Gundam is one of the best mecha anime series out there. As a franchise, it changed the way the world looked at giant robots. While we jump in expecting a whole lot of fantasy, it hits you with harsh realities and horrors of war.
It became a cultural icon, postage stamps were issued and Japan Self-Defense Forces code-named the developing personal-combat system Gundam. You can pretty much understand the influence of this anime.
This franchise is not just a Japanese icon but has its influence globally. Its impact is compared to that of Star Wars! The franchise also has around 50 TV series, films, and OVAs. It’s an absolute giant with multiple timelines and each series adds absurd abilities trying to top the previous ones.
For today, we will try to get a look at the most powerful mecha suits and rank them according to their abilities!
The Gundam series has many powerful mecha suits, each with its own unique armamentarium and design. While Gundam Alex has its own unique Chobam armor which increases the defense, Nu Gundam has a psycho-Frame cock-pit which increases it’s maneuverability.
10RX-78NT-1 Gundam Alex
The RX-78NT-1 Gundam, nicknamed Alex, is a new type-use mobile suit that was created by Earth Federation Forces. It was introduced in the OVA Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket. It was designed for usage by the legendary pilot, Amuro Ray.
It was strong enough to change the tide of the One-Year War. The major advancement with this model was its Chobam armor(Ceramics Hybrid Outer-shelled Blow up Act-on Materials armor).
It is a series of optional armor plates attached to the machine’s main body and increases the defensive capabilities of the mecha by a lot. The armor plates also have built-in thrusters which help negate the effects of added weight!
All in all, Alex is a clever design that was able to use every ability without any added problems!
9ZGMF-X20A Strike Freedom Gundam
The ZGMF-X20A Strike Freedom Gundam, more commonly known as Strike Freedom was first introduced in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny. It was piloted by Kira Yamato.
This mobile suit was tweaked to meet Yamato’s needs. It has Variable Phase Shift armor and is armed with powerful ranged weapons. This Gundam focuses on maneuverability rather than defense abilities.
It also has multiple lock-on systems which allow the Gundam to target and attack multiple enemies at the same time!
8RX-93 ν Gundam (Nu Gundam)
The RX-93 ν Gundam, more commonly known as Nu Gundam is a suit that appears in Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Counterattack. It was designed by the legendary pilot Amuro Ray!
Nu Gundam was one of the most advanced suits during the Second Neo Zeon War. Nu Gundam’s design focuses on versatility and is equipped with Birdlime Launchers and a Psycho-Frame Cockpit. It is also equipped with an armamentarium like a 60mm Vulcan Gun, Beam Saber, and New Hyper Bazooka.
Psycho-Frame Cockpit allows the pilot to control the suit with more precision as if the suit was a part of the pilot’s body while the Birdlime shoots a sticky substance that limits the movements of soldiers.
7LM314V21 Victory 2 Gundam (V2 Gundam)
The LM314V21 Victory 2 Gundam, also known as Victory 2, V2 is the newest Gundam produced by the League Militaire and replaced the old Victory Gundam. It was developed by Myra Miggelle.
The most unique aspect of the Victory Gundam is the Minovsky Drive System which provided the suit with superlative power and incredible speeds. If it was used on Earth, V2 would hover mid-air without additional support.
It has Custom Targeting Sensor which is a device that allows the pilot to perform long-range precision shooting. It also has Hardpoints which allow for carrying weapons externally.
6GX-9901-DX Gundam Double X
The GX-9901-DX Gundam Double X is a suit produced by the New United Nations Earth in After War Gundam X. It was piloted by Garrod Ran.
It has an armamentarium like Head Vulcan which allows it to shoot at a high rate and restricts enemy movements. Breast Launcher also allows multi-purpose that can fire various warheads. It also has custom-made weapons including the Buster Rifle and Defense Plate.
The Gundam Double also has an improved satellite system, the “Satellite System Mk- II” which increases the absorption of microwave energy allowing the suit to unleash more destructive power.
5 XXXG-00W0 Wing Gundam Zero
The XXXG-00W0 Wing Gundam Zero also known as Wing Zero is a mobile suit that made its debut in Mobile Suit Gundam Wing. Wing Zero is one of the strongest Gundams mostly owing to its extraordinary armamentarium.
Wing Zero’s Twin Buster Rifle is strong enough to take down an entire colony with a single blast. Additionally, Neo Bird Mode enables the high-speed movement with large thrust. To top it all off, it also has a Zero system which is an interface for achieving the “perfect victory”.
4RX-0 Unicorn Gundam
The RX-0 Unicorn Gundam is the prototype mobile suit developed by Anaheim Electronics for the Earth Federation. It is piloted by Banagher Links.
The Unicorn Gundam is the first “full psycho-frame” mobile suit. This Psycho-Frame scans the pilot’s thoughts and directly transmits them to the suit’s drive system. In addition, the Unicorn also utilizes a special system known as the Newtype Destroyer which increases the suit’s performance.
3GF13-017NJII God Gundam
The GF13-017NJII God Gundam also known as G Gundam is the second Mobile Fighter used by Neo Japan in the 13th Gundam Fight and is piloted by Domon Kasshu.
God Gundam, true to its name, is extremely powerful. Even in Normal Mode, its power surpassed the power of most Gundams. Additionally, it could achieve an even more powerful state called Hyper Mode.
Also, God Gundam can do a deadly move called the signature finisher, the Erupting God Finger; allowing the Gundam to rip through solid matter with ease or project its power as a flaming energy wave.
2GNT-0000 00 Qan[T]
The GNT-0000 00 Qan[T] was introduced in Mobile Suit Gundam 00 The Movie: Awakening of the Trailblazer. It is piloted by Setsuna F. Seiei. 00 Qan[T] contains an advanced version of the Twin Drive System which is more effective.
The Qan[T] also utilizes Quantum Teleportation to teleport across short distances and also planets. It also allows its pilot to communicate with the sentient minds of any species via Quantum Brainwave.
1System-∀99 ∀ Gundam
The System-∀99 ∀ Gundam also known as Turn A Gundam is the titular mobile suit of the movie Turn A Gundam. It is piloted by Loran Cehack. It is the strongest Gundam in all the series!
The Turn A Gundam was created to intercept the invasion of forces outside the solar system. Unlike other mobile suits, it is powered by Discontinuous Hyperoscillation Gauge Collapsing Pile.
Turn A Gundam also has a Core Block System along with Spine Pulse making it very strong!
The Gundam series is a science fiction anime created by Yoshiyuki Tomino and Sunrise, featuring huge robots, known as “Gundam.”
The series changes its setting in each part, ranging from Earth to far-off planets. All the shows have their own story, and some of them take place in an alternative universe.
In every story, Gundam has unique purposes. Sometimes it’s a deadly war weapon, sometimes a beautiful art or sometimes even an outdated technology.