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The Varia Suit (バリアスーツ Baria Sūtsu) (referred to simply as Varia in Metroid and Metroid II: Return of Samus and Varia Feature in Metroid: Other M) is a Power Suit upgrade. The name is a mistranslation of the word "barrier" (interestingly, the Metroid II manual uses Barrier Suit anyway), although it may be a nod to the words "variety" or "variable", referring to how the suit can handle a variety of temperatures, a trait demonstrated in Metroid Fusion. In general, the Varia Suit reduces damage taken, nullifies damage from Acid, slightly increases speed, and protects Samus Aran from extreme heat and sub-zero temperatures. Samus is most commonly depicted wearing this suit, but like many of her other upgrades, it is lost at or prior to the beginning of most games, requiring her to track the upgrade down at a later point in time. The maximum temperature that the Varia Suit can protect against is unknown, but the Gravity Suit is generally required for some of the higher temperature liquids.

In the seriesEdit

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Samus acquires the Varia Suit for the first time.

When added to the standard Power Suit, the Varia provides extra (red-orange) armor. In the original Metroid the Varia Suit would turn Samus' armor pink, but a design change was made in Metroid II, as the Game Boy used a monochrome system. During Metroid: Zero Mission it just turns the flat-shouldered Power Suit orange; the Varia Suit with the iconic bulky shoulder pads is obtained after Samus' Power Suit is destroyed in her gunship's crash-landing. It is referred to as the fully powered suit. It allows Samus to walk in Acid unharmed, and stops damage from purple parasites, but not Lava. She retains this suit for future use, which explains the jump from the sleek orange Power Suit in Zero Mission to the large-shouldered Varia in Metroid Prime.

Gandrayda is able to morph into a copy of Samus, named "Samus-G", and wears the Varia Suit in Metroid Prime 3: Corruption.

In Metroid Fusion, the Varia upgrade (like much of Samus’s other equipment) is sent via Data Room. Unlike other upgrades, it is intercepted by a Core-X before Samus can reach it, necessitating the defeat of Mega Core-X and absorption of the X-parasite. Restoration of Varia functionality to the Fusion Suit changes its color scheme from blue over bright yellow to a yellow-green over a rich magenta, but does not alter its dimensions. For its appearance in Fusion Mode in Metroid: Samus Returns, the magenta and yellow green colors are changed to a darker green and pink. It now resembles the color scheme of a Metroid.

In Metroid: Other M, the Varia Feature is noticeably different, and is not a starting item. The ridges on the shoulders appear to have been removed, along with the shoulders being slightly smaller, the top of the visor is more flat, and the lights on the chest plate have been altered, so that they curve from the side of the plate to the bottom. The lights on the legs have moved to the back of the legs and are less visible and the line pattern is also different. In-game, Adam authorizes Samus to use it shortly before the fight with the Goyagma. It features damage reduction again, like in the 2-D titles and Metroid Prime. When activated, while not changing the shape, it will turn the usual areas into a light orange.

Benefits chartEdit

The following chart details the benefits bestowed by the Varia in each game:

Game Damage reduction Other benefits
Metroid 50% Damage is cut by half.
Metroid: Zero Mission 20% Stops damage from superheated areas, Parasites and acid. Reduces damage by one-fifth.
Metroid Prime 10% Stops damage from superheated areas and cuts damage by one-tenth. Technically, Samus begins the game with the Varia Suit, although she loses it after the prologue.
Metroid Prime: Hunters N/A Samus begins the game with the Varia Suit.
Metroid Prime 2: Echoes N/A Samus begins the game with the Varia Suit.
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption N/A Samus begins the game with the Varia Suit.
Metroid II: Return of Samus 50% Speed increase by 10% and cuts damage in half.
Metroid: Samus Returns 25% Stops damage from superheated areas and cuts damage by a quarter.
Super Metroid 50% Stops damage from superheated rooms and cuts damage by half.
Metroid: Other M 50% Stops damage from superheated areas and cuts damage by half.
Metroid Fusion 40% Stops damage from superheated and sub-zero rooms. Allows safe absorption of Blue X. Reduces damage by two-fifths.

