A Scatter Bombu.

Scatter Bombu are creatures in Metroid Prime. Comprised of living energy, their bodies consist of three pink orbs attached to a central nucleus, and emit three rotating beams of electricity to gather food. If Samus charges any beam weapons, the Scatter Bombu will sense the charged energy and attempt to feed off of it. Getting close to one will cause visor interference. Because of their energy-based nature, they can only be harmed by the Wave Beam.

Scatter Bombus are found in the small cylindrical corridors scattered throughout Tallon IV, and are commonly used by Space Pirates for patrolling hallways. They are related to the free-roaming Pulse Bombus, which are similarly employed by the Pirates.

An extremely similar enemy called the Diligence Class Drone is found in Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, apparently based on the naturally occurring Scatter Bombu.

Scatter Bombu can be found in Ice Ruins Access, Canyon Entryway, Temple Entryway, Hydra Lab Entryway, West Tower Entrance, Aether Lab Entryway, Lower Edge Tunnel and Lake Tunnel.

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Scatter Bombu

Metroid Prime

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Morphology: Scatter Bombu. Pulsing tendrils of energy extend from creature's body.

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Like all Bombus, these creatures can only be harmed by electrical energy. Proximity to these life-forms may result in electrical Visor interference. It is possible to avoid engaging Scatter Bombus by rolling into the Morph Ball and slipping between the rotating energy seams.


  • Though Scatter Bombus produce electrical fields, they can somehow enter water without being visibly affected. This is in stark contrast to the Pulse Bombus, which will promptly explode upon contact with water.
  • A way to get past these enemies is to go into Morph Ball mode and roll past them in order to avoid visor interference.