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The Pow (ポウ ?)[1], also known as a firefly[2], is a small, harmless species of luminescent flying insect encountered on-board the BOTTLE SHIP.


Pows are noted for appearing around hidden items. Pow travel in small swarms, always appearing in groups of three. They consist of spherical yellow lights from which protrude four small wings, and hover in place regardless of who or what is nearby. Wherever they appear, there is a pickup item nearby, and they are completely invulnerable to all attacks.

Pows appear three times in Metroid: Other M. The first encounter occurs in the "inclined corridor" of the Pyrosphere, just after Samus avoids being eaten by the Vorash. These Pow guide Samus to an Energy Part hidden in the wall.

In the second encounter, they inhabit the "ice bridge cavern" in the Cryosphere where the first Gigafraug is encountered and hover around in the air, indicating an Energy Tank that can be obtained later. They are only seen in the Cryosphere after the Speed Booster is obtained.

They later reappear in the Pyrosphere, this time in the enormous "lava cavern", hovering in front of a rock spire that can be destroyed with a Power Bomb to reveal a Missile Tank.

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Nintendo Official Guidebook for Metroid Other M[]

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"Often found inside Morph Ball tunnels. They cannot attack nor damage Samus."


  • Pow are physically almost identical to the Fairies featured in Nintendo's The Legend Of Zelda series and serve a similar function (pointing out potential collectible items and power-ups).
  • If Samus touches a Pow while in Morph Ball form, it will briefly cease glowing and fall a short distance before recovering. This will not occur if Samus is in bipedal form.