There are several paths that lead to the actual Kraid, so the player may not even encounter Mini-Kraid. He is a brown and blue version of the regular Kraid, but of equal size. He dies from a single Missile or at the slightest touch of the Screw Attack, though it constantly respawns like a regular enemy once Samus leaves the room and re-enters.
This imposter was potentially the source of much frustration for first-time players of Metroid, as the latter may have thought, after killing him, that they had achieved one of the requirements of the Stone Statues to access Tourian. As a result, the players would leave Kraid's Lair prematurely to seek out the second requirement, Ridley, unknowingly leaving the authentic Kraid alive.
A few rooms before Kraid, Samus will encounter this smaller version of Kraid. Before she sees him, spikes will fly towards her, very similar to how Bowser attacks in Super Mario Bros, requiring quick dodging and Morph Ball maneuvers if players wanted to avoid any damage. As she progresses through the room, she will eventually come face to face with Mini-Kraid.
Mini-Kraid continually shoots spikes from his stomach and will occasionally spit rock-like projectiles from his mouth which will deal some damage. A few Missiles or one Super Missile will easily kill Mini-Kraid. He will respawn once Samus re-enters the room.
Kraid in Metroid was approximately the same size as Super Metroid's Mini-Kraid, and fought much like the latter, leading players to believe they were fighting the real Kraid when Super Metroid was first released. However, upon defeating this fake Kraid, nothing happens, though one of the next rooms contains the much larger, authentic Kraid.
- Mini-Kraid did not appear in Metroid: Zero Mission, though its room in Metroid did.
- In Super Metroid, Mini-Kraid seems to make a cry similar to the Alien creature from the Alien film franchise.
- There is an unused Fake Ridley in the original Metroid. Similar to Fake Kraid, it has a different coloration from the true Ridley and can be killed by a single Missile or at the slightest touch of the Screw Attack. It uses Ridley's fireballs to attack.
- Mini-Kraid also appears in The Shape of Happiness. Disguised as an attractive woman, it encounters Samus while she is on her way to kill Kraid. It quickly claims to be the real Kraid, but is killed by Samus. She then discovers him wearing a shirt identifying him as a fake boss. However, she leaves a note on his body identifying him as the real boss, and considers Kraid dead.
"Only one Mini-Kraid exists. Charge it and shoot it with Missiles."
|Non-organic||Elephant Bird • False Energy Tank • Invisible platform • Fake Missile Tank • Concealed movement pad • Pit Block • Zebes-Horogram|
|Species||Dark Echo • Mini-Kraid • Fake Ridley • Gripper • Scientist|
|Samus Aran Mimics|| Battle Simulation 'Samus Aran' • Dark Samus (Dark Echo) • Chozo R&D Division • SA-X • Dangelo (Samus Model Terminator Suit) • Mecha Samus • Desert Phantom |
Samus Tank • Integra • NSamus
|Shapeshifters||Gorea • Jovian • Mimic • Phaz-Ing • X Parasite|
|Gandrayda||Berserker-G • Aerotrooper-G • Swarmbot-G • Rundas-G • Ghor-G • Samus-G • Pirate Militia • NZG41 • Reptilicus-G|