Chameleon Manta

Chameleon Manta is a technology used in Metroid Prime. It is utilized by the Omega Pirate and likely the Shadow Pirates to render themselves invisible to the naked eye. If Samus Aran is in combat with the latter, she can use her Thermal Visor or X-Ray Visor to track their movements more easily. The Omega Pirate is invisible to everything but the X-Ray Visor, though for a few seconds after its armored plates are destroyed it cannot be seen in any visor.

The Ghalmanian in Metroid: Other M use a similar ability, although this is more likely a biological feature rather than a device. The Bounty Hunter Trace also employs a cloaking device which is only in effect when he remains stationary, as do a number of other creatures, mechanoids, and objects that require alternate visors to see.


Omega pirate battle x ray

Samus targets the Omega Pirate with the aid of the X-Ray Visor.

"Elite Pirate Upsilon's propensity for Phazon has enabled our research team to infuse it far beyond out safety restrictions, and the results have been extremely encouraging. Its constant Phazon diet has increased its mass exponentially, but it has retained all mental faculties and shows dexterity with all Elite weaponry, including Plasma Incendiary Launchers and the Chameleon Manta issued for cloaking purposes. Elite Pirate Upsilon exhibits miraculous healing abilities; when injured, it seeks out Phazon deposits and coats itself in the substance, which instantly mends the creature's wounds. The subject, which we are code-naming Omega Pirate based on these developments, shows potential to be a new standard for our armies. Our only concern at this point is its potential overdependence on Phazon."

Real-World EtymologyEdit

The chameleon is a lizard clade perhaps best known for some species' ability to change color for camouflage and social purposes via specialized chromatophores. "Manta" is Spanish for "cloak" or "blanket."

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