- "Wow! I wish I'd copied Metal Man's power first! That would've made all this a lot easier!"
- ―Mega Man, Mega Man (Archie Comics)
Metal Blade (メタルブレード Metaru Burēdo), written as Metal-Blade in some games, is Metal Man's Special Weapon, taking the form of a devastating razor-edged circular saw blade made of Ceratanium that can go through multiple enemies and can be rapidly thrown in eight directions.
Video game appearances
The Metal Blade is generally considered to be the strongest weapon from Mega Man 2, as Bubble Man, Flash Man, and even Metal Man himself (in Wily Castle) are weak to this weapon. This is also the secondary weakness of Picopico-kun and Wily Machine 2. Air Man, Crash Man, Quick Man, Mecha Dragon, Guts Tank, Boobeam Trap and Alien are immune to the Metal Blade. It uses barely any energy, consuming 1 energy for every four Metal Blades (a total of, without recharge, 112 blades). Because of this, the general abundance of energy pick-ups, and the fact it can pass through walls, the Metal Blade is often considered the best weapon in the game, even borderline overpowered.
The Doc Robot from Mega Man 3 also used this weapon along with the weapons from the other Robot Masters in Mega Man 2, but the player can't take it from Doc Robot after defeating him in Spark Man's stage. The only difference with the original is that Doc Robot's Metal Blades are orange, but the color is the same for Metal Man's blades in Mega Man: The Wily Wars.
The Metal Blade works in the same way as Mega Man 2. Without recharge, it can throw 76 blades. It is the weakness of Wood Man and Magnet Man. It does no damage against Air Man, Crash Man, Needle Man, Top Man, and Wily Machine II.
Like all weapons from Mega Man 2, the Metal Blade can be used in the Wily Tower mode, being useful against most enemies. The bosses Mega Water S, Iron Ball and the first form of the "Wily Machine" are immune to it.
The Metal Blade is the first weapon obtained by Mega Man, as Metal Man is the game's first boss. It is Bubble Man's and Flash Man's weakness.
The Metal Blade was set to appear in the cancelled game Mega Man Universe. Metal Man was also to appear in the game, possibly meaning the player would have had to defeat him again in order to obtain the Metal Blade.
The Metal Blade is one of the weapons used by Mega Man in the fighting game Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U as his neutral special attack. Mega Man can throw it in eight directions depending on the direction inputted before throwing it, and it will stick to the ground if thrown to the floor. Mega Man cannot throw another until the current Metal Blade on-screen disappears. It can be picked up and thrown like an item if the opponent catches it before getting hit or if it's stuck to the ground. It deals 3% damage when thrown by the first time and 5% damage if picked up and thrown, usually hitting the opponent twice in both cases.
The Metal Blade can be customized by swapping it out for two variants: Hyper Bomb and Shadow Blade. However, they must be unlocked before it can be swapped out. Like all standard neutral special attacks, this move can be copied by Kirby.
In the debut trailer for Mega Man, Metal Blade acts as his first special weapon of choice after being forced to hold his own, with Mario narrowly dodging one of the Metal Blades (and losing several coins in the process) while Link blocks it with his shield.
Damage data chart
Damage values in units in Mega Man 2.
- *Any data with a "+" represents the weapon actually restoring the boss's health.
Mega Man (Ruby-Spears)
In the episode Future Shock, Mega Man copies the Metal Blade from Metal Man after incapacitating him and uses it to defeat Guts Man, by firing it into the ground and sawing a circular hole into the floor around him, causing him to fall into it. Metal Man is also able to wield his Metal Blades as swords à la Blade Man.
Metal Blade is used by Metal Man in the episode "The Big Game", launching them from his arms. In "A Tale of Two Dogs", Doc Robot uses Metal Blade by first making it appear like a circular saw on his right arm then firing it. Mega Man used a circular saw in the episode "The Fractured Fantasy of Captain N".
Mega Man (Archie Comics)
In issue 11, Mega Man copies the Metal Blade while facing Metal Man and uses it to take him out (a nod to his weakness). He also uses it to finish off Wily Machine 2 in issue 12, remarking on how he wished he'd copied that power first, also abandoning his initial plan to use every single special weapons he had acquired from Wily's new Robot Masters on the machine upon realizing how effective the Metal Blades were against the machine.
Metal Man, after his revival, utilized the Metal Blade again during his confrontation with Light's Robots in issue 30. Mega Man eventually copied the Metal Blade again and used it to dispatch Metal Man himself as well as the Robot Masters Bubble Man and Flash Man.
After Metal Man's defeat, Mega Man obtains his first special weapon, the Metal Blade. He uses it in several occasions, with varying usefulness. Mega Man used it for the first time when surrounded by enemies in Wood Man's area, throwing blades in several directions to destroy them and escape. It is used to destroy Wood Man, Bubble Man, and Flash Man, and later Metal Man, Bubble Man, and Flash Man again in Wily's hideout. Mega Man also tries to use it against other bosses, with Crash Man and Quick Man easily dodging the blades and the Mecha Dragon deflecting it.
