A Trigger (トリガー,Torigā?) is a product of Neighbor technology that manipulates and is powered by trion. Despite being often used for combat purposes, Trigger technology also has other functions, and in fact it is regarded as the cornerstone of the entire Neighbor civilization. Combat-oriented Triggers have massive firepower, and are the only weapons capable of damaging and even destroying trion bodies.
Triggers can differ greatly among nations. Unlike the more powerful Black Triggers, which are created through the self-sacrifice of a particularly gifted Trigger user, normal Triggers are produced through technology. Earth developed its own Triggers after its contacts with the countries of the Neighborhood. The organization responsible for manufacturing Triggers and fighting off trespassing Neighbors is called Border.
To activate a Trigger, it is necessary to touch the Trigger Holder and give a clear signal of one's intentions to switch into a trion body. Border agents and trainees often use the vocal command "Trigger on" (トリガー起動,Torigā kidō?, lit. Trigger start-up), whereas Aftokrator users declare the name of the Trigger. Black Triggers have been activated both verbally or non-verbally. Normal Triggers can be activated by anyone, provided they have a large enough amount of trion. Most, if not all, Triggers substitute the user's body for one made out of trion, storing the original body within the Trigger Holder. Trigger Holders are sent to the same dimension as the flesh and blood body upon activation, which is located somewhere in the Neighborhood. Trion bodies grant a Trigger user an increase in strength, speed and durability. Any wound inflicted to the trion body will cause a more or less severe leak of trion, but neither pain nor any sort of physical damage to the user's flesh and blood body. When too much trion is lost, or when certain parts are destroyed, the trion body disappears. Border's Trigger can be switched off at any given time, usually with the command "Trigger off," but none is necessary. Aftokrator soldiers do not use any vocal commands.
Border's Triggers are manufactured with the aim of being used by a large number of agents. For this reason, their trion consumption, and therefore their power output, are lower than those of Aftokrator Triggers. Exceptions to this rule are the special, more powerful Triggers possessed by the A-Rank agents of Tamakoma Branch. Border's Trigger technology is generally considered crude by the standards of an advanced country like Aftokrator. However, soldiers from both Aftokrator and its vassal nation Galopoula have expressed admiration for their versatility, which is due to the great number and variety of Triggers in existence and the possibility of equipping and combining several of them. The engineers of Border are constantly working to improve their Triggers and create new ones, and indeed, the speed of Border's technological progress is extolled as outstanding. One of the objectives of expeditions to the Neighborhood is to secure Neighbor Trigger technology, which is chiefly done through negotiations and bargaining, but should the away agents be attacked in war zones, they will retaliate and take possessions of the Triggers of the enemy. Border is currently in possession of three Black Triggers.
Certain Triggers become available to a Border agent only when he or she has achieved a specific rank. C-Rank gathers the trainees, who are not considered official agents. They are allowed to carry only one Trigger out of the ten available to them, which goes by the name of Training Trigger (訓練用トリガー,Kunren-yō Torigā?, lit. Trigger for training). Since they are meant for training, these Triggers are not as powerful as a regular ones. B-Rank and A-Rank agents can equip up to eight Triggers. S-Rank agents carry only one Black Trigger each, but are also allowed to carry their previous Trigger Holder.
Triggers in Border are classified according to their functions, and define the role of an agent in his or her team or on the battlefield. The main three categories are Attacker, Gunner and Sniper. They encompass the vast majority of Triggers capable of causing damage on their own. Triggers from other categories become available after reaching B-Rank. Examples are Optional Triggers, Defense Triggers and Trap Triggers. Border personnel in general are given an uncategorized Trigger for self-defense (護身用トリガー,Goshin-yō Torigā?, lit. Trigger for self-defense) with very low trion consumption whose sole function is to create a trion body, in the event of an encounter with Neighbors or Trion Warriors. It does not come with any sort of additional equipment.
Although this has never been openly stated to be a rule, almost all Border agents whose Trigger sets have been revealed so far two Shields equipped in their Trigger Holder.Kyōsuke Karasuma and Osamu Mikumo, who have only one, are however in possession of another defense-oriented Triggers. Another possibly compulsory Trigger is Bagworm, as the only four agents to lack it are the three Trappers and Asumi Amakura, whose Bagworm Tag occupies the entirety of their Sub.
In Border, the actual Trigger is installed in a chip located inside a device called Trigger Holder (トリガーホルダー,Torigā Horudā?), which contains eight slots that can allocate one chip, and thus one Trigger, each.Reiji Kizaki's Trigger Holder is custom-made and can allocate up to 14 chips.
Triggers are divided between the Main and the Sub, where each takes four slots. Main Triggers (主トリガー,Mein Torigā?, lit. Main Triggers) are automatically set to the user's dominant hand. Sub Triggers (副トリガー,Sabu Torigā?, lit. Auxiliary Triggers) are automatically set to the user's non-dominant hand, whichever hand that is. Typically, the user can only activate two Triggers at a time, one from the Main and one from the Sub, with a few exceptions.
Each Trigger consumes a certain amount of the user's trion, even just by being equipped. As a result, each person can equip a different amount of Triggers, depending on their trion capacity. Trion value also influences the overall power of a Trigger, although the user's skill is a major factor in determining how effective it will actually be. Once a person runs out of trion, they will be unable to produce their Trigger weapon and thus be defenseless. It is however possible for an agent in a trion body to pass his or her own trion to someone else through physical contact and by establishing a "temporary Trigger link" with a specific Trigger. The Trigger remains under the control of the owner, but is alimented with the trion of the donor. However, using this feature multiple times can lead to said Trigger malfunctioning. A "temporary Trigger link" can also allow an agent in a trion body to wield a Trigger manifested by another user as if it were his or her own, without physical contact with the user or his or her consent.
