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Huge Hermit
The Huge Hermit is the first boss from Metal Slug 3.

Information

Originally a hermit crab on Dr. Moureau's Island before it grew to a huge size, the Huge Hermit is one of the results of the nuclear strike on Dr. Moureau's Island. The rebels later capture the gigantic crab and use the shell as a tank, allowing the crab to fire the cannon.

Details

The players have to keep going to the right while shooting at the boss. The crab will attack by shooting two fireballs from the tank, while also trying to destroy the bridge. After taking enough damage, the crab will reveal a large cannon, which fires large shells that can destroy parts of the bridge.

If the player took the Metal Slug route (through the swamp), They will face the crab with the SV-001 Type-R that faces backwards, which is the easier way. However, if they took the other routes (underwater or the sewers) they will encounter and fight the crab with the Slugnoid. While they receive 2x the firepower with the Slugnoid, the players have to take care and avoid getting hit. Also, it is harder to fight the boss if your SV-001 Type-R or Slugnoid is broken.

Variants

Hermitcrab Huge Hermit: Initial form, as first seen in Metal Slug 3.
Huge Hermit MSA Huge Hermit (Cannon): After taking enough damage, the Hermit reveals a large cannon. This is always visible in Metal Slug Defense / Metal Slug Attack.
Huge Hermit MSA Mini Hermit: First seen in Metal Slug Defense as a special reward for 20 million downloads. Its claw can kill most enemy troops in one hit, but it will take at least 2-4 hits to destroy a tank. Its cannon remains unused. Despite Mini Hermit walking on land, it still has a wave of water around it. Upon death, it will sink through the ground and explode.
Skull Hermit MSA Skull Hermit: Recoloured variant seen in Metal Slug Attack. Able to launch rocks at enemies.

In Other Games

Metal Slug Defense

The Huge Hermit appears as a boss. In the early stages that it appears in, it loses its ability to shoot either the fireballs or the cannon but keeps its ability to do the rushing claw attack. The other version that appears in the extra world of MSD in the 1.36 patch can use the fireball cannons but it can't rush forward. In the Hermit Boss fight, it will destroy parts of the dock, instantly killing anything it touches. If it gets to the player's base, it will result as an instant-game over, as it will destroy the base instantly.

Metal Slug Attack

The Mini Hermit from Metal Slug Defense returns as a Rare Unit. The Huge Hermit makes its playable debut in the "Mutation War" Extra Ops. Unlike its smaller version, the Huge Hermit is able to use both its fireballs and cannons. By unlocking the appropriate skill, it can attack and move at the same time.

In Another Story, it is revealed that the Huge Hermit was an individual creature who adorned the tank as its own shell. Esther was able to control the Huge Hermit, but it was eventually captured and re-purposed by the Rebel Army.

Battle Cats

The Huge Hermit appears as an Uber Rare Cat as part of a collaboration between Metal Slug Defense and Battle Cats.

Trivia

  • When the players fight the Huge Hermit, it appears to be walking. However if the players defeat the boss, it will sink like its deep water.
  • As the Hermit has an incomplete sprite on its feet, it always appears with water below it.
Bosses
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Mosque Artillery | The Keesi II (X) | Allen O'Neil | Dai-Manji

Metal Slug 3 Huge Hermit | The Ten Commandments of Moses | Jupiter King | Sol Dae Rokker | Rootmars

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Black Hound | Stone Turtle (unused) | Mammoth Tower | Ptolemaios (unused)

Metal Slug 6 Bull Drill | Iron Sentinel | Brain Robot | Sea Worm | Invader Queen

Invader Controller

Metal Slug 7/XX Worm Mecha | Crablops | Destroyed Crablops | Fall Mecha | The Union | Rebel Gigant | Kraken
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Metal Slug Advance Formor | Emain Macha | Kaladgolg | The Keesi III | Cabracan

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Metal Slug 3D M-3 Rocket Van | Mosque Artillery | Spider-Bot | Rebel Underground Drill | Morden Battleship | Morden Castle | Allen O'Neil | Lugus | Lieu Monster
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