Field Manual: Updates

Field Manual: Updates
Product information
Type Sourcebook
Development Randall N. Bills
Primary writing Herb Beas
Randall N. Bills
Loren Coleman
Warner Doles
Chris Hartford
David L. McCulloch
Brant Sponberg
Christoffer Trossen
Pages 238
Cover Artwork Doug Chaffee
Illustrations Doug Chaffee
Chris Lewis
Publication information
Publisher FanPro
Product code 10976
First published 2003
ISBN-10 3890649769
Era Civil War era
Jihad era
Universe Date 3067
Series Field Manuals
Preceded by Field Manual: Periphery
Followed by Field Manual: Mercenaries, Revised


Field Manual: Updates, as its names implies, updates the information that was published in previous Field Manuals to early to mid-3067. This includes an updated faction history, albeit abbreviated, information on each faction's line units, and updated Random Assignment Tables for 'Mechs, aerospace fighters, and ProtoMechs. The book is divided into sections, each analogous to one of the previous ten Field Manual books, which each section containing a historical update, followed by detailed information on the military forces, and ending with a list of units that contains their quality rating, loyalty, and planetary base.

From the back cover[edit]

For five long years the Inner Sphere has known war on a scale not seen in centuries, with the militaries of literally every faction involved in combat to one extent or another. Now, as relative peace appears to be settling over the Inner Sphere, a review of the military forces of the BattleTech universe are in order.

Classic BattleTech Field Manual: Updates updates all ten Field Manuals, including a history section that will bridge the gap between where the appropriate Field Manual left off and the current year of 3067, as well as a complete and current TO&E for all factions. Updated random 'Mech assignment tables for all factions are also included.


  • Glory March (short story)
  • Introduction
  • The Shape of Things that Were
    • Birth and Afterbirth
    • War, Civil and Otherwise
    • Traditions New and Old
    • Future: Bright of Bleak
  • Mercenaries
    • The Modern Mercenary
    • The Final Salute
    • Mercenary Employment Roster
  • Rules
    • Unit Assignment Tables


  • On page 65, the book lists the WarShip CSR Cold Hunter under "Naval Assets" of Clan Snow Raven. This has since been retconned/clarified as an error—no such ship ever existed in the Snow Raven touman. (See also: Cold Hunter)
  • The book was reprinted in 2005 as Version 1.0, with additional corrections.
  • The original printing had Updates on the cover; the 2005 reprint has Update.
  • The trademarked title was Classic BattleTech Field Manual: Update in both printings.
  • This book features a more complete Deployment Table than usual, abbreviated as C/SL/O(R). This represented each unit's percentage of Clan/Star League technology they possessed, the percentage of Omni units, and the Random Assignment Table to roll on. Clan forces displayed a 1 or 2 for front-line and second-line units, while Inner Sphere forces displayed A through F for Equipment Rating, with A being the superior. This was also used in the Mercenaries Supplemental series.