Border Triggers that shoot bullets have built-in safety measures to handle strays. If someone in their flesh and blood body is hit, instead of being wounded, they will be knocked unconscious from the pain and the impact. A further safety measure makes it so that if a Trigger is deactivated in an unsafe environment, the flesh and blood body will be summoned in a location away from immediate harm.
B-Rank agents are allowed to perform minor tweaks on their Triggers with the help of engineers. Some of them are purely cosmetic, others alter the functions of a Trigger slightly. However, temporary cosmetic modifications can play a significant role in a fight: an example is Azuma Unit changing the color of their Bagworms to white in order to camouflage themselves in the snow setting they had selected. Permanent alterations can be used by B-Rank agents and above to make a Trigger more suited to their fighting style without modifying its basic functions, thus they are not considered customizations. Examples of such tweaks are:
the Scorpion model wielded by Kazama Unit. Unlike the normal Scorpion, it is double-edged. Its blade is slightly longer and hollowed out. It is even more attack-oriented than the regular Scorpion.
Reiji Kizaki's Raygust. Its handle is shorter and more streamlined than that of the normal model, possibly in order to complement his unhortodox fighting style.
Yūko Kumagai's Kogetsu. Due to her often utilizing it to defend, she has requested that a tsuba be added in order to protect her hands.
Sumiharu Inukai's submachine gun. Despite being classified as a regular assault rifle, it is modeled after the FN P-90 PDW (Personal Defense Weapon) model. It is more compact and seemingly wieldier than other assault rifles, making it easier to aim in real time.
A-Rank agents have more freedom in terms of customization. Their modified Triggers generally work the same as the standard model, but have added functions. Examples are:
Ai Kitora's Scorpion. Her version has two blades instead of one and can be made to rotate around the grip much like a pinwheel.
Ai Kitora's Spider. It is fired through her custom-made gun, which is also equipped with a reel-in function. Although Spider is an Optional Trigger, in her case it is classified as a Gunner Trigger.
Yōsuke Yoneya's spear-shaped Kogetsu. Since the handle of Kogetsu requires less trion than the blade to be constructed, he requested one of the chief engineers to create a variation of that Trigger with a longer handle and shorter blade in order to allow agents with low trion capacity to have a long reach. Successive modifications made it possible to shorten the handle to fight in narrow spaces.
Shūji Miwa's Lead Bullet. It assigns a burden of 100kg per shot, and can be equipped in the same set of slots as the handgun, making it possible to use other Triggers while firing. The first time it was used, Miwa manually inserted a new magazine in his handgun.
Nozomi Kako's Hound. The nature of its modification is unknown. It does not manifest as a Trion cube, but as a sphere from which smaller spheres are then emitted.
After activating a Trigger, a user will receive a trion body. In Border, B-Rank agents and above are also endowed with a set of Standard Equipment Triggers (基本装備トリガー,Kihon Setsubi Torigā?, lit. Basic Equipment Triggers) and accessories. Although they consume trion as a result of being equipped, and some also during use, they do not take up a Trigger slot.
This Standard Trigger destroys the trion body and engulfs the original in an inviolable trion barrier[BBF Q158] before transporting it back to the safety of HQ or another previously selected location.[BBF Q160] It activates automatically when the trion body is destroyed in battle. C-rank agents and non-fighting personnel do not have this function because it is too costly to equip all Trigger Holders with it.
Trion bodies are the most basic implement granted by Triggers. They are virtually invulnerable to damage that is not caused by trion (and thus by Triggers or Trion Warriors), and also grant the user several physical enhancements, as well as an internal communication system.
Attacker Triggers (攻撃手用トリガー,Atakkā-yō Torigā?, lit. Triggers for Attackers) are modeled after edged weapons. They require close quarters combat and are extraordinarily impressive in terms of balance between trion consumption and offensive power. That is because only a small percentage of trion is required to manifest them, making it possible to devolve the rest to sheer power. In fact, Attacker Triggers are the most suitable type of Trigger for users with a low amount of trion. There are primarily, but not exclusively, three types of Attacker Triggers in Border.
The first Attacker Trigger to be created and the most popular. It is a moderately heavy weapon with no gimmicks but very high attack power and durability. Out of of the three main Attacker Triggers, it is regarded as the most balanced and generally the best made. It has two Optional Triggers which can alter its shape and length.
A defense-oriented Attacker Trigger that can morph in a shield, it was the last of the main three to be invented. It has low offensive power and it is very heavy, characteristics that make it unpopular among Attackers. Nonetheless, it is very sturdy, and its durability is further increased in Shield Mode. The blade can be shrunk up to the size of a knife, becoming lighter, and its shape can also be changed slightly. It has one Optional Trigger.
A blade that can be drawn from any part of the body and whose shape can be altered freely, Scorpion was the second Attacker Trigger to be created. By adjusting trion, it is also possible to change its size, but the longer it is, the more fragile it becomes. It is powerful in offense and almost weightless, but its durability is low. It is favored by speedy and crafty Attackers.
