Classic BattleTech Boxed Set

This article is about one specific product. For the series of game boxes that served as the core BattleTech product, and its iterations over time, see BattleTech boxed set.
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Classic BattleTech Boxed Set
Product information
Type Core Game Set
Development Randall N. Bills
Primary writing Jordan K. Weisman
Sam Lewis
L. Ross Babcock III
Pages 64 + 48 + 16
Cover Artwork Franz Vohwinkel
Illustrations Matthew Plog
Franz Vohwinkel
Publication information
Publisher FanPro
Product code 10980
First published 2003
ISBN-10 3-89064-980-7
MSRP $34.99, 34,99€
Era Succession Wars era
Preceded by BattleTech, Fourth Edition
Followed by Classic BattleTech Introductory Box Set


Classic BattleTech Boxed Set is a rebranding and redesign of the Fourth Edition Box after the transfer of the BattleTech license to WizKids. The Universe Book and Quickstart Rules became the template followed by future intro boxes.

From the back cover[edit]

Leap Into the Action!

Strap yourself into the ultimate suit of armor: the BattleMech. Thirty feet tall and weighing up to a hundred tons, this humanoid engine of destruction is a walking arsenal with enough firepower to level a city block. The Classic BattleTech game system takes you into the world of the 31st century, where war has become a way of life. In command of the most powerful machine on the battlefield, your MechWarrior fights to take a planet or lose an empire.


  • 48 full-color, stand-up cardboard playing pieces representing 24 of the most common BattleMechs used in the Inner Sphere
  • The Classic BattleTech Universe, a 48-page full-color book containing universe background and BattleMech technical data
  • One 64-page rulebook
  • One 24-page book of pregenerated BattleMech Record Sheets
  • One 16-page full-color quick-start rulebook that will have you into the action in minutes
  • Two 22" X 27" full-color mapsheets
  • Two six-sided dice
  • One full-color, poster-sized map of the Inner Sphere circa 3067



  • The cardboard stand-up pieces received another art revision since the Fourth Edition Box. The art used for these stand-ups is the same illustrations found in mini tech readout at the end of the Inner Sphere at a Glance book in future Catalyst printings of the box set.

Foreign-Language Editions[edit]


A German edition was published by Fantasy Productions in 2004 as Classic BattleTech, ISBN 3890649521.[1]