The Tank Boss, also referred to as the Tank Guardian, is one of the rarest and most powerful enemies in Quake 2. The player will only encounter two throughout the game. They defend highly important sectors of the city including the Laser Grid in Unit 3 and the Power Plant in Unit 6. They possess armor that outclasses even the Tank Commander. They are about three times the size of the Tank. They are essentially a giant Tank torso mounted on a caterpillar tank tread base, hence the trademark "squeaking tread" sound they make while rolling about. Out of all the bosses and tough enemies in the game, the Tank Boss is the quickest, taking full advantage of its massive tank-like track.
It fires a long stream of accurate bullet fire, much similar to the Makron although the Tank Boss only has one. It is very useful at pinning the player behind cover and can be damaging if the player is caught in the spray for a period of time. Each bullet does 6 damage which can easily add up to high amounts of damage if the player is caught in the spray. The Chaingun can do around 60 damage a second, thus it will only take a couple of seconds to kill the player. Unlike other stronger enemies such as the Gunner, which has a delay moment before launching its machinegun attack, the Tank Boss has no delay (much like the Machinegun Guard). To avoid this, it is best to confront the Tank Boss from a distance, so that it will mainly use its rocket launcher which is easier is dodge.
The Tank Boss has a shoulder mounted rocket launcher which fires three rockets one after the other. Whilst easy to dodge, getting hit by this attack will surely kill the player if not devastate his/her health and armor. Each rocket does 50 damage times 3 = up to 150 damage. The player will only ever confront Tank Boss in open areas, so it is easy to fight at a distance and evade incoming rockets.
- In Unit 3, the Tank Boss will appear once the player has taken out two Tanks. The Tank Boss will be backed up by four Berserkers. Whilst the Tank Boss is more lethal, it is best to deal with the Berserkers first to stop them getting behind the player and getting a few cheap shots. Beware that the Tank will be attacking with some of the most devastating attacks the game has so attempt to put the Berserkers between the Tank Boss and the player to use the Berserker as a living shield or get behind the pillars. The very least the player can do is keep moving, never standing still.
- Once the Berserkers are dead, concentrate on the Tank Boss. Circle strafe it from outside the central square whilst using the Chaingun. The Rockets are easy to dodge at a distance and constant movement will avoid any bullets. The Tank Boss takes a beating with 1,500 hit points but it will fall after a while and access to the Laser Grid will be granted.
|Expansions||The Reckoning · Ground Zero|
|Enemies||Light Guard · Machine Gun Guard · Shotgun Guard · Barracuda Shark · Enforcer · Berserker · Gunner · Flyer · Parasite · Mutant · Brains · Medic · Icarus · Technician · Gladiator · Iron Maiden · Tank · Tank Commander|
|Bosses||Tank Boss · Hornet · Jorg · Makron|
|Weapons||Blaster · Shotgun · Super Shotgun · Machine Gun · Chain Gun · Grenade · Grenade Launcher · Rocket Launcher · Railgun · Hyperblaster · BFG10k|
|Powerups||Adrenaline · Armor Shard · Jacket Armor · Combat Armor · Body Armor · Ammo Pack · Bandolier · Enviro-Suit · Invulnerability · Key · Megahealth · Quad Damage · Rebreather · Silencer · Stimpack|