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Quote1 As you may know, today marks the new darkest day of humanity's history! If ever humankind needed to give its all, that time is now! Quote2
— Nanaba rallies the recruits into action[1]

The Wall Rose invasion was a crisis that began when the Beast Titan turned the Ragako inhabitants into mindless Titans to wander throughout Wall Rose. Eren Jaeger was nearly captured by the Colossal and Armored Titans, though through the combined efforts of the military he was retrieved and Wall Rose was cleared of all Titans.


In the aftermath of the 57th Exterior Scouting Mission, the Scout Regiment was summoned to the capital in order to hand Eren Jaeger over to the Military Police Regiment as per the agreement made during Eren's trial a month prior.[2] However, Commander Erwin Smith devised a secret mission for the Scout Regiment to confront and capture Annie Leonhart, a former cadet of the 104th Cadet Corps suspected of being the Female Titan which sabotaged the 57th Expedition. This operation would commence in Stohess District, Annie's stationing as a recruit in the Military Police and the half-way point between Calaneth District and the capital.[3]

With the identities of the Colossal Titan and the Armored Titan remaining unknown at the time, the Stohess District operation was made known to only the most trusted members of the Scouts. In order to isolate Annie from any potential accomplices, a majority of the new recruits from the 104th Cadet Corps were sent to a remote base in Wall Rose under the watch of Section Commander Miche Zacharius and his subordinates.[1]

The invasion

Sighting and evacuation

For reasons unknown, Wall Rose was infiltrated by a foreign assailant. Sometime after his infiltration, he by some means managed to turn the residents of Ragako Village into Titans. These Titans began to wander Wall Rose under his command as the Beast Titan.[1][4]

Shortly afterward in the early morning, Section Commander Miche Zacharius detected the presence of the Titans in Wall Rose. He quickly sent out his subordinate Tomas to deliver a report of the sighting to Commander Erwin Smith in Stohess District. Tomas departed immediately as Miche's comrade Nanaba alerted the recruits of the incident. After Miche and Nanaba briefly assessed the situation, Miche's squad and the recruits set out on horseback to start an evacuation of Wall Rose.

Mike and the Beast Titan

Miche encounters the Beast Titan

Miche organized the soldiers present into four teams which would spread news of the invasion north, south, east, and westwards. Due to the direction of the incoming Titans, the breach was estimated to lie somewhere between Krolva District in the far west and Trost District to the far south. The south team was assigned the most soldiers in order to assess which area of Wall Rose was breached after spreading information as necessary, starting near to Trost and working westwards. The west team would do the same, investigating Wall Rose starting from Krolva and working southwards. As the teams began to disperse, the nine Titans spotted began running at an erratic pace. Miche chose to break away from the teams in order to act as a decoy, leaving command of the south team to his subordinate Gelgar.[1]

Miche succeeded in slaying five of the nine Titans present before he encountered the Beast Titan, believing it to be an Abnormal. Before he could act, the Beast Titan caught Miche's horse and hurled it towards him, sending Miche into the mouth of a Titan. Before Miche could be eaten, the Beast Titan began to speak with Miche. With Miche too terrified to respond, the Beast Titan chose to steal Miche's omni-directional mobility gear for inspection, leaving Miche to be devoured alive by his Titans.[1]

Sasha fights a Titan

Sasha defends a village girl

Five hours after the sighting, Sasha Braus on the north team encountered a Titan in a newly established village, much farther north than it was expected the Titans would advance in that time. She succeeded in saving a young girl from a 3-meter Titan, and she afterward encountered a group of riders led by her father spreading information to the villages of Wall Rose. Sasha remained with her father's riders rather than rejoining with the north team.[5] Seven hours after the sighting, the west team led by Nanaba successfully spread news of the invasion to Wall Rose's western settlements and began their southward ride to search for the breach in Wall Rose.[6]

The Garrison's barricade

The Garrison Regiment's eastern defense

Eight hours after the sighting, the south team succeeded in alerting Commander Dot Pyxis in Trost District of the invasion.[5] The Garrison counter-measures unit led by Captain Hannes was sent out to assist the Scout Regiment in locating the breach in Wall Rose. The Garrison 1st Division led by Captain Kitz Woermann was also sent out to establish an eastern line of defense to prevent the spread of the Titans into Wall Rose's eastern villages.[6]

