Samus battling the Queen Metroid in Metroid: Other M.
|Featured in||Metroid II: Return of Samus|
Metroid: Other M
|Location||Phase 9, Bioweapon Research Center|
|Size||Height 6 meters (20 feet), Length 11 meters (36 feet)|
|Attacks||Ramming, biting, spitting, fire bursts.|
|Weakness||Missiles, Bombs, Power Bombs|
|Life Cycle||Preceded by: Omega Metroid|
|Stage||Stage 7: Final|
The Queen Metroid is the largest and most powerful Metroid featured in Metroid II: Return of Samus, serving as the main antagonist and final boss of the game. Another Queen Metroid also appears in Metroid: Other M, battled by Samus as one of the final bosses.
She is best compared in structure to a crocodile; the creature has a quadrupedal posture with a large broad jawline containing three rows of teeth. The creature also has eight eyes in total, (two groups of four) and an extendable neck used for attacking with her impressive mandibles. Visually, the creature's features do not differ from the Omega Metroid's in any major way; only a few aspects change, such as the mouth and spinal plating. Similar to the other Metroid forms, her weak spots are her head and mouth structure as well as her stomach, the latter which can be destroyed either by one Power Bomb or some regular Bombs (not in Other M). However, her quadrupedal state also prevents external attacks on her stomach, requiring her to be destroyed from within. The Queen Metroid was the one responsible for reproducing the entire species, much like a "Queen" of an insect colony. Only very few Metroids are born with the specified genetic coding to eventually mutate into a Queen, again, much as an insect colony.
The Queen in Metroid II is only vulnerable in the head, lunges her head out to bite Samus and fires shrapnel that tracks her as well. Stunning her head when her mouth is open is the only way to give Samus access to her inside stomach. The Queen in Other M, however, does not retain any of her attacks from the original encounter, and instead uses several new attacks, such as throwing her head at Samus without the neck extending, releasing Metroids from her back, growing crystals on her head and neck and breathing fire, none of which she had in Metroid II. It is thought of as a possibility that the fire breath was gained from absorbing Ridley's life energy just prior to her battle with Samus. If this is the case, this would be another example of a Metroid stealing an ability from her prey (an earlier example is the Baby giving Samus the Hyper Beam from which it had seemingly absorbed from Mother Brain, a latter example that also compounds this notion, is Samus Aran's Metroid-physiology based Fusion Suit that grants her additional abilities through the absorption of several Core-X). It should also be noted that her artwork depicts her extending her neck, indicating that it was considered by the developers to be implemented. These differences may also be attributed to the Queen being exposed to stimuli that are different from those of SR388 (as seen with other Metroids throughout the series), or simply just an artistic change made by the designers of the game.
When Samus is in the Queen's stomach, as in Metroid II, her energy is drained at rapidly fast levels. This time, however, the aura that is present when Larval Metroids drain her energy in Other M is also present here, indicating that Metroids continue to drain energy in their later stages of life, although from their jaws (as seen in Metroid 2) or stomachs. Unlike in Metroid II, however, Bombs do little to nothing to the Queen.
This creature thrived in the deepest confines of the entire cavern complex of SR388, in a ruined royal palace. This was the final Metroid that Samus Aran destroyed on her mission to the planet, but she took the Metroid Hatchling with her as she left.
During the events of Metroid: Other M, Metroids were cloned from fragments of the baby on Samus' Power Suit and propagated in Sector Zero of the Bottle Ship. The first propagated Metroid matured to a Queen, something the scientists never predicted. She seems to be the organism responsible for the demise of Ridley's clone.
The Queen Metroid was stored within Room MW. When Samus tries to contact Madeline Bergman, the scientist panics, and hits a button which opens a chamber. When Samus investigates, she sees Metroid Eggs, and learns that it would be none other than a Metroid Queen laying them.
During the battle, the Queen deploys six mature Metroids and later grows crystalline spike plating on her head. However, she seems nearly impossible to defeat as she grows a second set of crystalline armor. Samus remembers the tragic deaths of Adam and Anthony and refuses to give up. She then uses Concentration and prepares to fire at the charging Queen, before the ship's emergency brakes throw them onto the ground. Samus takes the opportunity to shoot directly at the Queen's unprotected membrane (seemingly hitting its nuclei) and quickly enters the creature's body through its throat before laying a Power Bomb to obliterate her.
Madeline later explains that MB was the one who developed the first propagated Metroid into this beast, which treated her like its mother. They left the Queen's genetics unaltered, so she would act as a control group and produce unaltered Metroids for use.
It is revealed that Anthony Higgs hit the brakes on the Bottle Ship, thus saving Samus' life from the Queen.
