W-Shredder, abbr. for "Wind Shredder", also known as Hayate (疾風 lit. "Hurricane/Squall") in Japan, is the special technique that Zero learns after defeating Spiral Pegasus in Mega Man X5. When the player presses the Attack Button while Zero's dashing on the ground, he will halt for a moment then send out a solid, red wind-elemental hologram in front of him. The hologram itself does not inflict any damage and will disappear after about 3/4ths the distance of a normal dash, but when it makes contact with an enemy, it will pull out an energy saber of its own and perform Shippuuga before disappearing.
Damage Data Chart
Damage values in units in Mega Man X5.
- For Rangda Bangda W's Sun component, since the floor becomes lined with spikes when Zero fights it, he is only allowed to perform a few of his techniques and Saber slashes under normal circumstances. If the player intentionally makes Zero make contact with the Sun component and take damage, however, they can actually use W-Shredder by taking advantage of the temporary invincibility to the spikes before it wears off and gets immediately killed from the spikes thereafter.
Counterpart to this Weapon
Many thought that the Japanese reading for the 疾風 is "Shippuu" in on'yomi due to the previous game where it was read as Shippuu by the means of its parent technique, Shippuuga. But in Rockman X5, it was actually read as "Hayate" according to the furigana. The pronunciation/furigana is from the game manual of Rockman X5.
|Air Special Weapons and Techniques|
|Mega Man series||Air Shooter (2) • Wind Storm (6) • Tornado Hold (8) • Tornado Blow (9) • Tundra Storm (11) • Tengu Blade (M&B) • Barrier Wind/Forte Cyclone (R&F)|
|Mega Man X series||Storm Tornado (X) • Double Cyclone (X4) • Wing Spiral (X5) • Wind Cutter (X7)|
|Mega Man X series||W-Shredder (X5) • Souenbu (X7)|