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Quote1.png The Beast Titan is as potent as ever. Though slightly larger than the other Titans, its throwing technique is dreadful on another level. What's more, his blood seems to have hidden power. Quote2.png
— A Marleyan analysis of Zeke Jaeger's Beast Titan[3]

The Beast Titan (獣の巨人 Kemono no Kyojin?) is one of the Nine Titans. It has a unique ape-like appearance and is slightly larger than most Titans. It is currently in the possession of Zeke Jaeger, and first appeared during the invasion of Wall Rose.[2]

Abilities

Powerful and accurate throwing

The Beast Titan's monstrous bombardment

The Beast Titan possesses the devastating ability to throw objects with great accuracy and immense destructive capability.[4] This is notably used by Zeke Jaeger's Beast Titan during the battle of Shiganshina to wipe out most of the Scout Regiment soldiers with crushed rocks. On a previous instance, the Beast Titan used its pitching skills to throw a horse at Miche Zacharius with great precision from a far distance away.[2] Towards the end of the Marley Mid-East War, it wiped out the entire naval fleet of the Mid-East Allied Forces stationed at Fort Slava.[5]

Hardening

During the brief battle with Levi, the Beast Titan attempts to harden its nape; however, Levi cuts the Beast Titan down before it could harden.[6]

Eventually Levi fights Zeke again in a forest in which Zeke instantly hardens his nape after his previous defeat. This however, proves futile as Levi uses Thunder Spears to blow up the nape instead of cutting it, defeating the Beast Titan once again.

Titan creation

One of the most perilous attributes of Zeke's Beast Titan is the ability to turn Subjects of Ymir into Titans. This ability can be used to devastating effect on the unsuspecting, such as the initiation of the Wall Rose invasion after the residents of Ragako were turned into Titans with the Beast Titan's power, as well as during the battle of Shiganshina District to create a surrounding wall of Titans[7], and also the time when the Marleyan military made use of this power to drop Titans onto Fort Slava in an airstrike.[5]

Titan control

The Beast Titan is able to exercise some control over Pure Titans. Through vocal commands, the Beast Titan is able to direct the actions of Pure Titans and can command them to refrain from eating humans and stay in place if necessary.[2] Titans under the Beast Titan's control are even able to function using only moonlight without falling into fatigue.[8] However, this ability is evidently imperfect in comparison to the Founding Titan. Titans under the control of the Beast Titan either seem to be capable of ignoring orders or occasionally do not receive or comprehend orders given. Furthermore, Titans under the Beast Titan's control cannot act upon the unspoken will of the Beast's user and must be given some sort of direct verbal signal before taking action.[2]

History

The Beast Titan, like all the Nine Titans, was brought into the world after the death of Ymir Fritz. In the 1,700 years following her death, the Beast 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 Beast Titan was taken by the nation of Marley during the Great Titan War.[9]

In 829, Tom Xaver inherited the Beast Titan in order to research the Titan's memories. During his tenure, the Beast Titan would often stay in Marley, as Tom claimed he was not too useful in war.[10]

After 13 years, Zeke Jaeger would inherit the power of the Beast Titan from Tom Xaver.[10] Over a year later, after the other Warriors had inherited their Titans, Zeke made use of his Titan form in a war between Marley and an enemy nation, using his Beast Titan to slaughter retreating soldiers in the battle.[3]

When the time came for the Paradis Island Operation, Zeke's Beast Titan stayed behind in Marley as deterrence against enemy forces.[3]

Story

Clash of the Titans arc

The Beast Titan leading a horde of Titans

When Titans mysteriously appear within Wall Rose the Beast Titan is among them and is encountered by Miche Zacharius, who instantly notes the strangeness of its characteristics, mistaking the Titan for a regular Abnormal. As Miche's horse races back to him, the Beast Titan unexpectedly grabs it. After noticing Miche, the Beast Titan launches the horse at him to prevent his escape and knock him off the roof he was on. After Miche falls to the mouth of a Titan, the Beast Titan orders the other Titans to withhold eating him so that it can question Miche about the omni-directional mobility gear.

However, a Titan disobeys the Beast and it crushes its head to release Miche. The Beast Titan then proceeds to interrogate Miche, but as he neglects to respond out of shock, it theorizes that they do in fact speak the same language, but Miche is simply too frightened. After stealing the equipment, it allows the surrounding Titans to devour Miche. Miche screams in horror and pain while the Beast Titan is amused to see that he could in fact talk. It then leaves the grounds contemplating the ODM gear.[2]

The Beast Titan watching Utgard Castle's destruction

The Beast Titan is later seen again wandering around outside Utgard Castle where several members of the Scout Regiment are trapped by Titans, despite Titans usually being inactive at night. It then climbs up Wall Rose and watches the Titans surrounding the tower from a distance.[8] After the Scouts kill most of the larger Titans, the Beast Titan begins throwing large stones at the tower, killing Lynne and Henning along with their remaining horses. Shortly afterward, twice as many Titans begin to advance on the tower while the Beast Titan roars at them from atop Wall Rose. Nanaba notices the unusually strategic method in their attacks, indicating that the Beast Titan is controlling the other Titans' actions. As the Titans swarm Utgard, the Beast Titan descends the other side of Wall Rose.[11]

The next day, while Reiner and Bertholdt are holding Eren Jaeger and Ymir captive, Ymir notes how stunned the two had appeared when they first saw the Beast Titan at Utgard as if they knew what it was. She also theorizes that it is a key factor in their return to their hometown.[1] Shortly afterward, the Beast Titan stops in Shiganshina District, and its operator emerges from its nape, seemingly anticipating something to come.[12]