Conny finds a Titan on top of his house

Conny finds a Titan atop his home

Nine hours after the sighting, the Garrison 1st Division's line of defense was successfully established as Captain Hannes' unit continued to investigate Wall Rose.[6] Elsewhere, Gelgar's south team came across the ruins of Ragako. Conny Springer, a recruit and former resident of the village, frantically began searching for his family. While there were no corpses or blood to be seen and all the village's horses were still tied in the stables, many houses were broken apart as if something had burst out from the inside. Furthermore, Conny discovered a Titan with underdeveloped limbs lying atop his house with no explanation as to how it got there.[5] Lynne proposed that the citizens had safely evacuated, attempting to lessen Conny's worries, but Gelgar and the others remained suspicious of the scene. Leaving Ragako behind, Gelgar initiated the south team's investigation of Wall Rose. As Conny left the ruins of his house, the Titan spoke to him saying "Wel...come...home...."[6]

Eleven hours after the sighting, when night had fallen over Wall Rose, the west and south teams met up alongside Wall Rose much to their surprise. Both Gelgar and Nanaba reported that no breach had been located in Wall Rose. A second investigation was proposed, but it was decided that the exhaustion of the recruits would compromise their focus, making an immediate second investigation ineffective. Instead, the south and west teams made their way to Utgard Castle nearby to rest for the night, since the Titans would not be active in the absence of sunlight.[6]

Twelve hours after the sighting, Tomas arrived in Stohess District and warned the leaders of the Scout Regiment of the Titan invasion. The participants of the Stohess District mission immediately set out for Ehrmich District to assist in the evacuation of the citizens of Wall Rose. Section Commander Hange Zoë chose to bring Pastor Nick of the Order of the Walls with them due to his apparent knowledge of the Titan within Wall Sina that was spotted in the aftermath of the Stohess District mission.[5] On the way to Ehrmich, Hange, Armin Arlelt, Mikasa Ackermann, and Eren discussed the possibility of using hardening power similar to Annie Leonhart's to seal the breach in Wall Maria, since the Walls and Annie's crystal were found to be made of the same substance.[6]

Refugees evacuating to Wall Sina

Refugees enter into Wall Sina

Sixteen hours after the sighting, the Scout Regiment arrived in Ehrmich. Once Nick had seen firsthand the reality of a Titan invasion, Hange questioned him a second time concerning what he knows. Nick once again refused to speak, but mentioned that Christa Lenz, a new recruit of the Scout Regiments, would have the ability to learn and speak the truths about the Walls. With this information, a part of the Stohess participants led by Section Commander Hange made ready to enter the battlefield.[6]

Before departing, Hange received background checks delivered by Sasha on Annie Leonhart as requested, discovering that she was registered as originating from the same region as Reiner Braun and Bertholdt Hoover. The connection between the three was questioned, and Armin recalled that Annie had changed her plan of attack during the 57th Scouting Mission after her encounter with Reiner, realizing that Reiner must have informed her of Eren's true position in the scouting formation. With the possibility of Reiner and Bertholdt being Annie's accomplices becoming very likely, all soldiers present agreed to remain quiet about the topic until Reiner and Bertholdt could be confronted in an underground location.[7]

Seventeen hours after the sighting, the Stohess District mission participants under Hange's command set a course for Utgard Castle, where a proper view of Wall Rose could be established.[6]

Utgard Castle

Upon arriving at Utgard Castle over eleven hours after the sighting, the south and west teams discovered that the castle had been inhabited by an unknown individual or group. Various supplies had been left in the castle, with labels marked in an unknown writing. The recruits discussed the events of that day, and Conny mentioned the Titan that was found in his house, noting how it resembled his mother. Reiner and Ymir dismissively called his idea stupid to bring the conversation to a halt.[6]

As Ymir searched through the supplies left by the previous inhabitant of the castle, Lynne spotted Titans moving in the moonlight and called for all the soldiers and recruits. As they wondered at the situation, the Beast Titan passed by the castle heading for Wall Rose. Nanaba ordered the recruits, who lacked ODM gear, to remain in the castle as the soldiers engaged the Titans.[6]

