In time, we created machines to open rifts into our enemy's world. Volunteer scouts went through the rifts and found a twisted world, harsh and poisonous... a Dark Aether.

—Conflict, First Phase: Dark Aether (Luminoth Lore)

Meditation Vista

A Portal generation system is an artificial Dark or Light Portal generator of Luminoth design. Although a majority of Portals encountered in Metroid Prime 2: Echoes are "natural", some are artificially generated through machines. These Portals must be energized by scanning an Interface Module on the machine, which will activate the Portal for a short period of time.

Some of these generated require puzzles to be solved before they can be used. The Portal Terminal generation system relies on solar power, which Samus must provide by moving solar lenses into place with a conveyor system in the room.

A functioning generated Portal appears in the Hall of Honored Dead, but it is unreachable and unusable due to "safety measures". This is later revealed to be because a wall of Phazon is blocking the portal on the other side, in the Sky Temple Gateway. It is only used during the climax of the game, where the wall explodes after Samus defeats Dark Samus. She then runs through the Portal and emerges from the other side before Dark Aether collapses. The Portal can be reached through a complicated series of jumps, but is non-functional.



"System analysis complete.
Console used to energize and open a portal to Dark Aether/Aether, currently online.
Portal generation system initiated."
Offline (Portal Terminal)
"System analysis complete.
Console used to energize and open a portal to Dark Aether, currently offline.
Restore power to the system to enable portal creation."
Hall of Honored Dead
"System analysis complete.
Portal is online, but unstable.
Security system active. Portal use is currently impossible due to safety measures in place on the system."