The Phazon Mines are the far southeast area of Tallon IV, located south of the Tallon Overworld and southeast of the Magmoor Caverns. The Mines are the core of all Space Pirate activity on Tallon IV. As the name suggests, the Phazon Mines was created by the Pirates to mine Phazon, a valuable energy source for them. They also had many labs within the mines and a few Metroid quarantines. The sky in this area is a hazy pink, suggesting the Pirates have heavily polluted this area.
In certain elevator shafts that lead deeper into the mines, there are windows that show where one is in relation to the actual Impact Crater. The windows show that the mines are going deeper into the crust of Tallon IV and are going very near the Impact Crater.
Areas and main Rooms
The Phazon Mines are clearly divided into three parts, named within the game as Level One, Level Two, and Level Three.
The surface level mostly contains security areas and large mining machines. It is here that the Flamethrower is acquired. Several Space Pirate Bio-Imaging doors are placed here, indicating that this is the main HQ level.
Somewhat deeper; contains various labs and ventilation shafts.
It is at this level where the actual mining takes place; this level is mostly dark, and the mining shafts are only lit by Phazon-dwelling mushrooms. Level 3 is also where the Omega Pirate is held, within the Elite Quarters.
- Interestingly, the theme of the Phazon Mines from Prime plays in the Impact Crater table as well as the table based on the Phazon Mines in Metroid Prime Pinball.
- There is also a section of "Phazon mines" on the Pirate Homeworld, there known as Pirate Mines.
- Donkey Kong Country Returns, the first Retro Studios-developed non-Metroid Prime series game contains many references to the Phazon Mines in the cave levels; including the presence of objects resembling Phazon crystals and Saturnines, as well as minecarts that appear to have Phazon on them. Cranky Kong also wonders "just what is being mined in those mines".
- Through a series of Sequence Breaks, it is possible to jump on top of the building in the Main Quarry before the Space Pirates attack. They will remain still until they are attacked, or Samus jumps to the main floor, therefore triggering the battle.
|Areas of Tallon IV|
|Tallon Overworld | Chozo Ruins | Magmoor Caverns | Phendrana Drifts | Phazon Mines | Impact Crater|