The Gundam Wiki
The Gundam Wiki

The MSW-004 Gundam [Kestrel] is a mobile suit that appears in the Advance of Zeta: The Traitor to Destiny series of light novels. It is piloted by Van Asiliaino.

Technology & Combat Characteristics

The MSW-004 Gundam [Kestrel] is a prototype mobile suit developed and built at the Oakland Newtype Lab for use by the Titans.. It was intended to be piloted by the Titans Cyber-Newtype Rossweisse. The mobile suit was originally developed under the name [Gullinbursti], but it was damaged and repaired with parts based on the Wagtail. The Kestrel was designed to be a fast and highly maneuverable mobile suit, and featured three generators housed in the main body and legs with high-output thrusters directly connected to them. Because it was originally designed to be used by Newtypes, its high acceleration results in a higher g-force than normal pilots can tolerate. The Kestrel also integrates a special quasi-psycommu system into its frame, nicknamed Shaman Frame. By inputting the data of a pilot's brainwaves into the Kestrel's drive system, the mobile suit becomes much more responsive to the pilot's controlling. Its main camera is the mono-eye sensor on it chest, while the head serves as a decoy.

The Kestrel utilized a Core Block System, which was unusual for its time, as the Gryps Conflict saw accelerated development in variable mobile suit technology. The core block fighter is capable of separating, and primarily functions as the cockpit of the machine. When docked, the engine nacelles of the core fighter act as the Kestrel's main thrusters/backpack. The core block featured an improved main computer to allow high speed transferring of combat data.


  • Vulcan Gun
  • Beam Saber
Two beam sabers are stored on the Kestrel's backpack. The beam saber rack replaces the wing binders of the [Gullinbursti].
  • Beam Rifle
The Kestrel is equipped with a specialized high-power beam rifle. While it is the mobile suit's only long-range armament, it is very powerful. Four E-pack cartridges can be stored on the Kestrel's waist, with two on each side.
  • Beam Emitter
A beam blade emitter is mounted on each of the Kestrel's shoulders, forearms, knees, and toes, for a total of eight. The beam emitters on the shoulders are mounted on articulated arms and can also function as beam guns. Due to the high generator output of the Kestrel, all of the beam blades are able to be deployed simultaneously. The beam emitters on the forearms also supply power to the Beam Madu
  • Beam Madu
A a small shield attached to the forearm of the Kestrel and connected to the beam emitter. It is equipped with three beam sabers mounted on the front. While the beam sabers are primarily intended to intercept the beam blades of enemy mobile suit's they can also be used to attack.

Special Equipment & Features

  • Shaman Frame


By the time the MSW-004 was successfully completed, the Titans had already moved their forces to space, leaving behind the unit. The Kestrel was captured intact by the AEUG and continued with testing the prototype on board the Anaheim Electronics (AE) La Vie en Rose-class dock ship, Rosa Gigantia. A high-performance machine, the Kestrel's incredible speed and maneuverability made it suitable only for "strengthened" humans and Cyber-Newtypes with high-G tolerance. As a result, problems arose with finding capable test pilots after a spate of accidents which occurred during testing. These accidents caused the head and other parts of the Kestrel to be damaged, these being replaced with new parts manufactured by AE. Van Asiliaino was selected as the primary pilot for the Kestrel due to his combat performance rating with the MSK-003 Wagtail II and his exceptional high-G tolerance.




  • The Mobile Suit's name is derrived from Kestrel, a type of falcon.


External links

The Traitor to Destiny Mechanics
Keraunos/AEUG/Karaba/Anaheim Electronics
Mobile Weapon
Mobile Suit
MSA-003 Nemo | MSA-003+FXA-05D Nemo-Defenser | MSA-005 Methuss (Avey Alva use) | MSA-005K Guncannon Detector | MSA-099 Rick Dias (Delphi Squad) | MSK-003 Wagtail II | MSW-004 Full-Armor Kestrel | MSW-004 Gundam [Kestrel] | MSW-004 Gundam (Kestrel) Armor Exterior | MSW-004 Gundam (Kestrel) Maneuver Exterior | ORX-008 Gundam [Gullinbursti] | RGM-79C GM Type C | RGM-79C GM Type C [Keraunos Squad] | RGM-79C GM Type C "Wagtail" | RGC-83 GM Cannon II (Lucien Bendt Use) | RGC-83 GM Cannon II (White Coral) | RMS-099 Rick Dias | RMS-106 Hizack [Epidendrum] | RMS-106 Hizack [Iris] | RMS-106 Hizack [Keraunos Squad] | RX-178 Gundam Mk-II

Aircraft / Spacecraft
Base Jabber | Dodai Kai
Supply Ship
La Vie en Rose
Cruiser / Mother Ship
Irish-class | Salamis Kai-class | Zanzibar-class
Earth Federation Forces/Titans
Mobile Weapon
Mobile Suit
MS-06E-3 Zaku Flipper | MS-06M Zaku Marine Type | ORX-003 Domingo | ORX-008 Gundam [Gullinbursti] | ORX-009 Gundam [Sköll] | RGM-79 GM | RGM-79G GM Command | RGM-79Q GM Quel | RMS-106 Hizack | RMS-108 Marasai | RMS-179 GM II | RX-106E Hi-Zack [Vanargand] | RX-110C Gabthley [Hugin] | RX-110NT-1 Gabthley [Munin]
Mobile Armor
MA-05 Bigro | NRX-044 Asshimar | NRX-044Q Asshimar (Danda-Chakra) | ORX-007 [Hati] | RX-136-1 Rakshasa
Mobile Fortress
NRX-033 Matabiri

Land Battleship
Heavy Fork-class
Aircraft / Spacecraft
FF-6 TIN Cod | FFB-7Bst Jet Core Booster | Fly Manta
Transporter / Supply Ship
H.L.V. | Medea
Cruiser / Mother Ship
Alexandria-class | Salamis Kai-class
Principality of Zeon/Delaz Fleet/Zeon Remnants/African Liberation Front
Mobile Weapon
Mobile Suit
MS-06D Desert Zaku | MS-06F Zaku II | MS-14F Gelgoog Marine | MSM-04 Acguy | MSM-07 Z'Gok | RMS-192M Zaku Mariner

Aircraft / Spacecraft
DFA-03 Dopp | Dodai YS | Dodai II | PVN.4/3 Wappa
Cruiser / Mother Ship
ACA-01 Gaw | Musai-class
Neo Zeon
Mobile Weapon
Mobile Suit
AMX-003 Gaza-C | AMX-103 Hamma Hamma | MS-14J ReGelgu | RMS-099B Schuzrum Dias

Cruiser / Mother Ship
Endra-class | Musai-class
Mobile Weapon
Mobile Suit
AMX-103 Hamma Hamma | RGM-86R GM III | RMS-106 Hizack | RMS-108 Marasai

Cruiser / Mother Ship
Salamis-class | SCV-102 Nelson