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Blast Hornet

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Maverick Info
MMX3 - Blast Hornet Art.png
Artwork from Mega Man X3.
X3 Xtreme 2
Stage portrait(s).
General information
Name(s):Blast Hornet, Explose Horneck
Title(s):Flying Shadow Ninja[1]
Group(s):Doppler Army, Mavericks, Maverick Hunters (formerly)
Appearances:Mega Man X3, Mega Man Xtreme 2
Designer:Hayato Kaji[1]
Game Info
Weapon(s):X3 Parasitic Bomb
XT2 Bomb Bee
XT2 Earth Gaizer
Weakness(es):X3 Gravity Well
XT2 Sonic Slicer
XT2 Dash
Stage(s):X3: Weapons Factory Stage
XT2: Aerial Battleship Stage

Blast Hornet, known as Explose Horneck (エクスプローズ・ホーネック) in Japan, is a Maverick from the X era, appearing as one of the main bosses in Mega Man X3. He is a bomb-themed Reploid based on a hornet, who harasses targets from above with bee-shaped bomb drones. He was formerly a Maverick Hunter in the Special 0 Unit before he was infected by the Sigma Virus in Dopple Town.

In the Games

Mega Man X3

Sprite from Mega Man X3.

Blast Hornet debuts in Mega Man X3 as one of the eight Mavericks on the Stage Select screen. He is a Maverick Hunter who was infected by the Sigma Virus in Dopple Town, and serves as the boss of Weapons Factory Stage. He attacks relentlessly from the air and can be difficult to hit during flight. Defeating Blast Hornet grants X the Parasitic Bomb. His weakness is the Gravity Well, from Gravity Beetle, which pulls him down to the floor. A boss attack rematch with Blast Hornet later occurs in Doppler Stage C.

Mega Man Xtreme 2

Sprite from Mega Man Xtreme 2.

In Mega Man Xtreme 2, Blast Hornet returns as a resurrected Maverick guardian of Laguz Island. He is one of the four bosses in Zero Mission, being the boss of Aerial Battleship Stage. He has new Special Weapons for X and Zero: Bomb Bee and Earth Gaizer, respectively. He is weak to Sonic Slicer and Dash. Blast Hornet is later part of the boss attack in the Sigma Stage in Extreme Mode.

Other Game Appearances

Other Media

  • In the Rockman X3 manga, Blast Hornet reprises his role from Mega Man X3.
  • In the Archie Mega Man comic, Blast Hornet appears in the "Worlds Unite" arc as one of the many Mavericks resurrected in Sigma's army.

Official Data

Mega Man X3

Flying Shadow Ninja
Blast Hornet
Vice-captain of the Special 0 Unit (Shinobi). When Doppler's invitation arrived, he attended in place of Zero, who was busy training. He flies about the sky, attacking mercilessly with his miniature bee bombs. He is known for his calm composure and cool judgement.[2][3]
Height: 242 cm
Weight: 65 kg
Max Power: 3400rp
Max Speed: 8600rp

Compendium of Rockman X

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Weapons Factory Stage Blast Hornet
Weapon: Parasitic Bomb Weakness: Gravity Well
Profile: Vice-captain of the Special 0 Unit. His commander, Zero, was invited to Dopple Town by Dr. Doppler. Since Zero was busy, he went in his place, but he was turned into a Maverick.
Attack: Effect:
Stinger Attack Extends a stinger from his abdomen and dashes.
Mini Bee Summon Shoots small bee bombs.
Search Attack After locking onto X with a cursor, he shoots a large amount of bee bombs.
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Aerial Battleship Stage Blast Hornet
Weapon: Bomb Bee/Earth Gaizer Weakness: Sonic Slicer/Dash
Profile: Vice-captain of the Special 0 Unit, and former subordinate of Zero. Normally calm and cautious, he went Maverick after being infected with the Sigma Virus. Appeared in Mega Man X3.
Attack: Effect:
Stinger Attack Extends a stinger from his abdomen. The trajectory changes once he is at half health.
Mini Bee Summon Shoots a small bee bomb. The bee teleports in Extreme.
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Mega Man X Legacy Collection Gallery

MMX3 - Blast Hornet Art.png Blast Hornet
Second-in-command of the Special 0 Unit.
When Dr. Doppler sent a message inviting Zero to Dopple Town, Zero was too busy and sent Hornet in his stead. Little did he know that his friend would soon become a Maverick.
Hornet is armed with compact bee bombs which he will unleash in punishing swarms until the enemy is obliterated. He is not the most powerful of Reploids, so he uses agility and good planning to his advantage, flitting through the air with his lightweight body when danger draws near.

Behind the Scenes

Developer Commentary

"I think I designed Hornet..." - (Hayato Kaji)[1]
"The first thing I worked on after joining Capcom was 'X3'. They let me do illustrations of the minor enemy characters as well as three of the boss characters. Hornet was the first one that I did, but I got stuck early on when I couldn't decide on what kind of pose to draw him in. At the time, I had to get approval from Kaji, Inafune, and one of the other guys in the design studio. Without all three approvals, I couldn't go ahead with any design. I recall struggling through several weeks of trying to get my stuff approved." - (Shinsuke Komaki)[1]


Language Name Origin
Japanese Explose Horneck (エクスプローズ・ホーネック) "Explose" is a corruption of the English word explosion, while "Horneck" is a corruption of hornet.
English Blast Hornet


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 MM25: Mega Man & Mega Man X Official Complete Works. 2013.
  2. Kodansha Manga Hyakka #34: Rockman X Chō Hyakka. April 1996.
  3. Comic BomBom Special #99: Ketteiban - Rockman 7 & Rockman X3 Chō Hyakka. February 1996.