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


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 original 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 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 and 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 in Omniverse, 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

  • Freezing Breath
  • Freeze Ray Emission
  • Enhanced Agility
  • Levitation (via Freezing Breath)

Similar to Big Chill, Arctiguana is capable of breathing ice to freeze targets, as well as 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 possesses enhanced agility, as seen when skating across an icy path created by his ice breath in a snowboard-like fashion.[3]

Arctiguana possesses enhanced strength and durability.

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 dexterity, thanks to his three-fingered hands. As such, he 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 and breathe underwater.


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Durability Limit

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.[6]


Ben 10,000

Ultimate Ben



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)
Season 6
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


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


  • Because Ben 10,000 stopped naming his aliens for a long time, he was unable come up with a better name for this alien other than "Absolute Zero" when he decided to start naming his transformations again. However, the name was immediately changed to "Arctiguana" on 10-year-old Ben's suggestion, as he found "Absolute Zero" to be boring.[1]
  • 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 Perk 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 versions 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]


Crew Statements

Derrick J. Wyatt

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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