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Gravity Beetle

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Maverick Info
MMX3 - Gravity Beetle Art.png
Artwork from Mega Man X3.
Stage portrait(s).
General information
Name(s):Gravity Beetle, Gravity Beetbood
Title(s):Steel Revenger[1]
Group(s):Doppler Army, Mavericks, Maverick Hunters (formerly)
Appearances:Mega Man X3
Inspiration:Rhinoceros beetle
Game Info
Weapon(s):Gravity Well
Weakness(es):Ray Splasher
Stage(s):Airborne Aircraft Carrier Stage

Gravity Beetle, known as Gravity Beetbood (グラビティ・ビートブード) in Japan, is a Maverick from the X era, appearing as one of the main bosses in Mega Man X3. He is a gravity-themed Reploid based on a rhinoceros beetle, who attacks with black holes and his giant horn. He was formerly a Maverick Hunter before he defected to join the Doppler Army.

In the Games

Mega Man X3

Sprite from Mega Man X3.

Gravity Beetle debuts in Mega Man X3 as one of the eight Mavericks on the Stage Select screen. He is a former Maverick Hunter who defected to join the Doppler Army in Dopple Town, and serves as the boss of Airborne Aircraft Carrier Stage. His attack pattern is simple, but can become complicated in his second phase. Defeating Gravity Beetle grants X the Gravity Well. His weakness is the Ray Splasher, from Neon Tiger, which briefly stuns him. A boss attack rematch with Gravity Beetle later occurs in Doppler Stage C.

Other Game Appearances

Other Media

Official Data

Mega Man X3

Steel Revenger
Gravity Beetle
Once part of the Maverick Hunters 17th Unit, his older brother Boomer Kuwanger (from Mega Man X) was destroyed by X. He holds a grudge against X and disappeared in order to seek out revenge. He is a powerful opponent who can control gravity and manipulate black holes.[2][3]
Height: 225 cm
Weight: 350 kg
Max Power: 6200rp
Max Speed: 3600rp

Compendium of Rockman X

MMX3 - Gravity Beetle Art.png
Airborne Aircraft Carrier Stage Gravity Beetle
Weapon: Gravity Well Weakness: Ray Splasher
Profile: A former member of the 17th Elite Unit, he is the younger brother of Boomer Kuwanger from Mega Man X. He holds a grudge against X, who destroyed his brother, and abandoned his unit to join Dr. Doppler's rebellion.
Attack: Effect:
Gravity Well A large shot that reflects off of walls. Once he's lost half his health, he charges it up.
Charge Does a dash attack from the corner.
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Mega Man X Legacy Collection Gallery

MMX3 - Gravity Beetle Art.png Gravity Beetle
Though he was once a loyal member of the Maverick Hunters' 17th Unit, Beetle now harbors a grudge towards X for destroying his fellow beetle Reploid, Boomer Kuwanger. He deserted his duties and fled in order to pursue his revenge.
Beetle has modified an aerial transport he stole from Hunter HQ into a flying fortress, and has been assaulting airfields around the world. His ability to manipulate gravity and create black holes makes him a fearsome opponent.

Behind the Scenes

Developer Commentary

"I also did the illustrations for Beetle and Rhino. At the time, we were still applying color to cels, and it took forever to dry. This one time, I stayed late at work to finish off a piece, and just when I thought I was finally done, I noticed some color on the back of my hand. I looked at the cel and was like, 'Agh! I peeled the color off!' and had to start all over again. That was really awful." - (Shinsuke Komaki)[1]


Language Name Origin
Japanese Gravity Beetbood (グラビティ・ビートブード) "Beetbood" is a corruption of the English word beetle.
English Gravity Beetle


  1. 1.0 1.1 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.