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This article or section refers to "enhanced version" content in the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC renditions of Grand Theft Auto V and/or Grand Theft Auto Online, that is absent on the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 versions.
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This was built for one thing, and one thing only. If you want to get anywhere quickly, you're in the wrong place. If you want to go off-road, look elsewhere. If you want something inconspicuous, move right along. But if your heart's desire is to stay very still while you launch enough heat-seeking missiles to reignite the Cold War, then buckle up. The Chernobog is very, very news indeed
Please note: This vehicle must be stored in a personal facility and can be modified at the Facility Vehicle Workshop.
Warstock Cache & Carry description.

The HVY Chernobog is a military artillery truck featured in Grand Theft Auto Online as part of the Doomsday Heist update.

Design

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The Chernobog is evidently based on the MAZ-543/7310 artillery truck, specifically the 543M for the similar configuration (albeit replacing the BM-30 Smerch rocket system with a standard box-shaped missile launcher). It is the first vehicle to adopt a 4-axle design.

The design of the truck is very robust and utilitarian, where the front end features a bulky bumper with a number plate and a winching cable on the centre, the latter connected to various hooks beside the plate, while the edges of the bumper house circular fog lamps and turn signals with protective mesh screens. On the upper area, the truck has a large grille with a portable ladder mounted over it, while a set of dual circular headlamps are seen on either side, fitted with what seems to be light covers with rectangular slits (always folded up).

On the frontal section, the cabin area assumes a layout similar to helicopters such as the Akula and the Savage, where the front cab is positioned on the left-hand side of the vehicle and features a single access door and steps on the left, intended for the driver, while the rear cab is taller and features two access doors and ladder steps on either side, intended for a gunner/operator. The rest of the frontal area are occupied by the engine bay, which features a main compartment on top and a smaller hatch on the right side (labeled "Hood" and "Trunk on the Interaction Menu, respectively). There are also side marker lamps on the front quarters and an unusable roof lamp with a protective cage on top of the main cabin. Towards the rear section, the truck has large fuel tanks between the middle axles and interactive stands between each pair of wheels, as well as side marker lamps on the rear quarters and what seems to be folding platforms and ladders for access of the main launcher.

On the rear end, the truck uses a set of circular tail lamps similar to the lamps found on the front bumper, being also three units behind protective mesh screens. The centre of the truck also bears a number plate and a tow hitch similar to the ones on the APC and the Insurgent Pick-Up Custom (although did not serve any purpose until the Southern San Andreas Super Sport Series update, where it is able to tow the Anti-Aircraft Trailer). A large sump guard can be found on the front, almost below the front bumper.

The truck features a worn green interior similar to aircraft like the V-65 Molotok and the RM-10 Bombushka, with the corresponding analogue dials. The rear cabin features a computer that is identical to those used by the Bombushka and the Volatol.

The truck features various red star markings similar to the Molotok and the Akula, denoting its Russian origin. However, the black, red, and gold coloured lines on the sides could also hint at an East German origin. The truck's body and the grilled defences are painted with the primary colour, while the front bumper, rear tow hitch, rims, and launcher tubes are painted with the secondary colour. The truck uses a unique set of industrial rims with circular details on the centre, wrapped in high-profile tyres.

The vehicle is equipped with a large missile battery with 15 tubes, using large missiles with homing capabilities.

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Performance

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Vehicle

The Chernobog has decent speed for a truck of its size and is very maneuverable at low speeds thanks to its all-wheel steering system, but generally has sluggish handling at higher speeds, as it often struggles to drive straight after turning. Its large size and huge weight also ensure that most vehicles hit by the Chernobog will often get crushed and explode causing damage, a problem shared with the Rhino. Also, despite its large size, the Chernobog has exceptional braking, only taking a second or two to come to a complete stop. The ground clearance provides decent capability to sort uneven terrain, though the sheer size may become a problem when passing through areas where sharp turns are required. The Chernobog's durability is above average, as it can take around four direct hits from an explosion before the engine catches fire.

Its notable feature is a "lockdown" mode, where the truck is slightly raised up by the four stands, which enables the rocket system on the back, at the expense of being static, so the driver cannot move the vehicle unless the lockdown mode is deactivated, rendering the missile launcher unusable.

