Production information
Manufacturer Ceres Metals Industries[1]
Production Year 3053[2]
Model SNK-1V[1]
Class Medium
Cost 7,305,970 C-bills
Technical specifications
'Mech type Inner Sphere BattleMech
Mass 45 tons
Chassis Ceresplex IV
Armor Starshield with CASE
Engine VOX 225 XL
Communications System CeresCom Model 21-Rs
Targeting Tracking System Dwyerson Mark XII
Heat Sinks 11 double
Speed 86 km/h
Jump Jets Anderson Propulsion 30
BV (1.0) 910[3][4]
BV (2.0) 980[1][5]


The Snake is a 'Mech that was built under the aegis of an Elemental hunter. With the power of hindsight though the Snake is clearly designed to hunt Inner Sphere battle armor suits. The 'Mech is built using a VOX 225 XL engine to move at a top speed of 86.4 km/h. The Snake also has a jumping capability of one hundred and fifty meters making it capable of outmaneuvering any battle armor suit and also keeping it on par with most medium 'Mechs. The Snake is also armored with seven tons of armor and uses double heat sinks to cool the 'Mech's excess heat.

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

The Snake's primary weapon is a Mydron Excel LB-X Autocannon/10 which can fire both standard rounds as well as firing cluster rounds which act like 'Mech sized shotgun shells. The 'Mech is also armed with three Hovertec Streak SRM-2s which are highly effective in finding weak spots in an enemy's armor or against Inner Sphere battle armor.


  • SNK-2B 
    The 2B variant of the Snake is a modification of the 'Mech that uses Stealth Armor to make the 'Mech harder to target. In order to do this one of the Streak SRM-2 launchers has been removed from the 'Mech and an ECM Suite has been added.[1] BV (1.0) = 994, BV (2.0) = 1,081[6]
  • SNK-2Br 
    This refit of the 2B variant replaces the standard autocannon with a pair of plasma rifles. Though amazingly effective against battle armor, the plasma rifles can quickly run out of ammunition. Like many other newly manufactured machines the variant contains Stealth armor for better protection.[7] BV (2.0) = 1,603[8]

Custom Variants[edit]

  • SNK-1V Snake Alexi 
    A customized variant produced for House Marik MechWarrior Alexi Danisov. During Operation Guerrero, his Liao-built Snake was always running out of ammunition. With ammunition scarce, Alexi had his BattleMech's LB-X 10 Class Autocannon replaced with a pair of Large Lasers. The 'Mech performed well, and Alexi retained these weapons and upgraded the lasers to Extended Range Models. BV (1.0)= 1,170[9]
  • SNK-1V Snake Arthur 
    Used by the commander of Youling Zhanshi, the Snake Arthur is equipped with stealth armor and a Guardian ECM suite, while an anti-missile system destroys incoming fire. The standard weapons have been replaced by an ER PPC and LRM-5. Thirteen double heat sinks keep the Mech cool, while a MASC system allows Arthur to put on bursts of speed. The lack of weapons might be an issue for some pilots, but this Snake variant is used as a command 'Mech,[10] so it's not a problem for Arthur. BV (2.0) = 1,477[11]

Design Quirks[edit]

The Snake is subject to the following Design Quirks:[12][13]


  • In German products, the unit's proper name was translated to Schlange. The model code was accordingly changed to SCL-1E.



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Technical Readout: Jihad, pp. 92–93: "SNK-1V Snake"
  2. MUL online date for the Snake
  3. Technical Readout: 3055 Upgrade, pp. 34–35: "SNK-1V Snake"
  4. Combat Operations, p. 123
  5. Record Sheets: 3055 Upgrades Unabridged, p. 46
  6. Record Sheets: 3055 Upgrades Unabridged, p. 47
  7. Technical Readout: 3085, p. 190
  8. Record Sheets: 3085 Unabridged — Old is the New New, p. 72
  9. Record Sheets: Unique 'Mechs p. 4 - Snake Alexi - Custom Variant published by BattleCorps website.
  10. BattleTech Dossiers: Youling Zhanshi, p. 4
  11. BattleTech Dossiers: Youling Zhanshi, p. 18
  12. BattleMech Manual, p. 94: "BattleMech Quirk Table"
  13. BattleMech Manual Errata (Version 6.01), p. 9