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Wire Sponge

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Maverick Info
MMX2 - Wire Sponge Art 2.png
Artwork from Mega Man X2.
MMX2 Xtreme 2
Stage portrait(s).
General information
Name(s):Wire Sponge, Wire Hetimarl
Title(s):Little Forest Demon[1]
Appearances:Mega Man X2, Mega Man Xtreme 2
Game Info
Weapon(s):X2 XT2 Strike Chain
XT2 Lightning
Weakness(es):X2 Sonic Slicer
XT2 Fire Wave
Stage(s):X2: Weather Control Stage
XT2: Weather Stage

Wire Sponge, known as Wire Hetimarl (ワイヤー・ヘチマール) in Japan, is a Maverick from the X era, first appearing as one of the main bosses in Mega Man X2. He is a chain-themed Reploid based on a luffa, who fights with mechanical vines and spikes. He is an SA-Class Maverick who was created by Sigma, suffering from a quirk that makes him childlike and destructive.

In the Games

Mega Man X2

Sprite from Mega Man X2.

Wire Sponge debuts in Mega Man X2 as one of the eight Mavericks on the Stage Select screen. He is an SA-Class Maverick who was created in a Maverick factory, and serves as the boss of Weather Control Stage. His attacks can be difficult to navigate, and he powers up once he has lost half his health. Defeating Wire Sponge grants X the Strike Chain. His weakness is the Sonic Slicer, from Overdrive Ostrich, which can interrupt his chains and even slice him in half. A boss attack rematch with Wire Sponge later occurs in X-Hunter Stage 4.

Mega Man Xtreme 2

Sprite from Mega Man Xtreme 2.

In Mega Man Xtreme 2, Wire Sponge returns as a resurrected Maverick guardian of Laguz Island. He is one of the four bosses in Zero Mission, being the boss of Weather Stage. His defeat gives Strike Chain to X and Lightning to Zero, and is weak to Fire Wave. Wire Sponge is later part of the boss attack in the Sigma Stage in Extreme Mode.

Other Game Appearances

Other Media

Official Data

Mega Man X2

Little Forest Demon
Wire Sponge
A puzzling soldier of unknown allegiance. His true identity is a failed product of Sigma's factory. He has a cheerful and fun personality, and loves dancing. He attacks by swinging his chains, much like the vines of loofah plants. Since occupying the weather center, he enjoys bending the climate to his will.[2][3]
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 96 kg
Max Power: 4000rp
Max Speed: 3200rp

Compendium of Rockman X

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Weather Control Stage Wire Sponge
Weapon: Strike Chain Weakness: Sonic Slicer
Profile: Affiliation unknown. Intel indicates that he is one of the Reploids constructed in Sigma's factories. With a cheerful disposition, he loves to dance, and carelessly changes the weather while occupying the climate control center.
Attack: Effect:
Strike Chain Extends his chain horizontally. If it hits a wall, he is pulled him towards it.
Hanging Hangs from the ceiling and scatters seeds. The seeds germinate into spikes when they land on a surface.
Lightning Strike Turns red and summons three lightning bolts. He is invincible for the duration of this attack.
Chain Spin Spins his chain at high speed, repelling X's attacks.
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MMX2 - Wire Sponge Art.png
Weather Stage Wire Sponge
Weapon: Strike Chain/Lightning Weakness: Fire Wave/Drill Crush
Profile: A Reploid of unknown affiliation that appeared in Mega Man X2. He had a carefree personality and was satisfied as long as he was having fun, playfully changing the climate at the weather center.
Attack: Effect:
Strike Chain Extends his chain horizontally. If it hits a wall, he is pulled towards it.
Hanging Extends a chain to hang from the ceiling, where he scatters seeds.
Ray Turns red and summons three beams (four in Extreme). He is invincible during this attack.
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Mega Man X Legacy Collection Gallery

MMX2 - Wire Sponge Art 2.png Wire Sponge
A mysterious Reploid of unknown allegiance. Wire Sponge is actually a failed experiment created in Sigma's war machine factory. He is strangely cheerful despite his violent nature, and loves nothing more than to dance and play.
Sigma has obliged him with his very own playground: the weather control center, where he loves to alter the weather on a whim.

Behind the Scenes


Language Name Origin
Japanese Wire Hetimarl (ワイヤー・ヘチマール) "Hetimarl" is derived from the Japanese "hechima" (ヘチマ) meaning luffa.
English Wire Sponge "Sponge" refers to the practical use of luffas as sponges.


  1. MM25: Mega Man & Mega Man X Official Complete Works. 2013.
  2. Kodansha Manga Hyakka #24: Rockman & Rockman X Himitsu Daihyakka. April 1995.
  3. Comic BomBom Special #96: Saishinban Rockman Daihyakka. December 1994.