Mecha Body Size

Mecha bodies come in Large, Huge, Gargantuan, and Colossal sizes. A mecha’s size determines how many equipment slots (places where weapons and additional equipment can be installed) it has, and how well it measures up in combat. See Table: Mecha Sizes for a summary of this information.

Size Modifier: Apply this modifier to the mecha’s attack rolls and to its Defense.
Equipment Slots: The number of locations where weapons and other mecha equipment can be installed.
Hit Points: The mecha’s hit points, and the number of hit points the mecha provides its operator.
Base Speed: The mecha’s base land speed. Certain types of armor reduce base speed (see Mecha Armor).
Height: The mecha’s height in feet.
Weight: The mecha’s weight in pounds.
Fighting Space: The mecha’s fighting space.
Reach: The mecha’s reach, even without weapons.
Purchase DC: The base purchase DC of the mecha without armor, weapons, and other equipment.
Restriction: The level of license required to purchase the mecha legally.

Table: Mecha Sizes
SizeSize ModifierEquipment SlotsHit PointsBase SpeedHeightWeightFighting SpaceReachPurchase DCRestriction
Colossal–82580060 ft.64–128 ft.250,000 lb. or more30 ft. by 30 ft.15 ft.60Mil (+3)
Gargantuan–41740050 ft.32–64 ft.32,000–250,000 lb.20 ft. by 20 ft.15 ft.48Mil (+3)
Huge–21120040 ft.16–32 ft.4,000–32,000 lb.15 ft. by 15 ft.10 ft.44Mil (+3)
Large–1710030 ft.8–16 ft.500–4,000 lb.10 ft. by 10 ft.10 ft.40Res (+2)

Large Mecha

Essentially big suits of armor, Large mecha excel in urban battlefields and starship boarding actions, where they move through buildings and corridors to find the enemy. Large mecha are the easiest to operate. However, they can’t carry the intense array of weapons that bigger mecha can, nor are they as strong or durable.

Combat Statistics: A Large mecha adds a +8 equipment bonus to a character’s Strength score. It imposes a –1 size penalty on attack rolls and to Defense. Depending on the material used, a Large mecha has 100 bonus hit points, which are added to the character’s total and subtracted first when the character takes damage. It takes a –4 penalty on Hide checks.

A Large mecha has a single slam attack that deals 1d8 points of damage (plus the character’s increased Strength modifier). Its reach is 10 feet, and its base speed is 30 feet.

Base Purchase DC: 40.

Equipment Slots: A Large mecha has 7 equipment slots available. These slots are located as follows.

Helmet: 1 slot.
Back: 1 slot.
Left arm: 1 slot.
Right arm: 1 slot.
Shoulders: 1 slot.
Torso: 1 slot.
Boots: 1 slot.

Huge Mecha

Common weapons on the futuristic battlefield, Huge mecha offer a solid balance between cost, agility, and sheer bulk. They perform well in any combat environment, but they favor locations with some variation in terrain. In the wide-open desert or depths of outer space, they can fall prey larger mecha.

Combat Statistics: A Huge mecha adds a +16 equipment bonus to a character’s Strength score. It imposes a –2 size penalty on attack rolls and to Defense. Depending on the material used, a Huge mecha has 200 bonus hit points, which are added to the character’s total and subtracted first when the character takes damage. It takes a –8 penalty on Hide checks.

A Huge mecha has a single slam attack that deals 2d6 points of damage (plus the character’s increased Strength modifier). Its reach is 10 feet.

Base Purchase DC: 44.

Equipment Slots: A Huge mecha has 11 equipment slots available. These slots are located as follows.

Helmet: 1 slot.
Visor: 1 slot.
Back: 1 slot.
Left arm: 1 slot.
Left hand: 1 slot.
Right arm: 1 slot.
Right hand: 1 slot.
Shoulders: 1 slot.
Torso: 1 slot.
Belt: 1 slot.
Boots: 1 slot.

Gargantuan Mecha

Gargantuan mecha are highly experimental in PL 6 societies, but quite common at PL 7. Units of this size are titans of the battlefield, able to destroy almost anything they can hit. Gargantuan mecha are common in outer space environments but are often too expensive and unwieldy for planet-based missions.

Combat Statistics: A Gargantuan mecha adds a +24 equipment bonus to a character’s Strength score and a –2 penalty to Dexterity. It imposes a –4 size penalty on attack rolls and to Defense. Depending on the material used, a Gargantuan mecha has 400 bonus hit points, which are added to the character’s total and subtracted first when the character takes damage. It takes a –12 penalty on Hide checks. A Gargantuan mecha has a single slam attack that deals 2d8 points of damage (plus the character’s increased Strength modifier). Its reach is 15 feet.

Base Purchase DC: 48.

Equipment Slots: A Gargantuan mecha has 17 equipment slots available. These slots are located as follows.

Helmet: 1 slot.
Visor: 1 slot.
Cranium: 1 slot.
Back: 2 slots.
Left arm: 1 slot.
Left hand: 1 slot.
Right arm: 1 slot.
Right hand: 1 slot.
Shoulders: 2 slots.
Torso: 2 slots.
Belt: 1 slot.
Left leg: 1 slot.
Right leg: 1 slot.
Boots: 1 slot.

Colossal Mecha

Colossal mecha do not exist in PL 6 societies and are rare sights even at PL 7. Only at PL 8 do they leave the experimental stage and enter the battlefield in respectable numbers. Massive juggernauts, Colossal mecha represent the epitome of futuristic warfare, with firepower sufficient to destroy starships or level entire city blocks. They typically serve as mobile artillery and walking weapon platforms.

Combat Statistics: A Colossal mecha adds a +32 equipment bonus to a character’s Strength score and a –4 penalty to Dexterity. It imposes a –8 size penalty on attack rolls and to Defense. Depending on the material used, a Colossal mecha has 800 bonus hit points, which are added to the character’s total and subtracted first when the character takes damage. It takes a –16 penalty on Hide checks. A Colossal mecha has a single slam attack that deals 4d6 points of damage (plus the character’s increased Strength modifier). Its reach is 15 feet.

Base Purchase DC: 60.

Equipment Slots: A Colossal mecha has 25 equipment slots available. These slots are located as follows.

Helmet: 2 slots.
Visor: 1 slot.
Cranium: 1 slot.
Back: 2 slots.
Left arm: 2 slots.
Left hand: 1 slot.
Right arm: 2 slots.
Right hand: 1 slot.
Shoulders: 2 slots.
Torso: 4 slots.
Belt: 2 slots.
Left leg: 2 slots.
Right leg: 2 slots.
Boots: 1 slot.

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