Shockwave is a major antagonist in Transformers Prime. He first appears as a one-shot antagonist in Season 2 of the show and later returns in Season 3 as one of the secondary antagonists.

He is a Cybertronian scientist working for the Decepticons. Among his most notable creations are the Cortical Psychic Patch, which allows someone to read the mind of a Transformer, and Predaking, a clone of a deceased Predacon.

He is voiced by David Sobolov.


Season 2

Though most Transformers left Cybertron during the Great Exodus, Shockwave stayed there to collect Energon for a Space Bridge. When Starscream and his forces successfully captured both Arcee and Cliffjumper, the Air Commander took them to Shockwave so he could use the Cortical Psychic Patch to read Arcee's mind and find an encrypted message Optimus Prime had sent to all the Autobots giving his location. Shockwave successfully extracted the coordinates and sent them to the Space Bridge. However, Arcee and Cliffjumper escaped and overloaded the bridge.

Shockwave confronted the two due, right before they were about to depart to Earth. Shockwave attempted to stop them, but had his Optic Lens damaged by a shot from Arcee, leaving him blinded in the Space Bridge as it exploded around him.

Season 3

During the time the Autobots and Decepticons battled it out on Earth, Shockwave repaired his lens and successfully cloned the Predacon, Predaking. He was later discovered by Knock Out, who brought him back to the Nemesis to show Megatron.

Megatron welcomed Shockwave into the Nemesis Crew, giving him the position of "Chief of Scientific Endeavors" and an equal rank to Strarscream as his second-in-command, sparking a rivalry between the two. Shockwave impressed Megatron by showing off his creation, Predaking.

After the destruction of the Decepticon's fortress Darkmount, Megatron had Shockwave restart Project Predacon, a plan by the Decepticons to clone an army of Predacon warriors. However, after discovering that Predaking had evolved to the point where he possessed intelligence and the ability to transform, Megatron ordered Shockwave to cancel the project. In order to keep Predaking from turning on them, the Decepticons lured the Autobots to Shockwave's underground laboratory, where they destroyed the tanks holding the developing Predacon clones.

The explosion from the destruction of the tanks resulted the creation of pure cybermatter, which the Decepticons planned to use to rebuild the Omega Lock. Though Shockwave was at first mad at Starscream for neglecting to tell Shockwave that the Autobots were coming, thus not giving him time to gather up all his valuable chemicals, Starscream pointed out that his actions had caused the "happy accident", and Shockwave relented.

With help from the captured Autobot scientist Ratchet, Shockwave rebuilt the Omega Lock and prepared to use it to cyberform Earth. He participated in the final battle between the Decepticons and the Autobots when they invaded the Nemesis to stop the 'Cons from firing the Lock. After Megatron was killed, Shockwave retreated along with Starscream and several Seeker Vehicons.

Predacons Rising

Starscream and Shockwave later restarted Project Predacon, hoping to clone an army of Predacons to oppose the Autobots. The first two Predacons they created were Darksteel and Skylynx.

Shockwave was later called by Starscream after he discovered a burial ground full of Predacon bones. However, they were confronted by Unicron in Megatron's body, who used his powers to revive the Predacons and sent them to attack the Decepticons. Starscream fled while Shockwave was swarmed by Predacon zombies.

Shockwave somehow survived and later went over to Predaking, Darksteel and Skylynx, advising the three to work together to help the Autobots stop Unicron. It is unknown what happened to Shockwave after that.


  • Possibly numerous counts of unnamed Autobots


  • Shockwave's robot form is based on his G1 counterpart while his vehicle mode is based on his movie counterpart.

TF Prime / RID Villains

Nemesis Crew: Megatron | Starscream | Soundwave | Shockwave | Knock Out | Breakdown | Airachnid | Predaking | Dreadwing | Vehicons
Steeljaw's Pack: Steeljaw | Thunderhoof | Underbite | Clampdown | Fracture
Glowstrike's Crew: Glowstrike | Scorponok | Saberhorn | Kickback
Scavengers: Clawtrap | Paralon | Scatterspike | Thermidor
Starscream's Crew: Shadelock | Roughedge | Starscream's Insecticon
Stunticons: Motormaster | Heatseeker | Wildbreak | Dragstrip | Slashmark
Other Decepticons: Hammerstrike | Bisk | Chop Shop | Terrashock | Filch | Minitron | Springload | Ped | Quillfire | Malodor | Nightstrike | Vertebreak | Octopunch | Groundpounder | Headlock | Scowl | Zizza | Pseudo | Overload | Backtrack | Polarclaw | Crazybolt | Slicedice | Razorpaw | Swelter | Glacius | Torpor | Simacore | Bludgeon | Clout | Anvil | Hammer | Silverhound | Back | Forth | Stockade | Crustacion | Ragebyte | Zorillor | Boostwing | Jacknab | Pilfer | Shadow Raker

Unicron | Megatronus
M.E.C.H.: Silas | M.E.C.H. Surgeon | Doctor Thaddeus Morocco