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This article will consolidate the recaps for all the games in the Metroid series. Games are in chronological order.

Spoiler alert: This page contains unmarked plot spoilers. Read at your own risk.


The Zero Mission (year 20X5)

  • Space Pirates raid a Galactic Federation transport and steal their Metroid specimen.
  • Samus infiltrates Zebes to stop the Space Pirates' plans to use Metroids as bioweapons.
  • Samus finds and defeats the Space Pirate generals, Ridley and Kraid.
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  • Samus learns of the Metroids in Tourian and investigates.
  • Samus encounters and defeats Mother Brian, starting a time bomb.
  • Samus escapes Tourian before it self-destructs and takes off in her Gunship.
  • Samus' Gunship is shot down by Space Pirates, crashing on Zebes and damaging her Power Suit.
  • Samus heads to the Chozo Ruins in her Zero Suit, where she finds a brand new Power Suit.
  • Samus uses the new Power Suit to clear out the Space Pirates, including the computer Robot Ridley.
  • Samus escapes to the Galactic Federation using a Space Pirate vessel.

Post Zero Mission

  • Federation reclaims Zebes from the Space Pirates.
  • Samus rebuilds her Gunship and remakes it.

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Prime Trilogy

The Metroid Prime

  • Three years after Zero Mission, Samus investigates a distress signal from the Space Pirate ship Orpheon.
  • Samus finds the Orpheon in disarray and kills a Parasite Queen, unintentionally causing it to self-destruct.
  • As she escapes, Samus' Power Suit is damaged and loses some functions. She also sees the cyborg Meta Ridley.
  • Samus follows Meta Ridley as he escapes to a nearby planet, Tallon IV.
  • Samus loses track of Meta Ridley, but discovers that Tallon IV was colonized by the Chozo.
  • Samus investigates the Chozo Ruins, learning that a "Great Poison" brought by a meteor is harming the planet.
  • Samus finds Space Pirates operating in the Phendrana Drifts, including catching a glimpse of Ridley.
  • Samus storms a Pirate laboratory, discovering the "Great Poison" is a substance called Phazon.
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  • Samus learns that a powerful Phazon creature called the Metroid Prime lives within the meteor.
  • Samus defeats the experimental Omega Pirate, which melts onto her suit and gives it Phazon immunity.
  • Samus discovers the Artifact Temple, a locked gate to the meteor requiring twelve Chozo Artifacts.
  • Samus scours Tallon IV to recover the Chozo Artifacts.
  • Samus is about to unlock the Impact Crater when Meta Ridley destroys the totems.
  • Samus fights off Meta Ridley, and the Artifact Temple defeats him with a beam attack.
  • Chozo Ghosts appears to unlock the way to the Impact Crater for Samus.
  • Samus enters the Impact Crater and defeats the powerful Metroid Prime.
  • The Metroid Prime manages to steal Samus' Phazon Suit upgrade before exploding.
  • Samus escapes the destroyed Impact Crater, having successfully stopped the flow of Phazon into Tallon IV.
  • Samus departs Tallon IV to give her mission report.
  • Meanwhile, the Metroid Prime begins to regenerate using the Phazon Suit, becoming Dark Samus.

The Ultimate Power

  • A mysterious message about the "Ultimate Power" is transmitted from the Alimbic Cluster.
  • Samus is sent to investigate the message, and to find the "Ultimate Power" before anyone else does.
  • Samus explores the Celestial Archives first, where she fights a fellow hunter called Kanden.
  • Samus finds three Artifacts and fights a Cretaphid, receiving an Octolith that will unlock the "Ultimate Power."
  • Samus decides to find the other Octoliths in order to claim the prize.
  • Samus explores the planet Alinos, where she fights Spire for an Octolith.
  • Samus begins to leave Alinos, but is ambushed by Weavel, who she is forced to fight off.
  • Samus explores the planet Arcterra, where she finds Noxus and Trace locked in battle over an Octolith.
  • Samus then explores the Vesper Defense Outpost, where she fights Sylux and their Delano-7 gunship.
  • Having collected all the Octoliths, Samus activates the Alimbic Cannon, allowing free access to the Oubliette.
  • The other hunters get to the Oubliette first, but Samus finds them defeated by a foe called Gorea.
  • Samus fights and defeats Gorea, the source of the message, using the Omega Cannon she finds in the chamber.
  • The Oubliette begins to explode, forcing Samus and the hunters to all flee.
  • Samus has a vision from the posthumous Alimbics, who thank her for defeating Gorea.

