Tanishi (タニッシー Tanisshī), also known as Crabbot in the Mega Man 2 instruction manual for the U.S., is an enemy that appears in Bubble Man's stage and in the third section of the Wily Castle. It was originally created for seafloor exploration. With the exception of Metal Blade and Quick Boomerang, one shot is enough to defeat it in the normal difficulty on the NES version of Mega Man 2. However, in difficult mode, the player must shoot Tanishi twice; one to remove its shell and one to finish it off. A weapon that can be aimed low helps to finish it easier.

They also appear in both Mega Water S's Stage and Stage 2 of Wily Tower in Mega Man: The Wily Wars.

Hits data chart

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

Note that the first shot, if multiple are required, will always remove the shell.

Mega Man: The Wily Wars
Mega Buster Rolling Cutter Super Arm Ice Slasher Hyper Bomb Fire Storm Thunder Beam
2 5 ? 0 1 1 2
Metal Blade Air Shooter Bubble Lead Quick Boomerang Crash Bomber Time Stopper Atomic Fire Leaf Shield
5 0 0 5 1:1 Y 2:1:1 1
Needle Cannon Magnet Missile Gemini Laser Hard Knuckle Top Spin Search Snake Spark Shock Shadow Blade
5 4 2 4 0 0 0 5


  • Its name is a play of Tanishi (タニシ), a term for freshwater snails from the Viviparidae family.


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