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Gunpla Battle (ガンプラバトル, Ganpura Batoru) is the fictional simulated battles in Model Suit Gunpla Builders Beginning G, D, and J and later, appears in the Gundam Build Fighters anime series as well as related side stories.

Overview

Model Suit Gunpla Builders Beginning Series

Gunpla battles are operated like flight simulators. In the OVA, players (also known as Gunpla Meisters) go to the local P.O.D. arcade, which has a Haro for them to place the Gunpla in. A giant Haro is available for larger Gunpla such as the RX-78GP03D Gundam "Dendrobium Orchis". For safety reasons, the player is required to wear a pilot suit. Game controls, as well machine specifications are based on how the Gunpla is created/customized. The Gunpla tournament involves battles between three-player teams.

The performance of machine is relative to the Gunpla itself, every bit of detail increase its performance, while shoddy work makes it lower. Scale also plays a major factor in Gunpla battle; for instance, a player can pilot an MA-08 Big Zam mobile armor, but if the Gunpla is 1/550 scale, then it is actually smaller in the battlefield than a 1/144 scale mobile suit.

Gundam Build Fighters Series

Gunpla battles are operated on one or several large hexagonal table-like 3D image projector that are set up in various locations around the world, including hobby shops. To operate these, a person is required to set a GP Base that registers the model and its creator as well as its operator. This allows a co-op battle with the Builder of the Gunpla acting as the operator/navigator and the pilot as the Fighter. It is also possible for a person to act as both, in fact, this is often the case. The machine also projects a holographic interface around the participating combatants, with the Fighters given a pair of glowing orbs that act as the controls. Weapon and system slots are displayed, showing the Gunpla's current weaponry and which special system is available for use.

The Gunpla are brought to life via Plavsky Particles. These particles are also able to fully replicate effects such as beam weaponry, thrusters, etc as well as the arena itself and its physics to increase the realism and immersion. A Gunpla's performance directly correlates to the quality of its construction as well as the materials that were used (For example, reinforcing a beam rifle's barrel with metal parts will increase its durability allowing it to fire a stronger beam without adverse effect). Through certain means of particle manipulation, special systems such as I-Fields can also be replicated, even on units that never had them in the original show as with the I-field used on the Apsalus III or new features such as the 侍ノ弐 Sengoku Astray Gundam's particle Fa Jin style.

Damage inflicted in Gunpla Battles reflected onto the Gunpla model Thus if a machine is, for example - beheaded - then the Gunpla will retain said damage after the battle concludes.

While technically each player can only bring in one Gunpla, the rule can be bent by using Bits or support units, as long as the builder manage to build these support units individually, make sense in the context, and/or start out attached to the unit. Examples that utilize such "loophole" including: Gundam Double X and their Bit mobile suits (story context); Gadelaza with its 154 bits (require to be built painstakingly); GM Sniper K9 with its K9 support unit.

As with Gunpla Builders, the performance of a Gunpla in battle is relative to how a Gunpla is constructed. A straight assembly Gunpla (or what is known as an out-of-the-box Gunpla) tend to be weak like a normal mass produced Mobile Suit. It's stated that even a Gunpla that's just been painted tend to do even better than a straight assembled one. However, it is known that a Fighter's piloting skill can compensate for the lower performance of a straight assembled Gunpla and even make it on par with a painted one.

Known players/users

Gunpla Meisters

Gunpla Builders / Gunpla Fighters

Gundam Build Fighters

Gundam Build Fighters Try

Types of Gunpla Battle in Gundam Build Fighters

Gunpla Battle World Championships

In the 7th Gunpla Battle World Championships at Shizuoka, Japan, 90 representatives from around the world who had qualified in the qualification tournament must compete in 8 qualifying periods of Gunpla Battle in several days. Some of the qualifying periods like Tamaire and 3-On-3 Team Battle requires the representatives to compete together as a team against other teams. Other periods such as 4 Person Knockout Competition and Rifle Shooting puts the representatives to fight against each other. Each qualifying period gives 4 points for the winners and 0 point for the losers. But, in Single Battle match for the 8th Period, the representatives will be given 2 points if the match ended in a draw result. After 8 qualifying periods have ended, 16 representatives with the highest points will be selected to enter the knockout phase.

  • First Period - 4 Person Knockout Competition
  • Second Period - Battle Royal Elimination Match
  • Third Period - One-On-One Original Weapon Match
  • Fourth Period - Rifle Shooting
  • Fifth Period - Tamaire
  • Sixth Period - 3-On-3 Team Battle
  • Seventh Period - Gunpla Race
  • Eighth Period - Single Battle

Changes by the 14th championships

By the time the 14th championships come, there are a few rule changes, at least for the under-19 championship.

  • Team consists of three people, with up to three units - be it mobile suits or non-mobile suit support units.
  • Mobile suits that can transform and dock count as one, but when separated, each of the parts must be controlled by one person (example used in promo video is Victory 2 Gundam, split into 3 parts). However, it is unknown if this rule applies to units that can utilize Bit mobile suits or detachable units (eg Seravee Gundam).
  • Each team may use one large mobile armor instead of three mobile suits, which must be controlled by all three members.
  • Machines for each battle can be changed between each match, but not during the match.
  • Battlefields are chosen randomly by computer.
  • Each match has a 15 minute time limit.
  • To win, a team may either:
    • Defeat all other team's machines, either destroy them or throw/force them out from the field.
    • Have more machines than the other team when time limit reached.
    • If both teams have the same number of machines left by the time limit - a tie - a representative from each team will be picked for a 1-on-1 battle.
  • Damage depends on the game settings set before the match. There are three levels of damage settings in the game: A through C. C is shown to be the lowest or most likely non-existent as it is used for training; damage inflicted does not translate into real damage to the Gunpla. A is the highest setting, identical to the damage level set during the previous championships, meaning a Gunpla can be damaged or even destroyed in combat. Typical model damage level during regional match is level B.

Known Gunpla Battle Fields

  • Field 01: Space
Simulates different parts of space such as the Moon's surface or a Universal Century battlefield.
  • Field 02: Desert
Simulates a desert setting in a hot dry weather.
  • Field 03: Forest
Simulates a forest or jungle setting in different seasons on Earth or inside a colony. In a colony stage, damage to the colony structure will result in an adverse change in atmosphere, with strong winds drawing all objects into the hole. A Gunpla loses by ring-out if it is sucked out of the colony.
  • Field 04: Mountain
Simulates a mountain setting in different seasons.
  • Field 05: City
Simulates either an Earth city or the inside of a colony. As with the forest stage, colony city stages are susceptible to structural damage.
  • Field 07: Ruins
Simulates a city ruins setting.
  • Field 09: Canyon
Simulates a canyon or gorge landscape in daytime or nighttime settings.
  • Field 11: Castle
Simulates a Feudal Japanese castle grounds.
  • Field 12: Island
Simulates a small Island with combination of Forest, Canyon, and other possible field type
  • Field 13: Tundra
Simulates a polar environment with low temperatures.
  • Battle Royal
Combines all fields into one to accommodate multiple Gunpla. Players starting in the space field can make an atmospheric entry to Earth to continue their battles in the other fields.
  • Gunpla Race
A single race track built around the forest field.

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