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Berserker Armor
Berserker Armor



Kyō senshi no kacchū


Chapter 223


Skull Knight (Formerly)

The Berserker Armor is a cursed suit of highly durable armor, one of several of its kind, forged by the dwarves. It removes the wearer's subconscious limitations (including pain) which prevent them from using their full potential, thus giving them extraordinary levels of strength and endurance. The armor can temporarily fix injuries: binding bleeding wounds, reinforcing broken bones, and forcibly fixing dislocated joints, piercing the flesh with thin barbs and spikes if necessary. Rather than actually healing its wearer, the armor heals itself when pierced by powerful thrust attacks.

In addition to its extremely dangerous nature, the armor can also induce insanity and "berserker rage" by drawing out the wearer's fears and therefore dissolving the differentiation between friend and foe (hence the armor's name). It can also cause chronic mental deterioration (for example, Guts' Beast of Darkness, which becomes stronger as time passes).

Upon inducing berserker rage, the armor's helm seems to take on the appearance of the wearer's inner beast. In Guts' case, the helmet and bevor are shaped like the Beast of Darkness' head and can move and function as a mouth, capable of biting enemies. When the armor's curse is active, the helm's eye sockets glow red and Guts' face cannot be seen, but when he is in partial control of his sanity, Guts' face is partially visible within the helm's maw.

After being used by the Skull Knight, the Berserker Armor was kept by Flora the Witch for many years. It is given to Guts after Flora's residence, the Spirit Tree, is invaded by Griffith's Apostles, the Neo Band of the Hawk, who were ordered to kill her under the belief that she would later become a threat to Griffith's power. Despite Grunbeld's immense strength, even in his apostle dragon form, Guts easily withstands his attacks and lands a few hits using the Berserker Armor.


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