- This article is about the various armor units built for and used by the Liger Zero. For the specific, original Zoid, see: Liger Zero
The Changing Armor System (or "Conversion Armor System" as it was referred to in the English dub of New Century) is a system where by the Liger Zero can replace its standard weapons and armor with separate units to increase the Zoid's versatility. The first three systems (Schneider, Jager, and Panzer) are armor units that utilize this system, while the latter two (Phoenix and Falcon) are actually stand-alone BLOX Zoids that can be fused with the Liger Zero, giving both the ability to be used as a armor for the Liger Zero, and as a separate unit. The X variant is a CAS designed by the Empire, rather than the Republic, and is a standard CAS module. The final armor was featured in the Zoids: Generations line and is only present in media published several years after the debut other units.
Main article: Liger Zero
The "Basic Zero" armour consists of thin armor plating that surrounds the Zoid, as well as two Ion Boosters, two Down Force Stabilizers and a dual-barreled Shock Cannon (in the anime this was salvaged from a Zaber Fang and was not part of the original armor). It also has a Strike Laser Claw system, which serves as its primary weapon. It is a fairly fast and agile Zoid, but is relatively lightly armed and armored, which gives rise to the need to use the other CAS variants.
Liger Zero (Prime)Edit
|Liger Zero (Armorless)|
Liger Zero without its armor.
|Maximum Speed||307 km/h|
|Weapons||Laser Fangs, Strike Laser Claws (4)|
Also known as the armorless unit. This is the raw form of Liger Zero, without any armor. This Zoid has been considered extremely fragile, but has also been known to fight all on its own, relying on instinct and feral combat to defeat its enemies. Liger Zero still retains use of the Strike Laser Claw and Laser Sabers without its armor. Liger Zero (Prime) is a name from the Battle Card Game. The armorless Zero does not appear in the VS./Saga games, but is (unofficially) also referred to as the armorless version.
In the manga, the Liger Zero faces off against a Death Stinger. When the armor is found to be slowing the Zoid down too much, Van jettisons the equipment and takes on his opponent with the armorless form. Liger Zero manages to cause severe damage to the Death Stinger, although it is noted that the Zoid would suffer a complete loss if it received even a single hit.
In the Battle Card Game (Republican Set, Volume 4) the Liger Zero is noted to have different stats without the armor equipped. The only stat unmodified is speed, which is not included on any of the Zoid cards in the game.
Liger Zero Schneider (CP-17)Edit
In terms of the model kits, the Schneider was the first CAS Unit for the Liger Zero to be developed, and was released as the CP-17 Schneider Unit. It is designed specifically for close combat. The unit features seven Laser Blades mounted on the Liger Zero's head and sides (five around the mane, one on each flank) which can be used to cut through enemy Zoid armor. The Zero Schneider also features improved speed and acceleration through the use of high-output shoulder boosters and thrusters. This CAS also allows the Liger Zero to use an Energy Shield.
The five blades mounted to the Liger Zero's head can flip forward to allow it to use an attack called the "Five Blade Storm" (or "Buster Slash" in the anime), which is a formidable thrusting attack. The two flank blades fold out laterally in a similar fashion to those of the Blade Liger. The extra two blades allow the Schneider to use its ultimate attack, the Seven-Blade Attack.
The Schneider armor, however, impairs use of the Liger Zero's signature Strike Laser Claw attack.
"Schneider" is German for "cutter" or "slicer".
In 2003, Hasbro released a third version of the Liger Zero, as an American Toys "R" Us exclusive. This version included both the Liger Zero and the CP-17 Schneider armor, with the Liger Zero’s white components altered to a light tan color. The Zoid was given the same designation number as the standard NAR Liger Zero. The Box art shows the Zoid without the lower shield generator fan part, even though it is still present in the actual kit.
In Korea, the model was released in a package with a Liger Zero. As the Liger Zero Schneider was mass produced, it was more common than other CAS units. The model was also released in the U.S. with a recolored Liger Zero as a Toys "R" Us exclusive. There were no changes to the CP-17 kit itself in either release.
A chromed version was released by TOMY in limited numbers.
The Liger Zero Schneider was first deployed in ZAC 2101 as part of the Helic Republic's invasion of the Guylos Empire. Using battle data from the Blade Liger and improving on its close-range capabilities, the Zoid proved to be far more effective against Zoids such as the Death Stinger.
