|This article is about the Commando Pirates from Metroid Prime 3: Corruption. For the similar enemy from Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, see Pirate Commando.|
Commando Pirates are high ranking Space Pirates found in Metroid Prime 3: Corruption. Found exclusively on the Pirate Homeworld, Commandos use the same weapons used by the basic Pirate Troopers, but wear armor made from Phazite, making them extremely resistant to damage, although this armor could be pierced by high-frequency beams and is still vulnerable to Phazon-based weapons. These tenacious warriors stood out against lesser troops with their ability to teleport and become invisible, possibly using the same technology used by the Shadow Pirates; while invisible, they could only be located with the X-Ray Visor.
Like other armored Pirates in Corruption, the Commando's armor will break off after sustaining enough damage, at which point they behave like regular Pirate Troopers and will not become invisible, suggesting that their cloaking device is built into their armor. An easy way to kill a Commando is to use the X-Ray Visor to lock onto their head and shoot it with the Nova Beam, which would penetrate the helmet and kill the Commando instantly. However, this is difficult to perform while the Commando is in Hypermode, as this creates interference with the X-Ray visor and prevents Samus from locking onto them.
- By killing twenty Commandos, a Friend Voucher can be obtained.
- "Commando Pirates use the best gear available: only Beams of the highest temperature can penetrate the layer of Phazite in the armorsuit. All of the weaponry is powered by Phazon. Each commando has a combat cloaking field, along with boost thrusters and a personal teleporter. The Phazite armor they wear makes them extremely resistant to damage in combat." — Logbook "Commando Pirate" (Metroid Prime 3: Corruption)
- "Each has been a commando for at least ten years." —Metroid Prime 3: Corruption Logbook "Pirate Commander" (Metroid Prime 3: Corruption)