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The Phantom Unit's base

The Phantom Unit (幽霊師団) is an antagonistic organization featured in Strider Hiryu Gaiden.


The Phantom Unit is a self-proclaimed terrorist group[1]. Members of the unit can be seen dressed in military-patterned camo uniforms and equipment, although some are seen with plain-colored clothes as well; many are seen wearing a dark cloth over their bodies, possibly due to the area's cold climate. A few members also sport mohawk hairstyles. They are seen wielding automatic machine guns. Based on their equipment its possible the unit may have been a military unit that has gone rogue. The unit is lead by the vicious Zangi Brothers and has a fortress base on a frozen tundra in some undisclosed location.

Following the arrest of one of their members, the Phantom Unit retaliated by kidnapping the leading authority on nuclear fusion, Dr. J. Hogan. They then demanded to the government in charge the release of their own in exchange of the doctor's safety[1]. The Striders are then approached and, a month after the kidnapping, start a rescue mission.

Assigned the mission to rescue Hogan and eliminate the entire unit, Hiryu travels and breaks into their secret base, killing a group of soldiers who stood in his path. During his confrontation with the Zangi Brothers, Hiryu kills the remaining soldiers and finally the two brothers, putting an end to the terrorist group for good.


The Phantom Unit appears to have been made up of 25 soldiers:

  • The Zangi Brothers Aaron and his older brother are the leaders. They die fighting Hiryu.
  • Around 10 members rush into the entrance when Hiryu breaks through. Hiryu effortlessly kills them all.[2]
  • 12 more members can be seen behind Aaron during his fight with Hiryu. They are all incinerated by the electric shock released by Hiryu's Cypher.[3]
  • One member known to have been captured by authorities, and as such the only known surviving member.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Wada, Tatsumi (December 1988). "Monthly Comic Comp". Strider Hiryû Gaiden, Pg. 301. Kadokawa Shoten.
  2. Wada, Tatsumi (December 1988). "Monthly Comic Comp". Strider Hiryû Gaiden, Pg. 310. Kadokawa Shoten.
  3. Wada, Tatsumi (December 1988). "Monthly Comic Comp". Strider Hiryû Gaiden, Pg. 320. Kadokawa Shoten.
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