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R-Shobu is an enemy in the Metal Slug series.


The R-Shobu is the one of the attack helicopters used by the Rebel Army. They are very fast, attacking by dropping M31 bombs (Plasma Bombs in Metal Slug 7/XX) on ground targets or using missile pod for aerial targets. They are often used to carry letters from the Rebels or other people.

In Metal Slug: Super Vehicle-001, the R-Shobu becomes more aggressive as the player progresses throughout the game. The R-Shobu also leaves the screen by itself should the player stays put for ten in-game seconds[3].

Upgrades and variants

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

P.R-Shobu: An upgraded version of the original R-Shobu which now has an anti-tank TOW missile pod.

R.R-Shobu: An orange version of P.R-Shobu. It has faster movement speed and fires two missiles at once instead of one.

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

R-Shobu Ver. F: A grayish purple R-Shobu used by the Future Rebels. It has faster movement speed and is protected by energy shields. It also features plasma bombs similar to the Dai-Manji as well as an anti-tank missile pod.

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.R-Shobu 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. It uses a vulcan similar to the Hi-Do. It makes its true debut in Metal Slug Defenseand Metal Slug Attack.

R.G-Shobu Ver. P.M.: This version has an improved minigun. It flies away target a specific area and strafing the area with its minigun.

RJ Bischof: A large combat helicopter likely based on the R-Shobu that is piloted by Chloe. It is also capable of generating an electromagnetic barrier which can shoot lasers in an arc.




  1. Max.D's concept art
  2. Max.D's concept art
  3. Soldier Rebel. "Study on Metal Slug 1". YouTube.
  4. Air Duel (1990) Arcade credits. Moby Games.
Enemy Vehicles and Armed Structures
Rebel Army
Combat Di-CokkaBull ChanGirida-OIron IsoT-2B Melty HoneyMV-280BMini-BataM-15ALV ArmorMV-280CMetal DuckRedback • "Blaze Tank" • Recycle BoxBit TankNantes' TankVortex8082 TrainMarineskFight CabVirginia's SuitIgnited
Support Rebel VanMV-280ADararin Dara DaraM34 3-Ton TruckLandseekNop-03 SarubiaParachuetruckMorden BusMG-36Ferry BoatSubwayTurretsSpace TankWalking LocomotiveMine CartsMissiles (TM-1 Missile)
Aerial R-ShobuMH-6S MasknellFlying TaraEaca-BNaglfarArmed TiltrotorRJ Bischof
Marine Hammer-YangJet Hammer-YangU25UMini-Sub 88
Vigilance Mosque ArtilleryBalorScrap Tower
Other Armies
Division 6 Japonese Tank SoldierNull Fighter
Martians Mini-UFODai-ManjiRugnameMars WalkerMars GigantalosMars SweeperPauline's Mech
Invaders Invader UFOFlying SheltTripodPurple King
Ptolemaic Black HoundHover VehicleHover UnitA.P.C.Ptolemaic SlugUnitsPtolemaic SaucerGaia ElephantStone TurtleTowa's MechD-001 TanbalUnit SuitLucy's Frog MechaGIP-03 BergeniaAir BoardHammer DX5005Vermilion TankTatyana's MechSnordonGlidronKoshkaLa Torne
Other Mummy Generator • "Central Platform" • Iron FortressKarakuriMaya's ExcavatorFirst Baby's Perfect FormSharifa's GolemSuper Vibration CutterStray DemonIron SharkPumpkin HeadEnvironmental Objects
Unused KT-21 • "The Jet" • "Scrap Fan"