A modified version of Kogetsu that takes the form of a spear, it seems to be classified as both an independent Trigger and a customization. The long handle makes it a viable option for Attackers whose low trion amount would prevent them from fighting at longer ranges. The length of the grip can be reduced at will. It can use the same Optional Triggers as Kogetsu. Its only known user is Yōsuke Yoneya.
A curved knife that vaguely resembles a hatchet. Since Kogetsu was the only Attacker Trigger until Scorpion was invented, it must have been developed some time after the latter. It has its own Optional Trigger. It was created for Kirie Konami, who is its sole user and fights by wielding two.
The Triggers used by Gunners and Shooters are essentially bullets. Compared to Attacker Triggers, they have a lower firepower and a greater consumption of trion, but boast superior range. There are four types of basic bullets, divided in normal and special bullets. Bullets are composed of three main parts: a "body" that determines their power, a "cover" that protects it from wind resistance and extends its range, and a "propellant" that sends it forward. Trion is divided among these three components, determining the power, range and speed of the bullets. Their tripartition explains their inferiority in terms of damage to Attacker Triggers. Overall, Gunner Triggers (銃手用トリガー,Gannā-yō Torigā?, lit. Triggers for Gunners) are the ones that are affected the most by the amount of trion the user has. Regardless of the class of the user, all bullets are classified as Gunner Triggers, despite the Shooter class having been created first.
Gunners and Shooters fight at mid-range, most commonly as support due to their relatively low firepower. They use their Triggers tactically to control the position of the target. Each class has its own characteristics, but the fundamental difference between the two is that Gunners channel their bullets through specific firearms, whereas Shooters create trion cubes from their hands which they can successively split in smaller polygons or fire directly. Shooters can also control the three parameters of their bullets freely, as well as delay and scatter their bullets before shooting them.
A Trigger that shoots bullets which pursue the target automatically, even if they are invisible. It is possible to select between a trion-seeker mode, which causes the bullets to home in on trion bodies, and a guided homing mode, which is directed by eyesight and more precise. These functions are disabled at high muzzle velocity.
A Trigger that fires bullets that explode upon impact, it is used to cause widespread damage. Shooters can set its speed to zero so as to employ it in traps. The size of the explosions scales with the amount of trion expended.
A Trigger that shoots bullets whose trajectory can be set before firing. Although most agents stick to a small number of patterns they have practiced with, particularly skilled users can create new trajectories before each shot, greatly improving the efficacy of this Trigger.
Gunners have access to an arsenal of firearms, also known as Gun Triggers (銃型トリガー,Jūgata Torigā?, lit. gun-type Triggers), made out of trion. At least two out of the five known types (handguns and assault rifles) can be loaded with any two Gunner Triggers. When compared to the fighting style of a Shooter, these weapons are easy to operate and more accurate over longer distances, since each shot is the same as the one that preceded it. They also have an auxiliary function that increases range by an additional 20%. However, a firearm can accommodate only up to two different bullets. For all these reasons, Gunners are considered more balanced but less versatile than Shooters.
Firearms can be made to appear immediately before use and then dispelled, although trion is expended to conjure a new one. If the user so elects, however, they can be manifested as soon as the trion body is formed and remain in existence indefinitely, even if other Trigers are in use. All-Rounders who choose the latter option can use their turned off firearms in feints at close range.
Handguns and assault rifles are the most common types of firearms, although a few more are available. Weapons of a same type may differ slightly in appearance to suit the user's tastes. Although they are classified as Triggers, only the bullets they are used in conjunction with occupy Trigger slots.
Heavier than handguns and not suitable for close combat, assault rifles (突撃銃型,Asaruto Raifuru Gata?, lit. assault rifle-type) have an excellent rate of fire, and aiming with them is easier. When loaded with Meteora, it fires a single, large projectile with a large blast radius. Assault rifles are generally handled with both hands. There are several different types, which are modeled after real-life assault rifles. There are 20 known users of this Trigger.
Grenade launchers (擲弾銃型,Gurenēdo Gan Gata?, lit. grenade gun-type) shoot large bullets with a markedly arched flight path. It seems to have an exceptionally long range for a Gunner Trigger, although this might be due to its settings. Its two users, Hiro Kitazoe and Seiji Marui, load it exclusively with Meteora. It is modeled after the real life Milkor MGL-140 model Grenade Launcher.
A handgun (拳銃型,Handogan Gata?, lit. handgun-type) is a small, light Gun Trigger that is most effective at close range. Due to it being easy to fire with one hand, it is a popular choice among All-Rounders as a Trigger to equip in the Sub. There are several different types, which are modeled after real-life handguns. There are 10 known users of this Trigger.
A massive firearm with an astounding rate of fire, the minigun (機関砲型,Gatoringo Gata?, lit. autocannon/Gatling-type) is used only by Reiji Kizaki. It is modeled after the M-134 Minigun.
A shotgun (散弾銃型,Shottogan Gata?, lit. shotgun-type) is a Gun Trigger with high firepower that blasts relatively large bullets. It is most devastating at close-to-mid range. The angle of the bullets can be adjusted to some extent. It can be wielded with two hands at longer distances to increase accuracy, and double-wielded at close range to maximize damage. One of its downsides is its low rate of fire. Its only users are Kōtarō Suwa and Daichi Tsutsumi. It is modeled after the real life Remington M870 shotgun.
