The simple Trooper from Metroid Prime is simply known as a Space Pirate, although their Logbook scan indicates that they are the basic troopers. They have purple skin, fiery eyes, and have a very reptilian appearance when compared to other Pirates. They are trained very well in weapon and melee combat. They are equipped with Galvanic Accelerator Cannons and forearm-mounted Scythes for close-range combat. They are very intelligent and spend most of their time in battle, hindering Galactic Federation forces. While they are found throughout Tallon IV, most of them abide in Glacier One of Phendrana Drifts and the Phazon Mines.
Different variants of Prime's Pirates exist, such as Shadow Pirates and Flying Pirates. A special group of Pirate Troopers known as Trooper Pirates appear and are only vulnerable to the same Beam technology from which their armorsuits are derived. They are only found in the Phazon Mines. Pirate Troopers are sometimes used as bait for Metroids in their Quarantines.
Morphology: Space Pirate
Sentient aggressor species well trained in weapon and melee combat.
Space Pirates wield Galvanic Accelerator Cannons and forearm-mounted Scythes in combat. This species seeks to become the dominant force in the galaxy, and their technology may help them realize this goal. Ruthless and amoral, the Pirates care little for the cost of their ambition. Only the results matter, and they take these very seriously.
During the events of Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, Pirate Troopers' arsenals include a photonic power scythe and quantum assault cannon, which at the time were standard-issue weapons for their rank. Most troopers were stationed at their base in Agon Wastes, which was constantly targeted by shadowy creatures, who took a liking to the pirates' technology and moved to take every trooper they could.
The Pirate Troopers in Echoes are unique in that they have the capacity to teleport, an ability which they use to suddenly enter an area and attack Samus, though strangely they don't use during battle. In every other game this ability is reserved for high-ranking Pirates, such as Pirate Commanders.
Pirate Troopers appear in other areas around Aether besides Agon, but aren't very common and rarely respawn.
Pirate Grenadiers are Pirate Troopers armed with an experimental grenade launcher. The size of the launchers prevent Grenadiers carrying the scythes or beam weapons wielded by other Pirates; the launcher is also ineffective against nearby opponents. At close range, the Grenadiers will resort to ramming. Due to the time it takes to charge the launcher, Samus can easily get out of the grenades' blast radius. Samus first encounters the Grenadiers in the Space Pirate base in Agon after the first battle with Dark Samus. They also appear in the Temple Grounds on the way to Torvus Bog, but they do not respawn on subsequent visits. Along with the Pirate Aerotroopers, Pirate Grenadiers are the only Space Pirate varieties in Echoes that were not possessed by the Ing.
Dark Pirate Troopers are Darklings, Ing-possessed Pirate Troopers. They are a useful addition to the Ing Horde, as those who are trained to follow orders without question are easier possession targets. They're often placed in locations important to the Ing, such as Dark Portals. Ing also tend to target Pirate Commandos for possession, a unit which they greatly prize.
Morphology: Pirate Trooper. Starfaring brigand. Aggressive, well-armed bioform trained for combat and conquest. Sworn enemy of Samus Aran.
The Space Pirates suffered a serious defeat at Tallon IV, yet they remain a powerful force for crime and disorder in the galaxy. Their technology continues to advance: even the lowly trooper has received numerous upgrades to his arsenal. A photonic power scythe and quantum assault cannon are now standard-issue weapons for all troopers.
During the events of Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, Pirate Troopers got a major overhaul, using a new Phazon enhancement system. Their Phazon-powered weapons include an assault rifle and deployable energy scythe, along with EMP grenades for power-armored foes and a new Dash Jet system for increased mobility.
Corruption's basic Pirate Troopers mostly appeared on Bryyo, but they are seen every time the armor of an upgraded Trooper is broken off, implying that the Troopers from Echoes were armored too. They also appeared alongside Militia and Aerotrooper Units on Norion, and also frequently on the Pirate Homeworld.
In comparison to previous incarnations, the Troopers in this game seemed slightly less agile and were not seen capable of clinging to walls either. They could still jump over great distances however.
Morphology: Pirate Trooper
Battle ready and vicious, crudely enhanced by Phazon.
The Space Pirate military forces continue to use Phazon, including a new Phazon enhancement system. Basic armament includes an assault rifle and energy scythe, both powered by Phazon. EMP grenades are often employed against power-armored foes. A new Dash Jet system provides increased mobility.
Through the use of the Amplification Beam, the Space Pirates have artificially increased themselves to abnormal sizes, and Pirate Troopers are no exception. They are a common enemy in Metroid Prime: Federation Force and have a design similar to Echoes, but with exaggerated proportions due to the game's super-deformed art style. Three variants of troopers are encountered: Base Troopers, a standard Pirate Trooper, Melee Troopers, Pirates that use melee attacks, and Elite Base Troopers, stronger Base Troopers.
