Production information
Manufacturer Arc-Royal MechWorks

Babylon BattleMech Consortium

Strana Mechty MechWorks

Production Year 3048[1]
Model ANH-2A
Class Assault
Cost 9,732,667 C-Bills
Technical specifications
'Mech type Inner Sphere BattleMech
Mass 100 tons
Chassis Star League MN-01
Armor Starshield Special-b with CASE
Engine Nissan 200
Communications System Garret T19-G
Targeting Tracking System Wasat Aggressor Type 5
Heat Sinks 17 single
Speed 32.4 km/h
BV (1.0) 1,299
BV (2.0) 1,595[2]


Originally developed in the final year of the Amaris Civil War as the ultimate fixed position city defense BattleMech, the Annihilator was built as a sign of the military strength of both the Star League in Exile and the newly created Clans. The 100-ton 'Mech has a maximum speed of 32.4 km/h, making it one of the slowest 'Mechs ever designed, together with the UrbanMech. It is by no means intended to use speed to outmaneuver an enemy, instead depending on its twelve and a half tons of armor to weather any fire that is directed at the 'Mech. Discontinued before the Clans' Golden Century, in one of their few missteps, Wolf's Dragoons brought a number of unknown designs with them in 3009, raising more questions to their origins while at the same time adding to their mystique. It was exclusive to the Dragoons until the Jihad disseminated the design to Arc-Royal due to the strengthening of the relationship that Wolf's Dragoons forged with the Kell Hounds and Clan Wolf-in-Exile following their flight from Outreach.

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

The Annihilator is armed with an arsenal that is built to instill fear in an enemy as much as damage them. The 'Mech is armed with four Mydron Excel LB-X Autocannon/10s as its primary weapons. These can all fire either standard rounds or cluster rounds which act like 'Mech sized shotguns spreading damage out all over an enemy 'Mech. The 'Mech is also armed with four Magna 400P Medium Pulse Lasers, which allow the Annihilator to decimate any target which is able to make it through the devastating hail of fire and into close range combat.


  • ANH-1A 
    The actual variant that first appeared with Wolf's Dragoons in 3005, the 1A was armed with four Autocannon/10s and four medium lasers and carried an extra Heatsink. While less accurate and unable to use cluster rounds, the 1A was still a highly destructive and dangerous 'Mech that no MechWarrior looked forward to engaging. BV (1.0) = 1,151; BV (2.0) = 1,434[3]
  • ANH-1E 
    This field-expedient refit was used by the Dragoons after the Battle of Misery. All of the autocannons were removed and replaced with four PPCs. The ANH-1E also carried forty-one heat sinks, enough to fire the main weapons continually. BV (2.0) = 1,625[4]
  • ANH-1G 
    This variant had an ER PPC in the right torso, and three Gauss rifles (one in each arm, and one in the left torso) to provide hard hitting firepower. Each Gauss Rifle had two tons of ammunition. Ten double heat sinks were more than adequate to keep the machine cool. BV (2.0) = 2,274[5]
  • ANH-1X 
    The original model created in 2779 was equipped with a head-mounted Small Laser, four LB 10-X AC, a pair of Small Pulse Lasers, and four medium lasers. It carried six tons of LB 10-X ammunition, and the torsos were protected with CASE. Ten double heat sinks kept heat manageable. BV (2.0) = 1,926[6]
  • ANH-4A 
    More closely in line with the traditional Annihilator, the 4A carried two LB-X Autocannon/10s from the 2A, but removed two to make room for a pair of Heavy PPCs. Two Light Autocannon/2s from the 3A provide defense against conventional troops. A Compact Gyro freed up enough room for fifteen double heat sinks that kept heat from being completely out of control. BV (2.0) = 1,726
  • ANH-5W
    A configuration devised by Wolf's Dragoons in cooperation with Arc-Royal MechWorks, the ANH-5W carries four Gauss Rifles and four Medium Pulse Lasers. The 5W also uses advanced components such as CASE II, a Compact Gyro and an Endo Steel internal structure. Ten Double Heat Sinks can provide adequate heat management. BV (2.0) = 2,595[9][10]
  • Annihilator
    A variant of the Annihilator that was built using only Clan technology and used exclusively by Wolf's Dragoons, the Annihilator C increased its maximum speed to 54 km/h. The 'Mech was armed with four Ultra Autocannon/10s and four ER medium laser. The Ultra Autocannon/10s allowed the 'Mech to fire at twice the rate of a normal autocannon, allowing it to put as much fire out as if it was carrying eight regular autocannons. BV (1.0) = 2,005;[11][12] BV (2.0) = 2,520[13]
  • Annihilator C2 
    Apparently based on the ANH-1G, this variant only uses Clan technology. The 'Mech's top speed was 32.4 km/h and the armor protection was reduced, but four Gauss rifles backed up by an ER PPC in the center torso and a head-mounted ER Small Laser provided withering firepower for defensive engagements. Ten tons of ammunition kept the Gauss Rifles fed through the longest engagements. To make room for all these weapons, the C2 used an Endo Steel internal structure. Integrated CASE protected the arms and torsos from Gauss Rifle explosions. BV (2.0) = 2,722[14]

