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Pile Driver

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Pile Driver
Production information
Type Melee Weapon
Tech Base Inner Sphere
Year Availability Pre-Spaceflight[1]
Availability Ratings D[2]/E[2]/D[2]
Technical specifications
Heat 0[3]
Damage 9[3]
Minimum Range 0
Short Range 0
Medium Range 0
Long Range 0
Tons 10[3]
Critical Slots 8[3]
Space Slots 1[3]
Ammo Per Ton N/A
Cost (unloaded) 100,000[2]
BV (1.0) --
BV (2.0) 5[4]


The Pile Driver is a piece of construction equipment that is rarely seen on the battlefield. Though it has been used by the arena fighters on Solaris,[5] the interference with other equipment and lack of range mean it's not popular with the regular armies of the Inner Sphere. Instead, the Pile Driver is usually found on IndustrialMechs that are for construction.[1]

Essentially a giant hammer, the Pile Driver uses a massive weight to drive poles, pipes, and conduits into the ground. In certain mining operations, Pile Drivers are used to drive massive metal spikes through hardened rock. Though any combat unit that gets between the ground and the Pile Driver is in for a rough time, the Pile Driver is massive and clumsy. For these reasons it is rare to see a Pile Driver in combat.[1]


Game RulesEdit

The Pile Driver inflicts 9 points of damage on any target it hits. As the Pile Driver is so massive and clumsy, any to-hit roll suffers a -2 penalty.[6]

Bipedal 'Mechs can carry a Pile Driver in each arm, but must remove the hand and lower arm actuator to do so. Quad 'Mechs can mount a single Pile Driver in each side torso. A Pile Driver may not be mounted in any area that mounts a Chainsaw, Dual Saw, Mining Drill, Rock Cutter, Wrecking Ball, Combine, or Backhoe.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 TechManual, p. 244, "Heavy-Duty Pile Driver"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 TechManual, p. 293, "Industrial Equipment (Cont) - Table"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 TechManual, p. 344, "Industrial Equipment Table"
  4. TechManual, p. 317, "Inner Sphere Weapons And Equipment BV Table"
  5. Mappack: Solaris VII, p. 56, "Pile Driver"
  6. Total Warfare, p. 146, "Physical Weapon Attacks Table"