The Chernobog is powered by a large V8 diesel engine, coupled to a 5-speed gearbox in a front engine, all-wheel drive (50% front, 50% rear) layout. Its engine sound is the same used on the Phantom Custom and the Hauler Custom, as well as the TM-02 Khanjali.

Weaponry

The rocket system can fire up to five rockets, either independently or in a quick burst. After that, the system takes four seconds to reload the tubes and fire the next row. As with the Anti-Aircraft Trailer with missile option, the weapon requires manual targeting to use the homing rockets and takes almost the same time to lock on a target.

The lock-on range of missiles reaches to an excessively high 1000 meter according to the game files (the same as the effective range of Marksman Rifle) and the guidance capability of missiles will even stress experienced pilots in P-996 LAZER. The missiles are more accurate than most, being similar to those fired from the Anti-Aircraft Trailer, able to turn around to pursue aircraft that they missed initially. This makes the Chernobog an excellent anti-air vehicle, but the limited effective angle of the rocket system (at 40-45 degrees) will leave the Chernobog vulnerable if the aircraft is directly above. Aircraft with Chaff countermeasure can easily disrupt the lock-on sequence of the Chernobog, but Flares may not be able to disrupt the five missiles at once (depending of how the operator uses the system). Helicopters and larger planes that lack countermeasures are often incapable of avoiding the missiles due to their range and increased accuracy. The Avenger in particular is vulnerable to these missiles, and a single volley can sometimes blast off elevators, and disable the plane.

It can be noted that the missiles themselves cannot perform quick maneuvers when missing a target, unlike missiles on cars such as the Deluxo and Oppressor. Instead of performing a corner after firing towards a target like standard missiles, the missiles within the tubes seemingly align with the target only after the target has been fully locked on, and once fired, head straight in that direction, regardless of the direction the missile system is pointing. This, together with the relatively poor lock-on time and lack of ability to lock onto low targets means it is ineffective against land vehicles and can sometimes be insufficient in quick situations involving air vehicles. Also, unlike the Deluxo and Oppressor, the accuracy of the missile lock on is severely hindered by props, such as vehicles, light poles and even pedestrians who may get in the way. Despite this, the sheer size and immense speed of the missiles make them a severe threat and sometimes do not require any lock on at all, especially when using the barrage's incredible fire rate to advantage.

Trailer

Towing an Anti-Aircraft Trailer in collaboration with another player gives the vehicle increased potential, as the trailer turret can provide additional defense when the main vehicle is suppressing enemies. Caution should be taken when carrying the AA trailer, as the Chernobog's weight may destroy the trailer if the driver is not careful when reversing it. The lack of armor often makes the trailer the first vehicle to lose during a combat.

  • The stock MG option usually gives general flexibility against light targets, as the Chernobog has no versatile weaponry while in motion or when stationary. This also helps dealing with ground targets within proximity, as the Chernobog has limited capabilities against ground targets.
  • The SAM option gives good capabilities at taking out long-range aircraft, being useful when the Chernobog is in motion or while reloading the missile launcher. However, the limited ammo capacity of the trailer would render it defenseless against most threats.
  • The Flak Cannon option gives the vehicle a better way to defeat enemy heavy armor, again being useful when the Chernobog is in motion or while reloading the missile launcher. Their faster fire rate also helps at suppressing targets at close-mid ranges, but that means exposing the trailer directly to the enemy threat, especially other tanks and weaponized aircraft.

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Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto Online
Acceleration
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(FWD / RWD / AWD)
Mass
(kg / lbs)
Fuel Tank
Size (litres)
Handling.meta [?]
N/A 59 / 95 5 N/A AWD
50% FWD
50% RWD
40000 / 88185 65
Website Statements [?] / Badges
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Observed
N/A N/A 5 F8 SOHC V8 (In-game model) AWD Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
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Speed
50.972378%
Acceleration
3.333333%
Braking
29.999998%
Traction
60.606064%

Modifications

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The Chernobog can only be modified at a vehicle workshop inside a facility.

