"Heh heh heh. You have excellent DNA, don't you? I'd like to analyze your DNA once."
―Metal Shark Player, Mega Man X6

Metal Shark Player, also known as Metalshark Prayer (メタルシャーク・プレイヤー Metarushāku Pureiyā) in Japan, is a hammerhead shark-based Reploid created by Gate to work as a member of a recycling research team.


His job was to oversee the analysis and control of DNA at the facility and was very skilled in his work. Player's abilities in DNA analysis soon led him to experiment in the recreation of Reploids using the DNA of retired Mavericks. Gate still used and encouraged his work despite "DNA Resurrection" being deemed illegal by the government. Player's activities were eventually discovered and he was disposed of as punishment. Gate later revives him as one of his Nightmare Investigators, putting him back in charge of the recycling plant.


He usually attacks with anchors and parts of junk robots. Being adept in "DNA Resurrection", he is capable of creating clones of previous Mavericks, like Sting Chameleon, Magna Centipede, and Blast Hornet. Despite being a shark, he's weak against water (probably because he's made of metal and will rust), so use Meteor Rain (if X) or Ensuizan (if Zero).

Other appearances



  • Metal Shark Player is able to swim through the scrap metal that makes up the floor. He can either swim above or below the ground.
    • If he is going to swim above, he will jump straight up just slightly, then swim along the floor, sending pieces of metal flying as he swims. Jump over him, and he will stop and stand upright.
    • If he is going to swim below, he will jump diagonally up so he is above the player, then dive. He will not yell anything when he does this (this is important). He will then swim below (his fin will be visible, and will inflict damage if touched), then he'll jump straight up out of the junk, almost to the top of the screen.
  • Metal Head: Metal Shark Player will jump diagonally up so he is above the player, then slam himself into the ground, sending pieces of scrap metal flying.  He will yell when he does this.
  • Metal Anchor: Metal Shark Player will jump and throw Metal Anchors at the player.  The anchors bounce around the floor for a little while before exploding. They cannot be destroyed (unless the player makes contact with them), and he can have up to two on screen at once.
  • Helper Attack: Metal Shark Player begins using this attack once he loses half of his health.  He will jump towards a wall and create a junk clone of a Maverick from a previous game. The clones are indestructible and will attack with their signature moves.
    • Sting Chameleon Appears on the wall and lashes his tongue at the player, then disappears to move to a new spot, become visible, and lash again.  He does this several times. Is more likely to appear against Zero.
    • Magna Centipede: Appears on the ceiling and fires sets of shuriken at the player. Appears more often against X.
    • Blast Hornet: Fires sets of three small hornets at the player. These can be destroyed, but destroying one of them will cause him to fire a second set. Is summoned more frequently on higher difficulties.

Stage enemies

Enemies in Metal Shark Player's stage, the Recycle Lab:


In-Battle Quotes

Ochiro! Fall! Performing his Metal Head attack
Ideyo, Hyakureggā! Come forth, Hyakulegger! Summoning Magna Centipede (Magne Hyakulegger in Japan) for his Helper Attack
Ideyo, Kamerīo! Come forth, Chameleao! Summoning Sting Chameleon (Sting Chameleao in Japan) for his Helper Attack
Ideyo, Hōnekku! Come forth, Horneck! Summoning Blast Hornet (Explose Horneck in Japan) for his Helper Attack
Shine! Die! Sometimes said when throwing a metal anchor
Shinu no ka! I'm gonna die! When he is defeated

When Playing as X

X: You! What are you up to? Instead of investigating the Nightmare, you are manipulating it! It's strange that you are not affected by the Nightmare.

??: Heh heh heh. You have excellent DNA, don't you? I'd like to analyze your DNA once.

X: You must be Metal Shark Player. Right?

Metal Shark Player: It doesn't matter! I'll get your DNA!

When Playing as Zero

??: What are you doing?

Zero: I don't have time for this... What do you want? Metal Shark Player?

Metal Shark Player: I want DNA! Excellent DNA! But I don't need your DNA data.

Zero: Shut up and fight!

Metal Shark Player: Fine! Heh heh heh!

Other Media

Archie Comics

Metal Shark Player was one of the many Maverick bosses revived by Sigma during the Worlds Unite crossover event.




  • His localized name is actually a mistranslation resulting from the sound of r and l being identical in Japanese. His name should be Prayer, as the pun is based on that fact he deals with resurrection and thus, "prays".
  • He is one of the two Mavericks that Zero tells to "shut up and fight", with the other being Frost Walrus.
  • Furthermore, his lines when facing Zero seem to imply that he has already obtained Zero's DNA for study, but not X's.
  • He and Tidal Whale's original English name Duff McWhalen were mentioned in Nintendo Power volume 266, as they were said to be "one of the worst Mega Man boss names ever".
  • He and Spike Rosered's original English name Axle the Red are the only Mavericks to have three-word names. Some would argue that Gigabolt Man-O-War has more than two words to his name, but the hyphens make it one full word.
  • When Metal Shark Player summons a clone of a retired Maverick, he will yell their Japanese name (due to the fact the Japanese voices were left in).
  • His weakness to Meteor Rain is ironic because sharks are creatures that live in water, but at the same time it could be a reference to how water can cause metal to rust.

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