A Dark Alpha Splinter was the result of the Ing merging with an Alpha Splinter, turning it into a Dark Energy-spitting giant Dark Splinter.


Samus Aran encountered a Dark Alpha Splinter in Aether's Great Temple in the Temple Sanctuary. After Samus had dealt with numerous Dark Splinters and momentarily battled the Alpha, the latter was turned into the Dark Alpha Splinter. It attacks by strafing around its target, trying to keep it in front of itself. It will then leap forward at high speed, attempting to slam into its prey and stab them with its sharp legs. While moving, it may launch blasts of dark energy to attack from a safe distance.

The Ing that possessed it had the Energy Transfer Module, which Samus receives as a reward. The group of Ing which appeared and possessed all of the Splinter creatures within the Temple Sanctuary were about to steal the planetary energy from the Energy Controller and end their war with the Luminoth.


Samus combats Dark Alpha Splinter

The Dark Alpha Splinter in Metroid Prime: Episode of Aether.

The Dark Alpha Splinter also appears in the Episode of Aether manga, however it was depicted as a far larger creature than in-game, as well as having a body capable of reflecting beams. It was also not fought in the Great Temple, rather, it was seen in a different GFMC Compound than that in-game, and attacked Klaus Schneider until Samus intervened. Klaus urged her to kill the creature before it was possessed by the "black fog", but she was too late, and her weapons were useless until she performed an Overblast. Later, another attacked, and Miguel Luis Garcia assisted Samus in destroying it. The latter Splinter was more in line with the in-game boss.

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Dark Alpha Splinter

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Morphology: Dark Alpha Splinter
Alpha male of a darkling war pack. Gigantic predator with symbiote-enhanced strength, speed, and armor.

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Splinter alpha males are the first to be targeted for darkling possession. Dark Alpha Splinters grow in strength and durability, making them an even greater threat than normal.


  • Oddly enough, the Dark Alpha Splinter is actually easier to kill than the regular Alpha Splinter. This is because it leaps towards Samus's exact location, whereas the Alpha Splinter predicted where Samus would end up after dodging and leapt at that point. In terms of strength and resistance, however, it is superior to its light counterpart.
  • If the Dark Beam is hacked, the Dark Alpha Splinter can be frozen the exact same way as a Dark Splinter.
  • Unlike its unpossessed counterpart, the battle can be completed "normally" if Power Bombs are used via hacking.