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"Howling Wolf!"
―roll call[src]

"I am Merrick Baliton, Howling Wolf!"
―alternate roll call[src]

Merrick Baliton is one of the Six Ancient Warriors, during the war with the Orgs 3,000 years before, with his mission to protect Princess Shayla. Later, when Master Org destroyed Animus, Merrick found a mask at Nayzor's temple, Merrick puts it on and successfully destroyed Master Org but Merrick falls under its evil influence becoming Zen-Aku.

After being free from the curse in the present, Merrick became the Lunar Wolf Wild Force Ranger of the Wild Force Power Rangers.


Wild Force[]

3,000 years before Wild Force, the land of Animaria waged a war with an evil who rose from the Earth called Orgs. Six Ancient Warriors defended the land from these creatures. Five of them used the powers of the Crystal Sabers, while the sixth, Merrick, was assigned to protect Princess Shayla, who he also had feelings for. To keep some of Animaria's culture safe, it was lifted into the sky by the Ancient Warriors. On this floating island, a slumbering Shayla and five Power Animals were kept safe. The warriors defeated most of the Orgs, but they could not defeat Master Org, who destroyed Animus.

With little hope left, Merrick set out to find a legendary wolf mask which was said to give great powers. He found the mask at Nayzor's temple, along with three Animal Crystals. He put the mask on, and summoned the Wolf, Alligator, and Hammerhead Shark Wildzords to form the Predazord, which was able to destroy Master Org. But, the victory over the Orgs came with a price. Merrick was unable to remove the mask, which began to corrupt him, causing him to fall under its evil influence. As the evil Zen-Aku, Merrick was out of control, even attacking the Ancient Warriors. The warriors had no choice but to take Zen-Aku down, and imprison him in a tomb (though he begged them to destroy him instead).

In present day, the new Master Org wages a new war against the successors of the Ancient Warriors - the Wild Force Rangers. He decided to have Zen-Aku freed in hopes of using him against the Rangers. Zen-Aku awakened, and swore to get vengeance against the Rangers for their predecessors having him confined. As Zen-Aku, his memory was hazy, with only a vague recollection of being imprisoned by the Ancient Warriors, none of being human or having been cursed by a mask. He would only regain his human guise once a month on the night of a new moon, but would immediately return to his savage, amnesia-ridden form by daybreak.

Zen-Aku's overwhelming power and fierce Dark Wildzords defeated the Rangers in each and every battle. He even managed to steal the Elephant, Giraffe, Black Bear, and Polar Bear Zords from them. With each battle, the Rangers discovered more clues about Zen-Aku's secret, and Zen-Aku started recalling bits and pieces of his memory, particularly when he was around Princess Shayla. To prevent him from remembering the past, Nayzor implanted a bug into Zen-Aku's head which would further cloud his memory, and strengthen his resolve in destroying the Rangers. By this time, the Rangers had already figured out Zen-Aku's true identity, and sought a way to restore it.

The spirit of Animus appeared to Zen-Aku twice, to try and make him remember his past. Animus even created an eclipse to cut off Zen-Aku's power source, and allow the Rangers to reach through to Merrick for a brief period. Neither plan worked, and Zen-Aku returned, still seeking vengeance. Finally, Princess Shayla determined that the power of the curse lay within the Dark Wildzords. To break the spell over Merrick, the Predazord needed to be defeated in battle. To accomplish this, the Rangers were assisted by new Wildzords, the Rhino and the Armadillo. With these new Power Animals, they formed the Wild Force Megazord Striker Mode, which was able to take down the Predazord, scattering its Animal Crystals. Amidst the chaos lay Merrick, restored back to normal, with a broken wolf mask nearby. The Rangers asked Merrick to join them, but Merrick refused. He was not ready to forgive himself for his actions as Zen-Aku, and did not feel worthy to join the team.

