This page is about the Robot Master Needle Man. To find information on his NetNavi counterpart, see NeedleMan.EXE.
"Come on, Rockman! This limestone cave shall be your grave!"
―Needle Man, Super Adventure Rockman

Needle Man (ニードルマン Nīdoruman) is a deadly Robot Master from Mega Man 3. He uses his Special Weapon, the rapid-firing Needle Cannon, to pepper his foes with a barrage of needles which are sharp enough to pierce 10 inch-thick stones. Created by Dr. Light and Dr. Wily using aspects of Metal Man's combat programming, his initial purpose was to work in energy mines, specializing in land development and breaking through boulders and bedrock.

Despite his large "Air Man-type" build, he is agile and good at jumping thanks to using an upgraded version of Metal Man's combat programming—even being able to remain stationary in the air to attack for brief moments of time by raining shots on his opponents from above. To accompany his ranged attacking capabilities, the thick spikes on his head are needle-sharp, and mounted on a heavy base attached to his head with an extendable chain.[1] This impromptu weapon can be fired over short distances with huge power, making him very dangerous to try and fight up close.


Needle Man is intelligent and generally liked for his fighting capabilities, but he has a dry wit and often tends to be sarcastic. He enjoys sewing and knitting, hobbies that both utilize needles, but is terrified of injections and other medical procedures which, ironically, involve needles.

Video game appearances

Mega Man 3

Needle Man is one of the eight bosses. His attack pattern will be triggered either by pressing the fire button or waiting a few seconds. He will start by jumping in place, and while he is suspended in the air, he will fire his Needle Cannon at Mega Man (three the first time, and later four), and slowly descend. After that, he can either jump and shoot again or jump near to Mega Man's position and use his Needle Hammer to attack instead.

To avoid the shots, it is recommended to wait until Needle Man has shot twice and then make a long jump, thus avoiding the first pair and directing the second over Mega Man's head. If Needle Man is about to jump towards Mega Man, running away or sliding twice can be used to escape, but if he manages to get in range for his spike attack, wait until he is facing Mega Man and jump in place.

Using this strategy can help to avoid most of Needle Man's attacks, though his speed can make the battle still very hard. By using his weakness, the Gemini Laser, the battle can be made much easier, taking just four shots to defeat him.

Mega Man II

Needle Man is one of the four bosses fought in the Wily Castle. His actions are the same from Mega Man 3. His weakness is the Top Spin due to the Gemini Laser not being in this game. Air Shooter is also a good weapon to use against him here.

Mega Man's Soccer

A team of eight Needle Mans is one the eight team bosses from the Capcom Championship mode. When defeated, one Needle Man joins Mega Man's team. He has a good kick and tackle, but is the third slowest player from the game, alongside Dust Man. His special is Needle Shoot.

Needle Man's team in Tournament mode is formed by three Needle Mans, Air Man, Gemini Man, Top Man, Snake Man, and Toad Man. In League mode his team has three Needle Mans, two Top Mans, two Toad Mans, and Proto Man.

Super Adventure Rockman

Needle Man is one of Dr. Wily's robots that was revived by Ra Moon in the Lanfront Ruins. He makes an appearance as the penultimate boss of Episode 2. He appears during the period when Mega Man and Beat explore the caves underneath the ruins.

Before he fights the player, he ambushes Mega Man, impaling him using the spikes on his head, before knocking him into an underground pond with two well-timed punches. Afterwards, Mega Man responds by battling him, eventually coming out victorious, with Beat taking his Needle Cannon chip before they leave.

Needle Man and the other robots (except for Shadow Man) are later revived again near the end of Episode 3, but when Ra Moon betrays Dr. Wily, they are attacked several times until they collapse. If Mega Man loses to the New Yellow Devil, he can ask the robots to give their remaining energy for him to be able to save the world, and they shut down after doing so. Needle Man and the others are apparently destroyed alongside Ra Moon's temple.


See also: Needle Man Stage

Mega Man & Bass CD data

Needle Man's CD data card

Rockman Complete Works data


Mega Man Legacy Collection text: Equipped with a body like Air Man's and an advanced form of Metal Man's movement programming. Gain some distance and fight back.

Damage data chart

Amount of damage in units that Needle Man receives from each Special Weapon in Mega Man 3.

Mega Man 3
Mega Buster Needle Cannon Magnet Missile Gemini Laser Hard Knuckle Top Spin Search Snake Spark Shock Shadow Blade
1 4 1 7 0 1 1 0 2

Other media

Mega Man (Ruby-Spears)

Needle Man from the Mega Man cartoon show.

"And after I've finished you off, I'll be Dr. Wily's favorite bot!"
―Needle Man, Bro Bots

Needle Man appeared in the episode Bro Bots from Ruby Spears' Mega Man animated series. He, along with Heat Man and Elec Man, pretends to rob the city museum early on in the episode, where he allows himself to be incapacitated by Proto Man as part of his brief act in turning to the heroes.

After being recovered and repaired by Doctor Wily, Needle Man later rejoined Elec Man and Heat Man as they attacked Mega Man in the robot manufacturing plant, at one point nearly impaling him with a close shot from his Needle Cannon. The trio was ultimately defeated after having a vat of a hot red gelatinous substance dumped on them, which instantly solidified and left them trapped.

With the exception of his death cry (Added in by Ian James Corlett in post-production), he was voiced by Garry Chalk, the same voice actor as Guts Man and Bright Man. Interestingly, Needle Man sounded almost exactly like Grounder from the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog series, whom Chalk also voiced.

Mega Man Megamix and Mega Man Gigamix

In Hitoshi Ariga's Mega Man Megamix and Mega Man Gigamix manga series, Needle Man appeared in the stories Metal Heart, Asteroid Blues, and Toward a Bright Tomorrow. Needle Man was registered as a land development robot assigned to foreign planets, specializing in breaking through boulders and bedrock. In reality, he is just a combat robot, pretending to be a non-violent industrial robot.

The Needle Cannon he uses to break through rocks is capable of firing sixteen needles at a time at speeds of up to 2000–3000 meters every second. Due to the conical shape of the needles, they are less susceptible to the flow of gasses and fluids in their path. Also, since the full force of their momentum is focused on the narrow tip, each needle offers more destructive power than a regular projectile. He also has ammunition feed belts linking his arms to his midsection, assumingly feeding needles into his Needle Cannon from his torso.

The only drawback to the Needle Cannon is that it is not capable of scattered shots, and Needle Man must therefore make use of the Needle Hammer located on his head to clear away large obstacles. Of course, the destructive power of all these tools can be directly applied to the field of battle.

Mega Man (Archie Comics)

Other appearances

Needle Man also appeared in Shigeto Ikehara's manga Rockman World 2 and Rockman: Yomigaeru Blues, in Rockman 4Koma Dai Koushin, and as a racer in Rockman Battle & Chase.






  • The differences between the NES and cell phone versions of Needle Man is that:
    • In the NES version, he will jump and slowly descend while firing his Needle Cannon.
    • However, in the cell phone version of Mega Man 3, Needle Man hangs in the air as he fires his Needle Cannon, making it more difficult to avoid.
  • Ironic to his theme, there are no instant-kill spikes in Needle Man's stage, excluding the Doc Robot's version of the stage.
  • In a further case of irony, Needle Man appears to suffer from trypanophobia - an extreme fear of medical procedures involving injections and surgical needles.
  • Two versions of a construction tool (one blue, one orange; most likely a power drill) that resemble Needle Man appear in a couple episodes of the TV show Code Monkeys.


  1. Rockman Complete Works official site.