Multiple Hopping Metroids at Norion.
|Featured in||Metroid Prime 3: Corruption|
|Attacks||Slashing, Phazon Venom, Phazon Pulsations (Hypermode only)|
|Weakness||Extreme cold, Missiles|
|Life Cycle||Preceded by: Unknown (possibly Phazon Metroid)|
Followed by: Unknown
|Stage||Stage ?: Unknown|
Hopping Metroids are highly mutated Metroids that somewhat resemble Metroid Prime in its initial protective shell, Gamma Metroids, Phazon Hoppers, or even Quadtroids. A Hopping Metroid's behavior is very similar to that of a Phazon Hopper.
Barely resembling an Infant or Larval Metroid anymore, Hopping Metroids can no longer fly as a result of Phazon mutation, instead moving around by jumping with their four legs. They attack by slashing at Samus with their sharp, Phazite-tipped front legs or spitting Phazon venom. Due to the immense amount of Phazon stored in their bodies, Hopping Metroids are able to enter Hypermode at will; when they do so, they can generate small Phazon shockwaves similar to those made by Phazon Hoppers.
Hopping Metroids are still vulnerable to cold, though to a lesser extent than their flying counterparts and it takes several Ice Missiles (even more when in Hypermode) to freeze them instead of only one. However, unlike Phazon Metroids, they cannot become intangible in an attempt to avoid Missiles.
It is unknown exactly how a Metroid mutates into this form, except that it is most likely a higher form of the Phazon Metroid. A possibility is that a Phazon Metroid molts into the Hopping stage in a similar manner to the Larval Metroids on SR388 molting into the Alpha and Gamma stages, which is akin to an insect exiting its chrysalis/cocoon. The Hopping Metroid also bears subtle resemblances to Metroid Prime, which may suggest a connection between the two.
- Strangely, a Hopping Metroid's behavior (as mentioned before) is identical to that of the more powerful Phazon Hopper, despite both creatures belonging to two entirely different species; the former is a mutated Metroid while the latter is a mutated Hopper from planet Bryyo. An explanation is never given for this.
|Natural Life Cycle|| |
|Zebes Metroids|| |
|Tallon IV Metroids|
|Aether Metroids|| |
|Phazon Metroids|| |
|Cocoons and Eggs|| |
|Artificial Metroids|| |
|Metroid Hybrids|| |
|Specific Metroids|| |
|Metroid Technologies|| |
|Native to Phaaze||Leviathan • Leviathan womb • Leviathan Infant • Phazon Core • Phaz-Ing • Jelsac • Liquid Phazon • Phazon Grub • Phazon Leech • Phazon Fungus • Phazon tendril • Phazon Vine • Glow Stem • Aazelion • Tangle Weed • Massive Tentacle • Parasitic fungus • Fungus • ULF 11 • ULF 12 • ULF 14 • ULF 17 • ULF 36 • ULF 49|
|Corrupted Creatures||Phazon Hopper • Phazon Nightbarb • Phazon Shriekbat • Phazon Puffer • Phazon Pillbug|
|Space Pirates||Aurora Unit 313 • Elite Pirate • Phazon Elite • Omega Pirate • Berserker Knight • Berserker Lord|
|Phazon Metroids||Class I Energy Harvester • Tallon Metroid • Hunter Metroid • Fission Metroid • Miniroid • Phazon Metroid • Hopping Metroid • Metroid Hatcher|
|Leviathan Core Guardians||Metroid Prime • Emperor Ing • Mogenar • Helios • Omega Ridley|
|Born of Phazon||Phaazoid • Red Phaazoid • Ing • Dark Samus|