The Space Pirates prepare to attack.
|Notable features||Metal walkways, two floors|
|Significance||First major room of Glacier One|
|Enemies/wildlife||Space Pirates, Auto Defense Turrets, Shadow Pirates|
Research Entrance is, as its name suggests, the entrance to Glacier One. It is located in the Phendrana Drifts in Metroid Prime. It is a large room containing many pillars, wires and metal walkways and a few crates, with an upper metal-floored level. When Samus enters this room, a Sentry Drone appears and sounds an alarm. Blast shields rise, the doors lock and Space Pirates attack; these must be defeated to unlock the doors again. On later trips, the Space Pirates are replaced by Shadow Pirates, and the doors do not lock.
After Samus acquires the Thermal Visor, the room becomes very foggy, likely a tactic the Pirates employ once they know Samus has breached their compound to stop Samus from seeing the Shadow Pirates.
- 5 Shadow Pirates
- 1 Auto Defense Turret
- Force Field
- "Force Field accessible only through Space Pirate bio-imaging. Impossible to breach."
- This room appeared in footage used in the live-action Metroid Prime commercial. Footage used was Samus walking along the foggy walkways in the game, which was recreated in live-action as part of the Frigate Orpheon, although no such area appeared ther in-game