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Dark Tallon Metroids are enemies found in Metroid Prime 2: Echoes.
When an Ing invades the body of a Tallon Metroid, the latter undergoes an extensive transformation, becoming a Dark Tallon Metroid. The smooth, transparent membrane changes into a thick, ridged, carapace with a dark purple shade. These ridges are haphazardly covered with multiple eye-like, orange slits. The center of this carapace features the Ing's single eye. Dark Tallon Metroids possess two more fangs than a typical Metroid.
The Dark Tallon Metroid's main method of attack remains unchanged: gripping their prey with their teeth and absorbing life energy until the target dies, or simply ramming the foe.
Although durable, the Dark Tallon Metroid retains both the possessing Ing's vulnerability to the Light Beam and the host Metroid's weakness to cold temperatures. While the Dark Beam isn't especially damaging, a charged shot can freeze the Dark Tallon Metroid, which can then be shattered with a Missile for an instant kill. Samus can still escape their grip with Morph Ball Bombs, and can quickly dispatch them with the Power Bomb.
Multiple Dark Tallon Metroids can be observed placing weakened Pirate Trooper in a massive pile on Dark Aether, seemingly conserving their food for later group feedings.
This behavior is non-existent in other Metroid variants and demonstrates the Ing's mastery over their possessed victims. They were capable of overcoming the Metroids' well-known insatiable hunger and no longer devour their prey's energy entirely in a single feeding.
Before the events of Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, a Dark Tallon Metroid was captured by Space Pirates either on Aether or Dark Aether (before the latter's destruction). It was eventually brought to a Space Pirate homeworld known as Urtraghus where it was dissected in the Metroid Processing room with the purpose of learning more about the intricate differences that exist among Metroid strains.
When scanned, the text reads: "Observations on Metroids native to different planets display subtle variations in biological processes".
Dark Tallon Metroid
Morphology: Dark Tallon Metroid
Darkling-possessed energy parasite. Symbiote makes target stronger in battle. Vulnerable to concussive blasts. Dislikes bright light.
The Ing are fascinated by Metroids and their connection to Phazon. It is not a shared fascination, as the Metroids will attack the Ing on sight. Recognizing their strength, Ing darklings have possessed a number of Metroids, turning them into powerful soldiers of the Horde.
Design Notes Edit
Though it is not considered canon, one of the designers for Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, Matt Manchester, wrote some of the text that appeared in the game's scan of the dissected Dark Tallon Metroid. Due to text size limitations, the original scan of the specimen did not make it in and was instead rewritten with a vastly altered context. The unreleased scan reveals that Space Pirates were attempting to create artificial darkling Metroids without the presence of the now-extinct Ing inside the latter. However, the Pirates were evidently oblivious to the fact that the Ing itself is the crucial factor into creating a Dark Tallon Metroid, as they make no mention of the Ing race and are clueless to the reasons behind their failures. Initially, the text would have read as:
"Metroids exposed to the Dark Aetherian atmosphere displayed significant changes to their physiology and behaviorial patterns. Exposure resulted in altered cutaneous pigmentation, solidified carapace with superficial dermal striation, emergence of multiple luminescent ocular organs, and two additional cuspidate teeth. Advanced physical durability was observed, as well as more instinctual and aggressive behavioral tendencies. Subsequently nocturnal, Dark Metroid developed a fatally acute sensitivity to solar light. All attempts to recreate this atmospheric transformation have met with utter failure. Test specimens yield a 100% mortality rate. Experiments rarely live more than a few hours after artificial transformation is achieved. Of these rare instances, specimens require complete artificial sustainment. No sentient behavior has been observed in any instances. Failure attributed to unknown variables."
- ^ Matt Machester: Metroid Prime 3: Corruption Art
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