The Lion’s Roar rifle is 765 mm (30.1 in) long, with a 500 mm (20 in) barrel. The whole rifle body is a mono-block construction made from high impact polymer. When looked at from the front, it looks something like a bugle. May this weapon hearken your glorious arrival, and may it help you perform the glorious melodies of PAYDAY.
The Lion's Roar appears to be intended for mainly close quarters use. Its high damage and rate of fire lends itself well to clearing rooms quickly. With a base accuracy rating of 60, it can also perform well at longer ranges if the high recoil is managed. Unfortunately, the range of unique mods is limited to the barrel which means that is this weapon is less customizable for different situations than other weapons such as the CAR-4.
Due to its low base Stability, it is advised that one focuses on Stability-boosting mods when modifying the Lion's Roar. Said mods are particularly effective on this weapon as the stat increases in this category for the Lion are considerably higher than most other assault rifles, particularly so with Gage Courier mods with the easily available Competitor's Compensator boosting Stability by 9 and the Military Laser Module by 4.
Skills that increases Stability like Steady Grip Technician) or Leadership Aced (Mastermind) are recommended.
Switching to semi-automatic or locking the weapon to Auto Fire works equally well in improving the player's control over the Lion's recoil. Just remember to fire in short bursts when the latter option is chosen, though.
The default iron sights of the Lion's Roar is nearly identical to that of the JP36, thus may become obstructive when used at longer ranges. Unless one is perfectly comfortable with using both gun's default sights, an optic might be a better alternative.
Although the main flashlight has a toggle switch, the laser sight component of the LED Combo is pressure-activated, meaning the laser will stay on as long as the pressure switch is depressed. This switch is not placed where it should be, however (on foregrips, magazine wells, etc...) and is instead ziptied to the main taclight, leaving no plausible mean for the user to toggle it without awkwardly moving their off hand off the weapon and gripping the attachment itself.
Requires a pre-installed sight mod to mount. The magnification level can be changed while aiming down the sights, and the aiming FOV will automatically adjust itself. Not compatible with the Acough Optic, Military Red Dot, Milspec Scope, Combat Sight, Reconnaissance Sight, Theia Magnified Scope, Box Buddy Sight, the JP36's Original Sight or the GROM or Platypus 70's iron sights
Upon release, the default reticle of this sight was a chevron instead of the retail version's red dot. After the release of the Gage Mod Courier DLC, it was reverted to the regular sight's red dot.
It is functionally the same as the standard Military Red Dot Sight, but the sight's casing is tan instead of black with the line "A-10" scrawled on near the adjustment knob. The sticker on the lens cap's interior also says "I <3 Payday" instead of having a picture of an American flag.
This sight was based on the Aimpoint CompM2 optic. While it is portrayed as a high-zoom scope in-game, the CompM2 is actually a reflex sight, meaning it offers no magnification in reality.
The Lion's Roar rifle was based on the HS Produkt VHS-D2 (Višenamjenska Hrvatska Strojnica, a.k.a. "multifunctional Croatian machine gun"). With the CQB Barrel, it becomes the VHS-K2 variant.
The brand icon on the rifle reads HVH instead of VHS.
The Roar's profile was likened to that of a bugle on its announcement site description. This is a reference to the visual profile of the FAMAS/Clarion, the weapon from which HS Produkt drew inspirations to create their first VHS design. As the company transits to the new VHS-2 model, however, much of the resemblances have begun to disappear.
Its name is a reference to the developer of the Dragan Pack, Lion Game Lion studio.
This is the first appearance of this rifle in any form of media.
The in-game weapon uses its own type of proprietary magazine, which is odd from a realistic standpoint as most of the VHS rifles manufactured after 2008 were modified to use Heckler & Koch G36 magazines (due to the Croatian army's surplus of such rifles). The VHS-2 wasn't known to even accept any other magazine type but the G36's, the proprietary magazine was designed and a very small number was made for testing, but was still ultimately scrapped.
The Lion's Roar Iron Sights are nearly identical to those on the JP36.
Like the Patchett L2A1 and the Chicago Typewriter, when viewing the Lion's Roar when previewing it, it shows the bolt in the open position, showing a bullet.
The exposed magazine and its rounds in the preview would indicate that this is an open bolt firearm, while the real-life VHS and VHS-2 both fires from a closed bolt.