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The PMX-001 Palace Athene is a mobile suit featured in Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam and was piloted by Reccoa Londe.

Technology & Combat Characteristics

The Palace Athene was the second mobile suit built by Paptimus Scirocco aboard the Jupitris during the Gryps War. Scirocco originally intended for the Palace Athene to operate in a team alongside the PMX-002 Bolinoak Sammahn and the PMX-003 The-O. As such, each mobile suit was given a designated function, with the Palace Athene serving as a heavy attack unit with sufficient firepower to sink multiple space warships. Its full loadout consisted of six beam cannons on its shoulders and forearms, a twin beam gun with grenade launcher, a shield fitted with eight missile launchers and two beam sabers, a pair of movable shields, two foot claws and eight large missiles.

To carry and operate such a large amount of weaponry, the Palace Athene's base frame was enlarged and the mobile suit became comparable in size to Scirocco's first handmade mobile suit, the PMX-000 Messala. However, its large size affected its mobility and maneuverability, putting it at a disadvantage during close range combat with other mobile suits. It was said that the frame's large size was also because there was a plan to fit the mobile suit with a Psycommu-type interface, but this cannot be confirmed. The Palace Athene's backpack contains two thrusters to support the main thruster mounted in the skirt armor, and this design improved the heavy mobile suit's power to weight ratio.

Armaments

  • Mega Beam Cannon
A ranged beam weapon mounted on each forearm.
  • Scattering Beam Cannon
Two scattering beam cannons are mounted on each shoulder, one at the front and another at the back. These beam cannons emit a spread of beams and can be used to restrain enemy's movements in close combat.
  • Movable Shield
A pair of shields are flexibly mounted on either sides of the backpack and they contain the mounting points for the large missiles.
  • Large Missile
Four large missiles can be optionally carried on each of the backpack-mounted movable shield, for a total of eight missiles. These missiles are meant for anti-ship purposes and their destructive power are beyond those of normal missiles. With the large missiles, the Palace Athene can sink multiple space warships by itself. The tip of each missile has an optical seeker that retains sufficient recognition and tracking ability even when under the influence of Minovsky particles.
  • Twin Beam Gun
Mounted on the right forearm, it has a long attack range due to the pair of long barrels. It is also referred to as a "Beam Rifle" and mounts a grenade launcher.
  • Grenade Launcher
Mounted on the twin beam gun, it fires the same grenades as the PMX-000 Messala.
  • Shield
A customized shield can be mounted on the left forearm. Besides being a defensive armament, it also stores two beam sabers and has eight built-in small missile launcher.
  • Beam Saber
A pair of beam sabers are stored behind the shield and they have the same output as normal beam sabers. Handheld when in use.
  • Small Missile Launcher
Eight small missile launchers are built into the shield, with their openings located on the shield's surface. Each launcher has five missiles, for a total of forty missiles.
  • Foot Claw
The foot can transform into claws when the heel spurs rotate forward and the toes pivot down, enabling the Palace Athene's legs to be used as large arms. Not only can the foot claws be used in melee combat, they can also be used to grip onto surfaces in low gravity area such as asteroids.

History

Designed and built aboard the Jupitris, the Palace Athene was a one-of-a-kind mobile suit, and the second in a series of suits made by Paptimus Scirocco. Scirocco piloted the Palace Athene once when he returned to the Jupitris after the Dogosse Giar had been transferred to Bask Om. Afterwards, the Palace Athene became the personal mobile suit of former AEUG pilot-turned-Scirocco supporter Reccoa Londe. Reccoa used the Palace Athene during the destruction of the Gate of Zedan to free Sarah Zabiarov from the Argama and briefly engaged the Zeta Gundam in battle. Later, while on a mission to stop Axis, Reccoa led a mobile suit team to attack the Dogosse Giar and destroyed the ship's bridge with her mobile suit, killing Bask Om. Reccoa used the Palace Athene a final time during the Battle of Gryps, where she fought her former friend Emma Sheen and her Gundam Mk-II. Reccoa was defeated when Emma stabbed the Gundam Mk-II's beam saber through the Palace Athene's chest, and the suit was completely destroyed by a shot from the back by Yazan Gable's Hambrabi.

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Anime

Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam

Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: A New Translation III - Love Is the Pulse of the Stars

Illustrations & Artwork

Games

Gunpla

Notes & Trivia

  • The "Palace Athene" is named for "Athena" (sometimes known as "Pallas Athena"), the Greek goddess of War.
  • In Dynasty Warriors Gundam 2, it is very powerful against numerous enemies due to its overwhelming firepower.
  • In Mobile Suit Gundam: Gundam vs. Zeta Gundam, the Palace Athene can only sortie with one of its additional weapons. If not given either the missiles or shield, it can use the scattering beam gun as its sub weapon.

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