Fake tanks have only been observed aboard the Biologic Space Laboratories research station. Samus Aran can encounter a fake Missile Tank in Sector 6 (NOC), as well as a false Energy Tank in Sector 5 (ARC).
When Samus first enters the room, the creature looks like a normal Missile Tank or Energy Tank. In this state, it is impervious to damage. However, once she gets close to it, eyes and bat-like wings appear from the item. The creature will begin to fly up for a time, then fly away. If Samus hits it with Missiles or a Super Missile, it will be destroyed and transform into an X Parasite.
Fake tanks are ordinary X Parasites; collecting a defeated specimen will not increase Samus's maximum energy or missile count. They're also unaffected by the Screw Attack while disguised, similar to the X in their pure forms. However, in both encounters with fake tanks, Samus can bomb the wall in front of her to reveal a real Missile Tank (Sector 6) or Energy Tank (Sector 5).
The fake tank provides another example, along with the SA-X and other creatures, of an X Parasite apparently mimicking an inorganic, mechanical object. When agitated, the tank reveals itself to be at least partially organic in nature, lending strong support to the theory that X Parasites do indeed create these seemingly metallic components out of organic material.
- In Japanese media, the fake tank is known as Mimic (ミミック).
- Metroid Prime and Metroid Fusion: Prima's Official Strategy Guide refers to the fake tank as an "imposter" and "decoy".
- ^ Metroid Fusion: The Official Nintendo Player's Guide pg. 16
- ^ Metroid Fusion: The Official Nintendo Player's Guide pg. 116
- ^ Metroid Fusion: The Official Nintendo Player's Guide pg. 51
- ^ Metroid Fusion: The Official Nintendo Player's Guide pg. 56
- ^ Nintendo Official Guide Book for Metroid Fusion pg. 29
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- ^ Metroid Prime and Metroid Fusion: Prima's Official Strategy Guide pg. 117
- ^ Metroid Prime and Metroid Fusion: Prima's Official Strategy Guide pg. 134
|Non-organic||Elephant Bird • Fake acid and lava • Fake tank • Invisible platform • Concealed movement pad • Pit Block • Zebesian Hologram|
|Species||Dark Echo • Mini-Kraid • Fake Ridley • Gripper • Scientist|
|Samus Aran Mimics|| Battle Simulation 'Samus Aran' • Dark Samus (Dark Echo) • SA-X |
Chozo R&D Division • Mecha Samus
Dangelo (Samus Model Terminator Suit) • Desert Phantom • Samus Tank
Integra • NSamus • Copied Power Suit
|Shapeshifters||Biomorph • Gorea • Mimic • Phaz-Ing • X Parasite|
|Gandrayda||Berserker-G • Aerotrooper-G • Swarmbot-G • Rundas-G • Ghor-G • Samus-G • Pirate Militia • NZG41 • Reptilicus-G|