Zurburats are a new creature in Metroid Prime: Federation Force. They are quadrupeds and appear on Excelcion at the beginning of M07: Cauldron and during M15: Mother Lode. Because of their role in attacking the Federation Force during their mission to secure the Cargo Tram, it is possible that they are Space Pirate-created or trained creatures, although they could be Excelcion natives as well.


When Zurburats attack, they run around their target for a while before striking. A Zurburat's preferred form of attack is a lunge. The Zurburat, after a short running start, jumps in the air and onto its target, pinning it to the ground and keeping it in place with its weight and claws. Similar to the way in which Metroids are fought in Federation Force, the creature must be shaken off. The game switches to a third-person perspective while the Federation Force soldier is trying to shake the Zurburat off. When they are caught and pinned down by a Zurburat, they lose 200 points, with a "Trapped!" message appearing in the top-right of the screen.


  • Zurburats share a number of similarities with wolves: they emit wolf-like noises, they move in small packs, and they run around their prey before lunging. The aforementioned traits are also present in Volfons, which may suggest a connection between the two species.

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