Amitie's blue-frame Variant Zapper (left) and Kyrie's red-frame Variant Zapper (right)
|Other names||Variant Unit (movie)|
Nanoha Takamachi (movie)
|Magic system||Formula Eltria|
|Japanese name||ヴァリアントザッパー |
|First app.||Gears of Destiny|
In the movie continuity, the general name for this variable weapon (with a new basic "core unit" form) is instead Variant Unit (ヴァリアントユニット Varianto Yunitto).
Variant Zapper appears primarily alongside Amitie and Kyrie in the portable continuity as their three-form weapons.
It is also adapted in the Brave Duel continuity as their Brave Duel Devices (see Variant Zapper). No change in basic design is noted, but extra designs are added as upgraded forms (e.g. Variant Zapper II's three equivalent forms).
In the movie continuity, Variant Unit appears in Reflection and Detonation as their equipment, with new designs and a wider variety of forms, including but not limited to the redesigned version of those three original forms. Such weapons are known as Variant Arms (ヴァリアントアームズ Varianto Āmuzu). Besides, a spare Variant Core possessed by Amitie is given to Nanoha Takamachi near the end of Reflection for the integration with her Barrier Jacket and Fortress System.
|Forms|| Portable continuity|
| Movie continuity|
| Variant Core|
|N/A||Takes the form of a button-like artefact similar to the usual standby form of a Device. Such core unit is the base of a Variant Unit, capable of turning into different tools with metals or inorganic matters as materials.|
|The default gun form, in pairs. Despite its size, it is capable of rapid sequential firing like machine gun.||Officially Variant Zapper (ヴァリアントザッパー Varianto Zappā), it takes the form of a handgun (with new design) and can fire various types of bullets, such as light bullets for threatening purpose, high-speed solid bullets that can penetrate metals or concretes, energy bullets that can penetrate magical defenses etc.|
| Finest Cannon|
(ファイネストカノン Fainesuto Kanon)
|N/A||Takes the form of a larger shotgun, it is a form for the purpose of firing more powerful bullets than Zapper's. It contains a firing mechanism for armor-piercing explosive bullets and grenade bullets.|
| Gatling Blaster|
(ガトリングブラスター Gatoringu Burasutā)
|N/A||Takes the form of a multi-gun rotary cannon that can fire large quantities of energy-coated metal bullets. It is also set with a mechanism to fire rocket bullets.|
|Takes the form of one-handed blade, in pairs.||Officially Variant Fencer (ヴァリアントフェンサー Varianto Fensā), it takes the form of a one-handed blade (with new design).|
| Heavy Edge|
(ヘヴィエッジ Hevi Ejji)
|Takes the form of a two-handed sword, similar to a claymore.||Takes the form of a large solid sword (with new design).|
| Shot Primer|
|N/A||Takes the form of a handle with trigger. It is originally designed as a multi-purpose tool for welding, breaking, drilling etc., but can also be used as a low-power shock gun.|
|One-Hand Mode||In the portable continuity, Variant Zapper can be used in the "one-hand mode", which is applicable to both Zapper and Fencer, in a way similar to Cross Mirage. The combination of one Zapper and one Fencer is also possible.|
|Overblast||In the scenario of The Gears of Destiny, Amitie has displayed once the Overblast (オバーブラスト Obāburasto) function of her Variant Zapper. In exchange for substantially boosted power, the body of the Zapper is also damaged.|
Additionally, Kyrie's red-frame Zapper (gun form) is superior to Amitie's blue-frame Zapper in rapid sequential firing.