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RX-78-1 Prototype Gundam

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RX-78-1 Prototype Gundam




Unit Type

Prototype Close Quarters Combat Mobile Suit




Model Number
  • RX-78-1
Developed from
Developed into
First Seen
Known Pilots

General Characteristics

Overall Height
  • 18.5 meters60.696 ft
    728.346 in
Head Height
  • 18 meters59.055 ft
    708.661 in
Max Weight
  • 59 metric tons
Standard Weight
  • 42.4 metric tons
Power Output
  • 1380 kW1,850.61 hp
Sensor Range
  • 5700 meters18,700.787 ft
Pilot Accommodations


Max Acceleration
  • 0.94 G
180° Turning Time
  • 1.5 s1,500 ms
Rocket Thrusters
  • 55500 kg122,356.521 lb
    61.178 tons
  • 2 x 60mm Vulcan Gun searchgray_iconsmall.png
Optional Equipment
  • Beam Javelin searchgray_iconsmall.png
  • Hyper Bazooka searchgray_iconsmall.png
  • 120mm Machine Gun searchgray_iconsmall.png
  • Shield searchgray_iconsmall.png

The RX-78-1 Prototype Gundam (プロトタイプガンダム Purototaipu Gandamu) is a prototype general purpose mobile suit and predecessor to the RX-78-2 Gundam. The unit is featured in the original design series Mobile Suit Variations.

Technology & Combat Characteristics


  • 60mm Vulcan Gun
  • Beam Saber
  • Beam Rifle
  • Beam Javelin
  • Hyper Bazooka
  • 120mm Machine Gun
  • Shield


The RX-78-1 Prototype Gundam is the third Mobile Suit produced under the Project V, developed at the Jaburo military headquarters on Earth. The starting point of the RX-78 series of mobile suits, the Prototype Gundam was designed differently from the original Project V mobile suits models in that it did not place its emphasis on raw firepower like the RX-75-4 Guntank and RX-77-2 Guncannon. Instead, the RX-78-1 placed emphasis on fast, close quarters combat, much like the Principality of Zeon's MS-06 Zaku II. It was also the first to feature several new technologies, including the energy cap-based beam rifle (making the Gundam the first mobile suit to pack the firepower of a battleship) a beam saber and a beam javelin for close quarters. Like its predecessors, the Prototype Gundam also featured the Core Block System and the FF-X7 Core Fighter. Once the RX-78-1 was tested, designs were upgraded and enhanced, bringing along the RX-78-2 Gundam. The RX-78-1's initial design would be approved for continued development. The Prototype Gundam's designed would be upgraded and enhanced, producing the second - and most famous model of the RX-78 series: the RX-78-2 Gundam.

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