Any two Gunner Triggers can be combined to obtain highly destructive composite bullets (合成弾,Gōseidan?, lit. synthetic bullets), whose properties depend on those of their components. Shooters can create them on the fly by merging two trion cubes. The process requires a certain amount of time and focus, so few Shooters actually use them, but the more skilled ones can pull it off even in the midst of combat. Masterful Shooters can form a composite bullet in a mere two seconds, whereas inexperienced ones will require up to one minute. The only way for Gunners to use composite bullets is to program their weapon to shoot them; however, that weapon will be able to shoot only composite bullets. Currently, there are no known Gunners using composite bullets as ammunition. Composite bullets were invented by Kōhei Izumi.
The combination of two Asteroid cubes. Its cover is twice as durable as that of a normal Asteroid bullet, making it a high-penetration ammunition. It is used to pierce through the target's defenses while also inflicting damage. When fired by powerful Shooters, it has enough power to stun and damage a Rabbit as well as to destroy the combined shields of several Idras.
The combination of Meteora and Viper. It has the explosive properties of the former and the ability to travel along predetermined trajectories of the latter. On top of flying complicated routes, its area of attack is wide, so avoiding it completely is next to impossible. However, controlling it is known to be extraordinarily difficult.
Sniper Triggers (狙撃手用トリガー,Sunaipā-yō Torigā?, lit. Triggers for Snipers) have the longest range and very high power. Unlike Gunner Triggers, Sniper Triggers are the weapons themselves, not just the bullets. A large amount of trion is used up in one shot, so they are not suitable for rapid fire. They are used almost exclusively for surprise attacks. The distance at which Snipers fight makes it next to impossible for an opponent to counterattack. However, this also means they are vulnerable at close range and require cover. Since they can eliminate the target in a single shot, Sniper Triggers are said to be capable of turning the tides of battle. Each of the three types of Sniper Triggers focuses on one of the three bullet parameters (range, speed and power). Capable Snipers change them depending on the conditions and the target. Trion is expended whenever a rifle is created.
It is an all-purpose rifle focusing on range. The higher the the trion of the user, the more the range extends. Aside from range, this Trigger is remarkable for its high muzzle velocity and firepower. Since it has no flaws to speak of and is the most balanced out of the three Sniper rifles, Egret is the most popular in Rank Battles.
It is the Sniper Trigger with the most firepower, but its low muzzle velocity makes it difficult to score a hit. Being the heaviest and the bulkiest of the three rifles, it is difficult to aim while carrying it, and generally users rest it on its bipod. For all these reasons, it is rarely employed in Rank Battles. The higher the trion of the user, the more powerful the bullet shot. It was originally developed to combat larger Trion Warriors.
It possesses low power, but it has the highest muzzle velocity of the three Sniper Triggers and a high degree of accuracy. Furthermore, it is fairly lightweight, which makes it very easy to handle, and in fact it can be shot while on the move. Although not on the level of Gunner Triggers, it is also capable of rapid fire, which makes it ideal for peppering the target with low-power bullets. The higher the the trion of the user, the higher the bullet speed.
Trap Triggers (トラップトリガー,Torappu Torigā?) are used to create favorable conditions for the allies of the user and unfavorable ones for the enemy by positioning hidden devices on the map and setting them off remotely.
A Trigger that allows the user to place marks corresponding to different traps on any point of the map, as well as to set them off at will. Some traps are intended to damage the opponent, others to support allies. The only two known ones are a blade that springs out of the ground when a target walks over it, and a short warp that allows an ally to teleport to another location within a certain radius. It is possible to change the effects of a trap even after placing a mark. It appears the marks require a surface to be placed on, thus they cannot be placed in mid-air.
Defense Triggers (防御用トリガー,Bōgyo-yō Torigā?, lit. Triggers for defense) erect barriers to protect the user and/or his or her allies. They are considered one of the most indispensable Triggers for agents regardless of their class.
It erects an extraordinarily resistent barrier from the ground or other surface through physical contact with it. A single Trigger can generate multiple barriers. Since Escudo is trion converted into matter, it can stop Lead Bullet. However, its position and shape are fixed, and, since it is not transparent like the normal Shield, it blocks the user's vision as much as the enemy's. Due to these and other drawbacks - the necessity of a surface where it can emerge from, the high trion consumption - it is considered obsolete.
An extremely flexible Defense Trigger that erects a barrier anywhere the user wishes within a radius of about 25 meters. It can be set to hover in one place or move along with a target; in either case, it leaves the user's hands free. Its shape and size can be adjusted at will, but the wider the surface, the lower the durability. A stationary Shield will be able to endure more damage before breaking. The act of activating two Shields and overlapping them takes the name of Full Guard. The durability of a Shield is greatly influenced by the trion capacity of the user.
Optional Triggers (オプショントリガー,Opushon Torigā?, lit. option Triggers) lack any offensive or defensive capabilities, but they add to the user's flexibility in combat. Their effects are extremely varied, encompassing stealth, movement, support and obstruction. Certain Optional Triggers can be used only in conjunction with a specific class or even a single type of Triggers, granting them additional properties.
A cloak that prevents the user from being detected by Radar and other Triggers that detect trion signatures, consuming trion for as long as it is active. It is a particularly fundamental piece of equipment for Snipers. On the other hand, it may obstruct Attackers while they fight, so they use it primarily in ambushes.
This Trigger is used for stealth. It renders the user invisible, but makes it impossible to use other Triggers while it is active. It is also quite taxing in terms of trion consumption. It should be noted that Radar and automatic Hound bullets can still detect a Chameleon user.
It creates platforms which propel the user and allow them to change direction in mid-air, enabling hyperspacial mobility. The more platforms are created at once, the lower their individual power output. They disappear after one use. Ingenious users can also use Grasshopper to help allies, lay traps, and use the environment to their advantage.