Mission on Aether

  • Samus is sent to the planet Aether to investigate the disappearance of a squad of Galactic Federation marines.
  • While entering the atmosphere, Samus' Gunship is struck by dark lightning, causing an emergency landing.
  • Samus finds the Galactic Federation's outpost in shambles and fights zombie-like marines.
  • Samus discovers Dark Samus and follows her into a dark portal.
  • Samus finds herself in Dark Aether, where Dark Samus condemns her to be killed by its dark beings.
  • Samus escapes back to Light Aether, but almost all of her upgrades were stolen by the creatures.
  • Samus continues to explore, finding the missing GFS Tyr and learning they were killed by dark monsters.
  • Samus comes across the Great Temple and fights a Dark Alpha Splinter within.
  • After her victory, Samus is greeted by an alien called U-Mos of the Luminoth race.
  • U-Mos explains Aether was struck by a meteor that split it into two dimensions - Light and Dark Aether.
  • U-Mos asks Samus to help steal Aether's energy back from the dark creatures, the Ing, who seek to destroy it.
  • Samus accepts U-Mos' task and goes to the Agon Wastes to recover the first Light of Aether.
  • Samus discovers an abandoned Space Pirate base, where she fights off Dark Samus again.
  • Samus enters the Dark Agon Temple and fights the Amorbis, recovering a Light of Aether.
  • Samus returns the Light of Aether to the Great Temple, and U-Mos sends her to the Torvus Bog next.
  • Samus enters the Dark Torvus Temple and fights the Chykka, recovering another Light of Aether.
  • Samus returns the Light of Aether, and U-Mos sends her to the Sanctuary Fortress.
  • Samus encounters Dark Samus and defeats her again, seemingly for good.
  • Samus enters the Ing Hive Temple and fights the Quadraxis, recovering another Light of Aether.
  • Samus returns the Light of Aether, and in return U-Mos uses it to give her the Light Suit.
  • U-Mos then gives her the location of the final Light of Aether - the Sky Temple.
  • Samus finds the Sky Temple is locked, and has to scour Light and Dark Aether to unlock it.
  • Samus succeeds in unlocking the Sky Temple and enters it, encountering the Phazon-mutated Emperor Ing.
  • Samus defeats the Emperor Ing and takes the last Light of Aether, destabilizing Dark Aether in the process.
  • Samus begins to flee the crumbling Dark Aether, but is stopped by a Phazon-overcharged Dark Samus.
  • Samus defeats Dark Samus for the final time and escapes back into Light Aether.
  • U-Mos awakens the other Luminoth from their stasis and they all thank Samus for her help.
  • Samus departs Aether to give her mission report.
  • Meanwhile, Dark Samus manages to reconstitute her body just outside of Aether.

