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For his Mega Man Maverick Hunter X incarnation, see Launch Octopus/Maverick Hunter X.

Launch Octopus, known in Japan as Launcher Octopuld (ランチャー・オクトパルド Ranchā Okutoparudo), is an octopus-type Reploid in the Mega Man X series. He is a former Maverick Hunter who joined Sigma's rebellion.

Characteristics

Launch Octopus is a bitter individual who has secretly always harbored contempt toward the humans he was tasked with protecting. In the Maverick Hunter X continuity, he also has a flamboyant and somewhat effeminate side, taking such great pride in his combat skills that he considers it an art form.

Launch Octopus was good friends with Volt Kraken during their time as Maverick Hunters. However, the two were separated when Octopus joined Sigma's rebellion while Kraken refused. When X helped fight the uprising he was forced to destroy Octopus, leading to a rift forming between X and Kraken.

History

Mega Man X

Launch Octopus was once a Maverick Hunter in the 6th Naval Unit. He was one of the eight major Hunters who joined Sigma's Maverick uprising, sharing his goal of creating a Reploid nation. He deployed his fleet of marine Mechaniloids to assault cities built on the ocean and blockade important shipping lanes, but he was stopped by X.

Launch Octopus later reappeared in the third part of Sigma's Hideout along with all the other Maverick bosses.

Mega Man Xtreme 2

Launch Octopus reappeared as one of the eight guardian Mavericks of Laguz Island, resurrected by Berkana as a loyal servant. X faced him in X Mission as part of Gareth's challenge.

Strategy

His Homing Torpedo, though his main weapon, is the least of the player's worries, as he can pull X toward him in a whirlpool and drain his energy, but if the player uses Boomerang Cutter against him three times, he loses his tentacles, and thus cannot use the ability. But his main weakness is the Rolling Shield, since it ruptures his internal buoyancy/pressure system.

In Mega Man Xtreme 2, his weakness is Tri-Thunder, the weapon wrested from Volt Catfish. Hitting him with any version of Ray Claw just once will sever his tentacles. The weapon X gains from defeating Launch Octopus is Marine Tornado, which is perhaps a nod to his whirlpool ability.

Attacks:

  • Homing Torpedo - Mispelled as "Horming Torpedo" in Mega Man X. Launch Octopus fires Homing Torpedoes from his shoulders.
  • Whirpool - Launch Octopus will spin and create a whirlpool, pulling X in his direction. If he succeeds, he will catch X and start draining his energy (Energy Drain) until he manages to break free.
  • Piranha - Launch Octopus fires piranha shaped projectiles from his tentacles.


Data

Stage

Main article: Ocean Stage

Mega Man X stats

Launch Octopus (Launcher Octopuld)
Height: 238 cm (7.81 ft, mistakenly shown as 7.80 ft in-game)
Weight: 182 kg (401 lbs, mistakenly shown as 348 lbs in-game)
Attacks: Horming Torpedo (sic), E. Drain (Energy Drain)

Other appearances

Other media

Rockman X

Launch Octopus is the seventh Maverick that X fights in the manga, who tricked Marty, a mermaid Reploid, into helping him. After betraying him to save X, Octopus skewered Marty's body, which drove X to attack and ultimately defeat him. Marty's mind would ultimately survive Octopus's attack, and X later got her a new body.

Irregular Hunter Rockman X

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Launch Octopus was causing trouble and was stopped by X.

Rockman X Mega Mission

In the Carddass, Rockman X Mega Mission 3, Launch Octopus is revived as "Launcher Octopuld HL" (Launch Octopus HL), and disguises himself as a recruit Maverick Hunter named "Blau Launcher" to attack the Maverick Hunter base with three other Mavericks. Some of Launch Octopus' changes include his color scheme changed to blue and black, the top of his head is now a transparent red, and he uses a trident.

Archie Comics

Launch Octopus appeared as part of the Maverick Army in the Mega Man and Sonic the Hedgehog crossover event, Worlds Unite. In the backup story for Mega Man Issue 50, Launch Octopus is indirectly mentioned where the female operator reports to Zero that reports are coming in about the 6th Marine Unit defecting to Sigma (who at that point had turned Maverick and revolted against humanity). He and various other Mavericks were cloned by Sigma-1 through manipulation of the Genesis Portals, creating an army of Mavericks who were dispatched against Mega Man, Sonic the Hedgehog, and their allies. Launch Octopus notably engaged the robot Gemerl during the ensuing battle, before departing with most of the Mavericks to various worlds to plant Sigma's Unity Engines.

Gallery

Trivia

  • While Launch Octopus didn't appear in Mega Man X5, he was revealed to be a friend and/or brother to Volt Kraken, depending on the translation; his name was translated as "Octopardo" in the game.
  • On the U.S. box art for Mega Man X, Launch Octopus is colored purple instead of red and his face has an open mouth in place of a vent.

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