A prototype Optional Trigger that propels the user along a predetermined pattern. It is especially powerful when combined with an Attacker Trigger. The speed is so high it cannot be processed consciously even by a person in a trion body. However, since the trajectory cannot be changed once it is set, an enemy may exploit it to counter. The only user of this Trigger is Futaba Kuroe.
A Trigger that creates wires from a trion cube. These wires can be attached to buildings to impede the advance of the opponent or, on the contrary, to increase the agility of an already mobile ally. In some cases, it is possible to attach one end of the wire directly to the opponent. The color of the wires can be adjusted, making it harder for opponents to spot them. It can also be combined with Meteora to create tripwires.
This prototype Trigger allows the user to teleport a few meters in the direction they were facing the moment they activated it. Expert opponents will however be able to predict the destination. The longer the distance travelled, the more trion is consumed and the longer the cooldown.
Triggers of this type are exclusive to one Trigger, which must be active for them to be used. Although the general rule is that no more than two Triggers – one in the Main and one in the Sub – can be in use at any given time, these Optional Triggers do not follow it. In fact, they must be equipped in the same set of slots as the Trigger they are dedicated to, meaning that it would be possible to use up to four Triggers at the same time.
An Optional Trigger exclusive to Kogetsu. After it is activated, Kogetsu's blade or tip can be freely transformed, which can be used to strike enemies who have avoided the swing but are still in range, or to slip through their defenses.
An Optional Trigger exclusive to Kogetsu. By consuming trion, it dramatically extends the length of the blade for one or more attacks, depending on the user's skill and speed. The swinging blade is most deadly at the tip. Effective time and range are inversely proportional. The average activation time is about 1 second, which corresponds to a range of 15 meters.
An Optional Trigger exclusive to Raygust. It is used to propel Raygust and, if necessary, the user as well. It consumes and emits trion to accelerate the blade and increase the power of its slashes.
Triggers that alter the effects of Gunner Triggers. They can also be used by Shooters, and at least one of them by Snipers. They are compatible with a greater number of Triggers than the ones dedicated to Attacker Triggers, but unlike the latter, they must be equipped in the opposite set of slots as the Triggers the user wants to combine them with.
An Optional Trigger for Gunners and Shooters that replaces the destructive power of the bullet it is used in conjunction with with the ability to conjure extremely heavy burdens in the areas that have been hit. These bullets become capable of going through Shields and retain any special properties they may have, but their speed and range decrease greatly. Although Lead Bullet can also be equipped to Sniper Triggers, such combinations would not work in combat in normal circumstances.
On top of inflicting regular damage, bullets equipped with this Trigger generate a marker in the areas they have hit. These markers cause the target to show up on Radar even if they activate Bagworm, and they do not become invisible when Chameleon is used.
The members of Tamakoma First have each their own exclusive Optional Trigger, developed from Triggers Takumi Rindō brought back from the Neighborhood. They are completely focused on power output, disregarding flexibility and trion performance altogether. These Triggers are prototypes that do not abide by HQ regulations. As a consequence, they cannot be used in Rank Battles.
An exclusive Optional Trigger for Sōgetsu that combines two of them in a huge axe. The trion consumption is high, but its power is immense, to the point it is possible to bisect a Rabbit with a single swing. Like other Optional Triggers dedicated to Attacker Triggers, it can - and must - be activated while two other Triggers are in use. Unlike Geist, it can be deactivated at any time. It is Kirie Konami's personal Trigger.
This Trigger seemingly enables the user to use all their Gunner Triggers at once, allowing them to wield one in each hand while also endowing them with two additional firearms mounted on their shoulders. Two mechanical arms secured to the user's sides hold one Attacker Trigger each. Thanks to the number of Triggers they are able to activate simultaneously, the user becomes a veritable one-man army with crushing firepower. However, for the same reason, the trion expenditure is very high. It is Reiji Kizaki's personal Trigger.
A Trigger that, by deliberately disrupting the balance of the trion body, allows the user to vastly enhance certain Triggers or physical abilities. However, activating it inevitably leads to the destruction of the trion body after all the user's trion is depleted. There are five modalities or "shifts": Blade Shift increases the user's speed and the power of an edged weapon, Gunner Shift mutates the user's firearm in a cannon that shoots devastating beams, and Speed Shift boosts the user's speed to even higher levels than Blade Shift; the characteristics of Armor Shift and Special Shift are currently unknown. It is Kyōsuke Karasuma's personal Trigger.
Its functions are currently unknown. In spite of its name, it may not be related to firearms, since it is also used by two Attackers with no Gunner (or Sniper) Triggers. It is generally equipped in the Sub.
Calvaria is known to have few Trigger users, at least compared to Spinthir. In fact, it seems the vast majority of its military forces do not utilize Triggers, so the planet-nation relies on Trion Warriors (Mole Mods in particular) for defense. Aside from their firearms, soldiers from Calvaria also wield spears, curved daggers, swords, and staves, although these weapons may not be Triggers or, if they are, they do not generate trion bodies.
Fighters from Calvaria can shoot bullets made out of trion through weapons similar to hunting rifles. Since they mentioned running low on ammo during one of the battles against Spinthir, it is possible only the bullets are made out of trion, and that the guns are regular firearms, leaving it ambiguous if they create a trion body or if they are Triggers in the first place.
