Rook (BattleMech)

This article is about the 55-ton BattleMech. For the WarShip, see Rook (Individual Potemkin-class WarShip).
Rook (BattleMech)
Production information
Manufacturer Hessen IndustrialWorks/NHDF[1]

New Hessen MechWorks[2]

New Hessen WorkMechs[3]

Precision Weaponry[4]

Production Year 3074[5]
Model NH-2[2]
Class Medium
Cost 7,471,723 C-bills
Technical specifications
'Mech type Inner Sphere BattleMech
Mass 55 tons
Chassis Hessen Rook Mk II
Armor New Hessen Laminar Weave
Engine DAV 220
Communications System Neil 6000
Targeting Tracking System Octagon Tartrac System C
Heat Sinks 12 double
Speed 64 km/h
Jump Jets Rawlings 45i
BV (2.0) 1,525[2]


The NH-2 Rook is a capable if unspectacular BattleMech. Devlin Stone's delivery of advanced engines during the Jihad allowed the move away from primitive components to a modern machine.

Slow for its weight class at 64 km/h, the Rook upgrades every component of the original to modern standards.[2]

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

The NH-2 Rook upgrades almost every component of the original. The chassis, armor, and engine are all modern but affordable, as are the electronics. Two heat sinks were removed but the remaining twelve are upgraded to double heat sinks.

The original PPC is upgraded to a Tiegart Maximum ER PPC. The head-mounted small laser, the design's anti-infantry component, is now a Sutel Precision Line Small Pulse Laser, far more effective at its task. The two rear-facing medium lasers were removed and the four remaining are more modern Hellion-V models.

If the Rook shines in any regard it is the Rawlings 45i Improved Jump Jets that allow it to jump over obstacles at the same speed as it can cover flat ground.[2]


  • NH-1B 
    This version of the Rook replaces the primitive technology systems with their Succession Wars-era counterparts. Though it carries less armor than the original Rook, the armor is tougher and lighter. This allowed engineers to install a better engine that is larger and more efficient, allowing the NH-1B to reach a top speed of 64.8 km/h. It is also roomier, allowing the NH-1B to carry 20 single heat sinks, six more than the NH-1A. BV (2.0) = 1,227[8]

Design Quirks[edit]

The Rook is subject to the following Design Quirk:[10]

BattleMech Gallery[edit]


  • Canon fluff was provided by Herbert A. Beas II on the (defunct) Classic BattleTech board due to exclusion from the initial PDF release in March, 2009.[11]


  1. Jihad Hot Spots: 3076, p. 115
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Technical Readout: Jihad, pp. 118–119: "NH-2 Rook"
  3. 3.0 3.1 Experimental Technical Readout: RetroTech, p. 6
  4. Objectives: Federated Suns, p. 24
  5. MUL online date for the Rook (BattleMech)
  6. Jihad Hot Spots: 3076, p. 115
  7. Jihad Hot Spots: 3076, p. 130
  8. Record Sheets: 3085 Unabridged - The Cutting Edge, p. 126
  9. Record Sheets: 3085 Unabridged - The Cutting Edge, p. 127
  10. BattleMech Manual, p. 94: BattleMech Quirk Table - Rook Entry
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