Dinosaur King
Dinosaur King

As with many small coelurosaurs, more recent Deinonychus reconstructions portray it with a full feather coating as opposed to the feathered "headdress" Dinosaur King portrays.

General Statistics[]


full-sized Deinonychus

main Deinonychus roar

helper Deinonychus roar

  • Name: Deinonychus antirrhopus
  • Name Meaning: Terrible Claw
  • Diet: Carnivore
  • Length: 3.4 meters (11.2 feet)
  • Time Period: Early/Middle Cretaceous (115-108 MYA)
  • Classification: Dromaeosauridae --> Eudromeosauria --> Dromaeosaurinae
  • Place Found: Montana, Utah, Wyoming, and Oklahoma, USA
  • Describer: Ostrom, 1969

Dinosaur King Statistics[]

Arcade Stats[]

Deinonychus card

Deinonychus arcade card (Japanese 2006 Winter Season Edition, S02)

  • Attribute: Secret
  • Sign: Paper
  • Strength: 2000
  • Technique: 1000
    • Compatibility: All Tabs
  • Attack:
    • Paper (Critical): 620
    • Rock/Scissors: 540
  • Types:
    • Attack Type (Japanese 2006 Winter & 2007 4th Editions; English & Taiwanese Series 1 & S2/New 4th Editions)
    • Crisis Type (Japanese 2007 1st/4th+ Editions; English & Taiwanese S2/New 1st Editions)
    • Reform Type (Japanese Kakushin 3rd Edition)
    • Revival Type (Fossil card) (Japanese Kakushin 6th Edition)
  • Arcade Nickname:
    • Japanese: 戦慄のハンター
    • English: The Bloodcurdling Hunter
    • Taiwanese: 戦慄獵人
  • Secret Moves:
    • "Whip Attack" (Rock default attack): Bite and swing your allies by the tail as a whip!
    • Dynamic Galaxy (Rock): Your allies shoot from the sky and pummel your foe!
    • Crossing Attack (Scissors): Your allies race forward and cross-slice past your foe!
    • Spinning Attack (Paper): Jump and spin with your allies to grind your foe!
  • Super Moves Occurrence Condition: Random in each turn
  • Other: There is only one Deinonychus (the pack leader, with a feathered headdress) that the player controls, but it calls in other pack members (featherless) with its Moves, similar to how Pawpawsaurus can call on one or two other Pawpawsaurus with its Moves.


Anime Stats[]

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Deinonychus anime card

Move Cards[]

"Whip Attack" (both)
The Deinonychus form a chain by biting each others' tails, then the leader swings the others to smack the opponent in the face! Not treated like a Move outside the anime, it's an attack both trios use to begin an attack sequence chain.
Spinning Attack (both)
The Deinonychus trio jump into the air and spin forward, becoming living buzz saw blades, then grind into the opponent! The second attack in the standard attack sequence.
Crossing Attack (both)
The leader points the two sidekick Deinonychus to run forward, pushing rainbow Mach cones in front of them, before turning and crossing paths right through the opponent! When in sequence, this Move is typically used to finish opponents.
Dynamic Galaxy (second only)
The Deinonychus launch themselves high into the air, then bring down a flaming meteor to crash in front of their opponent!

DS Stats[]

Both the main Feathered and a pack member Featherless models are in the game, though only the main one is normally accessible.

Feathered Deinonychus[]

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Deinonychus DS battle intro

  • Elemental Attribute: Mystery (Secret)
  • Critical Move: Paper
  • Rarity: 6 Question Marks
  • Battle Type: Crisis Type
  • Fossil/Move Set: None (? if Normal Moves, only Secret Super Moves)
    • Locations: (unobtainable)
  • Users:
  • Encyclopedia number: Ex
  • Special Acquisition: It was available via a Stone Circle code downloadable during an arcade game tournament, but only in Japan; the dinosaur code only worked if it was obtained by download and not by cheat code or other means (however, the game's Eoraptor Fossil contains Deinonychus' legs, which might suggest that it is also obtainable by a Fossil).
  • Other: It is one of the Dinosaurs with the off-pattern stats shared between Anime and Secret Dinosaurs. Like all Secret Dinosaurs in the game except Eoraptor, it can only use its own Secret Moves and Alpha Moves.

