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The Emergency Evacuation Area (緊急避難エリア Kinkyū Hinan Eria?) is one of the larger rooms aboard the Frigate Orpheon in Metroid Prime. It is found on Deck Alpha.


The room serves as the Space Pirates' evacuation area in case of emergency, with several Escape Pods, none of which can be used in gameplay. There are noticeable signs of a disaster in the room, with Space Pirate bodies strewn about. Only one survivor remains, albeit barely. The rest of those that are dead are seen being fed upon by three Parasites. The most notable feature in the room is a dead Parasite Queen found in the center, with its corpse oozing a green substance suggested to be saliva from the acid sacs in its mouth. The Queen is noticeably semi-restrained by long cables mounted from a destroyed wall, which appears to lead in from a corridor of the ship. This means it may have tunneled into this room from another area.

Its scan does not reveal the creature's cause of death, only detecting a massive amount of radiation. The creature's tail can be scanned, revealing that its purpose is likely to produce offspring. A fire is found burning near its face. Approaching it will cause the Threat Assessment to rise. One of the Parasite Queen's arms is found impaling a dead Space Pirate, which suffered a severing of its spinal cord. Another corpse behind the Queen's body died from severe flame damage to its exoskeleton.

To the left when entering the room is an elevator platform similar to those found elsewhere aboard the Orpheon. However, it cannot be activated from this room, or anywhere else on the frigate (in gameplay, at least). It would appear that this elevator only descends down, as above it is a small tube blocked off by a grate. A blue, flickering panel with a grid pattern can be seen attached to the elevator wall, with a pattern of three progressively larger circles and three protruding lines to the right.

As the room is explored, small pieces of debris occasionally fall from the ceiling. Two vertical beams stretch across the length of the ceiling and connect to the front and back walls of the room, with a pattern of thin poles laid out horizontally across the beams. On the far right wall and to the right of the entrance are flickering blue terminal screens and Emergency Evacuation Pods, all of which have been used by the time the room is explored. These pods are hexagonal in shape, not unlike that of the Doors aboard the Orpheon (and on Tallon IV below), and include lights that pulsate toward their centers. In between the pods are large Phazon crates; the first hint at the substance's existence.

Between the Escape Pods and the Parasite Queen is a raised platform with two ramps on either side, lined by railing. A third Space Pirate is found strewn over this railing; its cause of death stated to be acidic burns, likely from the Queen. Near the exit to Deck Alpha Umbilical Hall is a dying Pirate with a massive bite mark said to be visible on its exoskeleton. Green blood, or more likely acidic fluid from the Queen is visible on the Pirate's arm and chest. Behind it are four wall-mounted computer screens, two of which are damaged and flickering. Their scans list off which Escape Pods have launched, and their coordinates: Tallon IV 110L.30L. Research Command Center.

The Frigate Orpheon theme begins playing in this room.


Samus Aran comes to this room after receiving a distress signal from the Orpheon. Six hours prior to her arrival, two Parasite Queens broke out of the containment area, one of which is found dead in this room. The Emergency Evacuation Area is her first hint that something has gone seriously wrong aboard the vessel. Beyond a few feeding Parasites and a critically wounded Space Pirate, there are no enemies in this room or clues as to the Pirates' activity aboard the vessel.

The Emergency Evacuation Area is not revisited during the countdown sequence, and is not accessible when the frigate crashes onto Tallon IV.

Connecting rooms[]


Logbook entries[]

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Logbook entry

Morphology: Parasite
Interstellar vermin. Travel in swarms.

Indigenous to Tallon IV, a single Parasite is harmless to larger life-forms. However, they tend to travel in large groups, swarming over potential prey. Such swarms can be dangerous.

! This is a rare creature/object. It may only be scanned in one or few encounters.



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Dead creature

Temporary scan

Morphology: Unknown
Info >> High levels of radiation detected.

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Temporary scan

Analysis shows incredibly large muscle structures surrounding the jaw area.

Fluid sacs containing acid are also detected.

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Temporary scan

Tail section possesses a mouthlike orifice. Most likely used for birthing offspring.

