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The Thunder Spears (雷槍 Raisō?) are a new technology specifically developed to fight against the Armored Titan. Referred to as "iron rods" by Eren Yeager, their official name is Thunder Spears, due to their spear-like shape and the thunderous sound they make when used.[1][2]

Mechanics

The Thunder Spears are based on the technology developed by the Military Police for use against the Survey Corps.[1] This technology was reused and applied to design a new special weapon for use against the Armored Titan. It works in a similar fashion as the anti-personnel vertical maneuvering equipment's guns and hooks, but with a strong spear loaded with explosives designed to shatter armor.

These weapons work as a two-stage rocket: an initial charge launches the projectile by pressing a special trigger in the handle of the device. The projectile, connected by a rope to the main engine, is launched with enough power to penetrate hardened Titan skin. However, when that rope is cut, the second charge is activated. This causes a tremendous explosion which makes the projectile penetrate even more into the target.[3]

Usage and Limitations

Hanges diagram of the Thunder Spears leathality

Hange's diagram of the Thunder Spears lethality

The Thunder Spears are a weapon which enables a human team to efficiently launch a surprise attack against the Armored Titan. But this weapon plays the role of a double-edged sword, as it is a danger to its user as well as the Titan.[4] So much so, that it is only useful in a specific type of situation where after use, immediate retreat to close structures via vertical equipment is possible. Without a proper surrounding, the user is easily liable to get caught in the explosion.[4] While it is also capable of damaging other types of Titans, its sole purpose is to kill Reiner, the Armored Titan.[5]
Breaking tree

Field demonstration on a tree

Training

Squad Levi did not have much time to train, but Hange carefully placed her troops so that they would be in an optimal position to attack. it is a maneuver that requires three successive attacks. The first to blind, the second to break the protective shell, and the third one to kill.[6]

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