Royal Government arc

The Beast Titan defeats the Armored Titan

While waiting in Shiganshina District, the Beast Titan eventually meets up with the Warriors Bertholdt and Reiner. They try to convince him to work with them to free their comrade Annie Leonhart from captivity, but the Beast Titan refuses. Conflict arises, and Reiner uses his Armored Titan to try to force the Beast Titan's hand, however the Beast Titan brutally overpowers him. As Bertholdt helps Reiner out of his Titan body, the Beast Titan's operator emerges from his Titan, telling the two of them that Annie can wait until they secure the Coordinate. He then reveals his plan to ambush the Scout Regiment in Shiganshina with their help in order to capture Eren and the Coordinate.[13]

Return to Shiganshina arc

The Beast Titan hefts a boulder

When the Scout Regiment arrives in Shiganshina District as Zeke had predicted, the Beast Titan appears with a small army of Pure Titans. It hefts a boulder and throws it in a perfect arc at the Wall, plugging the hole in the inner gate and preventing the Scout Regiment from bringing their horses through.[7] Afterward, Zeke commands the smaller Titans under his influence to attack the soldiers north of the Wall. Erwin orders Squad Levi to take down the Armored Titan, but he withholds Levi himself, whom he tasks with taking down the Beast Titan.[14]

The Scouts battle with the smaller Titans for a short time, and upon hearing the signal roar from Reiner's Armored Titan within the district, Zeke's Beast Titan hurls Bertholdt Hoover into the city in a barrel that had been waiting on standby atop the Cart Titan.[15]

The Beast Titan throws projectiles

After a brief delay, Bertholdt transforms into his Colossal Titan,[15] and in the meantime Zeke begins a new assault on the Scouts north of the district, using crushed boulders as projectiles and sending them at devastating speeds into the houses and structures to the north of Wall Maria. This strategy leaves the soldiers north of the Wall completely immobile, and Commander Erwin Smith joins them to formulate a do-or-die strategy against the Beast Titan. In a last resort, the Scouts charge towards the Beast Titan using signal flares in an attempt to hinder its vision while Captain Levi maneuvers his way towards the Beast Titan, using the blockade of Titans as a path towards it.[4]

The Beast Titan's bombardment strikes and kills all the charging soldiers, except for one. However, in Zeke's distraction, Levi successfully ambushes the Beast Titan, completely dismembering it with no time for Zeke to plan a defense. Zeke emerges from his ruined Beast Titan at Levi's mercy, but is soon afterward rescued by the Cart Titan.[6]

Marley arc

The Beast Titan prepares to destroy the Mid-East Allied Forces' fleet

Four years later, Zeke uses the power of his Beast Titan to transform a group of parachuting Eldian captives into Titans during the battle of Fort Slava at the climax of the Marley Mid-East War, creating a devastating airstrike. After Porco Galliard destroys the anti-Titan artillery, Reiner joins the combat on the ground and destroys the remaining anti-Titan artillery on top of a wall posing a threat to Zeke's Titan, he transforms into the Beast and uses leftover artillery rounds as projectiles against the navy of the Mid-East Allied Forces stationed in the bay near to the fort. The fleet fires upon the Beast Titan before it is destroyed, but Reiner's Armored Titan saves Zeke from fatal injuries.[5]

During the Scout Regiment's assault on Liberio a month later, the Beast Titan approaches the plaza and enters the battle, ordering both Porco and Pieck to annihilate the enemy. Throughout the battle, the Cart Titan protects Zeke from the Scouts, in particular Levi, and is in turn defended by the Jaw Titan. The Beast Titan provides the Warriors with artillery support, hurling crushed debris around the plaza, instantly stopping the battle and declaring that Eren Jaeger is not his enemy and that he wants to face Levi. He then turns his back which allows Levi to swiftly cut open his nape and detonate an explosive in his nape.[16]

While much of the Marleyan military assumes Zeke to be dead, he is in fact boarded onto the Scout Regiment's airship. Hange reveals that Zeke and the Scout Regiment are working together, signifying a change in allegiance of the Beast Titan, and the airship moves out towards Paradis Island.[17]

War for Paradis arc

According to Zeke's plan, Historia Reiss is supposed to inherit the Beast Titan. Initially, the military wanted Historia to inherit Zeke's Titan immediately but her pregnancy has delayed the succession.[18] Despite this, while watching over Zeke in the Forest of Giant Trees, Levi begins making plans to have the Beast Titan temporarily held by a captured Jaegerist until the pregnancy is completed.[19]

The Beast Titan hurls projectiles at Levi in the forest

In the forest, Zeke uses the power of his scream to transform 30 nearby Scout Regiment soldiers into Pure Titans. This was possible as these soldiers, like many higher-ups in the military, had previously drunk alcohol that was mixed with his spinal fluid. Zeke uses the opportunity to escape from the custody of the Regiment. Confident that Levi would not slaughter his own subordinates, Zeke summons three of the newly created Titans and plans to have the Titans take him to the agreed upon meeting place with Eren. Zeke is stunned to see Levi appear in front of him and quickly transforms into the Beast Titan. Tearing apart one of the Titans, Zeke scans the forest and throws the bloody Titan pieces towards Levi and notices many tree branches falling towards him. Although he hardens his nape, the Beast Titan is struck by several Thunder Spears that pierce through. Zeke can barely react before Levi detonates them, blowing apart the Beast Titan and critically injuring Zeke.[19]

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Tom Xaver 

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