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The Iron Nokana is the fifth boss 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 but doesn't do anything.
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.
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Regular Iron Nokana: A blue Iron Nokana owned by the Regular Army. Immune to knockback and electric shock. Appears in Metal Slug Infinity.
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Another Iron Nokana: A purple Iron Nokana owned by the Another Force. Immune to being stunned and frozen. Appears in Metal Slug Infinity.


  • 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 MKII can be destroyed faster than the original even with better armor.
  • 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 Rossi | Tarma Roving
NPCs POW (Names) | Donald Morden | Allen O'Neil | Rebel Army | Parker | Gerhardt City Civilians | Satiko Suzuki | Sophia Greenville | Rumi Aikawa | Chris Key | Alexander Suvorov | Gunforce II Troop
Enemies Rebel Infantry | Fanatics | Grenade Soldier | Bazooka Soldier | Shielded Soldier | Bikers | Mortar | Rocket Diver | Cannon Diver
Enemy Vehicles Di-Cokka | T-2B Melty Honey | Girida-O | Bull Chan | Iron Iso | Dararin Dara Dara | Turrets | R-Shobu | Flying Tara | Eaca-B | Hammer-Yang | Landseek
Bosses Tetsuyuki | Hairbuster Riberts | Tani Oh | Shoe & Karn | Iron Nokana | Hi-Do

Mini-Bata | Allen O'Neil

Weapons Heavy Machine Gun | Rocket Launcher | Shotgun | Flame Shot | Grenade | AA Machine Gun
Slugs SV-001 | Middle-Son 1986
Other Combat School (Dialogue) | Super Devil Mode | Another Story | Items | Environmental Objects | Middle-Son 1999
Unused Content Phil Gene | Michiko Nakajima | KT-21 | SV-002 | Nazca Logo | Regular Soldier
Pachinko Fio Germi | Eri Kasamoto | Margaret Southwood | Hyakutaro Ichimonji | Madoka Aikawa | Sosuke N Kagamihara | Vasser Gutenschiff | Leta Kanikoja | Sagan Gail & Logan Gail | Mars People | Slug Flyer
Metal Slug 2: Super Vehicle-001/II/Metal Slug X: Super Vehicle-001
Heroes Marco Rossi | Tarma Roving | Eri Kasamoto | Fio Germi
NPCs POW | Rumi Aikawa | Hyakutaro Ichimonji | Donald Morden | Allen O'Neil | Abul Abbas | Rebel Army | Martians | Arabian Townspeople | Parker | Baby | Miner | Dead Explorer | Scott Amundsen Jr. | Genie of Lamp | Delivery Boy* | Scientists | Orca | Margaret Southwood
Enemies Rebel Infantry | Fanatics | Grenade Soldier | Bazooka Soldier | Shielded Soldier | Bikers | Rebel Rifleman | Mortar | Rocket Diver† | Arabian Infantry | Bat | Mummies (Mummy Generator) | Dog Mummy† | Chariot† | Mutated Soldiers | Mars People | Mini-UFO
Enemy Vehicles Di-Cokka | M-15A Bradley | T-2B Melty Honey | MV-280B | Nop-03 Sarubia | Girida-O | Iron Iso | Bull Chan† | 3-ton Utility Truck | Landseek | R-Shobu | Rebel Rocket | MH-6S Masknell | Flying Tara | Eaca-B | Jet Hammer-Yang | MG-36 | Ferry Boat* | Double-Decker Bus | Subway | Space Tank
Bosses The Keesi* /Iron Nokana MK II† | Aeshi Nero | Dragon Nosuke | Big Shiee | Hozmi | Rugname

Mosque Artillery | The Keesi | Shoe & Karn | Allen O'Neil | Dai-Manji

Weapons Heavy Machine Gun | Rocket Launcher | Shotgun | Flame Shot | Enemy Chaser† | Iron Lizard† | Super Grenade† | Drop Shot† | Grenade | Fire Bomb | Stone
Slugs SV-001 (SV-001 Type-R†) | Slugnoid | Slug Flyer | SV-Camel
Missions Drifting in Desert | Monument of Depression | Madrigal of Wind | Return to Hong-Kong | Kiss in the Dark | I Wish to Believe in Love
Other Combat School (Dialogue) | Super Devil Mode | Another Mission† | Transformations | Environmental Objects | Civilian Vehicles | "Angry Man"†
* Exclusive to Metal Slug 2. † Exclusive to Metal Slug X.
Metal Slug Tetsuyuki | Hairbuster Riberts | Tani Oh | Shoe & Karn | Iron Nokana | Hi-Do

Mini-Bata | Allen O'Neil

Metal Slug 2/X The Keesi II / Iron Nokana MK II (X) | Aeshi Nero | Dragon Nosuke | Big Shiee | Hozmi | Rugname

Mosque Artillery | The Keesi II (X) | Karn (X) | Allen O'Neil | Dai-Manji

Metal Slug 3 Huge Hermit | Monoeye UFO | Jupiter King | Sol Dae Rokker | Rootmars

Twin Ohumein-Conga | Monoeyes | Hairbuster Riberts | Hi-Do | Rugname | Fake Rootmars | Clone Incubator

Metal Slug 4 Brave Guerrier | Toschka Dalanue | The Iron | Big John | Sea Satan | Amadeus Mother Computer

Mecha Allen O'Neil

Metal Slug 5 Metal Rear | Shooting Ray | Screamer | Sand Marine | Avatar of Evil

Black Hound | Stone Turtle (unused) | Gaia Elephant | Ptolemaios (unused)

Metal Slug 6 Bull Drill | Iron Sentinel | Brain Robot | Elder Centipede | Invader King

Invader Controller

Metal Slug 7/XX Worm Mecha | Crablops | Destroyed Crablops | Fall Mecha | The Union | Rebel Gigant | Kraken

Scrap Tower | Big Gate

Metal Slug: 1st Mission Rebel VTOL | Rebel Train | Macba | Rebel Zeppelin | Electromagnetic Crane | Weapons Port Boss | Hilde Garn

Facility Elevator | Macba | Rebel Truck

Metal Slug: 2nd Mission Big Bertha | Terrain Carrier | Rebel Reactor | Macba | Rebel Submarine | Tani Oh | Wired | Rebel Airplane | Hilde Garn's Slug | Rocket UFO

Power Generators | Rebel Rocket | Hyakutaro

Metal Slug Advance Formor | Emain Macha | Kaladgolg | The Keesi III | Cabracan

Allen Jr.

Metal Slug 3D Parachuetruck | Mosque Artillery | Spider-Bot | Underground Cruise Missile | Morden's Battleship | Morden's Castle | Allen O'Neil | Lugus | Lieu
Metal Slug Attack Pharaoh's Arc | Ptolemaios | Ball Slug | Great Mother | Mars Gigantalos | K-O3 Coupled Armored Vehicle | Land Blowfish | Cyclobster | Slug Square | Zoni Doloma | Quadro Jumper | Denturion | D-Gu | Fortmeranian | Rock Mole | Giant Copter | Et A Omnis | Vortex | Digger Base | Crusty Legs | Armored Crawler | Queen Big Snail | 7000 Class Locomotive | Riviere Hyll | Metal Fusioner No.223
Mobile games Rocket Control Room | Unknown Alien | Hellfire | Spiderbot | Cyclops | Mega Laser Turret | Mars Battle UFO | M-32 Water Carrier Plane | Kourai | Alien Floating Structure