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The Arwing (アーウィン, Āwin) is the personal super-high performance combat ship used by members of the Star Fox Team. Despite numerous revisions and redesigns over the course of the team's history, the many models of Arwing have maintained the balance of speed, power and performance that they are credited for. The Arwing starfighter is the primary battle vehicle of the Star Fox Team, and is almost the symbol of their team. Developed by Space Dynamics Co., Ltd., the Arwing is equipped with the revolutionary G-Diffuser system, an anti-gravity device which allows the pilot to accelerate or decelerate instantaneously and perform a wide variety of high performance combat maneuvers. By executing a barrel roll, the Arwing can also generate a electromagnetic shield which will deflect most optically based weapons, such as laser beams. The Arwings used by the Star Fox Team are much different from any production versions as they have been extensively modified with improved armor and advanced weapon systems, such as Hyper Laser Homing Bolts and Smart Bombs.
Used by the original Star Fox team of James McCloud, Peppy Hare and Pigma Dengar, the single-seated Arwing featured four advanced G-Diffuser on board engines as large blue structures atop and underneath each wing. A single-beam laser cannon (which could double as a Smart Bomb launcher) was located underneath the nose. Twin and Hyper laser upgrades instead utilized a pair of more powerful laser cannons between the G-Diffuser, with one just below each wing. The rear of the ship housed the engine exhaust, which would change color with the environment—red for in-atmosphere, and blue for space operations. It was the most advanced ship of it's time, years ahead of any other fighter in Lylat. Andross had originally used spacecraft which were inferior to the Arwing, but Cornerian intelligence rumoured that he was well on his way to developing a new starfighter to rival it. This came true when his new Wolfen class starfighters appeared during the Lylat Wars.
The original Star Fox team flew their Arwings to Venom to investigate the reports of an upsurge of activity by exiled scientist, Dr. Andross. Upon arrival, Pigma defected to Andross's side. James and Peppy's Arwing were shot down, and they were imprisioned by Andross. However, despite massive damage and the loss of an entire wing, Peppy Hare's Arwing survived the attack, and Peppy was somehow able to escape captivity and fly the nearly destroyed fighter all the way back to Corneria - a testament to the ship's durability.
The Arwing was also used by Fox McCloud and his team to save Lylat from Andross's sudden attack during the Lylat Wars. Putting all environmental conditions and hostile opposition (including 9000 degrees on the Solar star), the Arwing starfighter served as the main source of tactical service and backup support throughout the catastrophic war. With the efforts of the newly reformed Star Fox team's small, quick squadron, Corneria and Lylat were freed from Andross and his Venomian Army. Despite offers to enter the Cornerian millitary, Star Fox and their Arwings remained a strictly professional mercenaries-for-hire unit only. No one is sure what the Star Fox team did with the money from the Lylat Wars.
Throughout the Four years after the Lylat Wars, the peaceful era made the Star Fox team's profession become obsolete as they started drifting Lylat in search of work. This meant the Arwings were unable to receive updates and repairs they required. After catching a distorted S.O.S Signal from Katt, Falco hurried off to rescue her at Titania with Star Fox on his tail. Deception from a Cornerian officer named Captain Shears led to a serious dogfight between Fox and Falco, pitting Arwing against Arwing. At this point, Falco concluded that the Arwing is at its most vulnerable after the Barrel Roll technique has finished, for the pilot won't know where the enemy will be after making the distorting roll. Although Falco had lost his duel and yet managed to eventually repair his downed Arwing, he can't help but wonder if either he has gotten worse or Fox has become better than him.
Later on after dealing with Captain Shears and his team, Falco decided to have a temporary leave of absence, taking his Arwing with him. What became of Falco remained unheard of until four years later.
Plight of Sauria
Due to the lack of funds in the possession of the Star Fox team during the Plight of Sauria, the Arwings owned by the Star Fox team were in serious disrepair. Even an ace pilot would have trouble keeping the ship together, due to the modifications made by Slippy Toad; these included the stripping of the targeting computers in exchange for hard currency, as well as the bomb magazines restricted to only one at a time, and the charge ability was taken away, and laser power was poor. Although the navigational computer was still in working order, this model of the Arwing had the capacity of two crew members, one of which was the pilot (Fox), and under the belly of the ship was a small cargo holder in which small creatures such as Prince Tricky could stay in while the pilot flew the ship. the Arwing's engines suffered somewhat, making the ship harder to control, but that could be attributed to the fact that the nose had been elongated to allow for cargo space in which small creatures (Prince Tricky) could be transported in. Its able to use brakes and boost but last very shortly. The installation of retractable tripod landing gear was another asset, due to the fact that Arwings would have had to work independently from Great Fox for prolonged periods of time. To provide remote assistance ROB 64 would transmit Fuel Cells to power the Arwing, but these were commonly scattered about, leaving the team to search for them in unorthodox places. It was this stripped down, aging ship that was responsible for the final defeat of Andross.
