|Enforcer: Tank||Tier 4|
|Basic (4 pt): Your total armor values is increased by 30%.|
|Ace (8 pt): Unlocks the ability to wear the Improved Combined Tactical Vest.|
The basic and aced versions of the skill speak for themselves. Tank/Armor players will heavily favor the Iron Man skill to withstand more damage from enemies. The aced version will unlock the very best armor in the game, the Improved Combined Tactical Vest. The only downside is, with the armor, the user will move much slower and have increased fatigue when sprinting. Obtaining Duck and Cover and Parkour from the Ghost tree can easily counter this and will be invaluable for quickly moving while under fire. This can allow users to have a better chance in fighting swarms of common enemies to special units like the Bulldozer. In fact, players with the armor can have a better chance in reviving another player if the Inspire cooldown is in effect or the skill is not available.
Man of Iron
|Basic (4 pt): Unlocks the ability for you to wear the Improved Combined Tactical Vest.|
|Ace (8 pt): When you melee Shield enemies, they get knocked back by the sheer force. Run and shoot – you can now shoot from the hip while sprinting.|
Purchasing the basic level of this skill immediately unlocks the Improved Combined Tactical Vest for the player to use, free of any additional charge. This armor has a base capacity of 170 points, which is the highest in the game.
The aced version allows players to knock back Shields with a melee strike, forcing them to pull their shields back and exposing them to gunfire. It also allows the player to shoot their weapons while sprinting.
Since the introduction of sniper rifles with the Gage Sniper Pack and specialized Ammunition types with the Gage Shotgun Pack, the aced version of this skill has become significantly less useful. While it was formerly one of the easiest ways to incapacitate a Shield, they can now be executed with almost total safety from a much longer range, without placing the player within hazardous melee range. It is useful if neither weapons are available and can provide an opening for shotguns without explosive or AP slugs in close combat where collateral damage puts the team at risk.
However, the addition of the ability to sprint and shoot simultaneously does make acing the skill feasible in some scenarios. It synergizes with shotguns due to their run and gun playstyle and when paired with Overkill can allow the player to mow down crowds of enemies running to an objective or a fellow heister when mobility is of the essence. The ability to sprint while firing synergizes well with Kilmer to allow player to reload and shoot with greater accuracy while sprinting with assault rifles. If the player chooses to wear a lighter armor, Sprinter aced will give a dodge bonus, and Moving Target may offer somewhat increased mobility. With an optimized build, it's possible to get Iron Man aced, Sprinter aced and either Kilmer or Moving Target aced. Shinobi and Sprinter will also increase movement speed.
Xbox 360 and PS3 players may want to invest some points into the Ghost skill tree to unlock the Tier 4 bonus, which reduces movement speed penalty with armour equipped. The in-game description says it does so by a factor of 15%, but in reality it is a 25% buff.
- Its name Iron Man is a reference to the Marvel superhero of the same name and the medias surrounding him (movies, comics, etc...) due to the superhero owing the majority of his capabilities to his armor.
- Although the skill is listed ingame under the name "Iron Man," the skill requirement to equip the Improved Combined Tactical Vest is referred to as "Man of Iron." The cause for this discrepancy is not known.
- The Improved Combined Tactical Vest unlocking upon acing the skill is partially justified in that it is still an internally-regulated prototype not available for public purchase, and supposedly can only be obtained from a discreet source by acquiring the upgraded skill.