Tallon Metroids are a strain of Metroids that originated from a batch of specimens multiplied by Space Pirates on planet Tallon IV. These flying, life energy-draining predators are encountered in both Metroid Prime and Metroid Prime 2: Echoes. They are not as resilient as most breeds of Metroid larvae seen elsewhere in the series, but they retain other traits of the species that make them highly dangerous.
Though the Tallon strain is not seen in an active role in Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, several mutated Metroids in the game are stated to derive directly from the former.
Biology and CharacteristicsEdit
For the most part, Tallon Metroids are nearly identical to the larvae from Zebes, Talvania, SR388, the BOTTLE SHIP and BSL Station: they have red, four-lobed nuclei enclosed by a translucent membrane, with a mass of flesh underneath featuring two pairs of curved mandibles. They also behave similarly when hunting, such as using their larger pair of fangs for gripping onto their prey's head and the smaller pair for sapping energy. They are vulnerable to cold, and will be instantly frozen by weapons possessing low temperature attributes. If they latch onto Samus, the only way to dislodge them is by dropping a bomb in close proximity while in Morph Ball form.
The dissimilarities between the breeds begin in the strength of their defenses: while Metroid larvae commonly require being frozen before wounding them with concussive weapons, Tallon Metroids can readily be damaged by any weapon in Samus' arsenal (including the Morph Ball bombs) without freezing them first, though an extensive amount of firepower is required to simply kill a single one. When frozen, a Tallon Metroid can be shattered by one Missile instead of the usual five. Similarly, while Metroid larvae can withstand three Power Bombs, the Tallon-grown breed will be obliterated within the first detonation.
Tallon Metroids initially start out small, approximately the size of Samus's Morph Ball form. However, Tallon Metroids are capable of expanding their mass: after absorbing energy from prey or attacks, they will briefly shrink before expanding greatly in size, reaching more or less the size of other larvae seen elsewhere in the series. During this process, the Metroid's body will be enveloped in energy and briefly invulnerable to all weaponry. The Tallon Metroid's fangs will also spasm as the creature shudders erratically. This event has never been seen to occur in other breeds of Metroids.
In Metroid Prime 3, scans in a research lab on the Pirate Homeworld states that all disparities between Metroid breeds, such as those mentioned in the previous paragraphs, result from adaptions that occur following exposure to different environments, radiations and stimuli. Another example of an adaptation is the Tallon Metroid acquiring a red membrane when imported to planet Aether. There is a possibility that the presence of Phazon in Tallon IV's environment played a role in the creation of the Tallon strain; giving credence to this is the Tallon Metroid's infant stage being able to quickly mature when in contact with the mutagen.
The life cycle of a Tallon Metroid differs vastly from a Metroid in its native planet of SR388, the latter which goes through the Egg, Infant, Larva, Alpha, Gamma, Zeta, and Omega stages, with a Queen being the sole reproductive member. Metroids such as the Tallon strain who inhabit alien environments are unable to metamorphose past the Larval stage unless exposed to extreme forms of radiations, leading to powerful aberrations. Space Pirates were largely involved in the creation of much of the Tallon Metroid's life cycle seen below.
Cocoons are bio-engineered by the Space Pirates in order to sustain and transport numerous Infant Tallon Metroids for a long time. Though not a product of Metroids, inhabiting these organic structures appear to be an important step to an Infant Tallon Metroid's survival.
Infants have an underdeveloped appearance that is very dissimilar from their mature form. They possess a single nucleus and their fangs have yet to harden, seemingly still made of the same tissue as their blue membranes which make the organisms quite translucent. Their only attack consists of ramming themselves into enemies. Exposure to Phazon will cause the infants to mature rapidly, reaching the next stage in a matter of seconds. Infant Tallon Metroids are the result of experiments performed by Space Pirates on the mature form, thus they cannot be spawned by any form of Tallon Metroid.
