Barbed War Wasps are the more dangerous cousins of the War Wasp and are distinguished by their emerald green abdomen and their projectile stingers. A colony of them resided in a huge hive in the Burn Dome of the Chozo Ruins. Samus traveled to the room in search of her missing items, after her landing on Tallon IV, and found the Incinerator Drone which begun to attack her. The wasps attacked Samus when she damaged the machine, causing it to shoot fire into their nest. Once the machine destroyed the nest, Samus never encountered Barbed War Wasps again in Metroid Prime.
Samus later encountered Barbed War Wasps during the events of Metroid Prime Hunters, during her first visit to Arcterra. On this icy planet, they made their nests on the power lines of the Ice Hive, and they emerged to attack when the reactivated power lines sent electricity coursing through their nests. Blue and Red Barbed War Wasps also inhabited the Alimbic Cluster.
Barbed War Wasps attack by launching a poisonous stinger, which does a small amount of damage and slight visor interference. In Metroid Prime, they were the only War Wasps to have a ranged attack, while in Metroid Prime 2: Echoes the normal War Wasps found on Aether attack this way by default.
These Wasps appear to make their nests on the ceiling rather than a wall, like regular War Wasps. This variant also seemed to prefer (or at least be resilient to) hotter temperatures, as shown by the creation of their nest in the Burn Dome, as well as the fact that the Incinerator Drone merely agitated the insects with its flame as opposed to killing. Firing Plasma Beam shots merely irritate these creatures.
Unlike standard and Ram War Wasps, the horns on the shells of Barbed War Wasps curve up and forward over their heads.
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Barbed War Wasp
Morphology: Barbed War Wasp
Airborne insect with the ability to launch its stinger at prey.
A highly aggressive member of the War Wasp family, this insect can propel the tip of its stinger up to 20 meters. The stinger tips regrow seconds after launch and contain an acidic compound designed to predigest prey.
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One of the most aggressive varieties of wasp, the Red Barbed War Wasp uses body heat to generate an igneous projectile.
|War Wasps||War Wasp • Ram War Wasp • War Wasp queen • Dark War Wasp|
|Barbed||Barbed War Wasp • Blue Barbed War Wasp • Red Barbed War Wasp|
|Hives||War Wasp Hive • Hive Mecha|
|Similar||Chykka • Chykling • Gragnol • Gragnol Adult • Gragnol Hive|