Field Manual: Mercenaries

Field Manual: Mercenaries
Product information
Type Sourcebook
Development Bryan Nystul
Primary writing Loren L. Coleman
Pages 163
Illustrations Tom Baxa
Joel Biske
John Bridegroom
Liz Danforth
Mike Jackson
Fred Hooper
Scott James
Jeff Laubenstein
Larry MacDougall
Dave Martin
Mike Nielsen
Roger Peterson
Loston Wallace
Matt Wilson
Mark Zug
Publication information
Publisher FASA
Product code 1701
First published 1997
ISBN-10 1555602894
Era Clan Invasion era
Civil War era

Note: There was a "corrected 1999 printing" of this sourcebook.


Field Manual: Mercenaries is the third in the Field Manual series detailing the military forces of the BattleTech factions. As its name implies, this book examines many mercenary units, though not necessarily the most famous ones. Field Manual: Mercenaries updates the stories of the units covered (listed below), as well as providing their deployment and employer status as of 3059.

Field Manual: Mercenaries also describes how to run your very own mercenary unit, from creation to combat to administration. To this end, it provides a fictional treatment to Outreach and the Outreach Mercenary Training Command, as well as common mercenary employers, markets, and contract types. In the rules section, players find rules concerning creating their own mercenary unit from scratch, developing supporting assets, figuring out logistics, negotiating their contracts, and determining their Dragoons Rating. FM:M also introduces the rules for the Gray Death Light Scout Armor.

From the back cover[edit]

For nearly 300 years, war has raged across the Inner Sphere as the rival Successor States fought one another and fearsome invaders called the Clans. This maelstrom of conflict has created untold suffering and destruction -- and a never-ending demand for the services of mercenary soldiers.

BattleTech Field Manual: Mercenaries provides an in-depth look at mercenaries in the 31st century, from the inner workings of a mercenary unit to detailed profiles of more than forty prominent mercenary bands. This how-to manual for would-be soldiers of fortune includes the histories, officers and favorite tactics of select mercenary units. special rules that reflect the unique capabilities of each mercenary command, and rules for creating and running your own BattleTech mercenary units.


  • "A Day in a Merc's Life"
  • Introduction
  • Professional Soldiering
    • Mercenaries Throughout History
    • Modern Mercenary Life
  • Outreach
    • Mercenary System
    • Mercenary Database
    • Training
  • Employment and Contracts
  • Assets and Organization
  • Mercenary Employment Roster
  • Creating a Mercenary Unit
  • Running a Mercenary Unit


Much of the information given in this book was revisited and changed in Field Manual: Mercenaries, Revised.