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The Crusader is a vehicle in Saints Row: The Third[3] and Saints Row IV. In Saints Row: Gat out of Hell its renamed to Leviathan.

Not to be confused with the Challenger

Overview[]

The Crusader is negligibly less durable than the Challenger tank favored by SNG, but is a little faster. It is its armament that puts it in a whole other category than its SNG counterpart.

As opposed to the conventional weapons of the Challenger, the Crusader has an energy-based armament; it eschews the 120mm cannon of the Challenger in favor of a more-destructive Plasma Cannon[source?] that has a larger blast radius, it replaces the 50.cal machine gun with the coaxial Repeating Laser[source?] used by the N-Forcer, and replaces the roof-mounted 50.cal with the same Laser Beam used by the F-69 VTOL. These weapons enable the Crusader to deal considerably more damage than the Challenger.

The combination of improved speed and vastly improved firepower makes the Crusader an intimidating beast. Whilst it has most of the same strengths and weaknesses as the Challenger, the Crusader's roof-mounted Laser Beam is considerably more effective at downing aircraft - one of the Challenger's big weaknesses - than the Challenger is. Sadly, with the slight decrease in armor, the Crusader is a bit more vulnerable to surface-based weapons, such as Annihilators and GL G20s.

Because the Laser Beam is Crusader's third weapon, it can only be used by a passenger, and not by the driver.[4]

Saints Row: The Third[]

The Crusader is the main battle tank of STAG, and is deployed at Notoriety level 4 and 5 after Gang Bang, as well as being featured in numerous STAG missions.

The STAG Crusader is used by STAG during Three Way. At each of the bases, one Crusader spawns after clearing out the initial site. The Crusaders in this mission are required to be destroyed in order to progress the mission.

The STAG Crusader is also prominently featured during the mission STAG Party, where numerous have to be destroyed to protect the Saints HQ.

Saints Row IV[]

The Average Crusader is present only in the mission "Kinzie's Adventures". It can be driven during the mission, but cannot be saved to the garage.

The Saints Crusader is used by Playa in the Enter the Dominatrix DLC during the first mission "Save the Planet", but cannot be saved to the garage.

Variants[]

Average[]

This is the standard white version.

This variant is used by STAG when at level 5 Notoriety.

It cannot be customized normally, but the Vehicle Customization glitch allows Performance upgrades, as well as changing decals. The Hydraulics option is present, but enabling it does nothing. The Window Tint option re-colors the front panel only.

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Cyrus[]

This is an unused variant with the color-scheme the same as the reward variant, but with the same stats and customization options as the Average variant.

It cannot be customized normally, but the Vehicle Customization glitch allows Performance upgrades, as well as changing decals. The Hydraulics option is present, but enabling it does nothing. The Window Tint option re-colors the front panel only.

Reward[]

There is also a separate unique prototype Crusader referred to as STAG Tank V2 which has a black-painted hull.[5]

This Crusader has increased firepower, dealing 50% more damage. It has a black, orange and white paint job. There is no difference in durability or speed.

Other than the color, the only visual difference between normal Crusader and prototype Crusader is an additional antenna near a cannon hatch.

It cannot be customized normally, but the Vehicle Customization glitch allows Performance upgrades, as well as changing decals. The Hydraulics option is not present. The Window Tint option re-colors the front panel as well as the top window near the hatch.

The internal name of this version is "sp_tank03_Reward", which has only one variant, named "average". This version is not included in the Saints Row IV data files.

Saints[]

There is also a separate Saints Crusader which is included in the Special Ops Vehicle Pack DLC, and Saints Row IV. After purchasing the Special Ops Vehicle Pack, the Saints Crusader is automatically added to the Garage.

It is purple and has Saints logos, and is identical to the Crusader as it shares the same handling data.[6]

At low difficulty level the Saints Crusader is extremely powerful. It is very overpowered in terms of armor, and can survive extensive fire from three or four SNG Challenger tanks for a long time.

The tank's main cannon is triangular in shape, rather than the cylindrical design of the regular Crusader.

It cannot be customized normally, but the Vehicle Customization glitch allows Performance upgrades. Decals cannot be changed, and the Hydraulics option is not present. The Window Tint option re-colors the front panel as well as the top window near the hatch.

There is only one variant of this version, named "average".

