Designed for urban warfare and guerrilla operations, the Saberlion is designed to hit and run rather than stand and fight. While lightly armoured, the Zoid is also very fast and agile, and a potent close-combat unit. Its blades, fangs, and claws are designed to vibrate at high speeds, improving their cutting power.
To aid it in its intended roles, the Saberlion is equipped with an array of assorted sensors that better enable it to locate its opponents in crowded combat environments (such as cities). The Zoid does have one weakness, however, in that it completely lacks ranged weapons. While not a problem in its normal environments, it can be a severe drawback if the Zoid is caught in the open.
The plan appears to have failed; President Camford was declared missing soon afterwards. Camford’s son, Colonel Rob Hermann, was forced to take control of the collapsing Republic.
The Saberlion comes on six frames, along with a label sheet. Two of these frames are shared with the Guntiger, while one is common to all small non-motorised Zoids. The Saberlion is moulded in grey-green and aquamarine, with orange translucent components and yellow caps.
The Saberlion is simple to construct, as the Zoid has no motor, and consequently no need for complicated leg/body assemblies. The lack of motor is compensated for by making the majority of the connections between components ball joints, resulting in a significant range of motion and allowing the Zoid to placed in numerous poses.
The Zoid was intended to be released as a part of the New American Release, but the line was discontinued before the release occurred.