R-Shobu is an enemy in the Metal Slug series. It is the Rebel Army's primary attack helicopter.


The R-Shobu is the main attack helicopter of the Rebel Army. They are very fast, attacking by dropping bombs (Plasma Bombs in Metal Slug 7/XX) on ground targets or using rockets for aerial targets. They are often used to carry letters from the rebels or other people.

Upgrades and variants

R-Shobu: This version is the most commonly seen. It is the original model, with all-around stats.

R-Shobu MK II: This has faster movement speed, and fires two missiles at once instead of one.

Green R. Shobu
R-Shobu (Green): This version only appears on the menu of Metal Slug Anthology, and is never seen during the game.


Future R-Shobu: This is faster and has energy shields. It also features plasma bombs similar to the Dai-Manji, and fires anti air missiles.

R-Shobu (Zombie Army): This version only drops bombs, but has all-around stats.

R-Shobu Ver. P.M: The Ptolemaic version of the R-Shobu is a bit faster and has upgraded armor. This version can only be seen in the debug menu. It was unused in the game.

R-Shobu MK II Ver. P.M: This is faster and has upgraded armor. It only appears for a short time in the final mission of Metal Slug 5.

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R-Shobu Gatling Ver. P.M: This version is never seen during the game, but the programming of the gatling gun is the same as the Hi-Do, but it is unused in the game. It only appears in Metal Slug Defense and Metal Slug Attack.


  • It was based on Bell AH-1 Cobra, the American AH-64 APACHE helicopter and the Italian AW129 multi-role combat helicopter. The Ptolemaic version is based off of the RAH-66 Comanche, but this version fields bombs while its real life counterpart doesn't.
  • On the front, they have a mini gatling gun, and in Metal Slug: 2nd Mission and Metal Slug 5, they were programed to have a machinegun similar to the one Hi-Do has, with similar functions.
  • The R-Shobu and the R-Shobu MKII (called R.R-Shobu) also appear in Metal Slug Defense as purchasable units.
  • In Metal Slug Defense, update 1.24.0, the R-Shobu Ver. P.M appears in the game. It also used Hi-Do's gatling gun as its attack. Its attack is similar to the Hover Vehicle.


Rebel Vehicles
Combat Di-Cokka | Bull Chan | Girida-O | Iron Iso | Melty Honey | MV-280B | Mini-Bata | M-15A Bradley | LV Armor | MV-280C | Japanese Tank Soldier
Support MV-280A | Dararin Dara Dara | 3-ton Utility Truck | Landseek | Nop-03 Sarubia | M-3 Rocket Launch Support Van | Double-Decker Bus | MG-36 | Ferry Boat | Subway | Turrets | Morden Saucer | Walking Locomotive | Garbage Fortress | Mine Carts
Aerial R-Shobu | MH-6J Masknell | Flying Tara | Eaca-B | Null Fighter
Marine Hammer-Yang | Jet Hammer-Yang | U25U | Mini-Sub 88
Vigilance Mosque Artillery | Patrol Robot | Supervisory Camera | Sensor Mine | Morden Robot | Metal Mole | Laser Drone | Pods | Rebel Walker | Balor
Ptolemaic Black Hound | Hover Vehicle | Hover Unit | A.P.C. | Ptolemaic Slug | Wall Drone | Units | Ptolemaic Saucer | Mammoth Tower