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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.
Sniper Unit: Gunner Units painted green, they possess a photon cannon. Appears in Metal Slug Attack.

MG Unit

Blackrobot-1-.gif024.gif 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.
Laser Unit: A new variant, this time capable to use laser weapons similar to whose Josette can use. Durability, maneuverability and attack distance were greatly improved respect previous versions. Appears in Metal Slug Attack.

Claw Unit

048.gif 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.gif Armor Unit: Basically a regular Gunner Unit with extra armor on the head, which allows it to withstand more damage. 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 versions of the Units.

  • Multiple variants and early designs have appeared in marketing material:
    • In Metal Slug 5's arcade flyer, all Units appear to have teeth. One of them is an unused hybrid plane/Unit. The MG Unit had a claw instead of the Minigun. The bulkier one could be an early concept of the "Armor Unit". One of these Units with the "shark smile" can be seen under construction in Mission 3's last section and Mission 5's tower section.
    • On the cover of the PlayStation 2's release, a unique Unit is shown behind the heroes. 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.
  • In Metal Slug Defense, the Gunner Unit and Armor Unit's names were erroneously spelled as "Gunnner Unit" and "Amor Unit" respectively.

Enemy Vehicles and Armed Structures
Rebel Army
Combat Di-Cokka | Bull Chan | Girida-O | Iron Iso | T-2B Melty Honey | MV-280B | Mini-Bata | M-15A | LV Armor | MV-280C | Metal Duck | Redback | "Blaze Tank" | Recycle Box | Bit Tank | Nantes' Tank | Vortex | 808Z Train | Marinesk | Fight Cab
Support Rebel Van | MV-280A | Dararin Dara Dara | M34 3-Ton Truck | Landseek | Nop-03 Sarubia | TM-1 Missile | Parachuetruck | Morden Bus | MG-36 | Ferry Boat | Subway | Turrets | Space Tank | Walking Locomotive | Mine Carts
Aerial R-Shobu | MH-6S Masknell | Flying Tara | Eaca-B | The_Union | Armed Tiltrotor
Marine Hammer-Yang | Jet Hammer-Yang | U25U | Mini-Sub 88
Vigilance Mosque Artillery | Balor | Scrap Tower
Other Armies
Division 6 Japonese Tank Soldier | Null Fighter
Martians Mini-UFO | Dai-Manji | Rugname | Mars Walker | Mars Gigantalos | Mars Sweeper | Pauline's Mech
Invaders Invader UFO | Flying Shelt | Tripod | Purple King
Ptolemaic Black Hound | Hover Vehicle | Hover Unit | A.P.C. | Ptolemaic Slug | Units | Ptolemaic Saucer | Gaia Elephant | Stone Turtle | Towa's Mech | D-001 Tanbal | Unit Suit | Lucy's Frog Mecha | GIP-03 Bergenia | Air Board | Hammer DX5005 | Vermilion Tank | Tatyana's Mech | Snordon | Glidron
Other Mummy Generator | Flying Killer | Iron Fortress | Kaguya's Samurai Mech | Maya's Excavator | Sharifa's Golem | Super Vibration Cutter | Stray Demon | Pumpkin Head
Unused KT-21 | "The Jet" | "Scrap Fan"
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 | Sensor Mine | 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 | Screamer | Sand Marine | Avatar of Evil

Black Hound | Gaia Elephant

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
Missions "Heavy African" | "Windy Day" | "Intrigue" | "Run Through" | "Last Ditch Resistance"
Other Transformations | RA-TTT
Unused Flame Shot | Ptolemaios | Stone Turtle | Pink Zombies | The Jet | "Achilles" | "Tabomba"