Technology & Combat Characteristics
One of ZAFT's ZGMF-X series of Gundam units build in C.E. 71 using technology derived from the four captured Alliance's Gundam, the Freedom Gundam has Phase Shift Armor and its armaments include CIWS guns, beam sabers, shield, plasma beam cannons, railguns, and a beam rifle. When the latter three weapons are used simultaneously, the Freedom is said to be in 'Full Burst Mode'. The suit has full flight capabilities in the atmosphere and the back-mounted wings can be deployed in "High Mobility Aerial Tactics (HiMAT) Mode" to enhance its mobility in the atmosphere or in space. It also has an advanced targeting system, the Multi Lock-On System, that allows it to target and fire at multiple enemy units simultaneously. Due to its capabilities and loadout, the suit has a reputation as a specialized 'Mobile Suit Killer', but its high performance resulted in a complicated control system that demands extremely fast reaction speed and spatial awareness from its pilot.
When required, the Freedom Gundam can dock with a support unit, the METEOR unit, for heavier firepower and greater speed. The Freedom Gundam has virtually unlimited combat endurance as it is equipped with a Neutron Jammer Canceller and powered by a nuclear reactor. Kira describes the suit as having over four times the power of the GAT-X105 Strike Gundam. However, what this exactly means is unclear. The Freedom Gundam is meant to operate alongside the ZGMF-X09A Justice Gundam, and they are often based on the warship, the FFMH-Y101 Eternal, which is designed specifically to maintain them. Even in CE 73, the suit is still considered by some people, such as Shinn Asuka, as the most powerful mobile suit out there. Overall, it is one of the Clyne Faction's symbols of power, along with the Eternal, the Archangel, and the Justice.
- MMI-GAU2 "Picus" 76mm CIWS
- Mounted in the head, the pair of MMI-GAU2 "Picus" 76mm CIWS guns have a high rate of fire but poor penetrating power. Thus, they are mainly used to intercept incoming missiles and enemy units at close range.
- M100 "Balaena" Plasma Beam Cannon
- A pair of powerful plasma beam cannons located in the wings, they are positioned over the shoulders when in use. Amongst the suit's ranged weaponry, the plasma beam cannon has the highest firepower and longest attack range.
- MA-M01 "Lacerta" Beam Saber
- The main close combat weapons of the Freedom are two MA-M01 "Lacerta" beam sabers, which are stored above the railguns. As with the beam rifle, the same type of beam sabers are used by the Justice. Since the beam sabers are powered by the suit's nuclear reactor, they have a higher output than the ones used by the original GAT-X series. The two beam sabers can be combined into a twin-edged beam saber, and this form is known as 'Ambidextrous Halberd'. Kira rarely used the beam sabers in this form.
- MMI-M15 "Xiphias" Railgun
- A pair of railguns that are mounted on the waist, they have an excellent rate of fire and high ammunition capacity. Folded into three parts when not in use, they can be used to deal with situations where beam weapons are ineffective and are the suit's most powerful solid-based weaponry. They are developed based on the Duel Gundam Assault Shroud's "Shiva" railgun. Although the railguns have foldable grips at the sides, they can be fired without the grips being held in hands.
- MA-M20 "Lupus" Beam Rifle
- The Freedom uses a MA-M20 "Lupus" high-energy beam rifle, which is the same rifle used by its companion unit, the ZGMF-X09A Justice Gundam. This beam rifle is stronger than the ones used by the original GAT-X series or the ZGMF-600 GuAIZ as it is powered by the suit's nuclear reactor. Can be stored on the rear skirt armor when not in use.
- Laminated Anti-beam Shield
- Handheld and/or mounted on the left forearm, Freedom's shield has a laminated armor surface instead of an anti-beam coating like on the shields used by most mobile suits. The same type of shield is also used by the Justice Gundam.
Special Equipment & Features
- High Mobility Aerial Tactics (HiMAT) Mode
- The atmospheric flight configuration of the Freedom Gundam, in which its wings are unfolded for higher maneuverability. The Freedom Gundam is capable of flight even in its normal mode, but this form is better suited for aerial dogfighting. HiMAT mode can also be used in space whereby it enhances the Freedom Gundam's AMBAC capabilities.
- Multi Lock-On System
- As implied by its name, this unique system allows Freedom to target multiple enemies and attack them at once. To use this system effectively, the pilot must have high spatial awareness capability, which is rare even among Coordinators. This system can also be used when Freedom docked with the METEOR unit.
