The ''Thorn'' is a light [[BattleMech]] that was designed for front line use. When the 'Mech first debuted it was with a great deal of hype that unfortunately the 'Mech could never truly live up to. Critics who look at the 'Mech generally see it in one of two ways. As a light 'Mech that isn'
t fast enough for its own good or a light ' Mech that tries to do a job that only a heavier 'Mech should.
Looking at the ''Thorn'' with neither bias it is easy to see where these two viewpoints come from. As far as being able to intercept or hunt down recon 'Mechs of it's era it is far too slow, and as far as front line combat the ''Thorn''
doesnât have the armor or staying power of most front line machines. The only real unique and advanced aspect of the ''Thorn'' is that it was the first 'Mech to utilize an [[Endo Steel]] chassis and [[CASE]] which paved the way for much heavier 'Mechs in later eras to utilize the technology and make themselves far deadlier with a greater degree of survivability.
*THE-S - The THE-S ''Thorn'' is a downgraded version of the ''Thorn'' that is very similar to the original THE-N ''Thorn''. While this variant loses some of it's survivability, there are few changes to the design
â even when you take into account its loss of [[Star League]] era technology. The primary changes are the loss of the [[Endo Steel]] structure and the [[Cellular Ammunition Storage Equipment]]. The extra ton of weight needed due to the heavier standard structure is achieved through the removal of CASE and by reducing the already meager armor protection by half a ton. BV (1.0) = 445, BV (2.0) = 510
*THE-N1 - The THE-N1 ''Thorn'' is the newest variant of this venerable old [[BattleMech]]. All of the weapons have been stripped from the chassis and the standard engine has been replaced with an ExtraLight engine while retaining the same speed. The increased weight savings have allowed for the addition of an [[ER PPC]] and a [[Small Laser]]. This new weapons array adds a level of lethality never seen before on the ''Thorn'' at the cost of reduced survivability. BV (1.0) = 595, BV (2.0) = 656