Spinthir's Trigger users are easily distinguishable due to their black armor. Like the warriors from Leoforio, soldiers from Spinthir occasionally ride Trion Warriors (specifically Bamsters) in battle, although they are more frequently seen fighting on their own after breaching the enemy's defenses. This planet-nation seems to have more Trigger users than Calvaria. All of those introduced thus far dual-wielded their weapons.
This Trigger allows the user to summon two long, curved blades around their arms, or possibly to turn their forearms into blades. They are durable enough to withstand the attacks of a Mole Mod without a scratch. The only known user of this Trigger sported five short, parallel vertical lines on his helmet.
This Trigger allows the user to summon a flat, shield-like bracer on each of their forearms which are durable enough to withstand the attacks of a Mole Mod without a scratch. An orb similar to the eye of Trion Warriors also appears on the user's palm, with two smaller ones a few inches from the user's hand. The only known user of this Trigger sported nine dots grouped in three parallel lines of three on his helmet.
This Trigger allows the user to conjure two double-edged swords without a handguard. The only known user of this Trigger sported three parallel horizontal lines on his helmet.
Trion bodies are the most basic implement granted by Triggers. They are virtually invulnerable to damage that is not caused by trion (and thus by Triggers ot Trion Warriors), and also grant the user several physical enhancements, as well as an internal communication system. Those from Spinthir are covered in black armor with distinguishing motifs on the front of the helmet.
Extremely little is known about Triggers from Menoeides, except that their Trigger Holders are shaped like hexagonal prisms or parallepipeds, with dots and lines arranged in different motifs on at least one of the broader faces.
Aftokrator is a powerful military nation, and its Trigger technology is extremely advanced. Aftokrator engineers have developed Trion Receptors that become a part of the body of the person they are embedded in, increasing their amount of trion to create soldiers with enhanced abilities. Other impressive accomplishment is the addition of an armored cape to trion bodies generated by Black Triggers, and the creation of Trion Warriors with abilities mimicking those of specific Horn and even Black Triggers. Seven years prior to the invasion of Earth, Aftokrator was in possession of 13 Black Triggers.
In Aftokrator, each Trigger Holder seems to contain only one Trigger, aside from the equipment that comes with the trion body. The guiding concept at the heart of Aftokrator Triggers is the treatment of such weapons as an extension of one's body, which is transformed as a result. Trion Receptors prevent the trion body from being destabilized by this process. At least some of the Aftokrator Trigger Holders are worn around the wrist like bracelets.
Trion bodies formed by Aftokrator Triggers come with different equipment from their counterparts on Earth. They are more suited for battle, but can be said to be lacking in terms of logistics, since at the time of the invasion, Aftokrator's fighters could leave the battlefield only through the wormholes created by Speiraskia and did not seem to possess Radar. Since soldiers from Galopoula, one of Aftokrator's vassal nations, were recently endowed with an emergency escape Trigger identical in principle to Bail Out, it is possible Aftokrator has developed the same technology. This is further supported by Yūma Kuga implying it is not a technology found in the Neighborhood, and by Border's Development Chief Motokichi Kinuta suggesting that it was copied from Border.
Aftokrator Trigger users, including Black Trigger users, are endowed with a cape that acts as armor, allowing them to shrug off certain attacks. It can resist Gunner bullets, but not Attacker blades. It can also block the effects of specific Triggers, such as Lead Bullet, and to shed the affected parts. If damaged, the cape will regenerate moments afterwards.
Trion bodies are the most basic implement granted by Triggers. They are virtually invulnerable to damage that is not caused by trion (and thus by Triggers ot Trion Warriors), and also grant the user several physical enhancements, as well as an internal communication system.
A jealously guarded military secret, Trion Receptors are Trigger-equipped horns that are permanently implanted in the heads of young children to dramatically improve their trion capacity and quality as they grow. Researches have also been done to use horns to increase compatibility with Black Triggers. The capabilities of a horned fighter far exceed those of a normal Trigger user. The horns of Black Trigger users turn black.
Aftokrator's primary combat Triggers are known as Horn Triggers (角トリガー,Hōn Torigā?, lit. Horn Triggers), as well as Enhanced or High-Powered Triggers (強化トリガー,Kyōka Torigā?, lit. Reinforcement Triggers). Although only one of them can be wielded by each fighter, they more than make up for it with their versatility and power output. The two revealed thus far have high offensive and defensive capabilities, as well as remarkable supplementary abilities. Their raw power is so overwhelming that normal Triggers from Galopoula and Border cannot compare.
A Trigger endowed with massive firepower that has multiple configurations. It allows the user to fire powerful beams either by summoning explosive orbs around their person or in their hands, or, after shapeshifting, from an arm cannon with a high rate of fire. Chelidon is also capable of shooting destructive rays with the ability to bend from the user’s back, as well as of bombarding an area with a barrage of bullets, of generating both focused and large shields and of enabling flight for a limited amount of time.
It permits the user to manipulate countless magnetic “shards” through a gauntlet. By reacting with each other, the shards can create a wide range of constructs, such as shields, sharp projectiles, railguns, spikes and giant shuriken. The magnetism can also be exploited to restrain or attract a target after shooting shards into their body. Furthermore, this Trigger has vast supplementary capabilities, which include levitation, the generation of magnetic tracks for high-speed displacement, controlled reflection of trion bullets, and camouflage in dark environments.
This earring-shaped device can project three-dimensional holograms for a variety of purposes. It can display the position of Neighbor planets in relation to their orbits, and possesses a Radar function with a very wide range that can distinguish among the various types of Trion Warriors.
