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First appearance Wario World (2003)
Skeletal Ankiron
Circus Ankiron
Ice Ankiron
Rhino Ankiron
Stuffed Ankiron
Mummy Ankiron

Ankirons[1][2] are enemies that Wario encounters in Wario World. Ankirons resemble huge armored turtles with cannons sprouting out of their shell. In fact, Ankirons are so huge and heavy that all they can do is turn in place. Ankirons fire bombs with humanlike faces at Wario, who can throw the bombs right back. They explode after a short time, however. Ankirons can also hide in their shells to protect themselves against Wario's powerful punches. If Wario continues to punch a protected Ankiron, it comes out (though still unable to be damaged) and fires its ammunition (depending on species) in all directions. In addition, as Wario comments in the game's North American instruction booklet, these enemies smell like feet.

Aside from the basic Ankirons in Excitement Central, other varieties include Skeletal Ankirons[2] in Horror Manor, Circus Ankirons[2] in Wonky Circus, Ice Ankirons[2] in Shivering Mountains, Rhino Ankirons[2] in Beanstalk Way, Stuffed Ankirons[2] in the Mirror Mansion, and Mummy Ankirons[2] in Pecan Sands. Aside from looks, Skeletal, Circus, and Ice Ankirons behave exactly the same way as normal Ankirons. Stuffed Ankirons can fire many bombs at once, while the Rhino and Mummy Ankirons shoot flaming bombs that damage Wario on contact until they cool off. However, the Rhino and Mummy Ankirons behave differently when they are attacked while protected, with the latter firing fiery bombs, while the former only fires normal bombs.

Their name comes from Ankirosaurusu (アンキロサウルス), the Japanese spelling of the dinosaur name Ankylosaurus. In English, their name may be interpreted as a portmanteau combining the first three letters of said dinosaur name with the word "iron".


Names in other languages[edit]


Language Name Meaning
Japanese アンキロン

Skeletal Ankiron[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 骨アンキロン
Hone Ankiron
Bone Ankiron

Circus Ankiron[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ネジロン
A portmanteau of 「ねじれた」 (nejireta), meaning twisted, and Ankiron. Coincidentally the same name as an enemy in The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, Nejiron.

Ice Ankiron[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese クリスロン
"Crysron", a portmanteau of "crystal" and "Ankiron".

Rhino Ankiron[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ハスキロン
"Huskyron", a portmanteau of "Siberian Husky" and "Ankiron".

Stuffed Ankiron[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese シルキロン
"Silkiron", a portmanteau of "Silk" and "Ankiron".

Mummy Ankiron[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スケルトロン
"Skeletron", a portmanteau of "Skeleton" and "Ankiron".


  1. ^ Wario World instruction booklet, page 25 (British English) or page 31 (American English).
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Stratton, Steve. Wario World: Prima’s Official Strategy Guide. Page 13.