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General
What are you doing to my darling Wolfen?!
Wolf O'Donnell

The Wolfen is a class of space fighter, manufactured by Andross and used by Star Wolf. This became their primary spacecraft and almost the symbol of the team after the Lylat Wars.

Schematics

Andross originally used spacecraft that were inferior to the Arwing, but intelligence reports indicated that he was well on his way to developing a new fighter to rival it. The appearance of the new "Wolfen class" star fighters proved the rumours true. The Wolfen was fast and maneuverable, armed with dual laser cannons for an impressive punch. However, the shield system was weaker than the one found on Arwing starfighters. The two were a close match in capabilities, so in the end the pilot's skill would more often than not determine who won a battle. Although it takes little damage from Charged Lasers and Smart Bombs, by performing a barrel roll the Wolfen could somehow cause an Arwing's locked-on Charged Laser or Bomb to stop following it. Presumably, the Wolfen, at least by the time of the Aparoid Invasion, included an escape pod in the cockpit, as Krystal with her sixth sense mentioned that Wolf and his team had "abandoned ship" in the Asteroid field after the wreckage of their Wolfens were discovered by the team.


In Star Fox Zero, the original design was modified slightly to include twin laser cannons mounted on both sides of the fuselage as well as a transformation ability in the form of the Hunter mode. Each Wolfen was also given a personal sub-weapon befitting of their pilot.

History

Lylat Wars

Funded and equipped by Andross, the Star Wolf team always flew the most advanced version of Andross's "Wolfen" class starfighters. These starfighter prototypes might have even been superior to the Star Fox team's Arwings. The original Wolfens were called into action by Andross, during the Lylat Wars, for the purpose of preventing the Star Fox team from reaching Venom. Depending on the choice of flight path, the player will meet Star Wolf at Fichina and may encounter them at Bolse. The Star Wolf team used the new improved Wolfen II in the defence of Andross's palace. After the Lylat Wars, these ships were dropped in favour of the original models.

Aparoid Invasion

By the time of the Aparoid uprising, the Wolfen starfighters were upgraded to a new level of superiority and once again faced the restored Arwings in defense of the Sargasso Hideout. For unknown reasons, Star Fox spotted discarded Wolfen ships, which were sighted suspended in the Asteroid Belt while the team were in pursuit of Pigma Dengar. The Star Wolf team disappeared after the events of the Sargasso Region conflict, but emerged surprisingly to temporarily join the Cornerians in their cause against the Aparoid attacks. Fox rode on the wing of Wolf's Wolfen, wielding the Plasma Cannon in the midst of the reluctant battle against General Pepper's infected flagship. The Wolfens were put to their full potential when assisting Star Fox in the breach of the Aparoid Homeworld, drawing enemy firepower away from the Arwing's to allow them to reach the Aparoid Queen. Star Wolf vanished after these events, yet Fox was positive of their survival.

Anglar Blitz

Sometime following the Aparoid Invasion, each member of Star Wolf Team upgraded their Wolfen to suit their own preferences. All the members of the Star Wolf had their own ships as did the Star Fox Team.

Wolf kept the traditional Wolfen. Leon converted his into the Rainbow Delta, which gained a wave-beam function enabling continuous charged shots to be fired. Panther converted his into the Black Rose, which could fire a slow but powerful and long-range beam known as a Zapper.

Other Appearances

Star Fox 64 manga

The Wolfen starfighters make an appearance in the Star Fox 64 manga, arriving at the Asteroid Belt to ambush the Star Fox Team. They (or a least Andrew's was) were armed with disrupter torpedoes, making an attack on Fox just after he destroys the Meteo Crusher. The following dogfighting sees Star Wolf beaten back, with Fox hot on Pigma's trail in anger of the Pig's treason against James McCloud but Wolf delays him to let Pigma escape. Crash landing at Venom, Andrew and Pigma face Andross's disapproval and they vow to get even with Star Fox. 

Later on, Pigma and Andrew make their next assault on the Star Fox Team at Solar, but Wolf surprises everyone and furiously throws Pigma and Andrew off his team for acting against his orders and opens fire on them. This sudden act by Wolf allows the crippled Arwings to return to the Great Fox and continue their fight to Venom.

Trivia

  • In Super Smash Bros. Melee, during the intro, the Wolfen shoot red lasers like they and other hostile spacecraft  do in Star Fox 64. Yet on the Corneria or Venom Stage, the Wolfen shoot blue lasers, this remains the same in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
  • Although the Wolfen II is technologically superior to the Wolfen, they share the exact same boss role subtitle in Star Fox 64 3D.
  • Evident from the above quote, should Fox shoot the Wolfen while wing-riding it, Wolf reacts in annoyance, which hints that he seems to care about his craft.
  • The American website for Star Fox Command referred to the Wolfen as the Red Fang, yet this name did not appear in any version of the game.

Names in Other Languages

Language Name
Japanese ウルフェン

References

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