ZGMF-X23S Saviour Gundam


Model number: ZGMF-X23S
Code name: 
Saviour Gundam
Unit type:
 prototype attack use transformable mobile suit
Manufacturer: Integrated Design Bureau
Operator: ZAFT (Zodiac Alliance of Freedom Treaty)
First deployment: 
C.E. 73
pilot only, in standard cockpit in torso
 overall height 18.61 meters (mobile suit mode)
max gross weight 77.13 metric tons
Armor materials:
 ultracompact energy battery, power output rating unknown
Equipment and design features: 
sensors, range unknown; VPS (Variable Phase Shift) armor; deuterion beam energy supply system, allows for remote recharging of energy with battleship Minerva
Fixed armaments:
2 x MMI-GAU25A 20mm CIWS, mounted in head; 2 x M106 “Amfortas” plasma beam cannon, mounted on backpack, can be fired in mobile suit and mobile armor mode; 2 x MMI-GAU2 “Picus” 76mm machine gun; 2 x MA-7B “Super Fortis” beam cannon; 2 x MA-M941 “Vajra” beam saber, stored on shoulders, hand-carried in use
Optional hand armaments: MA-BAR70 high-energy beam rifle; MMI-RD11 aerodynamic shield, mounted on left arm

Following the Bloody Valentine War, ZAFT unveils its Second Stage of advanced new Gundam mobile suits. One of these designs was the high speed transforming ZGMF-X23S Saviour Gundam. As with other new Gundam designs, the Saviour Gundam was equipped with Variable Phase Shift armor that blocked conventional weapon attacks. Because the Junius Treaty banned the use of N-Jammer Cancelers in mobile suits, ZAFT developed the deuterion beam energy supply system to replenish the battery’s energy on the battlefield. When the Saviour Gundam’s energy ran low, it could receive the incoming energy beam from its mothership Minerva and recharge its battery. In its mobile armor mode, the Saviour Gundam was fast and highly maneuverable in both space and the Earth’s atmosphere. The Saviour Gundam was equipped with a wide variety of armaments for use in its two modes. Its main armament was a pair of “Amfortas” plasma beam cannons which could be used in both configurations. The Saviour Gundam’s other armaments included two beam cannons, vulcan guns, a beam rifle and two beam sabers.

When the Second Bloody Valentine War broke out in October C.E. 73, PLANT Supreme Council Chairman Gilbert Durandal assigned the Saviour Gundam to Athrun Zala after reinstating him to ZAFT as a member of the elite FAITH (Fast Acting Integrated Tactical Headquarters). Durandal gave Athrun free reign to act as he saw fit with his authority as a member of FAITH, but he requested that Athrun join the crew of the Minerva and help it play a role similar to that of the Archangel in the previous war. After a brief encounter with the Orb Union’s military, Athrun joined with the Minerva at ZAFT’s Carpentaria Base and participated in battles in the Indian Ocean and Middle East. The Saviour Gundam was heavily damaged while engaging Kira Yamato’s ZGMF-X10A Freedom Gundam in a naval battle near the Greek island of Crete in the Mediterranean Sea. Following the battle, the damaged mobile suit was declared a total loss. Durandal assigned Athrun to pilot the new ZGMF-X666S Legend Gundam, but Athrun defected from ZAFT soon after, so the new unit was instead given to Rey Za Burrel.

Pilot: Athrun Zala
First appearance: Mobile Suit Gundam SEED DESTINY
Original mechanical designer: Kunio Okawara






MA-BAR70 high-energy beam rifle


MA-M941 “Vajra” beam saber


MMI-RD11 aerodynamic shield


Rear view (Mobile suit mode)


Mitsuo Fukuda

Chiaki Morosawa
Hiroyuki Yoshino
Hiroshi Ohnogi
Kazuho Hyodo
Shigeru Morita
Natsuko Takahashi
Yuuichi Nomura

Mechanical Designer(s):
Kunio Okawara
Kimitoshi Yamane

Character Designer:
Hisashi Hirai

Musical Composer:
Toshihiko Sahashi

50 episodes; 1 TV special; 4 compilation movies

Airdates (Original):
Japan 10.09.2004 – 12.25.2005

Airdates (HD Remaster):
Japan 04.xx.2013 – 03.xx.2014

Video Release (SE):
Japan 05.26.2006 – 02.23.2007
U.S. 06.17.2008 – 01.13.2009


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