Mellas (メラ mera?) are bug-like creatures found in Norfair on the planet Zebes.


Mellas exist in small swarms, and are very similar to Mellows, all except the fire they emit on their heads in a fashion similar to Sovas. When undisturbed, they will hover in one area as a group, but if they are disturbed they will swoop down diagonally at the target. The best way to defeat Mellas (like most Norfair creatures) is by using the Ice Beam.


Metroid: Other M

In Metroid: Other M, Mellas are found in Sector 3 / Pyrosphere on the BOTTLE SHIP, and often emerge from Fly Pods resembling flaming red compounds. In the same game, there is a species called Himellas that strongly resemble Mellas, but have cold attributes instead.

Himellas and Mellas are confirmed to be related to the Reos.[1] In Other M, Mellas have an attack similar to one used by the Reos in the same game use. However, instead of slashing Samus, they latch onto her and explode. This attack cannot be countered.

Official dataEdit

Metroid manualEdit

"These move in groups and can pass through walls and rocks. They are the weakest and a single blast of the normal beam will lay them flat."

Super Metroid Nintendo Player's GuideEdit

"They exist in small swarms. Chill them out with a shot of the Ice Beam."

Enemy Data Description
Color HP ATK E BE M SM PB Norfair. They exist in small swarms. Chill them out with a shot of the Ice Beam.
Normal 30 16 27 12 31 2 0


Super Metroid Players' GuideEdit

"Look for these chaps as they home in quite quickly. You can drive them back with regular shots, but a charge is needed to finish them once and for all."

Curiously, the guide depicts a Sova with this description on page 52, rather than a Mella.

Nintendo Official Guidebook for Metroid Other MEdit

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Nintendo Official Guidebook for Metroid: Other M

"Rios are a series of bug-type flying creatures. In Sector 1 is the Rio, Sector 2 is the ice-attack wielding Himella, and Sector 3 is the fire-attack wielding Mella, making 3 different types of Rio."


  • Mellows are possibly related to Mellas and Himellas, given their similarity in name, behavior and body structure.



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