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Barbed War Wasps are the more dangerous cousins of the War Wasp and are distinguished by their emerald green abdomen and their projectile stingers.


On Tallon IV, a colony of Barbed War Wasps resided in a huge hive in the Burn Dome of the Chozo Ruins. Samus travels to the room and finds the Incinerator Drone, which attacks her. Damaging the machine causes it to shoot fire into the wasps' nest, provoking them into attack her. Once the machine destroys the nest, Samus never encounters Barbed War Wasps again in Metroid Prime.

Samus later encounters Barbed War Wasps during the events of Metroid Prime Hunters, during her first visit to Arcterra. On this icy planet, they make their nests on the power lines of the Ice Hive, and they emerge to attack when the reactivated power lines send electricity coursing through their nests. Blue and Red Barbed War Wasps also inhabit the Alimbic Cluster, found on Arcterra and Alinos, respectively.

Barbed War Wasps attack by launching a poisonous stinger, which does a small amount of damage and slight visor interference. In Metroid Prime, they are 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. Unlike standard and Ram War Wasps, the horns on the shells of Barbed War Wasps curve up and forward over their heads.

These Wasps appear to make their nests on the ceiling rather than a wall, like regular War Wasps. This variant also seems to prefer (or at least is 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. If acquired early via hacking, the Plasma Beam merely irritates these creatures.

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Barbed War Wasp

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Morphology: Barbed War Wasp
Airborne insect with the ability to launch its stinger at prey.

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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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Barbed War Wasp

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An aggressively territorial insect capable of launching its stinger as a projectile. The more dangerous cousin of the War Wasp, Barbed War Wasps migrate in large swarms, attacking even the largest life-forms in isolated regions of Tallon IV.