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The WF-02MD (OZ-03MD) Virgo II (aka Virgo II) is a mass-produced A.I. controlled space mobile suit and successor unit to the OZ-02MD Virgo in the After Colony time-line. It is featured in Mobile Suit Gundam Wing.
Technology & Combat Characteristics
Physically, there is not much difference between the Virgo and Virgo II, however the changes that were made significantly improved their combat capabilities.
The first major design change was the additional of shoulder-mounted thruster pods that dramatically improved its speed and mobility in space. Since the Virgo II was never used on Earth, it is not known whether or not the thrusters were powerful enough for atmospheric flight.
The second modification is to its armaments. The Virgo II has eight planet defensors instead of its predecessor's four, essentially doubling its defensive capabilities. The suit's close combat capabilities were also improved with the additional of two beam sabers stored below the shoulder joint. In terms of its mid-long range weaponry, the original Virgo's beam cannon was replaced by a mega beam cannon, which is an optional armament instead of fixed, and could be swapped with a beam rifle. Although the beam rifle had a lower power rating, its rate of fire is faster. The beam rifle can be stored within the storage racks of the shoulder thruster pods.
- Beam Rifle
- A new optional weapon for the Virgo II is a beam rifle that can be used in place of the Mega Beam Cannon. The beam rifle is likely based on the model used by the OZ-06MS Leo and OZ-12SMS Taurus mobile suits. White Fang typically preferred to outfit the Virgo II with this weapon for standard combat missions.
- Beam Saber
- Unlike the Virgo, the Virgo II is outfitted with a pair of beam sabers, allowing it to perform melee attacks. However these weapons were rarely, if ever, utilized. The beam sabers are stored on the underside of the shoulder armor, below the shoulder joint.
- Planet Defensors
- Like its predecessor, the Virgo II is equipped with Planet Defensors, small disc-shaped objects which are capable of generating a defensive energy barrier capable of blocking most incoming attacks. The Virgo II has eight planet defensors, four stored on each shoulder. Over a period of powerful shots, they can be weakened and lose their power to produce an energy barrier. Thanks to combat performed by the original Virgo mobile doll on Earth, it has been shown that the planet defensors can overcome Earth's gravity to a limited degree. When low on energy, they can return to the rack on the mobile unit's shoulders for recharging.
- Mega Beam Cannon
- Like its predecessor, the Virgo II can be equipped with a destructive beam cannon, in this case the Mega Beam Cannon. Unlike the Virgo's beam cannon, the Mega Beam Cannon is an optional armament instead of fixed, and can be swapped out with other weapons when needed. When equipped, the Mega Beam Cannon is linked to the shoulder mounted thruster pod via a cable, allowing it to draw energy from the MS.
Special Equipment & Features
- Mobile Doll AI Control System
- Like its predecessor, the Virgo II was controlled by the mobile doll system, negating the need for a human pilot to function. Because it is a computer controlling the Virgo II, its movements lack innovation, relying on pre-programmed data to determine how it reacts in a given situation. However they were later upgraded to be incorporated in a network that connected each Virgo II to a control room within Libra where a human influenced by an Epyon style Zero System (aka Epyon System) would relay battle orders to the mobile dolls, increasing their combat effectiveness.
Developed by the OZ engineer Tubarov, the creator of the original Virgo, as a successor to the Virgo. Tubarov died during the battle in which White Fang took control of OZ's mobile doll lunar factory. White Fang found his plans and used them, with the parts on hand, to build as many of the new version of the Virgo as they could. Once completed they gave the mobile doll the new model number WF-02MD Virgo II.
With that initial army of Virgo II mobile dolls, the White Fang organization began a campaign against OZ and the Romefeller Foundation for the sake of space independence. Once OZ's and Romefeller's presence in space was almost non-existent White Fang's army of Virgo IIs were sent against the Gundams in numerous battle. Despite having a numerical superiority in each battle, the abilities of the five Gundams and the skills of the Gundam pilots were too great, dealing heavy losses to White Fang's forces
The Virgo II would be used by White Fang up until their final operation of attempting to drop Libra onto Earth. During the operation the Virgo II army was tasked with defending the battle ship against the combined forces of the Gundams, an army of space Leos led by Treize Khushrenada in the OZ-00MS2 Tallgeese II, and the Maganac Corps.
- The Virgo's name is derived from "Virgo" being the sixth Zodiac sign meaning "Virgin".
- The Virgo II was painted in a drab olive color after being seized by White Fang. In The Endless Waltz depiction of the TV series final battle however, the Virgo II appeared in the same black and red color scheme as the original Virgo.