This bracelet is connected to Speiraskia. It sends a signal once the trion body of the owner is destroyed, alerting Speiraskia's user they need to be retrieved and allowing precise warping. It can also be attached to an enemy in order to track them down.
Despite Galopoula being a small nation, its Trigger users are extolled as exceptional warriors. Their Triggers are said to be suitable for fights against multiple opponents, so it is not uncommon to see them on the battlefield even if they are outnumbered. Aside from combat, some of their Triggers are also ideal for infiltration.
Much like Border Triggers, Galopoula Triggers have a wide array of effects, and a single user can equip several of them. A major difference is the employment of pellets or tokens that are used up to activate certain Triggers, after which they disappear. Galopoula Triggers generally require one such token, but some may expend more or none at all. Once a token is consumed, it cannot be replaced. Each soldier can carry up to 14, stored in a holster on his or her lower back where they can be reached easily. However, if a larger supply is available, nothing prevents its usage. Galopoula Triggers can be divided in two main types: Triggers that consume a token and Triggers that don’t. The latter can be turned on and off at will, but that does not appear to be the case with the former.
Although there does not seem to be an upper limit to the number of Triggers requiring a token that can be used simultaneously, or, rather, that number corresponds to the quantity of tokens available, it is possible that Triggers of the other type follow a distinction vaguely similar to the Main-Sub binary of Border Triggers. However, it remains unclear if there is a maximum amount of them, or if they are equipped to specific body parts. The exact operating principle of tokens is also unknown. It is unconfirmed whether each of them is dedicated to a specific Trigger (Wen Sō's fear of running out of Dogs lends itself to different readings), or there is no substantial difference among them and which Trigger they activate depends on the will of the user or the circumstances.
The basic equipment of trion bodies created by Galopoula Triggers is not much different from Border's. "Operators" from Galopoula can assist frontline soldiers with a radar-like Trigger extremely similar to the monitor of Border's Operators, but it is currently unknown if every agent is equipped with a radar Trigger per se and/or if the one used by Reghindetz is an enhanced version exclusive to him.
Galopoula's version of Bail Out opens a Gate around the user, which has the benefit of not revealing the position of the base. It can be either activated when the trion body is destroyed, or set to activate on its own after a certain time. It was developed by observing Border's technology in action. So far, Galopoula soldiers have referred to this Trigger only as "the new Triggers" or "the new type".
These devices are used by Galopoula soldiers to activate certain Triggers, and are destroyed in the process. Normally, a Galopoula Trigger user carries 14 of them. Their exact mechanics are currently unknown.
Trion bodies are the most basic implement granted by Triggers. They are virtually invulnerable to damage that is not caused by trion (and thus by Triggers ot Trion Warriors), and also grant the user several physical enhancements, as well as an internal communication system.
These Triggers may be the most powerful in the arsenal of a Galopoula soldier, since each of the members of the infiltration in Border had one. At least some of them require the expenditure of one or more tokens.
It allows the user to generate 16 spheres with rings that serve as blades. The orbs can be controlled telepathically to fight. They can be moved in complex patterns and are effective primarily in mid-range combat. Multiple orbs can be joined into a larger, faster one. It consumes at least one token. Its only know user is Ratarikov.
It allows the user to generate viscous slime. The has the ability to dull blades, and it also reduces attrition, preventing the opponent from holding their weapons and walking normally if it coats their limbs. It has at least two modes: in the first, a small amount of slime is worn by the user around their forearm much like a shield, and it coats the weapons that come in contact with it; in the second, the quantity of slime is increased and it can be manipulated in the form of tendrils, even remotely. It is unknown if it consumes any tokens. Its only known user is Koskero.
This Trigger reflects the user's image, creating three-dimensional holograms. These duplicates are optical illusions, and as such possess no offensive power, but are useful in disorienting the opponent, since they will be unable to identify the enemy and where the next attack will come from. The copies possess a trion signature, which prevents Operators from finding the real one. Since the duplicates are reflections, left and right will be inverted; however, if a copy is reflected, left and right will be inverted again, thus matching the user's image perfectly. It is unknown if it consumes any tokens or if it is the same Trigger that generates the smoke screen. Its only known user is Wen Sō.
A Trigger used by Reghindetz that looks like a long whip covered in spikes. Since he was defeated by Hyuse without having a chance to fight back, its abilities are unknown. It seems to consume at least one token.
This Trigger creates four mechanical arms ending in sharp blades on the back of the user. Each arm has great power, enough to pierce, lift and throw a large amount of rubble and to pin a trion body user against a wall. They can also be moved quickly and have a relatively long reach. The arms are also very durable. Should a blade be cut off, it can be replaced by a flat shield. Vasilissa consumes two tokens. Its only known user is Gatlin.
The names of these Triggers were not revealed. Some consume tokens, others don’t. It is unknown how many, if any, of the Triggers falling in the latter category are common to all Galopoula soldiers or should be classified as standard equipment.
A Trigger that creates a weapon around the user's arm. Its power has been compared to that of a Black Trigger. In return for its destructive force, the cannon takes a few minutes to recharge after the first shot, and has a strong kickback. A cannon shot can be stopped by the combination of a Raygust in Shield Mode and a highly concentrated Shield, both at an angle to disperse some of its power. It consumes one token.
A decagonal blade that appears on the back of the user's hand. It can be hurled at the opponent and then retracted, granting the user superior range in melee combat. It does not consume any tokens.
