Samus Aran faces a Hunter Ing.
|Featured in||Metroid Prime 2: Echoes|
|Known locales||Dark Torvus and Sky Temple Grounds.|
|Known worlds||Dark Aether|
|Weakness(es)||Light Beam, non charged Beams, Screw Attack.|
Hunter Ing are very different in physiology from Warrior Ing, in that they have only four tentacles which intertwine in a mass of black wires around a glowing sphere composed of red particles, which is the main body and/or eye. They are capable of phasing in and out of the current timespace, making them unable to be hurt or locked onto until they return to normal. When they possess a light creature, as well as increasing their strength and durability, they also grant it this ability to phase in and out of the local timespace, vastly increasing the creature's threat level. The Hunter Ing do not move fast, but can be quite devastating when they attack.
Hunter Ing are ranked very highly among the other Ing. Among members of the Ing Horde, only Hunter Ing are allowed to assume possession of the Pirate Commandos, and even then competition is fierce. Their main diet seems to be the Nightbarbs inhabiting Dark Aether.
Hunter Ing cannot use energy-based attacks like Warrior Ing, but instead whip at enemies with their tentacles from long distances and shift in and out of the current timespace, attacking enemies from another dimension. When they are intangible, they can lunge themselves at Samus, entering her body and temporarily paralysing her as well as scrambling the visor before exiting her (these are likely failed attempts at darkling possession). In this form, they can be tracked with the Dark Visor, but are quite difficult to lock on to due to their constant movement and teleportation out of the local timespace. The easiest way to defeat them before getting the Annihilator Beam is to fire normal shots at them; they will turn intangible if Samus fires a charged shot. Another way is to supercharge a Light Crystal or Beacon to attract and incinerate them. However, once you have obtained the Screw Attack they become much more easy and manageable to destroy when you somersault into them.
|Ruling caste||Emperor Ing|
|Battle forms||Warrior Ing • Hunter Ing • Boost Guardian • Jump Guardian • Ingstorm • Darkling Tentacle|
|Submissive||Darkling • Inglet • Ing Webtrap • Flying Ing Cache|
|Immobile||Bladepod • Ingsphere Cache • Ingworm Cache • Ingworm • Webling • Ingclaw|
|Misc||Black fog • Ing Horde • Ing Larva • Phaz-Ing|
|Species||Alimbic • Boost Guardian • Chozo (Ghost) • Dark Pirate Commando • Darkling • Darkling Tentacle • Gorea • Ing (Hunter, Emperor, Warrior) • Ingsphere Cache • Kralee • Leviathan • Luminoth • Metroid Prime (Core essence) • Phantoon • Warp Hound • Phazon Metroid|
|Gateways||Alimbic Cannon • Artifact Temple • Portal • Stronghold Portal • Wormhole|
|Alternate Dimensions||Dark Aether • Infinity Void • The Locker • Oubliette • Stronghold Void|
|Other||Black fog • Dark Visor • Darkburst|