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Arctiguana? Cool! Literally.

– 11-year-old Ben.[1]

Arctiguana[note 1] is the Omnitrix's DNA sample of a Polar Manzardill from the ice caps on the planet X'Nelli.[pop-up 1][3]


Ben 10,000 as Arctiguana[]

As his name suggests, Arctiguana's appearance somewhat resembles an iguana. He is a cold-blooded alien (as normal reptiles) whose blood is literally very cold.[OV Brief 1]

In the Original Series, Arctiguana had small spikes around his face, three dorsal fins reaching down his back and white gills on the sides of his head. He had white pants and a black open-front shirt with white cuffs and he wore the Omnitrix symbol on his left hand.

Ben as Arctiguana[]

In Ultimate Alien, Arctiguana looked exactly the same as before, except his eyes were green, the white part on his left glove became completely black, his mouth was blue, and he wore the Ultimatrix symbol on his chest.

In Omniverse, 16-year-old Arctiguana still retains the clothing from his previous designs, albeit it goes all the way up to his head and his chest is completely covered up with a white underbelly shell. He has four pointed fins instead of three and the black stripes on his face do not go through his mouth anymore, as they now go around his mouth. The spikes on his face are now on his chin and his gills are no longer visible. The claws on his front feet are pointier and less dexterous, and he now has two claws on each of his back feet. He wears the Omnitrix symbol on his chest.

11-year-old Arctiguana looks mostly the same as his 16-year-old self except he wears the same clothing as in the Original Series, making his gills visible. His eyes are connected by a black stripe, he has spikes on his face, and the original Omnitrix symbol on his left wrist is recolored green.

Albedo as Negative Arctiguana[]

Negative Arctiguana looks the same as 16-year-old Arctiguana do in Omniverse, except his skin is recolored pale blue or more of a dark purple shade, the white parts of his clothing are recolored dark red, and his eyes and Ultimatrix symbol are recolored red.

Powers and Abilities[]

Arctiguana is capable of breathing out ice from his mouth, by firing either a long-range freeze ray or an icy wind[4] that encases his targets.[1] This ice breathing is cold enough to freeze large bodies of liquid, from water[3] to molten lava,[5] and can make an Arachnichimp's webbing brittle enough to shatter easily.[6] His ice is also very slippery, as demonstrated by Freeze Lizard.[7]

Arctiguana can use his freeze ray to create structures made of ice.[1]

Arctiguana can use his freeze ray as a means of quickly propelling himself short distances through the air (along with anyone holding on to him).[8][7]

Arctiguana possesses enhanced strength, enough to push a Petrosapien off a building, as shown by Freeze Lizard.[7]

Arctiguana possesses enhanced durability, being able to withstand being hit by a Petrosapien's shard projectiles, also demonstrated by Freeze Lizard.[7]

Arctiguana can survive in environments with sub-freezing temperatures.[OV Brief 1]

Arctiguana can crawl up walls without issue, as demonstrated by Freeze Lizard.[7]


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Trapped in Webbing

Arctiguana can be trapped in an Arachnichimp's webbing unless he makes it brittle using his ice breath.[6]


Ben 10[]

Ultimate Alien[]


Original Future[]

Ultimate Alien Future[]



Ben 10,000
Season 3
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Ultimate Ben
Season 3

Season 1
Season 3
  • Ben Again (11-year-old Ben in 16-year-old Ben's body)
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Cartoon Network Action Packs
Ben 10
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Video Games[]

Ben 10: Omniverse[]

Arctiguana is a playable alien in the game (by both 11-year-old and 16-year-old Ben).

Ben 10: Omniverse 2[]

Arctiguana is a playable alien in the game (only on 3DS).

Naming and Translations[]

Language Name Origin
Albanian Arktikguana From the original English name
Bulgarian Арктикгуана From aрктик/arktik, arctic, and игуана/iguana, iguana
Chinese 急冻蜥蜴 From 急冻 (Jí Dòng), freeze, and 蜥蜴 (Xī Yì), lizard
Dutch Poolleguaan From pool, arctic, and leguaan, iguana
French Arctiguana From the original English name
German Arctiguana From the original English name
Greek Αρκτικό Ιγκουάνα From αρκτικός, arctic, and ιγκουάνα, iguana
Hebrew ארטיקגואנה From ארטיק, popsicle, and איגואנה, iguana
Hungarian Sarkigyík From sarki, arctic, and gyík, lizard
Italian Iguana Artica
Arctiguana (Hot Stretch)
From iguana, iguana, and artica, arctic
Polish Arctiguana From the original English name
Portuguese (Br) Iguana Ártica
Artiguana (Hot Stretch)
From iguana, iguana, and ártica, arctic
Romanian Arctiguana From the original English name
Russian Арктигуана From the original English name
Spanish (HA) Arctiguana From the original English name
Turkish Arctiguana From the original English name


Arctiguana's name is a combination of "arctic", referring to his ice powers, and "iguana", referring to his reptile-like appearance.



11-year-old Arctiguana's unused Omniverse design

  • When naming this alien, Ben 10,000 suggested "Absolute Zero", but 10-year-old Ben found it boring and instead named him "Arctiguana".
  • In Omniverse, Arctiguana speaks with a Jamaican accent and a windy sound is heard whenever he speaks.
    • Arctiguana's voice is slightly higher when used by a younger version of Ben.[1][7]
  • 11-year-old Arctiguana was slated to appear in Hot Stretch, but was probably excluded for time.[DJW 3][DJW 4]
  • Like Buzzshock, Murk Upchuck, Snare-oh, and Frankenstrike, Arctiguana appeared in Omniverse, but he did not appear in A New Dawn.
  • In the DS and 3DS versions of Ben 10: Omniverse and Ben 10: Omniverse 2, Arctiguana walks on two legs rather than four.
  • Arctiguana's Original Series design was made by Thomas Perkins[TP 2] and repurposed from one of Perk Upchuck's concept designs[TP 1] because he did not want it to go to waste.[TP 3]
  • Although Ben unlocked Arctiguana around the same time as Feedback,[DJW 2] it was never said which one was unlocked first, as the writers would only directly decide on it based on the needs of a story which touches on such matters.[MW 1]
  • The way Arctiguana uses his ice breath to hover and fly is similar to how Godzilla uses his nuclear breath to accomplish the same feat.
  • Dwayne McDuffie spelled Arctiguana's name as "Arcticguana".[ES 1]


  1. Arctiguana's name being misspelled as "Articguana" for many years was Bandai's fault,[DJW 1] though the credits of Ben 10,000 also used this spelling.[2] The proper spelling of "Arctiguana" was used in concept art as far back as 2006.[TP 1]


Crew Statements[]

Thomas Perkins[]

Derrick J. Wyatt[]

Matt Wayne[]

Omniverse Series Master Brief[]

Eugene Son[]


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