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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. This emblem would later be adopted as the Ptolemaic Army's emblem in Metal Slug: Awakening.


Metal Slug 5
Heroes Marco RossiTarma RovingEri KasamotoFio Germi
NPCs POWRumi AikawaMadoka AikawaHyakutaro IchimonjiPtolemaic Army
Enemies Ptolemaic InfantryFanaticsGrenade SoldierBazooka SoldierShielded SoldierBikersSniperMortarNativesCommanderMasked SoldierWall DroneUnitsSensor MineBatMaggotJellyfishSquid
Enemy Vehicles Di-CokkaNop-03 SarubiaGirida-OM-15A BradleyJet Hammer-YangMini-Sub 88LandseekA.P.C.R-ShobuMH-6S MasknellFlying TaraEaca-BHover VehicleHover UnitPtolemaic SlugPtolemaic Saucer
Bosses Metal RearShooting RayScreamerSand MarineAvatar of Evil
Mini-Bosses: Black HoundGaia Elephant
Weapons Heavy Machine GunRocket LauncherShotgunEnemy ChaserIron LizardSuper GrenadeDrop ShotTwo Machine GunsGrenade
Slugs SV-001Slug FlyerSlug MarinerSlug GunnerSlug MobileAugensterm
Missions Heavy AfricanWindy DayIntrigueRun ThroughLast Ditch Resistance
Other TransformationsRA-TTT
Unused Flame ShotPtolemaiosStone TurtlePink ZombiesThe Jet • "Achilles" • "Tabomba"
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