Custom Variants[edit]

  • Annihilator Bryan Gausszilla 
    Apparently based on the Annihilator C2, this customized variant carried a fifth Gauss rifle in addition to the standard Gauss Rifle layout, with only eight tons of ammunition altogether. It was the customized personal 'Mech of early-twenty-ninth-century Clan Ghost Bear Star Colonel Bryan Kabrinski, and apparently a unique modification given the note (as of 3074) that the 'Mech was "lost to history".[15] Known as Gausszilla in its time,[15] it is obviously a nod to the somewhat famous noncanonical Gausszilla design by Bryan Nystul but it should be noted that it is indeed a slightly different design: It has 14 tons of armor (instead of 11.5), double heat sinks (instead of regular heat sinks), less ammunition (8 instead of 9 tons), and no secondary weapons. BV (2.0) = 2,455[16][17]
  • Schwerer Gustav 
    Schwerer Gustav is an individual FrankenMech built partly from an Annihilator chassis. It could arguably be regarded as a (heavily) customized Annihilator.[18]

Apocryphal Variants[edit]

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The information after this notice comes from apocryphal sources; the canonicity of such information is uncertain.
Please view the reference page for information regarding their canonicity.

From MechWarrior Online:

  • ANH-1P 
    Using the newest technology available at the end of the FedCom Civil War, a 300 rated Light Fusion Engine gives the 1P average speed for an assault 'Mech. A Rotary AC/2 and Rotary AC/5 in each arm provides devastating firepower, in the event the 2 tons of RAC/2 and 3 tons of RAC/5 ammo run dry, four medium lasers split among the side torsos and a center torso-mounted Snub-Nose PPC allows the 1P to continue providing fire support. 16 double heat sinks provide adequate dissipation.[19]
  • Mean Baby 
    Possibly a modified ANH-1E, the Mean Baby upgrades the engine to a 300-rated XL engine. The arm-mounted lasers are removed, one of the two center-torso lasers are moved to the head and both are upgraded to ER medium lasers. If an enemy manages to close the distance, 4 Streak SRM-6s with 5 tons of ammo provide a devastating close-range punch, with fifteen and a half tons of armor providing adequate defense. Sixteen double heat sinks are hard pressed to dissipate all the waste heat, so care must be taken when firing the weapons.[19]

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Design Quirks[edit]

The Annihilator has the following Design Quirk:[20]


  • In German products, the unit's proper name was translated to Vernichter. The model code was accordingly changed to VRN-1R.



  1. MUL online date for the Annihilator
  2. Technical Readout: 3050 Upgrade, p. 107
  3. Wolf's Dragoons, p. 101
  4. Operational Turning Points: Death to Mercenaries, p. 31
  5. Record Sheets: Operation Klondike, p. 54
  6. Record Sheets: Operation Klondike, p. 53
  7. Experimental Technical Readout: Mercs, p. 6
  8. Record Sheets: 3050 Upgrade (Inner Sphere), p. 271
  9. Recognition Guide: ilClan, vol. 24, p. 31
  10. ForcePack Record Sheets Wolf's Dragoons, p. 11
  11. Combat Operations, p. 108
  12. Record Sheets: Upgrades, p. 155
  13. Record Sheets: Operation Klondike, p. 55
  14. Record Sheets: Operation Klondike, p. 56
  15. 15.0 15.1 Operation Klondike, p. 173
  16. Record Sheets: Operation Klondike, p. 57
  17. Recognition Guide: ilClan, vol. 24, p. 31
  18. Experimental Technical Readout: Mercs, pp. 7, 20
  19. 19.0 19.1 MechWarrior Online - Civil War Mech Pack Sale Page
  20. BattleMech Manual, p. 90: BattleMech Quirk Table - Annihilator Entry.