Dinosaur King
Dinosaur King

General Statistics[]


full-sized Pteranodon

  • Name: Pteranodon longiceps
  • Name Meaning: Winged and Toothless
  • Diet: Piscivore
  • Wingspan: 6-7 meters (20-23 feet)
  • Time Period: Late Cretaceous (88-80 MYA)
  • Classification: Pterosauria --> Pterodactyloidea --> Ornithocheiroidea --> Pteranodontidae
  • Place Found: Kansas, Alabama, Nebraska, Wyoming, and South Dakota, USA
  • Describer: Harksen, 1966

Dinosaur King Statistics[]

Arcade Stats[]

Grass Move Card Metal Wing

Metal Wing arcade card (Japanese Gekizan 2nd Edition+)

Anime Stats[]

Metal Wing card

Metal Wing anime card

Assist Moves[]

Metal Wing
Three Pteranodon appear who swoop down and slice your opponent with their wings glowing with green energy! They are also used to grab or move objects or people in or through the air.

DS Stats[]

Pteranodon size DS

Pteranodon size comparison vs. Max

  • Elemental Attribute: Grass
  • Appears In:
    • Metal Wing (Paper): Three Pteranodon slice your foe with their wings! Makes it a Grass Battlefield.
    • Diamond Wing (Paper): Three Pteranodon slice your foe with their wings, unleashing gushes of water! Stronger in a Water Battlefield.
    • Eternal Herb (Rock): After using this Move, if you faint from a foe's attack, three Pteranodon circle you to revive you with 10% HP!
  • Encyclopedia number: H09
  • Other: In Dustberg, it was mistaken to be the legendary Great Bird. Its Egg was stolen, Holiday taking the blame to lure its wrath away from town, before the D-Team discover Detective Dory to be the real culprit and retrieve it before it can be given to the Alpha Gang. After returning the Egg, Pteranodon gives them the Shell Mirror to call it, flying them over the gorges in South Dust Hills to reach the Warehouse and later in East Dust Hills to reach the Secret Base.

TCG Stats[]

In Move Cards[]


Dinosaur King[]

Pteranodon made a cameo debut in Prehistory in the Making as one of the dinosaurs watching the approaching meteor in Max's dream.

The Metal Wing card was in a book of Dinosaur and Move Cards being sold by the unnamed Jonathan in Downtown Runaround. Though the Alpha Gang stole the book, Metal Wing dropped out and was picked up by Zoe. She later used it to summon the Pteranodon trio to help Paris and Chomp beat Terry.

Metal Wing became a go-to attack for Paris, summoning the Pteranodon during many battles to help weaken opponents, often to defeat Spiny, and occasionally to attack the Alpha Gang directly. They were also used for their flying nature several times, such as helping guide Reese's out-of-fuel plane to a safe landing in Just Plane Crazy and catching Rex from falling off Niagara Falls in Falls Alarm!. Though normally untouchable, Terry was able to knock them from the sky and defeat them with Tail Smash in Ruff and Ready.

A trio of alternately colored Pteranodon (pink, yellow, and green) of unknown origin appeared in Carnival of Chaos as part of the Alpha Gang's dinosaur amusement park, tethered to the top of a tall ride for decoration. Starved like the others, they returned to their Grass-Element card(s) when pet-sized Chomp, Ace, and/or Paris removed their Alpha Control Chips, and were reclaimed by Alpha Droids. It is left unclear how any of them could have reached the Pteranodon in the air (it was part of a montage, just go with it) unless the Grass Dinosaur who used their Move was simply returned to its card, and like the other dinosaurs of this episode, none were seen or mentioned again.

Numerous Pteranodon appeared flying in Max's dream in Metal Imbalance.

In the season finale, several Pteranodon were brought into the present by the Backlander's malfunctioning time circuits, but were returned after the circuits failed with the Black T. rex's defeat.

Mesozoic Meltdown[]

A recolored wild Pteranodon briefly flew by when the Backlander arrived at the end of the Cretaceous Period in Alien Parent Trap.

The Metal Wing Pteranodon continued to be used in Mesozoic Meltdown, such as to chase away Gabbro in Ancient Roman Holiday and to try and fly Max and Jim onto Blackbeard's pirate ship in High Sea Chase. The Pteranodon faced their first flying opponent in Tupuxuara from Green Impulse used by Foolscap's Shantungosaurus in Four Part Harmony, and were swiftly outmatched by the single pterosaur, returning to their card when Shantungosaurus defeated Paris. After the captured Green Impulse joined Paris' arsenal, the Pteranodon were used far less, only making their last battle appearance in Malice in the Palace, where they were summoned to attack Genie, but they returned to their card when Paris got defeated.

More Pteranodon, or perhaps the same ones, were seen in the series finale aboard the broken Backlander in its landscape projection after rescuing the rest of the Space Pirates' unused dinosaurs from their ship.


  • Dr. Taylor's arcade comments:
    • Japanese: 大きなとさかと歯のない長いくちばしを持ったよく竜だ。正しくは恐竜ではない。
    • English: A flying reptile with a large crest and toothless beak. Technically not a dinosaur.
    • Taiwanese: 有著很大的牙齒以及沒有牙齒, 但嘴部很長的翼龍。正確來說它並不是恐龍。
  • DS Game Encyclopedia entry: A pterosaur with a big crest and long, toothless beak. It is technically not a dinosaur[sic, no period]
  • Each of the three Pteranodon has a slightly different crest. One is the "standard" Pteranodon crest of P. longiceps, and the other two are closer to P. sternbergi, which is sometimes classified as a separate genus, Geosternbergia.
  • While male Pteranodon had a wingspan of almost 20 feet, the females were considerably smaller, at only around 12 feet in wingspan.
  • The Pteranodon are shown as being very versatile in the anime: for example, they were used to guide Reese's plane in Just Plane Crazy, to save Rex from falling from the Niagara Falls in Falls Alarm!, and to stop the Deinonychus trio from attacking in Ninja Nightmare!.
  • Despite being effective in other flying missions, the Pteranodon trio weren't perfectly successful in combat. While they scored several victories against the flimsy Spiny, their overwhelming defeat of Terry on their debut was eventually followed by him knocking them down with Tail Smash, suggesting their attacks can be learned and countered, and the controlled Genie was bulky enough to nearly ignore them. Also, they stood no chance against the single Tupuxuara from Green Impulse, which, once captured by the D-Team, was used against Anhanguera in the next aerial battle instead of the Pteranodon.



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