Phazon Corruption

  • Six months after Echoes, Samus has a vision-like dream of Dark Samus in a Space Pirate vessel.
  • Samus awakes from stasis and enters the GFS Olympus, where she will be taking a job.
  • Samus meets her fellow hunters Rundas, Ghor, and Gandrayda for the mission briefing.
  • Admiral Dane explains that a virus has infected the Federation's Aurora Units and they need to vaccinate them.
  • The Olympus is suddenly attacked by Space Pirates, and Dane tells Samus and the hunters to protect Norion.
  • Samus arrives separately from the others on Norion and cooperates with them to activate planet's defenses.
  • Samus starts a generator, but is ambushed by Meta Ridley, and the two fight while falling down a shaft.
  • Samus defeats Meta Ridley and is rescued by Rundas, who leaves to activate another generator.
  • Samus is informed that a giant meteor is falling towards Norion and that it must be stopped.
  • Samus activates the final generator and rushes to rendezvous with the other hunters at the control tower.
  • Samus and the hunters are ambushed by Dark Samus, who hits them with a concentrated Phazon blast.
  • Samus, barely conscious, activates the defenses and destroys the meteor before falling into a coma.
  • A month later, Samus wakes up back on the GFS Olympus.
  • Samus learns that her body is corrupted by Phazon, which can be exploited using a Phazon Enhancement Device.
  • Samus tries out the new PED Suit she has been fitted with before getting a briefing from Aurora Unit 242.
  • Samus is sent to Bryyo, where Rundas was also sent, to destroy the Phazon meteor - or "Leviathan Seed" - there.
  • Samus learns the hard way that misusing her Phazon and PED could lead to her going insane.
  • Samus fights off the Space Pirates on Bryyo, finding Rundas but being ignored by him.
  • Rundas eventually confronts Samus, attacking her and revealing he has succumbed to Dark Samus' corruption.
  • Samus reluctantly defeats Rundas, who is killed by his own icicles and absorbed by Dark Samus.
  • Samus uses her Gunship's missiles to disable a shield put around the Seed by the Pirates.
  • Samus enters the Seed to destroy it from the inside, encountering a Bryyonian golem called Mogenar.
  • Samus defeats Mogenar, becoming more corrupted in the process, and destroys the Seed.
  • Samus then heads to SkyTown, a city floating above Elysia. This is where Ghor was sent.
  • Samus cures Aurora Unit 217 of its virus, but is antagonized by a corrupted Ghor.
  • Ghor attacks Samus' Gunship, so she finds and defeats him, resulting in Dark Samus absorbing him.
  • Aurora Unit 217 instructs Samus to build a Theronian Bomb to safely destroy the Seed's barrier.
  • Samus builds the bomb and personally escorts it to its target, deactivating the barrier.
  • Samus enters the Seed, this time encountering an Elysian robot called Helios.
  • Samus defeats Helios, again becoming more corrupted, and destroys the Seed.
  • Samus then heads to Urtraghus, one of the Space Pirate homeworlds, to prepare for the Federation's assault.
  • Samus is unable to access the highly-guarded Seed, but gets a distress signal from a GF marine.
  • Samus finds the marine and saves him, only to discover it was the corrupted Gandrayda in disguise.
  • Samus defeats Gandrayda, resulting in Dark Samus absorbing her.
  • Samus disables the Pirate homeworld's shield to allow the Federation to perform its assault.
  • Samus herself leads a team of GF demolition soldiers to open the way to the Seed.
  • Samus enters the Seed and defeats the corrupted Omega Ridley, destroying the Seed.
  • Samus is informed that the source of all Phazon, the planet Phaaze, has been located far, far away.
  • Samus explores the abandoned GFS Valhalla, finding Space Pirate codes to control a Leviathan.
  • Samus accesses a Leviathan, using its wormhole to transport herself and the GFS Olympus to Phaaze.
  • While the Federation fights the Pirates above Phaaze, Samus infiltrates the planet to destroy the core.
  • Samus finds Dark Samus at the core and the two fight. Samus comes out victorious.
  • Dark Samus reveals the stolen Aurora Unit 313, which she used to control Phaaze, and attacks with it.
  • Samus destroys Aurora Unit 313 and Dark Samus with it, triggering Phaaze to begin crumbling.
  • Samus and the GFS Olympus use the Leviathan's wormhole one last time to quickly escape.
  • The Federation finds that all Phazon in the galaxy has withered.
  • Samus travels to Elysia to ponder her quest and her fallen comrades.
  • As Samus flies away from Elysia, her Gunship is followed by Sylux's own Delano-7.

The Bermuda System Mission (year 20X6)

  • With Phazon gone and the Pirates weakened, the Federation begins Operation Golem to bolster the military.
  • Project Golem leads to the formation of the elite Federation Force.
  • The Federation Force is sent to the Bermuda System to test their efficacy.
  • The Force deploys to Excelcion first, then to Bion, where they learn of an ancient civilization.
  • The Force heads to Talvania next, where they fight off a Space Pirate ambush.
  • With Pirates the revealed, Samus is hired to perform reconnaissance to aid the Force.
  • While investigating Bion more, the Force learns that the Pirates found a way to increase their sizes.
  • Samus learns that the Pirates have a giant battleship called the Doomseye before abruptly disconnecting.
  • The Doomseye is hidden by a cloaking device, so the Force is deployed to destroy its generators on each planet.
  • The Force succeeds in revealing the Doomseye, but it wreaks havoc on the Federation's fleet.
  • The Force is dispatched to infiltrate the Doomseye to disable its barrier.
  • The Force encounters Samus onboard, who's been brainwashed and had her size increased, and she attacks.
  • The Force defeats Samus' Morph Ball mode and continue into the heart of the Doomseye.
  • The Force encounters the AI called Master Brain and defeat it to stop the barrier.
  • The Force are ambushed before they can escape, but are rescued by a reformed Samus.
  • The Federation's fleet attacks and destroys the Doomseye while Samus and the Force escape.
  • The Force is commended and given honors as heroes.
  • Meanwhile, Sylux infiltrates a top-secret Federation facility and hatches a dormant Metroid egg.

