Name: Heat Sinks
Zoids: Command Wolf
, Shadow Fox
, Strike Crusher
, Umbral Sniper
--On the Command Wolf, Helcat, Shadow Fox, and Strike Crusher there is one heat sink built into each leg and one more on each side of the main body.
--On the Umbral Sniper there's one heat sink built into each arm and each leg with one more on each side of the main body.
With the advent of stealthed Zoids, Zoid pilots and engineers everywhere started mounting IR sensors to their Zoids. This didn't bother the Sniper Master much, it already had suppression equipment. But the poor Shadow Fox and Helcat, they were left out in the rain. Well not anymore!
The heat sinks are nothing new, they're heavily based on a design already built into the Brastle Tiger. Six heat sinks are built into the Zoid and snatch up all that heat that IR sensors use to find the Zoids. After about six seconds of accumulated heat, it's suggested that you vent them, a process which takes about a second and can be done on the move but the sudden heat plume is a beacon to IR sensors -- and it makes missile locks incredibly easy, cutting lock on time to about a second. Holding in more than six seconds of heat is possible, but for each additional second you accrue a 10% decrease in performance from melting parts, which cannot be fixed until after the battle. After about 12 seconds, the Zoid just shuts down to stop itself from melting anything vital. Another word of caution is that for every heat sink lost to damage the total amount heat retained is going to be cut down by one second -- lose three heat sinks and you'll only be able to hide from IR sensors for three seconds before venting.