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Arctiguana[DJW 1] is the Omnitrix's DNA sample of a Polar Manzardill from the planet X'Nelli.

Appearance

Ben as Arctiguana

As his name suggests, Arctiguana's appearance somewhat resembles an iguana.

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.

In Ultimate Alien, Arctiguana looked exactly the same as before, except his eyes were green, his mouth was blue and he wore the Ultimatrix symbol on his chest.

In Omniverse, 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 is on his chest.

11-year-old Arctiguana has sleeves with white cuffs and his leg is white and ending in black when it reaches his foot. His chest is not covered, so his gills are visible. His eyes are connected by the black stripe. The spikes are still on his face. The Omnitrix symbol is on his left wrist.

Albedo as Negative Arctiguana

Negative Arctiguana looks exactly like 16-year-old Arctiguana, except he has pale blue skin and his clothing is red instead of white. His eyes are red and he wears the Ultimatrix symbol on his chest.

Powers and Abilities

Hot S52

Freezing Breath

Similar to Big Chill, Arctiguana is capable of firing a long-range freeze ray that isolates targets in ice on contact. This ice breath is cold enough to freeze both water[1] and even molten lava.[2]

Arctiguana's ice breath can create an icy path that he can skate across in a snowboard-like fashion.[3]

Arctiguana can survive in any sub-freezing temperatures and breathe underwater.

Arctiguana can use his breath as a means of quickly hovering himself (along with anyone holding on to him) across the ground.[4]

Arctiguana possesses enhanced strength, agility, and durability. He also has enhanced dexterity, thanks to his three-fingered hands.

Arctiguana can crawl on various surfaces without struggling.[5]

Weaknesses

If Arctiguana uses his ice breath too much, he'll need to catch his breath before using it to freeze things 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.[6]

History

Ben 10,000

Ultimate Ben

Ben
Albedo

Appearances

Ben 10,000
Season 3
Season 4

Ultimate Ben
Season 2

Ben
Season 1
Season 3
  • Ben Again (11-year-old Ben in 16-year-old Ben's body)
Season 6
Albedo
Season 4

Cartoon Network Action Packs
  • Wanted (The Once and Future Ben) (by both Ben and Ben 10,000)

Video Games

  • 16 year old Arctiguana
  • 11 year old Arctiguana

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 Albanian version of Arcticguana
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
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 Artiguana From the original English name

Etymology

His name is the combination of "arctic", referring to his ice powers, and "iguana", referring to his reptile-like appearance.

Trivia

  • Ben 10,000 originally named this alien "Absolute Zero", but it was immediately changed to "Arctiguana" on 10-year-old Ben's suggestion.[1]
  • Arctiguana was originally unlocked off-screen around the same time as Feedback and Spitter, which is sometime between Destroy All Aliens and the Omniverse flashbacks.[DJW 2] This has been proven to be true twice on-screen.
    • Firstly, 11-year-old Ben recognized Arctiguana and knew how to use his powers while in 16-year-old Ben's body.[3]
    • Secondly, 12-year-old Mutant Kevin had Arctiguana's back and fins.[7]
  • Whenever Arctiguana speaks in Omniverse, a windy sound is heard. When 11-year-old Ben was in 16-year-old Ben's body, Arctiguana's voice was slightly higher.
  • Arctiguana is the result of re-purposing (and re-coloring) one of Upchuck's concept arts.
  • 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 version of Ben 10: Omniverse and Ben 10: Omniverse 2, Arctiguana walks on two legs rather than four.
  • Arctiguana's name being misspelled as "Articguana" for many years was Bandai's fault.[DJW 3]

References

Crew Statements

Derrick J. Wyatt

Transformations
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
Ultimate Aliens Ultimate AlbedoUltimate ArctiguanaUltimate Big ChillUltimate CannonboltUltimate Echo EchoUltimate GravattackUltimate HumungousaurUltimate RathUltimate SpidermonkeyUltimate SwampfireUltimate Way BigUltimate Wildmutt
Fusion Aliens Atomic-XBig ChuckCrashockerDiamond MatterFourmungousaurHeat JawsHumungoopsaurStink ArmsUprigg
Unseen Aliens Decagon VreedleRocksSquidstrictorVentrilosquid
Future Aliens SandboxShellheadSnakepit
Retconned Eon
Non-Canon Cartoon Network AlienPortalerAntigraviteslaBob the BlobPlantapocalypseThriller Whale
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