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GAT/A-01E2 Buster Dagger is a mass-production artillery mobile suit featured in the original design series Mobile Suit Gundam SEED MSV. It is most notably piloted by Rena Imelia.

Technology & Combat Characteristics

Despite the theft of the GAT-X103 Buster Gundam by ZAFT forces, the Earth Alliance still had plans to create a Striker Pack based upon the Buster's weaponry for use on its mass production GAT-01A1 Dagger. However as a result of seeking higher performance, the plan was changed and a simplified version of the Buster is built using the Dagger as a base, resulting in the Buster Dagger. Thus, it shares many parts with the Dagger, resulting in ease of production.

The Buster Dagger features identical weaponry as the original Buster, including the 350mm gun launcher and the 94mm high-energy rifle. The shoulder-mounted missile pods are retained but scaled down to only three missiles each in comparison to the original six. It can also optionally mount a pair of beam sabers on its forearms, granting the suit close combat fighting abilities, which the Buster lacks. Like the Dagger, the Buster Dagger is equipped with laminated armor, granting it superior resistance against beam weaponry.


  • 220mm Triple Missile Pod
Like the Buster Gundam, a pair of missile pods are mounted on the Buster Dagger's shoulders. In an attempt to reduce the suit's weight, the missile pods only have three missiles each instead of the Buster's six.
  • 350mm Gun Launcher
Mounted on the right side of the waist and hand-carried when in use, it is a projectile weapon akin to a railgun or linear gun, which uses electromagnetic forces rather than gunpowder to launch its projectiles. In addition to solid shells, the gun-launcher can also fire specialized munitions such as armor-piercing and high explosive rounds. Like the Buster's, it can be combined with the high-energy rifle.
  • 94mm High-energy Rifle
Mounted on the left side of the waist and hand-carried when in use, it is a rifle that fires charged energy beam that is highly effective against most targets, but is less effective against targets designed to take beam attacks, such as laminated armor or shields treated with an anti-beam coating. Like the Buster's, it can be combined with the gun-launcher.
  • ES01 Beam Saber
A handheld weapon that emits a blade-shaped beam for close combat. A pair can be optionally stored on the forearms' hardpoints. The beam sabers were added as combat records indicated that the original Buster engaged in close combat more often than envisioned.

Special Equipment & Features

  • Laminated Armor
Like the Dagger, Buster Dagger is equipped with a modified laminated armor made of heat-resistant ablative gel DPX-30, which is more commonly used by warships for atmospheric re-entry. While this offered no increased protection against projectile weapons, it provided defense against mobile suit-scale beam weaponry.


An unknown amount of Buster Daggers were built and rolled out late in the First Alliance-PLANT War. One unit was notably piloted by ace pilot, Rena "Sakura Burst" Imelia, who used it in Operation 8.8, a large scale attack by the Earth Alliance on ZAFT's Carpentaria Base.[1] Rena's unit, with a few others, eventually took part in the Second Battle of Jachin Due, in which she fought against Shiho Hahnenfuss in her YFX-200 CGUE DEEP Arms. Her unit was however disabled in combat against Kira Yamato's ZGMF-X10A Freedom Gundam.




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SEED MSV Mechanics
Earth Alliance
Mobile Weapon
Strike Gundam's variations
GAT-01A1 Dagger | GAT-01A1+AQM/E-X04 Gunbarrel Dagger | GAT-X105+AQM/E-M1 Strike Gundam IWSP | GAT-X105+AQM/E-X04 Gunbarrel Strike Gundam
Duel Gundam's variation
GAT-01D Long Dagger | GAT-01D1 Duel Dagger
Buster Gundam's variation
GAT/A-01E2 Buster Dagger
Calamity Gundam's variation
GAT-X133 Sword Calamity
Forbidden Gundam's variations
GAT-706S Deep Forbidden | GAT-X255 Forbidden Blue
Raider Gundam's variation
GAT-333 Raider Full Spec

Moebius Zero's variation
AQM/E-X04 Gunbarrel Striker
Skygrasper's variation
FXet-565 Cosmograsper
Mobile Weapon
DINN's variation
AME-WAC01 DINN Special Electronic Installation Type
BuCUE's variations
TMF/A-802 P-Mod.W BuCUE Waltfeld Custom Type | TMF/TR-2 BuCUE Tactical Reconnaissance Type
GINN's variations
TMF/S-3 GINN OCHER Type | UWMF/S-1 GINN WASP Type | YF-3A GINN FEMWS | YMF-01B Proto GINN | ZGMF-1017 GINN Ceremonial Decoration Type | ZGMF-1017 Miguel's GINN | ZGMF-1017M GINN High Maneuver Type | ZGMF/TAR-X1 GINN Tactical Air Reconnaissance Type
GOOhN's variation
UTA/TE-6 GOOhN Underground Mobility Test Type
ZGMF-515 CGUE's variation
ZGMF-600 GuAIZ's variation
YFX-600R GuAIZ Experimental Firearms Type

METEOR's variation
Verne 35A/MPFM Multipurpose Flight Module
Orb Union / Three Ships Alliance
Mobile Weapon
Strike Gundam's variations
GAT-X105+P202QX Strike Gundam IWSP | GAT-X105+P204QX Lightning Strike Gundam | MBF-02+P202QX Strike Rouge IWSP
M1 Astray's variation
MBF-M1A M1A Astray

Skygrasper's variation
FX-550+P204QX Lightning Grasper

Astray B Mechanics
Serpent Tail
Mobile Weapon
Mobile Suit
MBF-P03 Gundam Astray Blue Frame | MBF-P03secondL Gundam Astray Blue Frame Second L | MBF-P03fourth Gundam Astray Blue Frame Fourth | ZGMF-1017 Elijah's GINN | ZGMF-1017 Gai's GINN
Powered Suit
Junk Guild
Mobile Weapon
Mobile Suit
MBF-P02 Gundam Astray Red Frame
Earth Alliance
Mobile Weapon
Mobile Suit
CAT1-X3/3 Hyperion Gundam Unit 3 | GAT-01 Strike Dagger | GAT-01A1+AQM/E-X04 Gunbarrel Dagger | GAT-01D Long Dagger | GAT-X133 Sword Calamity
Mobile Armor
TSX-MA717/ZD Pergrande

Aircraft / Spacecraft
AQM/E-X04 Gunbarrel Striker
Mobile Weapon
Mobile Suit
ZGMF-1017 GINN | ZGMF-1017 Vair's GINN | ZGMF-1017 Miguel's GINN | ZGMF-1017M GINN High Maneuver Type | UMF-4A GOOhN | TMF/A-802 BuCUE | ZGMF-600 GuAIZ | GAT-X102 Duel Gundam | YMF-X000A Dreadnought Gundam
Orb Union
Mobile Weapon
Mobile Suit
MBF-02+P202QX Strike Rouge IWSP | MBF-M1 M1 Astray | MBF-P01 Gundam Astray Gold Frame | MBF-P01-ReAMATU Gundam Astray Gold Frame Amatsu

Cruiser / Mother Ship
Actaeon Industries
Mobile Weapon
Mobile Suit
NMS-X07PO Gel Finieto