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Jaegers ([ˈjɛːɡɐ], Jäger, Hunter) are next generation mobile weapons. Originally pioneered by the Pan Pacific Defense Corps' Jaeger Program, the Jaegers were the most effective first and last line of defense against the Kaiju during the Kaiju War from 2014 to 2025. In 2035, the successors of the original Jaeger Program have been utilized by the reformed Pan Pacific Defense Corps. and utilized as a means of world-wide defense in the absence of the Kaiju.
Ten years following Operation Pitfall, the Jaeger Program was reinstated as a functional organization. In the absence of the Kaiju, the Jaeger Program and the Jaegers governed by the organization was refitted into a "global defense force". As a result, Jaegers are no longer built to protect or represent any given country.
The Mark-6 Jaegers were built during the ten-year period following the Kaiju War. While some believed the Kaiju were no longer a threat, others chose to be cautious and were motivated to resume construction of the Jaegers. The Mark-6 Jaegers reportedly represent "the pinnacle of human invention". Mark-6 Jaeger's use "state-of-the-art" hologram technology, and stand at 250' tall.
Mark-6 Jaegers were designed with "sleeker frames" and use "high octane burst replusors". Speed and velocity were increased, and the armor plating of the Jaegers utilized newer, lightweight reinforced steel armor material. The fighting strength of Mark-6 Jaegers utilize over 30,000 pounds of force, allowing them to move in ways that were not possible for their predecessors.
Additional weaponry used by Mark-6 Jaegers includes blades designed with plasma, and the gravity sling, a weapon that "turns everything into a weapon". In the particular case of Gipsy Avenger, a Mark-6 Jaeger built in honor of the memory of Gipsy Danger, utilizes two nuclear vortex turbines that generates enough energy to sustain the city of Chicago for a year.
Civilian Built "Jaegers"
The aftermath of Jeager battles left parts that were not salvaged by the Pan Pacific Defense Corp. scattered across the Pacific Rim. As a result, Jaeger parts were sold on the black market to civilians. Aware of the threat the Kaiju posed during the Kaiju War, civilians, like Amara Namani, began constructing their own personalized Jaegers to fight back and protect themselves.[note 1]
By 2035, a major Chinese corporation pioneered technology that allowed for unmanned Jaegers as an alternative to Jaegers piloted by humans, presumably prevent any further loss of life. One Jaeger, Obsidian Fury, was designed specifically to operate without the presence of human pilots. Following the reemergence of the Kaiju, Obsidian Fury “goes rogue” and is pitted against the Jaegers reliant on the two-pilot system.
- The following Mark classifications below are in accordance to information provided by the film or other external media sources.
One of the design tenants put forth by Guillermo del Toro in Pacific Rim was the emphasis of weight and scale of the Jaegers. del Toro, who was involved in every aspect of the Jeagers, placed emphasis on designing the them with a level of realism that would show how they would impact the surrounding environment. Industrial Light and Magic's Hal Hickel and Alex Jaeger relayed that conveying the speed of the 250 foot tall machines with various moving parts in their design required camera trickery that slowed or speed up certain action sequences, but never betrayed the weight and scale that del Toro asked of the effects team.
During the production of Pacific Rim: Uprising, on-set supervisor Dave Merritt explained that the aim of the sequel was make convey a sense of "weightlessness" for the sequel on the basis that massive technological advances were made during the ten year gap in the film's universe. “We wanted to be able to be lighter weight and more agile. I think he also wanted to add much more of the martial arts kind of feel to everything.”
John Boyega conveyed that he disliked how the Jaegers moved in the original film[note 2], and hired Liang Tang, a fight coordinator for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, to give the Jaegers a stronger “martial arts feel”. Production Designer Stefan Dechant stated that director Steven S. DeKnight and producer Cale Boyter wanted action sequences between the Jaegers to resemble the choreography used in Doug Liman's The Bourne Identity, placing emphasis on the speed of the Jaegers. “There'll just be a much faster movement in there. There's that level of speed and momentum and that slickness,” says Dechant.
When discussing the special weapons used by the Jaegers, DeKnight and producer Boyter cited video games as a major inspiration. DeKnight and Boyega compared the weapons and special attacks of the Jaegers in Uprising to finishing moves featured in fighting games.[note 3]
- According to Steven S. DeKnight "Battle Witch" was one of several rejected Jaeger names considered.
- ↑ John Boyega: [...]"The masses of poor huddled on the coasts have decided to start building their own giant machines. If there’s going to be a fight, they’re going to make sure they’re ready for it. That brings him into contact with newcomer Cailee Spaeny’s amateur Jaeger pilot, Amara, who is building one of her own battle-bots."
- ↑ Boyega: " “They were like, "What did you feel about the first film," and I told them straight up the stuff that I didn't like and the stuff I wanted to see more of,” says Bodega. “I wish the robots would hurry up, just hurry up.”"
- ↑ John Boyega: “She's a beauty! They're slicker. They're faster. [They have] new moves. And what's great about Jaegers, they all have like a 'Y' button, a special move that makes them significant and cool. What's great about her is that you get to embody the characters also who are inside the Jaegers.”