- This article is about the technique used by Pandoras. "Pandora Mode" is also the title to Episode 2 of the Freezing (anime). For other uses, see Disambiguation/Pandora Mode.
Pandora Mode (パンドラモード, Pandora Mōdo) is a special power-up that allows a Pandora to move more freely in a Freezing area without a Limiter. It also grants the Pandora an extra boost of power. While a Pandora's Pandora Mode is being tested, using it might give the Pandora after-effects.
In the manga, Pandora entering Pandora Mode gain a black powered armour suit. These suits are hard to replace once they are broken, as they are still in testing, thus leaving this version of Pandora Mode as a last resort. These suits last 3 minutes; any longer than that increases the after-effects and increasing the chance of Nova-lization.
Later on in the manga, a new type of Pandora Mode is shown, which looks similar to the anime version in looks, but has different effects. This new Pandora Mode has a shield that cannot be penetrated by weak or average attacks. However, its biggest improvement is the amount of time it can stand in a Freezing field (from 3 minutes to 6 and a half minutes). This new Pandora Mode is first shown by Charles Bonaparte, one of the top five world-class Pandora.
In the anime, Pandora Mode is portrayed as a powered-up version of a Pandora with physical changes, rather than an armoured form. In this version of Pandora Mode, the Pandora's hair changes from their natural colour to white, their eyes turn yellow, and their body glows a white aura with blue rings on their ankles and wrists.
In Pandora Mode, Pandora gain an increase in power and speed, as well as having the ability to move freely in her opponents' Freezing area without aid from her Limiter. The Pandora's Volt Weapon also gains a noticeable upgrade, turning it into a Nova Weapon (ノヴァウェポン Nova Weapon).
Despite its advantages, the downside of Pandora Mode is that Pandoras can only maintain it for three minutes and once the time limit is over, the Pandora will return to her normal but in a severely weakened state, which leaves her vulnerable to attacks. Another downside of Pandora Mode is that it can easily be disabled by a powerful Freezing field, as with the case with Kazuya when he used his enhanced Freezing on Ingrid.
The New Pandora Mode which has a close resemblance to the anime version of the old Pandora Mode, is more advanced. Although nothing is specified about the side effects of its usage, it is clear that the capabilities of the new version have been greatly enhanced with more than twice the operation time (from 3 to 6.30 minutes) and a barrier to defend against weak or average attacks. While in this New Mode Charles was able to defend against Elizabeth's laser beams without effort.