Metal Slug Wiki

Iron Nokana.png

The Iron Nokana (also known as Steel Norcana in Metal Slug: Awakening) is the boss of Mission 5 from Metal Slug: Super Vehicle-001.


The Iron Nokana is a large, multi-purpose armored combat vehicle created by the Rebel Army. Its firepower is concentrated on the front, with a cannon and missile launcher turret on the top and a hidden flamethrower on its bottom. To compensate for the lack of firepower in the rear, a Girida-O is mounted on its back.

In supplementary material for the first game, the Iron Nokana is piloted by Chun Yutetsu (チュン・ユウテツ), Marco's combat school instructor [1][2]. He is not mentioned in Metal Slug SV-001 despite the game revealing the pilots' names for the first four boss vehicles.


The Iron Nokana's main weapon is the cannon on the front, which fires a series of arching projectiles that must be timed correctly to be avoided. Once the Iron Nokana has flames all over and its tires flatten, it lifts itself and exposes a flamethrower turret at the bottom which tries to burn the players if they come near it.

After the turret is destroyed, a few POWs come out of it, and the boss starts to fire a series of missiles at the players which must be avoided by crouching under them. If the players go to its rear, the Girida-O sitting on its back will start shooting at them.

The Iron Nokana returns in Metal Slug X replacing the Keesi II as the first mission's boss. Despite the new coloration, it functions the same as before. Abul Abbas appears in the background commanding the tank.

In Metal Slug Infinity, the Iron Nokana appears as a World Boss and as a Slug. Both have the same attacks as their arcade counterparts, however the World Boss variant is able to carpet bomb the entire field. The Slug variant is immune to electric shock and stun.


Nokana.gif Iron Nokana Mk I: Found in Metal Slug: Super Vehicle-001. This is the original version. In Metal Slug Defense and Metal Slug Attack, the Girida-O on its back has been removed. In Metal Slug Infinity, the Girida-O is placed back, albeit as a cosmetic.
IronNokana2.gif Iron Nokana Mk II: Appears in Metal Slug X. It has the same attacks, but has significantly sturdier armor than the original version.
Iron.gif The Iron: The Amadeus Syndicate's upgrade on the Iron Nokana. A fake Morden operates the tank.
Iron II MSA.gif Iron II: An improved variant, is slower but more resistant than its original counterpart. The Morden Robot driving it wears a blue uniform.
Iron Nokameow MSD idle.gif Iron Nokameow: A special version featured in Metal Slug Defense. It carries a "Cat Base" on its back and Morden is riding it. It was part of the Battle Cats promotional event.
Prototype Iron MSA idle.gif Prototype Iron: Found in Metal Slug Attack. Just like its name says, it's the prototype version of The Iron with its design based on the Rebel Army's Iron Nokana. It uses a bigger unmanned flamethrower from the bottom, making its range longer, and the missile pod is now placed on its back.
Prototype Iron II MSA Idle.gif Prototype Iron II: Improved version of the original Prototype Iron, it is painted purple and the Morden Robot riding it wears a blue uniform.
Spacey Nokana MSA idle.gif Spacey Nokana: A customized Iron Nokana built specifically for Abigail, one of the Rebel Army's commanders, with the name and coloration based on someone she admires. Compared to the original Iron Nokana and its MK II variant, the Spacey Nokana has longer range. Since it was designed for Abigail, the ball turret fires out a large, piercing laser beam rather than the standard flamethrower. Found in Metal Slug Attack.
Sister Nokana MSA idle.gif Sister Nokana: A customized Iron Nokana built specifically for Beatriz, Abigail's sister. Unlike the other Rebel variants, it launches missiles rather than firing from its cannon. As it is designed for Beatriz, the ball turret fires out powerful frost beam. Appears in Metal Slug Attack.
NokanaGold.gif Golden Nokana: A customized Iron Nokana built specifically for Allen O'Neil. Painted gold, the ball turret has been modified to ignite the surrounding area with flames. Appears in Metal Slug Attack.
Spiral-Nokana-Ver P M-MSA-Idle.gif Spiral Nokana: A customized, Ptolemaic Iron Nokana built specifically for Towa. Painted black, the ball turret is replaced with two drills that can burrow under the ground and reappear on the ground surface. Appears in Metal Slug Attack.
MSIVehicle Iron Nokana (Regular Army).png
Regular Iron Nokana: A blue Iron Nokana owned by the Regular Army. Immune to knockback and electric shock. Appears in Metal Slug Infinity.
MSIVehicle Iron Nokana (Another).png
Another Iron Nokana: A purple Iron Nokana owned by the Another Force. Immune to being stunned and frozen. Appears in Metal Slug Infinity.
Abul Nokana: A customized Iron Nokana made under Abul's orders. The ball turret has been modified to shoot out deadly currents of electricity. Appears in Metal Slug Attack.
Prototype Iron III: A customized variant of the Prototype Iron by the Amadeus Syndicate. Operated by Valerian Bear Viola, the tank is filled with poisonous gas which it uses to incapacitate enemies.