Merrick later risked his life by taking on Master Org and the Quadra Org to get back the Animal Crystals he had stolen as Zen-Aku. He was getting beaten badly, until his old Wildzords finally answered his calls and came back to him. They gave him the Lunar Caller, giving him the ability to morph into the Lunar Wolf Ranger. With the power of the Howling Wolf behind him, Merrick defeated Quadra Org, and then Nayzor, retrieving the four Animal Crystals in the process, and returning them to the Rangers. Merrick remained a recluse, helping the Rangers when necessary, but unwilling to get close to them, or to pursue the romantic feelings he has for Princess Shayla. Instead of living on the Animarium, which he stayed away from out of self-exile and guilt, Merrick worked at Willie's Road House, where he did chores in exchange for room and board. He knew when the Rangers needed him when the wind would blow and warn him of the danger.

As time went by, Merrick couldn't help but grow closer to the Rangers, and eventually accepted them as friends, once even managing to bring himself to visit Princess Shayla and the Animarium. After Master Org was defeated, he gave up his Ranger powers and left Turtle Cove to travel the world for his next adventure. Zen-Aku, who (somehow) survived, offered to join him, saying that they were both "lone wolves looking for redemption". Merrick accepted the offer and the two set off together.

Dino Thunder[]

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Merrick in Tommy's Ranger history video diary.

The Lunar Wolf Ranger was featured in a chronicle of Power Ranger history compiled by Tommy Oliver shortly after he formed the Dino Rangers, which was found by the nascent Ranger team in the Dino Lab. Tvicon TV STORY-Legacy of Power


Merrick along with the other Wild Force Rangers and other Ranger teams are seen in Troy's premonition about the Legendary Battle. Tvicon TV STORY-Mega Mission

He and the other Rangers are seen again in another of Troy's dream/vision about the Legendary Battle. Tvicon TV STORY-Stranger Ranger

Super Megaforce[]

Helping Orion in visions[]

Six Rangers Orion Vision in Super Megaforce

Merrick appears in a vision to Orion.

After an alien from Andresia named Orion came across a Silver Ranger Key and a Morpher, Orion got visions from multiples sixth Rangers, Orion has vision with Merrick and multiples sixth Rangers which results in the keys being fused together into one. He also appears in the Legendary Final Strike during the first phase of the attack, attacking through the enemy with his Lunar Cue Gun Mode. Tvicon TV STORY-Power of Six

Participating in the Legendary Battle[]

Wild Force in Legendary Battle

Merrick with his fellow Wild Force Rangers in the Legendary Battle.

Emperor Mavro was defeated, but the remaining thousands of X Borgs still stand. Tommy gathered all the existing Power Rangers, Merrick returned with his fellow Wild Force Rangers as part of the army of Legendary Rangers led by Tommy that helped the Mega Rangers defeat the Armada once and for all, fighting in a huge battle against hundreds of X Borgs and dozens of Bruisers. After the demise of the X Borgs, Tommy shook hands with Troy and teleported off along with Merrick and the Legendary Rangers. Tvicon TV STORY-Legendary Battle

Dino Fury[]

Zayto activates the Legendary Ranger Database, showing Master Blue that Master Green came to them after the Dinohenge statues were destroyed and restored them to normal. Also, Zayto says that he found Ranger teams who were saved in their darkest moments through unexplained reasons and shows them three specific moments. Including the Legendary Battle where all the Legendary Rangers including Merrick and the other Wild Force Rangers coming to the aid of the Megaforce Rangers in the Legendary Battle and helping them defeat an entire army of the Armada's X Borgs. Tvicon TV STORY-Morphin Master

Once & Always[]

Four Rangers in Once & Always

Merrick among the group of Rangers captured by Rita

Merrick was ensnared and captured by Snizzard and used to power Robo-Rita's time portal alongside several other Rangers. Once the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers destroyed Snizzard, Merrick and the other Rangers were released and brought to the S.P.A.'s med-bay for recovery. Tvicon TV STORY-Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Once & Always


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  • Toxica disguised as Merrick, infilting in the Animarium with the objetive to capture Princess Shayla. Tvicon TV STORY-The Master's Herald, Pt. 1
  • Lunar Wolf Shadow Ranger was created by the Duke Org Onikage, using Merrick's shadow. Later, when Cole destroyed Onikage's shadow and the original Onikage is destroyed as a result, the Lunar Wolf Shadow Ranger disappeared. Tvicon TV STORY-The Master's Herald, Pt. 2

