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YFX-M56S Core Splendor

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YFX-M56S Core Splendor



Unit Type

Transformable Support Craft




Model Number
  • YFX-M56S
First Seen
Known Pilots

General Characteristics

Overall Length
  • 5.67 meters
Standard Weight
  • 3.02 metric tons
  • Ultracompact Energy Battery
Pilot Accommodations
  • Pilot only, in canopy-style cockpit
  • 2 x MMI-GAU19 20mm machine gun
  • 2 x QF908 6-tube anti-air missile launcher
    • AGM33 "Ladybird" guided missiles
Special Equipments and Features
  • Laser lock system for docking with Chest Flyer and Leg Flyer

The Core Splendor is a support fighter in the series Gundam SEED Destiny.

Combat Abilities

Since the Core Splendor is only a support craft for the actual ZGMF-X56S Impulse it only features light armament, which can nevertheless cause moderate damage. Its fixed armament consists of two MMI-GAU19 20mm machine guns, which are mounted on the front part of the fighter, while two additional QF908 6-tube anti-air missile launchers are mounted underneath the wings. These launchers are equipped with several AGM33 "Ladybird" guided missiles and when the Core Splendor begins its docking procedure, the launchers detach and return to the Minerva.


When ZAFT created the Impulse, they built the suit as a modular unit, capable of splitting into three different modules. The cockpit of the suit was located in the Core Splendor, a support craft which could operate on its own. This Core Splendor system was first tested on the ZGMF-X101S ZAKU Splendor, then adapted to the Impulse's design. The new battleship Minerva was also outfitted with a unique catapult to launch the Core Splendor as well as the other modules of the Impulse.

The Core Splendor saw its first combat debut on October 2, CE 73, when the Impulse was forced to fight three other Gundams which were stolen from ZAFT's colony Armory One. The fighter was used by Shinn Asuka to briefly attack the ZGMF-X24S Chaos before combining with the other modules to form the Impulse. Sometime later, the Core Splendor was used in the Gulnahan Ravine to fly through a cave system to secretly attack an Earth Alliance base stationed there. The Core Splendor was also briefly used during the Impulse's battle with the ZGMF-X10A Freedom. During the battle, the Impulse's head and arm are damaged by Freedom, so Shinn disassembled the Impulse and flew the plane and damaged Chest Flyer towards the Freedom. As the Chest Flyer collided with the Freedom Shinn used the CIWS to destroy the module and derail the Freedom long enough for Shinn to connect with another Chest Flyer and reassemble the Impulse. When Shinn switched to the more powerful ZGMF-X42S Destiny, the Core Splendor was handed down to Lunamaria Hawke.


  • Given its usage and function it is likely that the Core Splender is based on the FF-X7 Core Fighter from Mobile Suit Gundam.


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Cosmic Era vehicles
Earth Alliance/OMNI Enforcer
AQM/E-X04 Gunbarrel Striker | F-7D Spearhead | FX-550 Skygrasper | FXet-565 Cosmograsper | Linear Tank | Linear Artillery | VTOL Fighter | VTOL Transport | Attack Submarine | Half Truck | Gatling Truck | Missile Truck | Radar Truck | Transport Plane | Transport Submarine
Connected Armored Vehicle | Guul | Infestus | VolPHAU | YFX-M56S Core Splendor | Mobile Command Truck | VTOL Craft | VTOL Seaplane | Supply Submarine | Transport Plane | Command Vehicle | Agile
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Heli | Linear Tank | Flying Boat

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