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The RX-78-01[N] Gundam Local Type (North American Type) (RX-78-01[N] 局地型ガンダム(北米戦仕様) Kyokuchi-gata Gandamu (Hokubei-sen Shiyō)?) [1], also known as the RX-78[N] Black Local Type Gundam (RX-78[N] 黒い局地型ガンダム?) [2], is a prototype mobile suit introduced in the Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin MSD: Cucuruz Doan's Island manga.

Technology & Combat Characteristics

Before the One Year War broke out, the Earth Federation Forces promoted the "RX Plan" with the RX-78-01[N] Gundam Local Type, a prototype machine for environmental testing on Earth.[3] During ground testing, the yellow colored unit was fitted with a Shoulder Cannon-equipped backpack.[3] During offshore testing, the suit was retrofitted with underwater equipment and painted in a white and blue color scheme.[3] In the MSD files, a black "unidentified unit" similar to the Gundam Local Type was encountered by Principality of Zeon forces.[3]


  • Machine Gun (for Mobile Suit)
A firearm for mobile suits developed by Yashima Heavy Industrial.[4] An improved production model was later used by other mobile suits.[4]
  • Beam Saber
A combat armament mounted on the right side of the backpack, its blade-shaped beam can instantaneously cut through the armor of a mobile suits.[4] Two more beam sabers can be mounted on the left forearm, and when the suit is carrying the shield, these two beam sabers are mounted on the shield's back.[4]
  • Shield
A compact shield for close combat, a bipod is installed behind it.[4] Two beam sabers can be carried on the back as well.[4]
  • Shoulder Cannon
A medium-range, solid-shell firearm with a magazine mounted in the rear.[4] It is set on the left side of the backpack with a movable base.[4] It boasts the power to destroy a Zaku II with one blow.[4] Same weapon as used by the RX-78-01[N] Gundam Local Type (Rollout Color) and RX-78-01 Prototype Gundam.[4]


  • Visor
A visor is attached to the suit's head, protecting it from dust and flashes of bright light.[4]


Around October of U.C.0079 when the deadlock of the One Year War was broken, it is said a black Gundam-type mobile suit appeared in a desert region in North America, and there occurred many cases in which the black Gundam wiped out the Principality of Zeon's MS forces it encountered.[4] In later years, a recorded video brought home by corporal Vasily Bosch formerly of the Y-02 Development and Training Team of the Zeon forces was analyzed, and the black mobile suit was judged to be the RX-78-01[N].[4] However, no official records exist about a black RX-78-01[N] in the Earth Federation Forces, and further investigation is sought.[4]


Notes & Trivia


  1. Gunpla Box
  2. First artwork
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin MSD: Cucuruz Doan's Island Official Site
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 HG 1/144 THE ORIGIN MSD RX-78[N]Black Local Type Gundam [North American Front] model kit instruction manual

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