BattleTech: Essentials

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BattleTech: Essentials
Product information
Type Core Game Set
Publication information
Publisher Catalyst Game Labs
Product code CAT35020E
First published 18 June 2023
MSRP $24.99
Preceded by BattleTech Beginner Box, Second Edition


The BattleTech: Essentials is a physical game box containing the necessary pieces, papers, and material to serve as an introduction to the tabletop version of BattleTech. Compared to the original and second Edition BattleTech Beginner Boxes, BattleTech: Essentials is more specifically focused on the Solaris Games dueling arenas. It was accompanied by a promotional video voiced by the (still currently apocryphal) Duncan Fisher.

BattleTech: Essentials is exclusive to Target and was released on 18 June 2023.

From the back cover[edit]


Strap into your BattleMech's cockpit and charge into the most important fight of your life! Soldiers from across the Inner Sphere are drawn to the Game World of Solaris VII, where they seek glory, fame, and fortune in live-fire arena combat before rotating back to their empires' fields of battle. Yet only the best and most aggressive gladiators will succeed. Will you duel your way to the top of the leaderboards and be immortalized for all time, or will go down in flames to the sound of thunderous applause?

BattleTech is the world's greatest armored combat game, filled with epic stories and gaming experiences to satisfy any player, from miniatures to RPG play, hobby painting to fiction and beyond. BattleTech: Essentials is a first step on that fantastic journey, and includes everything you need to get started: two high-quality miniatures, quick-start rules, a mapsheet, cards to represent your MechWarrior's unique skills, dice, and more.

Do you have what it takes to conquer the arenas of the Game World and become a legend? Leap into the action and find out!'"


  • Two high-quality, fully assembled (unpainted) miniatures
Centurion Yen-Lo-Wang
Rifleman Legend-Killer
  • 18″ x 22″ full-color game mapsheet, double-sided
The Patchwork (The Reaches)
Steiner Stadium (Solaris City)
Justin Xiang Allard
Anya Terrel
Chaka Mobuto
Gray Noton
  • Solaris VII Arena Map Rules sheet
  • Six-sided dice (two)