There are several paths that lead to the actual Kraid, so the player may not even encounter Mini-Kraid. He is a brown and blue version of the regular Kraid, but of equal size. He dies from a single Missile or at the slightest touch of the Screw Attack, but constantly respawns like a regular enemy once Samus leaves the room and re-enters.
This imposter was potentially the source of much frustration for first-time players of Metroid, as they may have thought, after killing him, that they had achieved one of the requirements of the Stone Statues to access Tourian. As a result, the players would leave Kraid's Hideout prematurely, unknowingly leaving the authentic Kraid alive.
A few rooms before Kraid, Samus will encounter this smaller version of Kraid. Before she sees him, spikes will fly towards her, very similar to how Bowser attacks in Super Mario Bros, requiring quick dodging and Morph Ball maneuvers if players wanted to avoid any damage. As she progresses through the room, she will eventually come face to face with Mini-Kraid.
Mini-Kraid continually shoots spikes from his stomach and will occasionally spit rock-like projectiles from his mouth which will deal some damage. A few Missiles or one Super Missile will easily kill Mini-Kraid. He will respawn once Samus re-enters the room.
Kraid in Metroid was approximately the same size as Super Metroid's Mini-Kraid, and fought much like the latter, leading players to believe they were fighting the real Kraid when Super Metroid was first released. However, upon defeating this fake Kraid, nothing happens, though one of the next rooms contains the much larger, authentic Kraid.
Nintendo Power Volume 29Edit
Kraid's Hideout (pg. 43)
- A WIMPY IMPOSTER
- "This midget monster imposter is easy to defeat, but it's not the real Kraid."
"You'll meet this ugly little fellow standing outside Kraid's lair. He may look nasty, but a couple of rockets with [sic] complete the job."
|Color||HP||ATK||E||BE||M||SM||PB||Brinstar. Only one Mini-Kraid exists. Charge it and shoot it with Missiles.|
- Mini-Kraid did not appear in Metroid: Zero Mission, though its original room did.
- In Super Metroid, Mini-Kraid seems to make a cry similar to the Alien creature from the film franchise of the same name.
- There is an unused Fake Ridley in the original Metroid. Similar to Fake Kraid, it has a different coloration from the true Ridley and can be killed by a single Missile or at the slightest touch of the Screw Attack. It uses Ridley's fireballs to attack.
- Mini-Kraid also appears in The Shape of Happiness. Disguised as an attractive woman, it encounters Samus while she is on her way to kill Kraid. It quickly claims to be the real Kraid, but is killed by Samus. She then discovers him wearing a shirt identifying him as a fake boss. However, she leaves a note on his body identifying him as the real boss, and considers Kraid dead.
- Yoshio Sakamoto referred to False Kraid as possibly one of the development staff's favorite enemy creatures.
- Although Mini-Kraid and Kraid are the same height in Metroid, Nintendo Power volume 29 prophetically referred to it as a "midget monster imposter" in 1991, a few years before Super Metroid depicted Mini-Kraid as a smaller version of Kraid.
- In the Captain N: The Game Master episode Mega Trouble in Megaland, Kraid can be seen twice in a single shot. While this may just be an animation error, it may also be a possible reference to Kraid having a body double in Metroid.
- ^ Super Metroid Nintendo Player's Guide
- ^ Super Metroid Hisshou Kouryakuhou Official Strategy Guide Book 
- ^ a b Metroid Zero Mission Official Site Development Room, as translated by Metroid Database
- ^ Super Metroid's internal game data. Since "Clayd" is an alternate romanization of Kraid's Japanese name, it's possible that "SCLAYD" is an abbreviated form of "Small Kraid".
- ^ Super Metroid Players' Guide
|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 • Sarius Dallas
|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|