Elevator panel

Temporary scan

The platform does not look like it can be activated from this room.

Phazon crate

Temporary scan

Biohazardous materials
Phazon Batch 0073.A / 0142.A / 0009.A
Destination >> Deck Beta

Escape Pod

Temporary scan

Escape pod entrance. The vessel has already been jettisoned.

Evacuation occurred 6 hours prior to your arrival.

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Space Pirate


Temporary scan

Morphology:  Space Pirate
Status >> Death caused by a severing of the spinal cord.

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Temporary scan

Morphology: Space Pirate
Status >> Death caused by severe flame damage to exoskeleton.

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Temporary scan

Morphology: Space Pirate
Status >> Death caused by acidic burns to body. Chemical type unknown.

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Temporary scan

Species >> Space Pirate
Status >> Weak life signs detected.

Imprints of large bite marks can be seen on the exoskeleton.

Computer terminals

Temporary scan

Escape Pod 3 >> Launched
Escape Pod 4 >> Launched
Escape Pod 7 >> Launched

Temporary scan

Escape Pod launch coordinates >>
Tallon IV 110L.30L.Research Command Center


Temporary scan

Entrance to Deck Alpha Access Hall

Temporary scan

Entrance to Deck Alpha Umbilical Hall


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Development notes[]

Retro Studios worked for a long time on this room. Fine details, such as Parasites eating Space Pirate corpses and their blood spattering on Samus's Visor when she kills them, were enjoyed by the development team.[1]


  • The Emergency Evacuation Area is known internally as 02_intro_epodroom, with "epod" presumably standing for escape pod.
  • This is the first room within the entire Metroid Prime series where not only environmental hazards are present but also where Samus can receive damage. Because of this, it is also the first room within the entire Metroid Prime series where Samus can receive a Game Over.
  • If one jumps on top of the two parasites consuming the corpse of the Pirate near the jettisoned Evacuation pods, Samus can receive continuous damage at a rapid pace, possibly leading to an almost instant Game Over.



  1. ^ (2015, December 1). Extra Life 2015 (Part 2) [Stream]. Crackdown. Twitch. Archived from the original on June 10, 2022.

Rooms in Metroid Prime
Frigate Orpheon Exterior Docking HangarMain Docking BayAir LockDeck Alpha Access HallEmergency Evacuation AreaDeck Alpha Umbilical HallMap FacilityConnection Elevator to Deck BetaDeck Beta Conduit HallBiotech Research Area 1Deck Beta Security HallBiohazard ContainmentDeck Beta Transit HallCargo Freight Lift to Deck GammaReactor Core Entrance
Save StationReactor Core

Deck Gamma Monitor HallSubventilation Shaft Section ASubventilation Shaft Section BMain Ventilation Shaft Section AMain Ventilation Shaft Section BMain Ventilation Shaft Section CMain Ventilation Shaft Section DMain Ventilation Shaft Section EMain Ventilation Shaft Section FBiotech Research Area 2Connection Elevator to Deck AlphaDeck Alpha Mech Shaft

Tallon Overworld Landing SiteCanyon CavernTallon CanyonTransport Tunnel ATransport to Chozo Ruins WestRoot TunnelRoot CaveArbor ChamberTransport Tunnel BTransport to Magmoor Caverns EastGullyAlcoveWaterfall Cavern

Temple HallTemple Security StationTemple LobbyArtifact Temple

Frigate Crash SiteOvergrown CavernTransport Tunnel CTransport to Chozo Ruins EastFrigate Access TunnelMain Ventilation Shaft Section CMain Ventilation Shaft Section BMain Ventilation Shaft Section AReactor CoreReactor AccessSave StationCargo Freight Lift to Deck GammaDeck Beta Transit HallBiohazard ContainmentDeck Beta Security HallBiotech Research Area 1Deck Beta Conduit HallConnection Elevator to Deck BetaHydro Access Tunnel

Great Tree HallGreat Tree ChamberTransport to Chozo Ruins SouthTransport Tunnel DTransport Tunnel ETransport to Phazon Mines EastLife Grove TunnelLife Grove

