MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries
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In the base game you have a higher chance of salvaging a cored 'Mech than a legged 'Mech. This mod changes that.

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In the base game, the probability of a 'Mech showing up in the salvage screen depends on how you destroy it. The below values are multiplied by 60% (the overall salvage modifier) to find the probability of the destroyed 'Mech appearing as salvage:

  • Legged: 10% base (6% overall)
  • Cored: 25% base (15% overall)
  • Headshot: 95% base (57% overall)

You saw that correctly, in the base game you have a higher chance of salvaging a cored 'Mech than a legged 'Mech. This may be an oversight or intentional design to discourage legging or increase the frequency of 'Mechs appearing in salvage, assuming most players kill 'Mechs by coring them. This mod switches the percentages for Legged and Cored, making it less likely for cored 'Mechs to appear in salvage and more likely for legged 'Mechs to appear:

  • Legged: 25% (15% overall)
  • Cored: 10% (6% overall)
  • Headshot: 95% (57% overall) 

The download file includes three options. The base option contains the above percentages. The Legged50 options raises the Legged percentage to 50%. The Legged75 option raises the Legged percentage to 75%.

Be aware that if you kill 'Mechs primarily by coring them, this mod will reduce the number of 'Mechs you see in salvage. If you kill 'Mechs primarily by legging them, this mod will increase the number of 'Mechs you see in salvage.


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I have also uploaded an optional file including a version of this mod that will remove cored 'Mechs from salvage and a version that increases the base chance for cored 'Mechs to appear in salvage to 25%. Both of these include options for 25%, 50%, and 75% base chances for legged 'Mechs.

There are two additional versions in the optional file. One provides a 95% chance for legged 'Mechs with either a 0% or 95% chance for cored 'Mechs (depending on the .pak file you install), the other changes the overall salvage modifier and the base salvage modifiers to 100%. This means that every 'Mech you destroy will appear in salvage (with the option to remove cored 'Mechs from the list, depending on the .pak file you install).