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Quote1 The Armored Titan specializes in hardening. If it charges in at full speed, the gates of any wall will crumble. Quote2
— A Marleyan analysis of Reiner's Armored Titan[2]

The Armored Titan (鎧の巨人 Yoroi no Kyojin?) was one of the Nine Titans that possessed armored plates of skin across its body.


Armored skin

The defining feature of the Armored Titan was the all-encompassing layer of plated, armor-like segments of hardened skin protecting the Titan body. This armor was capable of shielding the Titan from significant amounts of damage, shielding direct hit from a cannon, breaking ultrahard steel blades of ODM gear when struck[3] and withstanding the Colossal Titan's explosive transformation.[4] However, the armor had some limitations and was not capable of protecting the user from high-power weaponry such as the Mid-East Allied Forces' anti-Titan artillery.[1] The armor could be used for physical protection as well as offensively, dealing great damage upon impact on anything the Titan charges.

While certainly formidable, the primary disadvantage of the Armored Titan's skin was the decreased speed of the Titan form. Whether due to increased weight or restrained movement, the Armored Titan was only capable of maintaining moderate running speeds when completely armored.[5] This could be alleviated if the user chose to shed segments of the armor to increase movement capability, such as the armor behind the knees, enabling the Titan to move with incredible speed.[3]

A lesser-known disadvantage was that if the holder of the Founding Titan wished to, they were able to cause the hardened skin of the Armored Titan to crumble away to nothing; this left the Titan prone and extremely vulnerable to damage.[6] However, this only seemed to apply to the current body created by transforming, as transforming into the Armored Titan later revealed it to be restored of its namesake armor.


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Armored Titan hardens its fingers and toes

Similar to the Female Titan, the Armored Titan was capable of utilizing crystal-like hardening around its body to at least some extent. The Armored Titan could also use this ability to create claws on its hands and feet which could be used to scale the Wall of Shiganshina District with ease.[7]


The Armored Titan, like all the Nine Titans, was brought into the world after the death of Ymir Fritz.[8] In the 1,700 years following her death, the Armored Titan was held in the possession of one or several of the warring Eldian houses subservient to the Founding Titan. After these seventeen centuries when Karl Fritz, the 145th King of the Fritz family, abandoned the conflicts of Eldia and relocated to Paradis Island, the Armored Titan was taken by the nation of Marley during the Great Titan War.[8]

In the year 843, Reiner Braun was chosen to inherit the power of the Armored Titan. He would later make use of his Titan form in a war between Marley and an enemy nation, using his Armored Titan to take the brunt of enemy artillery fire.[2]

In the year 845, the nation of Marley sent out Reiner, Bertholdt Hoover, Annie Leonhart, and Marcel Galliard across the sea to Paradis Island as the start of the Paradis Island Operation.[2]


The Fall of Shiganshina arc

An armored Titan destroys the gate

The Armored Titan breaches Wall Maria

After arriving on the island and venturing northwards to the Walls, Reiner entered Shiganshina District, the southernmost district of the Walls, after Bertholdt destroyed the south gate with his Colossal Titan. As panicked Eldians fled the city while Titans swarmed in, Reiner's Armored Titan advanced to the north gate and charged it, breaking through and breaching the northern part of Wall Maria.[9] Reiner joined his fellow surviving Warriors in entering the walled territory during the chaos, and he would not use the Armored Titan again for another five years.[10]

Clash of the Titans arc

Reiner punches Eren

The Attack Titan's first battle with the Armored Titan

Over a month later, Reiner reaches a breaking point and chooses to reveal his nature as the Armored Titan as well as Bertholdt's nature as the Colossal Titan to Eren, promising to leave the people of the Walls alone if he returns with them to their hometown.[10] When Eren refuses and Mikasa attacks the two Warriors, Reiner transforms into the Armored Titan and grabs Eren. However, Eren in turn transforms into the Attack Titan and battles with Reiner.[10]

Despite improvements to Eren's control over the Attack Titan, Reiner's Armored Titan overpowers him initially until Eren makes use of a technique that was taught to him by Annie Leonhart some time ago, taking one of Reiner's arms before retreating temporarily.[3] Requiring more speed, Reiner begins shedding the armor behind his knees and continues his attack on Eren, but he is nonetheless overpowered by the Attack Titan again. With defeat imminent, Reiner calls for Bertholdt's Colossal Titan, which falls on the two Titans in an explosive burst of steam.[3] Reiner is able to withstand the intense winds and bites Eren out of his Attack Titan.[3] Once Bertholdt exits his Titan with a captive Ymir, the two Warriors escape to the nearby Forest of Giant Tress[3]

