The Gairyuki as it appears in the anime Zoids: Fuzors.
Helic Republic/ Guylos Empire/ ZOITEC CORPORATION
|Maximum Speed||290 km/h (180 mph)|
|Weapons||Electron Bite Fangs, Crusher Claws (2), Killer Strike Claws (2), Strike Smash Tail, Ray-Absorbing Charged Particle Cannon, Machineguns (4), Beam Vulcan Guns (2), (Gairyuki Shin only: AZ Beam Cannon, Quadro-barrelled Beam Cannon)|
|Equipment||Blox-CAS, Ion Boosters (2), Ray-Absorbing Verniers (12), Blox hardpoints (19), Magnesser Wings|
The Gairyuki is a Tyrannosaurus-type Zoid and successor of the Berserk Fury, created after the Helic Republic's army was wiped out by the Neo-Zenebas Empire. The events that caused the retreat of the Helic Republic to the Eastern Continent resulted in the greatest collaborative event yet seen on Zi.
The Gairyuki is the end result of the co-operation of three major factions:
- The Helic Republic supplied the technology and the resources to put the Zoid into mass production.
- Scientists from the defeated and exiled Guylos Empire supplied the base Zoid, the same Wild Zoid that had been the basis of the Berserk Fury.
- The ZOITEC Corporation, a major player on the Eastern Continent but at the time unknown to the greater world, designed the Blox-CAS armor used on the Gairyuki, and produced the Zoid for the Republican army.
The second major innovation of the Gairyuki project was the development of the 'Blox Changing Armour System'. The armour of the Gairyuki was made up of the components of two unmanned Blox Zoids, which could separate and operate independently of the Gairyuki.
- Hien: A Swallow-type Blox Zoid, Hien is capable of flight, and is often used as a reconnaissance force for Gairyuki-equipped units. Hien's head, which forms the tip of the Gairyuki's tail, has two beam vulcan guns.
- Gekkou: A Horseshoe Crab-type Blox Zoid, Gekkou is armed with four Vulcan cannons. This unmanned Blox Zoid is used to provide additional firepower in support of a Gairyuki when detached. Unfortunately, it robs the Gairyuki of its lone means of ranged weaponry other than the CPC - the four Beam vulcan Guns which are mounted on the front armor panels of the Gairyuki's backpack, which forms the Gekkou's back. In the anime, it also serves as mobile E-Shield that. Just like Hien, it is also designed for reconnaissance, and for underwater combat.
- Raiden: When the Gairyuki Shin variant was developed by ZOITEC in ZAC 2230, the designers incorporated a third unmanned Blox Zoid into Gairyuki's armour. A Warthog-type Blox Zoid, Raiden is built primarily around the two additional weapons the Shin variant added to the Gairyuki design: A four-barreled cannon and a single-barreled gun.
Gairyuki Support Blox:
If the Gairyuki Shin uses all three Support Blox at the same time, only one ray absorbing panel remains, and it leaves the Zoid extremely vulnerable to attack.
In addition to the Support Blox, the Gairyuki is capable of combining with additional Blox Zoids to increase its capabilities. Two Fuzor Zoid combinations are known.
- Gairyuki Speed: This Fuzor combines the Gairyuki with the Evo Flyer, with Evo Flyer's AZ assault rifles, engines, and Ion Booster attaching to the Gairyuki's frame. This Fuzor significantly increases Gairyuki's maximum speed to 370 km/h, as well as giving it limited flight capabilities.
- Gairyuki Destroy: This Fuzor combines the Gairyuki with the Dispelow, with the Dispelow's weapons added to Gairyuki's frame. This significantly increasing the Gairyuki's firepower, but drastically decreasing its speed to 190 km/h. The anime also depicted the fusion as an increase the Gairyuki's durability, since a herd of attacking Iron Kong's couldn't even scratch it.
The Gairyuki's package also depicts it with the Buster Eagle's cannons. However, this combination makes use of no other parts from the Eagle.
Battle Story Appearances
Following the fall of New Helic City in ZAC 2106 and the complete defeat of the Helic Republic by the Neo-Zenebas Empire and their Seismosauruses, the remnants of the Republic fled to the Eastern Continent. Upon the survivors' arrival on the continent, they were met by representatives of the ZOITEC Corporation, along with the remnants of the Guylos Empire.
ZOITEC was the primary producer of Zoids on the Eastern Continent, but the corporation's manufacturing ability was limited to the small-scale Blox Zoids. The Helic Republic offered ZOITEC the resources and technology to develop larger Zoids; in return ZOITEC was to rebuild the Helic Republic's military forces. In particular, the Republic wanted Zoids that could stand up to the Seismosaurus units that had routed them in the previous year. The Guylos Empire, seeking peace with the Republic, offered to contribute, providing the Wild Zoid that was used as the basis of the Berserk Fury.
The result of this combined effort was the Gairyuki. The Blox Zoids ZOITEC were skilled in producing were adapted to serve as combined armour and support units for the Zoid; the Blox-CAS adaptation so successful that it was used to upgrade the Republic's surviving Liger Zeros on two occasions. Helic Republic's recently developed Ray-Absorbing Vernier system was integrated into the Zoid's armour, and was used to power the Zoid's upgraded Charged Particle Cannon, providing the needed punch against the Neo-Zenebas Empire.
Because of the role the Zoid was predicted to play in the Helic Republic's return to the Central Continent, the new Zoid type was named 凱龍輝 Gairyuki, which means Shining Victory Dragon.
