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"New and improved Gauntlets."
Alphonso Mackenzie to Quake[src]

The Quake Gauntlets are specialized gauntlets designed by Jemma Simmons to absorb all Daisy Johnson's earthquakes. Initially designed only to protect Johnson's body from all of the vibrations that risked shattering her bones after she underwent Terrigenesis, the Gauntlets were further upgraded by Leo Fitz as she gained mastery over her powers, allowing her to better aim the shockwaves she generated.

History

Original Design

"You could become magnificent. But something's inhibiting you, constraining your energy."
"My friend's a scientist. She made these to protect me."
"Or do they protect people from you?"
Gordon and Skye[src]
Skye Gauntlets

Skye's original power containing gauntlets

Following her Terrigenesis, Skye gained a superhuman ability enabling her to manipulate the vibrations of everything surrounding her, including her own body. However, she had trouble controlling this newfound power, and during the Ambush at Manitowoc, while she thought she was withholding her powers, she actually directed the vibrations inside her own body, causing multiple capillary ruptures in her arms. In order to minimize further damage, Jemma Simmons designed gauntlets made of compressed microfibers which would contain the vibrations.[1]

Skye's new gauntlets

The Gauntlets worn by Skye at the Retreat

Simmons later worked on another design she handed over to Phil Coulson before he took Skye to the Retreat. This new version of the gauntlets delivered minor electricity discharges which lowered Skye's powers' magnitude, keeping Skye from hurting herself[2] and accelerating her healing. However, Skye felt a little dizzy while wearing them for the first time.

When Gordon visited Skye at the Retreat, he criticized the gloves, claiming that they were keeping Skye from learning to control her powers. When she fled from the Retreat, Skye left her gauntlets behind and was taken to Afterlife.[3] However, Gordon reclaimed them later and brought them to Afterlife, where Lincoln Campbell confirmed that the gauntlets had prevented Skye from achieving mastery over her powers and he kept them for further study. [4]

Skye reclaimed her gauntlets before going to fight HYDRA during the Attack on the Arctic HYDRA Research Facility.[5]

Weaponised Gauntlets

Quake Attacks

Daisy Johnson uses her new gauntlets in the beginning of the Inhuman Outbreak

"Are you using your arm gauntlets? They don't work perfectly, but we specifically designed them so that they..."
"They're not exactly incognito."
Jemma Simmons and Daisy Johnson[src]

Having learned to master her powers, Daisy Johnson was provided with new gauntlets designed by Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons. These new gauntlets not only protected Johnson against the side effects of her vibration manipulation powers, but they also helped her to better channel and aim the shockwaves she was creating and generating.[6]

Johnson used these new gauntlets during most of the Inhuman Outbreak, until she was swayed by Hive and fell under the ancient Inhuman's influence.[7]

Quake Gauntlets The Ghost

Daisy Johnson wears her gauntlets as the vigilante Quake

When she left S.H.I.E.L.D. and became a rogue vigilante known as Quake, Johnson took her gauntlets with her. She occasionally wore them while battling against the Watchdogs and their associates like the Aryan Brotherhood[8], but she eventually chose not to use them. Indeed, according to Johnson, they made her too easily recognizable.[9] Not using the gauntlets caused great pain, but she endured it as she considered she deserved suffering, and even dying, due to the loss of her boyfriend Lincoln Campbell she blamed herself for.[10]

Upgrades

"Daisy, I'd like to look at the new gauntlets after the mission, check that they're calibrated correctly."
Leo Fitz to Daisy Johnson[src]

Daisy Johnson ultimately agreed to join forces with S.H.I.E.L.D. in their search for Eli Morrow and the Darkhold. Upon her return, Leo Fitz provided Johnson with upgraded gauntlets.[11]. These new gauntlets were a significant improvement to the already well-built gauntlets and enabled Johnson to use her powers at nearly maximum potential while dramatically decreasing the effects on her body. Fitz briefly reclaimed them to check their calibration and confirm that Quake was not responsible for the minor earthquakes they were observing prior to the Battle at the Chinatown Crew Headquarters.[12]

BOOM 3

Quake wearing her new and improved gauntlets

Johnson wore her new gauntlets during the ceremony meant to fully reinstate her as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and kept using it while fighting against the Superior and his Watchdogs.[13][14][15]. When the Life-Model Decoys attacked the Playground, Johnson did not get the chance to wear her gauntlets to fight the androids and escaped the base without them.[16]

When she escaped from the Framework, Johnson ultimately reclaimed her gauntlets and wore them before going to fight against Aida and her LMDs. However, she did not have them when she was kidnapped by Enoch and sent into year 2091.[17]

Taken into Space

Fitz Secret Crate

Leo Fitz stores the Quake Gauntlets into a hidden crate

"Team S.H.I.E.L.D. will be fully armed."
Leo Fitz[src]

Leo Fitz took the Quake Gauntlets along with other pieces of S.H.I.E.L.D. equipment while preparing to join his friends in the Lighthouse in year 2091. The Gauntlets were stored in a crate which was hidden in a wall of the Lighthouse.[18] In 2091, Alphonso Mackenzie retrieved the crate[19] but Quake did not get the chance to wear her Gauntlets again, being taken back into her time before she was able to reclaim them.[20]

Capabilities

"Absorption plates, frequency mounts, resonant processor units, the results don't lie. They're perfect."
"They might be a little snug, but they've got me close to full strength."
Leo Fitz and Quake[src]

Initially, the gauntlets were designed only to protect Daisy Johnson from the side effects of using her powers. Therefore, they limited the strength of the vibration Johnson could manipulate and generate and contained it so that Johnson's bones and blood vessels would not be damaged.

Quake laws of inferno dynamics

Quake releases the vibration of several earthquakes stored in her gauntlets

With Johnson learning to control her powers, the gauntlets were significantly improved with new devices to the point that they not only protected Johnson better that they had previously done, but also helped her using her powers at nearly full strength and precision. Moreover, the gauntlets rendered Johnson more perceptive to vibrations, as she was able to feel earthquakes coming before they were actually felt by the rest of the population. The vibration absorption plates of the gauntlets also worked for quakes which were not generated by Johnson, allowing her to channel sismic waves into her gauntlets so that they would not cause destruction. However, this capacity was not unlimited and at some point Johnson had to unleash the vibration she had stored, making her fly well over the ground.

Appearances

Appearances for Quake Gauntlets

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