Exterior Docking Hangar

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Exterior Docking Hangar
Exterior Docking Hangar

The Exterior Docking Hangar

Game Metroid Prime

Frigate Orpheon

Connected Rooms

Air Lock


Deserted Frigate Orpheon

Exterior Docking Hangar is a room where Samus first lands her ship at the Frigate Orpheon and the first room Samus enters in Metroid Prime.

Appearance and Navigation

Samus arriving at the Exterior Docking Hangar, with Tallon IV in the background

The area is surrounded by orange force fields, which prevent Samus from returning to her gunship or stepping into the vacuum of space.[1] There are two other blue force fields Samus must disable by shooting targets; the second set of these targets are inactive and must be activated by scanning a small terminal before they can be disabled. This room includes the docking area that appears open to the vacuum of space and a separated hallway referred to in scan data as the "Main Docking Bay."

From here, Samus has an excellent view of the planet below the frigate and surrounding space, including several nearby star clusters and an asteroid field. Asteroids that stray near the frigate beyond the screen of the force fields can be shattered by a shot from her Power Beam.

After venturing through and exiting this room, Samus does not need to return to it until she is escaping the destruction of Frigate Orpheon. When she does arrive a second time, Samus heads straight to her gunship and leaves, following a fleeing Meta Ridley.


Available Logbook Entries

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  • The section of hallway in this room is called the "Main Docking Bay" in scan data, but is included as part of the Exterior Docking Hangar on the map.
  • There are slow-floating asteroids floating around Exterior Docking Hangar; Samus can shoot and shatter these rocks.
  • Exterior Docking Hangar is the first formally named room in which Samus sets foot.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Energy Force Field in place. You cannot reach your gunship." —Scan Data (Metroid Prime)
  2. "This switch is directly connected to the Force Field barrier." —Scan Data (Metroid Prime)
  3. "This Force Field blocks the entrance. Something nearby must be able to deactivate it." —Scan Data (Metroid Prime)
  4. "This Force Field blocks the entrance. You cannot deactivate the Force Field unless the switches are red." —Scan Data (Metroid Prime)
  5. "This switch does not seem to be operational. The control panel on the pillar in this room can turn it on." —Scan Data (Metroid Prime)
  6. "Force Field activation switches are now online." —Scan Data (Metroid Prime)
  7. "Entrance to Main Docking Bay" —Scan Data (Metroid Prime)
  8. "Entrance to Exterior Docking Hangar" —Scan Data (Metroid Prime)
  9. "DECK GAMMA >>
    Reactor Core and Propulsion
    Environment normal.
    " —Scan Data (Metroid Prime)
  10. "DECK BETA >>
    Biohazard Research
    Environment normal.
    " —Scan Data (Metroid Prime)
  11. "DECK ALPHA >>
    Emergency Evacuation Area
    Environment unstable.
    " —Scan Data (Metroid Prime)
  12. "Entrance to Air Lock" —Scan Data (Metroid Prime)

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 外観ドッキングハンガー  Exterior Docking Hangar  
Spanish Hangar de Atraque Exterior  Exterior Docking Hangar  
French Dock extérieur  Exterior Dock  
German Äußerer Andockhangar  Outer Docking Hangar  
Italian Ponte d'Attracco  Docking Bridge  

Rooms in Metroid Prime
Phendrana Drifts Phazon Mines Impact Crater
Frigate Orpheon Tallon Overworld Chozo Ruins Magmoor Caverns