Reptilicus are a species native to Bryyo. They appear to be more intelligent and sophisticated than most Bryyonian life forms. They seem to be the descendants of the Primals, Bryyonians focused on the magic ways of their tribes and persecuted the Lords of Science.
Morphology and Ethology
Reptilicus, as implied by their name, appear very reptilian. They are tall and have four arms and two legs, for a total of six limbs. These bipedal creatures often seemed hunched over, as if they can stand on two arms and two legs.
Reptilicus are highly aggressive, attacking Samus immediately as she enters their line of sight. Although their species seems to have devolved and lost a higher intelligence, they seem to have kept much of their sophistication.
Reptilicus seem to be sophisticated enough to create their own prisons. They also have developed technological weapons in their whips and chakrams. Additionally, they have tamed the warping creatures, Warp Hounds to use in battle and presumably hunting. Certain Reptilicus seem to have been chosen to be Reptilicus Hunters, more powerful enemies with a higher resilience. Due to a mutation, possibly genetic or Phazon-based, the Reptilicus have built an ability to teleport across short distances. This can prove useful to the creatures, as they can surprise prey or enemies and corner them.
- The cross between reptiles and human behaviors seems to be common in mythology and fantasy, including videogames such as the Zelda series' zeldawiki:Lizalfos, Mortal Kombat's Reptile, or Castlevania's Lizardman.
- Grammatically, multiple Reptlicus should be said "Reptilici;" however, the Corruption logbook entry for Warp Hounds opted to keep the name Reptilicus for plural entities, much like plural sheep.
"Reptilicus" is a combination of the word "reptile" and the suffix "-icus" (meaning "having characteristics of"). Together, "Reptilicus" may imply that the species has traits of the terrestrial reptiles: scaly, cold-blooded animals which Corruption's Reptilicuses do seem to resemble.
- "Warp Hounds are susceptible to low-temperature attacks, due to the nature of their thermal-energy-driven biosystem. They are often used by Reptilicus as guards and hunt beasts. They consume Fuel Gel to survive, and can expel blasts of converted thermal energy to attack and defend. The creatures can teleport over short distances, disrupting many forms of electronic targeting in the process" —Logbook "Warp Hound" (Metroid Prime 3: Corruption)
- "Scans indicate a mutation that allows the Reptilicus to teleport over short distances. Commonly used as a combat tactic to corner and trap their prey. The Reptilicus appear to suffer from Phazon corruption, and all higher thought processes have been replaced by savage bloodlust. This corruption has also increased their resistance to heat-based attacks and Fuel Gel." — Logbook "Reptilicus" (Metroid Prime 3: Corruption)