The Cart Titan in Attack on Titan Explained

The Cart Titan in Attack on Titan Explained

The Titans of Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan are truly fascinating beings. They’re powerful, they’re visually impressive and they are certainly one of the highlights of the whole series. Now, along with the “regular” Titans that we’ve seen throughout the franchise, there are the Nine Titans, who are extremely powerful and look different than the others. In this article, we are going to present one of them to you, as we explain everything you need to know about the Cart Titan.

The Cart Titan is one of the Nine Titans. It provides its user with the ability to transform into a quadrupedal titan that is extremely agile and strong enough to carry the necessary equipment without losing speed, which makes this titan perfect for transportation and support. Pieck Finger was its last owner until the disappearance of the Titans.

The rest of this article is going to provide you with more details on the Cart Titan, its history, and its possessor. You’re going to find out everything you need to know about the Cart Titan and its role in the story, as well as its fate after the events of the manga and the anime. We have gathered all the necessary information for you in one place.

Cart Titan: Origins

Like the other Nine Titans, the Cart Titan was created after the soul of Ymir Fritz split into nine parts. The resulting Nine Titan shifters used their abilities to create noble Eldian families. They fought each other for the next 1,700 years until King Karl Fritz withdrew to the island of Paradis and abandoned his subjects on the mainland.

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In the wake of the Great Titan War, the Cart Titan was then conquered by Marley. As part of the Marley warrior program, Pieck inherited the Cart Titan’s powers in 842. After the other recruits also inherited a titan, their skills were tested against an enemy nation. During the battle, the Cart Titan crossed a canal clad in armor, carrying a box in its mouth containing the Colossal Titan’s bearer, Bertholdt Hoover.

Pieck was able to park the Cart Titan behind enemy lines, allowing Bertholdt to wreak havoc. When some of the warriors were sent to Paradis to reclaim the Founding Titan, the Cart Titan stayed behind in Marley to defend the land from possible attack. Eight years later, however, no word had been heard from Marley about the warriors in Paradis, and so the Cart Titan and the Beast Titan were also sent to Paradis.

Who is the Cart Titan?

The only known possessor of the Cart Titan was Pieck Finger. Although she certainly wasn’t the first or the only possessor of the Cart Titan in history, she is the only one that Isayama revealed in the manga.

The Cart Titan’s human form

Pieck is a small young woman with long, tousled shoulder-length black hair with relaxed dark eyes. She wears a white blouse, a long trench coat and ankle-length skirt, and black lace-up boots. She also wears the Eldia armband on her left arm, as required of all Eldia under Marley’s authority.

Since the end of the Marley Middle East War, she has required a crutch to walk upright after losing the ability to walk upright for two non-stop months in her Karrentitan form. However, she can walk on all fours, which she does when there are few people around, as she claims it “feels more natural”. In her younger years, Pieck wore her hair in a ponytail.

Who inherited the Cart Titan after Pieck?

Actually, Pieck Finger was the last possessor of the Cart Titan. Since she survived until the War for Paradis Arc, she also got to see Mikasa kill Eren Yeager as the Founding Titan, which, in turn, resulted in the disappearance of all Titan powers. So, Pieck Finger was the last possessor of the Cart Titan and with Eren’s death, the powers of the Cart Titan simply disappeared.

Who killed the Cart Titan?

Well, this depends on your point of view. If you consider its possessor, Pieck Finger, the Cart Titan wasn’t killed. Pieck had a near-death situation, but she eventually survived the events of the War for Paradis and wasn’t killed. Three years after Eren’s death, the survivors of the “Battle of Heaven and Earth” at Fort Salta are named ambassadors of peace between the remnants of the outside world and Paradis.

As the ambassadors set sail for Paradis to begin peace talks in the year 857, Annie points out that the odds of them successfully negotiating with Paradis are low. Armin, however, is certain that the sight of the Warriors and the Survey Corps, former enemies, working together will be enough to get the Eldians of Paradis to listen.

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On the other hand, the Cart Titan did indeed die, but that was the result of Eren’s death. Namely, when Mikasa killed Eren in the form of the Founding Titan, the Titans and the Titan powers simply disappeared, and with them the powers of the Cart Titan as well.

The Cart Titan: Powers and abilities

The Cart Titan possesses a higher level of stamina than the other Nine Titans, allowing its wielders to participate in long-lasting missions, lasting up to several months, without needing to return to human form. His fatigue resistance allows him to maintain his Titan form for long periods of time and carry many armaments such as combat armor, mobile machine guns, and cargo packs for various tactics such as trench clearing and operations long term in enemy territory.

However, the regeneration of its holder in the event of serious injuries is slower than other shifters. Thanks to its great endurance, its owner can chain many transformations without getting tired, more than a hundred times according to Pieck Finger, unless killed. The Cart Titan stands out as unusual among the Nine Titans for its quadrupedal form, which may be the source of its name “Cart”.