Lunar Wolf Wild Force Ranger[]


Ranger Costume

Powers and Abilities[]


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Appearances: WF Episodes 16, 17, 19, 20, 22, 23, 25-33, 35-40; SM Episodes 20 & LBEV; O&A

Lunar Wolf Battlized Warrior

Lunar Wolf Battlized Warrior

Lunar Wolf Battlized Warrior is the Lunar Wolf Ranger Battlized, he can access this form by a Robotic Lunar Wolf Armor, this form is exclusive by Wild Force's toyline.

Powers and Abilities[]


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  • Lunar Wolf cannon/Arrow
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Evil Space Aliens[]


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Ranger Keys[]

GaoSilver Ranger Key

The Lunar Wolf Wild Force Ranger Key.

The Lunar Wolf Wild Force Ranger Key is Merrick's personal Ranger Key. This key along with the other 14 Official Sixth Ranger Keys are seen lining the Command Center's interior walls. This key is mainly used by Orion (Super Megaforce Silver) who uses it to fight as the Lunar Wolf Ranger.

  • Although never used to transform, it was seen in the toyline.

PRSM-Lunar Wolf Ranger Key (translucent)

The Wild Force Lunar Wolf Ranger Key translucent.

The Lunar Wolf Wild Force Ranger Key translucent is Merrick's exclusive Ranger Key and also variant of the original Wild Force Lunar Wolf Ranger Key. This Ranger Key was never seen in the series and is exclusive by a Legendary Ranger Keys toyline.


Merric Lunar Wolf Ranger Promotional Artwork

Merrick in his promotional artwork

  • The Wild Force Lunar Wolf Ranger was a part of the Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade at Disney-MGM Studios.
  • In some of Merrick's morphed scenes his sash has seven stripes instead of six.
  • Merrick is the first Power Ranger to sport facial hair. Subsequent bearded Rangers include Tommy Oliver, Daggeron and Albert Smith.
  • Merrick is an unlockable character in the console and PC versions of Power Rangers: Super Legends. His statistics are the highest of any character in the game.
  • Merrick is a playable character in Power Rangers Legacy Wars
  • Merrick is one of the oldest known Rangers, as he lived for at least 3000 years.


Power Rangers Key Scanner[]

Lunar Wolf or Silver Wild Force Ranger Scanner App Assets

Lunar Wolf Ranger in Power Rangers Key Scanner

Merrick as Lunar Wolf Ranger appears in the app videogame Power Rangers Key Scanner, among various other Ranger teams.

Power Rangers Dash[]

Lunar Wolf Wild Force Ranger in Power Rangers Dash

Lunar Wolf Ranger in Power Rangers Dash.

Merrick along with the other Wild Force Rangers among all the Ranger teams which appear in the Korean-developed mobile game Power Rangers Dash.

Power Rangers Legacy Wars[]

Merrick appears as the Lunar Wolf Ranger in Power Rangers Legacy Wars. He is a Legendary (Leader), Legendary (Assist) character, and represents the Wild Force Rangers along with Taylor, Danny and Alyssa.

Power Rangers Action Card Game[]

Power Rangers Action Card Game Lunar Wolf Ranger

Lunar Wolf Ranger in Power Rangers Action Card Game.

Merrick as Lunar Wolf Ranger appears in the American trading card game Power Rangers Action Card Game.

Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid[]

Merrick appears in the board game Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid as a playable character in the expansion "Light and Darkness".

