Phazon Elites are Elite Pirates with energized Phazon directly infused into their bodies; this provides them with high levels of energy, but short life spans. Unlike most Elites, Phazon Elites do not carry the vulnerable plasma cannons. They instead rely on Wave Quake Generators.
Samus Aran only encounters one Phazon Elite specimen in the Phazon Mines: EPG-8642, field designation 'Elite Pirate Alpha.' After she drops a Power Bomb near its Bendezium-reinforced stasis pod, it will break out and immediately attack Samus. Its entire body is vulnerable, yet very resilient. As with other Elites, Samus may only harm it when its Energy-siphon System is inactive.
Once Samus kills it, she will be able to obtain the Artifact of Warrior.
- "Elite Pirate infused with energized Phazon. The Phazon-charged Elite Pirates rely more on their Wave Quake Generators, opting not to carry the vulnerable Plasma Artillery Cannons normally used by Elites. The direct fusing of Phazon into their bodies provides a tremendous level of energy. The drastically lower life span that comes with this process is of little concern to the Pirate Research team." — Logbook "Phazon Elite" (Metroid Prime)
- "Unit ident-code EPG-8642, batch 23, field designation 'Elite Pirate Alpha.' Stasis tank reinforced with Bendezium alloy plates." —Scan Data (Metroid Prime)