- Full Burst Mode
- The name of the attack mode in which Freedom uses its beam rifle, railguns and plasma beam cannons all at once. This mode is often used together with the Multi Lock-On System to destroy large numbers of enemy units at once. However, despite its power, Full Burst Mode can only fire in a forward direction.
- As with the other four ZGMF-X series of Gundam units produced in that time period, the Freedom is equipped with a Neutron Jammer Canceller, which counters the effects of the ubiquitous Neutron Jammers and allows these suits to be powered by nuclear reactors. This gives them almost limitless combat endurance, even with Phase Shift armor activated.
- Like the other four units, the Freedom is equipped with Phase Shift armor. Thanks to its N-Jammer Canceller and nuclear reactor the PS armor is capable of being active for a lot longer than on non-nuclear powered suits such as the Strike.
- Operating System
- The Freedom uses the Generation Unsubdued Nuclear Drive Assault Module Complex operating system.
- Like the Justice, the Freedom can dock with the powerful METEOR unit, a large mobile weapons platform with powerful thrusters and an even more powerful armament of battleship-caliber beam cannons, large beam swords, and dozens of heavy missile launchers.
On April 1st, C.E. 71, ZAFT rollout two new mobile suits, the ZGMF-X09A and ZGMF-X10A and they were named "Justice" and "Freedom" respectively by the PLANT Supreme Council Chairman, Patrick Zala. Both machines were part of a series of advanced mobile suits developed based on technology reverse-engineered from the captured Earth Alliance G Project suits.
On May 8th, C.E. 71, the Freedom Gundam was stolen by Kira Yamato, with the help of Lacus Clyne. Kira rushed to Earth with the stolen suit and came to the rescue of the Archangel during the Battle of JOSH-A. Along with the Archangel, Kira defected to the neutral Orb Union and used the Freedom to defend the country during the Battle of Orb. During the battle, he reunited with his old friend Athrun Zala, the pilot of the Justice Gundam, and they soon joined hands to fight against the Earth Alliance's invasion forces, which included three new Gundams, the GAT-X131 Calamity Gundam, the GAT-X252 Forbidden Gundam, and the GAT-X370 Raider Gundam. Later, he returned to space along with the Archangel and the Orb battleship Kusanagi, and met up with the support vessel FFMH-Y101 Eternal, which was stolen by Lacus Clyne and her supporters, captained by former ZAFT commander Andrew Waltfeld, and which carried two METEOR units. The three ships then joined forces, becoming the Three Ships Alliance.
During the Battle of Mendel, the Freedom and Justice once again fought the Calamity, Forbidden and Raider. After the three machines temporarily retreated to their mothership, Kira flew the Freedom into the Mendel colony, where he rescued his comrade Mu La Flaga by swiftly disabling Rau Le Creuset's ZGMF-600 GuAIZ. At the battle's climax, the Freedom attempted to retrieve a life pod containing Flay Allster, who had in her possession data on ZAFT's Neutron Jammer Canceller. However, the Freedom was damaged by the Raider when Kira became distracted, and the life pod was recovered by the Calamity.
During the Second Battle of Jachin Due, Athrun and Kira used their METEORs' firepower to thwart an Earth Alliance nuclear missile attack on the PLANTs. Afterward, Kira battled against Rau Le Creuset and his ZGMF-X13A Providence Gundam. The Freedom was quickly overpowered by the Providence's Dragoon System, however Kira still managed to severely damage the Providence and impaled its cockpit with a beam saber, killing Rau. The Providence was then vaporized by the last shot of the GENESIS laser, and the subsequent explosion heavily damaged the Freedom.
After the war, the Freedom was repaired and hidden in a secret underground base in Orb, where it remained for more than two years. It returned to action after an assassination attempt on Lacus. Kira launched in the Freedom and swiftly defeated the assassins' UMF/SSO-3 ASHs. Afterwards, Kira used the Freedom to "kidnap" Cagalli from her wedding and brought her aboard the Archangel before the ship left Orb. Later, the Freedom was used by Kira in two failed attempts to stop the battling between Orb and ZAFT forces during the Battle of Dardanelles and the Battle of Crete. During the Battle of Berlin, the Freedom fought and destroyed the Alliance's GFAS-X1 Destroy Gundam, resulting in the death of its pilot, Stella Loussier.