See Also[]



Power nav icon Power Rangers Wild Force Icon-gaoranger
Cole Evans - Taylor Earhardt - Max Cooper - Danny Delgado - Alyssa Enrilé - Merrick Baliton
Growl Phone - Lunar Caller - Crystal Sabers - Power Animal Crystals - Red Lion Fang - Golden Eagle Sword - Blue Shark Fighting Fins - Black Bison Axe - White Tiger Baton - Jungle Sword - Lion Blaster - Lunar Cue - Falcon Summoner - Falconator - Armadillo Puck - Sword of Pardolis - Rhino Shooter - Deer Clutcher - Jungle Blaster - Savage Cycles - Wild Force Rider - Animarium Armor
Princess Shayla - Kite - Ancient Warriors - Time Force Rangers - Ransik - Nadira - Alpha 7
Veteran Red Rangers (Forever Red): Jason Lee Scott - Aurico - Tommy Oliver - T.J. Johnson - Andros - Leo Corbett - Carter Grayson - Wes Collins - Eric Myers
Zords and Megazords
Red Lion Wildzord - Yellow Eagle Wildzord - Blue Shark Wildzord - Black Bison Wildzord - White Tiger Wildzord - Elephant Wildzord - Giraffe Wildzord - Black Bear Wildzord - Polar Bear Wildzord - Gorilla Wildzord - Soul Bird - Wolf Wildzord - Hammerhead Shark Wildzord - Alligator Wildzord - Rhino Wildzord - Armadillo Wildzord - Deer Wildzord - Falcon Wildzord - Black Lion Wildzord - Condor Wildzord - Saw Shark Wildzord - Buffalo Wildzord - Jaguar Wildzord
Wild Force Megazord - Kongazord - Predazord - Isis Megazord - Animus - Pegasus Megazord
Other Zords
Astro Megaship
Master Org - Putrids
Duke Orgs: Jindrax - Toxica - Zen-Aku - Artilla & Helicos - Onikage
General Orgs: Retinax - Nayzor - Mandilok
Mut-Orgs: Takach - Kired - Rofang
Machine Empire: General Venjix - Gerrok - Steelon - Automon - Tezzla - Cogs - Serpentera
Turbine Org - Plug Org - Barbed Wire Org - Camera Org - Bell Org - Tire Org - Ship Org - Cell Phone Org - Bulldozer Org - Freezer Org - Vacuum Cleaner Org - Bus Org - Scooter/Motorcycle Org - Lawnmower Org - Quadra Org - Karaoke Org - Signal Org - Bowling Org - Wedding Dress Org - Samurai Org - Tombstone Org - Flute Org - Juggelo - Lion Tamer Org - Monitor Org - Toy Org - Clock Org - Locomotive Org
Tommy OliverTrey of TriforiaJason Lee ScottZhaneMagna DefenderMichael CorbettRyan MitchellEric MyersMerrick BalitonCameron WatanabeTrent Fernandez-MercerSamDaggeronTyzonnGemGemmaAntonio GarciaRobo KnightOrionSir Ivan of ZandarLevi WestonNate SilvaSteelAiyon

Secondary Rangers
Tommy Oliver/CloneTommy Oliver/MoviePhantom RangerPsycho SilverRita Repulsa/2017 movieJoe ShihTrek

Power Sets
Green RangerWhite RangerGold RangerPhantom RangerSilver RangerMagna DefenderTitanium RangerQuantum RangerLunar Wolf RangerGreen Samurai RangerWhite Dino RangerOmega RangerSolaris KnightMercury RangerRanger Operator Series GoldRanger Operator Series SilverGold Samurai RangerRobo KnightSuper Megaforce SilverDino Charge Gold RangerNinja Steel GoldGrid Battleforce Gold RangerGrid Battleforce Silver RangerDino Fury Gold Ranger
White Ranger (movie)Green Ranger (2017 movie)HyperForce GreenSupersonic GreenPsycho Green

Silver Rangers
ZhaneRyan MitchellMerrick BalitonTyzonnGemmaRobo KnightOrionZenowingSteel

Secondary Rangers
Nova Ranger
Wolf Shadow RangerDoomwing

Power Sets
Silver Space RangerTitanium RangerLunar Wolf RangerS.P.D. Nova RangerMercury Overdrive RangerRanger Operator Series SilverRobo KnightSuper Megaforce SilverDino Charge Silver RangerGrid Battleforce Silver Ranger