- "Some say I'm a pest. I say right back atcha, mate!"
Right after Year 10, Max Goose applied to enter the Australian Defence Force Academy, later working in Combat & Security. He joined an infantry regiment that incorporated dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles in their reconnaissance operations. Goose excelled in land navigation and became the two-wheeler expert in raids, scouting, and convoy operations.
Following Operation Catalyst, he was handpicked to join the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR), so long as he passed selection and refrained from talking back. His specialized off-road skillsets and quick thinking were highly prized, even though his driving style appeared reckless. He deployed to Operation Slipper and served until the operation's conclusion. He later received the National Emergency Medal for saving firefighters during the Esperance bushfires.
Goose is a calculated daredevil who loves testing upcoming military stealth bikes, but he says there's no bigger honor than being asked to join Rainbow Six.
On their own, Specialist Max "Mozzie" Goose and Specialist Tori "Gridlock" Tallyo Fairous perform exceedingly well, but together, they pull off some amazing, even hare-brained stunts sure to make the sternest of commanders crack a smile… when they succeed, of course. Just like their operation at the Esperance bushfires.
These two specialists create this remarkable balance seldom seen between two operators. I'm curious to see if they would still help each other as opponents, or if duty will take precedence over their friendship.
He's a speed demon, not just on his bike, but how he processes information. By the time others are done parsing a problem, he has already considered the feasibility of a particular course of action, having weighed all the pros and cons, and he's already kick-started his bike. Those seconds he's saving are precious. All the while, he's smirking beneath that moustache, and there's this shine to his eyes that makes everyone uneasy. I believe he's a troublemaker in spirit, but a real showman at heart.
Goose grew up as the middle sibling in his family and I do believe he had to put extra effort to be heard or noticed, which explains the showman side of his personality. He jokes that his parents paid more attention to him the moment he engaged in extreme sports like freestyle mountain biking, dune buggy racing, and the occasional hang gliding. He told me that the moment he told his mum he did skydiving with dirt bikes, she completely lost it.
I've had the… "pleasure" of hearing the extent of his profanity, though like many behavioural psychologists, I've seen enough evidence to support the theory that swearing is good for you… that it's not maladaptive.
I've even seen Specialist Goose use humour to cover pain, though I wonder if he uses vulgarity to make up for his physical stature, likely to appear more intimidating. So far, all my observations indicate that he becomes quite furious when his height is made all the more obvious.
- Shooting a Pest directly on to a drone. Mute can be very helpful in getting drones to stay still. However, missing the shot won't initiate a hack, but Mozzie can pick them up and use them again.
- Shooting a Pest onto a surface and creating an ambush. The Pest will pounce on any drone that cruises inside its ambush radius and hack it.
Each Pest can hack one drone and add it to Mozzie's fleet. Once a drone is hacked, Mozzie is free to use the drone as if he were an Attacker. With Twitch's Drones, he is capable of using the taser to eliminate incoming breaches.
He can't pick drones up, and if he drives one outside for more than a few seconds, he'll lose the hack and the drone will be lost, even to its original owner. Each drone Mozzie keeps in play is a valuable new intel source that joins the Defender camera feed for all defenders to see. Mozzie cannot hack friendly drones such as Echo's Yokai drone or Maestro's Evil Eye, he can only hack enemy drones.
Defenders who are used to shooting drones on sight will be happy to know there is a special glowing outline to show them which drones are hacked by Mozzie, while Attackers will have to look for the telltale blue light to recognize turncoat drones, or bring
- IQ can use her RED to detect drones hijacked by Mozzie, as well as his Pests.
- Attackers can regain access to the camera feed of a hacked drone with a Dokkaebi hack, but the drone will remain under Defender control.
- Lion's EE-ONE-D cannot be hijacked by Mozzie, allowing him to gain intel safely.
- Thatcher can use his EMP grenades to destroy Pests as well as temporarily disable Mozzie's hacked drones.
- Twitch's drone can still use a taser dart to destroy a Pest, as long as it is not in the range of being hacked by it. The darts can also be used to destroy hacked drones.
In order to avoid losing drones, Attackers can watch for the red warning light in their drone view that indicates a Pest is nearby, and this is another way that Mozzie makes Attackers burn more time and attention on drones.
Pest Launcher x 3
- "Launches autonomous bots that latch onto nearby enemy drones, hijacking their controls."
— In-game description
Mozzie's launcher, Pests, are tiny 4-legged bots that can be used to target a single drone, or deployed into an area to prevent access by a drone. When launched, the Pest latches onto the nearest enemy drone and obscures its camera. It then initiates an override sequence to hack the drone and give control to Mozzie. Counter-intelligence is enabled with no risk of a counter hack. Single-use only, Pests self-destruct by dissolving into thin air once their target is in Mozzie's control.
- A mozzie is Australian slang for a 'mosquito.'
- In his concept art, he is shown to have a wife (named Lozza) and they are expecting twins.
- Mozzie's real name, Max Goose, is likely a reference to the characters Max Rockatansky and Jim Goose from the 1979 film Mad Max.
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