Skills List

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The Skills List is compiled for use with Classic BattleTech RPG (also known as MechWarrior, Third Edition). In cases where multiple sources are listed for the same skill, either additional subskills were added after the primary source's introduction of the skill or the secondary source has provided additional rules expansion for that skill. Refer to the sources for detailed descriptions and rules for use. The list is currently updated only as far as the references indicate.

A[edit]

Skill Link Attributes Source
Academics* INT/WIL MW3
Acrobatics RFL/STR MW3
Acting CHA/WIL MW3
Administration CHA/INT MW3
Animal Handling CHA/WIL MW3
Appraisal INT/WIL MW3
Archery DEX/STR MW3
Artillery INT/WIL MW3, AT2, Clan
Arts* varies MW3
  • Academics subskills: various
  • Arts subskills: various


B[edit]

Skill Link Attributes Source
Blades DEX/RFL MW3
Bombing DEX/INT MW3, AT2, Clan
Boxing RFL/BOD CBTC
Brawling RFL/STR MW3
Bureaucracy* CHA/SOC MW3
  • Bureaucracy subskills: various, by region

C[edit]

Skill Link Attributes Source
Careers* varies MW3
Chic CHA/SOC CBTC
Climbing BOD/DEX MW3
Comms/Conventional INT/WIL MW3
Comms/FAX INT/WIL HBHD
Comms/HPG INT/WIL MW3
Computers* INT/WIL MW3, CBTC
Cooking INT/WIL CBTC
Cryptography EDG/INT MW3
  • Careers subskills: various
  • Computers subskills: Operations, Programming, Hacker

D[edit]

Skill Link Attributes Source
Deception INT/WIL CBTC
Demolitions DEX/INT MW3
Disguise DEX/WIL MW3


E[edit]

Skill Link Attributes Source
Electronic Counter-Measures INT/WIL CBTC
Engineering (see note) INT/WIL MW3, LosTech
Environmental Combat* varies CovOps
Escape Artist DEX/WIL MW3
  • Environmental Combat subskills: Wilderness (Steppes) (BOD/WIL), Arctic (BOD/STR), Forest (BOD/INT), Desert (STR/WIL), Jungle (BOD/WIL), Mountains (STR/BOD), Hostile Atmosphere/Vacuum (BOD/RFL), Aquatic (BOD/RFL)
  • Note: The Engineering skill offers countless specializations, including the following: all of the Technician subskills, AeroSpace Fighters, BattleMechs, Conventional Aircraft, DropShips/Small Craft, Hovercraft, JumpShips, Naval Vessels, Tracked Vessels, VTOLs, Wheeled Vehicles and WarShips.


F[edit]

Skill Link Attributes Source
Fast Talk CHA/WIL MW3
First Aid DEX/INT MW3
Forgery DEX/INT MW3
Forward Observer INT/EDG CBTC
Free Fall RFL/WIL MW3


G[edit]

Skill Link Attributes Source
Gambling EDG/INT MW3
Gripper Gloves DEX/STR LosTech
Gunnery* varies (see note) MW3, AT2, Clan
Gunsmith DEX/INT MW3
  • Gunnery subskills: Ballistic (DEX/RFL), Laser (DEX/RFL), Missile (DEX/INT), Orbital Bombardment (?/?)
  • Note: Each of the three subskills of Ballistic, Laser and Missile fall within a specific category by the way the weapon is mounted. The categories are: AeroSpace (Aero), Conventional (Conv.), Humanoid, ProtoMech (Proto) and Space.

H[edit]

Skill Link Attributes Source
Hunting/Tracking* INT/WIL CBTC
  • Hunting/Tracking subskills: Humanoids, Mammals

I[edit]

Skill Link Attributes Source
Interests* varies MW3
Interrogation CHA/WIL MW3
Intimidation BOD/CHA MW3
Investigation WIL/INT CBTC
  • Interests subskills: varies

J[edit]

Skill Link Attributes Source
Jack Of All Trades INT/WIL CovOps
Jump Packs INT/RFL MW3


L[edit]

Skill Link Attributes Source
Languages* CHA/INT MW3
Leadership CHA/WIL MW3
Linguistics INT/WIL CBTC
  • Languages subskills: various (character's native language is not considered difficult)


M[edit]

