|“||Our champion wore a visor that pierced the veil of Dark Aether's eternal night. Take it back from the Ing. Let no darkness slow your mighty hand.||„|
—A-Voq, referring to the Dark Visor.
The Dark Visor is a Visor upgrade in Metroid Prime 2: Echoes. Designed by the Luminoth during the war, it was used by the Champion of Aether, A-Kul, to penetrate Dark Aether's haze in battle against the Ing. However, at some point it was stolen from the Luminoth by the enemy, possibly taken after her death, and placed in the Dark Torvus Temple. Samus Aran reclaimed the Dark Visor after defeating the guardian of Dark Torvus's temple, Chykka.
The Dark Visor allows Samus to see interdimensionally between Aether and Dark Aether, letting her see objects such as platforms which are in a state of dimensional flux between the two worlds. The Dark Visor adds a noticeable amount of static to Samus' visor and gives her a black and white view of the world, with the exception of transdimensional objects and most living creatures or robots. It also reveals Seeker Launcher pods which are normally hidden from Samus' view. The Dark Visor doubles as a combat Visor, so Samus is able to use her weapons while the visor is active. Forms of Ing which cannot normally be locked onto, such as the Warrior Ing's liquid-form and the Hunter Ing's gaseous state, can now be targeted. Most of these improvements in sight and targeting only apply if the target is in the Dark Visor's special Sight Window; everything remains black and white with no targeting improvements if viewed outside that window, though invisible objects are still seen.
As normal, the Dark Visor displays the Missile count and Ammo supplies on the right, and Danger levels on the left. Interestingly, it turns the Targeting Reticule orange (unless an enemy is currently being targeted, in case it is red as normal). A faint humming can be heard when using the Dark Visor, but it is usually drowned out by other sounds in the game.
Metroid Prime 2: Echoes manual
"Once Samus finds the Dark Visor, she can better see through Dark Aether's poisonous haze and identify invisible and interdimensional objects and creatures. This visor will show the weak points of certain enemies or objects, and is a huge help in total darkness or poor weather."
- The Dark Visor bears a close resemblance in function to the X-Ray and Thermal Visors in Metroid Prime in that it allows Samus to see objects and enemies invisible to the naked eye, as well as allowing her to see easier in darkness or locations with poor weather.
- Non-hardened forms of Phazon are transparent when viewed through the Dark Visor. This allows Samus to get a slightly better view of rooms containing the substance, but it has the consequence of making Dark Samus's particles (one of the main signs of her presence) invisible to the Dark Visor.
- The Dark Visor does not highlight certain living targets such as U-Mos and maintenance units because they pose no threat to Samus. However, it does highlight moths, birds, fish, and Serenity Class Drones, despite them not being hostile either.
- If Samus encounters a Kralee, and if the Kralee phases out of dimension, Samus cannot harm it, even if she fires a beam or missile in the location it is in. However, if it phases out of dimension, and Samus has her Dark Visor active, the Kralee can be killed.
- The Dark Visor is the only Visor that moves the boss health bar when used during combat with bosses, in this case to the bottom of the visor.
|Combat Visor | Scan Visor | Thermal Visor | X-Ray Visor|
Dark Visor | Echo Visor | Command Visor
Hacker Mode | X-Ray Scope | Search View
|Species||Alimbic • Boost Guardian • Chozo (Ghost) • Craftsmen • Dark Pirate Commando • Darkling • Darkling Tentacle • Gorea • Ing (Hunter, Emperor, Warrior) |
Ingsphere Cache • Kralee • Leviathan • Luminoth • Metroid Prime (Core essence) • Phantoon • Warp Hound • Phazon Metroid
|Gateways||Alimbic Cannon • Artifact Temple • Interdimensional void • Portal • Stronghold Portal • Wormhole|
|Alternate Dimensions||Dark Aether • Infinity Void • The Locker • Oubliette • Stronghold Void|
|Other||Black fog • Dark Visor • Darkburst • Multidimensional Stealth Warship • Transdimensional energy • Transdimensional flux|