- User: Train Heartnet
- Type: Orichalcum Firearm
- Weight: 2.5 kg
- Debut (manga): Chapter 1
- Debut (anime): Episode 1
Train's gun is a six-shot double-action revolver with gold engraving on its grip and barrel. The frame has a triangular attachment that bears the Roman numeral XIII on both sides. It possess a rapid-fire trigger for quick shooting.
Hades is a top-break revolver, meaning it is reloaded by "breaking" the pistol in half, exposing the rear of the cylinder. This automatically ejects all cartridges inserted and allows the user to drop in fresh ones.
A unique feature of the gun is a five-meter-long retractable wire leash inserted in the grip.
As an expert marksman's firearm, Hades fires much more rapidly than ordinary pistols and is capable of unerring accuracy. For instance, Train can shoot several bullets through a single hole.
Being made of super-tough orichalcum, Train can use his revolver as an effective melee weapon, bashing enemies with lightning speed. He is also capable of blocking melee weapons and even bullets with it.
Train's mastery of this gun is evident from his ability to fend off both long-range and close-range attacks, as well as to swiftly assassinate his targets during his Chronos years.
Hades can chamber different types of cartridges, including ordinary handgun bullets, tranquilizer bullets, and most of all, specialized bullets developed by Sven and other makers. Examples are:
- Burst Bullet (causes an explosion)
- Freeze Bullet (causes the hit area to freeze)
- Crying Bullet (causes a human target to shed tears uncontrollably)
- Orichalcum Bullet (issued to Train from Sephiria in the anime, it can destroy any material on earth)
The retractable lanyard wire attached to the gun gives Train a number of advantages:
- An example is throwing the gun on the floor, while clutching the wire with his hands. This makes Train appear to be surrendering. Then at the right moment, he can retrieve it using the wire.
- Another use is throwing the gun straight at the opponent to knock him out, then retrieving it again.
- If his shooting hand is shaky, Train can wrap the wire around his hand to steady his aim.
(Note: this appears only in the manga)
When Train's body becomes infected with nanomachines, he manages to manipulate them to create static electricity. The gun's orichalcum acts as a catalyst for the nanomachines. This lets him focus electricity into the barrel of Hades, turning it into a railgun.
With this power, Train is able to defeat the toughest of opponents, including his rival Creed. However, Train is only able to fire four railgun shots a day, due to the energy consumption it takes to create the electricity.
Hades appears to be a combination of a revolver and an automatic pistol, judging from the shape of the barrel. This is apparent since the gun uses short auto-pistol cartridges instead of long revolver casings.
The gun may have been based on the S&W Schofield Model 3, one of the first top-break revolvers made.
It could also have been influenced by another top-break gun, the revolver of Vash the Stampede from the anime/manga series Trigun.
- Hades is the name of the Greek god of the underworld. Not evil as commonly portrayed, Hades was a strict but fair god who, unlike most of the gods, didn't cheat on his spouse. He was also the god of wealth because of his domain being underground.
- The shape of the gun is designed so it can be used in close combat.
- ↑ Black Cat Manga, Vol. 2, between chapters 9 and 10