The Slug Gunner is a mechanized Super Vehicle from Metal Slug 5.
The ultimate evolution of the SV-001, the SVW-001 Slug Gunner was developed by the Regular Army engineers based on the Rebel Army's LV Armor. The Slug Gunner can change between mech and tank forms, being equipped with a huge 180mm cannon, a 60mm Gatling gun and jets that enable it to jump high or perform a double jump. It also comes with a pile bunker for melee combat, which uses a revolver-like mechanism (its drum holds six cartridges) to empower its blows.
The Slug Gunner is cumbersome in both games (Metal Slug 5 and Advance), moving at a ridiculously slow pace when in mech mode while turning it is even worse (especially in Metal Slug 5). Players could crouch and move to enable the mech's treads to move as fast as the other Slug variants. However, it cannot attack enemies from behind but is able to run over enemies if needed. The Gatling Gun isn't as free moving as other slugs which it can only shoot where the Slug is facing or above it. Although, its Gatling Gun can be used in a similar manner as the Heavy Machine Gun to spread its shots to somewhat migrate its inability of shooting diagonally. Also, it must jump and shoot downwards if the player needs to attack enemies from below. The pile bunker is used as a melee weapon, one of the few Slugs that can melee; where it is slower than its Gatling gun, but does a lot more damage per hit.
Unlike the other Slugs, it cannot crush enemy infantry (When in mech form).
- The bullets of this Slug are yellow (but not like the Heavy Machine Gun) instead of blue like the other Slugs. Because the Vulcan has been replaced by the Gatling Gun.
- Concept art for the original Metal Slug depicted humanoid mechas modeled after the SV-001. This was to be used in a spin-off of Metal Slug, but that was cancelled due to lack of interest from the staff, due to the fact that Metal Slug was supposed to be WWII-oriented, not sci-fi. These mechas may have inspired the Slug Gunner.
- In Waku Waku 7 (a SUNSOFT fighting game initially released as an arcade game for the MVS / Neo Geo system) had a chracter name is Politank Z, it is have some point of Slug Gunner: can change both "tank" or "mech" mode, body like. the Slug Gunner poissible base on Politank Z.