Official artwork of a Flickerbat.
|Featured in||Metroid Prime|
|Known locales||Phendrana Drifts|
|Known worlds||Tallon IV|
Flickerbats are flying creatures pale blue in color, though optical camouflaging render them invisible to the naked eye most of the time. Their name presumably comes from the way they "flicker" in and out of the visible spectrum. They have fairly small wings, requiring them to flap their wings at a rapid rate to fly. Scientists have only been able to track them reliably by the use of X-ray imaging. They fly non-stop without tiring, hunting for insects and other small prey that float on air currents. Flickerbats generally fly in cyclical hunting patterns, using primitive sonar to navigate. Samus Aran encounters Flickerbats in the Phendrana Drifts on Tallon IV. They are in a few rooms including the Phendrana Shorelines and the Glacier One base. It is hard to spot them without the use of the X-Ray Visor due to their optical camouflaging. They pose no threat to her unless she is in the way of their hunting patterns, in which case they will knock her back slightly, causing little damage. These creatures behave very similarly to Sandbats and well as Nightbarbs and Phazon Nightbarbs.