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The Baristute[1] (バリスト?),[2] also known as X-45G,[3] is a Sidehopper/Dessgeega variant in Metroid: Zero Mission and Metroid: Other M. It is larger in size, colored green, more resistant to damage and stronger. Baristutes are vulnerable to all weapons, and can be defeated in exactly the same ways as their lesser relatives. While this species is usually encountered alone, it has occasionally been found in small groups of two or three, though which is typically the norm for social behavior in this species is unknown.


Metroid: Zero Mission[]

They have a loose resemblance to the Sidehopper and Dessgeega creatures in terms of their two-legged body structures and their ability of leaping high into the air. Unlike the latter two, a Baristute is seemingly unable to jump upside down on a ceiling though it is capable of charging back and forth at its prey along the ground. Its carapace shifts colors as it takes damage: while initially green and slow, it becomes progressively faster as it turns yellow, orange, and finally red - in the final stage, it is incredibly fast. They can be instanly killed with Samus' Screw Attack, negating the need for another prolonged battle with one.

Metroid: Other M[]

Baristutes return in Other M on the BOTTLE SHIP as specimens potentially experimented on as bioweapons. Overall, they remain much more powerful and durable than their relatives, though they are also very susceptible to an Overblast just like them. They can perform a quick kick if Samus is found near the creature's legs, and can also spit a mucus-like substance at her which immobilizes her (much like the Dessgeegas from the same game), rendering her vulnerable to other attacks. Unlike in Zero Mission, several hits from the Screw Attack are required to defeat one in this game.

Nintendo Official Guidebook for Metroid Other M[]

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"Sidehoppers are somewhat large bipedal creatures. Their forte is their charge attack. In Sector 2 is the Baristute, and Sector 3 is the Dessgeega, which are in the same series."


  • The Baristute's more-durable nature is shared by the Blue Sidehoppers, the latter which are actually stronger than the former. Unlike the Baristute, however, the Blue Sidehopper variant seems to be artificially-created lifeforms.
  • Curiously, a pair of Baristutes no longer respawn in a specific room located in Kraid's Lair after killing them. In other areas on Zebes, they respawn when Samus exits and re-enters the rooms they are found in. If Zero Mission is played in the normal sequence, the two Baristutes featured in Kraid's Hideout would be the first of these creatures Samus encounters. Additionally, they are each restricted to an individual attack pattern: the first one is only capable of jumping, while the second one can only charge across the room. This room thus serves a tutorial to teach players how to deal with the powerful creatures, as all following Baristutes seen in the game are capable of utilizing both attacks.
    • The ones fought in Kraid's Hideout could be considered as mini-bosses for the reasons mentioned above. Also, the doors in the room lock as soon as Samus enters it the first time, forcing her to battle the Baristutes located there in order to unlock them.
  • As a Baristute takes damage in Zero Mission, the eye color will change along with the carapace color from red to purple to blue.
  • Other M concept art and the Nintendo Official Guidebook depict them as direct relatives of Sidehoppers and Dessgeegas. Curiously, the same concept art present arrows between the three species that may represent an evolutionary line.
  • There is a glitch in Other M whereas if a Baristute is shot off a platform, the creature will walk back in mid-air as if it were still on the platform, only to fall when the animation is completed. The same applies to the Sidehoppers and the Dessgeegas.
  • Facially, the Baristute more closely resembles a Shriekbat than it does a Sidehopper or Dessgeega.
  • The creature's name is misspelled as Barisutes on page 125 of Metroid: Other M Premiere Edition.