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The Sand Marine (or Sandmarine) is the fourth boss of Metal Slug 5.


The Sand Marine is a special submarine created by the Ptolemaic Army designed to travel under the ground.

In Metal Slug Defense and Metal Slug Attack, the Sand Marine crawls along the ground leaving the entire sub exposed. The Golden Sand Marine can submerge to dodge attacks.


The Sand Marine will sink and emerge from the sand all the time while launching a volley of fireballs that are tricky to dodge. It can also fire electric projectiles from the back that track the player, or shoot its frontal cannon.

Standing in front of it for too long may also fire two missiles that go straight ahead. These can be hard to dodge if the Sand Marine has the player backed up right against the left side of the screen.


Sand Marine MSA move.gif Sand Marine: The original model.
Deep Sand Marine MSA move.gif Deep Sand Marine: A variant of the Sand Marine which is designed for underground excursions. Appears in Metal Slug Attack.
Golden Sand Marine MSA move.gif Golden Sand Marine: A variant of the Sand Marine which has been painted gold. It is capable of submerging itself and has more durability compared to its other variants. Appears in Metal Slug Attack.
Sand Marine EX: A variant of the Sand Marine which has been painted green. It appears every time submerging itself and in its special attack now fires high explosive incendiary shells that burn when they hit the ground. . Appears in Metal Slug Attack.


  • The Sand Marine (and the entire fourth mission) is listed as the second boss/mission in its official concept art and the game's debug level select.
  • In the arcade flyer for Metal Slug 5, the Sand Marine can be seen and features a different design than the one it uses in-game. This may have been either an early concept of the Sand Marine or the true design for it if the game had not been rushed. The Land Blowfish from Metal Slug Attack takes inspiration from this unused sprite.
  • The Sand Marine slightly resembles an enemy from the game In the Hunt.
  • The Sand Marine sports what is presumably the Ptolemaic Army's emblem on its hatch. The emblem is a small upside-down triangle with a T in the middle. No other vehicle has this "emblem", and Metal Slug Defense and Metal Slug Attack's icon for the Ptolemaic Army is the Special Forces mask.


Metal Slug 5
Heroes Marco Rossi | Tarma Roving | Eri Kasamoto | Fio Germi
NPCs POW | Rumi Aikawa | Madoka Aikawa | Hyakutaro Ichimonji | Ptolemaic Army
Enemies Ptolemaic Infantry | Fanatics | Grenade Soldier | Bazooka Soldier | Shielded Soldier | Bikers | Sniper | Mortar | Natives | Commander | Masked Soldiers | Wall Drone | Units | Sensor Mine | Bat | Maggot | Jellyfish | Squid
Enemy Vehicles Di-Cokka | Nop-03 Sarubia | Girida-O | M-15A Bradley | Jet Hammer-Yang | Mini-Sub 88 | Landseek | A.P.C. | R-Shobu | MH-6S Masknell | Flying Tara | Eaca-B | Hover Vehicle | Hover Unit | Ptolemaic Slug | Ptolemaic Saucer
Bosses Metal Rear | Shooting Ray | Screamer | Sand Marine | Avatar of Evil

Black Hound | Gaia Elephant

Weapons Heavy Machine Gun | Rocket Launcher | Shotgun | Enemy Chaser | Iron Lizard | Super Grenade | Drop Shot | Two Machine Guns | Grenade
Slugs SV-001 | Slug Flyer | Slug Mariner | Slug Gunner | Slug Mobile | Augensterm
Missions "Heavy African" | "Windy Day" | "Intrigue" | "Run Through" | "Last Ditch Resistance"
Other Transformations | RA-TTT
Unused Flame Shot | Ptolemaios | Stone Turtle | Pink Zombies | The Jet | "Achilles" | "Tabomba"
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