Mechwarrior Dictionary

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This page is about the various language and expressions used by pilots in the battletech universe. In short, slang. Often people use these terms in game so for those confused, especially new people to battletech this should help translate and explain some phrases for you.

Inner Sphere Terms[edit | edit source]

General Inner Sphere terms used by all to describe things such as unit formations, resources, general equipment, etc.

AC[edit | edit source]

Used to abbreviate Autocannon.

C-Bills[edit | edit source]

Shortened form of ComStar-Bill, the currency used to pay for use of the Order's HPG network. Thanks to ComStar's neutrality and the Inner Sphere wide reach of the HPG network, C-Bills are the de-facto unit of exchange between the Great Houses, as well as the preferred form of payment for interstate merchants and mercenaries.

H-Bills[edit | edit source]

Shorted form of House-Bills, an umbrella term for the currencies of the various Great Houses.

Lance[edit | edit source]

A standard squad of 'Mechs. A Lance normally consists of 4 'Mechs.

Company[edit | edit source]

A standard unit that usually consists of three lances. (12 'Mechs)

Battalion[edit | edit source]

A military unit that usually consists of three companies. (36 'Mechs)

Regiment[edit | edit source]

A military unit that usually consists of three battalions.

Lostech[edit | edit source]

Contraction of Lost Technology, referring to equipment that was considered lost during the Succession Wars which was readily available during the time of the Star League.

LRM[edit | edit source]

Used to abbreviate Long Range Missile.

SRM[edit | edit source]

Used to abbreviate Short Range Missile

PPC[edit | edit source]

Used to abbreviate Particle Projector Cannon

ER[edit | edit source]

Abbreviation for "Extended Range." Term is found at the start of other weapons such as "ER Large Laser" or "ER PPC."

Hyperpulse Generator[edit | edit source]

Shortened to HPG, the Hyperpulse Generator is the primary means of interstellar communications across the Inner Sphere. ComStar maintains and controls the HPG network, with HPG stations on virtually every Inner Sphere world.

DropShip[edit | edit source]

Interplanetary spacecraft which attach and travel between star-systems aboard JumpShips, DropShips are generally capable of take-off and landing on planets.

JumpShip[edit | edit source]

Interstellar spacecraft which perform hyperspace jumps between star-systems, JumpShips can only function at points minimal gravity on the outer limits of a system, thus the requirement for DropShips to transport people and material in-system.

House Terms

Davion Terms[edit | edit source]

First Prince[edit | edit source]

Head of State

Kurita Terms[edit | edit source]

Coordinator[edit | edit source]

Head of State

Marik Terms[edit | edit source]

Captain-General[edit | edit source]

Head of state of House Marik

Steiner Terms[edit | edit source]

Archon[edit | edit source]

Head of state of House Steiner,

Lyran Recon Lance[edit | edit source]

Joke term referring to LCAF heavy or assault weight lances, born of the heavier average weight of House Steiner's military forces.

Social General[edit | edit source]

Term referring to Lyran military officers who have obtained their rank and position through networking as opposed to martial talent, emblematic of the reputation of LCAF's somewhat bloated and ineffective command structure.

Federated Commonwealth[edit | edit source]

Offical BattleTech terms regarding the Federated Commonwealth

Archon-Prince[edit | edit source]

Title combination of House Steiner and House Davion; its the Head of State for the Federated Commonwealth.

Fed-Com[edit | edit source]

Shortened slang term for Federated Commonwealth.

Liao Terms[edit | edit source]

Chancellor[edit | edit source]

Head of state of the Capellan Confederation.

ComStar Terms[edit | edit source]

Official BattleTech terms regarding ComStar

Acolyte[edit | edit source]

The lowest rank in ComStar, roughly equivalent to labourer.

Adept[edit | edit source]

The second rank in ComStar, Adepts are the organization's working technicans.

Blessed Blake[edit | edit source]

Deified term for ComStar founder Jerome Blake.

Blessed Order[edit | edit source]

Internal term used to refer to ComStar itself

First Circuit[edit | edit source]

Originally named for the HPG network's First or Prime Circuit of Class A stations, the political First Circuit serves as ComStar's ruling and decision making council.

Level I[edit | edit source]

The smallest ComStar military formation, consisting of either a single BattleMech, armored vehicle or aerospace fighter, or single infantry squad.

Level II[edit | edit source]

A ComStar military formation consisting of six Level I units, referred to as a demi-company.

Level III[edit | edit source]

A ComStar military formation consisting of six Level II units, referred to as a battalion.

Level IV[edit | edit source]

A ComStar military formation consisting of six Level III units, referred to as a division.

Level V[edit | edit source]

A ComStar military formation consisting of six Level IV units, referred to as an army.

Precentor[edit | edit source]

The third rank in ComStar, Precentors serve as the managers of its branches and divisions, HPG stations, Com Guard Level IV's.

Precentor Martial[edit | edit source]

The overall commander of ComStar's military forces, the Com Guards.

Precentor ROM[edit | edit source]

The head of ComStar's shadowy inteliegence arm ROM.

Primus[edit | edit source]

The political and spiritual leader of the Order, the Primus is effectively the head of state of ComStar.

The Word of Blake[edit | edit source]

Document supposedly written by ComStar founder Jerome Blake outlining his claimed vision of the future, detailing the collapse of Inner Sphere into war and ComStar's role as the preserver of knowledge and salvation of humankind. The Word of Blake is required reading for all ComStar members.

Mercenary Terms[edit | edit source]

Battlemech Terms[edit | edit source]

Official battletech terms for mechs.

Alpha Strike[edit | edit source]

Term for describing firing all weapons at once.

Light Mech[edit | edit source]

Term used to describe mechs weighing in the 20-35 ton category.

Scout Mech[edit | edit source]

Sometimes incorrectly used to label light mechs, but generally any mech designed for recon duty.

Medium Mech[edit | edit source]

Term used to describe mechs weighing in the 40-55 ton category

Heavy Mech[edit | edit source]

Term used to describe mechs weighing in the 60-75 ton category

Assault Mech[edit | edit source]

Term used to describe mechs weighing in the 80-100 ton category

Mechwarrior Terms[edit | edit source]

In game terms, slang often used by players.

Lyran Recon Lance[edit | edit source]

Used to describe a House Steiner Scouting lance....usually consisting of about four 100 ton Atlas Assault Mechs.

Poptarts[edit | edit source]

People who use 'Mechs designed with jump jets to leap up, fire then fall back behind cover.

Boats[edit | edit source]

'Mechs that use pretty much only one class of same grouped weapons, for example all PPC or MG's.

Goats[edit | edit source]

Recent term introduced into MechWarrior world. Used to describe pilots who hang near hill tops using "Boat" mechs to snipe or rain LRMs.

Fatties[edit | edit source]

Slang term for large cumbersome Assault Class Mechs.

Unseens[edit | edit source]

Used to describe Mechs or equipment that was used from other mech or mecha franchises that was removed following complaints from Harmony Gold.

Reseens[edit | edit source]

Mechs that were taken from other franchises that have been redesigned in order to avoid copyright infringement.

Jerd[edit | edit source]

Slang for a Jenner JR7-D light Mech.

Gaussling[edit | edit source]

A name for a Raven-4X mounting a Gauss Rifle.