Space Pirate Boarding Pods are crude starships (even by Pirate standards) used to forcibly board enemy ships. They consist of a propulsion drive, cockpit, and a nose cone packed with heavy explosives. The pilot attempts to ram the enemy and detonate the explosives, trying to create a breach which the crew of the pod can enter through. However, the pod and crew are considered expendable, and they are not well-protected. This is backed up by a scan in Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, which says that the Boarding Pods' have earned the nickname of "Space Coffin". Samus finds them while the G.F.S. Olympus is under attack. Boarding Pods appear to be partially organic. The inside of the ship contains what appears to be fleshy walls and optical organs similar to those seen on the Leviathan Battleship. The exterior material is similar to that used on the Space Pirate ATC and Space Pirate Assault Skiff. Apparently unsuccessful Boarding pods appear floating outside the G.F.S. Valhalla, and one which successfully breached the ship holds the Leviathan Command Codes in the Control Room.
Space Pirate Boarding Pod
Vehicle: Space Pirate Boarding Pod
These light craft are used to pierce the bulkheads of larger ships.
Pirate boarding pods are crude, even by their standards. They are composed of an aged propulsion drive, a cramped crew-transport module, and a nose cone packed with high explosives. The pilot guides the pod toward the target ship, then rams it, detonating the explosives upon impact in an attempt to breach the hull. If a breach is created, the crew within exits the pod.
Of course, mishaps occur. Sometimes the explosives go off prematurely, exposing the crew to vacuum. Other times the detonation fails to occur, leaving the pod to bounce off the target's hull. The shielding between explosives and crew is substandard, and often fails to protect the crew from the explosion. The pod's nickname of "Space Coffin" is well earned.
|Space Pirate Vehicles|
|Large Spacecraft||Flagship • Mother Ship • Orpheon • Siriacus • Vol Paragom • Starship • Leviathan Battleship • Leviathan-class capital ship • Destroyer • Colossus • Marauder-class battleship • Dragüd's Ship • Doomseye|
|Space fighters||Zebesian Pirate Ship • Boarding Pod • Plunderer-class cruiser • Fang-class fighter • Missile Transport (Elite)|
|Hybrids||Asborean • Chozo Statue • Darkling • Dark Samus • Dark Suit • Light Suit • PED Suit • Samus Aran • Unnamed Suit|
|Bio/Mechanical||Aurora Unit • B.O.X. Security Robot • Cortex Chamber • Dark Diligence Drone • Dark Ingsmasher • Dark Quad • Fusion Suit • Mother Brain • Nightmare • Quadraxis • SA-X • Space Pirate Boarding Pod|
|Cyborgs|| Crash Pillar • Cyborg Zebesian • Ghor (-G) • Kyratian • Leviathan Battleship • Pirate Militia • Preed (Dark) • Puffer Mine • Ridley (Meta/Omega) • Samus Aran • Slench • Space Pirate • Weavel • Zebesian |
Large Leviathan-class armed ship • U-ton