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The phantom eyes in Other M.

Phantom eyes[1] (攻撃する炎 flame attack?)[2] are the signature attack of the Space Pirate apparition Phantoon.


These appear as several blue-colored flames resembling teardrops and are used by Phantoon in both appearances where it is fought as a boss, Super Metroid and Metroid: Other M. Both games depict them as eyeballs with blue irises wreathed in flames. Phantoon unleashes these as his main attack against Samus in Super Metroid, but has some additional ones in Other M. Super Metroid makes up for its limitations by having more creative uses for the phantom eyes; in Other M, the phantom eyes are simply unleashed in a nonstop fashion, homing in on Samus unless she SenseMoves them. They are an effective attack, however, as the hits to Samus can build up over time and weaken her to other attacks of Phantoon.

In Super Metroid, Phantoon appears in its room first by summoning a ring of flames (which do not have eyeballs) in the midair center, which close in on Phantoon as it materializes. Phantoon will commonly fly around with its eye closed, dropping phantom eyes. These phantom eyes will bounce off of the ground and walls a few times and then dissipate, and they can be shot for Energy Capsules and Missile Ammo. Phantoon will end this cycle by opening its eye. Doing so sends a wave of phantom eyes as the ghost disappears. Usually, Phantoon then drops phantom eyes invisibly as a distraction technique and suddenly becomes visible, hitting Samus if it reappears in her current position. Phantoon then drops a string of phantom eyes from the ceiling in a domino-like effect; in the second wave, there is a gap between the phantom eyes so that Samus can dodge with it. The phantom eyes can also be shot. While visible during this attack, Phantoon is vulnerable to Samus' fire.

If Samus shoots a Super Missile at Phantoon in Super Metroid, it will take damage, scream, and then disappear. It will reappear at the top of the screen, with its eye closed, and release eight waves of phantom eyes in quick succession. The Spin Jump Attack is the only way Samus can pass through these attacks unscathed. Phantoon will never perform this particular attack if it is never hit with a Super Missile.

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Super Metroid Nintendo Player's Guide[]

PHANTOON (pg. 80)
"When an eye appears on the blue fireballs that Phantoon drops, shoot them. They will often give up Power-Up Items like Missiles and Energy."


  • During Phantoon's Spirit Battle in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Hothead items spawn frequently. Since the Hothead resembles a fireball with eyes, its inclusion in this fight is most likely a reference to Phantoon's phantom eyes.