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Vertical maneuvering equipment


The 3DMG, also known as the Three- Dimensinal Maneuver Gear, is a set of gear developed by humans that allows great mobility when facing the Titans. The gear itself takes the form of a body harness that encompasses much of the body below the neck. Though using it will allow a skilled user great mobility, it carries a large risk of overtaxing the user's muscles, thus special physical conditioning is required to use this gear. Some tools involved in the apparatus include:

  • Handgrips 
  • Piston-shot grapple-hooks
  • Gas powered mechanism
  • Iron Wire Propeller with Plug in Blades


3D Maneuver Gear

Soldiers using 3D Maneuver Gear

The simplest move possible with the 3DMG is simply aiming and firing the grapple hooks at an object and then activating the gas mechanism to reel oneself toward said object. They can then disconnect the hook and continue moving forward.

Usually however, soldiers must be able to move around in order to navigate in general. Therefore, they tend to use their momentum in order to swing around targets. the leather strips attached to the gear, around soldiers' body allows the people using 3DMG to control it easier and with better mobility. User could control their aptitude and balance mainly through the actions of feet and waist.

More advanced techniques include changing directions while still being reeled in as demonstrated by Jean Kirstein. [1]

The drawbacks of using the 3D Maneuver Gear is that it can only be used in a closed location and is useless out in the open such as grasslands and fields without tall enough trees or buildings to properly latch onto, and that over-exerting the gear would either result in mechanical failure or the depletion of the operative's gas tanks.


The circumstances regarding the creation of the 3DMG are detailed in the prequel novel Before The Fall. 3DMG was invented by Anheru, a first-class weapons craftsman who worked closely with the Scouting Legion.


  • Body of the Device
  • Operating Device and Gas Cylinder
  • Fan Section

The Body of the Device - Steel wire is stored inside the body. There are two axles, which revolve independently. [2]

Operating Device - The functioning part of the operating device is a black box, which the technical department manages and improves in secrecy.[3]

Body of the Compressed Gas Cylinder - Gas is compressed into the cylinder and injected.[4]

Fan Section - Gas is blown directly into the fan to make it rotate. The pressure of the gas is regulated to manipulate the output.[5]


  • Moving in the third dimension
  • Crucial Qualities

Three-dimensional maneuver device training is a rigorous process that allows humans, which are limited to two-dimensional movements, to adapt to movement in the third dimension. [6]

Great physical strength, particularly in the legs, coupled with spatial recognition abilites, as well as the mental strength to not waver in the midst of a panic, are crucial qualities.[7]

One of the first things done after enlisting in training is the 3D Maneuver Gear aptitude evaluation. Those unable to remain upright are dismissed.

"Those incapable [of staying upright] aren't suited to even be used as decoys!"[8]

Three years of training is needed before offically becoming a soldier. Many run away or are driven out before graduating. The training is so intense that some people actually die during the process. [9]


  1. Shingeki no Kyojin Chapter 23.
  2. Shingeki no Kyojin Episode 08 Currently Disclosable Information
  3. Shingeki no Kyojin Episode 08 Currently Disclosable Information
  4. Shingeki no Kyojin Episode 08 Currently Disclosable Information
  5. Shingeki no Kyojin Episode 09 Currently Disclosable Information
  6. Shingeki no Kyojin Episode 03 Currently Disclosable Information
  7. Shingeki no Kyojin Episode 03 Currently Disclosable Information
  8. Shingeki no Kyojin Episode 03
  9. Shingeki no Kyojin Episode 05

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