
5 mines
25 shots
  • Note: The values given for the Shotgun and the explosive weapons are minimum values only.
  • Note: The best way is to go behind him and press auto-destruct button.

Data Edit

Hit points500
Pain chance0%
Scale60 x 60
Sprites & sounds
Actor tile number1975/TANK
Chase soundtank3a.voc
Death soundbombexpl.voc
Side Gun Bullet Attack
RateAverage 13 shots/second
180~ (average full volley)
Actor tile number2595/SHOTSPARK1
ricochet.voc (Impact)
Side Gun Laser Attack
RateAverage 13 shots/second
210~ (average full volley)
Actor tile number1625/FIRELASER
Mortar Attack
Damage0-50 (blast radius)
Blast radius2500 map units
Actor tile number1650/MORTER
1890/EXPLOSION2 (Impact)
bombexpl.voc (impact)

Trivia Edit

  • Duke Nukem 64 features Duke-Burger and Area 51 without the Pig Cop Tank on either level.
  • In the art files of Duke Nukem 3D, there is an unused set of sprites, including what appears to be an alternate Pig Cop Tank. This alternate version has been unofficially dubbed the Scorpion Tank due to its resemblance to a scorpion. It may be either a prototype of the Pig Cop Tank or an additional enemy that was abandoned during development.
  • In Duke Xtreme, the Pig Cop Tank's side gun attack will emit the same sound as the silenced Pistol whenever the player's Pistol is silenced. Internally, this is because both use the same link for the audio file.

See also Edit

Duke Nukem 3D
Episodes L.A. Meltdown | Lunar Apocalypse | Shrapnel City
Plutonium PAK: The Birth
Anniversary Edition: Alien World Order
Items Access Card | Holoduke | Jetpack | Night Vision Goggles | Portable Medkit
Protective Boots | Scuba Gear | Steroids
Health: Small Medkit | Large Medkit | Atomic Health | Armor
Scrapped: Space Suit | Shield
Weapons Mighty Foot | Pistol | Shotgun | Chaingun Cannon | RPG | Pipe Bomb | Shrinker
Expander | Devastator | Laser Tripbomb | Freezethrower | Incinerator
Scrapped: Flamethrower | Laser Chainsaw | Sonic Resonator | Tazer | Plasma Cannon
Enemies Common enemies: Assault Captain | Assault Commander | Enforcer | Assault Trooper | Battlelord Sentry | Octabrain | Pig Cop | Protozoid Slimer | Recon Patrol Vehicle | Sentry Drone | Shark | Turret
Plutonium PAK: Pig Cop Tank | Protector Drone
Anniversary Edition: Firefly Trooper | Cycloid Sentry | Overlord Sentry
Bosses: Battlelord | Overlord | Cycloid Emperor
Plutonium PAK: Alien Queen
Anniversary Edition: Cycloid Incinerator
Scrapped: Alien Queen Sentry | Bat | Captain | Drone | Drone 2 | Femanoid | Mandroid
Organic Turret | Scorpion Tank | Snake Head | Trooper | Turret
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