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The F-502 Shooting Ray is the second boss of Metal Slug 5.

Information

The Shooting Ray is a large aircraft carrier created by the Ptolemaic Army that specializes in air combat.

In Metal Slug Attack, a miniature and remote-controlled version was developed and controlled by a mechanic named Caroline. Caroline has further developed the mini version into a long-ranged attack and recon drone.

Details

The F-502 Shooting Ray has two attack patterns based on where the player is positioned:

  • When in front of it, it will either shoot an array of hovering projectiles from the two Vulcan cannons that go off-screen and then fly back or fire a series of big lasers at the player from its cannons.
  • When facing its back, it will send fire drones that will track the player (blue ones contain power-ups) and also try to burn the player with its jet engines.

Variants

F-502 Shooting Ray: The original version.
Caroline MSA ray.gif F-502 ShootingRay (Miniature): A variant developed by Caroline which can be used to protect her. It uses both cannons and machine guns to attack enemies. She shows pride in her work and becomes enraged if it is destroyed. Appears in Metal Slug Attack.
ShootingRay (Halloween): Painted purple and gold for the Halloween season. It fires its machine guns in narrow waves and can prevent enemy units from using their special attacks. It is controlled by Caroline in a witch costume. Appears in Metal Slug Attack.
ShootingRay (Standalone): A mass produced variant of the Shooting Ray which is AI-controlled, allowing it to be used without an operator. It provides covering fire for allies and flies towards enemies if critically damaged to increase damage. Appears in Metal Slug Attack.
ShootingRay Ver.Rebellion: A variant of the ShootingRay developed for the Ptolemaic Rebellion, outfitted to fire lasers from its turrets. Appears in Metal Slug Attack.
ShootingRay Ver.Forest: A variant of the ShootingRay modified for search and rescue missions in wooded and mountains aareas. His high-powered laser attack can repel a entire fleet of small units. Appears in Metal Slug Attack.
ShootingRay Ver.Gold: A variant of the ShootingRay painted gold. It is capable of turning itself into a "firebird", ramming into enemy positions.

Trivia

  • The Shooting Ray's cannon projectiles are reused from Rootmars' acid spit.
  • The aircraft's design may be based on that of the Horten Ho 229, a German prototype fighter/bomber that was the first pure flying wing powered by jet engines.
  • The Shooting Ray (and the entire second mission) is listed as the third boss/mission in its official concept art. The game's debug level select refers to it as the fourth boss/mission.

Shooting Ray second concept art

  • Concept and promotional art showcases jet fighters deployed from the front of the Shooting Ray. The unused jet sprite is presumably the boss' enemy support planes.
  • When the Shooting Ray appears, the sprite moves too much into the screen where its cutoff can be seen (example below).
  • It used to be known by fans as "The Secret Weapon of the Luftwaffe" before its official name was revealed during Caroline's introduction in Metal Slug Attack.

Gallery

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"
Bosses
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
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