The scouts begin to fight

The Scouts battle the Titans at Utgard

During the combat, the smaller Titans managed to break into the tower. Lynne ordered the recruits to set up barricades to prevent them from infiltrating too far into the tower. Reiner descended the castle as the others gathered barricade supplies, and he was nearly caught and eaten by a Titan until Bertholdt saved his life. The other recruits used an antique cannon to block the door, but a smaller Titan came through and nearly killed Conny. Reiner risked his life to send the Titan out of a window, injuring his arm in the process. Outside, the fighting continued as Nanaba and Gelgar killed several Titans while Lynne and Henning went to the top of the castle to check on the recruits. At that moment, the Beast Titan began hurling projectiles at the castle from atop Wall Rose, destroying the stables and killing Lynne and Henning with a boulder thrown at the top of the tower.[8]

Twenty hours after the sighting, after many hours of combat with the Titans, Nanaba and Gelgar had run out of gas in their ODM gear and were killed by the Titans. With all commanding officers absent or deceased, the recruits of the south and west teams were left to fend for themselves. Seeing their hopeless situation, Ymir chose to fulfill a promise made to Christa Lenz a long time ago: when she chooses to publicly reveal her secret, Christa would go by her true name that she had abandoned long ago. As the sun began to rise, Ymir dove into the horde of Titans swarming around the castle and transformed into her Titan form.[8] Ymir's Titan began to slaughter and incapacitate the Titans below, and Reiner and Bertholdt recognized Ymir's Titan as the one that ate their comrade five years ago during the fall of Wall Maria.[9]

Titans devouring Ymir's Titan form

Ymir is overwhelmed by Titans

Ymir's battle with the Titans began to damage the castle structure, and she chose to be overwhelmed rather than escaping and damaging the castle further. Christa gave encouraging words to Ymir, disregarding the safety of the castle for Ymir's sake. Ymir ascended the castle and told the recruits to mount her Titan's back, and Utgard Castle collapsed on top of the horde of Titans. Ymir attempted to kill the Titans as they began to escape the rubble but was soon overwhelmed, but before the Titans could kill her the Scout Regiment participants of the Stohess District mission arrived at Utgard, slaughtering the remaining Titans. Ymir was extracted from her Titan, slipping into a comatose state from her injuries, and Christa revealed to Ymir her true name Historia Reiss.[9]

Return of the Titans

Armored Titan grabs Eren

The Armored Titan grabs Eren

After the battle at Utgard Castle, the south team, west team, and Stohess mission participants regrouped atop Wall Rose a short distance from the ruins of the castle. Historia pleaded for Ymir's well-being despite her hidden powers, and Section Commander Hange ordered for Ymir to be sent to Trost for medical attention. Shortly afterward, Captain Hannes and his Garrison team met with the Scouts, announcing that there was in fact no breach in Wall Rose. Hange and the other Scout Regiment leaders present discussed the implications of this news, deciding that the soldiers should head to Trost and wait on standby. At this time, Reiner chose to reveal to Eren the secret that he was the Armored Titan and that his comrade Bertholdt was the Colossal Titan. He explained that the goal of his group was to wipe out the inhabitants of the Walls, but that Eren's existence could overrule this necessity if he were to go with them to their hometown. Eren refused, and Reiner decided that the time had come for him and Bertholdt to reveal their true powers. Mikasa attempted to kill both before this could be done, but both managed to transform successfully into the Armored Titan and Colossal Titan. Bertholdt caught Ymir and another soldier in his Titan form as Eren was caught by Reiner, but Eren transformed in time and began his battle with the Armored Titan.[7]

Mikasa aided Eren in his fight against Armored Titan as Hange commanded the Scout Regiment forces atop Wall Rose against the Colossal Titan. Having caught Ymir and another soldier, Bertholdt threw both into the mouth of his Titan. As Hange's soldiers attempted to strike at the Colossal Titan, Bertholdt unleashed an extreme burst of continuous steam from his Titan, burning those nearby and preventing their ODM gear from grappling to his Titan's skin. Hange divided the soldiers present into four teams, placing Rashad in charge of Teams 3 and 4 to flank the Colossal Titan while Lauda and Team 2 remaining in front on standby. Hange led Team 1 to assist Eren and Mikasa in the fight against Reiner.[10]

