Because the Chameleon Manta draws vast amounts of energy from the defense systems, it leaves the user vulnerable to attack. This flaw can be exposed during the battle with the Omega Pirate, which cloaks itself using the Chameleon Manta while it heals itself by absorbing Phazon. Though this cloak is effective in the normal light spectrum and against thermal imaging, X-Ray imaging can still be used track the wearer intermittently.
- "Elite Pirate Upsilon's propensity for Phazon has enabled our research team to infuse it far beyond our safety restrictions, and the results have been extremely encouraging. Its constant Phazon diet has increased its mass exponentially, but it has retained all mental faculties and shows dexterity with all Elite weaponry, including Plasma Incendiary Launchers and the Chameleon Manta issued for cloaking purposes." —Pirate Data "Omega Pirate" (Metroid Prime)
- "Most powerful of the Elite Pirate Forces. Omega Pirate can become invisible to normal sight. It is vulnerable when cloaked, as all energy is drawn from defense systems." —Metroid Prime Logbook "Omega Pirate" (Metroid Prime)