The Wrecked Ship was a spacecraft that crashed long ago on planet Zebes, specifically in the area where Chozodia would be established. In Super Metroid, it is where one of the main bosses, Phantoon, resides. This area was also glimpsed briefly in Metroid: Zero Mission.
In Super Metroid, the vessel is found partially sunk in a large lake in Crateria. The ship can be accessed by Samus in a variety of ways, but all initial explorations inside reveal it to be haunted by ghost-like entities called Covern who, along with Phantoon, were initially believed to be the spirits of the deceased crew and the crashed vessel itself, respectively. When Samus Aran first enters the area, the Save Stations and Map Station are without power and most of the ship's interior is blocked off by Metal Doors. Sbugs can be seen throughout the unlit sections of the vessel along with non-functioning Work Robots and encased Atomics. After the boss is defeated, all supernatural activity ceases as the energy that was being absorbed by Phantoon returns to the ship, allowing Samus to completely explore the area. However, this triggers the appearance of organic creatures on board (presumably entering from the outside through the now-active Doors) and creates hazards in the form of short-circuiting machinery and Spikes. Additionally, the Atomics and Work Robots begin roaming the interior and are both aggressive. Finally, several rooms become flooded with Water after the ship gets re-energized, likely a result from doors near Crateria's lakes being re-activated.
In the prequel Zero Mission, the Wrecked Ship is an optional area mostly unnoticed by players during their first playthroughs. In fact, only a single room of the vessel is unavoidable near the game's end, specifically the one in the immediate left of the glass tunnel of the Space Pirate Mother Ship. The number of rooms accessible by Samus in the Wrecked Ship is vastly reduced and their layout is, for the most part, inconsistent with those seen in Super Metroid. Interestingly, the entirety of the vessel is considered as part of a zone exclusive to this game called Chozodia, which also features the nearby Pirate Mother Ship and a Chozo temple who's back entrance is directly connected with the Wrecked Ship's. Though players can only fully explore the ship via this back entrance, its front door is still located in Crateria's lake. Unlike Super Metroid, the area is lit up considerably and its doors, along with its Save Point, are always functional. It is mostly inhabited by native wildlife such as Zoomers and Zeelas while a single vertical shaft features Atomics, suggesting the ship was yet to be haunted at this point in time. Due to its status as an optional area, only minor items such as ammo expansions are collectible here.
Most of the information concerning the Wrecked Ship's history could initially be found in Super Metroid's manual and its German Players Guide. The former described it as a ship which had once been in possession of ancient astronauts who crashed on Zebes. The German guide offered additional information with the following: "Many years ago, astronauts founded an ancient civilization on Zebes, but only their starship remains". It is only by exploring the ship's interior in Super Metroid where the identity of these astronauts are strongly implied to be the Chozo race as evidenced by the presence of their Statues, item expansions and Power-ups. Additional clues are present in the prequel Metroid: Zero Mission, where a small segment of the Wrecked Ship is directly connected to Chozodia's temple ruins. With all the above, the ship's history could be determined as being the very first vessel that the Chozo used to reach planet Zebes long ago, traveling from an unknown origin point. The nearby Chozodia temple suggests it was the first significant structure built by the alien settlers after exiting their ship, establishing the start of their civilization on Zebes.
The later released Metroid: Other M features an unlockable concept art with Japanese text that not only confirms the above paragraph, but also reveals the ghost-like entity, Phantoon, to be a multidimensional creature that came to Zebes alongside the Chozo, hidden away in their starship during their travels through space.
Super Metroid's manual is the only source that describes the vessel as having crashed on Zebes. Due to Phantoon's strong ties to the Wrecked Ship's history, it is probable that the creature's malevolent nature and tendency to absorb energy from ships were the root cause for the Chozo vessel crash landing on the planet.
During the events of Metroid: Zero Mission, Samus locates and infiltrates the Space Pirate Mother Ship that landed on Zebes early on, specifically in the Chozodia zone. She ultimately destroys Mecha Ridley, triggering a self-destruct sequence that leaves the ship in a ruinous condition, ending the game. This series of events commonly misleads to the belief that the Wrecked Ship seen in the sequel, Super Metroid, is the remains of Zero Mission's Mother Ship. Supporting this misconception is the Pirate ship's proximity to Crateria's lakes, as well as the presence of Work Robots and Atomics in both vessels' interiors.
However, Zero Mission director Yoshio Sakamoto has dismissed this, stating that the two ships are separate – during Zero Mission, the player passes through a watery area of Crateria leading to the same front entrance of Super Metroid's Wrecked Ship prior to the Mother Ship's arrival. He has also explained that the Work Robots are commonly present in various spaceships in the Metroid series.
