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Flamer

This article is about the fusion/fission plasma release energy weapon. For the fuel spitting vehicular flamer, which requires fuel storage, see Vehicular Flamer.
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Flamer
Production information
Type Energy (Heat-Inducing, Anti-Infantry)
Tech Base Clan/Inner Sphere
Year Introduced Clan = 2827 CFM

IS = 2025 WA

Technology Rating C
Availability Ratings B/B/B
Technical specifications
Heat 3
Damage 2 + 4D6 vs. Infantry[1] OR 6E/6CS[2]
Minimum Range n/a
Short Range 1
Medium Range 2
Long Range 3
Tons Clan = 0.5
Inner Sphere = 1
Critical Slots 1
Ammo Per Ton n/a
Cost (unloaded) 7,500
Ammo Cost (per ton) n/a
BV (1.0) 6
BV (2.0) Clan = 6[3]

IS = 6[4]



Description[edit]

Introduced in 2025, the standard Flamer taps into a BattleMech's reactor to produce heat in the form of a plasma release.[5] An extremely short-ranged weapon, the Flamer is devastating against infantry, however damage done against other 'Mechs and vehicles is negligible, though it can raise the enemy unit's heat levels. The Flamer is also often used to set ambient objects such as trees aflame, making it useful for burning forests or cities in order to slow the enemy down or cover friendly movements. A clear example of such weapon usage in a 'Mech is the Firestarter BattleMech.

Models[edit]

Flamer is manufactured on the following planets:

Coventry Volcano[edit]

Manufactured on Manufactured by Typically used in References
FLS-7K and FLS-8K Flashman [6][7]

Firestorm[edit]

Manufactured on Manufactured by Typically used in References
Vulcan

Flame Tech K-213[edit]

The products of Flame Tech are marketed across the Inner Sphere.[5]

Manufactured on Manufactured by Typically used in References
Fletcher Flame Tech

Flameshot[edit]

Manufactured on Manufactured by Typically used in References
Cadaver [8]

Hotshot[edit]

Most notably produced on Coventry, the Hotshot Flamer is marketed across the Inner Sphere.[5]

Manufactured on Manufactured by Typically used in References
Coventry Coventry Metal Works FS9-S and FS9-M2 Firestarter, Patton, Packrat, Firestarter OmniMech [5][9][10][11][12][13]
Sterope Sterope Defense Industries Hunter Light Support Tank, MHL-X1 Marshal [14]

Skylight Model 5[edit]

Manufactured on Manufactured by Typically used in References
Terra Pandora 'Mech Works

Zippo[edit]

Most notably produced on Furillo and Hesperus II, the Zippo Flamer is marketed across the Inner Sphere.[5]

Manufactured on Manufactured by Typically used in References
Furillo Defiance Industries WSP-1S Wasp [15][16]
Hesperus II Defiance Industries Hunter Light Support Tank, TDR-9S Thunderbolt, BRZ-A3 Berserker, SNT-04 Sentry [17][18][19][20][21]
Lushann Lushann Industries Limited Hunter Light Support Tank, MLN-1A Merlin [17][22][23]

Zippo Model X[edit]

Manufactured on Manufactured by Typically used in References
FLS-8K Flashman, RMP-5G Rampage [24][25]
Brand Planet Company
HS Carlisle Bergan Industries
Olympian Irian Irian BattleMechs Unlimited
Olympian Shiro III Irian BattleMechs Unlimited
Olympus Victoria Earthwerks Incorporated

Related Weapons[edit]

  • The vehicular flamer is a less advanced version of the flamer and can operate on vehicles and 'Mechs that are powered by internal combustion engines and hydrogen fuel cells, by using volatile fuel as an ammunition source. Besides being usable by such low-cost units, combined with its own very low price point, it lacks any advantages on the modern battlefield and should probably be avoided on 'Mechs which run on fusion engines.
  • The fluid gun (and its weaker civilian-grade cousin, the sprayer) could be argued to be a more versatile evolution of the vehicular flamer, since by being loaded with the right fuel it could easily serve that function.
  • The ER flamer is a more advanced version of the flamer, sacrificing some of its effectiveness at raising enemy heat levels in exchange for a longer range, which could make it useful in some situations.
  • The heavy flamer is, quite simply, a more powerful version of the flamer, with both the advantages and disadvantages that might imply.
  • Both the plasma rifle and plasma cannon could probably be considered to be the pinnacle of heat-inducing weaponry, but they are also both fairly late to the game.
  • Inferno missiles serve a very similar function and role to flamers, except that the heat is delivered to its customer by means of a guided, rocket-propelled warhead; the downside is that the raw explosive damage potential of the missile had to be sacrificed.

See Also[edit]

  • The 135-K Coolant Truck, also known as the Lifesaver, is unique in that its flamers can be converted to spray overheating 'Mechs with liquid nitrogen to help them cool down.
  • Heat-Seeking missiles tend to be very effective against units which have been hit by flamers, and as a result will work well beside them.

References[edit]

  1. Total Warfare, p. 217: "Burst Fire Weapons Versus Infantry Table
  2. A Time of War, p. 211: Anti-Infantry Weapons Table
  3. TechManual, p. 318: "Clan Weapons and Equipment BV Table"
  4. TechManual, p. 317: "Inner Sphere Weapons and Equipment BV Table"
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 TechManual, p. 218
  6. Technical Readout: 3039, p. 272: "FLS-7K Flashman"
  7. Technical Readout: 3050 Upgrade, p. 215: "FLS-8K Flashman"
  8. Technical Readout: 3145, p. 90: "Cadaver"
  9. Objective Raids, p. 80: "Coventry - Coventry Metal Works"
  10. Technical Readout: 3050 Upgrade, p. 24: "FS9-S Firestarter"
  11. Technical Readout: 3039, p. 80: "Rommel/Patton Tanks"
  12. Technical Readout: 3058 Upgrade, p. 128: "FS9-O Firestarter
  13. Technical Readout: 3145 Lyran Commonwealth, p. 26: "FS9-M2 Firestarter"
  14. Objective Raids, p. 161: "Sterope - Sterope Defense Industries"
  15. Objective Raids, p. 74: "Furillo - Defiance Industries of Hesperus II"
  16. Technical Readout: 3050, p. 60: "Wasp"
  17. 17.0 17.1 Objective Raids, p. 76: "Hesperus II - Defiance Industries of Hesperus II"
  18. Technical Readout: 3026 Revised, p. 32: "Hunter Light Support Tank"
  19. Technical Readout: 3050, p. 160: "Thunderbolt"
  20. Technical Readout: 3055 Upgrade, p. 81: "BRZ-A3 Berserker"
  21. Technical Readout: 3060, p. 86: "SNT-04 Sentry"
  22. Masters and Minions: The StarCorps Dossiers, p. 163: "Lushann Industrials Limited"
  23. Technical Readout: 3058 Upgrade, p. 142: "MLN-1A Merlin"
  24. Technical Readout: 2750, p. 44: "Flashman"
  25. Technical Readout: Succession Wars, p. 162: "RMP-5G Rampage"

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