Research Team Sclera

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A mature Elite Pirate

The Space Pirate Research Team Sclera was a subdivision of Science Team recognized in Metroid Prime for their discovery of Vertigo Phazon.

During the early stages of Project Helix, Space Pirate embryos were not maturing beyond infanthood without suffering psychotic breakdowns because the Phazon-infusion process was degenerating brain tissue. Sclera's experiments using Vertigo Phazon on Parasites were highly successful, however, and were implemented in experiments using Space Pirate DNA.[1] The resulting Elite Pirates, Phazon Elite, and Omega Pirate were among the Space Pirates' greatest scientific achievements.[2]

Access to Research Lab Aether, where many of these experiments took place, including the failed Experiment 7526, was eventually restricted exclusively to members of Team Sclera.[3]


  1. "Initial Project Helix experiments with Space Pirate embryos were disastrous. The Phazon-infusion process degenerated brain tissue even as it augmented muscle mass. None of what termed Elite Pirates lived to maturity; the few that survived their infanthood suffered severe psychotic breakdowns as juveniles, killing anything within their zone of perception. Research team Sclera made a recent breakthrough, in which parasite studies with a Phazon strain code-named Vertigo were highly successful. Since then we have successful fused Vertigo Phazon with Space Pirate DNA with great success. The latest batch of Elite Pirates have reached maturity successfully and are ready for field testing and training." —Pirate Data "Elite Pirates" (Metroid Prime)
  2. "As we continue to observe the development of Project Helix's Elite Pirates, it becomes increasing obvious that these warriors will usher in a new era of Space Pirate dominance. They are incredibly resistant to damage, and their ability to transport and wield so many weapons at once makes them the ideal mainstays if our ground forces. Though they are not as quick as typical Pirates, it makes little difference. With a platoon of Elite Pirates in the vanguard of an army of normal and Flying Pirates, we will have near-indestructible backbone that should turn the tide in any engagement." —Pirate Data "Special Forces" (Metroid Prime)
  3. "Access to Research Lab Aether limited to Team Sclera only." —Scan Data (Metroid Prime)

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 研究チーム「Sclera」  Research Team "Sclera"