The Colossal Titan plunges into Eren and Reiner

The battle is cut short by the Colossal Titan

Eren's attempts with hand-to-hand combat with Reiner proved ineffective until he utilized a tactic learned from Annie, tackling him and putting him in a lock long enough to tear off an arm of the Armored Titan. With Reiner briefly at a disadvantage, Eren regrouped with Team 1 and a new plan was made to destroy Reiner's legs in order to cripple him. Reiner shed the armor behind his knees, gaining speed and advantage over Eren for a moment. Eren grappled the Armored Titan's neck and immobilized him as Team 1 noticed Reiner's new disadvantage. Mikasa went for the opportunity and cut the muscles behind Reiner's knees, completely immobilizing him as Eren began to break the armor over Reiner's nape. With failure imminent, Reiner's Titan let out a loud cry to Bertholdt, signalling a last-resort move. The Colossal Titan, still emitting steam, let itself fall from Wall Rose and landed on top of Eren and Reiner, giving off a massive burst of steam and heat to keep the Scouts and Garrison away. In the chaos, the Armored Titan endured the steam waves and extracted Eren from his Titan's nape. Bertholdt emerged from the Colossal Titan with a comatose Ymir and the ODM gear of the soldier he ate, and mounting the Armored Titan the two escaped with their captives.[10][11]

In the aftermath of the battle, a member of the Garrison advance party was sent to Trost District to inform the military leaders of Wall Rose's lack of damage and the identification of the Armored and Colossal Titans.[11]


Mikasa and Armin eating military biscuits

Mikasa and Armin recover

In Trost District, Commander Erwin met with Commander Pyxis to discuss the events of the past day. Military Police Regiment reinforcements arrived in Trost to assist in the crisis, joining forces with the Scout Regiment albeit with hesitation. The messenger from the Garrison advance party arrived and informed the military leaders present that no breach was located in Wall Rose and that three of the recruits present were Titans. Commander Erwin gathered all the Scout Regiment and Military Police Regiment soldiers present, excluding Captain Levi due to his injury, and relocated to the top of Wall Rose for the swiftest and safest route to the soldiers led by Hange and Hannes.[11]

Over five hours after the battle with Reiner and Bertholdt, Commander Erwin's reinforcements met up with the Scouts and Garrison soldiers atop Wall Rose. Hange, having been injured in the final moments of the battle, could not participate in the plan to rescue Eren. However, Hange located a Forest of Giant Trees in the southwestern region of Wall Maria where they suspected the Titan traitors would rest before continuing in their escape. With the assumption that they would continue in their escape at night when Titan activity would be at a minimum, the soldiers able to fight ventured into Wall Maria towards the forest.[11]

Eren wakes up captured with Ymir

Ymir and Eren awaken after the battle

In the Forest of Giant Trees, Reiner and Bertholdt had begun to rest as Hange had suspected. Eren and Ymir, both injured and recovering from the battle five hours earlier, questioned Reiner and Bertholdt about their motives but received no worthwhile answers. Reiner did explain that Ymir's knowledge of Historia and the concern for her well-being shared between her and Reiner would make her a potentially suitable ally for the time being.[12] With the conversation over, Reiner and Bertholdt discussed Historia's importance and the likelihood that Eren possessed the "Coordinate" sought after by the Warriors. Soon after, the two spotted signal flares from the approaching Scouts and gathered Eren and Ymir to escape. Eren put up a fight but was quickly incapacitated.[13]

As the military neared the forest, Ymir suspected Historia's presence in the rescue party and demanded that Reiner and Bertholdt should allow her to see her and retrieve her. The two were reluctant and pressed for time, but Ymir nonetheless was allowed to transform into her Titan and wait for Historia. The military entered the forest, and the recruits from the 104th Cadet Corps quickly found Ymir's Titan. Ymir ignored them until she spotted Historia, whom she caught in her Titan's mouth before regrouping with Reiner and Bertholdt. Reiner transformed into the Armored Titan, carrying Bertholdt, Eren, and Ymir's Titan on his back as they escaped from the forest.[13]

Ymir takes Historia

Ymir captures Historia

The soldiers returned to their horses and immediately began pursuit through Wall Maria's territory. Devising a counterattack, Commander Erwin led a part of the military forces forward past Reiner's position as Titans pursued them. As Reiner led the escape, Historia was brought out of Ymir's Titan mouth. Ymir explained herself to Historia, and her motives and loyalties were questioned by both Historia and Bertholdt, but in the end Historia chose to side with Ymir no matter the circumstances.[14]