Metroid II: Return of SamusEdit
The Queen Metroid, as stated, is the queen of the species and her destruction in Metroid II: Return of Samus halts the reproduction of the Metroids. Destroying the Queen requires at least one hundred fifty missiles. Upon Samus's arrival, the Queen will immediately attack with her huge mandibles, which can be dodged simply by a well-timed jump. When the Queen opens her mouth to attack, she can be briefly stunned in place with a Missile, leaving her open for more attacks. The Queen will also periodically launch unknown globs from her mouth that track Samus, though they can be destroyed with Missiles or with a Screw Attack. As the Queen gets more damaged, her speed lunge speed increases, not giving enough time for Samus to leap out of the way.
There is also a more efficient way to destroy the Queen. After stunning the Queen with a Missile, Samus can instead go into Morph Ball form and enter her mouth, then roll into her stomach and plant Bombs (Samus will constantly have her energy drained by the Queen while inside both maw and stomach, so she cannot delay). These will severely damage the Queen and Samus will be spat back out. The Bombs can also be used while inside the mouth, but does considerably less damage. It only takes about ten attacks of this method to destroy the Queen.
Should Samus become low on Energy, there is a small passage below the Queen that leads out of the nest. It can be used as an emergency escape route, though the Queen will have healed all damage when Samus returns. The escape takes Samus back to the room containing the destroyed Chozo Statue.
Once the Queen is destroyed, she falls to the ground, her corpse disintegrating while Samus' Energy is somehow fully restored. With the Queen dead, Samus has access to the last Metroid Egg and her Gunship.
Metroid: Other MEdit
The Queen Metroid spawns three waves of Mature Metroids, first releasing one, then two, then finally three. The Metroids must be destroyed with the classic tactic of freezing and shattering them. If Samus stalls to kill one of the waves, the Queen will quickly produce the next one, and eventually all six Metroids will come into play. When any number of Metroids are frozen, the Queen will almost immediately attempt to free them by causing a tiny earthquake that is unharmful to Samus.
After all six Metroids are defeated, the Queen grows five bright purple crystals on her neck and begins charging at Samus and breathing fire which will cause her energy to fall to critical levels. These crystals can only be damaged most effectively with Super Missiles.
After the ship's emergency brakes activate, Samus and the Queen Metroid are both thrown against the floor of the Bottle Ship. As the Queen attempts to get up, Samus can fire at the Metroid's belly, who momentarily gets back up and starts charging an extremely powerful variant of her fire breath. During this event, Samus grapples into the Queen's mouth, down her esophagus, and into the Queen's membrane. Samus then allows herself the use of Power Bombs and performs the secret method of killing the Queen from Metroid II, by laying one of her Power Bombs in the stomach, which causes a massive explosion that instantly kills the Queen.
If Samus fails to shoot the stomach enough times before the Queen gets up, she will lunge her head and bite, killing Samus instantly. If Samus fails to grapple the Queen while she charges her fire, she will burn Samus and kill her instantly as well. The Queen will be constantly absorbing Samus's energy while she's inside it, as in Metroid II, so she must be quick with the Power Bomb.
Nintendo Power issue 31Edit
"The leader of the Metroid mutations is a powerful creature with strong armor. You may not have enough Missiles to destroy it."
Metroid: Other M hologram informationEdit
"Common name: Queen Metroid
Size: Height 6m / Length 11m
Classification: Final evolution of Metroid with an ovisac."
- The Queen Metroid is one of the four known types of Metroids capable of spawning other Metroids, the other three types being Fission Metroids, Metroid Hatchers, and the Metroid Prime. The Queen Metroid is also the only of these to not be corrupted by Phazon in any way.
- As the mother of all Metroids on SR388, it is quite possible the Queen in Return of Samus was the first Metroid ever created by the Chozo.
- Curiously, there are an incredible amount of Metroid Eggs (albeit saturated with Phazon) on the planet Phaaze along with Metroid hives from which Phazon Metroids constantly spawn. Whether or not there was an egg-laying Metroid on the mentioned planet which served as a queen is unknown.
- It is possible that a Queen Metroid goes along its own metamorphic path from Larva to Queen status. This is supported by the fact that the computerized Adam Malkovich makes no mention of the Queen when talking about the secret breeding program on the Biologic Space Laboratories research station in Metroid Fusion and speeding up the growth cycles of Metroids. He only talks about advancing a Larva to an Omega in a matter of days. However, Adam may have meant that the Federation had no intention of producing a Queen, since she would have started producing her own Metroids other than the ones created through cloning (which might have complicated matters). This is supported in Other M, in which Samus states that only special infants have the genetic coding to become Queens.
- In the Restricted Lab, numerous tubes (presumably containing more Metroids) can be seen extending into the background of the Restricted Lab. It is unknown if the Federation actually did produce a Queen (that was not seen in game despite Adam failing to mention anything of it) and gave birth to all specimens.
