|Appearances||Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising
Advance Wars: Dual Strike
|Specialty||Increased Firepower based on Terrain defense|
|CO power||Terrain Tactics|
|Super CO power||Prime Tactics|
|Hits||Getting her way|
|Misses||Not getting it|
Lash (Japanese: キャット Cat) is a Commanding Officer in the Black Hole Army who first appears in Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising. She is a technological genius and is responsible for the majority of the advancements in military technology throughout the series. Flak, a fellow Black Hole CO, is often the target of her many experiments and a guinea pig to test out many of her designs. She ranks above Flak but below Adder.
Though no mention is made of her past, it is certain Lash has spent most her time tinkering and inventing devices of warfare. Outwardly, Lash’s demeanor is particularly childish and socially underdeveloped. Lash takes a special interest in Sonja, claiming they both “feel the joy that war brings“.
On the battlefield Lash has a devil may care attitude towards each fight, concerned more with 'playing games’ than the lives involved. She cares little for battles where there is not much fun to be had; in "Reclamation" she prepared to withdraw her forces before the battle even began, simply because she thought that Colin wouldn't be any fun to fight. She seems to revel in destruction and mayhem, viewing the outside world as a place to test her creations; and as an antagonist equally brash and incorrigible. In the "Toy Box" mission in Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising, she is responsible for destroying Olaf‘s home town.
In Dual Strike, Lash slowly begins to develop into a better person. This initially stemmed from a simple dislike for Kindle, until she began to question the Black Hole Army, which she deserts along with Hawke during the mission "Muck Amok." After Von Bolt is confronted by Hawke, the order is passed to have them executed. They are saved by the Allied Nations who allow the two to join their ranks and stop Von Bolt. Shortly afterwards, a reference is made towards ’socializing’ Lash when Jess declares, “This is a good opportunity for me to teach you some table manners“. Another subtle hint made during the epilogue suggests that a change is happening in her personality when she declares, “Well, I guess I do care a little bit… ”.
Each terrain defense star will add 10% to her units' attack power, excluding Air Units since they don't get terrain benefits.
Terrain Tactics - Terrain movement penalties are reduced to 1 for all units, ignoring bad weather (except snowfall), and all units gain +10% defense.
Prime Tactics - Terrain movement penalties are reduced to 1 for all units, ignoring bad weather (except snowfall). Terrain defense stars are doubled, allowing ground and naval units to have improved firepower and defense. Units also gain additional +10% defense.
Terrain Tactics - Units only use 1 movement point per square. They also get a 10% bonus to offence and defense.
Prime Tactics - Terrain movement penalties are reduced to one, Units gain +10% to attack and defense and double Terrain stars
Lash has Tag Breaks with the following COs:
- Flak, 110%, "Bruise Cruise" (1 star)
- Hawke, 110%, "Rebel Yell" (1 star)
- Sonja, 105%, "Brainstorm" (1 star)
- Colin, 90%
- Eagle, 90%
- Olaf, 80%
In Advance Wars 2, Lash was one of the strongest CO's. On a daily basis, units were 110/110 on Plains, 120/120 on Woods, 130/130 on Cities, and 140/140 on Mountains/HQ. These bonuses are doubled during the Super CO Power. Even with these heavy boots, the primary objective for Lash is to ensure she utilizes the terrain at the upmost advantage. Positioning Mechs on Mountains has the potential to one-shot opponent's tanks and ensures opponent does not use soldiers or recons against a Mech on a Mountain; Infantry on Mountains are also effective for lasting power and counterattacks against other infantry. Woods, Fog of War or not, also provide essential boosts to make her effective; Fog of War makes using hidden Artillery or cheaper direct units a major threat to your opponent. Like Kindle, securing cities is a huge priority as opponents will have a very hard time attacking your soldiers on city captures without losing a chunk of health.
However, in Dual Strike, her offensive terrain boosts are halved, greatly reducing her effectiveness. This means that, on average, her stat boosts are weaker than other CO's which also powers which boost stats. Buildings, Woods, and Cities are still good to be on, but they aren't as powerful. Yellow Comet CO Sonja is a hard counter to her, because of how she reduces terrain stars by one.
Black Hole Rising
"Can you survive my attack?"
"Tee hee! C'mon! Let's play!"
"I've had enough! I'm bored now!"
"You're no fun... I don't like you at all!"
"You want to match wits with me? You're so silly!"
"Ooh! You're so annoying! I'm gonna have to get rid of you now!"
"Hee hee hee... Hm? Broken already?"
"Tee hee hee!"
"Ooh, you're driving me nuts!"
"Whatever! I do what I want!"
"You're gonna go SPLAT!"
"Game over, freak!"
"Tee hee hee!"
"Smashin' you is gonna be fun!"
"Nasty! Get lost, you big blubbery pile of goo!"
Hawke: "Lash. I'm sorry. I have mistreated you. Had I not strong armed you into this... you would not have been called a traitor. I made excuses. Used you to my own end, so that I could continue to live."
Lash: "Aw, that's OK. Don't worry about it. I wouldn't be doing all this if I didn't like it, ya' know? I'm not an easy chick to push around... I only do what I want to do. And I'm here now because I want to fight with you... So let's fight!"
Lash: "Do you see that, Sonja? You're looking at the pinnacle of Black Hole technology. It's amazing what science can achieve if you ignore morality and all that noise...Tee hee hee! An unfettered scientific mind could turn men into gods!"
Sonja: "That's why we must stop them. Black Hole has gone too far! If they win, there's no telling what horrors they will unleash!"
"Tee hee hee! You're a loser!"
"My huge brain made that way too easy!"
"Huh? That's all you got? Wow, you're no fun!"
Lash: "Tee hee hee! Get to the junkyard, losers!
Sonja: "...Humble. I like that."
Lash: "Are we, like, too strong?"
Hawke: "Don't get cocky. We must live to fight another day."
Lash: Next time I'll fight with one hand behind my back!
Hawke: Lash! No more games!
Hawke: "...Tired. Must...rest."
Lash: "Haaawke! Lemme join the fun!"
Hawke: "Only the strong survive. That's Hawke's Rule!"
Lash: "So only the weak loses? Wow, you're a genius!"
|COs:||Adder | Clone Andy | Flak | Hawke | Jugger | Kindle | Koal | Lash | Sturm | Von Bolt|
|Bolt Guard:||Jugger | Kindle | Koal | Von Bolt|
|Black Hole Technology:||Oozium 238|