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ZGMF-X88S Gaia Gundam

 

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Mobile suit mode in original colors

Mobile suit mode in Andrew Waltfeld colors

Quadruped mode in original colors

Quadruped mode in Andrew Waltfeld colors

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ZGMF-X88S Gaia Gundam

 

General and Technical Data

 

Model number(s): ZGMF-X88S (ZAFT); RGX-03 (Earth Alliance)
Code name:
Gaia Gundam
Unit type:
prototype attack use transformable mobile suit
Manufacturer: Integrated Design Bureau
Operator(s): ZAFT (Zodiac Alliance of Freedom Treaty); Earth Alliance; Three Ships Alliance
First deployment:
2 October C.E. 73
Accommodation:
pilot only, in standard cockpit in torso
Dimensions:
overall height 17.80 meters (mobile suit mode)
Weight:
max gross weight 69.85 metric tons
Armor materials:
unknown
Powerplant:
ultracompact energy battery, power output rating unknown
Propulsion: unknown
Equipment and design features:
sensors, range unknown; Variable Phase Shift (VPS) armor; deuterion beam energy supply system, allows for remote recharging of energy with battleship
Fixed armaments:
2 x MMI-GAU25A 20mm CIWS, fire-linked, mounted in head; 2 x MA-M941 "Vajra" beam saber, stored on hips, hand-carried in use; MA-BAR71XE high-energy beam rifle, power rating unknown, stored on main body in quadruped mode, hand-carried in use; MMI-RS1 mobile shield, mounted on left arm; 2 x MA-81R beam assault cannon, mounted on shoulders; 4 x MMI-GAU1717 12.5mm CIWS, mounted on head of quadruped mode, operable only in quadruped mode; 2 x MR-Q17X "Griffon 2" beam blade, mounted on main body, operable only in quadruped mode
Optional hand armaments: none

 

Technical and Historical Notes

 

Following the Bloody Valentine War, ZAFT unveils its "Second Stage" of advanced new Gundam mobile suits. The ZGMF-X88S Gaia Gundam is first developed as a Silhouette pack used by the ZGMF-X56S/ζ Gaia Impulse, but ZAFT decides to produce it as a separate mobile suit instead. The Gaia Gundam a transformable unit featuring a quadruped animal mode similar to the TMF/A-802 BuCUE. As with other Gundam designs, the Gaia Gundam is equipped with Variable Phase Shift armor that blocks conventional weapon attacks. Because the Junius Treaty bans the use of N-Jammer Cancelers, ZAFT develops the deuterion beam energy supply system to recharge batteries on the battlefield. When energy reserves are low, the Gaia Gundam can receive an incoming energy beam from its mothership and recharge its batteries. Although the Gaia Gundam transforms into a BuCUE-like alternate form, its armaments are more varied. Weapons include two beam assault cannons, a beam rifle, vulcan guns, beam blades and beam sabers. For its initial testing, the Gaia Gundam is assigned to ZAFT test pilot Riika Sheder. On October 2, C.E. 73, the Gaia Gundam is stolen from ZAFT's military PLANT Armory One by Stella Loussier, an artificially enhanced "Extended" pilot from the Earth Alliance's secret Phantom Pain unit. After capturing the Gaia Gundam, the Alliance reverse engineers its design and creates the limited production GAT-X399/Q Wild Dagger. On Earth, Stella attacks the Minerva alone when the ship discovers the Alliance lab that created the Extendeds in Lodonia, East Europe. After a short battle with ZAFT pilots Shinn Asuka and Athrun Zala, Stella is captured and the Gaia Gundam is returned to ZAFT's custody. However, the Gaia Gundam is later stolen again and is repainted for use by Three Ships Alliance pilot Andrew Waltfeld.

 

Miscellaneous Information

 

Pilot(s): Stella Loussier, Riika Sheder, Andrew Waltfeld
Appearances: Mobile Suit Gundam SEED DESTINY; Mobile Suit Gundam SEED DESTINY ASTRAY; Mobile Suit Gundam SEED DESTINY ASTRAY (photonovel); Mobile Suit Gundam SEED DESTINY (GBA); Mobile Suit Gundam SEED: Alliance VS ZAFT; Mobile Suit Gundam SEED DESTINY: Alliance VS ZAFT II; Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Vs. Full Boost
Original mechanical designer: Kunio Okawara

 

Lineart

 

MA-BAR71XE high-energy beam rifle
MA-M941 "Vajra" beam saber
MMI-RS1 mobile shield
MR-Q17X "Griffon 2" beam blade

 

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