Return of Samus

  • Samus is sent to SR388 to exterminate the Metroids on their home planet so they can no longer be misused.
  • Samus fights her way through the caverns of SR388, killing Metroids and other ancient horrors.
  • Samus confronts and kills the Queen Metroid, supposedly the final Metroid.
  • As Samus leaves, an egg hatches, leaving a single Baby Metroid. Samus is moved by mercy and takes it with her.
  • Before Samus departs, Proteus Ridley appears to steal the Baby Metroid, but Samus fights him off.
  • Samus leaves SR388 with the last Metroid in captivity.

The Super Metroid

  • Samus turns in the Baby Metroid to Ceres Space Colony and leaves.
  • Soon after, Ridley and the Space Pirates move to steal the Baby Metroid.
  • Samus confronts Ridley, but he escapes and sets the colony to self-destruct.
  • Samus escapes and chases the Space Pirates to Zebes.
  • Samus finds and defeats the Space Pirate generals, including Ridley, Kraid, Phantoon, and Draygon.
  • Unable to find the Baby Metroid, Samus enters Tourian to confront Mother Brain.
  • Samus encounters the Baby Metroid, who has grown into the giant Super Metroid.
  • Samus faces against Mother Brain, but nearly loses.
  • The Super Metroid saves and heals Samus, but is then killed by Mother Brain.
  • Samus kills Mother Brain using the Super Metroid's Hyper Beam.
  • Samus escapes Zebes as the entire planet self-destructs.

The Other M

  • Upon escape from Zebes, Samus is healed and rewarded by the Galactic Federation.
  • Samus then picks up a distress signal from the derelict BOTTLE SHIP.
  • There Samus meets the 07th Platoon of Federation marines, including her old allies Adam and Anthony.
  • Samus decides to aid in the investigation of the BOTTLE SHIP to prove her growth to herself.
  • Samus meets a small creature she calls Little Birdie.
  • Samus discovers the BOTTLE SHIP was a Federation station made for bioweapons research, an illegal practice.
  • Samus and the marines learn the woman in charge is a Madeline Bergman.
  • Samus and the marines are attacked by a large reptilian creature, which escapes.
  • Samus and the marines discover a corpse of one of their fellow soldiers and the shed skin of Little Birdie.
  • Samus finds a young woman who is supposedly Madeline Bergman.
  • The two are separated when an unknown Federation marine attacks, revealing that there is a traitor - the Deleter.
  • Samus rendezvouses with Anthony and saves him from a Rhedogian.
  • Samus and Anthony are ambushed by Ridley, who evolved from Little Birdie.
  • Anthony is supposedly killed, and Samus fights Ridley but he escapes.
  • Samus finds the young woman again, who claims to be Madeline Bergman. She explains the BOTTLE SHIP.
  • Samus heads to Sector Zero to dispose of the Metroids. She notices the BOTTLE SHIP's thrusters starting up.
  • Adam stops Samus and gives her a final mission: kill Ridley, stop the BOTTLE SHIP, and save the last survivor.
  • Adam sacrifices himself to destroy all the Metroids.
  • Samus finds the corpses of the Deleter and Ridley, both having been defeated by something bigger.
  • Samus finds the survivor, but has to fight off a Queen Metroid first.
  • The survivor reveals she is the real Madeline Bergman, and that the other woman was an android called MB.
  • MB confronts Samus and Madeline, but more Federation marines arrive and MB fights them.
  • Madeline freezes MB, allowing the marines to gun her down.
  • A colonel attempts to take Madeline into custody to silence her, but Anthony appears to override his authority.
  • Samus leaves the BOTTLE SHIP with Anthony and Madeline, the sole survivors.
  • Days later, Samus returns to the BOTTLE SHIP to recover a keepsake.
  • Samus finds Adam's helmet and escapes with it before the BOTTLE SHIP self-destructs.

