"This cannon not only offers power, but can be aimed up and down."
―In-game text, Mega Man Maverick Hunter X

Front Runner (フロントランナー Furonto Ran'nā) is a Shoulder-type cannon weapon that is available for Vile by default in the game Mega Man Maverick Hunter X. When equipped with this weapon, Vile fires a golden energy projectile from the cannon on his shoulder. By default, it shoots up at an angle, however the player can press down on the control pad to have it shoot straight forward. Pressing up will make it shoot slightly more upward than normal, but this difference is very slight.

X takes a decent amount of damage from Front Runner.

Front Runner is available from the start of the game along with two other weapons: Cherry Blast and Bumpity Boom.

Damage data chart

Damage values in units for Mega Man Maverick Hunter X.

MHX-Icon-Vile-Shoulder-FrontRunner.png Front Runner
Boss Damage
X 4
Chill Penguin 2
Spark Mandrill 2
Armored Armadillo 2
Launch Octopus 2
Boomerang Kuwanger 2
Sting Chameleon 2
Storm Eagle 2
Flame Mammoth 2
Bosspider 2
Rangda Bangda 2
X 1*
Zero 1
  • Any damage value marked with a "*" means that the weapon will cause a weakness reaction for that boss.
    • In X's case, in his second encounter in Sigma Palace, any damage entries marked with a "*" will break through his Rolling Shield.



  • The term "front runner" is used to mean a contestant that is leading in a race or other competition, or a contestant that performs best when already in the front of the competition.