’Mech Manuals

These articles offer guides on using different ’Mech designs in BattleTech. They cover the capabilities of the designs and advice on getting the most out of each one during a game. Each article is focused on a specific variant or configuration since tactics can vary a lot as equipment changes even for the same model.

When writing the guides, I assume that you’ll be playing with the Floating Criticals and Design Quirks optional rules. I’ll also cover a bit about Chaos Campaign play and touch on some other optional rules when discussing particular Design Quirks or pieces of Equipment. If you’re not playing with those options, some parts of the guides will not be as useful or would need adjustments, but the majority of them should still be relevant even if you aren’t playing with any optional rules.

These guides are not going to cover a lot of the lore or look at the value of the designs in terms of what you get for the Battle Value cost. For those aspects of designs, I recommend On the Origin of BattleMechs and Death from Above Wargaming‘s Battlytics.

To kick off the series, I’ll be covering the Succession Wars era designs for the set of BattleMechs included in the Beginner Box and A Game of Armored Combat sets. For the second batch of guides, I’ll cover variants of those initial designs and the OmniMechs from the Clan Invasion set.


Adder Prime (Feb-Mar ’22)

Adder B (Feb-Mar ’22)


Awesome AWS-8Q (28 Jan ’22)

Awesome AWS-9M (Feb-Mar ’22)


BattleMaster BLR-1G (4 Feb ’22)

BattleMaster BLR-1D (Feb-Mar ’22)


Catapult CPLT-C1 (2 Feb ’22)

Catapult CPLT-K3 (Feb-Mar ’22)


Commando COM-2D

Commando COM-9S (Feb-Mar ’22)


Executioner Prime (Feb-Mar ’22)

Executioner B (Feb-Mar ’22)


Grendel Prime (Feb-Mar ’22)

Grendel A (Feb-Mar ’22)


Griffin GRF-1N

Griffin C (Feb-Mar ’22)


Locust LCT-1V (31 Jan ’22)

Locust LCT-1E (Feb-Mar ’22)


Nova Prime (Feb-Mar ’22)

Nova A (Feb-Mar ’22)

Shadow Hawk

Shadow Hawk SHD-2H

Shadow Hawk SHD-5M (Feb-Mar ’22)


Thunderbolt TDR-5S

Thunderbolt TDR-7M (Feb-Mar ’22)

Timber Wolf

Timber Wolf Prime (Feb-Mar ’22)

Timber Wolf D (Feb-Mar ’22)


Wolverine WVR-6R

Wolverine WVR-6M (Feb-Mar ’22)