Units are enemies from Metal Slug 5. They are one-man mechanized armor suits developed by the Ptolemaic Army, based on stolen data on the Rebels' LV Armor.


The Ptolemaic engineers produced these suits based on the data they had about the LV Armor. They altered the design, removing the cockpit canopy and replacing it with a sensor eye system to provide more protection to the pilot. The Ptolemaics had created several variants of them, with weapons ranging from miniguns to claws with fold-out cannons, but even though they were built using the most advanced materials available to the Ptolemaics (accounting for their high in-game health when using lower-level infantry weapons), heavier infantry weapons and vehicle-mounted cannons still destroy them.


Gunner Unit

Gunner Unit: The most common type. It attacks at a distance with guns mounted in its claws and will punch/stab with the claws at close range. There may be a rocket launcher hidden in the right arm, which folds out around the claw to fire. They have a somewhat low movement speed. In the last mission of MS5 they adopt new tactics, either firing with both arm-guns while dashing, or jumping around and firing at the ground rapidly with both arm-guns.\
Abyss Gunner Unit: Gunner Units from the future imbued with abyssal power and just an upgrade over the original unit. Appears in Metal Slug Attack.
Golden Gunner Unit: Gunner Units painted gold, they are much more durable than most other Units and fire even more bullets from their arm-guns. They are also capable of jumping in the air, although for a short time. Appears in Metal Slug Attack.

MG Unit

Blackrobot-1-024 MG Unit: This unit is the fastest, and is armed with a minigun on each arm. it fires 3-round bursts from the right arm-mounted weapon and uses the a backpack ammo supply similar to that of the Rebel minigunner. This is only variant that has multiple sensor eyes instead of the single eye seen on the others.
Space MG Unit: A variant of the original MG unit possessing slightly higher durability, but fires a much more longer burst of machine gun fire. Appears in Metal Slug Attack.

Claw Unit

048 Claw Unit: The heaviest and most well-armoured variant. Its only weapons are two large mechanized claws, with no guns. Most of the time they simply attempt to walk up to and punch the player, but in the last mission they also perform sliding and jump-slam attacks, it is the most mobile of the Units.
Golden Claw Unit: Claw Units painted gold, they have increased durability, speed and power over the original. Appears in Metal Slug Attack.
Sapphire Claw Unit: A blue variant of the Claw Unit. Though they are weaker than their golden variants, they can charge up energy with their claw arms before discharging it in front of them to immobilize unfortunate enemies. Appears in Metal Slug Attack.

Armor Unit

033 Armor Unit: Basically a regular Gunner Unit with extra armor on the head, which allows it to withstand more damage. Not much more needs to be said. In Metal Slug Defense, it can shoot energy projectiles similar to the Rebel Walker.
Abyss Armor Unit: Armor Units imbued with abyssal power and just an upgrade over the original unit. Appears in Metal Slug Attack.
Early Armor Unit

If you remove the spikes of the armor unit, and make some changes on its sensor, You'll get a unit similar to the one on the arcade flyer. The one on the flyer is a bit more bulkier.


  • In the Metal Slug 5 arcade flyer, the Units appear to have teeth. One of them is also seemingly an aerial version which looks like a hybrid plane/Unit. These are never actually fought as enemies in the game.
    • One of these Units with the "shark smile" can be seen under construction in the last section of MS5's third mission, but it can't be seen very well, and another one can be seen under construction in tower section of mission 5.
    • The bulkier one could be an early concept of the "Armor Unit".
  • On the cover of the PS2 release of MS5, behind the heroes you can see a Unit. Once again it appears to have teeth and seems to have a single eye on one side of its head, rather than in the middle as the Units have in game.
    • This was probably another Unit that should've made an appearance in the game, but due to the game being rushed, it never made an appearance.
  • There were other versions of the Units that were set to appear in the game, like the Plane/Sub hybrid Unit, the "underbite" and "overbite" Units as well.
    • The Plane/Sub Unit may have been originally set to appear in an unknown air level and/or the underwater levels of Mission 4.
  • In Metal Slug Defense, the Gunner Unit and Armor Unit's names were erroneously spelled as "Gunnner Unit" and "Amor Unit" respectively.
  • The Gunner unit was supposed to have a Gatling gun instead of its left claw. The one on the arcade flyer has multiple sensors.
Enemy Vehicles and Armed Structures
Rebel Army
Combat Di-Cokka | Bull Chan | Girida-O | Iron Iso | Melty Honey | MV-280B | Mini-Bata | M-15A Bradley | LV Armor | MV-280C
Support MV-280A | Dararin Dara Dara | 3-ton Utility Truck | Landseek | Nop-03 Sarubia | M-3 Rocket Launch Support Van | Double-Decker Bus | MG-36 | Ferry Boat | Subway | Turrets | Space Tank | Walking Locomotive | Mine Carts
Aerial R-Shobu | MH-6J Masknell | Flying Tara | Eaca-B
Marine Hammer-Yang | Jet Hammer-Yang | U25U | Mini-Sub 88
Vigilance Mosque Artillery | Balor | Scrap Tower
Other Armies
Division 6 Japanese Tank Soldier | Null Fighter
Aliens Mini-UFO | Dai-Manji | Rugname | Mars Mecha | Invader UFO | Flying Shelt
Ptolemaic Black Hound | Hover Vehicle | Hover Unit | A.P.C. | Ptolemaic Slug | Units | Ptolemaic Saucer | Mammoth Tower
Unused KT-21 | "The Jet" | Stone Turtle | "Scrap Fan"
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