Black Lanner

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Black Lanner
Class: Medium Mech
Faction: Clan
Ticket cost: 8 upon destruction
Tier: 9
Speed: 119 km/h (166 km/h with MASC)
Torso yaw: 360°
Torso pitch: -29° to +50° while standing.
-29° to +60° while crouching.
Variant Armament
Variant Weapons Equipment
Price: 79 600 CBills
Total base armor: 44 166
Price: 77 200 CBills
Total base armor: 44 166
Price: 75 200 CBills
Total base armor: 44 166
Price: 73 800 CBills
Total base armor: 44 166
Price: 76 200 CBills
Total base armor: 44 166
Price: 73 300 CBills
Total base armor: 44 166
Price: 69 300 CBills
Total base armor: 44 166
Price: 78 000 CBills
Total base armor: 44 166

The Black Lanner is a fast medium Omnimech built by the clans, excelling at harassment and scouting. The MASC equipment is built into the design and all units possess it.

Roles and Gameplay Hints

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Being quite fast and sporting a diverse array of weapons, the Prime version is a great harasser unit, pounding enemies from long range with the LRM10s and the ER Large Beam Laser, but also able to defend itself at smaller distances with the ER Medium Beam Lasers and the SRM6. It's a proficient scout, the heavier on that role, with a GECM suite that makes detection difficult and, like all Black Lanners, a MASC for speed.

Variant A

The best harasser among the Black Lanner variants, it has extreme range, and it can use its speed to perform hit-and-run tactics. Its equipped with a cERPPC amd twin cLRM5s. Three Medium Beam Lasers can be used for short-range defense and medium-range attacking, four Double Heatsinks help to keep some of the heat in check. In packs or along with other similar-equipped 'Mechs it can cause serious damage.

Variant B

This is the Lanner that wants to come close and personal. The combination of the Heavy Medium Laser, ATM 6 High Explosive and six Heavy Small Lasers can dish out amazing damage, although at the expense of heavy heat, which the five Double Heat Sinks have difficulty dealing with. It also cannot engage at long range, needing to search for cover when facing long range units. It also sports a C3 unit, allowing it to operate as a forward scout for missile boats and other allied units.

Variant C

A well-rounded skirmisher, it can deploy the Heavy Large Lasers at medium ranges (and great heat), and then use its impressive speed to close in and finish the opposition with the quad Small Beam Laser battery and the Dual Streak SRM4. An AECM provides nearby teammates with ECM support and disables enemy NARC missiles.

Variant D

The ultimate drive-by 'Mech. This variant uses MASC, which gives it impressive speed for its size, while the tip of the spear is the cNARC launcher, allowing allied missile boats to engage out of the enemy line of fire, making this Black Lanner an important asset. Offensively, it mounts a single cLRM10, 4 cERSBLs, and a single cLPL, giving it a moderate amount of firepower. Although they make any interception attempt a dangerous task, they can't dish enough damage in a prolonged combat.

Variant E

Newly remodeled, the Black Lanner E variant now mounts a good one-two punch with a cERATM6 and the cLBX5 cLBX2 triplet. When caught in close range, it can utilise MASC to break distance, and resume long range offensive operations. Four Machine guns give the Mech some anti-Battlearmour and anti-aircraft utility. The E variant also makes room for EOptics, allowing for greater accuracy at long ranges.

Variant F

Operating at medium range, the Black Lanner F is able to bring a Ultra Autocannon 5, three Medium Beam Lasers and a standard range ATM 6 to bear, all of which are able to used effectively up to close range, barring the ATM launcher's 120 meter arming deadzone.

Variant G

A stand-off Mech utilising almost exclusively longe range weaponry, the Black Lanner G is a support/scout hybrid. It is equally comfortable ferreting out non hidden enemy units with its C3 computer and sharing the data, as it is with guiding in missiles from allied units or launching them itself, utilising the TAG and twin LRM launchers mounted on the chassis.


The Black Lanner is a fast medium OmniMech that can take on a variety of roles. It first saw action during the Trials in the run up to the Clan Invasion, but the Inner Sphere first saw it during the Battle of Tukayyid. The front-line 'Mech makes use of all weight-saving technology available to the Clan Jade Falcon scientists who used it, including an XL Engine, Endo Steel, and eight tons of Ferro-Fibrous armor. The Black Lanner includes a MASC system on the base chassis that enables it to run up to 151 km/h in bursts.

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