In other mediaEdit

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Non-canon warning: This article or section contains information that may not be considered an official part of the Metroid series in the overall storyline by Nintendo.
  • The Varia Suit is the armor in which Samus is most often depicted in spin-offs, comics, manga and other licensed (and unlicensed) works. It is Samus' standard attire in the Super Smash Bros. series. The Gravity Suit is an alternate color scheme. In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Samus has a color change which resembles the Varia Suit in Missile mode in the original Metroid, but with the bulky shoulder pads. The Gravity Suit is also available. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the Fusion Suit and the Dark Suit are other color schemes, and in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U, the Light Suit and a Dark Samus color swap are available as well.
  • The Varia Suit has been made into a model by First 4 Figures, and depicts Samus in her pose seen in promotional artwork from Metroid Prime: [1]
  • In the Battle Mii minigame for the Wii U, two Miis are controlled, one in the Varia Suit, as they attempt to shoot down Samus' Gunship.
  • Animal Crossing: City Folk and Animal Crossing: New Leaf feature clothes based on the Varia Suit. In City Folk, a Varia Suit t-shirt is obtainable through the Tom Nook Point System for 5000 points, and through random Lucky Tickets in the Nookling's store in New Leaf. New Leaf also includes trousers and shoes based on the Suit, and both games feature Samus' helmet as an obtainable item.

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A close-up of the head area from Prime.

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A close-up of the head area from Corruption.

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In Metroid Prime 3: Corruption.

  • The Varia Suit is the only suit to appear in every Metroid game in one way or another, sometimes even over the basic Power Suit.
  • In the original Metroid, the Varia upgrade did not give the Power Suit additional armor plating as in later games.  Instead, it merely changed to a light pink color.
    • If Samus then equipped Missiles, the pink would change to purple and the green would change to light blue, causing a color scheme that strongly resembles the Gravity Suit.  It's highly likely that this scheme inspired the look of the suit when it was introduced in Super Metroid.
  • The only time Samus ever demonstrated the use of the Varia Suit outside her Power Suit was in the original Metroid with the Justin Bailey suit.
    • The Varia Suit's color scheme in Metroid Fusion reflects this: green (Samus' hair) overlaying purple (her leotard).
  • Due to the color limitations of the Game Boy, the Varia Suit was redesigned with the now iconic round shoulders and orange hue in Metroid II: Return of Samus.
  • Super Metroid was the first game to refer to the upgrade as the "Varia Suit". Both of its predecessors simply called it the Varia.
    • This was also the first game to introduce the suit's ability to protect Samus from extreme heat.
  • In Metroid Fusion, the Varia Suit would also protect Samus from extremely low temperatures as well, though this is likely due to the Fusion Suit containing Metroid DNA and inheriting their vulnerability to cold.
  • The Varia Suit gains a resistance to acid in Metroid: Zero Mission, though this ability is inexplicably lost in all chronologically later appearances.
  • Some relatively early depictions of the Varia Suit seem to depict a watch or compass within the green circle on the back of Samus's left hand, such as Nintendo Power's Super Metroid poster and some artwork for Metroid II: Return of Samus.
  • In Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, the Varia Suit is identified as a "Chozo Battle Suit" and is given the serial number SA1-4468-VM6-P. This can be seen when Samus' upgrades are stolen by the Ing and when rebooting after being attacked by a Rezbit.
    • The "SA" likely stands for "Samus Aran".
  • Although the Varia Suit generally has the trademark round shoulder pads and red and gold colouration in its appearances, the suit's design varies from game-to-game. Metroid Fusion, which uses a new Power Suit entirely, represents the Varia Suit upgrade with a simple red/orange variant of that. Metroid Prime 2: Echoes sticks to the basic design, but uses smaller shoulders and other minor changes. Finally, Metroid: Other M's Varia Feature isn't even a suit, but a sort of 'mode' within the basic Power Suit.
  • In Metroid: Zero Mission, if Samus completely skips the Varia Suit but finishes the Ruins Test, she will automatically acquire its effect along with the Gravity Suit.
  • In Metroid: Zero Mission, some Chozo Statues, if looked at closely, appear to have the Varia Suit's characteristic large shoulders. The same is true of the Chozo Statue that holds the Spider Ball in Metroid Prime 3: Corruption. This could mean the Chozo wore suits similar to Samus' or that large shoulders were part of their physiology that they wanted to reflect in Samus's suit design.
  • In Metroid Prime, the Varia Suit was modeled and skinned by Gene Kohler, but the original model was designed by Rodney Brunet.
  • In Metroid Prime, it is possible to skip the Varia Suit and enter the Phendrana Drifts by sequence breaking. [2]
  • Metroid: Other M is the only game that forces Samus to run through superheated areas before Commander Adam Malkovich authorizes use of the Varia Feature. Due to this, superheated areas damage Samus by one Energy unit instead of five.
  • Metroid's manual depicted artwork of Samus with an aura around the Varia Suit. Auras are also featured in the Phazon Suit in Prime, the Hazard Shield in Corruption (which only activates when standing in Acid Rain, Fuel Gel and in non-Trilogy versions, Phazon), and the Gravity Suit in Other M.
  • Even though the various power suits are not shown to have a right arm, the beginning of the Dark Horse comic adaptation for Metroid Prime briefly showed Samus having two arms while putting on her helmet while suited up.


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