GAT-X252 Forbidden Gundam
Model number: GAT-X252
Code name: Forbidden Gundam
Unit type: prototype close combat mobile suit
Manufacturer: Earth Alliance
Operator: Earth Alliance
First deployment: 15 June C.E. 71
Accommodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit in torso
Dimensions: head height 17.47 meters
Weight: max gross weight 85.33 metric tons
Armor materials: unknown
Powerplant: ultracompact energy battery, power output rating unknown
Equipment and design features: sensors, range unknown; Trans-Phase (TP) armor; "Geschmeidig Panzer" energy deflection armor
Fixed armaments: 2 x "Igelstellung" 75mm multi-barrel CIWS, fire-linked, mounted in head; 2 x "Armfeuer'" 115mm machine gun, mounted on forearms; 2 x "Eckzahn" 88mm railgun, mounted on backpack, operable only in close combat mode; "Hresvelgr" plasma induction cannon, mounted on backpack, operable only in close combat mode
Optional hand armaments: "Nidhoggr" heavy scythe
Despite the theft of four prototype Gundams by ZAFT, the Earth Alliance continues its research and constructs new units featuring advanced technologies. One such unit is the GAT-X252 Forbidden Gundam, which is designed as a close combat attack unit. One of the new technologies implemented in the Forbidden Gundam is Trans-Phase armor, which is an improved version of Phase Shift armor. Whereas Phase Shift armor utilizes a "power up" mode denoted by color and a 'power down' mode denoted by gray, Trans-Phase armor is designed to only activate at the point of impact and thus preserve energy. This energy can then be used for power-consuming energy weapons. Also, to keep up with the abilities of Coordinators, pilot Shani Andras is an "Extended" who has been subjected to brainwashing and the use of performance enhancing drugs. Unfortunately, these drugs have severe side effects after wearing off.
As a close combat suit, the Forbidden Gundam is equipped with various beam and melee weaponry. Most notably, its large backpack can be fitted over its head for a high mobility close combat mode. In this close combat mode, it is capable of firing arcing beams from its "Hresvelgr" plasma cannon or standard shots from its twin "Eckzahn" railguns. The close combat mode also features the "Geschmeidig Panzer" armor system, which can deflect and redirect beams. The system uses a colloid gas filled with beam-deflecting particles, which are held in place by the magnetic charge generated by the shields. Other armaments include standard "Igelstellung" head vulcans and an "Armfeuer" machine gun. For melee combat, the Forbidden Gundam is equipped with a "Nidhoggr" heavy scythe for use outside of close combat mode. The Forbidden Gundam's design is later seen again with the underwater variant GAT-X255 Forbidden Blue and its mass production counterpart, the GAT-706S Deep Forbidden. The Forbidden Gundam is first deployed in combat during the Earth Alliance's attack on the Orb Union. In Shani's reckless hands, the Forbidden Gundam proves to be a challenging foe, even for Kira Yamato's ZGMF-X10A Freedom Gundam. Following the defeat of Orb, the Forbidden Gundam is taken to space and transferred to the battleship Dominion under the supervision of Blue Cosmos leader Muruta Azrael. The Forbidden Gundam is destroyed near the war's end on September 26, C.E. 71, by Yzak Joule's GAT-X102 Duel Gundam.
Pilot: Shani Andras
Appearances: Mobile Suit Gundam SEED; Mobile Suit Gundam SEED DESTINY; Mobile Suit Gundam SEED DESTINY ASTRAY; Battle Assault 3 featuring Gundam SEED; Mobile Suit Gundam SEED: Never-Ending
Tomorrow; Gundam SEED Battle Assault; 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.
Original mechanical designer: Kunio Okawara
"Nidhoggr" heavy scythe