Space Pirate destroyers (called a Pirate Ship by Elben Schafers on his website) are spacecraft used by the Space Pirates in Metroid Prime 3: Corruption. They have three large prongs, arranged in a ring around a center structure. The prongs appear to be kept in a flat arrangement, all facing outwards from the central structure. In combat, however, the prongs are moved so that they all face in the same direction, perpendicular to the previous arrangement. When firing, the central structure emits an orange beam, which does not appear to be aimable. The beam appeared capable of destroying a Griffin-class frigate with a single shot, but two consecutive shots failed to destroy a ship similar to the G.F.S. Olympus. The second shots, however, may have been less powerful, as it may need to charge in order to fire at full power. A shot is fired at the G.F.S. Olympus during the approach to Phaaze, and, while it may have been a full power shot, it only grazed the top section. The ship itself appeared to suffer no damage from this shot, as the bridge is located in that area, and appears intact and functional during and after the battle. They also seem to have secondary weapons, as red colored energy beams can be seen being fired from them.
At least five are seen in the battle above Norion from the windows of the Flag Bridge aboard the G.F.S. Olympus. One appears flying over the Temple of Bryyo when Samus first enters, and drops off several Pirates before departing. Several destroyers defend Phaaze, and appear to have Phazon growths on the back of their central structure. These growths explode shortly before the blast from the planet's destruction hits them.
The ship that appears in the Temple of Bryyo is named Pirate Cruiser in the level data.
- Griffin-class frigate wreckage
- "Federation frigate wreckage. Hull appears to have taken a direct hit from a Space Pirate destroyer."
|Space Pirate Vehicles|
|Large Spacecraft||Flagship • Mother Ship • Orpheon • Siriacus • Vol Paragom • Starship • Leviathan Battleship • Leviathan-class capital ship • Destroyer • Colossus • Marauder-class battleship • Plunderer-class cruiser • Dragüd's Ship • Doomseye|
|Space fighters||Zebesian Pirate Ship • Boarding Pod • Fang-class fighter • Missile Transport (Elite) • Pirate Warship|