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

Information

This Air Force unit 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 that go offscreen and then fly back or fire a series of big lasers at the player.
  • When facing its back, it will send flying fireballs 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 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.

Trivia

  • 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.
  • 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 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 | 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 | Wall Crawler | Sand Marine | Evil Spirit Incarnate

Black Hound | Mammoth Tower

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
Other Transformations | RA-TTT
Unused Flame Shot | Ptolemaios | Stone Turtle | Pink Zombies | The Jet | "Achilles" | "Tabomba"
Bosses
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) | 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

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 | Wall Crawler | Sand Marine | Evil Spirit Incarnate

Black Hound | Stone Turtle (unused) | Mammoth Tower | Ptolemaios (unused)

Metal Slug 6 Bull Drill | Iron Sentinel | Brain Robot | Elder Centipede | Invader Queen

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 M-3 Rocket Launch Support Van | 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 | Fortmeranian | Rock Mole | Giant Copter | D-Gu | Et A Omnis
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
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