The Omega Metroid is the seventh and final stage of a standard Metroid's life cycle.
An Omega is a fully grown adult and an extension of the Zeta Metroid stage. As a result, their body structures are very similar. Though they are sluggish compared to their prior form due to their greater size, Omega Metroids more than make up for it with their increase in raw power, more lethal projectiles and further developed body armor. Curiously, an Omega Metroid's body can have slight variations depending on unknown factors. One of these factors however may be based on the environment it grows in, similar to how a Larva Metroid adapts outside of SR388.
Metroids born with a specific gene can become a Queen, and while it is unknown if these gifted individuals follow the same life cycle as a standard Metroid, the resemblance between an Omega and a Queen suggests the former metamorphoses into the latter.
Samus Aran encountered several Omega Metroids during her mission to SR388. She would later fight another Omega Metroid created by Galactic Federation experiments on the Biologic Space Laboratories research station.
The Omega Metroids are quite slower than their Zeta counterparts, but can deal an enormous amount of damage. They maintain the basic structure of their last forms, and at the same time keep the same weaknesses. Samus must shoot them either in the stomach or back, although a shot to the latter causes more damage.
Omega Metroids typically levitate around while periodically pausing for a moment. Samus can use the Screw Attack to counter a lunge attack from an Omega, and to preserve her health - though this will not cause the Metroid any damage. Omegas also spit deadly acid in battle. Without utilizing their weakness, they require 40 missiles to bring down.
Samus encounters a single Omega Metroid on the BSL research station. It was originally an Infant Metroid from the Restricted Laboratory, developed from the cells of the Baby. It escaped during the laboratory's destruction, and went to feed on numerous X Parasites, rapidly molting through its life cycle until reaching the Omega stage as it made its way to the Docking Bays. Samus begins to find discarded membranes in Sector 1 and passes through several rooms, usually filled with X organisms, empty and in ruins.
Samus enters the Docking Bays, hoping to make a swift escape from the Station. Instead of her ship, however, she finds a giant shell larger than the Baby lying amidst the wreckage of the Docking Bays. As Samus begins to run back, the Omega Metroid bursts through the wall. This specimen is much more powerful than those encountered on SR388, as none of Samus' current weapons seem capable of damaging it, and it reduces her health to critical levels in one swipe. She is left with 1 point of Energy and is unable to move. As the Omega Metroid moves in for the kill, an SA-X, which had recently been defeated by Samus but was able to escape, joins the fight. Ignoring Samus completely (ironically, since one shot would have killed her at this point) and focusing on the greater Metroid threat, the SA-X moves right up to the Omega and shoots at the creature's chest with the Ice Beam, revealing its weak point to her. The SA-X is then hit by the Omega's claws, destroying its mimicry and releasing into the air the Core-X Samus had failed to absorb earlier. She leaps into the X, restoring all her health and returning the Ice Beam to her. This scene is likely a recreation of the ending of Super Metroid, where Samus is saved from death by a former attacker and is given a powerful weapon to use against her enemy.
The Omega Metroid slowly creeps toward the left side of the docking bay throughout the duration of the battle in an attempt to swipe at Samus with its claws. To avoid this, Samus must use the Ice Beam to drive the creature backwards, similar to the battles with Crocomire, the Kiru Giru and the Desbrachians, and move away before the Omega Metroid can counterattack. If the Metroid manages to connect with a claw swipe, Samus will take heavy damage (but not be reduced to 1 Energy, losing instead 100 Energy, ie. one bar) and be hurled backwards and knocked to her knees, exactly as she was at the beginning of the battle. Samus will stand back up after a few seconds, but since there is a countdown until the BSL collides with SR388 in effect, this is a battle not only against the Omega Metroid but against time as well.
Ultimately, Samus succeeds in driving the creature back to the wall through which it came, and is eventually destroyed. Samus's ship returns to the bay, allowing her to leave the station with moments to spare.
In Metroid II, the Omega Metroids are about 150% the size of Samus. In Fusion they are much larger, although this is likely due to the screen size and resolution difference between the Game Boy and Game Boy Advance, since they are mentioned to be "massive" in M2's manual. In Metroid II, Omega Metroids are capable of levitation and can fire plasma projectiles from their mouths, the latter of which causes decent damage; they are also vulnerable against missiles only. In Fusion it does not demonstrate levitation or projectiles, its claw swipe can deplete entire Energy Tanks, their vulnerability against missiles is entirely non-existent, and while the Ice Beam proves effective against the Omega Metroid in Fusion, it had no effect in Metroid II. Its lack of levitation, however, could be explained by the room having an open door to space, and as such, it was gripping onto the floor to avoid being sucked out.
