Kaminari Goro (カミナリゴロー Kaminari Gorō) is an enemy robot from the Mega Man series that was originally used to gather weather data before being modified for combat. Kaminari Goro rides a cloud-like platform (named Thunder Chariot[1] and Air Chariot[2] in some sources) and throws lightning bolts at Mega Man. When a Kaminari Goro is destroyed, Mega Man can ride the cloud to proceed.

Kaminari Goro appears in Air Man's stage in Mega Man 2, in Elec Man's stage in Mega Man: Dr. Wily's Revenge, Air Man's stage and the Wily Station in Mega Man II, and the second Wily Tower stage in Mega Man: The Wily Wars.

Hits Data Chart

Amount of shots/hits from Special Weapons it takes to destroy a Kaminari Goro.

Mega Man 2
Mode Mega Buster Metal Blade Air Shooter Bubble Lead Quick Boomerang Crash Bomber Time Stopper Atomic Fire Leaf Shield
Normal 2 2 1 1 2 1 Y 2:1:0 1
Difficult 3 3 1 1 3 1 Y 3:1:0 1
Mega Man: The Wily Wars
Mega Buster Rolling Cutter Super Arm Ice Slasher Hyper Bomb Fire Storm Thunder Beam
3 5 ? 0 ? 3 5
Metal Blade Air Shooter Bubble Lead Quick Boomerang Crash Bomber Time Stopper Atomic Fire Leaf Shield
3 0 1 5 1 Y 3:1:0 1
Needle Cannon Magnet Missile Gemini Laser Hard Knuckle Top Spin Search Snake Spark Shock Shadow Blade
3 0 3 1 0 1 0 3

Other media

Kaminari Goro has a short appearance in Captain N: The Game Master, in issues 10 and 11 of the Mega Man comic series by Archie Comics, in Mega Man Megamix in Rockman: Dr. Wily no Inbou, and Rockman World 2.



Kaminari (雷) means "thunder" and "lightning bolt" in Japanese, and Gorō is a common Japanese male given name. The meaning of Gorō varies depending on how it is written, which includes 吾郎 ("our son") and 五郎 ("fifth son"). The later may be related to the fact that there are exactly five Kaminari Goros in Air Man's stage in Mega Man 2. If true, its meaning was lost in later appearances as the amount of Kaminari Goros present varies, including Air Man's stage from Mega Man: The Wily Wars as it contain four Kaminari Goros.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Mega Man 2 U.S. NES instruction manual.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Nintendo Power issue 7, page 11
  3. Mega Man: Anniversary Collection Navi Mode
  4. Rockman 2 Famicom instruction manual

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