Etecoons and Dachoras. I've met these intelligent beings before. They seemed to recognize me, as well. How unusual to meet again here. In the past, they've helped me unleash abilities I didn't know I had. But where did they run to? I hope they're safe...

—Samus Aran

The Dachora (Dachola in Super Metroid Nintendo Player's Guide) are a species of ostrich-like animals. Their homeworld is unknown, but it is likely Zebes.

A Dachora appeared in Super Metroid, in which it taught Samus how to perform a Shinespark, a technique used with the Speed Booster. A nest with an egg could be seen in the background. Later, in the escape sequence in the end of the game, Samus rescued the trapped Dachora and Etecoons from the explosion. Rescuing the Dachora and Etecoons is an optional part of the escape sequence of Super Metroid. If Samus does so, a tiny white spaceship[1] will be visible leaving the planet along with Samus's Gunship during the ending sequence. Yet, although their rescue is optional, the action is considered canon due to the fact that the same Dachora and Etecoons make a reappearance in Metroid Fusion.

The appearance in Fusion shows that the egg from Super Metroid had hatched, with a small Dachora chick as the result. The Dachoras and Etecoons are seen as the sole survivors of the X Parasite infestation aboard the Biologic Space Laboratories research station. They are found on the Habitation Deck, confined in a sealed, tropical themed area with hanging tires for the Etecoons to play on. It is unknown why these creatures were on board, or why the X did not target them as potential hosts, though Adam suggests the creatures had no useful capabilities for the X. After Samus released them, the Dachoras and Etecoons went to Samus' Gunship, and they later saved Samus from the space station's explosion after the defeat of the Omega Metroid by piloting her gunship into the room to rescue her.


  • The Dachoras, along with Serris and possibly the Chozo feature abilities similar to the Speed Booster. The Chozo are said to have created their many items based on their physical capabilities.
  • The Dachora's name in French is Vertozor.
  • Interestingly, the Dachora can be released from its corridor by Shinesparking at the same time and in the same place at which the Dachora does. After this, it will run back and forth in the same usual manner and Shinespark at the ceiling.
  • The Super Metroid Players' Guide refers to the Dachora as a "strange bird".
  • Yasuhiko Fujii stated that the idea of saving the Dachoras and Etecoons was conceptualized by another programmer on the game, but did not say who that was.[2]

Official dataEdit

Super Metroid Nintendo Player's GuideEdit

Enemy Data Description
Color HP ATK E BE M SM PB Brinstar. Learn the Super Jump technique from Dachola. He's friendly, too.
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Super Metroid Developer InterviewEdit

Akinori Sao: Yamamoto-san, what part of Super Metroid do you recommend?

Yamamoto: This is a bit detailed, but after you beat the last boss, Mother Brain, Samus escapes, right? The planet is beginning to explode, so you really have to hustle. But at a certain spot, there's a Dachora and some Etecoons…

Sakamoto: Dachoras and Etecoons are alien creatures who teach Samus new moves, and they've gotten trapped while trying to evacuate.

Sao: If you help them, the ending changes. Is that right?

Sakamoto: The ending doesn't exactly change, but when the planet explodes and Samus just barely clears the blast in her ship, out to the side you can see…

Yamamoto: The Dachora and Etecoons escape, too.

Sakamoto: About one dot of light shoots out from the exploding planet! (laughs)

Sao:(laughs) You understand from that one dot of light that they survived.

Sakamoto: I tried it myself, and the dot was so small I could barely see it! (laughs)

Sao: Is that because it was an old tube TV?

Sakamoto: Yes. With the high resolution screens today, you should be able to see it clearly. I hope people will check that out for themselves.

Yamamoto: There may also be people who played Super Metroid before who don't know about that. I hope they will play the game again and help those creatures! [3]



  1. ^ Super Metroid Nintendo Player's Guide
  2. ^ "That was something a different programmer came up with on his own. And if you save them, when the planet explodes there’s some extra graphics showing them successfully escape too."
  3. ^