In the official artwork of all the Metroid stages, starting from the Alpha stage, all the Metroids have blue eyes, including the Omega Metroid and Queen Metroid. However, in Fusion the Omega Metroid has red eyes. Among these changes are also differences in color and design for the Omega Metroid, such as a golden maw, a fuchsia-colored chest and abdomen, and larger claws. This could be, however, the result of the BSL personnel accelerating the growth cycle of the Metroid specimens, causing this particular Metroid to undergo mutations. Metroids are also known to change appearance based on their environments, thus this could be a result of such a factor.
It could also be a possibility that the Omega in Fusion hadn't fully developed its powers as it just molted.
Metroid II manualEdit
"This mutation is absolutely huge; its power, incredible!"
Nintendo Power issue 31Edit
"A fast and frenzied fight will ensue when you encounter this highly advanced creature. Be ready with Missiles."
- Danny Richardson made an artwork of an Omega Metroid during the early development of a sequel to Metroid Prime. It went unused when the game changed direction to become Metroid Prime 2: Echoes.
- For unexplained reasons, the Omega Metroid attacked Samus despite the latter having Metroid DNA, whereas the other Metroids in the Restricted Area ignored her. This may be because the Metroids in the Restricted Area were preoccupied with the SA-X who admittedly was attacking them at the time. The Metroid which transformed into the Omega Metroid could also have possiby mistaken Samus for the SA-X, due to their similar appearance. The Omega Metroid may just be a generally violent creature and would have attacked anything that entered the Docking Bay.
- Interestingly enough, the baby grew to an unnatural size and became the Big Metroid seen near the end of Super Metroid, similar to the Omega Metroid from Fusion. The fact that this Omega Metroid was created from the genetic material of the Baby may indicate a connection between their immense growth.
- The Omega Metroid is the only fully organic boss in Metroid Fusion not infected by the X-Parasites (the B.O.X. Security Robot is mostly composed of mechanical components), but this is only due to its natural immunity to the X that it shares with others of its kind.
- The battle with the Omega Metroid is the second boss battle in Fusion to feature a time limit, after the scientist.
- This particular Omega Metroid from Fusion is one of the few antagonists that succeeded in outmatching Samus. Mother Brain and Ridley in Super Metroid, Dark Samus in Metroid Prime 3: Corruption and an SA-X were all similarly capable of bringing Samus to the brink of death.
- The Omega Metroid in Metroid Fusion drools some sort of substance after killing the SA-X. This may be the acid that others of its kind spat in Metroid II.
- The Omega Metroid appears towards the end of the Metroid II commercial. It is the only enemy that is featured in stop-motion animation.
- During the fight with the Omega Metroid in Fusion, Samus can be stunned by the Metroid's claws. The duration of this paralysis can be reduced by tapping up on the D-pad.
- Oddly, the term "Omega" is usually used to describe the lowest-ranking member of a group, for example, in a pack of wolves.
- The term omega is also the last letter of the Greek alphabet and is often used to describe the last of something, in this case most likely referring to this being the last stage of a typical Metroid's life.
- The Omega Metroid in Fusion behaves similarly to the Arachnus-X in the same game. They both have a hunched posture, approach Samus slowly, and die while thrusting their heads repeatedly as they roar.
- The Omega Metroids that Samus encounters in Metroid II are found in the same locations as their discarded shells, just a few feet away.
- In Fusion, even if Samus has one unit of energy left following her fight with the SA-X, the Omega Metroid's initial attack will not do additional damage; though she is still knocked down the event is scripted to leave her with one unit of energy no matter how much she had prior to the encounter.
- The Omega Metroid in Fusion is currently the last boss in the Metroid series (chronologically).
- The Omega Metroids in Metroid II have blue eyes, while the Omega Metroid in Metroid Fusion, strangely, has red eyes.
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|Bosses in the Metroid series|
|Metroid||Kraid • Ridley • Mother Brain|
|Metroid: Zero Mission|| King Worm • Mua • Kraid • Kiru Giru • Imago • Ridley • Mother Brain • Ruins Test • Ridley Robot |
|Metroid II: Return of Samus||Alpha Metroid • Arachnus • Gamma Metroid • Zeta Metroid • Omega Metroid • Queen Metroid|
|Super Metroid||Torizo • Spore Spawn • Kraid • Crocomire • Phantoon • Botwoon • Draygon • Golden Torizo • Ridley • Big Metroid • Mother Brain|
|Metroid: Other M||Brug Mass • Fune and Namihe • Groganch • King Kihunter • Mystery Creature • Goyagma • RB176 Ferrocrusher • Rhedogian • Vorash • Ridley • Nightmare • Queen Metroid • MB • Phantoon|
|Metroid Fusion||Arachnus-X • Elephant Bird • Zazabi • Serris • B.O.X. Security Robot • Mega Core-X • Scientist • Yakuza • Nettori • Nightmare • Neo-Ridley • SA-X • Omega Metroid|
|See also: Bosses in Metroid Prime Series|