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Treadshot is the name of several fictional characters in the Transformers series. The original Treadshot was introduced in 1990 and was an evil Decepticon Action Master.

Transformers: Generation 1

Transformers character
Box art for the Treadshot toy
Name Treadshot
Series Transformers: Generation 1
Transformers: Timelines
Alternate modes None
Function Gunslinger
Gender Male
Motto "A gun is only as good as the one who holds it!"
Partner Catgut
Rank 7
Sub-group Action Masters, Targetmaster

Treadshot is the name of a Decepticon Action Master gunslinger. He has a Targetmaster partner named Catgut.

Animated series

Although Treadshot wasn't made until after the animated series ended in the US, he appeared among the Decepticons in animated segments in the Transformers commercials.


Dreamwave Productions

Although Treadshot and Catgut did not appear in any Dreamwave fiction, they did get a one page biography in their Transformers: Than Meets The Eye series. He was described as a Targetmaster as well as an Action Master.

IDW Publishing

Treadshot made a brief appearance in the Spotlight issue on Sixshot, as one of the Decepticons manning the consoles as Sixshot enters the control room in the Decepticon base.

Marvel Comics

Treadshot appeared towards the end of the Marvel Comics series as one of the Decepticons under the command of Bludgeon. He had few notable roles other than serving as one of the troops under Bludgeon's command.


  • Generation 1 Treadshot with Catgut (1990)
A new mold.
  • Timelines Treadshot with Catgut
An exclusive to the Transformers Collectors Club subscription service. Treadshot is a remold of Generations Warpath, while Catgut is a recolor of Arms Micron Jida. Treadshot turns into a tank, whilt Catgut turns from cat to double bladed chainsaw.

Transformers: Universe (2004)

Transformers character
Universe Treadshot toy
Name Treadshot
Series Transformers: Universe
Alternate modes Nissan Skyline
Gender Male
Partner Nightbeat
Sub-group Deluxe Vehicles

Treadshot is the name of a Decepticon who turns into a car. He is a repaint of Armada Side Swipe and is partnered with the Mini-Con Nightbeat. The Treadshot toy is painted as a homage to Generation 1 Dead End. This toy shares a mold with Universe Oil Slick


  • Universe Deluxe Treadshot with Nightbeat (2004)
A remold of Armada Side Swipe.

Transformers: Energon

Transformers character
Instruction art of the Breakaway toy
Name Treadshot
Japanese name Air Raider
Series Transformers: Energon
Transformers: Universe
Alternate modes Jet Fighter
Gender Male
Partner Terradive, Sky Shadow, Storm Jet, and Windrazor
Sub-group Basic Vehicles

Although released under the name Treadshot by Hasbro, this member of the Energon Aerialbot team was called Air Raider in Japan, and his black colors seem to make him a clear homage to Generation 1 Air Raid. Treadshot combines with his fellow Aerialbots to form Superion Maximus.


  • Energon Basic Treadshot (2005)
He was later redecoed into Timelines Breakaway.
A repackage of the Energon Basic class figure was sold at discount stores in the Universe line.

Transformers: Universe (2009)

Transformers character
Universe Armada Mini-Con 10 pack
Name Treadshot
Series Transformers: Universe
Alternate modes Tank
Gender Male
Partner Crosshairs, Longview & Snowcat
Sub-group Mini-Cons, Ground Surveillance Mini-Con Team

Treadshot is a Decepticon allied Mini-Con tho turns into a tank.


  • Universe Mini-Con Treadshot (2009)
A recolor of Classic Broadside.
Part of a Transformers: Universe Armada series 10-pack. [1]

Shattered Glass

Transformers character
Timelines Treadshot toy
Name Treadshot
Series Transformers: Timelines
First appearance Transformers Invasion by Fun Publications
Alternate modes Car
Function Task Force Commander
Gender Male
Motto "Precision belongs to the wielder, not the weapon."
Partner Soundwave
Rank 7
Sub-group Convention exclusives, Deluxe vehicles

Treadshot a heroic Decepticon who works sometimes with Soundwave. He turns into a car.

Fictional biography

Before the war, before the factions, there were only Cybertronians. Treadshot and Ultra Magnus were both apprentices to Treble and Gain, the legendary weapons masters, and the two students often competed in a friendly rivalry to prove who was the strongest and fastest. When Ultra Magnus joined his brother Optimus Prime in causing rampant chaos, Treadshot knew he could not follow. Instead, during the second Cybertronian war when Megatron rose to lead an opposing army, Treadshot joined the Decepticons. His decision was viewed by Ultra Magnus as the ultimate betrayal. Their rivalry turned vicious. Each time they met on the battlefield, both would attempt to finally end the feud by extinguishing the other. Now with Ultra Magnus freed from his prison on Paradron, Treadshot must lead a Decepticon task force to bring his former friend to justice. Treadshot carries dual sonic accelerators and a powerful pulse demagnetizer in honor of his former mentors.

Fun Publications

Treadshot appears in the 2012 BotCon Invasion lithograph by Casey Coller and Josh Perez.[2]

Treadshot appeared in Another Light where he was among the mixed group of Classicverse Autobots and Shattered Glass Decepticons stationed at the Ironworks base on Classicverse Earth. He was present when Gaia teleported the humans and human shaped Pretenders from Classicverse Earth. When Shattered Glass Primus attacked Classicverse Earth his team was evacuated in a shuttle by Classicverse Grimlock and survived.[3]


  • Timelines Deluxe Treadshot (2012)
Part of the BotCon 2012 set.[4]


  1. - ROTF Arcee Bio, New Universe Mini-Con 10-Pack
  3. Jesse Wittenrich & Pete Sinclair (w), Eryck Webb (p), Eryck Webb (i), Evan Gauntt (col), Jesse Wittenrich (let), Pete Sinclair (ed). "Another Light Part 6 - The Future Buried" The Transformers Collectors Club 66 (December/January 2016), Fun Publications

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