Technology & Combat Characteristics
Garazzo is designed to be a melee-type MS, with capabilities exceeding those of A-Laws' GN-X MS units and highly formidable against Celestial Being's Gundams; Garazzo possesses enough physical power to subdue Seravee. Garazzo has a similar appearance to Gadessa, retaining much of the frame and weapons such as the GN Cutters and GN Vulcans while adding GN spikes (a weapon similar in function to the GN Cutters) to the head, shoulders, knuckles, and a large shield built onto its left shoulder. Its shoulder-shield can slide open to generate a GN Field, capable of deflecting and shielding against Celestial Being's beam weaponry. Its signature armament is the beam claws that are generated from each finger, and can be combined into two powerful beam sabers; these beam sabers have enough power to slice through 00 Gundam's GN Sword IIs.
For long distance missions, Garazzo has an optional GN Booster that can connect to its legs and increase its speed. Garazzo also has an improved version of the GN Drive Tau that can rival the performance of a Third Generation Gundam's original GN Drive. There is a Gundam face hidden behind its face and the main sensors on the head is covered by a protective visor during combat. Near the end of the war against Celestial Being, Garazzo was even equipped with its own Trans-Am System, of which its design was copied from Celestial Being via espionage.
- GN Beam Claw
- Due to the housing of a GN Beam Saber in each finger, the Garazzo's fingers are 1.5 times the size of both Gadessa and Gaddess. The five GN Beam Sabers on each hand can be used either individually for a claw-like attack or combined into one large beam blade that is powerful enough to cut through the GN Sword II used by 00 Gundam.
- GN Cutter/GN Spike
- The solid blades mounted on Garazzo's arms can be covered with a thin layer of GN Field, allowing them to be used as potent close combat weapons; the spikes mounted all over the body also have a similar function. As these blades and spikes can be weaponized quickly and do not need any preparatory actions, they are highly effective during combat.
- GN Vulcan
- The GN vulcans are low-caliber wrist-mounted weapons with a high rate of fire. Though more powerful than the head mounted GN vulcans used on the GNX series, its been seen to have little effect on the armor of the Gundams. This is not to say its useless as an offensive weapon, just that it takes multiple consecutive hits before it shows any damage. Although mostly the GN vulcans are used more as a defensive weapon and to limit enemy movement, pressuring them into melee combat.
Special Equipment & Features
- Core Fighter
- Mounted on the back of the Garazzo, the core fighter is connected to the cockpit module and contains the suit's GN Drive Tau. Normally, it acts as the suit's backpack but it serves as an escape unit in times of danger. When the Garazzo is in danger of being destroyed, the core fighter detaches together with the cockpit module, which flips forward as the core fighter flies away.
- A defense system built based on Gundam Virtue's data. The left epaulet slides out to expose the field emitter array. This ability is very useful because of its high resistance to physical bullets and beam attacks, however it also consumes large amount of GN Particles when used. Due to this and the fact that the Garazzo is powered by a GN Drive Tau, the number of times it can be used is limited. It has been shown to be able to withstand powerful direct hits from Seravee's GN Bazooka II as well as the GN Beam Cannons onboard the Ptolemaios 2. The optional GN Field emitters on the GN-XIV seem to be derived from this.
- The Garazzo was later equipped with the Trans-Am System, using data stolen from Celestial Being by Anew Returner. However, unlike the true GN Drives used by the Gundams, the GN Drive Tau used by Garazzo is destroyed after Trans-Am is completed, leaving the mobile suit without the ability to generate new GN Particles. After Trans-Am, the suit would rely on remaining particle storage for retreating purposes.
- GN Booster
- The Garazzo can be equipped with a pair of large red GN boosters. The boosters attach at the legs, covering them up to the mobile suit's knees, and are longer than the legs. At the end of each booster is a large GN thruster. The boosters are designed to increase the equipped mobile suit's overall speed (during Garazzo's first appearance, when it is approaching Ptolemaios 2 with the GN Booster, it is mentioned to be approaching at a rate of 78 km/s (280,800 km/hr). This is around 229 times the speed of sound. It is highly possible that other MS using the GN Booster can also reach similar speed and flight range, the latter of which is especially important since the boosters are equipped to mobile suits powered by GN Drive Taus, which have a limited charge. With the additional speed and flight range, the equipped mobile suit is capable of launching raids, hit-and-run, and other surprise oriented attacks on the enemy. The boosters are usually discarded when entering combat, possibly because they may not be suitable for combat situations or because they usually run out of particles by the time the unit enters the combat zone.
- Like Celestial Being's Gundams, the Gadessa Series are all installed with a Veda-based operating system, whereby a link with Veda is used to help the pilot and improve overall performance. Since Garazzo was still able to operate even after the Veda backup was disconnected, it is highly likely that Garazzo also has an alternative alone operating system installed for such circumstances.
The battle was interrupted by three GNZ-005 Garazzo piloted by Bring Stabity clones (In 00I) sent by Regene Regetta to support Beside. Fon battles the three Garazzos and defeats them, while Beside retreats.
The Garazzo first appeared on Episode 10 and caught up to the Ptolemaios 2 using an optional GN Booster. It fights 00 and manages to overwhelm it, and destroys one of 00's GN Swords. The Garazzo retreats, after Lockon Stratos/Cherudium Gundam and Tieria Erde/Ptolemaios 2 started to fire at it.
When the A-Laws contingent ambushes Celestial Being's asteroid base at Lagrange 3, Garazzo physically overpowers Seravee before going against the 00 Raiser. The Garazzo was destroyed by 00 Raiser in Trans-Am mode, however, Bring survived and escaped via the rear mounted escape pod that contains Garazzo's GN Drive Tau. Bring pilots a second Garazzo in episode 14, but the unit is destroyed and Bring is killed as a result of the team effort by Seravee and the hidden Seraphim Gundam.
In episode 19 a grey colored Garazzo was piloted by Hiling Care and was severely damaged or otherwise destroyed by the 00 Raiser. Although Hiling is not shown to have escaped in an escape pod, she does survive the attack. In episode 20, Hiling pilots yet another Garazzo along with Revive/Gadessa under the objective of stealing 00 Gundam yet both Garazzo and Gadessa are instantly destroyed by 00 Raiser. Both Hiling and Revive escape via the escape pods.
Garazzo had the Trans-Am system installed and was used to take out the Seravee with help from Revive/Gadessa. In episode 25, Hiling's Garazzo was destroyed (resulting in Hiling's death) by Arios Gundam and the joint effort of Allelujah and Hallelujah.
Notes & Trivia
- The Garazzo is similar to the OZ-13MSX2 Mercurius from Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, most notably as both are made to counter their respective Gundam enemies and use powerful defense systems. The round bulky shoulders can be likened to the OZ-02MD Virgo, a mass production unit based on the Mercurius.
- ↑ Consonance of 00F Volume 4
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 HG 1/144 GNZ-005 Garazzo manual
- ↑ Gundam 00 Season 2 Episode 10 "Heavenly Light
- ↑ Cite error: Invalid
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- ↑ Gundam 00 2nd Mechanics book
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 HG 1/144 GNZ-005 Hilling Care's Garazzo manual
- ↑ Gundam 00 Season 2 Episode 10
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 DX Mechanics March 09 Issue
- ↑ HG 1/144 Susanowo [Trans-Am Mode] manual
- ↑ Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Season 2 Episode 25 "Rebith"