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 1,520 kW
Propulsion: rocket thrusters: 114,000 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 was a custom mobile suit created by combining new and salvaged parts. The Tristan was a refurbished version of the RX-78NT-1 Gundam NT-1 Alex, an Earth Federation Forces Newtype-use mobile suit from the One Year War in UC 0079. The Tristan was deployed by Birnam, the private army of Scharnhorst Buch, founder of the Buch Concern conglomerate. Its subsidiary company Buch Junk Inc. salvaged space debris and had acquired mobile suits and mobile suit parts through illegal and illicit methods. The Tristan’s head, backpack, chest and waist were new parts. Its backpack design and the placement of its beam sabers were similar to the RX-178 Gundam Mk-II. The Tristan’s armaments included a pair of vulcan guns, two beam sabers, the arm-mounted Gatling guns from the Gundam Alex, and a beam rifle and shield. Instead of a replaceable e-pac, the beam rifle’s power source was built into the weapon. The shield was a custom design created for the Tristan.
The Tristan’s name was inspired by the mythological tale Tristan and Iseult, which also lent its name to another Birnam unit, the RX-160G Byarlant
Isolde. In UC 0096, Cyber Newtype Quentin Fermo piloted the Tristan and attacked the EFF special unit Mastema, which had traveled to the Axis asteroid on a mission to secure psychoframe research data following the Laplace Incident. Fermo clashed 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 ended when Arlette triggered 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.