Furthermore, players who seek to leave Chozodia and backtrack to earlier areas are required to use a Power Bomb to break a massive glass tube connecting the Mother Ship to the Chozo ruins. Afterwards, they can access an abandoned mechanical area with green color tones similar to the sequel's Wrecked Ship, making it clearly separate from the tidily-kept purple-colored Space Pirate vessel. Players can exit this ancient structure using the front door of Super Metroid's Wrecked Ship, thus revealing that the structure and the latter are the same vessel despite their different inner layouts, as they occupy the same area of space. See images above for comparisons.
Theory of SurvivalEdit
It is possible that the Wrecked Ship may have been used to transport the Etecoons and Dachoras (as seen in Super Metroid's secret ending) from Zebes prior to its destruction. This would have required the Wrecked Ship, or an unseen emergency shuttle within, to be operational and flight-worthy. This appears to be unlikely due to the age and heavily-damaged condition of the ship in Super Metroid, but few alternatives to this theory exist. Supporting this is the direction the passive animals run off to when freed by Samus, which is in the general direction of the Wrecked Ship. In Metroid Fusion, the Etecoons and Dachoras help the computerized Adam Malkovich manually pilot Samus Aran's Starship from the Docking Bays at the end of the game, indicating that they have experience onboard starships.
Additionally, the ship may not have actually been as dysfunctional as first thought; when Samus first ventured in it, Phantoon was draining power from the ship which contributed to its derelict state. With Phantoon defeated, it is possible that the Etecoons and Dachoras could use it once again or access an shuttle within.
- Covern (stops appearing when power is restored)
- Kzan (non-hostile)
- Sbug (disappears when power is restored)
- Work Robot
- Phantoon is stated to have been present in the Wrecked Ship during the time it was capable of spaceflight. The creature is then seemingly absent from the ship in Zero Mission, only for it to reappear in Super Metroid. There is currently no explanation for its disappearance between the starship's travels and Samus' 2nd mission on Zebes.
- The reason behind the Wrecked Ship's inner layout in Zero Mission being different from Super Metroid's is likely a design choice by those who worked on the prequel in order to avoid having players re-explore perfectly identical rooms in both titles. Other examples of changes in room layouts between these games and Metroid for the NES/Famicom can be seen in the original Tourian, Crateria's outdoor sections and earlier portions of Brinstar's blue caverns.
- The German guide for Super Metroid states that every being onboard the Wrecked Ship are underlings of the Mother Brain. Several other sources also state that most, if not all, the wildlife on Zebes have fallen under the control of Mother Brain through her intense brainwaves. Phantoon is also stated to be tapping into Mother Brain's brainwaves.
- Atomics are also present in both games' crashed vessel. However, those seen in the prequel are implied to be of Space Pirate origin due to their identical behavior with the Atomics patrolling the Pirate Mother Ship. The ones present in Super Metroid are likely to be of Chozo origin, as they are initially encased within the equipment of the bird race's ship before breaking loose; some of these Atomics are completely immobile and glow a bright green within their glass containers, suggesting their original use as power sources for the Wrecked Ship.
- The Wrecked Ship's Work Robots are possibly the first of their kind, depending on the age of the vessel itself. Similar to how the Chozo's Skytown Blue Doors became the blueprint for all standard doors across many planets, the race's Work Robot design potentially became widespread knowledge.
- A remix of the Wrecked Ship's theme is heard in the underground sections of Crateria in Metroid: Zero Mission. A different version of the same theme can be heard when Samus first enters the Space Pirate Mother Ship with only her Zero Suit. Curiously, neither of these themes plays when Samus explores sections of the Wrecked Ship featured in Chozodia.
- Curiously, if Samus were to enter the Wrecked Ship from the back through Sequence Breaking, not only will she notice that some rooms are not flooded, some rooms are also missing item expansions. These items will not appear until the ship is re-energized; this is most likely the result of the in-game data not being loaded into the area until triggered by Phantoon's death.
- A variation of Zebetites can be seen within the Wrecked Ship, most notably in the corridor at the front entrance. They are green in color and start to glow after power is returned to the vessel. Whether they were used as power sources (much like Mother Brain's) or not is unknown.
- This is the only area in Super Metroid that does not feature any Zebesian Space Pirates. However, the Wrecked Ship still contains Pirate activity in the form of Kihunters and Phantoon.
|Food, Nourishment and Sustenance|
|Plants||Blueroot Tree • Fruit • Red Starburst • Sap Sac|
|Species||Geruta • Embers • Kiru Giru • Pirate Militia • Reo • Ripper • Sciser • Scritter • Skree • Space Pirate • Tallon Crab • Torizo • X Parasite • Zoomer|
|Specific Humans||Samus Aran • Virginia Aran|
|Carrion||"Deceased Soldier" • Amok Mommy|
|Liquid||Lava • Phazon|
|Artificial/Misc.||Elite Nutrient Mix • Energy • Nutrient-grade biomatter • Synthetic Metroid rations • Wrecked Ship|