The Gairyuki was deployed en-masse during the Republic counter-invasion in ZAC 2109, supported by groups of Liger Zero Phoenixes. The Gairyuki units served with distinction until the end of hostilities with the Neo-Zenebas Empire.
In ZAC 2230, ZOITEC revisited the Gairyuki design, upgrading it with additional ranged weapons and incorporating a third Support Blox Zoid into the Blox-CAD. This variant design was known as the Gairyuki Shin.
The Gairyuki only appears in the Zoids Fuzors anime. It is the Zoid piloted by main character RD's rival, Blake, from Episode 14 onwards. The Gairyuki was built by Alpha Richter's, subordinates in order to construct the perfect Zoid. The Gairyuki, along with the Energy Liger and Seismosaurus, would be the end result of their efforts, although only the Seismosaurus would actually be employed by Alpha. While the Energy Liger was based data obtained from studying the Liger Zero, the Gairyuki was based off data gathered from Blake's Berserk Fury. It is not clear who actually built the Gairyuki, as Dr. Pierce focused on the Energy Liger, while Alpha himself focused on the Seismosaurus. In the end the Gairyuki ended up in the hands of Luke, Alpha's son. Luke named the Zoid "Gairyuki Fury" and in turn gave it to Blake, who's Berserk Fury had been destroyed by the Energy Liger.
Blake uses this Zoid to get his revenge on RD, and is successful in overpowering the Liger Zero Phoenix. In this battle, the Fire Phoenix would preform a kamikaze attack against Blake, sacrificed itself and harming the Gairyuki (although Blake does not actually finish RD or the Liger Zero off, despite the Liger being incapacitated). The Liger Zero later gets a new Fuzor partner, the Jet Falcon, which overpowers the Gairyuki and defeats it (but does not destroy it). This would prove to be the last time RD and Blake fight.
The Gairyuki is shown to have two Fuzor partners, a pair of wild Zoids called the Evo Flyer and Dispelow. They are initially hostile toward Blake, but after defeating them in combat, they join him, forming the Gairyui Speed and Gairyui Destroy (also called Gairyuki Attack). The Evo Flyer is destroyed in combat with the Energy Liger, but the Dispelow is used even in the final episode, where it is able to deal significant damage to Alpha's Berserk Seismos.
Erroneously, Blake's Geno Saurer is called a Gairyuki in a flashback, despite the two being completely unrelated Zoids (indeed, the Gairyuki could not have possibly existed at that stage, as it was built off data from Blake's Berserk Fury, a Zoid which he only received following the destruction of his Geno Saurer).
The Gairyuki appears In the Zoids Saga series in Zoids Saga III: Fuzors and Zoids Saga DS: Legend of Arcadia, as an attainable zoid. In Zoids Struggle Gairyuki is one of the initial usable Zoids. In Struggle it separates to perform one of it's special attacks. Gairyuki also appears in Zoids VS III, making a minor appearance.
The Gairyuki was featured as part of the Zoids Scramble and Zoids Card Colosseum releases of Zoids Trading Cards. Gairyuki Destroy and Gairyuki Fly were also featured in Zoids Scramble.
The Gairyuki was released as part of the Zoids (1999) line. The kit comes on fourteen frames, along with a battery-operated motor, eight plastic washers, eighteen rubber caps, two body sections, two jaw pieces, two cockpit pieces, a tail hinge, two Blox, a two-part display stand, and a pilot figure. The Gairyuki is moulded in blue, dark blue, light blue, blue-grey, grey, and black, with one of the sprues moulded completely in translucent orange. A large number of these components were previously used by the Berserk Fury.
The model uses a pair of AAA batteries for motion, and is rare amongst Zoids that it has two motorised modes. In the first mode, once activated, the Zoid walks forwards with its arms waving and the tail sweeping side to side. In the second mode the Zoid stands still, but elevates the tail sections carrying Ray-Absorbing Verniers, while deploying its Charged Particle Cannon.
The Gairyuki is a derivative of the Berserk Fury design. The core body of the two Zoid models is shared, and in the Battle Story the Gairyuki was based around the same wild Zoid. It therefore shares the same production problem with the motor not being able to move because of a broken gear.
The Gairyuki was released as part of the Fuzors line, under the name Gairyuki Shin. No changes were made to the Gairyuki. However, the Gairyuki Shin included an additional frame of parts, an extra Blox, and an updated label sheet including Team Savage Hammer labels. The standard pilot figure was replaced with one of Blake, the Gairyuki's pilot in the Zoids: Fuzors anime. This figure was moulded in rubber, as opposed to the plastic normally used.
The additional components of the Zoid were used to form the basis of the Raiden Support Blox Zoid incorporated into the Gairyuki Shin's armour. This Blox Zoid also used components that were part of the original Gairyuki. However, while it is possible to create the Gairyuki's Fuzors with the Shin armaments equipped, it is not featured in the manual and there is a tendency for the weight imposed on the thigh armor to be too much for the pegs, especially for the Gairyuki Destroy variant, as the Gairyuki Speed variant isn't as heavy as the Gairyuki Destroy.
Despite its release in the Fuzors model line, the Gairyuki Shin variant is not seen in the anime.
Shikkoku Gairyuki Shin
A limited edition version of Gairyuki, also known as Black Gairyuki, was also released in 2005, as a competition prize. This version was recoloured with black armour, metallic grey structure, and a light blue trim. An Evo Flyer in a similar colour scheme was included with the model.
A custom CAS was seen for the Gairyuki. It was also depicted in an artwork by the same artist who did ZGe. The CAS' design was supposed to be based on the oriental dragon.