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The N² Technology ("N²" being short for Non-Nuclear) is a technology seen throughout various Evangelion series in different forms. It typically refers to a electromagnetic/nuclear weapon hybrid, coming in many different forms.

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N² Weapons

An N² mine explosion in Rebuild

N² mine explosion in the original series

N² weapons (N² 兵器, N² heiki) is the name given to the strongest conventional (non-Evangelion) weapons ever created by mankind. N² weapons are as strong as nuclear bombs, even being capable of producing electro-magnetic pulses, but they lack the radioactive fallout generated by their nuclear counterparts, allowing them to be used more readily than their predecessors. The name N², meaning 'Non-nuclear' refers to this. They are capable of dealing moderate damage to some of the weaker Angels, as can be seen during Sachiel's attack to Tokyo-3, although even several detonations of N² weapons are incapable of affecting others. While they are never seen destroying an angel on their own, N2 weapons are sometimes successful in damaging and delaying them, buying NERV valuable time to plan and prepare Eva attacks. Due to their indiscriminate destructiveness and questionable effectiveness against any particular angel, the military is reluctant to use these weapons in proximity to populated areas, usually doing so only as a last resort.

N² weapons come in five basic forms; N² bomb, N² depth charge, N² land mine, N² aerial weapon and N² missile.

It has been said that the N² weapons are broadly similar to a low-yield nuclear warhead, with no apparent fallout, and are thus comparable to fuel-air bombs and other real life thermobaric weapons as well as very-high yield conventional explosives such as the MOAB. Unlike a fuel-air bomb, which relies on atmospheric oxygen to ignite, an N2 weapon can be detonated underwater. They have the secondary effect of severely changing the terrain on which they are used, creating large craters. The Japanese military has approximately one thousand N2 weapons in its arsenal, with slightly fewer towards the end of the series as they are expended against various angels.

N² Reactor

Like with the weapons, N² Reactors are high output sources of power capable of producing nuclear levels of power output without the need for nuclear fission. Because they're significantly smaller at comparative levels of power output and more stable than nuclear reactors, N² reactors can be mounted onto combat equipment giving Evangelion and combat vehicles nuclear power without the nuclear risk.

Neon Genesis Evangelion History

  • N² land mine (N²地雷, N² jirai)
    • Episode 01: Set in Sachiel's path to temporarily halt its advance. Despite the Angel being damaged to some extent, the mine failed to kill it.
  • N² depth charge (N²爆雷, N² bakurai)
    • Episode 09: Used on Israfel Alpha and Beta to temporarily incapacitate them and give the pilots some time for preparations.

N² aerial weapon has no effect on Sahaquiel

  • N² aerial weapon (N²航空兵器, N² koukuu heiki)
  • N² bomb (N²爆弾, bakudan)
    • Episode 19: Used on Zeruel by Unit-00'. It destroys Unit-00's right arm, which was in contact with the bomb, but Zeruel was unaffected by the explosion at point blank.
    • Episode 25': Dropped onto the extension of Ashinoko where Tokyo-3 had been to open up the Geofront.

Rebuild of Evangelion History

Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone

During the first angel attack on Tokyo-3, an N² landmine is used by the Japanese Strategic Self Defense Force against the Fourth Angel after failing to defeat it using other conventional weapons. While the landmine has some effect, it ultimately isn't powerful enough to destroy the angel, only managing to temporarily stun it.

Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance

An N² aerial weapon is used against the Eighth Angel in an attempt to destroy it before it can land on NERV HQ. This weapon has seemingly no effect on the angel, not even managing to alter its flight trajectory.

An N² missile is used on the Tenth Angel by a damaged Evangelion Unit-00. In response, the angel destroys Unit-00's arms and consumes Unit-00 - including the pilot, but once again Tenth Angel is not visibly damaged at all.

Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo

An N² reactor powers the AAA Wunder and is shown rotating at the back of the ship.[1]

Neon Genesis Evangelion: ANIMA History

An N² reactor are used on the UX-1 Allegorica support unit and later Evangelion EURO-II Heurtebise. Its purpose is essentially the same as the S² Engine granting the an unlimited amount of operational time however it uses N²-derived technologies to achieve this.

Notes

  • Although "N²" is always written with a superscript "2", it is not pronounced "N-squared", but simply "N-two".


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