Sniper Elite 5: How to Destroy Tanks and Armoured Cars

Sniper Elite 5 wouldn't be a WWII shooter without tanks to back up the waves of Nazi bad guys. However, unsurprisingly, they're not as simple to take out as human enemies. A single sniper bullet won't do the job. If you're struggling with them, we've got a guide on how to destroy tanks in Sniper Elite 5.

You'll come across tanks and armoured cars after a couple of missions, with some of the later ones requiring you to face them as part of the main objective. You have a few ways to approach them, but some are more viable than others.

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How to Destroy Tanks in Sniper Elite 5

All tanks in Rebellion's game have weak points that you need to focus on when you're trying to destroy them. The best thing to do is to press the right stick to bring out your binoculars and use them to analyse what parts need destroying - usually the two tracks and the engine at the rear.

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The first thing you'll want to do is stop the tank from moving by destroying the tracks. Any explosive will work - grenades, mines, or TNT - but you will likely find Panzerfaust weapons in the buildings nearby.

Chuck some grenades at the wheels or fire come Panzerfaust rounds to disable the tank in no time. You'll then be able to shoot the Nazi who's firing the mounted weapon from the top to stop the constant barrage of bullets raining down on you.

Now for the part where you have to be a little more precise. Attacking the tank's main shell won't do anything. You somehow need to get around to the rear of it (which is why disabling it first is important) and fire at the engine there, down by the exhaust.

Continue firing explosives of any kind at the rear of the tank and it should be destroyed in no time. You'll then be able to continue the mission with only human bad guys to worry about.

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It's worth noting that we recommend you search for a Flare Gun as well while looking for nearby Panzerfaust. They're not always around, but finding one is incredibly useful as they're the best weapons for destroying tanks in Sniper Elite 5.

Fire the flare at a tank and wait for it to do the business. The single time we used one in our playthrough, the tank was destroyed in just one hit, so we didn't have to worry about using any of our other explosives.

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