The arenas of Solaris VII have seen glory and defeat, honor and treachery, blood and money. Now it’s your turn to make a name for yourself on the Game World with the all-new BattleTech boxed set BattleTech: Essentials, available exclusively through Target stores and on

BattleTech: Essentials is available for pre-order right now on, with an estimated shipping date of Sunday, June 18. The boxed set will be available in Target’s more than 1,900 U.S. stores nationwide on that day as well. At this time, there are no plans to offer this product through the Catalyst Game Labs web store or any other venues than Target. International shipping through Target is not available, but other options may be revisited at a later time.

This Beginner Box experience provides everything a new player needs to strap into their first BattleMech and seek fame and glory in gladiatorial combat on Solaris VII. Two of Solaris’ most iconic ’Mechs, the infamous Legend-Killer and the fan-favorite Yen-Lo-Wang, are included, along with a mapsheet depicting a Game World arena, and quick-start rules to get you right into the action.

Don’t miss your chance to take your place among the legends of Solaris VII as we partner with Target to bring BattleTech to a wider audience than ever before! 

Here are some first-look videos, to give you a sneak peek inside the BattleTech: Essentials box.

Catalyst Game Labs:

Big Red-40Tech:

Our friends at Polygon also previewed this new box here:

And here’s the full description of the box and its contents:

BattleTech: Essentials

Target exclusive – Pre-order now!

Strap into your BattleMech’s cockpit and charge into the most important fight of your life! Soldiers from across the Inner Sphere are drawn to the Game World of Solaris VII, where they seek glory, fame, and fortune in live-fire arena combat before rotating back to their empires’ fields of battle. Yet only the best and most aggressive gladiators will succeed. Will you duel your way to the top of the leaderboards and be immortalized for all time, or will go down in flames to the sound of thunderous applause?

BattleTech is the world’s greatest armored combat game, filled with epic stories and gaming experiences to satisfy any player, from miniatures to RPG play, hobby painting to fiction and beyond. BattleTech: Essentials is a first step on that fantastic journey, and includes everything you need to get started: two high-quality miniatures, quick-start rules, a mapsheet, cards to represent your MechWarrior’s unique skills, dice, and more. 

Do you have what it takes to conquer the arenas of the Game World and become a legend? Leap into the action and find out! 


  • Quick-Start Rules booklet
  • 2 high-quality, fully-assembled (unpainted) plastic miniatures
  • Punchboard including additional playing pieces as well as terrain
  • 18” x 22” full color, double-sided game map
  • Instant Guide to the Inner Sphere
  • 24-page fiction novella
  • 4 Record sheets
  • 4 MechWarrior cards
  • Solaris VII Arena Map Rules sheet
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