Shortly thereafter, ZAFT launched an attack against the Archangel called Operation Angel Down. During the battle, the Freedom was stabbed in the abdomen by Shinn Asuka's ZGMF-X56S/α Force Impulse Gundam and its parts fell into the waters below. However, Kira managed to shut off the unit's nuclear reactor before he lost consciousness and successfully prevented a nuclear explosion. His sister, Cagalli Yula Athha, later rescued him and the remaining torso of the Freedom from the waters using her MBF-02 Strike Rouge.
ZAFT developed an advanced version of the Freedom, called the ZGMF-X20A Strike Freedom Gundam, which never progressed past the prototype stage due to technical limitations and the Junius Treaty signed after the first war. In C.E. 73, either the incomplete unit or its plans (it is unknown which) was stolen by the independent faction Terminal, who then modified the suit into a personal unit for Kira, who piloted it after the Freedom was destroyed.
Illustrations & Artwork
In Other Media
- The Freedom appears in the first episode, fighting a custom MSK-008 Dijeh. Coincidentally, both units were the second mobile suit their original pilots used.
- In Battle Assault 3 featuring Gundam SEED, Freedom's ultimate attack is named "Multy Beam Shot" instead of "Fullburst" in this game.
- In SD Gundam G Generation Advance, Rau Le Creuset pilots the Freedom for two stages and is part of a secret event between him and Mu La Flaga.
- Together with its partner unit, ZGMF-X09A Justice Gundam, Freedom has no Neutron Jammer Canceller in Super Robot Wars J. Thus, both Justice and Freedom only gain 5 point energy refill per turn instead of 15% of their total energy, as in other Super Robot Wars series where Justice and Freedom has a Neutron Jammer Canceller installed on them.
- As the entry of Gundam SEED Destiny in Super Robot Wars series, Freedom is no longer considered a "broken" unit in the game as it lost most of its attack that exist in the previous series. However, Freedom can still be categorized as one of the best units in the beginning of the game (especially in Super Robot Wars Z).
- In Super Robot Wars L, due to changed events in the series, the Freedom is not destroyed by the Impulse, but Kira returns with the Strike Freedom with no sign of the Freedom. No explanation for this was given in the game.
- Freedom is one of the protagonists in The Great Battle Full Blast, alongside with Kamen Rider Decade and Ultraman Mebius. As the series' standard, Freedom (as well as other mobile weapon) is sentient robot in this game. He's a hero who fight against invasion of Zeon-ZAFT Alliance, and bearer of the name Gundam from one of the legendary heroes (although he prefers to be called just "Freedom", possibly a reference to the fact that the word "Gundam" is rarely used in Cosmic Era series).
- Freedom appears in the Gundam Vs. series as a 3000 cost unit before being downgraded to 2500. Aside from its beam rifle, rail cannons, plasma beam cannon and Full Burst mode, Kira can also barrel roll sideways to avoid attacks, and can use any of Freedom's ranged weapons while performing the barrel roll. The Freedom can also summon the Justice for aid, but in Extreme Vs. 2, the Justice's support was replaced entirely by Mu La Flaga's Strike. The Freedom's melee moveset also includes the final stabs used to finish the Providence and Destroy.
Notes & Trivia
- Freedom's head crest displays the text "X-10A DIECI", which is a reference to its model number. Dieci means ten in Italian. In-universe, it is a tribute to the creator of the first mobile suit, the Italian coordinator Gian Carlo Maniani.
- According to some related books, the mock battle between Strike and Freedom proves that there was hardly any difference in power between the two mobile suits, and that the "power" in Kira's statement is not about Freedom's instantaneous output. There are also other claims such as the one in the GUNDAM SEED & ASTRAY MODELING MANUAL Vol.2 (Page 14, released on 2003 by Media Works) which noted that Kira's statement meant that Freedom Gundam has four times the performance of Strike Gundam.
- According to Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Official File/Mechanics Vol.4, Page 11, the cockpit of the Freedom and other mobile suits in the ZGMF-X series has a switch for ECM/ECCM (Electronic countermeasures and electronic counter-countermeasures) devices, but it did not state what these devices are or whether they are common mobile suit equipment. However, it is known that the AME-WAC01 DINN Special Electronic Installation Type can carry ECM pods, and that the FX-550 Skygrasper has dedicated electronic warfare packs. Additionally in Gundam SEED episode 21, the Archangel crew noticed the ZAFT forces is using ECM and ECCM technology, but they did not state the source of the ECM and ECCM.