Featherless Deinonychus[]

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Featherless Deinonychus DS battle intro (name does not appear for unknown reason)

TCG Stats[]

Deinonychus TCG Card 1-Gold (German)

Deinonychus TCG card

[Breakthrough] Neither player can use the [Defender] special ability.
(This Dinosaur can use Super Moves of any Element. It must still meet any other requirements.)


Dinosaur King[]

Like his other Secret Dinosaurs, Dr. Z raised the Deinonychus trio he named Dino, Dano, and Sue at an unknown point during Dr. Ancient's mission, training them relentlessly to be ninja master dinosaurs. Like his other "trainees", they hated his guts for his treatment of them.

Their card was activated in a ninja village attraction in Japan where the D-Team were visiting in Ninja Nightmare!, hit by rainbow light glinting off of a stage performer's dagger. They ran amok, easily evading the D-Team before capturing the Alpha Trio and letting them both get lost in a ninja funhouse. Then Dr. Z confronted them, claiming he trained them harshly out of love and expected them to thank him. They attack him instead. Terry is summoned to fight them, but they launch a coordinated attack and easily defeat him with an unbroken chain of Whip Attack to disorient, Spinning Attack to weaken, and Crossing Attack to finish. When they tried to flee, the D-Team's dinosaurs were summoned to stop them: Paris used Metal Wing, the Pteranodon forcing them to stop, Ace used Ninja Attack to corral them closer, and finally Chomp defeated them with Lightning Strike. Their card was claimed by Max.

Several Deinonychus were seen running around during Max's dream in Metal Imbalance.

In Dinosaur War!, Max gave their card to Jonathan along with the other Secret Dinosaurs, who delivered them to the battle against the Black T. rex, Rod summoning them. They used Spinning Attack in the Super Fusion Move that defeated the Black T. rex after the third hit.

Mesozoic Meltdown[]

Shear summoned an unnamed second Deinonychus trio in The No-Fun Shogun to attack Foolscap's Megalosaurus when she had amnesia and was working with the Kunoichi. They avoided its Gigantic Fall before using the same attack chain as the first trio of Whip Attack (which it avoided), Spinning Attack (which it dodged two of the three of them), and Crossing Attack, this time from behind, which defeated it. They then attacked the D-Team, using Dynamic Galaxy on Ace, but he used his DinoTector form and defeated them with Sonic Blast. However, Shear reclaimed the card.

Two episodes later in There's No Business Like Shogun Business, they were summoned in their Spectral Armor form to fight DinoTector Chomp, Ace, and Hanzo for possession of the White Cosmos Stone. When the dinosaurs left, the Deinonychus helped Takeda's Kunoichi fight Hanzo, chasing him, but Ace used Ninja Attack, knocking the two sidekick Deinonychus away (never to be seen again), but the pack leader managed to knock the Cosmos Stone away from Hanzo for Shear to grab before Ace hit it into Shear (which eventually cured her amnesia), defeating it and destroying its Spectral Armor. Rex presumably reclaimed the card, though only the lead Deinonychus had been seen returning to it.

Some Deinonychus trio was briefly seen in Fate of the Cosmos running around in the Backlander's Mesozoic forest projection after Dr. Z rescued the dinosaurs from the Space Pirate Ship.


