Elder Centipede (ムカデ長老, Mukade Chōrō; Viz: Centichoro) is a Dragon-level Mysterious Being and a member of the Monster Association.


Elder Centipede, in contrast to his two counterparts, is far more monster-like, sporting a jet black armor covering his body. Its main head is heavily reminiscent of one of Melzargard's heads and seems to be contained inside other two heads. Its secondary head has four glowing eyes, antennae and extremely sharp teeth. It is immense in size, dwarfing many humans and coming close to the size of a city.


Unlike its Junior Centipede and Senior Centipede, it is far more driven and cautious of its opponent, dodging an attack and going after its true target immediately.


The last time he appeared he caused heavy damage to a city and then disappeared.[1] According to Hero Association staff members, Elder Centipede was smaller when he was last spotted two years ago.[2]


Human Monster SagaEdit

Monster Raid ArcEdit

Elder Centipede Emerge

Elder Centipede emerges

After Metal Bat finished off two demon level monsters, Elder Centipede emerged from the ground.[3] Elder Centipede attempts to get the Hero Association sponsor, but is intercepted by Metal Bat. However, Metal Bat's swing did not manage to injure Elder Centipede and Elder Centipede launches Metal Bat toward a building.[4]

While Elder Centipede continued to chase after Mohican and Pineapple to get the Hero Association sponsor, Metal Bat managed to get on Elder Centipede's head. Metal Bat then unleashes an attack on Elder Centipede's head. To get Metal Bat off of him, Elder Centipede tries to shake Metal Bat off by with maneuvering around the city.[5]


Elder Centipede attacked by Metal Knight

Elder Centipede continues to rampage through the city as he tries to get his hands on the Hero Association sponsors. When he finally manages to corner Mohican and Pineapple, Metal Knight arrives and attacks Elder Centipede. Despite the powerful set of missiles, Elder Centipede remained undamaged by Metal Knight's attacks and comments that the robot is just an annoying pest.[6]

Elder Centipede later picks up his allies and escapes with Metal Knight in tow.[7]

Abilities and PowersEdit

Elder Centipede is one of the largest mysterious beings in the series. This, along with its speed, power, and immense durability, makes it an extremely powerful monster.

Physical AbilitiesEdit

Immense Strength: Due to his enormous size, Elder Centipede possesses great strength as he was able to level a town just by passing through it.[8] He was also able to knock Metal Bat hundreds of feet into the air and across the city.[9]

Immense Speed: Elder Centipede is able to maneuver across a whole city with ease.[10] Elder Centipede also has the ability to dig under the ground at high speed.[11]

Metal Bat Elder Centipede

Elder Centipede withstanding Metal Bat's attack.

Immense Defense: Elder Centipede possesses a layer of regular skin protected by a super powerful carapace, which is its main set of defense as commented by Metal Knight, capable of enduring the latter's missiles without a scratch.[12]It was also durable enough to not have taken damage by a swing from Metal Bat, one of the stronger S-Class heroes.

Immense Durability: Even its unprotected face, its weak point, was able to survive multiple hits by Metal Bat although, it did show signs of pain.[13]

Fighting StyleEdit

Mass Destruction: Despite being slower than the average S-Class, Elder Centipede uses its size to cause destruction, being compared by the Hero Association to a "Natural Disaster."

  • Giant Centipede Tidal Wave (百足大うねり, Mukade Ō Uneri; Viz: Centipede Undulation): Elder Centipede moves in a swirling motion, causing mass amounts of damage in its wake. This technique was first seen used to shake Metal Bat off of Elder Centipede.[14]

Major BattlesEdit

Participants Chapter(s) Episode(s) Result
Elder Centipede vs. Metal Bat 55, 56, 57 None Interrupted
Elder Centipede vs. Bofoi 58, 59 None Elder Centipede retreats


  • Elder Centipede is the first official Dragon level monster revealed.
  • Murata jokes on a stream about there being a centipede of a higher tier than Elder Centipede.[15]


  1. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 55, page 17
  2. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 58, page 2
  3. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 55, page 16-19
  4. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 56, page 2-7
  5. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 57, page 2-7
  6. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 58, page 3-9
  7. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 59, page 16-18
  8. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 55, page 17
  9. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 57, page 11
  10. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 55, page 18
  11. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 59, page 18
  12. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 58, page 9
  13. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 57, page 4
  14. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 57, page 5