- This is also supported in Other M as well, since MB somehow bred an Infant to a Queen, seemingly without the use of replicating SR388's environment (thus increasing the chances of the BSL scientists creating their own Queen through SRX). Also, Madeline Bergman said they had no expectations of a Queen being produced so quickly. Samus, again, also states that only special infants have the genetic coding to become Queens.
- Because of this, it was implied that Baby, the genetic source material for all Metroids in question, was capable of becoming a Queen Metroid. If multiple specimens in the BSL station were created through cloning, then they all had the potential of growing into Queens.
- It would appear that Metroids which have the potential to become Queens grow much larger than typical Metroids before progressing to the next evolutionary stage. For example, the Baby grew to a massive size in its infant stage and the Omega Metroid cloned from the Baby also grew much larger than other Omegas previously encountered.
- As the Metroid series is known to have taken inspiration from the Alien film series, it is entirely possible that the Queen Metroid was inspired by the Queen Alien from those films. Both Aliens and Metroid II: Return of Samus depict a final battle between the queens and the female protagonist (Ellen Ripley in Aliens and Samus in Return of Samus), and in Alien Resurrection and Metroid: Other M, a Queen is created from cloned specimens.
- The scene where the creature emerges through blast doors is also similar to the appearance of the Queen Alien after being able to operate a lift near the end of Aliens.
- It is possible that the first Queen Metroid knew of Samus' presence on SR388 and the fact that she was killing the Metroids. If true, the Queen may have been protecting the last Metroid Egg from Samus in case she intended to kill it. In fact, the Queen from Other M is shown to be very protective of its young during the battle, as it pounds the ground regularly in an attempt to shatter the ice encasing any Metroid. This creates another similarity to the Queen Alien.
- During the fight with the Queen in Metroid II, there is a strange bar on the right wall that increases when the Queen's head nears Samus, and decreases when her head retracts. It is most likely a glitch that reacts to the Queen's sprite animations.
- The Queen Metroid's "hurt" sound effect is the same as an Omega Metroid's in Metroid II.
- The Queen can seemingly create Metroids in two different manners: one involves the "normal" egg-laying method (with Infant Metroids eventually hatching from the eggs) and the other is giving birth to live Metroids (similar to mammals), as seen during the battle in Other M. With the latter method, the infant stage of a Metroid's life cycle can be skipped over, and the mature Larval Metroids "hatch" out of their mother's back, making openings on her spinal plating as fluids burst out; this seems to be a defense mechanism.
- However, it is possible that the Queen is capable of storing Metroids in her back for protection and/or nursing. This explains how the Eggs were present with no living infant/adult stages nearby. The concept art of the Queen portray Metroids submerged in the Queen's back, but unlike the in-game depiction, the Metroids are merely attached to her and not encased inside her spinal plating.
- Queen Metroids have two tube-like appendages on their rear. Their purposes are unknown, though they are potentially the organs responsible for laying Metroid Eggs (as there is a lack of any other protrusion on the Queen's body that could serve this purpose). Curiously, each time the Queen from Other M rams against a wall, the impact causes green fluid to squirt out of the two tube-like structures. Metroid: Other M Premiere Edition refers to it as her "tail" and describes the appendages as "large cannon-like holes" that fire "poisonous projectiles" (likely referring to the fluid).
- It is seen in Other M that the Queen's vision is blurred pink. This is seen in the cutscene where she kills Ridley and when approaching Samus. Also, an extremely faint greenish glow can be seen around Ridley and Samus during these same cutscenes. This may suggest that the Metroids, or at least the Queen, can sense their prey's life force.
- In Other M, the Energy drained while inside the Queen's stomach is significantly reduced in Hard Mode although the difficulty increase would naturally speed up the draining process. This is most likely due to balancing purposes, as Hard Mode only gives Samus 99 Energy Points (due to the lack of expansions) and the draining process in Normal Mode can easily take away a full Energy Tank before Samus can lay a Power Bomb.
- In Other M, the Queen's fire breath can actually hit Samus during a SenseMove even though she is supposed to be intangible during the dodge.
- ^ Other M hologram image
Emperor Ing | Dark Samus | Queen Metroid | MB | SA-X
True Chozo | Dragüd | Amok Mommy | U-ton | Mad AI
|Space Pirates||Bombu • Class I Energy Harvester • Elite Pirate • Megaroid • Metroids • Mimic • Preed • Puffer Mine|
|Galactic Federation||Cyborg Zebesian • Nightmare • Queen Metroid • Super Zebesian • Unfreezable Metroid • X Parasite (desired) • SA-X (desired)|
|Other||Kanden • Quadtroid|
|Related||Bioweapon Research Center • Project Metroid Warriors|
|Bosses in the Metroid series|
|Metroid||Kraid • Ridley • Mother Brain|
|Metroid: Zero Mission|| King Worm • Mua • Kraid • Bug Larva • 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|
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