Armored Titan surrounded by Titans

The Armored Titan is swarmed

After some conversation in the forest, the Warriors start their retreat upon seeing signal flares from the Scout Regiment. Reiner uses his Armored Titan to carry Bertholdt and their captives away, and the Scout Regiment pursues them. Their retreat goes unhindered until Commander Erwin Smith charges the Armored Titan head-on with a horde of Pure Titans following after him.[11] Reiner attempts to fight back against the Titans, and the Warriors lose Eren to the Scout Regiment in the moment of vulnerability. Shortly afterward, Eren succeeds in temporarily using the Founding Titan, causing the Titans to swarm after the Warriors. Reiner flees with Bertholdt and Ymir, and they rest in the ruins of Shiganshina District.[11]

Royal Government arc

Bertholdt runs up to Reiner

The Armored Titan is defeated by the Beast Titan

Some time later, Reiner's Armored Titan battles Zeke Jaeger's Beast Titan due to having disagreements over their next course of action. The Armored Titan is soundly defeated in the brawl, and Zeke states that they will wait in Shiganshina for the arrival of the Scout Regiment rather than attempting to rescue Annie Leonhart.[12]

Return to Shiganshina arc

Three months after the Struggle for Trost, the Scout Regiment arrive in Shiganshina and seal the southern gate using a new hardening ability acquired by Eren's Attack Titan.[13] Suspecting that the Warriors may be nearby, Armin Arlelt proposes a search of the Wall and Reiner is found hiding within. As he is attacked by Captain Levi, Reiner uses one of his last-resort Titan powers to transfer his brain functions to the entirety of his body long enough for him to transform into the Armored Titan.[13] As the battle of Shiganshina District begins, Reiner hardens his fingers to climb Wall Maria in order to attack the Scout Regiment horses.[7] However, Eren's Attack Titan appears in the city and Reiner is left with a choice of attack. Reiner chooses to confront Eren,[7] and the Attack Titan battles with the Armored Titan for a second time.[7]

Eren battles the Armored Titan

The Attack Titan battles the Armored Titan a second time

Eren's new ability to harden the Attack Titan's skin successfully deals heavy damage to Reiner's Armored Titan,[7] but the greatest damage done is dealt from the Thunder Spears, a new explosive weapon developed by the Scout Regiment in recent months. The explosives tear through the armor of Reiner's nape and destroy his brain,[7] though his consciousness transfer once again keeps him alive.[7] Reiner than roars for help as planned and shortly thereafter Bertholdt arrives at Reiner's side, telling him to lie down on his back for the time being.[4]

The Armored Titan is defeated

Mikasa defeats the Armored Titan

While Bertholdt confronts the Scout Regiment, Reiner follows Bertholdt's advice and flips his Armored Titan onto its back, protecting Reiner from further harm and giving him enough time to regenerate his head.[4] A short while later, Reiner fully heals his brain and he returns to the fight, but with no memory of any events that had occurred since earlier that morning.[4] The Scout Regiment attacks Reiner with the Thunder Spears again, incapacitating him and successfully ejecting Reiner from the nape of his Armored Titan.[14] Reiner is interrogated afterward,[14] but before he can be killed, he is rescued by Zeke and Pieck's Cart Titan, who brings him atop Wall Maria.[14] The Warriors would return to Marley afterward, abandoning Annie and Bertholdt.

Marley arc

Reiner and Galliard take control of the fort

The Armored Titan assaults Fort Slava

Four years later, Reiner is present at the battle of Fort Slava at the climax of the Marley Mid-East War, waiting on standby in an airship due to the presence of anti-Titan artillery on the ground below.[1] Once the ground infantry succeed in destroying the armored train carrying the artillery around the fortress,[1] Reiner eventually joins the combat as the Armored Titan after a Titan airstrike sent down with the power of Zeke's Beast Titan. Alongside Porco Galliard's Jaw Titan, Reiner's Armored Titan decimates the anti-Titan artillery set up on the walls of the fortress.[1] When the coast is clear, Reiner signals for the Zeke to join the battle, where his Beast Titan throws spare artillery at the Mid-East Allied Forces' navy stationed in the bay nearby. However, when the ships begin to open fire on Zeke's Beast Titan, Reiner uses his Armored Titan as a shield for Zeke, receiving devastating damage in the process. Despite having lost his entire body below the head in the explosion, Reiner later recovered.[15]

One month later during Willy Tybur's speech in Liberio, Falco Grice takes Reiner to a basement behind the stage, where he meets Eren Jaeger for the first time in four years.[16] After Eren sets aside their differences and clarifies that Reiner is not his true enemy, he takes Reiner's hand and begins to transform.[17] In a state of panic, Reiner bites his hand to transform and protect Falco. He creates two armored hands that successfully shield the two of them from the energy blast and resulting wreckage. Reiner is unconscious following the attack and his injuries do not regenerate. Falco suspects this is due to Reiner having lost the will to live.[17]

Reiner appears to stop Eren

The Armored Titan without its namesake armor

As the Scout Regiment and Warriors battle in Liberio, Falco and Gabi Braun cry out for Reiner to save Galliard's Jaw Titan, which is about to be eaten by Eren's Attack Titan. Reiner reluctantly wakes up and transforms into an incomplete Armored Titan, which is missing much of its namesake armor. Reiner is able to free Galliard from Eren's grip, but is unable to stand again after Eren punches him across the plaza.[18]

