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Dark Mantis

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Maverick Info
MMX8 - Dark Mantis Art.jpg
Artwork from Mega Man X8.
Stage portrait(s).
General information
Name(s):Dark Mantis, Darkneid Kamakil
Title(s):Sharp Blade Hidden in the Shadows,[1] Deadly Blade Lurking in Darkness[2]
Group(s):New generation Reploids
Appearances:Mega Man X8
Game Info
Weapon(s):X8 Shadow Runner
X8 Rasetsusen
X8 Black Arrow
Weakness(es):X8 Shining Ray
X8 Tenshouha
X8 Ray Gun
Stage(s):Pitch Black
Voice (JP):Tsuneyoshi Iwatsuru
Voice (EN):Tommy James

Dark Mantis, known as Darkneid Kamakil (ダークネイド・カマキール)[3] in Japan, is a Maverick from the X era, appearing as one of the main bosses in Mega Man X8. He is a darkness-themed Reploid based on a mantis, who attacks from the shadows with his arm-mounted blades. He is a new generation Reploid who was in charge of security at an underground military facility.

In the Games

Mega Man X8

File:MMX8 - Dark Mantis Render.png
Render from Mega Man X8.

Dark Mantis debuts in Mega Man X8 as one of the eight Mavericks on the Stage Select screen. He is a new generation Reploid who rebels by taking over a military facility to manufacture weapons for the rebellion, serving as the boss of the Pitch Black stage. He attacks by hanging from the walls and launching blades, and can grab the player and devour their energy. Defeating Dark Mantis grants Shadow Runner to X, Rasetsusen to Zero, and Black Arrow to Axl. His weakness is the Shining Ray, Tenshouha, or Ray Gun from Optic Sunflower, which briefly stuns him. A boss attack rematch with Dark Mantis later occurs in the Gateway stage.

Other Game Appearances

  • In TEPPEN, Dark Mantis appears as a Unit Card.

Other Media

  • In the Archie Mega Man comic, Dark Mantis appears in the "Worlds Unite" arc as one of the Mavericks resurrected in Sigma's army.

Official Data

Mega Man X8

Deadly Blade Lurking in Darkness
Dark Mantis
An assassin Reploid in charge of security at an underground military logistics base. He can function in complete darkness, killing enemies by surprise from the shadows. He is cruel, and enjoys watching targets suffer from being cut by his scythes.[2][4]

Mega Man X Legacy Collection Gallery

MMX8 - Dark Mantis Art.jpg Deadly Blade Lurking in Darkness
Dark Mantis
To aid in his duties as security for a subterranean military logistics base, this Reploid can operate in total darkness.

Behind the Scenes


Language Name Origin
Japanese Darkneid Kamakil (ダークネイド・カマキール) "Darkneid" is a corruption of the word dark, while "Kamakil" is derived from the Japanese "kamakiri" (蟷螂), meaning mantis.
English Dark Mantis


  1. MM25: Mega Man & Mega Man X Official Complete Works. 2013.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Game manual, Mega Man X8. 2004.
  3. R20: Rockman & Rockman X Official Complete Works. 2008.
  4. Rockman X8 Kyūkyoku Complete Guide. Capcom. 2005.