The XM-05B Berga Balus appeared in the manga series Mobile Suit Gundam Silhouette Formula 91 in UC 0123 and was designed by Kunio Okawara.

Technology & Combat Characteristics

Designed and constructed by Buch Concern, the Berga Balus was to be the final production model of the Berga line of mobile suits, and was a high-performance, commander unit variant of the standard XM-05 Berga Giros. The Berga Balus featued varying degrees of improvement, mainly attributed to improved generator output, additional apogee motors and the "wide wing type" shelf nozzles on its backpack, giving it high performance mobility than the then successful Berga Giros.


  • Beam Shield
A protective device that uses beam technology for defensive purposes. Unlike an I-field generator, which is effective only against beam attacks, the beam shield blocks both beam and projectile weapons. The beam shield generates a plane of energy similar to the blade of a beam saber. This plane is divided into multiple sections, which can be turned on or off as needed to conserve energy. Individual sections are also automatically deactivated whenever they're in danger of coming into contact with the mobile suit itself.
  • 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 special racks. The beam saber is capable of cutting through any metal that has not been treated with anti-beam coating. When not in use beam sabers are stored in a recharge rack located somewhere on the mobile suit's body, recharging on the energy from the mobile suit's ultracompact nuclear reactor.
  • Shot Lancer
A distinctive close combat weapon developed by the Crossbone Vanguard, the shot lancer is designed for combat in and around space colonies, where beam weapons would run the risk of triggering catastrophic reactor explosions in enemy mobile suits. Instead, the shot lancer uses electromagnetic acceleration to drive its tip through the enemy's armor, and the spearhead itself can also be launched like a missile. The shot lancer was first equipped on XM-01 Den'an Zon and remained a standard melee weaponry for many Crossbone Vanguard mobile suit models. The Berga Balus's shot lancer can mount on the right arm, leaving the hand free to operate another weapon.
  • 2-barrel Heavy Machine Gun
To increase the Shot Lancer's combat effectiveness the weapon was designed to incorporate a machine gun. The Berga Balus's shot lancer featured a two-barrel drum fed heavy machine gun that proved highly effective against the light armor of modern Earth Federation mobile suits, and had the highest ranged offensive rating of any shot lancer used by the Crossbone Vanguard.

Special Equipment & Features

  • "Wide Wing" Shelf Nozzle
On both sides of the Berga Balus's backpack are set of wing-like shelf nozzles. These nozzles each function as a type of propellant tank - a disposable storage unit for extra fuel with built-in vernier thrusters, albeit much smaller those used previously on mobile suits and can adjust their angle. Because of their verniers and flexibility they are highly effective tools for increasing fuel capacity and increasing the mobile suit's overall agility.


It is unknown how many units were produced, but at least one Berga Balus unit is known to exist, operated by the Crossbone Vanguard's Dark Tiger force in Side 3's Zebra Zone in early U.C. 0123.

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