Howler (Baboon)

This article is about the 20-ton BattleMech. For other uses, see Howler (disambiguation).
Howler (Baboon)
Production information
Manufacturer Novy Minsky Armaments Plant

CJF Factory Zone 5

Production Year 2871[1]
Model Baboon
Class Light
Cost 1,826,240 C-bills
Technical specifications
'Mech type Clan BattleMech
Mass 20 tons
Chassis Type-A endo steel
Armor Type 2 Ferro Fibrous with CASE
Engine 140 Standard
Communications System Mercer 973 (Only confirmed for Howler (Baboon) 2)[2]
Targeting Tracking System GEG Pattern 490/1 (Only confirmed for Howler (Baboon) 2)[2]
Heat Sinks 10 double heat sinks
Speed 119 km/h

3x LRM-5

BV (1.0) 587
BV (2.0) 645[3]


Although this simian-looking BattleMech was conceived as a Totem 'Mech for Clan Fire Mandrill,[4] in the Inner Sphere where it was given the reporting name Baboon, the Howler was first observed among Clan Jade Falcon second-line units, though it has since been proven to be much more widespread. It is relatively fast for a 'Mech its size, topping out at 119 km/h. Its good speed and armament is made possible by the use of an endo steel structure and three tons of ferro-fibrous armor.

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

The Howler is, essentially, a missile boat, very potent for its size. Meant to provide fire support to light garrison Stars, the 'Mech carries three LRM-5 launchers and three tons of ammunition. It is also used extensively as a training 'Mech.[4]


  • Howler
    The Howler was redesigned by Clan Steel Viper scientists to improve their light second-line units after the Clan was expelled from the Inner Sphere by Clan Jade Falcon. A smaller extralight engine provides the space for four ATM-3s along with two tons of ammunition. Though the 'Mech's running speed is reduced, it uses MASC to accelerate to 130 km/h in short bursts. BV (1.0) = 634, BV (2.0) = 757[3]
  • Howler 3 ("Devil") 
    Clan Snow Raven scientists refitted captured Howler 2s with an ER PPC and a targeting computer, turning the 'Mech into a sniper. This variant was supposedly inspired by the 30-ton Devil, a BattleMech design in turn inspired by early Howlers Clan Snow Raven had captured from Clan Fire Mandrill.[2] BV (1.0) = 1,048, BV (2.0) = 1,277[3]
  • Howler
    Developed by Clan Jade Falcon, this model drops two of the LRM-5s, installs jump jets that can cover 210 meters, and reduce the carried ammunition to a single ton. It is prominently used as a trainer. BV (2.0) = 506[5]
  • Howler
    The standard Howler chassis has had its LRM-5s removed and replaced with six ER medium lasers, fitted in triple mounts in each side torso. BV (2.0) = 1,363[6]
  • Howler
    Another close range combatant, this Howler variant carries a pair of SRM-6s in a shoulder turret. Two tons of ammunition are carried in a CASE II protected bay. BV (2.0) = 550[7]

Design Quirks[edit]

The Howler has the following Design Quirks:[8]

Related Designs[edit]

  • Devil[9] - A 30 ton light BattleMech, which built off the Howler's design.

Notable Pilots[edit]

See Category:Notable Howler (Baboon) Pilots


  • In German products, the unit's proper Clan name was translated to Heuler. The unit's proper Inner Sphere name was also perfectly translated to Pavian.
  • Author Ashley Watkins stated in a blog entry that she designed stats and wrote background for Baboon as originally published in TRO:3055.



  1. MUL online date for Howler (Baboon)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Technical Readout: 3055 Upgrade, p. 104
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Master Unit List: Battle Values, p. 66
  4. 4.0 4.1 Recognition Guide: ilClan, vol. 8, p. 4
  5. Recognition Guide: ilClan, vol. 8, p. 22
  6. Recognition Guide: ilClan, vol. 8, p. 23
  7. Recognition Guide: ilClan, vol. 8, p. 24
  8. BattleMech Manual, p. 90: Battlemech Quirk Table - Howler Entry.
  9. Recognition Guide: ilClan, vol. 8, p. 6