is a Praying Mantis
-type Zoid, one of over 200 species of biomechanical life forms that provide the basis for TOMY
’s model kit, anime, and comic based Zoids
The Demantis is a small-scale infantry Zoid, created by the Guylos Empire. Despite its size, it is far more capable than other Zoids of its scale, such as the Guysak
. It is extremely fast and capable of low-altitude flight, and its multi-antennae and gattling cannon can cover 360 degrees for an all-around attack. Its most powerful weapons are the massive claws on its forearms, called "Hyper Phalanxes", which are useful for excavation in addition to combat. Offsetting these advantages is the Demantis' brittle armour, making it easily destroyed by larger Zoids. Because of this, is best used en masse
for surprise attacks.
Battle Story appearances
The Demantis appeared in the NJR Battle Story as part of the Eisen Dragoons unit, where it was deployed alongside the Berserk Fury
, forming the bulk of the unit's forces.
Zoids: New Century/Zero
The Demantis' sole appearance was in the New Century Zero anime as a Zoid used exclusively by the Backdraft Organisation. It first appeared in episode 21, "Harry's Disaster: Dr. Laon traps Toros!" The Demantis appeared very briefly as a Zoid piloted by Dr. Laon when he came to visit Harry Champ
at his base, but otherwise it played no active role in the plot of the episode.
The Demantis' most memorable appearance, however, was in the following episode, "The Dragon Under the Sea: In Search of the Ultimate X". In this episode, Commander Alteil undertakes an archeological survey, bringing along a force of Demantis and Maccurtis to find an Ultimate X Zoid. Much to their charagin, the Blitz and Champ Teams choose to have a vacation at the same location as the Backdraft's expedition.
While the Backdraft hope to ignore the Blitz and Champ teams and stay hidden, Alteil eventually sends his forces to drive them away, with the Demantises attacking from the land and the Maccurtises attacking from the sea. The Blitz team's Zoids are very nearly overwhelmed by sheer force of numbers, but upon finding a large, metal crate in the sea (containing the Berserk Fury and three Geno Saurers) Alteil orders a withdrawal.
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