Shoe & Karn

Shoe & Karn are a pair of massive tanks that together make up the fourth boss in Metal Slug: Super Vehicle-001. They are each armed with one main turret-mounted cannon, two sub-cannon turrets on the front, and a missile launcher on the back. Two side-mounted hatches allow soldiers to help defend the tank as well, usually with bazookas or rocket launchers.


The tanks are fought at the same time, Shoe on the bottom floor and Karn on the top. They drive from side to side; if the player is in front of a tank, it will fire its main cannons. If the player is behind it, a Rebel will fire a bazooka at the player from a hatch on the side. Regardless of the player's position, they will take turns raining missiles on them. Although they can run over a human enemy, they will not be able to move if the player blocks them with a Metal Slug.

A brown version appears as a miniboss in Mission 5, where it comes from behind the player while they're trapped by a gate. Another one appears as a miniboss in Metal Slug X, also in Mission 5.

Shoe & Karn Colors

Shoe: First of the Twins, can be encountered in the lower part of the field, also facing the player's direction.

Karn: Second of the Twins, can be encountered in the upper path, also facing the opposite direction.

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Shoe (brown): The miniboss version from Metal Slug and Metal Slug X, appears in Mission 5 of both games.



Shoe & Karn official artwork.

  • Shoe & Karn are based on the German Tiger (P) and German Tiger II.
  • Beyond the color palette, the only difference between the two is that Shoe's missiles fire off of a ramp.
  • Karn also appears in the port of Metal Slug Mobile 3, but is never seen during gameplay.
  • An early concept of the Shoe & Karn's model is depicted with a two-barreled anti-aircraft cannon instead of the cruise missiles in the finalized version.
  • Shoe & Karn's miniturrets are bear a resemblance to the British Vickers Medium III, the Russian T-28 tank and the Japanese O-I Superheavy tank project.
  • Shoe & Karn's artwork depicts that the Tank is blue, however in the game Shoe & Karn comes in three colors: Brown, Purple and Grey.
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