This Zoid was first seen in the New Century anime, where it was the second CAS to be deployed, rather than the first. Its use was delayed because the Liger Zero was prone to abruptly shutting down whenever the Schneider armor was attached. Its signature attack from the Battle Story, the Five Blade Storm, is named the "Buster Slash" in the anime. Its first successful use was against the Tigers Team, who had used a weather control (which was being controlled remotely by Dr. Laon) to create a tornado that was making approaching their Zaber Fangs impossible. When this device ran amok, Bit was able to convert to the Schneider armor and use its Buster Slash to cut through the wind, defeating the final Zaber Fang.
While it was also deployed (with limited success) against the Elephander, its most notable role was against Leon Toros and his red Blade Liger. The Buster Slash proved to be ineffective against the Blade Liger, whose blades were of sufficient strength to ward off the attack, meaning that no matter how many times the two charged, the result was always a draw. However, the Liger Zero, being an Ultimate X, learnt from the experiences and deployed the "Seven Blade Attack", which threw all seven blades forward (a feat the model cannot replicate) and charged them with energy. This proved to be enough to shatter the Blade Liger's blades, winning Bit the match.
The Schneider appeared in the New Century manga, unlike the anime it is the first CAS to be deployed.
The Schneider also appears in the Chaotic Century manga, seen next to the Jager, Rosso and Viola use them to fight Van.
Liger Zero Jager (CP-20)Edit
In terms of the model kits, the CP-20 Jager Unit Jager was the second CAS to be developed. It focuses on speed and maneuverability. The two large Ion Boosters mounted on its back serve to make it a very fast Zoid. It is, however, lightly armed and armored, as it only has a pair of vulcans mounted onto its face and the double-barreled Shock Cannon on its stomach by way of ranged weapons. It retains the Strike Laser Claw of the basic Zero, but is far more noteworthy for its speed than its combat ability.
"Jäger" is German for "hunter".
In Korea, the Jäger CAS was released by Academy, and sold boxed along with the base Liger Zero. The Korean version of this Zoid was produced in limited numbers and is somewhat expensive and hard to come by.
A chromed version was released by TOMY in limited numbers.
The Liger Zero Jager was the first CAS to be deployed in the New Century anime. Its lack of significant ranged weapons and relatively unimpressive amounts of armor (at least when compared to the other two CAS units shown in the anime) came as an initial surprise to Bit. Despite this, it became the one fielded first, and the most commonly used of the three armors. It was primarily used to counter Jack Cisco and his Lightning Saix, whose top speed was far higher than the Liger Zero's basic system. The Jager was not only able to keep up with Jack's Zoid, but also proved to be highly maneuverable as well. Its lack of power did prove to be a disadvantage, as it was unable to best Harry Champ's Iron Kong, the Fuma Team and their Neo Warsharks and was not deployed against Stoller's Elephander, who's melee weapons were considered to be too fast for the Jager to combat effectively. The Jager was also the only CAS to be used in a battle which the Blitz Team lost, as Bit was forced to surrender during his second battle with Jack Cisco.
The Jager appeared in the New Century manga, unlike the anime it is the second CAS to be deployed.
The Jager also appears in the Chaotic Century manga, seen next to the Schneider, Rosso and Viola use them to fight Van.
Liger Zero Panzer (CP-21)Edit
The third CAS for the Liger Zero (in both the anime and models), the CP-21 Panzer is specifically designed to be a heavy-artillery Zoid. It has a great number of missiles, as well as two powerful "Hybrid Cannons", and is wrapped in a thick armor that offers much more protection than the basic armor. However, this comes at a cost, and the Zoid is not as agile as it would if it were to mount the other CAS units.
"Panzer" is German for "tank" or "armor".
In Korea, the Panzer CAS was released by Academy, and sold boxed along with the base Liger Zero. The Korean version of this Zoid was produced in limited numbers and is somewhat expensive and hard to come by.
A chromed version was released by TOMY in limited numbers.
Introduced in ZAC 2101, the Panzer proved to be the most effective of the Zero CAS units. The Zoid was employed against the swarms of Eisen Dragoon attack Zoids, using its missiles to decimate whole formations at once.
