The Mastadon Cruiser is a UEF naval unit. It is designed as a naval support unit, equipped with long-range tactical missiles, extensive radar and sonar, powerful anti-air weapons, tactical missile defense (when researched) and short-range cannons for use in naval battles. However, the cruiser is only a naval support unit, so sending a fleet of cruisers unprotected leaves them vulnerable to other naval vessels, especially submarines. Its tactical missile launchers have a tendency to miss when shelling patrolling naval units. The Mastadon, especially when compared to the Poseidon, has very good anti-air, so they are good for providing anti-air support for your fleet.
Use large numbers of these to hide behind the thick armor of battleships and rain missiles on bases.
They are fairly fragile but can destroy large amounts of air units quickly.
With their long-range tactical missiles, Mastadon Cruisers have a range equal to Poseidon Battleships. They excel at early game harassment, especially if the opponent has not built a sufficient amount of anti-missile defenses.
Mastadons do not have torpedo tubes, use this to your advantage when facing them.
While their bombardment capabilities are great with its tactical missiles, its ship to ship capabilities are terrible. Three bombarding Mastadons, lacking upgrades, can quickly be taken out by a single moving Salem Class Destroyer. When upgraded with Stacked Gauss Cannon this problem somewhat goes away.
Mastadons are at their best when they are paired with Poseidons, as the Poseidons take out ships, while the Mastadons take out air.
when bombarding a base with TMLs its missiles are vunreble to anti-missiles