  • The Iron Nokana is based on the Sd.Kfz. 232 German 8 wheeled armored car, part of the Schwerer Panzerspähwagen ("heavy armoured reconnaissance vehicle") series of armoured cars used by Germany during the Second World War.
  • In the early development stages of Metal Slug: Super Vehicle-001, the Iron Nokana was missing some spikes on its front plate, while also having it painted red instead of grey as in the final game.
  • Upon exposing the ball turret, the Iron Nokana gains around five in-game seconds of invulnerability. Its HP can be lowered during this time, but the Iron Nokana will gain a sliver of health anytime its HP reaches 0.[3] This tidbit does not return in Metal Slug X, which explains why the Mk II can be destroyed faster than the original even with better armor.
    • Oddly, the Mk II variant in Metal Slug Defense and Attack also has less HP than the original variant despite its description stated that it was an uparmoured variant.
  • Because the Iron Nokana's turret is a special attack instead of a second phase in Metal Slug Defense and Metal Slug Attack, its tires magically tear apart and repair itself each time the tank is lifted and lowered. Variants starting from the Golden Nokana have the tires edited to be always intact.



Metal Slug: Super Vehicle-001
Heroes Marco RossiTarma Roving
NPCs POW (Names) • Donald MordenAllen O'NeilRebel ArmyParkerGerhardt City CiviliansSatiko SuzukiSophia GreenvilleRumi AikawaChris KeyAlexander SuvorovGunforce II Troop
Enemies Rebel InfantryFanaticsGrenade SoldierBazooka SoldierShielded SoldierBikersMortarRocket DiverCannon Diver
Enemy Vehicles Di-CokkaT-2B Melty HoneyGirida-OBull ChanIron IsoDararin Dara DaraTurretsR-ShobuFlying TaraEaca-BHammer-YangLandseek
Bosses TetsuyukiHairbuster RibertsTani OhShoe & KarnIron NokanaHi-Do
Mini-Bosses: Mini-BataAllen O'Neil
Weapons Heavy Machine GunRocket LauncherShotgunFlame ShotGrenadeAA Machine Gun
Slugs SV-001Middle-Son 1986
Other Combat School (Dialogue) • Super Devil ModeAnother StoryItemsEnvironmental ObjectsMiddle-Son 1999
Unused Content Phil GeneMichiko NakajimaKT-21SV-002Nazca LogoRegular Soldier
Pachinko Fio GermiEri KasamotoMargaret SouthwoodHyakutaro IchimonjiMadoka AikawaSosuke N KagamiharaVasser GutenschiffLeta KanikojaSagan Gail & Logan GailMars PeopleSlug Flyer
Metal Slug 2: Super Vehicle-001/II / Metal Slug X: Super Vehicle-001
Heroes Marco RossiTarma RovingEri KasamotoFio Germi
NPCs POWRumi AikawaHyakutaro IchimonjiDonald MordenAllen O'NeilAbul AbbasRebel ArmyMartians • Arabian Townspeople • Parker • Baby • Miner • Dead Explorer • Scott Amundsen Jr.Genie of Lamp • Delivery Boy* • ScientistsOrcaMargaret Southwood
Enemies Rebel InfantryFanaticsGrenade SoldierBazooka SoldierShielded SoldierBikersRebel RiflemanMortarRocket Diver† • Arabian InfantryBatMummies (Mummy Generator) • Dog Mummy† • Chariot† • Mutated SoldiersMars PeopleMini-UFO