Category Modification Cost Image
Armor No Armor $1,000
Armor Upgrade 20% $7,500
Armor Upgrade 40% $12,000
Armor Upgrade 60% $20,000
Armor Upgrade 80% $35,000
Armor Upgrade 100% $50,000
Brakes Stock Brakes $1,000
Street Brakes $20,000
Sport Brakes $27,000
Race Brakes $35,000
Engine EMS Upgrade, Level 1 $9,000
EMS Upgrade, Level 2 $12,500
EMS Upgrade, Level 3 $18,000
EMS Upgrade, Level 4 $33,500
Horns Main article: Los Santos Customs/Horns -
Lights Stock Lights $600
Xenon Lights $7,500
Livery None $11,400
Basic Camo $18,240
Zancudo Camo $19,380
Sprayed Camo $20,520
3 Color Outline $21,660
90s Sandbox $22,800
Modern 5 Color $23,370
Arid Theater $23,939
Winter Camo $24,510
Urban Warrior $25,080
Nature Reserve* $25,650
Naval Battle* $26,220
Urban Geometric* $26,789
Coyote Geometric* $27,360
Large Geometric* $27,930
Naval Geometric* $28,500
Desert Fractal* $29,070
Urban Fractal* $29,639
Large Digital* $30,210
Medium Digital* $30,780
Small Digital* $31,350
Released as part of the Festive Surprise 2018 event.E
Galaxy FREE
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Trees Camo FREE
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Candy Cane FREE
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It's a Wrap FREE
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Deck the Halls FREE
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Full Coverage
Plates Blue on White 1 $200
Blue on White 2 $200
Blue on White 3 $200
Yellow on Blue $300
Yellow on Black $600
Respray Main article: Los Santos Customs/Respray Colors -
Transmission Stock Transmission $1,000
Street Transmission $29,500
Sports Transmission $32,500
Race Transmission $40,000
Turbo None $5,000
Turbo Tuning $50,000
Wheels** Main article: Los Santos Customs/Wheels -
Windows None $500
Light Smoke $1,500
Dark Smoke $3,500
Limo $5,000
  • * Denotes items that can only be unlocked for purchase via research in the Bunker property.
  • ** Vehicle is limited to Bulletproof Tires and Tire Smokes.
  • E Awarded to players who logged on December 25, during the Festive Surprise 2018 event.

Image Gallery

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Prominent Appearances in Missions

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Locations

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Trivia

General

  • Chernobog is a Slavic deity, whose name means black god. Certain historical sources interpret him as a dark, accursed god from the Slavic mythology.
  • Despite primarily being an anti-air missile launching system, its appearance is based on an artillery MLRS, and it features no visible radar or homing equipment.

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  • The Chernobog features a unique reversing beeper.
  • Although the Chernobog lacks a manufacturer in-game, the patch notes from the Rockstar Support page states it is manufactured by HVY.
  • Behind the driver seat there is a second seat for a passenger that cannot be used. This is because its real-life inspiration also uses the same layout for the main cabin.
  • The Chernobog's legs can still be lowered if the vehicle's still in motion to let the passenger use the missile launcher. This likely causes the legs to scrape the ground before the vehicle's in a stationary way.
  • Despite the Chernobog featuring a tow hitch dummy, it was originally unable to tow trailers. The tow hitch was however programmed to connect with any suitable female dummy, such as the Boat Trailer, Small Trailer and the Anti-Aircraft Trailer, but could not do so as these trailers were not listed in the Chernobog's trailer data in vehicles.meta. Adding these trailers to the code would allow the truck to tow them normally[2]. It can be noted that there is a notably small amount of clearance between the flat upright rear of the truck and the trailer itself, which causes trailers to jackknife when cornering, possibly why the truck is not able to use these trailers in normal gameplay. This indicates the Chernobog was at one point during development going to have this feature, but was scrapped before its release.

Bugs/Glitches

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  • As with the Rhino and the TM-02 Khanjali cannons, the Chernobog's missile launcher can be a harmful device for other players and vehicles if they are standing on the rear section while used, which can often push them away, crush the player or destroy the vehicle when the weapon returns back to its position.
    • Also, if a player manages to get the vehicle stuck (by just lifting the missile system upwards), there is a chance that both vehicles are launched into the air with considerable height, mostly and surprisingly affecting the truck.

References

  1. Patch Notes: https://support.rockstargames.com/hc/en-us/articles/115015785308
  2. The Chernobog, able to tow a trailer through restoring game code.


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