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Changkey Maker

From Mega Man Wiki
Enemy Info
MMDWR - Changkey Maker Art.png
Artwork from Dr. Wily's Revenge.
General information
Name(s):Changkey Maker, Hothead
Appearances:Mega Man 2, Mega Man: Dr. Wily's Revenge, Mega Man: The Wily Wars, Mega Man (Game Gear)
Game Info
HP:10 (most games)
15 (Game Gear)
Damage:Mega Man 2:
8 (contact)
3 (Changkeys)
Dr. Wily's Revenge:
4 (contact)
2 (Changkeys)
Other Info
Variations:Changkey, Changkey R, Changkey Dragon
Similar Enemies:100 Watton, Fire Boy

Changkey Maker,[1] also known as Hothead,[2] is an enemy first appearing in Mega Man 2. It is a furnace-like robot with limbs and eyes, able to create flame-like Changkeys and chuck them from the top of its head.

In the Games

Mega Man 2

Sprite from Mega Man 2.

In Mega Man 2, Changkey Makers appear exclusively in Quick Man's stage, and only three are found there, all inside the same corridor. They stand in place and occasionally tilt forward to lob a Changkey at Mega Man in an arc, with a random delay between throws.

In addition to their attacks, Changkey Makers have the unique ability to illuminate the corridor they are in, immersing it in a red light while they are on the screen. If the Changkey Maker is destroyed, the room goes dark and platforms become invisible, though it will light up again as soon as a new Changkey Maker is scrolled on-screen.

Mega Man: Dr. Wily's Revenge

Sprite from Dr. Wily's Revenge.

In Mega Man: Dr. Wily's Revenge, Changkey Makers are more frequent, with many appearing in Fire Man's stage, as well as Dr. Wily stage 1 and Dr. Wily stage 2. Apart from losing their light gimmick, they are functionally similar to their original appearance, but their aim is a lot more unpredictable, and the Changkeys they throw will deflect Mega Man's shots (just as the regular Changkeys in the same game).

Their hitbox in this game becomes slightly wider while throwing, causing Mega Man to suffer contact damage from the Changkey Maker itself if he is standing too close, though they deal much less damage this way than they originally did.

Mega Man (Game Gear)

In Mega Man for the Game Gear, Changkey Makers appear in Dr. Wily stage 1, which is a near-exact copy of Quick Man's stage. They act as they did in Mega Man 2, but are more resilient, taking 15 hits to defeat.

Official Data

Changkey Maker appears under "Mega Man 2" in the Database in Mega Man Legacy Collection.

MM2 - Changkey Maker Art.png Changkey Maker
A robot who once used to work at festivals. Destroying it will darken the surrounding area, but that's nothing to fear.
HP 10 AT 08 MMLC - Icon Weakness.png MMLC - Icon Air Shooter.png

Related Enemies

Some non-Changkey enemies exhibit similarities in behaviour:

  • 100 Watton (Mega Man 4) - A flying lightbulb enemy that causes the stage to go dark when destroyed.
  • Fire Boy (Mega Man 6) - An enemy that throws flames in a similar manner to the Changkey Maker.


  • Curiously, despite Mega Man 2 featuring a fire-based Robot Master (Heat Man), no Changkey Makers appear in his stage, which lacks fire-themed enemies altogether. Only in Dr. Wily's Revenge does the enemy appear in a fire-themed stage.


  1. Mega Man: Official Complete Works art book, 2009.
  2. Mega Man 2 North American manual, 1989.