Fusion and the X Parasite

  • Samus leads a team of Federation scientists to SR388, acting as a bodyguard
  • Samus kills a seemingly-ordinary creature, unleashing an odd parasite that infects Samus.
  • Upon Samus' attempted return to the station, she loses consciousness, leading to her ship crashing.
  • The Federation recovers her and discovers she was infected by the dangerous X-Parasites.
  • The Power Suit is surgically removed and altered, leaving a thin shell called the Fusion Suit.
  • To save her nervous system, Metroid DNA is injected into Samus as a vaccine against the X-Parasites.
  • After minimal recovery, Samus is sent to investigate an explosion at the BSL Station orbiting SR388.
  • Samus learns that the X-Parasite samples taken from her multiplied and began wrecking the station.
  • Under the orders of an AI she secretly calls Adam, Samus begins cleaning the X out of the station.
  • Samus learns that there is an X mimicking her old Power Suit called the SA-X roaming around.
  • Samus saves multiple non-infected Etecoons and Dachoras, taking them into her Gunship.
  • An X attempts to sabotage the whole station to kill Samus, but she successfully stops it.
  • Eventually, Samus stumbles upon a Restricted Laboratory full of more cloned Metroids.
  • The SA-X suddenly appears to fight the Metroids, so Samus ejects the lab to explode in space.
  • Unfortunately, Adam informs Samus that there are no less than 10 other SA-X still on the station.
  • Adam orders Samus to return to her ship and leave, but she disobeys, defeating a Ridley-X.
  • Adam locks Samus in a room, planning on keeping her there until Federation ships arrive.
  • Samus accidentally calls the AI Adam, making him have mercy on her and let her out.
  • Samus and Adam decide to self-destruct the BSL Station, and to catch SR388 in the blast too.
  • Samus goes to the Operations Room, but is intercepted by an SA-X, which she finally fights off.
  • The SA-X escapes, but Samus ignores it and rushes to activate the self-destruct sequence.
  • Samus runs back to her Gunship, but is intercepted again by an escaped Omega Metroid.
  • Samus is unable to defeat the Omega Metroid, but fortunately the SA-X appears to fight it too.
  • Samus absorbs the SA-X to regain the Ice Beam and defeats the Omega Metroid.
  • After the battle, her Gunship enters the room, having been piloted by the saved animals.
  • Samus enters her Gunship and escapes as the BSL Station crashes into SR388, destroying all of the X.
  • Samus doubts that people will understand her decision, and fears the Federation will not be pleased.

