Centaur (ProtoMech)

This article is about the ProtoMech. For other uses, see Centaur.
Production information
Manufacturer Clan Smoke Jaguar Unknown facility[1]
Tech Base Clan
Introduced 3060
Technical specifications
Mass 5 tons
Chassis Standard
Armor Standard
Engine 45 Fusion
Speed 97 km/h
Jump Jets None

1x ER Micro Laser
1x LRM-3
1x SRM-2

BV (1.0) 140[1]
BV (2.0) 192[2]


One of the best first generation ProtoMechs, the Centaur combines high speed, decent armor, and a varied weapons mix. These features make it a flexible combatant, able to keep up with scout 'Mechs while supporting them.[1]

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

The SRM and LRM missile launchers provide much of the striking power of the Centaur, which then uses the ER Micro Laser to finish off opponents who have been damaged by the missile racks. The only drawback to the Centaur's weaponry is the lack of reloads for the missile systems. With just ten reloads for the SRM-2's and only eight for the LRM rack, a Centaur pilot can rapidly deplete his ammunition stocks. Its armoring is also relatively light; a single hit from a Large Laser will penetrate the center torso. The 45-rated fusion engine helps it maintain a good cruising speed of 65km/h[1]


  • Centaur 2 
    Developed during the 3060s, this variant utilizes then-newly developed Heavy Laser technology. With minor armor reduction, the ProtoMech is armed with a SRM 2 Launcher in torso. As its main gun, it holds a Heavy Small Laser. BV (2.0) = 154[3]
  • Centaur 3 
    This second variant, also developed during the 3060s, drops all weapons and a considerable amount of armor for a single ER Medium Laser. BV (2.0) = 238[4]
  • Centaur 4 
    A Jihad era variant, this variation of the design employs MASC, allowing it to achieve 120 km/h for brief bursts. BV (2.0) = 228[5]


In German products the unit's proper name was perfectly translated to Zentaur.



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Technical Readout: 3060, p. 199
  2. Record Sheets: 3060 Unabridged, p. 298
  3. Record Sheets: 3060 Unabridged, p. 299 - Civil War era variant of the Centaur.
  4. Record Sheets: 3060 Unabridged, p. 300 - ER Medium Laser variant of the Centaur.
  5. Record Sheets: 3060 Unabridged, p. 301
  6. The Wars of Reaving Supplemental, p. 40