Enemy Vehicles Di-CokkaM-15A BradleyT-2B Melty HoneyMV-280BNop-03 SarubiaGirida-OIron IsoBull Chan† | 3-ton Utility TruckLandseekR-ShobuRebel RocketMH-6S MasknellFlying TaraEaca-BJet Hammer-YangMG-36Ferry Boat* • Double-Decker BusSubwaySpace Tank
Bosses The Keesi* / Iron Nokana MK II† • Aeshi NeroDragon NosukeBig ShieeHozmiRugname
Mini-Bosses: Mosque ArtilleryThe KeesiShoe & KarnAllen O'NeilDai-Manji
Weapons Heavy Machine GunRocket LauncherShotgunFlame ShotEnemy Chaser† • Iron Lizard† • Super Grenade† • Drop Shot† • GrenadeFire BombStone
Slugs SV-001 (SV-001 Type-R†) • SlugnoidSlug FlyerSV-Camel
Missions Drifting in DesertMonument of DepressionMadrigal of WindReturn to Hong-KongKiss in the DarkI Wish to Believe in Love
Other Combat School (Dialogue) • Super Devil ModeAnother Mission† • TransformationsEnvironmental ObjectsCivilian Vehicles • "Angry Man"†
* Exclusive to Metal Slug 2. † Exclusive to Metal Slug X.
Metal Slug TetsuyukiHairbuster RibertsTani OhShoe & KarnIron NokanaHi-Do
Mini-Bosses: Mini-BataAllen O'Neil
Metal Slug 2/X The Keesi II / Iron Nokana MK II (X) • Aeshi NeroDragon NosukeBig ShieeHozmiRugname
Mini-Bosses: Mosque ArtilleryThe Keesi II (X) • Karn (X) • Allen O'NeilDai-Manji
Metal Slug 3 Huge HermitMonoeye UFOJupiter KingSol Dae RokkerRootmars
Mini-Bosses: Twin Ohumein-CongaMonoeyesHairbuster RibertsHi-DoRugnameFake RootmarsClone Incubator
Metal Slug 4 Brave GuerrierToschka DalanueThe IronBig JohnSea SatanAmadeus Mother Computer
Mini-Bosses: Mecha Allen O'Neil
Metal Slug 5 Metal RearShooting RayScreamerSand MarineAvatar of Evil
Mini-Bosses: Black HoundStone Turtle (unused) • Gaia ElephantPtolemaios (unused)
Metal Slug 6 Bull DrillIron SentinelBrain RobotElder CentipedeInvader King
Mini-Bosses: Invader ControllerKing's Cocoon
Metal Slug 7/XX Iron Death WormCrablopsDestroyed CrablopsFall ClimberThe UnionRebel GigantKraken
Mini-Bosses: Scrap TowerBig Gate
Metal Slug: 1st Mission Rebel VTOLRebel TrainMacbaRebel ZeppelinElectromagnetic CraneWeapons Port BossMetal Strider
Mini-Bosses: Facility ElevatorMacbaRebel Truck
Metal Slug: 2nd Mission Big BerthaTerrain CarrierRebel ReactorMacbaRebel SubmarineTani OhWiredRebel AirplaneMetal StriderRocket UFO
Mini-Bosses: Power GeneratorsRebel RocketHyakutaro
Metal Slug Advance FormorEmain MachaKaladgolgThe Keesi IIICabracan
Mini-Bosses: Allen Jr.
Metal Slug 3D ParachuetruckMosque ArtillerySpider-BotUnderground Cruise MissileMorden's BattleshipMorden's CastleAllen O'NeilLugusLieu
Metal Slug Attack Pharaoh's ArcPtolemaiosBall SlugGreat MotherMars GigantalosK-O3 Coupled Armored VehicleLand BlowfishCyclobsterSlug SquareZoni DolomaQuadro JumperDenturionD-GuFortmeranianRock MoleGiant CopterEt A OmnisVortexDigger BaseCrusty LegsArmored CrawlerQueen Big Snail7000 Class LocomotiveRiviere HyllMetal Fusioner No.223Drum SlugMars WolfSea DragonTetsujin SquadLa TorneGigantnoidDark GateKnight TankImpact CannonDive Assault Cannon Andrew
Mobile games Rocket Control RoomUnknown AlienHellfireSpiderbotCyclopsMega Laser TurretMars Battle UFOM-32 Water Carrier PlaneKouraiAlien Floating Structure