In New Century, the Liger Zero Panzer was the final, and the least used, of the three CAS units. This was because, despite having much more firepower than the other systems, it was so heavy that the Liger Zero was effectively immobilized by the weight (although in the Battle Story the Panzer was capable of moving at a respectable 285 km/h). Furthermore, it caused the Liger's systems to overload and generate excessive quantities of heat. This meant that it was a unit that could potentially inflict permanent damage to the Liger. It was eventually deployed against the Elephander in the Blitz Team's third encounter with the Zoid. It was not only able to effortlessly withstand the Elephander's AG unit's missile attacks, but it was also able to shatter the Energy Shield that had previously shattered the Schneider's blades. However, it did not actually defeat the Elephander, and shut down from the excessive strain that using the Panzer's weapons put on the Liger. It was only when the Backdraft showed up that the Zoid rebooted itself, unleashing a missile barrage (called the Burning Big Bang) that annihilated the Backdraft's unmanned Zabats. Apart from in minor roles, the next appearance of the Panzer would be against the Berserk Fury, as Bit had damaged the other two CAS units in prior episodes. It would be unable to penetrate the Fury's shield, but would help vaporize a falling Judge Satellite with its missile barrage (which Bit erroneously calls a Megabomb). As this missile barrage caused the Panzer to spontaneously overheat, it was ejected, and the basic armor was used for the remainder of the battle.
The Panzer appears in the New Century manga, where Bit uses it to fight against Altair and the Berserk Fury.
Liger Zero PhoenixEdit
|Liger Zero Phoenix|
A CGI Rendering of the Liger Zero Phoenix
|Maximum Speed||340 km/h, Mach 2.3|
|Weapons||Laser Fangs, Strike Laser Claws (4), AZ 208 mm Double-Barrelled Shock Cannon, Phoenix Cannon (2), Phoenix Ray (2), Charge Missile|
|Equipment||Blox-CAS, Downforce Stabilizers (2), Magnesser Phoenix Wing|
- See also: Fire Phoenix
By combining the Fire Phoenix and the Liger Zero, the Liger Zero Phoenix can be constructed. It has flight capabilities, and is therefore extremely agile. In addition, it retains the melee weapons found on the Liger Zero and the guns found on the Fire Phoenix, making the Zoid a versatile and reliable unit.
The Zoid was released in 2003, with both units (the Fire Phoenix and Liger Zero) sporting a blue color scheme. Hasbro also released the Fire Phoenix in its Z-builders line, and the Liger Zero Phoenix could be created, though Hasbro never made it as a set. The Zoid was later re-released with a red and yellow fire Phoenix and a normal Liger Zero (in accordance with the anime) as part of the Fuzors line in 2004. It included an RD-based pilot figure.
In Zoids: Fuzors, the Liger Zero Phoenix would be one of the first few Fuzors to be seen. Initially the Fire Phoenix was a wild Zoid, but was eventually turned into a reliable Fuzor partner to the Liger Zero. It never used its guns or its missiles, and was shown to sport an Energy Shield. The Liger Zero Phoenix was remarkably powerful, easily overwhelming even other Fuzor Zoids with its Diving Laser Claw attack. It was also incredibly durable, and was able to withstand a direct hit from a Charged Particle Cannon. However, the Fuzor was no longer because the Fire Phoenix was sacrificed when it performed a suicidal attack on Blake's Gairyuki.
Liger Zero Phoenix is also unlockable through a special code, where, upon entering it, the player will be able to buy it from their shop in Battle Mode.
Liger Zero FalconEdit
- See also: Jet Falcon
Like the Fire Phoenix, the Jet Falcon is a stand-alone airborne Zoid that can combine with the Liger Zero. Its Buster Claws give the Liger even greater melee weapons that it would otherwise have, and, as the Jet Falcon is a more advanced Zoid, resulting Fuzor is faster than the Liger Zero Phoenix. It also wields significant firepower, as the Buster Claws serve not only as blades, but also as guns and drills, thus making the Liger Zero Falcon a very useful Zoid.
The Fuzors line saw the Liger Zero and Jet Falcon released together in anime-consistent colors. In addition to this, both Zoids saw individual releases at other times.
The Liger Zero Falcon is used by Republican hero Ray Gregg in a battle against Wolff Muroa's Energy Liger. The Liger Zero comes out victorious, and is used to siphon off excess energy from the Energy Liger to prevent a catastrophic explosion.
