14 August 2009

GN-008 Seravee Gundam

by 08:50

My personal favourite among the types of Gundam. Always huge, intimidating and packing hella punch, these artillery types always dominated the battle zone with sheer brute, raw power. An expert at long range fire and bombardments, these gundams make up for the core power of a squad, destroying enemies with their overwhelming firepower.

First appeared in Kidou Senshi Gundam 00 S2 Episode 1, Seravee Gundam was the first operational gundam at that time as Celestial Being had gone underground to regroup. Piloted by Innovado, Tieria Erde, he came to the rescue of the damaged Exia from the previous season, already showing the power of the upgraded version of its predecessor, Virtue Gundam.

Tieria Erde, a by-the-book guy in S1, has relaxed himself around other members as he has gained some "human emotions" during the 5 year hiatus of Celestial Being. Still in an unstable state, deciding which path he is to follow; Celestial Being or the Innovado's plan. Finally knowing which path to step on, he battles with other Gundam Meisters to change the world.

Unit Design.

As I said earlier, this is one of my favourite, so expect this next few line to be a little biased =P

A slim-down look. That's more or less the comparison between Virtue and Seravee. Virtue had previously the bulky and chubby look. Now, its successor, Seravee has forgone the added blasters the Virtue had on its shoulder to a more permanent installation on its shoulder. Now it looks more sturdy than the predecessor.

The head unit still has a slight resemblance to the Virtue, but a bit less fatter. Also, the Seravee has a more bulky but slim version of the legs, as the unit no longer has the purge ability the Virtue had. Still, it has a very broad look, with GN Drives/Condensers fitted on the back legs and side arm areas.

Mobility wise, there is definitely an upgraded to that aspect as the Seravee can preform more complicated and aglie moves compared to Virtue. So yeah, an excellent improvement in its auxiliary systems.

Weaponry System

There is a certain limit a gundam can have on the unit. Ranging from blasters to sabers and more specialised gear, Seravee had once again exceeded my expectations Sunrise can come up with.
Supporting 2 GN Bazooka II, a later version of the one Virtue used, each are hand held as they are able to unleash highly condensed particles, eating away and damaging MS. Originally, they were 1 unit, much like the GN Bazooka for Virtue. Seems that it was separate, giving the Seravee less charging time needed for the bazookas.

When combined, they form a near replica of the previous version, giving it the firepower an artillery type originally has.

Another obvious armament is the 4 GN Cannons mounted on the leg unit and back shoulder unit. This Quad Cannon provides the Seravee the firepower and charging time for the GN Bazookas. Not to be taken lightly as they can deliver shots from certain angles as they are rotatable.

With these 2 primary weapons, they are able to perform combination attacks which enchance the firepower of the GN Bazookas. Here are some of the combos;

Twin Buster Cannon
Double Bazooka Burst Mode (w/o Trans)
Hyper Burst Mode (w/ Trans)
Double Bazooka Cannon
Double Bazooka Buster Cannon

Apart from range weapons, Seravee has a ridiculous number of saber. 6 GN Sabers~! They are stored at the arm units and GN Cannons where hidden arms are located. Definitely covering the artillery-type weakness which is close-combat, they easily overpower MSs with less sabers...

For defense purposes, the Seravee has the GN Field equipped, much like the predecessor has but with a higher output of GN particles. This has increase the amount of punishment Seravee can take and providing it valuable charging time.

Also, the field can be used for offensive purposes. Seravee is able to generate the field not only around the unit but also in front of it. Acting as a glass orb, it refracted and focuses the GN Cannon and GN Bazooka's fire into the GN Field, creating a huge scorching ray of light to vapourize enemy MS.

Another hidden feature is the Face Burst Mode. Located at the back of Seravee is the hidden MS, Seraphim Gundam. This is another unit, capable of producing its own particles. Combine that with the Seravee that already has that procution ability, this gives the Seravee that firepower.

The face reveals itself to produce more particles, channeling it to Seravee's unit, increasing the destructive yield of the blast. This is much better than the Nadleeh system, which requires Virtue to purge all parts to reveal its form as Seravee and Seraphim can fight side-by-side to a certain extent as there is only Tieria Erde to pilot it.

Most of its destructive attacks come from the Trans-Am mode. Releasing most of the unit's stored particles and Seraphim's, most MS should be advised to stay away from it.
Basically, this is a gundam built for destruction;

Seravee GN + Seraphim GN x 3 (Trans-Am) = BOOM

A formula for disaster...

The Seravee Gundam did get a make over too before the final battle. Equipped with more blasters, it gives more enemy MS a reason to not mess with it.

The GN-008GNHW/B Seravee Gundam. Here is a more detailed report of the unit's Heavy Weapon system.

I will leave that for another post along with Seraphim Gundam.

Next Gundam post: GN-009 Seraphim Gundam

Look forward to it~!
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