|ZGMF-X42S Destiny Gundam|
|Destiny Gundam with the "Wings of Light" activated|
|Prototype assault mobile suit|
|Known Pilot||Shinn Asuka|
|Overall Height||18.08 meters|
|Weight||79.44 metric tons|
|Power Plant||Ultracompact hyper deuterion nuclear reactor, power output rating unknown|
|Accommodation||Pilot only, cockpit in chest|
|Special Equipments and Features|
The ZGMF-X42S Destiny is ZAFT’s newest and most advanced mobile suit. Based off of the ZGMF-X56S Impulse Gundam and Shinn Asuka’s combat data, it is designed to be able to handle any combat situation with its varied armament. Its armament includes the standard beam rifle, forearm-mounted shield, and head-mounted CIWS; but it also includes more unique weaponry such as the palm-mounted beam cannons, variable beam boomerang-sabers, a large beam cannon behind the left shoulder, a large anti-ship sword behind the right shoulder, and wrist-mounted beam shields. The ZGMF-X42S Destiny uses the operating system Gunnery United Nuclear-Dueterion Advanced Maneuver system.
The Destiny is powered by a Hyper Deuterion nuclear reactor, giving it a continuously regenerating power reserve. However, unlike the other three units with this reactor (the ZGMF-X20A Strike Freedom Gundam, ZGMF-X19A Infinite Justice Gundam, and ZGMF-X666S Legend Gundam), the Destiny is quick to run out of available power in a fight, with most of its engagements with the Strike Freedom ending in a retreat due to running out of energy. This tendency is likely due to Shinn's high level of power consumption through his overuse of the Wings of Light mounted on the Destiny. The scene where Destiny apparently drained the Hyper-Deuterion reactor's reserves was however edited out of the Special Edition compilations of the series, leading some to consider it an oversight on the staff's part that they later corrected (like Mwu's floating helmet was edited out of the SEED compilations).
Perhaps the Destiny’s most noticeable feature are its “Wings of Light” propulsion system. Aside from allowing the Destiny to manuver with high speeds, in conjunction with a form of Mirage Colloid technology the unit is able to leave a trail of visible after-images to confuse enemies. Some people believe that the Wings of Light uses more energy than the nuclear reactor can produce. Combined with Shinn Asuka’s skill, the Destiny Gundam is said to have unlimited potential. One of Shinn's signature moves with the Destiny is combining both the Wings of Light, and the anti-ship sword. When the Wings of Light activate he flies forward, and impales the enemies with the anti-ship sword. He did this few times with the Destiny, and once with the Impulse. With the Wings of Light's speed it would be difficult to avoid the strike. On other hand, while this move is extremely fast, it's predictable straight and doesn't utilise advantage of Wing of Light's after-image.
The Destiny is personally presented to the pilot Shinn Asuka by ZAFT Chairman Gilbert Dullindal, and first enters combat against defector Athrun Zala in a ZGMF-2000 GOUF Ignited. It then goes on to participate in Operation Ragnarok, the invasion of Heaven's Base in Iceland, and is instrumental in the ZAFT-EA Defectors victory by leading the assault on the base's GFAS-X1 Destroy defense squad.
It then participates in the attack on the nation of ORB, where it is confronted by Cagalli Yula Athha in the ORB-01 Akatsuki, Kira Yamato in the ZGMF-X20A Strike Freedom Gundam, and later on Athrun Zala in the ZGMF-X19A Infinite Justice Gundam.
Afterwards, Destiny leads the assault on the REQUIEM control station on the moon, and is again instrumental in the ZAFT victory. Defeating numerous Mobile Suits and Mobile Armors, Shinn is able to successfully buy enough time for Lunamaria Hawke to infiltrate and destroy the command center with her ZGMF-X56S/γ Blast Impulse.
During the final battle of the series, the Destiny was defeated in combat on the moon by Athrun Zala, but Shinn survives, It is unknown whether it was repaired or not.
- Destiny's head crest displays the text "X-42S DUE", which means "Second" in Italian and is a reference to Destiny's series number.
- The opening song, "Wings of Words", may be a reference to Destiny's Wings of Light.
- Every different version of the SEED Destiny storyline (as many as 3 different manga, as well as the TV series) has a slightly different take on how the Destiny Gundam was destroyed; one has Athrun disabling the machine with its own Anti-Ship Sword before destroying the Requiem cannon with Destiny's weapon.
- Destiny's model number (ZGMF-X42S) may be a reference to the number 42 being the answer to the "ultimate question" in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy book series. There's no given reason why it would be a lower number than Impulse's (ZGMF-X56S).