Pharaoh Shot

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Pharaoh Shot
Mega Man using Pharaoh Shot.

Pharaoh Shot (ファラオショット Farao Shotto?) is Pharaoh Man's Special Weapon. It shoots a small sand sphere straightforward or diagonally. This is the only weapon besides the Mega Buster that can be charged in Mega Man 4 and Mega Man IV. While charging, a large sand sphere forms over Mega Man's head, which can damage enemies who comes into contact with it without draining the weapon's energy or canceling the charged attack. However, if the sand sphere is not fully charged, it will cancel the sand sphere. In Mega Man 4, the sand sphere will plow through any enemies with 3 or less health, but disappears if it hits an enemy with more than 3 health. In Mega Man IV (GB), it disappears when it hits something, but keeps appearing while the attack button is held, being able to be used several times without using energy. When charged, Mega Man can fire the large sand sphere by releasing the attack button, and the sand sphere on his head disappears if it is still present. Skull Man is immune to the Pharaoh Shot.

Like the Shadow Blade, Pharaoh Shot can be shot in six directions.

It also appears in Mega Man 9, when Rush shows Wily his defeat scene in the fourth game, Mega Man being equipped with it.

Damage Data Chart

Known damage values in units for Mega Man 4.

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Boss Damage
Bright Man 1:3
Toad Man 1:3
Drill Man 1:3
Pharaoh Man 1:3
Ring Man 2:6
Dust Man 1:3
Dive Man 1:3
Skull Man 0:0
Mothraya 1:3
Square Machine 0:0
Cockroach Twins 1:3
Cossack Catcher 0:0
Metal Daddy 1:3
Tako Trash 0:0
Wily Machine No. 4 : 1st Phase 1:3
Wily Machine No. 4: 2nd Phase 0:0
Wily Capsule 2:6
  • For Pharaoh Shot, the first number is when the weapon is fired normally; the second is when it is fully charged.


In both Mega Man 4 and Mega Man IV, an uncharged shot uses 1 weapon energy unit, and a fully charged shots use 2 units, and can still be charged if only 1 unit remains. With a full weapon energy gauge, Mega Man can fire a total of 28 normal shots or 14 charged shots in Mega Man 4, and 19 normal shots or 10 charged shots in Mega Man IV.

There is a glitch however in Mega Man 4's programming. The player can use Pharaoh Shot without ever wasting a bar of energy. The player must first start holding the attack button as he/she selects the weapon initially. Mega Man will begin gathering energy overhead without wasting a shot first. The player should then NOT fire the energy, but must simply carry it. If it hits something and gets deflected, the player must pause the game and unpause, and Mega Man will begin charging up another ball of energy. This can be done over and over and never waste a bar of Weapon Energy, as the energy doesn't get taken from the player's Weapon Energy meter until he/she releases the shot. So long as the player holds the shot button, the energy is saved. Also, if it does get deflected, the player CAN still fire off a fully charged shot even though it doesn't appear to be there anymore.  A similar glitch occurs when the screen scrolls in any direction.  The Pharaoh Shot will still need to be charged, but fires off the shot without wasting any energy.  These glitches may have been due to the similarity in terms of gameplay mechanics between the Super Mega Buster's charge shot and the Pharaoh Shot.

Bosses weak against Pharaoh Shot

Other media

Pharaoh Shot

Pharaoh Man attacking with his weapon in the cartoon.

In the US-made cartoon versions of Pharaoh Man, his sand weapon becomes a fire weapon. Mega Man uses a form of Pharaoh Shot in the Mega Man animated series.  Pharaoh Man is seen using the weapon in a beam form as well as its original.


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