Searchlights are a security mechanism used by the Space Pirates on their Mother Ship in certain rooms. They appear as bright yellow flashing lights that float around the room in patterns. To avoid detection, Samus must take care not to step into them and seek cover when she can. The searchlights serve alongside floating-eye sensors and the Pirate Alarm System to warn the Pirates of intruders in their base. Searchlights stop appearing after Samus regains her Power Suit (with the exception of one room in the Mother Ship).