After the death of the Fire Phoenix, the Jet Falcon would be found by Mach Storm. It would prove to be a Fuzor partner to the Liger Zero, and be almost unparalleled in sheer power. It was able to easily overwhelm the Gairyuki, and even preform feats like lifting up a Whale King. It was eventually revealed that the Liger Zero is the "Alpha Zoid", and as such, the Liger Zero Falcon proved to be able to defeat even the Seismosaurus with ease. In terms of combat, it used the Diving Laser Claw like the Zero Phoenix did, but unlike that Zoid, also used its Buster Claws as weapons (both as guns and as lances). Like the Phoenix, it was shown to sport an Energy Shield, though the design was different from its predecessor's.
In Zoids VS III, the Liger Zero Falcon is also available, which is capable of limited flight. In this game the Buster Claws serve yet another purpose; acting as magnessor wings while the Zoid is in flight. However, this prevents them from forward firing.
Liger Zero XEdit
The Liger Zero X is a CAS designed to partake in electronic warfare. Unlike the other Liger Zero CAS units, the X is an Imperial creation. It has a pair of electrically-powered blades and can fire bursts of electricity from the weapons on its back. As an Imperial Zoid, it is often linked with the Liger Zero EM, which is a recolored base unit, however, the X is a CAS, so it can be mounted on both this Zoid and the regular Liger Zero.
Released with the Liger Zero EM in 2001, the Liger Zero X was molded in black, blue, and dull gold. Four translucent blue 'hatches' were incorporated into the shoulder armor. As a note, the small pegs on the shoulder armor panels made it difficult to keep the components on the Zoid. It was initially released in Japan, but was later repackaged and sold in America and (later still) to countries in the Pacific.
The Liger Zero X never appeared in any anime series. It was however seen in a short promotional video, and was featured as a unit in the Zoids Sagaseries. It also has major roles in the Zoids Battlestory Webcomic and the Zoids Galaxy Quest: Planet Zi manga.
Liger Zero Gusoku MyokohEdit
As part of the Zoids: Generations line, the Liger Zero Souga was released. With it, came the new CAS, Gusoku Myokoh. The CAS also gives the Liger Zero a katana, which it can hold in its mouth or in a slot on its left front leg. There is also a sheath for the katana on the Liger's right side.
The Gusoku Myokoh CAS was also available as a mail-in offer; the CAS was cast from resin, as opposed to plastic, and came unpainted. The CAS kit did not come with a Liger Zero Blue Souga but included instructions on how to attach it onto the Zoid. This CAS saw two releases; the first release of the armor, sold as a convention exclusive at C3X in 2005, was limited to 200 units and included a Midori figurine. The second release of the armor, sold through the Tateishi store was limited to 10,000 units, but included a 1/72 scale Midori pilot figure as opposed to the larger scale figurine.
A second version of the armor was planned for release. The armor is known as the Shiro Shozoku. Unlike the other CAS, this version had two shields instead of one, and new shin guards. Otherwise, there seem to be no other differences when compared to the Gusoku Myokoh. This kit never went into production, and was only seen in DHM.
As a part of the Generations line, this variant of the Liger Zero is limited to various comics and artwork. It appeared in the mobile version of the Zoids Saga games.
Also featured in the Zoids Generation story was a unit known as the Miko Liger. Despite DHM having produced the Miko Liger armor and exhibiting it alongside other Generation Zoids, the unit was never sold.
The Liger Zero Falcon Mass Production CAS, though not part of Zoids Generations Story, was also illustrated by the story's artist, Mercy Rabbit. This unit by Zoitec was meant to rival the Berserk Fury MP made by Zi-Arms. A resin kit of this CAS was made and first sold as a convention exclusive in 2006. This kit did not change the flat Buster Claws to match the more curved claws in the illustration. Later, the Falcon Mass Production resin was exhibited at the summer Wonder Festival of 2007 where it stood alongside a garage kit featuring more accurate Buster Claws.
A unit titled Liger Zero Mariner (ライガーゼロマリナー) was featured in the Zoids Official Fan Book series and seen again in the Zoids Customizing Manual. It was developed for underwater combat.
A catalog shows a Nightwise fusing with a Liger Zero. The wings are placed on the sides of the Liger's front legs. There are no instructions on how to do this in any version of either model kit.