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"You must be X... My name is Zain! You have no chance of beating me!"
―Zain, Mega Man Xtreme

Zain (ザイン Zain) is one of the Shadow Hunters from Mega Man Xtreme. He and his partner Geemel work with Techno to the hack the Mother Computer system in the Maverick Hunter base.

Characteristics

Zain is a heavily-armored yellow Reploid who wields a large sword. His entire face is covered by his helmet, save for his green eyes. His body has a yellow, grey, and white color scheme.

Zain is a quiet and proud individual. He shows no interest in hacking the Mother Computer, and seems to only care about fighting strong opponents. He is also quite loyal to his companion, Geemel.

History

Mega Man Xtreme

Zain has worked with Geemel for quite a while, and the two are rumored to be involved in a number of unresolved crimes.[1] Their talents drew the attention of Sigma, who defeated them in battle in order to get them to join his plans with Techno.[2]

Zain challenges X.

Zain is first seen in Normal Mode, as Geemel and Techno are discussing X's progress through cyberspace. He volunteers to seek X out for a fight. The player can then battle him by finding a secret room in Flame Stag's stage, but Zain retreats after the battle.

Zain reappears in the digital Sigma Stage on the way to the Mother Computer's core. He fights X, but is destroyed in the ensuing battle - having died within the Mother Computer, his "soul" is deleted and his physical body is rendered inoperable. His defeat inspires Geemel to seek revenge on the Maverick Hunters in Hard Mode.

Strategy

Zain is deceptively agile for a Reploid with such a large weapon. He performs jumping slashes, spin attacks, and blocks; this pattern may appear simple, but he has such short animations that he can still be a tricky opponent. His weakness is Shotgun Ice.

  • Jump Slash (ジャンプ斬り) - Zain jumps and comes down with a sword slash.
  • Spinning Slash (自転斬り) - Zain spins around the arena with his sword extended.

Damage data chart

Mega Man Xtreme-Weapon
X Buster Shotgun Ice Electric Spark Storm Tornado Speed Burner Spin Wheel Magnet Mine Silk Shot Rolling Shield Hadoken Shoryuken
1:1:2:3 3:4 0:0 0:0 0:0 0:0 0:0 0:0 0:1 -- --


Mega Man Xtreme-Zero Scramble
Z1-Dash Z2-Rising Z3-Earth Gaizer Z4-Zero Final
0 0 0 8

Quotes

  • "Don't worry, I'll do it... I'll crush him for sure..."
  • "You must be X... My name is Zain! You have no chance of beating me!"
  • "I underestimated you... You got lucky... But next time your luck won't be able to save you..."
  • "I've been waiting for you, X! You have no chance to win!"
  • "I can't believe this..."

Other media

Archie Comics

Zain was amongst the many Mavericks resurrected by Sigma to serve in his army during Worlds Unite. He and Geemel were sent to the world of Ghosts 'n Goblins to plant an Unity Engine, but were interrupted by Bunnie Rabbot and Zero and incinerated by Astaroth.

Gallery

Production Notes

Designer Comments
"These designs [Zain and Geemel] were pretty simple. I just went straight off the instructions I got to make 'armor' characters. Zain is heavy plate, and Geemel is light plate. I did think they were a little too complex considering the Game Boy's graphical capacity, so I was totally blown away when I saw them come to life on that little screen! I can't say enough nice things about the masterful skills of the people who work the dots." - Haruki Suetsugu [3]

Trivia

  • Zain's name is possibly derived from Zayin (also spelled Zain; it later derived into the Greek letter Zeta), the seventh letter of many Semitic abjads. Zayin, in Biblical Hebrew, means "sword", referring to Zain's weapon of choice.

References

  1. "The quieter of the two Shadow Hunters, the mysterious Zain was rumored have acted as his comrade Geemel's co-conspirator in numerous cases that have remained open." - Zain, Mega Man X: Maverick Hunter's Field Guide, 2021. p. 142
  2. "Sigma approached them with interest in utilizing their talents, and they soon acquiesced to his demands after being defeated in battle..." - Zain, Mega Man X: Maverick Hunter's Field Guide, 2021. p. 142
  3. R20 Rockman & Rockman X Official Complete Works. UDON Entertainment Corp., 2009, pg. 223.


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