Pirate Trooper varietiesEditSeveral types of Troopers exist in Corruption. Some of these units carry a portable battle shield that can either be removed with the Grapple Lasso or destroyed with Phazon attacks, except on Hypermode difficulty, provided the enemy has engaged Hypermode. The Grapple Voltage can also drain or overload energy from or into a Shield Trooper. However this can not be done in one go, as the Pirate will occasionally break free of the lasso. All of these varieties appear as Aerotroopers as well (excluding shield varieties).
Armored Pirate TrooperEdit
Armored Pirate Troopers are equipped with a standard armorsuit that provides adequate protection against beam weapons, but can be breached with missiles. These units greatly resemble the Pirate Troopers found in Echoes. While their heart-like feature in Echoes was a deep red, the one in this game is a light blue, to represent the Phazon corruption all the troopers bear.
Armored Pirate Trooper
Morphology: Armored Pirate Trooper
Covered with a thin layer of armor. Susceptible to explosive attacks.
Armored Pirate Troopers are equipped with a standard armorsuit. It provides adequate protection against Beam attacks but is vulnerable to explosive blasts. They are outfitted with all the basic pirate armaments. This includes the assault rifle and energy scythe, both powered by Phazon. EMP grenades are often employed against power-armored foes. A new Dash Jet system provides increased mobility.
Assault Pirate TrooperEdit
Assault Pirate Troopers represent the best of the Pirate Troopers in the Space Pirate military. They are equipped with sloped, translucent orange, Missile-deflecting armor. A Dash Jet system is also built into the armor. Basic armament includes assault rifles, energy scythes, and EMP grenades, all powered by Phazon. However beams can damage their armor.
Assault Pirate Trooper
Morphology: Assault Pirate Trooper
Armor deflects Missile attacks. Vulnerable to Beam weapons.
The Assault Pirate Troopers are some of the best the pirate military has to offer. They are heavily armored and are resistant to most attacks. Their unique armor will deflect all Missile fire, but is still damaged by Beam attacks. Basic armament includes an assault rifle and energy scythe, both powered by Phazon. EMP grenades are often employed against power-armored foes. A new Dash Jet system provides increased mobility.
Advanced Pirate TrooperEdit
Advanced Pirate Troopers are Pirate Troopers which have been outfitted with a green-colored armor. The armor is weak against Missile blasts, but resistant to beam attacks. They are essentially stronger versions of Armored Pirate Troopers. Advanced Troopers also have a dash jet system, like many of the Pirate armor systems. Their weapon systems include assault rifles, energy scythes, and EMP grenades. These are the rarest troopers in the game, but are seen mostly during the Galactic Federation's assault on the Skyway to the Leviathan.
Advanced Pirate Trooper
Morphology: Advanced Pirate Trooper
Armor resistant to Beam attacks. Vulnerable to explosive blasts.
Advanced Pirate Troopers wear an additional layer of ablative armor. Explosive attacks are recommended to break the armor away. Basic armament includes an assault rifle and energy scythe, both powered by Phazon. EMP grenades are often employed against power-armored foes. A new Dash Jet system provides increased mobility.
Metroid Prime 2: EchoesEdit
- GFMC Compound
- Path of Eyes
- Plaza Access
- Mining Station A
- Central Station Access
- Central Mining Station
- Command Center
- Biostorage Station
- Portal Terminal
- Torvus Temple
Metroid Prime 3: CorruptionEdit
- Cargo Dock A
- Conduit A
- Generator C
- Cavern Entry
- Temple Access
- Temple of Bryyo
- Overgrown Ruins
- Ancient Courtyard
- Jousting Field
- Jungle Generator
- Generator Hall North
- Generator Hall South
- South Jungle Court
- Research Pod Lift
- Turbine Chamber
- Spire Dock
- Transit Tube A
- Transit Tube B
- Command Courtyard
- Defense Access
- Command Station
- Transit Station 0204
- Transit Station 0205
- Metroid Processing
- Courtyard Passage
- Transit Station 0203
- Transit Tunnel P68
- Transit Tunnel P69
- Phazon Quarry
- Main Cavern
- Control Room Access
- Security Station
- Port Observation Deck
- A Pirate Trooper is shown fighting Samus in the startup video at the beginning of Metroid Prime Hunters, although there are no Space Pirates in the game besides the Bounty Hunter Weavel. This may suggest that Samus encountered them shortly before Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, due to the fact that Hunters is set between Metroid Prime and Metroid Prime 2: Echoes.
- Gandrayda is seen using the form of a Pirate Trooper in several instances, and it is her only form to not have a known name. First, she disguises herself as a Trooper before attacking several in Generator C when Samus enters, and while she is dying after their battle, she morphs into the form of a Trooper. After she is corrupted, Space Pirate Data also mentions that she walks among them in their form, killing those who show the slightest bit of fear.
- Metroid 1.5 shows a concept image of a creature called the Shock beast that is near identical to the Metroid Prime 2: Echoes Pirate Trooper, the only difference being the weapons carried.
- The Pirate Troopers in Metroid Prime 3: Corruption are vastly different in appearance from the others, showing more than one pair of eyes, backwards joints and reduced athletical qualities. This may be because of the Phazon used to enhance them, although they're not as crudely mutated as the Berserker Knight or the Berserker Lord.