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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][2]


Ben 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 original Omnitrix symbol on his left hand.

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

Similar to Big Chill, Arctiguana is capable of breathing ice by his mouth and firing a long-range freeze ray that isolates targets in ice. This ice breath is cold enough to freeze large bodies of water[2] and molten lava,[3] and can make an Arachnichimp's webbing brittle enough such that it can be broken free of.[4] His ice is also very slippery.[5]

Arctiguana possesses enhanced agility, as seen when skating across an icy path in a snowboard-like fashion. In the same scenario, he can use his ice breath to create structures made of ice.[1]

Arctiguana possesses enhanced strength, enough to push Petrosapien off a building and break a car.[5]

Arctiguana possesses enhanced durability, being able to withstand crashing into a wall[4] and being hit by a Petrosapien's shard projectiles.[5]

Arctiguana can use his breath as a means of quickly hovering himself via propulsion (along with anyone holding on to him) across the ground.[6]

Arctiguana can similarly use his breath as mode of flight via propulsion.[5]

Arctiguana possesses enhanced dexterity thanks to his three-fingered hands and can crawl up walls without struggling.[5]

Although he has never trained himself to do so, Arctiguana can survive in environments with sub-freezing temperatures.[OV Brief 1]


If Arctiguana uses his ice breath too much, he will need to catch his breath before using it again.

Arctiguana's durability has a clear limit, as he was harmed to the point of uncontrollably flying across an open area when being stabbed by Unitaur's horn and was knocked out from the impact of landing against a wall.[4]

Arctiguana can be trapped in an Arachnichimp's webbing unless he makes it brittle using his ice breath.[4]


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

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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 Articguana From the original English name
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.


  • Ben 10,000 originally named this alien "Absolute Zero". However, it was changed to "Arctiguana" on 10-year-old Ben's suggestion, as he found the original name to be boring.[2]
  • In Omniverse, Arctiguana speaks with a Jamaican accent and a windy sound is heard whenever he speaks.
    • Arctiguana's voice becomes slightly higher when used by a younger version of Ben.[1][5]
  • Arctiguana is the result of re-purposing and re-coloring one of Perk Upchuck's concept arts. His design originally had an olive green color scheme, glowing orange spikes on his back, and wore the Omnitrix symbol on his torso.[TP 1] Tom Perkins used the concept design as he did not want it to go to waste.[TP 2]
  • Like Buzzshock, Murk Upchuck, Snare-oh, and Frankenstrike, Arctiguana appeared in Omniverse, but he did not appear in A New Dawn.
  • 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.
  • In the DS and 3DS versions of Ben 10: Omniverse and Ben 10: Omniverse 2, Arctiguana walks on two legs rather than four.
  • 11-year-old Arctiguana was slated to appear in Hot Stretch but was excluded for time.[DJW 3][DJW 4] Despite that, the design for 11-year-old Arctiguana would be used for the Ben 10: Omniverse video game and recolored for Freezelizard.
    • 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]


  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. The proper spelling of "Arctiguana" was used in concept art as far back as 2006.[TP 1]


Crew Statements

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Derrick J. Wyatt

Matt Wayne

Omniverse Series Master Brief


Introduced in Ben 10 ArctiguanaBlitzwolferBuzzshockCannonboltDiamondheadDittoEye GuyFour ArmsFrankenstrikeGhostfreakGrey MatterHeatblastRipjawsSnare-ohSpitterStinkflyUpchuckUpgradeWay BigWildmuttWildvineXLR8
Introduced in Alien Force Alien XBig ChillBrainstormChromastoneEcho EchoGoopHumungousaurJetrayLodestarNanomechRathSpidermonkeySwampfire
Introduced in Ultimate Alien AmpfibianArmodrilloChamalienClockworkEatleFasttrackJuryriggNRGShocksquatchTerraspinWater Hazard
Introduced in Omniverse AstrodactylAtomixBall WeevilBloxxBullfragCrashhopperFeedbackGravattackGutrotKickin HawkMole-StachePesky DustThe WorstToepickWalkatroutWhampire
Future Aliens SandboxShellheadSnakepit
Ultimate Aliens AlbedoArctiguanaBig ChillCannonboltEcho EchoGravattackHumungousaurRathSpidermonkeySwampfireWay BigWildmutt
Fusion Aliens Atomic-XBig ChuckCrashockerDiamond MatterFourmungousaurHeat JawsHumungoopsaurStink ArmsUprigg
Concept Fusion Aliens GravadactylXLRG
Other Aliens in Official Media AntigraviteslaBob the BlobCartoon Network AlienEon (Retconned)MoyoInvinciblePlantapocalypsePortalerRocksShadowmanSquidstrictorStretcheleo