Dreadful Mission on ZDR

  • Sometime after the destruction of SR388 a video was broadcast of surviving X-Parasites.
  • The Federation tracks the origin as ZDR and sends seven E.M.M.I.s to survey but lost contact.
  • The Federation contacted Samus Aran for a bounty mission to find out what is happening on ZDR which she accepts.
  • Adam warns Samus of his misgivings and cautions her to take care as they approach ZDR. Samus wordlessly acknowledges his advice, but continues her descent onto the planet.
  • Taking an elevator deep into the Artanis region of the ZDR underground, Samus encounters a Chozo warrior clad in a power suit similar to what she has. This Warrior is hostile to her, and they do battle. Samus is defeated, but is spared for some reason, regaining conciousness after some time with a number of her abilities either forgotten or taken away.
  • Samus explores the depths of ZDR. She manages to find communication rooms that allow her to make contact with Adam remotely.
  • Samus encounters one of the E.M.M.I robots, a badly damaged one at that. It seems to behave abnormally and attempts to attack her. As it is immune to her weapons, Samus has to retreat from it.
  • Fleeing into a room out of reach of the E.M.M.I, Samus encounters a disabled Brain. She absorbs energy from it that activates the Omega Blaster in her arm cannon, and uses it to destroy the E.M.M.I.
  • Samus continues to explore ZDR, recovering her abilities and defeating the E.M.M.I one by one.
  • In Ferenia, Samus encounters a mural depicting Raven Beak committing the massacre of the Thoha Tribe Chozo. Her hand flares with energy in her anger, but before she can fully process this, one of the E.M.M.I stuns her through the wall with a wave beam shot before grabbing her. Another Chozo shuts down the E.M.M.I before it can strike.
  • This Chozo introduces himself as Quiet Robe to Samus, and elaborates on his role in the history of the development of the Metroids on SR-388, and Raven Beak's desire to impose order on the galaxy by force with an army of cloned Metroids, which led to his massacre of the Thoha tribe before they could eradicate the Metroids.
  • Quiet Robe also elaborates on how some X parasites escaped SR-388 by infiltrating the Mawkin Chozo, and that Raven Beak had sealed them away in quarantine.
  • Samus reassures Quiet Robe that she will end this and stop Raven Beak, but he has barely any time to do more than unlock a path in Burenia before one of Raven Beak's robotic soldiers assassinates the Thoha Chozo scientist. Samus destroys the drone, then sets off on the path that Quiet Robe opened for her.
  • Samus makes her up though Ghavoran and into Elun, where a security system insists on scanning her before granting access.
  • Inside Elun, she recovers the Plasma Beam, but also bears witness to the last of the Mawkin Tribe Chozo having been completely infested by X parasites. The X escapes Elun and quickly spreads throughout ZDR.
  • An X parasite infests Quiet Robe's body, and the revived QR-X reactivates the remaining E.M.M.I, musing that Samus is its only hope.
  • After making her way back to Burenia and recovering the Gravity Suit, Samus notices that the caves of ZDR are getting colder.
  • ADAM informs her in the data room that the X have attacked the temperature controls and are attempting to freeze the cave system in order to make it uninhabitable for her, which would have worked if she had not recovered the Gravity Suit.
  • Samus swiftly locates the source of the X attacking the temperature controls and confronts the infested creature, Experiment Z-57.
  • After a fierce fight, she eventually knocks it into the magma at the bottom of the cave networks, where it reveals its true form as a Core-X before diving into the magma.
  • The source of the blockage removed, the temperature controls restore the heat levels of the cave networks.
  • After recovering the Wave Beam from the E.M.M.I in Ferenia, Samus enters the last E.M.M.I zone in Hanubia, close to the surface of ZDR, only for the E.M.M.I to ambush her with a Power Bomb. At this point, her Metroid powers begin awakening in earnest, allowing her to drain the E.M.M.I, as well as a reinforcing Infested Mawkin Tribe Warrior, dry. She recovers the Power Bombs from the E.M.M.I and proceeds.
  • At the apex of Hanubia, she defeats the last of the Infested Mawkin Warriors, then takes an escape capsule up to the Itorash, Raven Beak's vessel.
  • Samus finds a Data Room above the bridge of the ship. 'ADAM' speaks in a very suspicious way, revealing that Raven Beak has been pretending to be ADAM for much of her journey through ZDR's caves.
  • Raven Beak reveals that he provided Mawkin Chozo genes for her augmentation during her childhood on Zebes, and claims to be one of her fathers, demanding her obedience. Samus confronts him, disappointing him.
  • After a fierce battle, Raven Beak gains the upper hand and grabs her by the neck once more, deciding that if Samus would not obey him, then he would kill her, then clone an army of her, the Ulimate Metroid.
  • Samus loses conciousness, lulling Raven Beak into complacency, before her eyes snap open and purple energy engulfs her. Her metroid powers running rampant, Samus's power suit transforms to gain the green chitin of a maturing Metroid as she wrestles Raven Beak, draining energy both from him and his ship, dropping it from the sky.
  • In the ruins of the vessel atop Hanubia, Raven Beak struggles to stand, only to be infested by one of the X Parasites. Samus charges her Hyper Beam and obliterates him, then fires another burst of energy at the escaping X Parasite, reducing it to ashes and destroying Raven Beak forever.
  • The self-destruct of the Chozo facilities on ZDR activates. Samus runs back to her ship, only for the real ADAM to warn her not to touch the controls, as she would drain the ship's energy reserves in her current state as a Metroid.
  • Samus realizes that she is not alone as the QR-X has gotten on the ship behind her. It bows to her, sheds the form of Quiet Robe, then sacrifices itself to restore Samus to a stable condition, allowing her to start the ship and leave as ZDR is destroyed by the self-destructing Chozo facility. See you next mission!
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