Heavy tanks are generally slow, heavy, and well armored. The lightest heavy tank weighs approximately 29.2 tons, roughly that of the average medium tank, while the heaviest heavy tank weighs an immense 190 tons. Heavy tanks maximum speeds vary widely from 13 km/h for the TOG II* to 65 km/h for the AMX 50B, but are generally slower than a medium tank. A heavy tank's hull armor can be as thick as 250 mm and the turret armor can reach thicknesses of almost 300mm. Only tank destroyers and artillery employ more powerful weapons.
Large size and lack of mobility generally prohibit a heavy tank from performing as a scout. Heavy tanks are best utilized spearheading attacks or denying routes to an enemy attack force. Due to the slow speed of the heavy tank, re-positioning quickly is usually not an option and moving to defend a different flank or position is slow. Heavy tanks are often committed to a route after moving a distance. While a very formidable vehicle, heavy tanks are extremely vulnerable to artillery fire and fast vehicles that can outmaneuver their turrets. Therefore, it is essential that a heavy tank should move with support to protect them against multiple, smaller threats. Heavy tanks usually have a slower turret traverse speed than medium tanks.
Due to their heavy armor, finding weak points and using flanking shots are often needed to penetrate the armor of the heavy tank. Drivers of heavy tanks should learn their own weak points and find ways to protect them. Heavy tanks appear as red or green rhombi with two black dashes through them at a 45 degree angle on the mini-map and over target marker.