- Metal Blade with a hyphen is used as the English name in Mega Man 2 and Mega Man: The Wily Wars, while without hyphen is in Mega Man II and Mega Man: Anniversary Collection.
- There's only one Robot Master and two fortress bosses (PikoPiko-Kun and Wily Machine 2) neutral (not weak or immune) to this weapon.
- Being the weakness of three different Robot Masters, the Metal Blade is the first Special Weapon to have the most Robot Masters that are weak to it in its source game. Mega Man 7's Scorch Wheel will later be the second Special Weapon to have this feat, as the game's three Robot Masters are weak to it.
- Ironically, this weapon does more damage to Metal Man himself than any other Robot Master in the game. During the second Robot Master battles in Wily Castle, Metal Man can be defeated with only two blades (or one on Normal Mode).
- There is a glitch in Mega Man 2 that permits Metal Blade to be used infinitely. As each unit from the weapon gauge is equal to four blades, if the player throws three blades, change to other weapon and change back to the Metal Blade, the unit will "refill" to four blades. This can be done with any weapon in the game that uses more than one shot per ammo unit.
- The Metal Blade could also be frozen stationary if the player presses UP, DOWN, and the FIRE button at the same time, but, as long as the player is on the same screen as the frozen blade, they can only shoot either two, one, or none. For example, if the player freezes one Metal Blade, they can only shoot two Metal Blades instead of three; if the player freezes two, they can only shoot one instead of two; and if the player freezes three of the blades, they cannot shoot any Metal Blades at all.
|Cutter/Blade Special Weapons|
|Mega Man series||Rolling Cutter (1) • Metal Blade (2) • Quick Boomerang (2) • Shadow Blade (3) • Ring Boomerang (4) • Gyro Attack (5) • Silver Tomahawk (6) • Slash Claw (7) • Flame Sword (8) • Triple Blade (10) • Wheel Cutter (10) • Screw Crusher (III) • Tengu Blade (M&B) • Shark Boomerang (3DOS) • Blade Launcher (3DOS)|
|Mega Man X series||Boomerang Cutter (X) • Sonic Slicer (X2) • Spin Wheel (X2) • Spinning Blade (X3) • Twin Slasher (X4) • Crescent Shot (X5) • Magma Blade (X6) • Wind Cutter (X7) • Shadow Runner (X8) • Ray Claw (Xtreme 2)|
|Mega Man 2|
|Eight Robot Masters|
|Metal Man • Air Man • Bubble Man • Quick Man • Crash Man • Flash Man • Heat Man • Wood Man|
|Mecha Dragon • Picopico-kun • Guts Tank • Boobeam Trap • Wily Machine 2 • Alien|
|Mega Man's Special Weapons|
|Metal Blade • Air Shooter • Bubble Lead • Quick Boomerang • Crash Bomber • Time Stopper • Atomic Fire • Leaf Shield|
|Mega Man's Support Items|
|Item-1 • Item-2 • Item-3|
|List of enemies|
|"Acid" • Anko • Batton • Big Fish • Blocky • Changkey • Changkey Maker • Copipi • Claw • Fly Boy • Goblin • Kaminari Goro • Kerog|
Kukku • M-445 • Matasaburo • Mole • Monking • Neo Metall • Petit Goblin • "Petit Kerog" • Pierrobot • Pipi • Press • Returning Sniper Joe
Robbit • Scworm • Shotman • Shrink • Sniper Armor • Springer • Tanishi • Telly
|- Mid-bosses -|
|Script • List of enemies • Damage data chart • Miscellaneous data|
|Mega Man II|
|The eight bosses|
|Metal Man • Air Man • Crash Man • Wood Man • Needle Man • Magnet Man • Hard Man • Top Man|
|Quint • Wily Machine II|
|Mega Man's Special Weapons|
|Metal Blade • Air Shooter • Crash Bomber • Leaf Shield • Needle Cannon • Magnet Missile • Hard Knuckle • Top Spin • Sakugarne|
|Mega Man's Support Items|
|Rush Coil • Rush Jet • Rush Marine|
|Damage Data Chart • Enemies|
|Super Adventure Rockman|
|Mega Man • Beat • Rush • Dr. Light • Roll • Proto Man • Dr. Wily • Ra Moon|
Cut Man • Guts Man • Ice Man • Bomb Man • Fire Man • Elec Man
|Metal Man • Bubble Man • Heat Man • Flash Man • Quick Man • Shadow Man|
Wood Man • Air Man • Crash Man • Snake Man • Needle Man • Gemini Man
Magnet Man • Hard Man • Top Man • Spark Man • Ra Thor • New Yellow Devil
|Metal Blade • Bubble Lead • Atomic Fire • Time Stopper • Quick Boomerang • Shadow Blade|
Leaf Shield • Air Shooter • Crash Bomber • Search Snake • Needle Cannon • Gemini Laser
Magnet Missile • Hard Knuckle • Top Spin • Spark Shock
|Enemies • Energy Tank • Information Card • Item Box • Lanfront Ruins • Proto Shield|