Though the original Z-01 Lancelot is a wildly successful design and helps
make Suzaku Kururugi a highly respected and feared pilot, its designer Lloyd Asplund wasn't satisfied.
Taking the entire design back to the drawing board, he refines it from the ground up, producing an
entirely new model rather than simply modifying the existing Lancelot. This new machine, the Z-01Z
Lancelot Albion, refines the Lancelot's experimental technologies even further while adding several
The most prominent of these is Cecile Croomy's Energy Wing System, an improvement on the Float
System flight pack. First tested in the Type-02/F1Z Guren SEITEN, the Energy Wings provide incredible
maneuverability and speed as well as a full-body energy shield. The Albion's wing system would be
refined even further, allowing it to release blasts of energy as an offensive measure. Additionally,
the Lancelot's VARIS rifle is redesigned into a new form, featuring two standard barrels for
rapid fire and a larger one for charged shots.
The Lancelot Albion makes its combat debut after Suzaku sides with the new Britannian Emperor,
Lelouch vi Britannia, and is declared the Knight of Zero. In its first battle, the Albion manages
to single-handedly defeat the entire force sent to arrest Lelouch, including four Knights of the
Round all at the same time. The Lancelot Albion serves as Suzaku's personal unit for the remainder of
the war between Japan and Britannia, until it is dealt critical damage in a one-on-one battle with
the Guren SEITEN and is destroyed.