Merlin (BattleMech)

Merlin (BattleMech)
Production information
Manufacturer Mountain Wolf BattleMechs[1]

Sabanillas Mining Company

Production Year 3010[2]
Model MLN-1A
Class Heavy
Cost 4,911,200 C-bills[2]
Technical specifications
'Mech type Inner Sphere BattleMech
Mass 60 tons
Chassis Heavy Star QAT-4[1]
Armor Longanecker PlastiSteel[1]
Engine Pitban 240[1]
Communications System Magestrix Alpha[1]
Targeting Tracking System Magestrix Gamma[1]
Heat Sinks 18[1]
Speed 65[1] km/h
Jump Jets Pitban LFT-50[1]
BV (1.0) 1,039[1][3]
BV (2.0) 1,217[2][4]


The Merlin debuted in 3010 as a product of the rebuilt Mountain Wolf BattleMechs. The Merlin was hailed as a technological marvel at the time it was released, as it was the first completely new design to be developed in over 100 years. The Merlin uses components that are all reliable and readily available, making the Merlin a durable and easy-to-repair 'Mech. The 'Mech is powered by a Pitban 240 fusion engine that gives it a top speed of 64.8 km/h. The Merlin carries ten and a half tons of armor, which is a respectable amount of protection for its weight. Additionally, the Merlin carries eighteen heat sinks to handle its heavy heat load.[1]

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

The Merlin is armed to be able to engage an enemy at any range. For long range combat, the 'Mech carries a Magna Hellstar PPC and a Holly LRM-5 launcher. To protect itself at medium to short ranges, a pair of Martell Model 5 medium lasers provide the Merlin with respectable short range firepower. Finally, to protect the 'Mech against infantry attacks, the Merlin has a Zippo Flamer and a Sperry Browning Machine Gun.[1]


  • MLN-1B 
    The 1B variant introduced in 3053[5] removes the Machine Gun and its ammunition and replaces them with an additional heat sink to help handle the Merlin's heat load. BV (1.0) = 1,060[6][7], BV (2.0) = 1,228[8][5]

Custom Variants[edit]

  • MLN-1B Merlin Porter 
    A uniquely customized Merlin introduced in 3064[12], which was created by a tech named Porter Romero on the world Armington. He salvaged the 'Mech from a pirate raid during the 3060s. Using a wrecked militia Bulldog for parts, he replaced the ruined PPC and LRM-5 with the tank's Large Laser and SRM 4 Launcher as well as adding additional armor. BV (1.0) = 909[13][12]


  • The Merlin was the first sample 'Mech used to demonstrate the 'Mech construction rules with the Battledroids rulebook, where it appears in a slightly different configuration owing to slightly different construction rules. Like the Chameleon, it was largely overlooked until it finally received a proper entry in Technical Readout: 3058.

Design Quirks[edit]

The Merlin has the following Design Quirks:[16]



  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 Technical Readout: 3058 Upgrade, pp. 142-143, "MLN-1A Merlin"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 MUL online date for the Merlin (BattleMech)
  3. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 256
  4. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere), p. 264
  5. 5.0 5.1 MUL online date for the Merlin MLN-1B variant
  6. Combat Operations, p. 136
  7. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 257
  8. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere), p. 265
  9. 9.0 9.1 MUL online date for the Merlin MLN-1C variant
  10. Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades, p. 258
  11. Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Inner Sphere), p. 266
  12. 12.0 12.1 MUL online date for the Merlin MLN-1B (Porter) variant
  13. Record Sheets: Unique 'Mechs p. 8 - Merlin Porter - Custom Variant published by BattleCorps website.
  14. 14.0 14.1 MUL online date for the Merlin MLN-SX variant
  15. Experimental Technical Readout: Boondocks p. 4, 17 - MLN-SX Merlin - Experimental Prototype Merlin.
  16. BattleMech Manual, p. 93 BattleMech Quirk Table - Merlin Entry.