Hunter Metroids are Phazon mutated Metroids featured in Metroid Prime. They are capable of draining their prey's energy at a distance with their energy siphon tentacle; if angered they will ram their prey. Samus encounters Hunter Metroids in the lower levels of the Phazon Mines. A single Hunter Metroid appears in Phendrana Drifts' Frost Cave until the Gravity Suit is obtained. Metroid Prime is also capable of spawning them in its core form.
A Space Pirate display depicting a Hunter Metroid
- "As Metroids develop, they become more efficient predators. An energy-draining tentacle allows them to attack at a distance. Quick to anger, a Hunter Metroid will charge troublesome prey and attempt to ram them into submission. Cold-based attacks are still quite effective against these creatures." — Logbook "Hunter Metroid" (Metroid Prime)