  • Dr. Taylor's arcade comments:
    • Japanese: 小型の肉食恐竜だが、むれでえものをおそっていたらしい。後足にするどいかぎづめがある。
    • English: A smaller carnivore which hunts in groups. Has sharp claws on its feet.
    • Taiwanese: 是小型的肉食恐龍,會以群體行動來進行獵食。後腳有著極尖的鉤爪。
  • DS Game Encyclopedia entry: A small carnivore with sharp claws. It attacks its prey in packs.
  • It was the first Secret Dinosaur to appear in the arcade.
  • In the arcade, Therizinosaurus' roar is a shrill remix of Deinonychus'.
  • Along with Pachycephalosaurus and Therizinosaurus, it was one of the available dinosaurs in the Japanese Secret Egg I card.
  • It is the 22nd dinosaur available as a Fossil Card.
    • Deinonychus, Therizinosaurus, and Pachycephalosaurus were the only Secret Dinosaurs which were available as Fossil Cards.
  • Dino, Dano, and Sue are seen in ninja attire alongside Dr. Z in one of the Japanese DVDs for the first series. They wear eye masks, Dino wields a katana, Dano holds a shuriken, and Sue holds a scroll. This could be a play on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
  • They were the only Secret dinosaurs to use all three of their Moves in the anime. Both Deinonychus trios also used an additional attack that wasn't a Move Card: the three Deinonychus bite onto each other's tails to make a chain, and then the lead member swings the others and smacks their opponent across the face. In the arcade, this replaces the default tail-based Rock attack due to Deinonychus being so small (several Secret Dinosaurs having unique attack animations to account for their unique forms and features), but there the other Deinonychus bite onto the leader's tail, while in the anime, the leader is biting onto another's tail.
  • The ram-based Scissors default attack is likewise swapped for a trio of Deinonychus leaping in and kicking the opponent back.
  • In the DS game, it is possible to get a featherless Deinonychus, but its sign will be Rock and it will be the Wind Attribute.
  • Dr. Z's Deinonychus are named in a similar fashion to the ghosts in the Ms. Pac-Man arcade game: have a few (2 or 3) with similar-sounding or spelled names (Blinky, Pinky, Inky / Dino, Dano), and then have the last one named "Sue".
    • The third Deinonychus' name, Sue, could be a reference to Sue Hendrickson, the paleontologist who found the Tyrannosaurus skeleton currently on display at The Field Museum, which is also named after her.
    • The first Deinonychus' name, Dino, is potentially a reference to the zany pet dinosaur in The Flintstones.
    • Additionally, the first two Deinonychus' names may be a reference to another dinosaur-themed kids' show, named Dino Dan.
    • Seemingly, however, their Japanese names were intended to pun the name "Deinonychus" itself, being pronounced "Deeno", "Neeku", and "Soo", its Japanese pronunciation (ディノニクス Di-no-ni-ku-su).
  • When Shear's Deinonychus are defeated the first time, they have no Spectral Armor, yet when they return to their card, it is purple, indicating the presence of Spectral Armor (when Mapusaurus was defeated without armor, it turned back into its regular card). When they are summoned the second time, they appear instantly with their Spectral Armor, unlike all other dinosaurs except the Space Pirates' altered dinos, and only the lead member is shown returning to the card when they are defeated; the other two were knocked off-screen by Ace's Ninja Attack and just weren't seen anymore.
    • Shear's Deinonychus were also some of the few Space Pirate dinosaurs retrieved by them after a defeat, the only others being Achelousaurus and their main dinosaurs, though Achelousaurus was retrieved even after its Spectral Armor was destroyed while Deinonychus was abandoned after its armored second defeat.
  • Along with Carcharodontosaurus, Anchiceratops, and Megalosaurus, the Deinonychus were some of the few dinosaurs to appear in both seasons in the same place (Anchiceratops was in Paris, Carcharodontosaurus was in China, and Deinonychus and Megalosaurus were in Japan).
  • As coelurosaurians, they were probably Wind Dinosaurs before Dr. Z turned them into Secret Dinosaurs, further supported by the DS game.
  • Deinonychus is the Secret Dinosaur in the anime to be defeated the most with the original one (Dr. Z's creation) being defeated by Chomp and the second one (Space Pirates) being defeated twice by Ace.




Dinosaur King Arcade Game 恐竜キング - Deinonychus the Secret Dinosaur VS Operation-Dinosaur Rescue

Gameplay by ShockWave DK


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