Samus battling a Rhedogian.
|Featured in||Metroid: Other M|
|Known worlds||Unknown; possibly a result of genetic experiments on the Bottle Ship|
|Weakness(es)||Facial region, eye|
Rhedogians are powerful creatures encountered in Metroid: Other M. They are blue in color, and possess both organic and mechanical weaponry which they will employ against enemies. Rhedogians' distinguishing features are their extendable arms, and a large set of mandibles which hang down over their faces.
Rhedogians can fire a spray of homing missiles, use its arms to propel itself around or sweep them against enemies, have the ability of flight, can ram enemies and can charge and fire a massive Zero Laser-like weapon from a singular eye. It is also capable of grabbing foes to slam them into the floor. Sometimes it will suck in a vortex of air before firing the beam; launching a Missile into the Rhedogian's eye during this attack will stun the creature, and allows for a Lethal Strike which, ironically, doesn't prove lethal to this creature.
The Rhedogian will only start flying and ramming itself into Samus after the second encounter.
If Samus shoots anything at it at long range, the Rhedogian will quickly move to the side, avoiding the attack; Samus can only manage to hit the Rhedogian while it's attacking. Also, if Samus tries to perform an Overblast on the creature, it will always push her off whether stunned or not.
When frozen, only the horns will be covered in ice. This has no major impact on the Rhedogian at first. However, if a Lethal Strike is performed while the horns are frozen, they will shatter, severely hampering the creature's ability to fight.
Only one is met during Samus' main mission and is fought by her four times. The first encounter is alone atop the Materials Transfer Lift in the Cryosphere after fighting off seven Wave Beam-equipped Super Zebesians. The beast escapes before Samus can kill it by taking off down the Lift shaft.
The same Rhedogian reappears later in the Pyrosphere, battling Anthony Higgs and is supported by several Sovas. Samus saves him after the creature attempts to drop him into a pool of lava. Samus and Anthony sucessfully repulse the Rhedogian, but it escapes by jumping into the lava.
The creature ambushes Samus at the top of the Desert Refinery, crashing through an elevator, while Samus is tracking the lizard-like monster that attacked her and the group at the Exam Center in Biosphere. Samus manages to repel the creature once again, and it falls down a large drop outside the arena when Samus fires a Missile as the finishing blow during the flight.
After Samus has been informed by MB in the Bioweapon Research Center about Sector Zero, Samus exits the center, heading for the Main Elevator. Whilst traveling through the Biosphere, Samus is again jumped by the Rhedogian. The creature succumbs to Samus' Plasma Beam and Super Missiles and is defeated once and for all, leaving the Seeker Missiles for Samus to collect.
Two different Rhedogians are later fought one after the other in the post-credits sequence as Samus returns to the station, just before reaching the Control Bridge.
- The Rhedogian bears striking resemblance to members of the extinct group of invertibrates known as Anomalocaridid, especially such ones as Anomalocaris. Concept art states that the Rhedogian should be shaped like the latter.
- The Rhedogian appears to be resilient to lava, as when it was seen fleeing from the second encounter, it dove into lava, and reappeared much later.
- The Rhedogian is immune to Galactic Federation Freeze Guns. This can be observed in the second fight, as Anthony's shots have no effect on the creature. Anthony only helps in this battle if he shoots the Sovas; any shots he fires at the Rhedogian are wasted.
- Like the Brug Mass, the Rhedogian in the second encounter will ignore Anthony and only target Samus. In addition, the Rhedogian can't harm Anthony even if it actually hits him.
- Given their ability to fire missiles, their ability to fly and hover in the air despite lacking true wings, and how one survived a dip in lava, the Rhedogians may be cyborgs as opposed to wholly organic.
- The Rhedogian is one of the few creatures that cannot be killed by a Lethal Strike, initially.
- A Rhedogian shares some similarities with the King Worm in Metroid: Zero Mission, such as the eyes of both King Worm and Rhedogians being vulnerable to Missiles. Also, when Samus is unable to completely defeat them, they will retreat only to reappear in another area. However, it is possible to defeat King Worm any time it appears depending on the player's skill, while the battles with Rhedogians and their outcome are determined entirely by the game's plot sequence.
- While the Rhedogians seem to randomly choose moves in their later appearances, it is possible to force them to perform certain types of attacks. Firstly, it can be forced to land if it is flying by standing underneath it - it will come crashing to the ground, so Samus must dodge to avoid taking heavy damage. Secondly, it can be forced to reveal its red eye, allowing for a stun and Lethal Strike, accomplished by firing two or three Missiles at its face when it is walking around; they will harmlessly bounce off or the creature will dodge it, but the Rhedogian will show its red eye anyway. In the third and fourth battles, it will jump back a few feet before this; in the other battles, it will do it where it stands. If it performs the divebomb attack, it always does this twice unless it crashes into a wall the first time, and if it is walking around, its next attack will always be the right arm, left arm combo. Finally, if Samus stands too close while its red eye is showing, it will do a swipe with both arms at the same time.
- The red eye move is glitchy. If Samus fires another missile at its face just as it prepares to reveal its red eye, one of two things will happen - normally, it will be permanently in "red eye mode", and even approaching it will not cause it to stop. The only way to stop it is to either attempt an Overblast (if it still has its horns), or to fire a Missile at its eye. This leads to an interesting easter egg - there is what looks like a miserable face inside the red eye, but it can only be seen at very close range. The other possibility, which is very much rarer, is that the red eye beam will be fired immediately with no warning. This occurs if the eye starts to turn pink straight away.
- A third glitch occurs if Samus causes it to show its red eye just as it is about to perform the right arm, left arm combo, or during the first part of the combo so that it reveals its red eye before it swings its left arm. Samus must then do one of two things: either approach it so it cancels the beam and swings both its arms together at her, or stay away and wait for it to fire the beam. It does not matter if the attack connects or not. Immediately after this, the Rhedogian will always perform the right arm, left arm combo, even if Samus is far away.
- It is possible to lock it into a cycle of repeating that same combo attack over and over again, inching forwards slowly with each hit. To do this, Samus must get the Rhedogian's red eye to show, then get close enough for the creature to cancel the beam and swipe both arms together instead. Immediately as it cancels the beam, a Missile must be fired at its face. The cycle will only end if the Rhedogian is interrupted, either with an attempted Overblast (if its horns are intact), or by firing at it enough that it shows its red eye again.
- Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to Sensemove the red eye beam. Samus must move the instant the eye starts to change to pink.
- Strangely, if Samus destroys the Rhedogian's horns with the Lethal Strike during the first encounter, the Rhedogian will have its horns again in the next encounter. No matter how many times its horns are destroyed, it always has them for every encounter.
- If Samus destroys the Rhedogian's horns and tries to jump on it to attempt Overblast, she cannot land on the creature as there is nothing to support her for the attack.
- Despite the fact that Rhedogians are extremely durable, one Power Bomb will kill them instantly. This is another example of the Power Bombs' amazing destructive power.
|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|
- ^ Name from Other M Prima Strategy Guide