RX-78AN-01 Gundam AN-01 Tristan (anime version)
Model number: RX-78AN-01
Code name: Gundam AN-01 Tristan
Unit type: custom Newtype use mobile suit
Manufacturer: Buch Junk Inc (based on an Earth Federation Forces design)
First deployment: UC 0096
Accommodation: pilot only, in panoramic monitor/linear seat cockpit in torso
Dimensions: head height 18.0 meters
Weight: empty 45.0 metric tons; max gross 59.5 metric tons
Armor materials: Luna Titanium alloy
Powerplant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, output rated at 1520 kW
Propulsion: rocket thrusters: 114000 kg total
Equipment and design features: sensors, range unknown
Fixed armaments: 2 x 60mm vulcan gun, mounted in head; 2 x 90mm Gatling gun, mounted in forearms; 2 x beam saber, stored in recharge racks in backpack, hand-carried in use
Optional fixed armaments: shield, mounted on left forearm; see RX-78KU-01 Kurwenal
Optional hand armaments: beam rifle
The RX-78AN-01 Gundam AN-01 Tristan is a custom mobile suit created by combining new and salvaged parts. The Tristan is based on the RX-78NT-1 Gundam NT-1 Alex, an Earth Federation Forces Newtype-use mobile suit from the One Year War. The Tristan is deployed by Birnam, the private army of Scharnhorst Buch, founder of the Buch Concern conglomerate. Its subsidiary company Buch Junk Inc. salvages space debris and has acquired mobile suits and mobile suit parts through both illegal and illicit methods. The Tristan’s head, backpack, chest and waist are new parts. Its backpack design and the placement of its beam sabers are similar to the RX-178 Gundam Mk-II. The Tristan’s armaments include a pair of vulcan guns, two beam sabers, the arm-mounted Gatling guns from the Alex, and a beam rifle and shield. Instead of a replaceable e-pac, the beam rifle’s power source is built into the weapon. The shield is a custom design created for the Tristan.
The Tristan’s name is inspired by the mythological tale Tristan and Iseult, which also lends its name to another Birnam unit, the RX-160G Byarlant
Isolde. In UC 0096, Cyber Newtype Quentin Fermo pilots the Tristan and attacks the EFF special unit Mastema, which has traveled to the Axis asteroid on a mission to secure psychoframe research data following the Laplace Incident. Fermo clashes with several Neo Zeon mobile suits pulled out of storage before docking with the support platform RX-78KU-01 Kurwenal to face off against Arlette Almage’s mobile armor AMA-X4 Ahava Azieru. The battle ends when Arlette triggers a Newtype event using a psychoframe sample recovered from the wreckage of Char Aznable’s MSN-04 Sazabi.
Pilot: Quentin Fermo
Appearances: Mobile Suit Gundam Twilight AXIS (anime); Mobile Suit Gundam Twilight AXIS (manga)
Note: Based on the RX-78AN-01 Gundam AN-01 Tristan from the Gundam Twilight AXIS novel.