The Cart Titan also possesses great speed, similar to the Jaw Titan, which was used during the Battle of Shiganshina to pick up defeated Zeke Yeager and Reiner Braun while catching up with Levi Ackerman and Hange Zoe, two of the Walls’ most skilled soldiers. Pieck’s Cart Titan is also able to speak intelligibly, similarly to Ymir’s Jaw Titan, though not as fluently as Zeke Yeager’s Beast Titan.

Is the Cart Titan weak?

In terms of physical strength, the Cart Titan truly is one of the weaker Titans, but only if we observe the Nine Titan shifters. He is exceptionally practical – he is fast, he can carry weapons, and he can infiltrate enemy territory with ease – but he is not an actual fighter. He is more of a utility than anything else, which is why he often had to be protected by the other Titans in combat.

On the other hand, the Cart Titan possesses formidable stamina, far greater than any of the other Nine Titans. Thanks to its enormous resistance, the person who possesses this power is practically invulnerable to biological absorption that could turn them into a pure titan, in addition to being able to transform at will hundreds of times in a row, as long as the person has not been forcefully extracted from the body of the titan.

On the other hand, its ability to resist attacks is very low, and therefore it can be easily defeated, both by humans and other titans.

The Titan is not a particularly large Titan. Therefore it is not used for attack but rather for scouting or transport. Using a backpack-like platform strapped to its back, the Cart Titan can carry multiple objects. Additionally, Marley uses some form of armor and turret platform strapped to the Titan’s back, allowing some soldiers to fire at enemies from the turrets on the Titan’s back. This allows the Titan, who is rather unsuitable for combat, to compensate for its weaknesses and thus assist from afar.

Still, he is more powerful than humans and the “regular” Titans, and has better abilities than them. The Cart Titan should by no means be underestimated and he has proven himself to be a handful, even though he is the weakest among the Nine Titan shifters in the world of Attack on Titan.

Can the Cart Titan walk?

Well, depends on how you define walking. He is mobile, but not like other humans or the Nine Titans. The other Titans walk on two feet, while the Cart Titan walks on all four feet. He can stand and move on his two feet, but he is significantly slower when he walks like that. That is why he actually walks on all fours since he is much faster that way.

The Cart Titan truly does possess great speed, similar to the Jaw Titan, which was best seen during the Battle of Shiganshina to pick up the defeated Zeke Yeager and Reiner Braun, while catching up with Levi Ackerman and Hange Zoe, two of the Walls’ most skilled soldiers. This speed was truly amazing and is one of the Cart Titan’s most prominent features.

Can the Cart Titan talk?

Titans usually cannot talk, but there are some notable exceptions to that rule. Pieck’s Cart Titan is a notable exception to the rule, as he is able to speak intelligibly, similarly to Ymir’s Jaw Titan, but his speech is not as fluent as that of Zeke Yeager’s Beast Titan, for example.

Can the Cart Titan swim?

There is an ongoing rumor that Titans cannot swim and that they will drown if they’re in the water. Now, while we don’t really have any precise statements as to this ability, some Titans, especially the Nine Titan shifters, have shown that they are capable of swimming and traveling through large surfaces of water.

And while you might have thought that the Cart Titan was an exception, just like he is in many other aspects, he – in fact – is not. He is perfectly capable of swimming as well, as we can see from this manga panel, in which the Cart Titan comes out of the water. This is the ultimate piece of evidence that the Cart Titan is capable of swimming, just like the other Nine Titan shifters.

Can the Cart Titan harden?

The Hardening ability is the ability that most, if not all, Titans possess. The fact that we have not seen all of the Titans harden does not mean that they cannot do it. Sadly, the Cart Titan is among the small number of Titan shifters we haven’t seen harden during the plot of Attack on Titan.

This means that we do not know whether the Cart Titan can actually harden or not. He probably can, since there is absolutely nothing to suggest that he is an exception in this case, but we cannot really confirm this with absolute certainty.

How long can the Cart Titan last?

The Cart Titan truly has one of the best durabilities among the Nine Titans, which its wielders to participate in long-lasting missions, lasting up to several months, without needing to return to human form. The exact time a possessor of the Cart Titan can remain in Titan form is unknown, but since he is so small and practical, we know that the Cart Titan can remain in that form for several months, which is significantly longer than any other of the Nine Titan shifters.

Is the Cart Titan female?

The Titans themselves don’t have genders or sexual organs. They do, in most cases, look male, but that is not really a reflection of their genders; the only one with outright female characteristics is the Female Titan. The other Titans, although they look male (well, most of them, Eren’s Founding Titan is not even human), don’t have any specific male characteristics. The Cart Titan also looks more male than female, but he’s not really like your regular human.

His possessor, on the other hand, is female, but the gender of the possessor was never a reflection of the gender of the Titan (save for Annie’s Female Titan). In this aspect, the Cart Titan both was not female – since Titans don’t have genders – and was female – as its possessor was female.

  • Arthur S. Poe has been fascinated by fiction ever since he saw Digimon and read Harry Potter as a child. Since then, he has seen several thousand movies and anime, read several hundred books and comics, and played several hundred games of all genres.