Japanese Metroid guide.

Bug-like creatures, Mellas (Japanese: メラ (mera?)) are found in Norfair on the planet Zebes. Mellas exist in small swarms, and are very similar to Mellows, all except the fire they emit on their heads in a fashion similar to Novas. When undisturbed, they will hover in one area as a group, but if they are disturbed they will swoop down diagonally at the target. The best way to take care of Mellas (like most Norfair creatures) is by using the Ice Beam.


Metroid concept art.

Metroid Enemy Mella
In Metroid: Other M, Mellas are found in Sector 3 / Pyrosphere, and often emerge from Fly Pods resembling flaming red compounds. In the same game, there is a species called Himellas that strongly resemble Mellas, but have cold attributes instead. Himellas and Mellas are in the same species as Reos[1] (see official data below).

Metroid: Other M

Official dataEdit

Metroid manualEdit

"These move in groups and can pass through walls and rocks. They are the weakest and a single blast of the normal beam will lay them flat."

Super Metroid Nintendo Player's GuideEdit

"They exist in small swarms. Chill them out with a shot of the Ice Beam."
Enemy Data Description
Color HP ATK E BE M SM PB Norfair. They exist in small swarms. Chill them out with a shot of the Ice Beam.
Normal 30 16 27 12 31 2 0



Nintendo Official Guidebook for Metroid: Other M, which describes Reo, Himella, and Mella as being in the same species

Japanese Nintendo Official Metroid: Other M Guidebook Edit

"A flying bug-type creature. Besides the Reos that appear in Sector 1, there are Himella with ice attacks in Sector 2, and Mellas with fire attacks in Sector 3, making three different types of Reo."


  • Mellows are possibly related to Mellas and Himellas, given their similarity in name, behavior and body structure (they all feature small limbs or none at all).
  • The variations of these creatures found in Metroid: Other M have an attack similiar to one that the Reos in the same game use. However, instead of slashing Samus, they latch on and explode and it cannot be countered.


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