Gundam Evolution: Best Mobile Suits So Far

Which giant fighting robot is the best of the best in Bandai-Namco's newest hero shooter?

Gundam Evolution Feature

The recent network test for Gundam Evolution put players into the cockpit of 14 Mobile Suits from the Gundam franchise and offered a small taste of what the new hero shooter brings to the table.

During the playtest, some of these mechs dominated the field far better than others, and based on our experiences in the network test, we’ve made this list of the best Mobile Suits everyone should be on the look out for.

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1. Gundam Barbatos

Barbatos is hands-down the best gundam from the playtest. It can two-hit every character in the game and has enough mobility to get into the enemy team, pulverize a target, and leave with little consequence.

Gundam Playtest Barbatos

Barbatos’ right-click is what allows it to rip gundams apart. It’s chargeable, has no movement penalties while charging, deals 700 damage on hit, and stuns when it lands. Following up with the Long Sword ability will stun enemies around Barbatos and deal 700 damage to the gundam immediately in front of it for a total of 1400 damage. For reference, the tankiest mobile suit in the game, Sazabi, only has 1400 health.

But the combo doesn’t end there. After a kill, Barbatos’ powered leap is reset from its cooldown whenever you get a kill. This allows Barbatos to immediately retreat before your opponents can retaliate or leap into the next target and start the entire cycle over again.

2. Gundam Exia

Exia is similar to Barbatos in that they’re both agile, melee-oriented suits. While Barbatos struggles to contribute anything in a range fight, Exia packs a decent projectile weapon with even more mobility than Barbatos.

Gundam Playtest Exia

This allows Exia to appear in almost any location, shave off chunks of health from enemies at close range then pick them off from long range. However, Exia lacks the raw power of Barbatos, usually struggling to finish off mobile suits after its combo of Rush Slash and Spin Slash.

While Exia offers a lot to its team, it’s also one of the most technically demanding suits to play. Exia has three different ways to close a gap or escape (Rush Slash, Quick Step, and Boost). Paired with Exia’s low health pool at 800HP and the need for Exia to land shots to finish enemies off, Exia becomes a demanding gundam for any pilot to use well.

3. Pale Rider

Overwatch fans will be familiar with Pale Rider’s kit since it’s similar to Soldier 76. However, there are some key upgrades that make Pale Rider one of the best mobile suits in the game.

Gundam Playtest Pale2

Its assault rifle deals a massive amount of damage at all ranges and, if the player can track well, will shred through enemies that are out of cover in a single magazine. Frag and EMP grenades are flexible tools that can be used to punish enemies hiding from Pale Rider’s onslaught, or cover Rider’s escape if it needs to boost out of a bad situation. Its healing beacon will heal up an entire team when everyone is grouped together.

The only thing Pale Rider has to worry about is getting too close to the melee suits. But with two dashes and a few headshots, Pale Rider player still has options to keep distance and deter head-on approaches.

4. Zaku II

In Gundam Evolution, Exia, Barbatos, and Zaku-II are the best flanking mobile suits to play. What makes the Zaku-II stand out from its competition is how it has similar tools to the melee suits (three boosts and a disengage skill) while still holding a short-ranged automatic rifle. The result is a highly mobile mid-range suit with more potential damage than Exia and more range than Barbatos.

Gundam Evolution Mobile Suit Playtest Zaku

Much like Exia, Zaku-II requires smart management of its skills to mitigate its weaknesses. There are two main weaknesses holding the Zaku back – its small health pool at 800HP and a long reload time relative to how small its magazine size is. Smart usage of smoke grenades and knowing how to safely retreat to medpacks will help skilled players make the most of the Zaku’s low health. The Zaku’s G-move will close out close-range fights and automatically reload its gun, bypassing the Zaku’s long reload.

5. Sazabi

The Sazabi is a massive red mech that will carry an entire team in the right situations. It’s able to reveal enemy locations to teammates, boost towards allies to protect them, and its shotgun and shield combo allow it to easily destroy any mobile suit up close. That shield also increases Sazabi’s health by an additional 1600HP for a total HP bar of 3000 health, making it the tankiest mobile suit in Gundam Evolution.

Gundam Evolution Mobile Suits Playtest Sazabi

Despite how powerful the Sazabi is, it still has some glaring problems. Melee attacks and stuns will bypass its shield and deal damage directly to it. This means Sazabi players must play around melee suits with its one boost (two if you count its axe throw) and mobile suits like RX-78 which will naturally cause headaches with their stun abilities. However, as Sazabi you can still overcome these problems with good aim and reading your opponent’s cooldowns.

6. GM Sniper II

GM Sniper II is the go-to long range mobile suit in Gundam Evolution. A headshot with its rifle disables every mobile suit in the game except Sazabi. This makes the sniper an oppressive unit to fight against on most maps.

Gundam Evolution Mobile Suits Playtest Sniper

The Sniper shines best when it plays near an objective. Its targets will be pre-occupied with the sniper’s teammates or distracted securing an objective. In game modes like Destruction, where a mobile suit has to stand still to defuse a bomb, the Sniper has the potential to save the game with a single bullet by picking off opponents attempting to defuse or plant. Otherwise, the Sniper can eliminate key defenders like Asshimar and Pale Rider to get its team through chokepoints.

The sniper’s abilities also allow it to play support for its teammates. It has a long-ranged revive, a bounce pad to get its team onto high ground, and its G-move reveals all enemy locations for its team.

Don’t forget to check out the Best Fighting Games with Rollback Netcode and our Guide to Getting Better At Fighting Games.

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Chris Ng
Chris Ng

Chris is a roguelite addict. His favorites right now are Hades, Slay the Spire, Monster Train, and Vampire Survivors. When he's not trying to speedrun Hades, he usually listens to horror podcasts.