- Not to be confused with the Yellow Space Pirates of Super Metroid.
Gold Space Pirates appear in only a few rooms of the Tourian-like area of Sector 1, most notably before Neo-Ridley's room. They only come into being when two free-floating X Parasites (often resulting from the deaths of other creatures, such as Genesis), are merged.
By manipulating its host's DNA, the X parasites give this Zebesian a gold-colored exoskeleton that is incredibly resilient, although its back is left vulnerable. Gold Space Pirates are very strong, and can only be destroyed from behind by most weaponry. However, the Screw Attack is enough to quickly dispatch them.
- They are comparable to the elite Gray Space Pirates and Silver Space Pirates encountered by Samus during her previous missions to Zebes.
- A glitch can be exploited while fighting these enemies. Normally, Samus would need to attack a Gold Space Pirate's back, but the game only checks to see if she and the Pirate are facing the same direction. As such, Samus could simply shoot then turn around immediately after shooting, which will still damage the Pirate.