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Artemis is an asteroid fortress introduced in the anime Mobile Suit Gundam SEED.


Artemis is protected by a Lightwave Barrier known as the "Umbrella of Artemis", giving the base a reputation as an impenetrable fortress. Due to its high power consumption, the "Umbrella of Artemis" is only activated when enemy forces were sighted.


Created in C.E. 35, the Artemis asteroid fortress was built by the Eurasian Federation at Lagrange 3 during the space arms race taking place at this time.

When the First Alliance-PLANT War began, Artemis was still considered strategically unimportant so ZAFT never attacked it.[1] This however changed on January 27, C.E. 71, when the newly developed Archangel fled its pursuing ZAFT forces to the fortress, which was the closest allied base they could reach.[2] The commander of Artemis, Gerard Garcia, however, planned to steal the ship and the GAT-X105 Strike Gundam for the Eurasian Federation, the strongest rival of the Atlantic Federation. While trying to get control over both units, ZAFT pilot Nicol Amalfi used the Mirage Colloid stealth system of the stolen GAT-X207 Blitz Gundam to sneak near the fortress while the shield was down and attacked it. When the personnel of the fortress activated the shield, Nicol destroyed the lightwave barrier generators, allowing his ship and comrades to attack Artemis. The crew of the Archangel used this opportunity to escape, while ZAFT caused massive damage to the fortress.[1]

Afterwards, Garcia hired the famous mercenary group Serpent Tail for defense, in order to maintain Artemis' reputation (and also to acquire one of the Astray prototypes). When he tried to double-cross the mercenaries, he was however tricked by them.[3] By September, C.E. 71, Artemis was looked upon as an embarrassment, even within the Eurasian Federation.[4] Later, when Garcia ordered Task Force X's Canard Pars to be detained, Canard escaped the asteroid fortress with the Agamemnon-class carrier, Ortygia, whose crew were loyal to him.[5]

By C.E. 75, Artemis was towed to Lagrange 1, ostensibly for demilitarization. In reality, the Kingdom of Foundation had secretly reactivated it as a military base, turning Artemis into Foundation's main stronghold in space.[6] After concluding that Lacus Clyne is being held against her will by Orphee Lam Tao and the Foundation, Kira Yamato and several Compass allies secretly infiltrate the fortress in a similar form like how Nicol and the Blitz did four years back, by using the Mirage Colloid system in the AMGS-X18P Cavalier Aifrid, as part of the Lightware Barrier gets turned off while Shura Serpentine launches in the Black Knight Squad NOG-M1A1 Shi-ve.A to engage the ZGMF/A-262B Strike Freedom Gundam Type II in combat, piloted by Athrun Zala. After successfully hacking the Artemis base and its controls from the inside, the Cavalier wrecked havoc to the Foundation ships in the harbor, before leaving the fortress after successfully rescuing Lacus.[7]




Notes & Trivia[]

  • Artemis is the name of goddess in Greek mythology.
  • Artemis is a reference to the astroid base Luna II from Mobile Suit Gundam. Both locations are where the protagonist's ship docked at after the battle at their respective colonies early in the series.


Television Series


Cosmic Era locations
Apollon A | Armory One | Ame-no-Mihashira | Artemis | Boaz | Debris Belt | Development Facility Satellite | Dock | Erudou | Factory | Heliopolis | Jachin Due | L4 Colony Cluster | Liteiria | Messiah | PLANT Colonies | Troya Station | Yggdrasil | ZAFT Military Station | Zodiac
Debris Belt Locations
Graveyard | Junius Seven
Heliopolis Locations
Morgenröte Facility
L4 Colony Cluster Locations
Mendel Locations
G.A.R.M. R&D Facility
PLANT Colonies Locations
Aprilius One | Junius Five | Junius Seven
Aprilius One Locations
Clyne Manor | Kira and Lacus' Mansion | PLANT Supreme Council Building | ZAFT Military Factory
Junius Five Locations
White Symphony
Arzachel Lunar Base | Copernicus City | Daedalus Lunar Base | Endymion Base | Lorenz Base | Ptolemaeus Lunar Base
Berlin | Carpentaria Base | Diocuia | Fortaleza | Gibraltar Base | Giga-Float | Gulnahan Ravine | Heaven's Base | Indian Ocean | Ishtaria | Kaohsiung Base | Kirgitz Plant | Lagash Base | Lodonia Lab | Mahamul Base | Moscow | North Africa | North America | Orb Archipelago | Orbit Traffic Observation Center | Red Sea | Reverend Malchio's Orphanage | Scandinavia | South Africa | South America | Victoria Base | Yap Island
Diocuia Locations
Diocuia Base
Gulnahan Ravine Locations
Lohengrin Gate
Indian Ocean Locations
Indian Ocean Base | Indian Ocean Island
North Africa Locations
Al-Jairi's Factory | Al-Jairi's Home | Banadiya | Desert Dawn Base | Moula | Suez Base | Talbadiya Factory District | Tassil
Banadiya Locations
ZAFT Banadiya Base
North America
Flaga Estate | JOSH-A | Panama Base | White House
Orb Archipelago Locations
Akatsuki Island | Kaguya Island | Onogoro Island | Sadeyori Island | Yalafath Island
Akatsuki Island Locations
Akatsuki Manor
Onogoro Island Locations
Morgenröte Headquarters | Morgenröte Underground Dock | Orb National Defense Headquarters
Yalafath Island Locations
Allster Family Home | Athha Estate | Ceremonial Temple | Orb Administrative Building | Seiran Family Estate
Bautroya | Jupiter | Mars
Bautroya Locations
DSSD Supply Station