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The RVF-171 Nightmare Plus is a Variable Fighter that first appeared in Macross Frontier.


The VF-171 Nightmare Plus is the current New United Nations Spacy main variable fighter that evolved from the VF-17S Nightmare built in the late 2030s. The VF-17 Nightmare was designed by General Galaxy originally as a heavy variable fighter for special operations, but the New U.N. Spacy wished to pursue a mass production model of the Nightmare that would be built in far greater numbers.

Technology & Combat Characteristics[]

A reconnaissance version of the VF-171 Nightmare Plus with equipment improvements, a cockpit for accomodating EX-Gear, enhanced engines and MDE armaments. Features a rotating radome and other ELINT equipment.

First created by the Macross Frontier Fleet, new components originate from the VF-19 Excalibur and VF-25 Messiah. A Commander unit equipped with the AAS-171 Armored Pack is called a Super Nightmare Plus.



  • Gun Pod
    • Howard GU-14B or General Galaxy MC-17C
  • Mauler REB-22 Beam Cannon
  • Erikon AAB-7B Beam Cannon
  • Bifors BML-02S Micro-Missile Launchers


  • AVPAGC/MEDC30-EX-A 30mm Quantum Beam Gun

Special Equipment & Features[]

  • Underwing Hardpoints
  • Pin-Point Barrier System
  • AAS-171 EX Armored Pack


Production Remarks[]

According to Shōji Kawamori, the VF-171 Nightmare Plus was chosen as the main variable fighter for the 2059 setting because the previously designated U.N. Spacy main variable fighter, the VF-19F Excalibur, appeared too much like a "hero" unit. Kawamori also desired a fighter that was clearly distinguishable from the hero unit of the Macross Frontier series, the VF-25 Messiah.

Notes & Trivia[]

  • The VF-171EX is given the pejorative moniker "catch-up unit" by Ozma Lee due to the upgrade being a futile attempt to keep up with the VF-25, as well as the Vajra.
  • In Macross Δ Scramble, there is a playable VF-171EX variant used by Chaos, though it still has N.U.N.S. markings.

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