The Basic Manipulator is the standard manipulator used on battle armor and Exoskeletons. First developed by the Terran Alliance circa 2110, these manipulators are operated by controls in the suit's wrists and utilize Myomers for increased strength, allowing the wearer to securely grab the handholds of an OmniMech. However, Basic Manipulators are much larger than Armored Gloves and lack the fine controls required to manipulate infantry weapons or other small devices.
- TechManual, p. 259, "Manipulator (Basic)"
- Classic BattleTech Companion, p. 174, "Manipulators"