After the Star Fox team was paid handsomely for their action during the Saurian Crisis, they opted to upgrade their weapons, armor, their mothership, the Great Fox and their Arwings. These new, feather-like ships boasted four G-diffusers which allowed for the ship to come to a complete stop, as well as make more advanced maneuvers repeatedly, such as loops and Immelmann turns. The ships however has no bombs present on board, but can equip them in flight, so as to keep the weight down. The flexible wings on the sides allow for easy transition from flight mode to all-range mode, and come equipped with a transponder to allow for these ships to be transmitted to the surface of a planet, similar to the upgraded Landmaster. These ships saw the team through the Aparoid Invasion, performing remarkably through the perils of this brutal war. In addition, the wings of the ships were also strengthened so as to withstand crashing them through the floor, as evidenced by Falco utilizing a maneuver when landing at the Fichina Climate Control Center to aid Fox where he had to flip and slice his wing on the floor to destroy the rest of the sentrybots without any apparent ill-effects to the wing. However, the initial blizzards on Fichina were unsuitable for the Arwings likely because of their intentional lightness for planetary environments, meaning only the heavy Landmaster could get the job done for the first act.
Following the Aparoid invasion, the Star Fox Team was outfitted with new ships. Each pilot picked one for themselves. See Personalized Arwings.
Samuel Nakaoka's Arwing
Samuel Nakaoka the Second's own Arwing. It was basely the same only has Team Samuel logo alongside the Star Fox logo. Sometimes, Eureka pilots his Arwing to see her honorable boyfriend Renton Thurston grave or Sora pilot his Arwing to travels to the lifeforms from the Lylat Systems.
After Samuel Nakaoka the Second left the team in ZEXAL Saga, Samuel Nakaoka unwillingly forces to use his Arwing to destroys Kumon's Inves armies. As Kumon's destruction, his Arwing was still active, but Samuel Nakaoka forced himself to be retires despite Fox's words.
In the final battle against Agulis, his Arwing was badly damaged by Xerosic by sending it to the sea, forcing himself to fight her. As Agulis' victorious when Samuel Nakaoka the Second used the forbidden attack Giga Bursthou by greatly damages Lumios City, his Arwing was rescued by Officer Jenny's forces only Samuel Nakaoka no longer used it because of his fatal mistake.
During Samuel Nakaoka the Second completes the true Beastaibur, Samuel Nakaoka repairs and upgrades Arwing with the help of Alas and his mother. Samuel Nakaoka finishes the upgrade with the help of Historie to become Arwing Zero.
Modified Arwings (Canon)
The Arwing II was Fox McCloud's new and upgraded Arwing ship. The only difference between this one and the original was that the Arwing II contained TWO Smart Bomb launchers. Eventually, the Arwing II was upgraded to an even more powerful 'craft. Plasma cannons, twin lasers, and a multi-lock made the Arwing II one of the most dangerous fighters in the whole Lylat System.
The Bullfrog was Slippy Toad's improved Arwing. The Bullfrog is equipped with a plasma cannon and three Smart Bombs with NO lock, whatsoever. Being much larger than the original Arwing, this air craft has the strongest shields of them all! However, this reduces the Bullfrog's mobility.
The Sky Claw is Falco Lombardi's personal Arwing. With its high speed and maneuverability, it is near impossible to take down. The Sky Claw has wider wings with claw-like tips on the end. It is armed with a Single Laser like the Original Arwing II, but has only one Smart Bomb launcher and a coveted multi-lock.
The Cloud Runner is Krystal's Arwing. She had named it after the Cloud Runners, a pterodactyl-like dinosaur tribe she met during the events of Star Fox Adventures. The Arwing itself shows some similarities of a pterodactyl. The Cloud Runner is armed with a Twin Laser, Single Lock and one Smart Bomb launcher.
Modified Arwings (Fanon)
Samuel Nakaoka the Second's upgraded Arwing.
Fox McCloud's Arwing during the Lylat Insurgency. Features hyper lasers and a multi-lock.
Vulpin McCloud's modified Arwing. Features triple lasers and homing missiles.
Dexter Ocelot's modified Arwing. Features plasma lasers with the ability to fire guided shots.
Jin Fang's modified Arwing. Can engulf itself in flames and ram into other ships.
Kaylee Blanford's modified Arwing. Has the ability to create illusions of itself.
Bill Grey's Arwing during the Lylat Insurgency. Features triple lasers and a multi-lock.
Amanda's Arwing during the Lylat Insurgency. Features twin lasers and a multi-lock.
A smaller version of an Arwing appears as an item in Nintendo All-Stars Racing. It works similar to the Spiny Shell of Mario Kart fame. A arwing will make the user fly for a short time before barrel rolling onto a player in 1st.