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The MSZ-008 ZII (aka Z-Two) is a prototype transformable attack-use mobile suit. It is featured in the original design series Z-MSV (Zeta Gundam Mobile Suit Variations) and the manga series Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ Side Story: Mirage of Zeon and Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn - Bande Dessinee, as well as the video game Mobile Suit Gundam Side Story: Missing Link. The ZII was originally designed by Kazumi Fujita.
Technology & Combat Characteristics
Sometimes pronounced as "Zettsu" (ゼッツー?) instead of "Zeta-Two", the ZII was intended to be the successor to the MSZ-006 Zeta Gundam, using the simplified frame similar to that of the MSA-005 Methuss, as the Zeta Gundam's frame was deemed too complicated. The machine focuses on space use, thus the ZII's waverider mode lacks its predecessor's ability of atmospheric re-entry and flight on Earth. However, this mode has greater acceleration and maneuverability than that of the Zeta Gundam. The ZII is armed with a pair of beam sabers and a Mega Beam Rifle, which has firepower equal to that of the Ζeta Gundam's Hyper Mega Launcher. It also lacks the bio-sensor which is featured in the Ζeta Gundam and its later successor, the MSZ-010 ΖΖ Gundam.
- Beam Saber
- The beam saber is a small cylindrical device held in the mobile suit's hands when operated and is powered by an energy capacitor that is recharged from a special rack. It is capable of cutting through any metal that has not been treated with anti-beam coating. The ZII is equipped with two beam sabers, that when not in use are stored in an unknown location.
- Beam Rifle
- A handheld energy weapon very similar, if not identical, to the one used by the Zeta Gundam. Like most of the AEUG's beam rifles, this unit can be reloaded with an E-pac. The beam rifle is also capable of emitting a beam saber from its barrel, allowing the ZII to use it as melee weapon should the situation call for it.
- Clay Bazooka
- Similar to the one used by the MSN-00100 Hyaku Shiki, this is a projectile-firing bazooka originally designed to fire adhesive rounds which immobilize enemy machines rather than destroying them outright. However, this weapon can fire several different types of ammunition, and it is normally used with conventional explosive shells. The ZII is equipped with two clay bazookas, which are stored on its backpack.
- Mega Beam Rifle
- The ZII's most distinctive new weapon, the Mega Beam Rifle is a long-barreled, handheld weapon. It can achieve output comparable to the Hyper Mega Launcher by connecting it directly to the ZII's main generator, which can only be done in waverider mode. Like the beam rifle, the Mega Beam Rifle can also double as a beam saber.
Originally designed as a successor to the Ζeta Gundam and to lower manufacturing costs, Anaheim Electronics constructed one prototype ZII unit before the design team was requested to place priority on the ZZ Gundam for the A.E.U.G. It was assigned to former A.E.U.G. Assault Squadron Commander Kei Kirishima during the events of the First Neo Zeon War to capture the asteroid base Axis.