Samus Eater Buds are seen during the battle with Nettori in Sector 2. They are a pair of small, unbloomed flowers at the top of the overgrown chamber, that repeatedly open and fire spores to try and keep Samus from damaging the mother plant. Samus must repeatedly use Power Bombs or shoot the spores to stay on the platforms and avoid falling into the below Samus Eaters. After Samus blows off the Nettori's front, the buds explode.
Although their Japanese name indicates that these are young variants of Samus Eaters, these buds have never been encountered by Samus outside of the X Parasite-infested Biologic Space Laboratories research station, not even on Zebes.
- On Easy Mode in the Japanese version of the game, they remain closed and do not fire spores at all.
- Samus Eater Buds behave similarly to the pods found on the ceiling of Spore Spawn's room, which release spores in a similar fashion.
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