The Dessgeega is a crab-like walking and jumping creature that is usually found in extremely hot places, such as volcanoes and/or deep underground.
Samus first encountered this enemy in Ridley's Lair on Zebes, in Metroid. This life-form's deadliest attack is to simply jump on its target, but some demonstrate the unusual ability to jump on ceilings. This can cause massive damage, not only because of the weight of the creature, but also the sharp spikes running down the sides of its legs. This creature's natural armor is resilient as well, making it a dangerous enemy.
In Metroid: Zero Mission, another species related to the Dessgeega was introduced, known as the Baristute. These creatures were stronger than both the Dessgeegas and Sidehoppers in the game. Other M Gallery Mode concept art suggests that Baristutes are an evolution of Dessgeegas, which in turn are an evolution of Sidehoppers.
In Zero Mission, Samus encounters a Dessgeega in Corridor No. 2 shortly after obtaining the Long Beam. This is the only Dessgeega seen in Brinstar and acts as a sort of mini-boss, since she is not allowed to leave the room until it is killed and it does not respawn afterward. All other Dessgeegas are normal enemies in Ridley's Lair, just as in the original game.
Normal-sized Dessgeegas are still located in Ridley's Hideout in lower Norfair. These are most likely adult versions, and are around twice the size of Small Dessgeegas.
Metroid: Other M features the Dessgeegas for the first time in 3D. In this game, all previously mentioned hopping creatures are capable of causing a small shock wave as they land after a large jump. The Dessgeegas and Baristutes have the exclusive ability to spit out a web-like substance that immobilizes Samus for a few seconds, rendering her vulnerable to any other attack the former two might perform. Although famous for their jumping, Other M shows that Dessgeegas are also capable of burrowing, as the first four she encounters jump out of the ground to attack her. One particular room in the Pyrosphere is described as "Dessgeega-infested", although only two are encountered in it.
Samus encounters two Dessgeegas in one room during her first visit to the Cryosphere, but after being destroyed, they will not respawn and Baristutes take their place on subsequent visits. Unlike in any of the other games, Samus can immobilize one with charged blasts of the Ice Beam to damage the Dessgeega and freeze one of its legs, rooting it to the ground. This allows her to finish it off with an Overblast.
In Metroid Fusion, they appear in Sector 2, or "TRO", the tropical sector. The X-mimicked/infected Dessgeega have been given a new coloration, thrusters and the ability to shoot out darts from their legs (which seem to be coated with additional thorns), but surprisingly, the X-infected Dessgeega are actually less armored than their normal forms (as they take fewer shots to die).
"They jump toward Samus to attack him [sic] and are the second strongest creature in the hideout after the Mini-Boss. It takes several blasts of the normal beam or one missile blast to destroy them."
"It attacks bounding like a strong spring. This is the second strongest enemy in Norfair."
|Color||HP||ATK||E||BE||M||SM||PB||Norfair. They are quite strong. Stand back and blast them.|
|Color||HP||ATK||E||BE||M||SM||PB||Norfair. Strong for their size, they hop around erratically.|
"Sidehoppers are somewhat large bipedal creatures. Their forte is their charge attack. In Sector 2 is the Baristute, and Sector 3 is the Dessgeega, which are in the same series."
- It is interesting to note that while Dessgeegas are native to volcanic areas, they are found in Sector 2 (TRO), the tropical habitat on the BSL station. Additionally, Sidehoppers, who live in tropical areas, are found instead in the volcanic Sector 3 (PYR) aboard the BSL station. The X Parasite's ability to manipulate DNA could be the cause for this abnormality, seeing as X-infected Dessgeegas share their long-range attack and spikes with the jungle-dwelling Cacatac.
- There is a glitch in Other M whereas if a Dessgeega is shot off a platform, the creature will walk back in mid-air as if it were still on the platform, only to fall when the animation is completed. The same applies to the Sidehoppers and the Baristutes.
- Metroid Prime and Metroid Fusion: Prima's Official Strategy Guide erroneously assigns the "Dessgeega" name to different enemies. First, it repeatedly refers to the Reo as a Dessgeega. Later, the guide refers to a Gerubus as a Dessgeega, despite otherwise correctly distinguishing the two species. When referring to an actual Dessgeega, the guide calls it a rocket-powered Side Hopper.
- The non-canonical Nintendo Comics System depicts Dessgeegas as sapient and capable of speech. In the Captain N: The Game Master comic Breakout, a Dessgeega is currently serving a life sentence on RX 338. 'Big Time' Brannigan also appears to be another sapient Dessgeega.