The Research Core is a room in Metroid Prime, in the Phendrana Drifts area. The room is fairly large and round, and has four levels with ramps between them, the upper three each having a balcony. Several of the many tanks in the walls contain Metroids. The room is dark upon Samus's first entry, and darker still on later entries. Scanning three computer terminals found on the various levels will remove the Force Field containing the Thermal Visor, which is at the bottom of the room encased in a central tank.
Upon acquisition of the visor, the room will become pitch black, the upper door locks and several Shadow Pirates will appear to ambush Samus, and the Metroids break out of their tanks when passed by. After the Pirates have been defeated, the door must be energized to make it usable; this is done by shooting the conduit near it with the Wave Beam, which is visible using the Thermal Visor. The Metroids will also break out of their tanks at this point and will hinder Samus Aran's ascent.
It is referred to as the Brig on page 74 of Metroid Prime: The Official Nintendo Player's Guide.
- Thermal Visor
- This is located at the bottom of the room within a Force Field. To collect it, scans must be made to deactivate the field at three different levels of the room.
- "Testing of Thermal imaging software complete. Commence download to tactical visor prototype for field testing."
- "This unit supplies power to the containment Force Field at the bottom of the room."
- "Thermal Imaging software exceeding initial expectations. Combat applications are being evaluated by Command. Field testing in Phendrana region approved. Use of prototype visors by security personnel approved."
- "Inform Command that thermal vision tests will begin soon. Abnormal heat traces are represented as red when looking through the Thermal Imaging spectrum."