This mortar can fire several dozens of tokens at once, which, once embedded into the ground, act like summoning Triggers and open Gates from which Dogs emerge. Thanks to the mortar's range and the vast amount of tokens it can shoot at once, it is possible to create confusion behind the enemy lines and have the Trion Warriors dispatch distant targets. It is unknown if it consumes any tokens.
A weapon composed of a pointed blade and an octagonal shield that can be used for both offense and defense. The blade can also be lengthened by a few meters for a remote slash. It is unknown if it consumes any tokens.
A more powerful version of Border's radar, this Trigger highlights humans and the various types of Trion Warriors with different markers; furthermore, it indicates the direction enemies are moving in and even displays the trajectory of trion bullets. It is also able to detect agents cloaked with Bagworm. It is unknown if it consumes any tokens.
Similar to in appearance to Border's Shield, this Trigger allows the user to create a floating barrier (or possibly more) in any position withn a certain radius from themselves, as well as to manipulate its size. It is durable enough to resist even the slashes of Fūjin, a Black Trigger. It is unknown if its shape and size can be altered. It does not consume any tokens.
A Trigger that, when activated, generates a smoke screen for the user to hide into. It is possible this Trigger and Servitora are actually the same, and the smoke screen is only an additional function. It consumes one token, which is thrown in the air.
This Trigger opens up a small portal through which a Dog, or possibly any another pre-programmed Trion Warrior, comes out. When available, a Galopoula soldier carries several of them. Each Gate consumes one token, which must be embedded into a surface.
A small device that, when attached to a flat surface creates a hole large enough for a person to pass through. When the effect is terminated, the surface is restored to its pristine state. This Trigger also works on walls that are several meters thick. However, it was implied to be capable of opening tunnels only perpendicularly to the surface the device is used on, and it may be ineffective also if the wall is too thick. It does not consume any tokens.
Paraphernalia created by Neighbors which do not seem to be part of standard equipment.
Unclassified Galopoula Triggers/Devices
A hand-held controller that can be connected to a number of devices, from appliances inside an expedition ship such as computers and holographic projectors to Trion Warriors. The latter function is called Manual Mode and, depending on the type of Trion Warrior directed, it can be used for different purposes, two of which are reconnaissance and combat. Even if the controlled Trion Warrior is destroyed, it is possible to immediately switch to a new one. It can direct up to two Trion Warrios at the same time. When the user is skilled, Manual Mode permits to increase the power of Trion Warriors dramatically with the user fighting in total safety. The user sees through the "eye" of the Trion Warrior via a helmet. It is possible this technology belongs to Rodochroun rather than Galopoula.
An unknown Trigger Yūma Kuga used during his time in the Neighborhood. It summons two daggers connected to Yūma's wrists (to each other in the anime) by a string. Their small size allows the user to hide them under their clothes, a tactic Yūma used to disguise himself as a civilian and then swiftly eliminate the enemy. The string can be lengthened to throw the corresponding weapon and then retracted to quickly retrieve it.
During his time in the Neighborhood, Yūgo Kuga dual-wielded tachi-like Triggers, which he kept sheathed on the same side. Due to his past involvement with Border, the shape of the swords, and the similarity of his Trigger Holder to Border's, it is possible those are, in fact, early models of Kogetsu.
Despite the vast majority of Border fighters being male, most Triggers with only one user are part of the Trigger set of a female agent, with a ratio of 4 used by males (Full Arms, Geist, Kogetsu: Spear and the minigun) to 6 used by females (Connector, Enhanced Radar, Idaten, Makō, Sōgetsu and Timer).
All of Border's prototype Triggers are Optional Triggers.
The names of Border's Triggers can be roughly grouped in five categories: metereology, animals, foreign language words, kanji and astronomy.
In addition, Gunner Triggers are very often named after existing missiles, rockets or firearms.
Much like the nations themselves, Triggers from the Neighborhood have Greek names. Additionally, such normal Triggers seem to follow specific patterns:
Aftokrator Triggers are named after animals.
Galopoula Triggers are named after titles, occupations and other terms related to women.
The author listed Vorvoros, Viper, Lead Bullet and Escudo as the Triggers he would like to try out, although he stated he would enjoy doing stunts in a trion body even more.
↑Daisuke Ashihara: As long as you are touching the trigger holder, and make your activation intent clear, you can say nothing or say something else. You can swap bodies even if you use an original transformation call. Source: Question Corner 8, Volume 9
↑Daisuke Ashihara: Basically they sneak in then get their hands on trigger technology through negotiations or bartering. It seems they also take triggers when they fight back against people who attack them in nations that are at war. Source: Question Corner 7, Volume 8
↑ 104.0104.1Daisuke Ashihara: Hound bullets that use ‘Sensor Guidance’ can, but usually they are intercepted by walls and so on. Even during Stealth Mode, you still show up on Radar, so it’s possible to use that to make a rough counter-attack. Source: Question Corner 9, Volume 10
↑ 116.0116.1116.2Daisuke Ashihara: It is a shotgun trigger that fires large normal bullets in consolidation. You can adjust the angle of the bullets’ dispersal to a certain point. Its advantage is its high instantaneous firepower, its disadvantage is that there is a pause between shots which can create an opening. Source: Question Corner 5, Volume 7
↑Daisuke Ashihara: When you take it out, then it will stay in that form. When you deactivate it, the next time you take it out you will need to use up a gun’s worth of trion again. Source: Question Corner 6, Volume 8