Skill Link Attributes Source
Marketing INT/WIL HBHS
Martial Arts* RFL/WIL MW3, CBTC, ISP, ISP2, Sol
MedTech* INT/CHA MW3
Meditation WIL/BOD CBTC
  • Martial Arts subskills: Aikido, BattleMech, Battlesuit, Gung Fu/Crane, Gung Fu/Dragon, Gung Fu/Leopard, Gung Fu/Praying Mantis, Gung Fu/Snake, Gung Fu/Tiger, Gung Fu/Wing Chun, Karate, Kashima Shinryu (Kenjutsu), Military, Ninjitsu (Bujinkan), Quick Death, Systema, Tae kwon do
  • Note: Though not indicated in the respective titles, both Martial Arts/Quick Death and Martial Arts/Systema are rated Difficult.[1]

N[edit]

Skill Link Attributes Source
Navigation* INT/WIL MW3
Negotiation (see note) CHA/WIL MW3, HBHS
  • Navigation subskills: Air, Ground, Jump Drive, Naval, Space
  • Note: The Negotiation skill offers specializations in the following: Commercial, Legal and Political.


P[edit]

Skill Link Attributes Source
Perception INT/WIL MW3
Performance CHA/WIL HBHM
Pick Pocket DEX/RFL CBTC
Piloting* (see note) DEX/RFL MW3, AT2, Clan
Pistols DEX/RFL MW3
Poisons & Antidotes ? CBTC
Protocol* CHA/SOC MW3
Pugilism BOD/RFL CBTC
  • Piloting subskills: Aero, Aircraft, 'Mech, Battlesuit, Hover, Jump, Naval, Proto, Quad, Spheroid, Sub, Tracked, VTOL, Wheeled
  • Protocol subskills: various, by region
  • Note: Piloting offers specializations within the various subskills: Aero (Space operations, atmospheric operations, NOE flight, docking, landing), Aircraft (NOE flight, landing), Jump (Docking, WarShip operations), Spheroid (Space operations, atmospheric operations, landing, docking, hovering).


Q[edit]

Skill Link Attributes Source
Quickdraw DEX/RFL MW3


R[edit]

Skill Link Attributes Source
Read Lips INT/EDG CBTC
Reconnaissance INT/EDG CBTC
Riding RFL/WIL MW3
Rifles DEX/RFL MW3
Running BOD/RFL MW3


S[edit]

Skill Link Attributes Source
Scrounge CHA/EDG MW3
Security Systems* DEX/INT MW3
Seduction CHA/WIL MW3
Sensor Operations INT/WIL MW3
Shotguns DEX/RFL MW3
Sleight Of Hand DEX/RFL HBHM
Staffs DEX/RFL MW3
Stealth INT/RFL MW3
Strategy INT/WIL MW3
Streetwise* CHA/WIL MW3
Submachine Guns DEX/RFL MW3
Support Weapons BOD/DEX MW3
Surgery DEX/INT MW3
Surveillance ? CBTC
Survival BOD/INT MW3
Swimming BOD/STR MW3
  • Security System subskills: Electronic, Mechanical
  • Streetwise subskills: various, by region


T[edit]

Skill Link Attributes Source
Tactics* INT/WIL MW3, AT2, Clan
Technician* (see note) DEX/INT MW3, LosTech
Throwing Weapons DEX/STR MW3
Tracking INT/WIL MW3
Training CHA/INT MW3
  • Tactics subskills: Air, Air Support, Anti-BattleMech, Ground, Infantry, 'Mech, Naval, Proto, Space
  • Technician subskills: Aeronautics, Ballistics, Comms, Electronics, Fusion, ICE, Interplanetary, Jet, Jump Drive, Lasers, Mechanics, Missile, Myomer, Rotor, Support
  • Note: The Technician skill offers countless specializations, including the following: AeroSpace Fighters, BattleMechs, Conventional Aircraft, DropShips/Small Craft, Hovercraft, JumpShips, Naval Vessels, Tracked Vessels, VTOLs, Wheeled Vehicles and WarShips, as well as particular specializations in subgroups of equipment (ex: Technician/Ballistics/Ultra Autocannon and Technician/Missile/Recoilless Rifles).


W[edit]

Skill Link Attributes Source
Whips DEX/RFL MW3


Z[edit]

Skill Link Attributes Source
Zero-G Operations RFL/WIL MW3, AT2, Clan


Legend[edit]

  • Bold: indicates skills considered to be Difficult
  • *: when following a Skill name, indicates the Skill represents groups of related subskills.


  • Link Attributes:
    • BOD: Body
    • CHA: Charisma
    • DEX: Dexterity
    • EDG: Edge
    • INT: Intelligence
    • RFL: Reflexes
    • SOC: Social Standing
    • STR: Strength
    • WIL: Willpower


Sources[edit]


External Links[edit]

  1. "Martial Arts/Systema and /Quick Death"