A Dark Quad is a Quad robot possessed by the Ing. This Darkling, like its Aether counterpart, is in fact made up of two individual machines: the flying Command Module and the four-legged Main Body. Both of these are scannable in Metroid Prime 2: Echoes as two separate entities. Samus can blast off their heads with the Light Beam, then deactivate the body with the Boost Ball, or disable the body first and attack the head as it floats around on its own.
The scan of the Command Module states that, when a Quad robot is targeted for possession, a dominant Ing assumes ownership of the Command Module and forces a submissive Ing into the Main Body to receive the former's orders. It is unspecified if the two compete with each other in order to determine which parts they will inhabit, or if an individual Ing simply calls upon a lower-ranking member of its species. The Ing Horde used these robots as guards within the Ing Hive.
Dark Quad MB
Mechanism: Dark Quad MB
Darkling-possessed combat drone.
Ing possession strengthens target. Main Body specializes in close combat. Boost attack can disrupt its vortex spin.
The Ing discovered they could possess and control artificially intelligent machines as well as normal beings. They soon turned to the loyal Quad right against the Luminoth, finding the machines to be quite useful additions to the Horde.
- Dark Quads are only found in 2 locations throughout the game: entering the Sanctuary Temple for the first time enroute to the Energy Controller (these are replaced by Mekenobites upon returning) and the Hive Temple during the Quadraxis fight.
- Upon entering the Sanctuary Temple the first time, should Samus shoot one of the two Quads found in the chamber before leaping down and activating the cutscene, the targeted Quad will pursue her as soon as she lands. This prevents one of the Quads from being possessed in the cutscene. As a result, this makes it one of the few, if only, rooms where both a dark and light counterpart of the same enemy can exist at the same time. Neither attack the other, either due to it not being programmed into the game or because the rogue machines are in league with the Ing. Interestingly, should Samus destroy the body of one and the head of the other, the remaining parts will still combine, creating a hybrid of both light and dark entities.
- Like the Dark Troopers, scanning the lower body of a Dark Quad post-defeat will show that it is no longer possessed.
|Guardians||Amorbis • Chykka • Quadraxis|
|Darklings||Chykling • Corrupted Sentreye • Dark Alpha Splinter • Dark Blogg • Dark Diligence Drone • Dark Grenchler • Dark Ingsmasher • Dark Missile Trooper • Dark Phlogus • Dark Pirate Commando • Dark Pirate Trooper • Dark Preed • Dark Quad MB/CM • Dark Shredder • Dark Splinter • Dark Tallon Metroid • Darkling Tentacle • Dark Trooper • Dark War Wasp • Nightbarb • Dark Luminoth|
|Hybrids||Asborean • Chozo Statue • Darkling • Dark Samus • Dark Suit • Light Suit • PED Suit • Samus Aran • Omega Suit|
|Biomechanical||Aurora Unit • Security Robot B.O.X. • Cortex Chamber • Dark Diligence Drone • Dark Ingsmasher • Dark Quad • Fusion Suit • Mother Brain • Nightmare • Quadraxis • SA-X • Space Pirate Boarding Pod|
|Cyborgs||Crash Pillar • Cyborg Zebesian (Super) • Ghor (-G) • Kyratian • Leviathan Battleship • Pirate Militia • Preed (Dark) • Puffer Mine • Ridley (Meta/Omega) • Samus Aran • Slench • Space Pirate • Weavel • Zebesian |
Large Leviathan-class armed ship • U-ton