Parasite

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Parasite
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A Parasite

Game

Metroid Prime

Damages by

Contact

Threat Capacity

Damaging, Non-hostile

Located in

Frigate Orpheon


This article is about the Parasites indigenous to Tallon IV. For the mysterious Metroid Fusion parasitic organisms, see X Parasite.

Parasites are a species of interstellar vermin indigenous to Tallon IV.[1]

Morphology

Parasites walk on two legs, dragging their long tails behind them, and have five distinct green markings across their heads, probably eyes. Parasites are highly adaptive creatures, capable of developing resistances to alien environments within three generations.[2] This trait led the Space Pirates to conduct research on the creatures, exposing them to Phazon. The results of these experiments led to the Parasites becoming stronger and more aggressive. Most subjects were unable to survive the continual exposure to Phazon, and those that did became too violent, forcing the Pirate to euthanize them.[3]

A group of Parasites

Several Parasites are still aboard frigate Orpheon after it was abandoned in orbit around Tallon IV, mostly feeding on Space Pirate carcasses. Interestingly, though they are supposedly indigenous to Tallon IV, Samus does not encounter any during her exploration of the planet; she does encounter two variants, however, in rare instances.

A single Parasite is harmless to most lifeforms, however they tend to travel in swarms that can overtake most organisms.[1][4]

Variations

Parasite Queen

Main article: Parasite Queen

Large Parasite females that propagate the species. The location of these in the wild are unknown; however, multiple Phazon-mutated Queens are found aboard Frigate Orpheon.

Ice Parasite

Main article: Ice Parasite

Parasites adapted the the harsh cold of Phendrana Drifts.[2]

Plated Parasite

Main article: Plated Parasite

Parasites that have developed a hard outer shell that cannot be broken with most weaponry.[5]

Data

Logbook

Metroid Prime Pinball Manual

Pirate Data

Our initial tests exposing Tallon IV's indigenous Parasites to Phazon appears to be successful. Increases in size, strength and aggressiveness are common in all test subjects, as well as unforeseen evolutions like addition poison sacs within the abdomen and the appearance of a second ring on mandible in several subjects. These creatures were chosen because of their resilience, and it appears possible that, given enough exposure to Phazon, they many be able to survive on any planet we transport them to. Our methods will have to be refined; we currently have 100% extinction rate after the forth infusion period, and most survivors of the third infusion stage are so violent and uncontrollable that they have to be euthanized. Even still, we remain hopeful that further experimentation will result in success.[3]

Gallery

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Interstellar vermin.​ Travel in swarms. ​Indigenous to Tallon IV,​ a single Parasite is harmless to larger life-​forms.​ However,​ they tend to travel in large groups,​ swarming over potential prey.​ Such swarms can be dangerous." — Logbook "Parasite" (Metroid Prime)
  2. 2.0 2.1 "A simple scavenger life-form that possesses a crystalline outer shell. Parasites are hardy creatures, able to adapt to any environment within three generations. The Ice Parasite is a prime example. Having adjusted to a frigid climate, this vermin now thrives in it. Omnivorous, it can exist in areas hostile to most life-forms." —Logbook "Ice Parasites" (Metroid Prime)
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Our initial tests exposing Tallon IV's indigenous Parasites to Phazon appears to be successful. Increases in size, strength and aggressiveness are common in all test subjects, as well as unforeseen evolutions like addition poison sacs within the abdomen and the appearance of a second ring on mandible in several subjects. These creatures were chosen because of their resilience, and it appears possible that, given enough exposure to Phazon, they many be able to survive on any planet we transport them to. Our methods will have to be refined; we currently have 100% extinction rate after the forth infusion period, and most survivors of the third infusion stage are so violent and uncontrollable that they have to be euthanized. Even still, we remain hopeful that further experimentation will result in success." —Pirate Data "Parasite Larva" (Metroid Prime)
  4. 4.0 4.1 "A new strain of parasitic creature that are dangerous in numbers." Metroid Prime Pinball Instruction Booklet, Pg 15
  5. "Hardy member of the Parasite family. Invulnerable to most weaponry. A cousin to the Parasite, these creatures are known for their amazing resilience. Field studies suggest a weakness to Morph Ball-delivered weapon systems." —Logbook entry for Plated Parasites (Metroid Prime)


Language Name Meaning
Japanese パラサイト  Parasite  


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Phendrana Drifts Phazon Mines Impact Crater
Frigate Orpheon Tallon Overworld Chozo Ruins Magmoor Caverns