Chozo Ruins Transport to Tallon Overworld NorthRuins EntranceMain PlazaNursery AccessEyon TunnelRuined NurserySave Station 1North AtriumRuined GalleryMap StationTotem AccessHive TotemTransport Access NorthTransport to Magmoor Caverns NorthVault AccessVaultPlaza AccessRuined Shrine AccessRuined ShrineTower of Light AccessTower of LightTower ChamberRuined Fountain AccessRuined FountainMeditation FountainMagma PoolTraining Chamber AccessTraining ChamberPiston TunnelArboretum AccessSunchamber LobbySunchamber AccessSunchamberSun Tower AccessSun Tower

ArboretumGathering Hall AccessGathering HallSave Station 2Watery Hall AccessWatery HallDynamo AccessDynamoEast AtriumEnergy Core AccessEnergy CoreBurn Dome AccessBurn DomeWest Furnace Access

FurnaceEast Furnace AccessCrossway Access WestCrosswayCrossway Access SouthElder Hall AccessHall of the EldersElder ChamberReflecting Pool AccessReflecting PoolAntechamberSave Station 3Transport to Tallon Overworld EastTransport Access SouthTransport to Tallon Overworld South

Magmoor Caverns Transport to Chozo Ruins NorthBurning TrailSave Station Magmoor ALake TunnelLava LakePit TunnelTriclops PitStorage CavernMonitor TunnelMonitor StationTransport Tunnel ATransport to Phendrana Drifts NorthWarrior ShrineShore TunnelFiery ShoresTransport Tunnel BTransport to Tallon Overworld West

Twin Fires TunnelTwin FiresNorth Core TunnelGeothermal CorePlasma ProcessingSouth Core TunnelMagmoor WorkstationWorkstation TunnelTransport Tunnel CTransport to Phendrana Drifts SouthSave Station Magmoor BTransport to Phazon Mines West

Phendrana Drifts Transport to Magmoor Caverns WestShoreline EntrancePhendrana ShorelinesSave Station BIce Ruins AccessIce Ruins EastPlaza WalkwayRuins EntrywayIce Ruins WestCanyon EntrywayPhendrana CanyonTemple EntrywayChozo Ice TempleChapel TunnelChapel of the Elders

Courtyard EntrywayRuined CourtyardSave Station ASpecimen StorageResearch EntranceMap StationHydra Lab EntrywayResearch Lab HydraObservatory AccessObservatorySave Station DWest Tower EntranceWest TowerControl TowerEast TowerAether Lab EntrywayResearch Lab AetherResearch Core AccessResearch CoreQuarantine AccessNorth Quarantine TunnelQuarantine CaveQuarantine MonitorSouth Quarantine TunnelTransport to Magmoor Caverns South

Transport AccessFrozen PikePike AccessFrost Cave AccessFrost CaveSave Station CUpper Edge TunnelPhendrana's EdgeStorage CaveSecurity CaveLower Edge TunnelHunter CaveLake TunnelGravity ChamberChamber AccessHunter Cave Access

Phazon Mines Transport to Tallon Overworld SouthQuarry AccessMain QuarrySave Station Mines ASecurity Access AMine Security StationSecurity Access BStorage Depot AElite ResearchResearch AccessOre ProcessingElevator Access AElevator AStorage Depot BWaste Disposal

Elite Control AccessElite ControlMaintenance TunnelVentilation ShaftControl RoomOmega ResearchMap Station MinesDynamo AccessCentral DynamoSave Station Mines BQuarantine Access AMetroid Quarantine AElevator Access BElevator B

Fungal Hall AccessFungal Hall APhazon Mining TunnelFungal Hall BMissile Station MinesQuarantine Access BMetroid Quarantine BSave Station Mines CElite Quarters AccessElite QuartersProcessing Center AccessPhazon Processing CenterTransport AccessTransport to Magmoor Caverns South

Impact Crater Crater Entry PointCrater Tunnel APhazon CoreCrater Missile StationCrater Tunnel BPhazon Infusion ChamberSubchamber 1Subchamber 2Subchamber 3Subchamber 4Subchamber 5Metroid Prime Lair
Unused Engine RoomReactor Room