Shad as he appears
in Mega Man X: Unit 49.
Comic Information
First Appearance Prologue: Doomsday
Personal Information
Alternate Name SWM 01 Suction
Species: Reploid
Gender: Male
Height: 182cm
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Red
Combat Information
Primary Weapons: Electric Claws
Secondary Weapons: Sonic Scream
Energy Manipulation:  ???
Affiliations and Positions
Affiliations: Neo Maverick Army
Rank: Assassin
Allies: Saturn
Enemies: Blue Knight

Shad's Sprite

SWM 01 Suction or Shad is a recurrent antagonist of Mega Man X: Unit 49. He is one of Saturn's War Machines and his most loyal servant, currently working as an agent for special operations of the Neo Maverick Army.


Shad wears a black suit covered by a strong purple colored armor with blue details. His wings are mostly for aesthetics, he can still fly without them, since his main flying devices are inside his boots.

There are two strands of hair in the front side of his helmet and a bigger one above his nape. His eyes are red, similarly to his father's, and sometimes his visor shows red eyebrows. Since the upper part of his face is hidden by his visor, a watermark seen in all of Saturn's War Machines,his face is not totally human-ish making him look like a freak without it. 


Shad has a seemingly flawed AI that can be considered an inherited madness of his creator. Aside from that, he acts as if he was an actual vampire, with an exaggerated taste for blood and women, despite his contempt for the flesh. For that reason, Shad has a mixed feeling of hatred and love for his female opponents, such as Rubre and Platina, who treated him as nothing more than an annoyance that should be destroyed. Shad's insanity and obsession for Platina can make him deviate from his mission just to go after her, and that savage will increases as he gets frustrated and angered.


Maverick Spring eraEdit

Saturn War Machine 01 Suction was created along with his sibling SWM 01 Knight by Saturn between 2182 and 2184 to be used as weapons in his terrorist attacks agains the government and to defend himself from the Maverick Hunters. Saturn would improve the two through the following years, turning them into merciless slaughter machines. After the 49th Unit was created, the two groups engaged in many combats and Suction became Rubre's rival, always harassing and provoking her.


Shad prepares to kill Rubre.

Suction's whereabouts during the period Saturn was dead are unknown, but it is very likely that he remained together with Paragos 0 until they met their creator alive once again. 

In August 25th of 2188, Suction attacks a building of the Republic of the North America alone, drawing the attention of the remaining members of the 49th Unit while Saturn travelled to the British Islands to retrieve the Encorium reactor from Dr. Henry Snacman. Suction kept provoking Rubre while running away from them, but it was Captain Elika who was caught off guard. Rubre tried to save him, but she ended up as a hostage. Suction made psychological torture against both of them before beheading Rubre, which led Elika to destroy Suction's front body in despair, but he ended up damaging his own buster and allowed Suction to escape with Rubre's head, a trophy to him. After that event, Suction received more upgrades and he gained a human-ish face, a new appearance and became known as Shad. 

After the Jakob IncidentEdit


Shad preparing to break Axl's capsule.

Shad makes part of Operation Doomsday and is warped with a giant Reploid along with Saturn to the 17th Elite Unit base while X and Zero are away and unable to come back through teleporting.

Shad then sneaks into the lower floors of the base, killing whoever is in his way, until he finds Axl in comatose inside a resting capsule. He then breaks it and kidnaps him.

It is unknown if Shad's mission was to actually capture Axl and unintentionally save him for the incoming destruction of the base or he found him by accident.


Shad is seem in Parade expressing his admiration for Platina's beauty and then trying kidnap her, but Blue Knight stops him by throwing Shad away with his red energy boosters. Shad still manages to get hid of Blue Knight and flies into Platina's direction, who is being withdrawed by Nora. He then dives into the ground and is hit by a charged shot by X.

Mega Man X: Unit 49 Characters
Maverick Hunters

XZeroAxlSignasAliaLayerPalletteCaptain ElikaNoraPlatinaSnacmanBlue KnightRaikaRed ThunderFalsettoYingIllusionTricksterRondineRubre

Earth's Government

Alain • Cecil • Dunstan • Galdwin • Seymour • Raffould • Ihsan • Prabhu • Takahiro • Zhengsheng • Manfred • Ardashir


SigmaLumineSewer JailratCave BigratThe RatsMaestroDikho & Scatho

Neo Maverick Army

SaturnMysterious ManShadKranBaronelKerbekerosGigantexDoppelgangerCorrosive NagaxidCyclobbering OnimmerChaotic GargaleDevouriang ShiroidStriking CougaroidSnowhunt CoyoteSwift Kagecko


Dr. Henry SnacmanAkiraThe EngineersThe DealerDr. SeigenList of RaDoRB Characters