- In Mobile Suit Gundm SEED ORIGINAL SOUND TRACK III, released on September 21, 2003, there is a track named "Freedom Self-Destructs". Considering some other track titles are based on events from episodes that haven't aired when it was released ("Dominion Sinks", "Flay's Death"), Freedom Gundam's self-destruction in the final episodes may have been planned at some point.
- There is a typo on the prototype of Metal Build 1/100 Freedom Gundam model, where it is written that its model number series is XGMF instead of ZGMF. This error was fixed in the final product.
- The Real Grade (RG) model kit of Freedom has 14 HiMAT wings instead of 10, as the black colored sections of the largest wings can be separated from the blue colored sections.
- For the HD Remaster of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, Freedom's Full Burst Mode is reanimated, particularly to show the railguns firing in bursts rather than as one single shot, and also to show exhaust smoke after firing. In addition, Freedom's CIWS were also fired during Full Burst. Its catapult launch sequence is also reanimated to remove the wings' double flapping during take off.
- Television Series
- Mobile Suit Gundam SEED
- Episode 34 (HD Remastered Episode 32), Seen and Unseen - (First Appearance)
- Episode 35 (HD Remastered Episode 33), The Descending Sword
- Episode 36 (HD Remastered Episode 34), In the Name of Justice
- Episode 37 (HD Remastered Episode 35), Divine Thunder
- Episode 38 (HD Remastered Episode 36), Decisive Fire
- Episode 39 (HD Remastered Episode 37), Athrun
- Episode 40 (HD Remastered Episode 38), Into the Dawn Skies
- Episode 41 (HD Remastered Episode 39), Trembling World
- Episode 42 (HD Remastered Episode 40), Lacus Strikes
- Episode 43 (HD Remastered Episode 41), What Stands in the Way
- Episode 44 (HD Remastered Episode 42), Spiral of Encounters
- Episode 45 (HD Remastered Episode 43), The Opening Door
- Episode 46 (HD Remastered Episode 44), A Place for the Soul
- Episode 47 (HD Remastered Episode 45), The Nightmare Reborn
- Episode 48 (HD Remastered Episode 46), Day of Wrath
- Episode 49 (HD Remastered Episode 47), The Final Light
- Episode 50 (HD Remastered Episode 48), To a Future that Never Ends
- Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny
- Episode 13 (HD Remastered Episode 13), Resurrected Wings
- Episode 14 (HD Remastered Episode 14), Flight to Tomorrow
- Episode 23 (HD Remastered Episode 23), The Shadows of War
- Episode 26 (HD Remastered Episode 26), The Promise
- Episode 27 (HD Remastered Episode 27), Unfulfilled Feelings
- Episode 28 (HD Remastered Episode 28), Survivors and Sacrifices
- Episode 32 (HD Remastered Episode 32), Stella
- Episode 34 (HD Remastered Episode 34), Nightmare
- Episode 35 (HD Remastered Episode 35), Eve of Chaos
- Master Grade Freedom Gundam Ver. 2.0 (Dramatic Combination: MG x Figure-Rise Bust) model kit manual
- Mobile Suit Gundam SEED PHASE-34, Seen and Unseen
- Mobile Suit Gundam SEED PHASE-35, The Descending Sword
- Mobile Suit Gundam SEED PHASE-37, Divine Thunder
- Mobile Suit Gundam SEED PHASE-38, Decisive Fire
- Mobile Suit Gundam SEED PHASE-40, Into the Dawn Skies
- Mobile Suit Gundam SEED PHASE-41, Trembling World
- Mobile Suit Gundam SEED PHASE-42, Lacus Strikes
- Mobile Suit Gundam SEED PHASE-43, What Stands in the Way
- Mobile Suit Gundam SEED PHASE-44, Spiral of Encounters
- Mobile Suit Gundam SEED PHASE-46, A Place for the Soul
- Mobile Suit Gundam SEED PHASE-49, The Final Light
- Mobile Suit Gundam SEED PHASE-50, To a Future that Never Ends
- Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny PHASE-13, Resurrected Wings
- Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny PHASE-23, The Shadows of War
- Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny PHASE-28, Survivors and Sacrifices
- Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny PHASE-32, Stella
- Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny PHASE-34, Nightmare
- Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny PHASE-35, Eve of Chaos
- Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny PHASE-39, Kira of the Skies
- Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Official File/Mechanics Vol.4 (2003), pg. 8