War for Paradis arc

Reiner braces for Eren's attack

The Armored Titans braces for Eren's attack

The Armored Titan returns to Shiganshina as part of Marley's retaliatory strike against Paradis Island. Having transformed in midair to fight Eren's Titan, the two Titans are quick to clash once again. The Armored Titan is aggressive in its attack, though is somewhat overpowered by Eren's hardened punches. Soon, the Jaw Titan comes to assist Reiner, and helped from afar by the Cart Titan's projectiles, the tide of battle is turned. The three Warriors force Eren to overexert himself by using the War Hammer Titan's construction powers to keep the Jaw and Armored Titans at bay. Eventually, the Armored Titan uses a hardened pike it had been impaled on to skewer the Attack Titan, before attempting to devour Eren. However, Reiner is stopped as Eren manages to get a hold of his Titan's head and hold him off. As the two begin a struggle, the Armored Titan is knocked off of his adversary by a projectile thrown by the Beast Titan.[19]

The Armored Titan is caught in a daze but eventually recovers and targets the Attack Titan once more. However, it is caught in a barrage of projectiles thrown by the Beast Titan, tearing it apart.[19] After recovering, the Armored Titan resumes fighting Eren and attempts to rouse Galliard within the mangled Jaw Titan.[19] Soon after, Zeke lets out a scream that transforms all the affected Eldians into Pure Titans; immediately, the Armored Titan is set upon by the newly transformed Falco Grice.[19]4


The Armored Titan gets bitten in the nape by a transformed Falco

Caught by surprise, the Armored Titan struggles to control both the Attack Titan and Falco. After the Beast Titan is shot by General Magath a second time, Reiner believes that Zeke is finally dead and as such, loosens the armor around the nape of the Armored Titan.[19] However, the transformed Falco ceases in biting the nape and instead targets a nearby Galliard, who is unable to sufficiently heal his wounds.[19] The Armored Titan soon finds itself trapped in the hardened shell of the Attack Titan; breaking free, it tries to crush Eren but its hand gets struck and blown apart by a Thunder Spear.[19] Following the start of the Rumbling, the Armored Titan reaches Gabi and shields her from the falling debris. The Titan's armor also crumbles away however, forcing Reiner to abandon his Titan form.[20]

After Reiner regains consciousness, he joins the combined group of the Scout Regiment and Warriors who go down to the harbor to attack the Jaegerists and take the flying boat.[21] After their initial plan fails, Reiner and Annie Leonhart transform into their Titan forms and engage the incoming enemies.[21]

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The Armored Titan and the Female Titan engage the Yeagerists

Both Titans saw initial success as they repelled the Jaegerists attacks from the Thunder Spears and gunshots from the anti-Personnel omni-directional mobility gear, however, when the Azumabito engineers enter the battlefield trying to make it to the boat, Reiner is forced to use his Titan's body to protect them leading to his nape being exposed after various Thunder Spears are fired.[21] Later, when the Female Titan is in trouble, the Armored Titan uses his face to block them and takes the impact causing his facial armor to be destroyed followed by the rest of his face and his arms being destroyed. Just before he is finished off, Conny Springer kills the incoming Jaegerists which then allows Pieck's Cart Titan and Falco's Jaw Titan to dismember the enemies.[21]

Reiner transforms to engage the Beast Titan

The Armored Titan engages the Beast Titan

After arriving to Fort Salta, Reiner jumps out of the flying boat and transforms mid-air into the Armored Titan to engage the Beast Titan that is throwing projectiles towards the flying boat.[22] The Armored Titan successfully puts a stop to the Beast Titan and engages it through hand to hand combat.[22] The Titan forms of previous inheritors begin to spawn from the back of the Founder Titan and the Armored Titan eventually gets overwhelmed; Reiner notices with surprise when several Titans begin fighting the others, including both Galliard brothers and Ymir's Jaw Titans. When Jean is able to detonate the explosives located at the neck of the Founding Titan, the Armored Titan lunges towards the creature emerging from the neck and tackles it to the ground, trying to prevent it from reconnecting with the severed head.[23]

Having withstood the Colossal Titan's explosion that destroyed the remains of the Founding Titan, Reiner heads towards the creature which also survived the blast. The anomaly then emits a gas, transforming all nearby Eldians into Pure Titans. Reiner tries to fight them off but is overwhelmed shortly before the power of Titans vanishes, and the Armored Titan does so as well.[23]

Former inheritors


  • In a blog post, Isayama revealed that Reiner's Titan image (the Armored Titan) was actually based on Brock Lesnar, an American professional wrestler, and former Mixed Martial Artist.[24]
  • From season 3-onwards, the Armored Titan and Keiji share the same voice actor.