Holtz are tough creatures that exist within Ridley's Lair on planet Zebes. They appear in Metroid, its remake, and Super Metroid.


Their attack pattern is very similar to that of a Reo and Geruta, meaning they hover in one spot then swoop down in order to attack. Holtz seem to possess powerful body armor and can easily withstand the Power Beam. The best measure of defeating a Holtz is by freezing it with the Ice Beam or simply destroying it with the Screw Attack. While they are weak to Missiles in the original Metroid, these have no effect in Super Metroid.

Official data[]

Metroid manual[]

"These creatures fly down from the ceiling, attack Samus then fly back up. Armor-plated like the Geruta, they are also armed with two horns. It takes several blasts of the normal beam or a single missile blast to destroy them."

Victory Techniques for Metroid[]

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"The Holtz attacks Samus, coming from the ceiling. One Missile or Screw Attack can defeat it."

The Official Nintendo Player's Guide[]

"It attacks Samus from the ceiling. Its defensive power is very strong, so try to beat it with a missile."

Super Metroid Nintendo Player's Guide[]

Enemy Data Description
Color HP ATK E BE M SM PB Norfair. They swoop down at you. Stand back and shoot.
Normal 900 120 0 46 20 20 14