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The Slug Gunner is a Regular Army Super Vehicle from Metal Slug 5.

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The ultimate evolution of the SV-001, the SVW-001 Slug Gunner was developed by the Regular Army engineers based on the Rebel Army's LV Armor. The Slug Gunner can change between mech and tank forms, and is equipped with a huge 180mm cannon, a 60mm Minigun and jets that enable it to jump high or perform a double jump. It also comes with a pile bunker for melee combat, which uses a revolver-like mechanism (its cylinder holds six cartridges) to empower its blows. 

The Slug Gunner is cumbersome. It moves and turns around at a ridiculously slow pace when in mech mode. Players can crouch to transform into tank mode and enable the Slug Gunner's treads to move as fast as the other Slug variants. In tank mode, it cannot attack enemies from behind but is able to run over enemies if needed.

The Minigun isn't as free moving as other Slugs as it can only shoot where the Slug is facing or above it. However, its Minigun can spread its shots to somewhat mitigate its inability to shoot diagonally. Also, the Slug Gunner must jump and shoot downwards if the player needs to attack enemies from below. The pile bunker is used as a melee weapon; it is slower than the Minigun, but does a lot more damage per hit.

Variants

Original

Sluggunner.gif Slug Gunner: The original variant, also capable of deforming itself.
Golden Slug Gunner: A golden variant of the Slug Gunner, capable of propelling itself into the air before launching cannon shells on enemies in front of it for devastating effect. Appears in Metal Slug Attack.

Alternatives

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Protogunner: The Slug Gunner in its prototype phase. It is more agile but cannot transform nor protect the driver. First appears in Metal Slug 6.
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Slug Attacker: A variant of the Slug Gunner primarily using a Pile Bunker to impale enemies. Operated by Amber and mainly female Regular soldiers. Appears in Metal Slug Attack.
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Slug Defender: A variant of the Slug Gunner which uses electricity offensively and defensively. Operated by Molly. Appears in Metal Slug Attack.
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Slug Rising: A modified variant of the Slug Gunner that fires plasma bolts and missiles. Operated by Maggie and Regular soldiers. Appears in Metal Slug Attack.
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Pile Impact: A fusion of the Slug Attacker and Slug Defender. Operated by Amber and Maggie. Appears in Metal Slug Attack.

Trivia

  • The bullets of the Slug Gunner are yellow (but not like the Heavy Machine Gun) instead of blue like the other Slugs.
  • Concept art for the original Metal Slug depicted giant humanoid mechas modeled after the SV-001. This was to be used in a spin-off of Metal Slug, but that was cancelled due to lack of interest from the staff, as Metal Slug was supposed to be WWII-oriented, not sci-fi. These mechas may have inspired the Slug Gunner.
  • In early promotional material and concept art, the Slug Gunner was referred to as the "SVR-001"[1].

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References

Regular Army Vehicles, Slugs, and Artillery
Mechanized SV-001SV-001 Type-RSlug CopterSlug FlyerSlug SubAstro SlugSlug GunnerSlugnoidLV ArmorWalking MachineSlug MarinerDrill SlugBradleyMetal ClawForkliftSlug MobileAugenstermProtogunnerSlug DiggerSlug TrolleySlug ArmorSlug GigantGolden SlugSlug AttackerSlug DefenderBall Slug/Drum SlugSlug SquareTS-001Slug Rising/Slug StrikerGiant Copter/Copter ArmsCoil TankAshley's Slug FlyerTail SlugPatrol SlugMega Drill SlugPile Impact • "Phi's 3D Printer" • Slug SniperBlue TigerAlice & Heart's TankGigantoidSV-002
Animal SV-CamelElephant SlugOstrich SlugDonkey SlugTiger SlugTurtle SlugSeahorse SlugFelsteed
A.I. MS-AliceMS-HeartPhi
Transport Middle-Son 1986Borobune SlugMotorcycleEmergency BoatRegular Army HelicopterLandseekPA33-21 BoatRA-TTT
Other Middle-Son 1999Black HoundRootmars SlugRegular Di-CokkaMr. SlugglesS.A.M. DefenderWade7000 Class LocomotiveRegular Iron Nokana
Wearable Parachute DropScuba GearJetpackDrop PackHoistMetal DeviceDollXA-01 JuggernautUlala's Mech
Stationary AA Machine GunToy Union CannonSuper Cannon
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