This specific stage is the most frequently encountered form of the species in the Metroid Prime series overall (likely due to the Space Pirates' usage of Beta-Rays and/or Phazon which are capable of multiplying their supply of specimens). Despite being the third stage in the life cycle, Mature Tallon Metroids were in fact the first to come into existence when Zebesian and/or SR388 Larval Metroids adapted to Tallon IV. There is a probability that Phazon was a contributing factor to the creation of this strain, due to the fact that Tallon IV's atmosphere was contaminated to a certain extent by the mutagen.
All Tallon Metroids In Metroid Prime exhibited green membranes while those imported to Aether in Metroid Prime 2 featured red membranes, the latter likely a result of the planet's environment and atmosphere causing the different pigmentation to occur. The Ing, an intelligent and malevolent race from Dark Aether, were capable of creating a unique strain called Dark Tallon Metroids whenever the former fused with Tallon Metroids. In Metroid Prime 3, the Tallon breed was only seen in the form of dissected specimens in a laboratory.
The Space Pirates attempted to exploit them as practical bioweapons and energy sources on several planets. Through various experiments, it was discovered that Tallon Metroids were highly responsive to Phazon, leading to the creation of mutants such as the Fission Metroid and the Phazon Metroid; the latter could metamorphose past the larval stage into either the Metroid Hatcher or the Hopping Metroid. Though never confirmed, the highly mutated creature known as the Metroid Prime (and its later form, Dark Samus) likely began its life as a Tallon Metroid. Interestingly, the Metroid Prime was capable of spawning Tallon Metroids from the pools of pure Phazon it created.
A Tallon Metroid can attain a unique, adolescent stage known as the Hunter Metroid. An older form of the larval phase, Hunters no longer latch onto their targets with their fangs and instead use their new tentacles for long-range attacks. It is unknown if the Hunter stage is the result of prolonged exposure to Phazon and/or Tallon IV's environment (the latter which is insinuated to be slightly contaminated by the former); interesting to note however, is the presence of a Phazon-like mass within the membrane. Despite possessing a red membrane like a Tallon Metroid adapted to Aether, the Hunter form was never encountered on the planet.
Morphology: Tallon Metroid
Taken from planet Tallon IV. Target leeches bioenergy from its victims.
Stunned by concussive blasts, vulnerable to dark energy.
Space Pirates harvest and enslave Metroids for use in their operations. The Tallon Metroid will latch onto prey with powerful pincers, then proceed to drain its life energy. This causes the creature to grow in size and mass. The creatures are vulnerable to the chilling effect of dark energy, and can be detached by entering Morph Ball mode and deploying a Bomb.
|Natural Life Cycle|| |
|Zebes Metroids|| |
|Tallon IV Metroids|
|Aether Metroids|| |
|Phazon Metroids|| |
|Cocoons and Eggs|| |
|Artificial Metroids|| |
|Metroid Hybrids|| |
|Specific Metroids|| |
|Metroid Technologies|| |
|Native to Phaaze|| Hyper Grapple blocker • Leviathan • Leviathan womb • Leviathan Infant • Phazon Core • Phaz-Ing • Jelsac • Liquid Phazon • Maw • Phazon Grub • Phazon Leech |
Phazon Fungus • Phazon tendril • Phazon vine • Glow Stem • Aazelion • Tangle Weed • Massive Tentacle • Parasitic fungus • Fungus • Protozoan • Seed platform
Missile Blocker • EyeballBlocker
|Corrupted Creatures||Phazon Hopper • Phazon Nightbarb • Phazon Shriekbat • Phazon Puffer • Phazon Pillbug|
|Space Pirates||Aurora Unit 313 • Elite Pirate • Phazon Elite • Omega Pirate • Berserker Knight • Berserker Lord|
|Phazon Metroids||Class I Energy Harvester • Tallon Metroid • Hunter Metroid • Fission Metroid • Miniroid • Phazon Metroid • Hopping Metroid • Metroid Hatcher|
|Leviathan Core Guardians||Metroid Prime • Emperor Ing • Mogenar • Helios • Omega Ridley|
|Born of Phazon||Phaazoid • Red Phaazoid • Ing • Dark Samus|