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A swarm of Gnosis.

The Gnosis, also known as the Pilgrimage Fleet are an alien race in the Xenosaga series. They first appeared en masse in T.C. 4747 during the Miltian Conflict. Since their appearance, they've been threatening humanity for years.

Description[edit]

Gnosis come in variety in shapes and forms, with the largest on record being the Cathedral Ship. Larger Gnosis that appear in space resemble Earth sea creatures such as blue boxed whale-like Carriers, amber colored seal-like Cruisers, and the stingray-like Bombers. Gnosis are mostly in form, non-physical existence. They exist in a unique dimension separate from the physical plane. Only by the Hilbert Effect that they are drawn into the physical realm. Gnosis also have the ability to possess machinery, giving them the abilities the machine has. Most of the Gnosis' bodies are comprised of sodium chloride, when translucent, their bodies are made of water and sodium hydroxide. The color of Gnosis blood is blue.

The Whitening[edit]

If a human comes in contact with a Gnosis, the victim disintegrates into salt, a process known as the whitening, effectively killing the victim or in some extreme cases, become one themselves. Shion Uzuki and Andrew Cherenkov are the only ones who underwent the process and survive, although Cherenkov mutated into a Gnosis later.

Process[edit]

Story[edit]

History[edit]

Prior to the Miltian Conflict, Gnosis sightings were rare with the only confirmed Gnosis attack occurring on Michtam at the time due to a Zohar experiment going wrong. It wasn't until when poorly-calibrated combat Realians killed the parents of a young Shion Uzuki, causing her abilities to resonate with the Zohar in despair, that the Gnosis started to appear en masse. Publicly, it was believed that it was Joachim Mizrahi who called the Gnosis in the first place.

Episode I[edit]

The Gnosis first appear when they attacked the Woglinde, aiming to take the Zohar Emulator within, with Goblin-type Gnosis acting as "shock troops" during the raid. Shion Uzuki is nearly killed by one if weren't for KOS-MOS's intervention. Unfortunately, they manages to take the Zohar Emulator and destroy the ship. A stray Gnosis later attacks Andrew Cherenkov onboard the Elsa but it was destroyed by chaos by just a single touch.

The Gnosis later appear when they dragged the Elsa out of hyperspace and sucked in the Cathedral Ship, the largest recorded Gnosis. While exploring the interior, the party come across Cherenkov who transformed into the Gnosis Gargoyle in which they killed. The Elsa eventually escapes the Cathedral Ship, but are pursued by the remaining Gnosis, not even the assistance from the Durandal are unable to stop their advance. It wasn't until KOS-MOS uses X-Buster by briefly awakening as Mary Magdalene that the remaining Gnosis were destroyed.

The Gnosis later attack the Kukai Foundation due to the presence of the Song of Nephilim, prompting the Dämmerung to deploy the Rhine Maiden to destroy a large amount of Gnosis. After the party rescues MOMO Mizrahi from the clutches of Albedo Piazzolla, Proto Merkabah absorbs the remaining Gnosis to be used as a power source for it. At the core of Proto Merkabah, after the party bests Albedo, he unleashes a large Gnosis that was fused with the reactor, Sophie Peithos in which they destroy.

Episode II[edit]

The Gnosis played a relatively minor role in Episode II as enemies.

A Missing Year[edit]

After Abel's Ark swallows the original Zohar, the Gnosis phenomenon intensified. A half a year before the events of Episode III, a man known as Grimoire Verum unleashed controlled Gnosis to attack capital cites on several planets. This event is known to the populace as the Gnosis terrorism.

Episode III[edit]

The Gnosis are first seen in a flashback at the beginning of the game where they are seen destroying the planet Michtam after a Zohar experiment went wrong. The only survivor was a young Kevin who her mother gave her a special crystal before turning into one herself.

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As enemies[edit]

Gnosis appear throughout the entire Xenosaga trilogy as the main battle fodder.

Episode I[edit]

Name Location Type
Drone G1 KOS-MOS Simulator

Normal enemy

Drone G2 KOS-MOS Simulator

Normal enemy

Drone G3 KOS-MOS Simulator

Normal enemy

Goblin Woglinde

Normal enemy

Golem Woglinde

Normal enemy

Manticore Woglinde

Normal enemy

Gremlin Woglinde

Normal enemy

Sky Fish Woglinde

Normal enemy

Cerberus Cathedral Ship

Normal enemy

Unicorn Cathedral Ship

Normal enemy

Fairy Cathedral Ship

Normal enemy

Ogre Cathedral Ship

Normal enemy

Lizardman Cathedral Ship

Normal enemy

Hydra Cathedral Ship

Normal enemy

Oudogogue Cathedral Ship

Normal enemy

Basilisk Kukai Foundation
Encephalon

Normal enemy

Bugbear Kukai Foundation
Encephalon

Normal enemy

Kobold Kukai Foundation
Encephalon

Normal enemy

Larva Doll Kukai Foundation
Encephalon

Normal enemy

Larva Face Kukai Foundation

Normal enemy

Troll Kukai Foundation
Encephalon

Normal enemy

Sky Fish Encephalon

Normal enemy

Gel Fish Kukai Foundation

Normal enemy

Wyrm Kukai Foundation

Normal enemy

Delphyne Proto Merkabah

Normal enemy

Demon Proto Merkabah

Normal enemy

Armaros Proto Merkabah

Normal enemy

Azazel Proto Merkabah

Normal enemy

Baraqijal Proto Merkabah

Normal enemy

Jaldabaoth Proto Merkabah

Normal enemy

Ratatosk Proto Merkabah

Normal enemy

Drone GX KOS-MOS Simulator

Boss

Cyclops Woglinde

Boss

Minotaur Woglinde

Boss

Perun Cathedral Ship

Boss

Stribog Cathedral Ship

Boss

Svarozic Cathedral Ship

Boss

Gargoyle Cathedral Ship

Boss

Tiamat Encephalon

Boss

Gigas Kukai Foundation

Boss

Ein Rugel Song of Nephilim

Boss

Doppelwogel Song of Nephilim

Boss

Great Joe Durandal

Boss

Mintia Kukai Foundation

Boss

Sophie Peithos Proto Merkabah

Boss

Episode II[edit]

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Episode III[edit]

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Trivia[edit]

  • Most of the Gnosis enemies are named after creatures from various mythologies.

In other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
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Gallery[edit]

Main article: Gnosis/Gallery