Production information
Type Point Defense
Tech Base Inner Sphere Advanced
Year Availability 3064[1]
Technical specifications
Heat 0[2]
Damage 15/10/5/2[3]
Minimum Range 0
Short Range 1
Medium Range 2
Long Range 3
Extreme Range 4
Tons 1
Critical Slots 1
Cost (unloaded) 6000
BV (2.0) 5[4]


The M-Pod is based on the A-Pod and B-Pod, but uses larger explosives to inflict more damage. Designed by engineers in the Solaris games, the M-Pod is essentially a modified canister of LB-X autocannon ammunition. When activated it sprays targets with a mixture of shrapnel and 'Mech sized shotgun pellets, inflicting damage out to the range of a standard Machine Gun.[5]

Unfortunately the M-Pod shares the same restricted range of its smaller cousins. Only targets that are close to the 'Mech mounting the M-Pod will be affected, and the damage drops off rapidly as the distance to the target increases. Between 0 and 30 meters the M-Pod will fling out a lot of damage[6], but the damage drops off by a third at each range bracket.[7]

One saving grace of the M-Pod is that unlike the Machine Gun, unexpended M-Pod rounds will inflict only as much damage as a single Autocannon/5 hit.[8] This is very different from the often-catastrophic results of Machine Gun ammunition detonating.


The M-Pod is manufactured on the following planets:

Brand Planet Company
Pepperspray Solaris Solaris Arms[9]
Boomstick II Solaris ES-MRT[10]


  1. Tactical Operations, p. 330
  2. Tactical Operations, p. 409
  3. Tactical Operations, p. 408
  4. Tactical Operations, p. 383
  5. Tactical Operations, p. 331
  6. Uses 15 column of cluster hits table
  7. At 2 hexes, use 10 column of cluster hits table. At 3 hexes, use 5 column.
  8. Tactical Operations, p. 331
  9. Technical Readout: 3055 Upgrade, p. 152 Ronin
  10. Technical Readout: 3055 Upgrade, p. 162 Hachiwara