The pursuing soldiers attempted to free Eren from Bertholdt's restraints, but were unsuccessful. The recruits spoke with Bertholdt, shielded by Reiner's armored hands, and expressed their despair. Bertholdt insisted that the actions of him and his accomplices were justified, but pleaded his friends to find them someday. Before their conversation could continue, Erwin's counterattack arrived, his soldiers luring a horde of Titans straight towards Reiner. The soldiers of the military put some distance between themselves and the Titan horde, which had brought the traitors' escape to a halt.[14]

Erwin carried off by a Titan

Erwin's arm is caught by a Titan

Erwin led the Scouts and the Garrison in a charge against the Titans to retrieve Eren as the Military Police Regiment stood back, refusing to join in the charge. Erwin's right arm was caught in the mouth of a Titan during the charge, but he ordered his soldiers to advance nonetheless. Some soldiers came to Erwin's aid as the rest rushed the Armored Titan, though none of them could reach Eren. Recalling Bertholdt's visible affection for Annie, Armin made a bluff claiming that Annie had been taken to Utopia District for torture and was being abandoned by her friends. Bertholdt snapped, preparing to fight his former comrades, but Erwin Smith, having lost his arm, used the opening to cut at Eren's restraints and freed him from Bertholdt's grasp. With Eren retrieved, the surviving soldiers began an immediate retreat.[14]

Ymir and Historia joined the retreating soldiers as Reiner and Bertholdt were swarmed by the Titans, but in a last resort move Reiner began throwing Titans at the retreating soldiers. Several soldiers were dismounted in Reiner's attack, including Eren and Mikasa. Amidst the chaos, Eren spotted the Titan that ate his mother five years ago.[14]

Eren unleashes the Coordinate

Eren unleashes the "Coordinate"

Several Scouts came to the aid of Commander Erwin, who had been dismounted in the attack. Hannes failed in his attack against the Titan and was eaten as Eren looked on in horror, anguished at his own failure to prevent the deaths of those he loved. Mikasa attempted to comfort him, thanking him for the role he played in her life, and Eren found the will to fight despite his inability to transform. In his rage, he struck the smiling Titan's hand, and a new ability was suddenly awakened. The "Coordinate" sought for by Reiner and Bertholdt reached out to all the Pure Titans present, and they turned their attention from the soldiers to the smiling Titan, tearing it to pieces and eating it alive.[4]

The soldiers used the opportunity to escape, and Reiner and Bertholdt's suspicions were confirmed that Eren indeed possessed the "Coordinate." Before they could pursue, Eren warned them not to come any closer under threat of death. The "Coordinate" sent this call to the Titans, who turned their attention from the smiling Titan to Reiner and Bertholdt. Feeling obligated to aid them, Ymir left Historia and the others and assisted Reiner and Bertholdt as they fled from the Titans. All Titans encountered by the Scouts on their retreat to Wall Rose ignored their presence, instead following the "Coordinate's" orders.[4]

As night fell, the three Titans arrived in the ruins of Shiganshina District, exhausted from the nonstop activity of the past two days. Ymir explained the reasoning for her choice to aid them and sympathized with their situation, and Bertholdt gave her his thanks.[4]


The refugees of Wall Rose were relocated to the underground city beneath Wall Sina until confirmation of Wall Rose's security could be given. Food supplies in the underground would only last one week, and tensions arose as the days went on. To prevent possible conflict, confirmation was given that Wall Rose was intact and free of Titans one week after their first sighting. During that week, Section Commander Hange Zoë returned to Ragako with their subordinates and Conny Springer for further investigation. It was soon afterward concluded that the citizens of Ragako must have been the source of the Titans which appeared in Wall Rose.[4]

Conny and Hange report back

Hange and Conny report back the investigation

Eren's sudden new power became a troubling topic among his fellow recruits, who acknowledged that his new ability carried great implications as to his importance for humanity and its many sacrifices. Meanwhile, Commander Erwin Smith began recovering from his lost arm after the end of the crisis. At this time, Hange informed him as well as Commander Dot Pyxis and Captain Levi of her findings concerning Ragako, theorizing that Titans are in fact humans. Commander Erwin believed that this startling revelation would bring humanity one step closer to tearing down the walls barring them from the truths of this world.[4]