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Mantas, also known as the Flying Mantas, are the strongest flight-type monsters in X.A.N.A.'s army, far surpassing a Hornet. They are also Digital Sea capable monsters.

They mostly come from Sector Five, around the Celestial Dome, and generally move in groups of three. They are white and navy blue and have the Eye of X.A.N.A. weak spot located on their back. They also have powerful laser beams, fired from their 'snout', which they use to shoot at the Lyoko Warriors. Like the Krabs, their Eye is located on their backs and is rather large when compared to other monsters. Despite this, they are very durable compared to other monsters: a Manta once survived an assault by Ulrich that nearly bisected it.

They have a battle cry which sounds like hawk's one, but this tone was lowered in Code Lyoko Evolution.

Being from Sector Five, the Mantas also have a unique trait. Unlike other monsters, Mantas aren't materialized when needed. Instead, they form from lumps on the outside "wall" of the sector in a process referred to as "hatching." A Creeper was once shown doing this as well, as seen in "Tidal Wave". However, as X.A.N.A. increased its power, it eventually gained the ability to virtualize Mantas into the other sectors, mostly into Ice and Mountains.

They tend to use the same hit-and-run strategy as the Hornets, but their slower speed allows them to fire more in a single pass. It also makes their passes in general take longer, giving their targets a greater opportunity to counterattack.


Sometimes Odd is able to climb on their backs, and by scratching the Eye of X.A.N.A., get full control of wherever they fly to, which was first shown in Straight to Heart.

While William was possessed by X.A.N.A., since there was no vehicle for him, he used a Black Manta as transportation. The Manta was provided by X.A.N.A.. X.A.N.A. William used the Manta often when trying to capture Aelita or even ordering the monster to attack our heroes as a distraction for them instead of simply riding it.

In "The Key", Franz Hopper took control of a few of them, making them glow, and follow his instructions. They also had different voices which resembled whales.


Mantas have two standard weapons at their disposal. The first is a powerful laser that can be chained, but at medium-paced speed, fired from the 'snout', and the second are mines that appear from their underside.

In "Temporary Insanity", X.A.N.A. allowed two Mantas to fuse themselves together, so they could shoot a laser at Odd and Ulrich, which made their bodies glow red and devirtualized them after some time. This laser also held a virus that is capable of confusing targets into believing they are on Lyoko when they are actually in the real world and vice versa.

Mantas are also capable of laying mines. They tend to deposit them in large clusters. In the show, if one of the mines is triggered, they will trigger the rest in a chain reaction. This does not happen in the games, mainly due to rendering costs and playability. The mines are capable of homing in on the Warriors. They can lay an amount from twelve to a couple hundred of mines in a single moment.


  • Mantas are the only monsters that can travel outside the Celestial Dome in Sector Five.
  • Mantas are one of the few monsters that have a cry. They emit sounds similar to birds of prey, like eagles or hawks.
    • In the 2nd-4th seasons, Mantas had a high pitched crying noise. In Evolution, the sound is significantly lower pitched and variant.
  • The first time a Manta appeared in Evolution was in "Friday the 13th".
  • In reality, Mantas resemble Lesser Devil Rays.
  • They only appear in Sector Five, within Get Ready to Virtualize.
  • Originally, they only appeared in Sector Five. They later developed the ability to go to the other sectors. In Quest for Infinity, they developed the ability to go to the Digital Sea. In the show itself, they gained that ability in "Obstinacy".
  • They gained the ability to leave Sector Five in "Cold War", in the Ice Sector.
  • They were the last non-clip show monsters shown in the original series.


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