Modifications[]

Saints Row: The Third

The Crusader has a total of 12 Vehicle Customization options. It does not have Kneecappers or Wheel Options available.

Mods
  • 2 Hydraulics
  • 3 Grime 1s
  • 1 Decal 1s
  • 2 Decal 2s
  • 2 Decal 3s
  • 2 Decal 4s
Paints
  • Mechanical Color
  • Window Tint

The Saints Crusader has a total of 5 Vehicle Customization options. It does not have Kneecappers or Wheel Options available.

Mods
  • 1 Grime 1s
  • 1 Decal 1s
  • 1 Decal 2s
  • 1 Decal 4s
  • 1 Decal 5s
Paints
  • Window Tint
Saints Row IV

The Crusader has a total of 10 Vehicle Customization options. It does not have Kneecappers or Wheel Options available.

Mods
  • 3 Grime 1s
  • 1 Decal 1s
  • 2 Decal 2s
  • 2 Decal 3s
  • 2 Decal 4s
Paints
  • Mechanical Color
  • Window Tint

Trivia[]

  • There is no Cheat for this vehicle in any game.
  • The tank was first revealed in IGN's preview, where they showcased the Crusader in Wave 1 of Survival.[3]
  • The name "Crusader" might be a homage to the World War Two-era British Crusader tank.
  • The tank resembles the Israeli Merkava MBT, in contrast to the Challenger which resembles an M-1 Abrams tank.
  • Buying every level of Reinforced Bumper and Frame for Crusader V2 using the Vehicle Customization glitch makes it almost indestructible. Only after around 30 minutes of constant fire from enemy VTOLs and Crusaders, it starts to give out mere white smoke.
  • Unlike the SNG counterpart, there is a visible orange window, just in the middle of the hull and under the tank's cannon. This window colour can be used using the Vehicle Customization glitch.
  • A Crusader spawns almost out of view in the Downtown hard instance of Tank Mayhem, including before STAG arrive in Steelport.[7]
  • As with all of the contents of the Special Ops Vehicle Pack, the Saints Crusader is stored on the game disk in the released version of the game and can be accessed through modding on the PC.[8]

Gallery[]

Crusader in Saints Row: The Third

Prototype Crusader in the Survival Diversion in Saints Row: The Third

Regular STAG Crusader front in Saints Row: The Third

Regular STAG Crusader side in Saints Row: The Third

Playa, driving a Crusader out of a plane in "Air Steelport"

Crusader in Saints Row: The Third

Crusader firing laser beam in Saints Row: The Third

Crusader firing laser cannon in Saints Row: The Third

Crusader Laser Beam Turret being fired in Saints Row: The Third

Crusader in Saints Row: The Third

Crusader in Saints Row: The Third

Crusader in Saints Row: The Third

Crusader in Tank Mayhem

Crusader - STAG - front right in Saints Row: The Third

Crusader - STAG - rear left in Saints Row: The Third

Crusader - STAGTankV2 - front right in Saints Row: The Third

Crusader - STAGTankV2 - rear left in Saints Row: The Third

Crusader with Shaundi using the passenger-only weapon

Crusader in Saints Row IV

Crusader in Saints Row IV

Saints Crusader in Saints Row: The Third

Saints Crusader in Saints Row: The Third

Saints Crusader in Saints Row: The Third

A STAG Crusader during STAG Party

Saints Crusader in the garage in Saints Row: The Third

The Crusader in Saints Row: The Third Remastered

Saints Crusader in Saints Row IV

Saints Crusader in Saints Row IV

Saints Crusader during the mission "Save the Planet" in Enter the Dominatrix

Leviathan in Saints Row: Gat out of Hell


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References[]

  1. Xbox marketplace: Special Ops Vehicle Pack
  2. Challenges:Challenges in Saints Row: Gat out of Hell
  3. 3.0 3.1 YouTube: Saints Row: The Third - Crusader Tank Quick Demo
  4. Image:

    Crusader with Shaundi using the passenger-only weapon

  5. Mission: My Name is Cyrus Temple
  6. Data: Vehicles in Saints Row: The Third
  7. Image:

    Crusader in Tank Mayhem

  8. YouTube: Saints Row The Third: Saints VTOL Fighter Jet and Ultor Interceptor Flying bike

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