Technology & Combat Characteristics
The Gundam Deathscythe was the "masterpiece" of Professor G. It has outstanding stealth capabilities, with a pair of Hyper Jammers mounted on its backpack that prevented the Gundam from showing up on radar or visual sensors, rendering it invisible to most electronics. This allowed it to sneak into facilities and even right up to enemy mobile suits without being detected. With the highest speed amongst the original 5 Gundams, the Gundam Deathscythe's battle style revolves around approaching the enemy rapidly, striking and then retreating.
The Deathscythe's primary weapon was its namesake beam scythe. The power and reach of the scythe enabled it to destroy most single (and sometimes multiple) targets in one sweep. The Deathscythe also carries a Buster Shield on its left arm, which doubled as launchable scissor katar. Rounding out its arsenal was a set of head-mounted vulcan guns and collar-mounted machine cannons. The suddenness with which this sinister looking Gundam arrive, its invisibility on sensors, and the speed and ferocity of its attacks all strike great fear in its enemies, befitting its grim reaper visage.
- Vulcan Gun
- These head mounted shell firing weapons have a high-rate of fire, but little power and are generally ineffective against mobile suits. However, they can damage lightly armored areas such as the sensors, and are ideal for shooting down small, lightly armored targets such as missiles, small vehicles, etc.
- Machine Cannon
- A shell firing weapon mounted on the shoulders capable of dealing significant damage to lightly armored mobile suits. These weapons are omitted in the EW version.
- Beam Scythe
- A powerful close combat beam weapon that is able to cleave through any armor and capable of operating underwater. The heat and powerful magnetic field it produces can begin to disintegrate the target even as the beam blade approaches. In the TV version, the beam emitter is flexible and the beam emitted can take on other shape beside that of a scythe blade. Also, the beam scythe is stored in retracted form on the suit's rear skirt. In the EW Version, the beam emitter is fixed and cannot generate beam blade of other shape. Also, the beam scythe in this version is non-retractable and stored on the backpack.
- Buster Shield
- In addition to its defensive capabilities, the buster shield can also be used as a close-range weapon. A beam blade can be emitted from the buster shield after the physical blades at the front split apart. The shield itself can even be launched towards its target thanks to the thruster at the back.
Special Equipment & Features
- Hyper Jammer
- The nozzles protruding from the backpack scatter jamming particles which scramble the enemy's radar and cameras. Gundam Deathscythe itself is not affected by the jamming particles.
- Self-Destruct System
- The Gundam Deathscythe was built to self-destruct should the pilot choose to. A remote detonator is placed within the cockpit and if a dire situation arrives, the pilot can destroy the Mobile Suit. The system was designed to overload its power systems and has enough explosive power to destroy several city blocks. It's a last option tactic if the pilot is incapable of protecting the Mobile Suit, while not allowing it to fall into enemy hands. It also can be used as one large explosive device to eradicate large targets.
- Rousette Equipment
- Additional equipment for the EW version that debuted in Gundam Wing - Endless Waltz: The Glory of Losers. It is a set of wings attached to Gundam Deathscythe's backpack, giving it a flight ability equal to that of XXXG-01W Wing Gundam.
The Gundam Deathscythe was designed and constructed by the OZ scientist Professor G at a secret facility somewhere in the L2 Colony Cluster. One of the many who worked on the Gundam was Duo Maxwell, an orphan boy who would later go on to pilot the suit. Once Duo heard about the details of Operation Meteor, however, he became determined to destroy the suit. He was foiled in his attempts by Professor G, who refused to let him destroy such a "work of art". Instead, the professor let him 'steal' the suit and leave for Earth. Duo would use the Deathscythe to destroy only OZ and United Earth Sphere Alliance facilities.
Ultimately, once the Gundam pilots left to return to space, Duo was captured and his Gundam confiscated after losing a battle against several OZ-12SMS Taurus, as the Deathscythe was originally designed for land-based warfare, combined with that Duo also underestimated the Mobile Dolls. During a training mission, Trowa Barton, who had been disguised as an OZ officer, was ordered to destroy the already damaged Mobile Suit. With very little hesitation, Barton used a beam cannon to annihilate the Gundam. The Deathscythe was later rebuilt by the five Gundam scientists into the XXXG-01D2 Gundam Deathscythe Hell, which also included upgrading its equipment for space combat.
Notes and Trivia
- The early design of Gundam Deathscythe follows the "nation" trend from Mobile Fighter G Gundam. Gundam Deathscythe's design was European, featuring a scythe with a solid blade bearing dragon-like decorations and used a large shield that resembled a coffin.