Tangle Weed

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Tangle Weed is a plant species first seen on Tallon IV in Metroid Prime. There are many variations of these plants existing on an untold number of planets, similar to how there are variants of Shriekbats inhabiting different worlds. It entangles creatures that pass through it, slowing down larger creatures (such as Samus), or stopping smaller ones entirely for sustenance. Shooting at or near it will make it retract into the ground.

There is a poisonous variant on Tallon IV and Aether known as Venom Weed. Poisonous Tangle Weeds can also be observed in the Drop Shaft on Phaaze in Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, though they are still referred to as Tangle Weeds rather than Venom Weeds. The leaves on these corrupted plants have a bright blue color. While the scan suggests they are harmless against larger bio-forms, it is contradicted by the fact that they damage Samus on contact.


On Tallon IV, Samus encountered Tangle Weed in these rooms:

Logbook entriesEdit

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Tangle Weed

Metroid Prime

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Species: Tangle Weed
Plant life with basic sentience. Retracts into ground if threatened.

Logbook entry

Tangle Weeds are only dangerous to small organisms. They are covered in tiny barbs designed to trap potential meals. Tangle Weeds lack the strength to do anything more than hinder larger lifeforms.


Tangle Weed

Metroid Prime 3: Corruption

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Morphology: Tangle Weed
Becomes agitated upon contact.
Retracts into ground if threatened.

Logbook entry

A simple bioform of plant life of which there are many species across many worlds. While each breed may have characteristics native to their respective ecology, they all possess identical behavior. Tangle Weeds constantly sway their brightly colored leaves to attract potential prey to land on them. The thousands of microscopic barbs lining the Tangle Weed's body will snare and inject a paralyzing toxin into their victim. While small organisms are unable to escape, Tangle Weeds lack the strength to do anything more than hinder the movement of larger life-forms. When attacked, they will retract into the ground until they no longer sense a threat.


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