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Beetles are an insect species appearing in Metroid Prime, native to Tallon IV. Predatory tunnel diggers, Beetles live in soft earth and often spring up on unsurprising prey. They are also very territorial and extremely aggressive, attacking much larger organisms like Samus. They are equipped with powerful mandibles with which they use to kill and ingest food. The mouth of the Beetle is also for travel as they use it to burrow through solid rock at high speeds. Samus encounters them in Metroid Prime, where they can be found in the Tallon Overworld and in the Chozo Ruins. Beetles sometimes make an odd pig-like squeal.
Ice Beetles, a related species, can be found in Phendrana as well. They have reinforced ice carapaces, which provides extra protection and augmented burrowing strength and abilities, and they despise any type of heat. Usage of any beam, excluding the Ice Beam, causes it to flee back into the ground, although the Plasma Beam makes short work of them (they even have a special death animation used for it). Ice Beetles burrow quickly and are even faster in their attacks, so getting hits against them are difficult. They are short-lived enemies, appearing in only one or two areas in the game and in small numbers.
There is also a larger species related to the Beetle called the Plated Beetle that is also found in the Chozo Ruins. This Plated Beetle species is potentially a fully grown "Alpha Beetle", the reason being that these larger variants start appearing in areas where regular Beetles were initially found. These have many distinct differences, such as a plated exterior, and a vulnerable abdomen at the rear.
Burrowing insect with a resilient carapace. Extremely aggressive.
Insect's massive mouth enables it to tunnel through solid rock at high speeds. Above ground, Beetles can cover short distances rapidly. They attack anything that moves near their lair.
Official Metroid Prime websiteEdit
"The Beetle is an extremely aggressive burrowing insect. Its massive mouth enables it to tunnel through solid rock at high speeds. Above ground, Beetles can cover short distances rapidly. They attack anything that moves near their lair.
The Beetle is a heavily armored insect with highly developed jaws and a resilient carapace."
Metroid Prime Pinball manualEdit
"A burrowing creature that attacks by charging its prey."
- According to Jack Mathews, the tech lead for Prime, the Beetle's AI was the first to be programmed into the game.