Escape Pods are small, limited-capacity vessels usually used to abandon ship in an emergency situation. Escape pods have been used on multiple occasions by various species throughout the Metroid series.
In Metroid Prime, the Space Pirates used escape pods to flee the Frigate Orpheon after a series of disasters involving Parasite Queens. In Metroid Fusion, Samus was automatically ejected from her gunship in an escape pod after she lost consciousness following her infection by X Parasites, just before her ship collided with an asteroid belt.
- "Escape pod entrance. The vessel has already been jettisoned. Evacuation occurred 6 hours prior to your arrival." —Scan Data (Metroid Prime)
- "Once the X had infested my central nervous system, I lost consciousness and my ship drifted into an asteroid belt. The ship's emergency systems automatically ejected the escape pod before impact. Biologic's vessel recovered it and transported me to Galactic Federation HQ." —Samus Aran (Metroid Fusion)