! This is a rare creature/object. It may only be scanned in one or few encounters.

The Phazon Elite, also known as Elite Pirate Alpha, is an Elite Pirate, albeit heavily mutated. While Elites are usually created by combining Phazon with Space Pirate DNA, this particular Elite is the result of a direct infusion with energized Phazon. Only a single one is found in the Phazon Mines in Metroid Prime, and it exhibits several traits that make it unique from the other standard members of its kind.

Samus fought and killed this experiment during her mission on Tallon IV, in the Elite Research room of the Phazon Mines. It guarded one of two Chozo Artifacts found in the Mines, the Artifact of Warrior, which Samus needed to open the Impact Crater.


The Phazon Elite is similar to the usual Elite, but is stated to be infused with an energized form of Phazon. This resulted in its entire body being covered with large, tumorous Phazon growths and sickly veins, to the point that its left eye is completely covered by one such growth. Unlike the Elite and Omega Pirates, the Phazon Elite willingly chose not to wield a Plasma Artillery Cannon, but still possesses the Wave Quake Generators as well as the Energy Siphon used by all Elite Pirates. The Phazon Elite demonstrates the capacity to launch its Wave Quake Generators at faster rate than its standard brethren. It has roughly twice as much health as a normal Elite Pirate.

Official dataEdit

Logbook entryEdit

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Phazon Elite

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Morphology: Phazon Elite
Elite Pirate infused with energized Phazon.

Logbook entry

The Phazon-charged Elite Pirates rely more on their Wave Quake Generators, opting not to carry the vulnerable Plasma Artillery Cannons normally used by Elites. The direct fusing of Phazon into their bodies provides a tremendous level of energy. The drastically lower life span that comes with this process is of little concern to the Space Pirate Science Team.

Pre-battle scanEdit

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Samus engages the creature.

"Unit ident-code EPG-8642, batch 23, field designation 'Elite Pirate Alpha.' Stasis tank reinforced with Bendezium alloy plates."


  • A glitch can be utilized when fighting the creature. If the player stands still in a certain area of the chamber where the pirate is fought, it will simply stop attacking and stare at them. This area where the player must stand is roughly near one of the metal support pillars.
  • In the Trilogy version, scanning the Phazon Elite's tank will not give away the fact that it's made out of Bendezium, which may stump some players who were trying to get the fight started unless they resorted to trial and error with Samus' weapons, or consulted a walkthrough.