Staging Area is a room in the Ing Hive from Metroid Prime 2: Echoes. Inside are two Light Portals. Samus passes through here on her way to the second floor of Sanctuary Fortress, as well as to get the Dark Temple Key on the second floor of the Ing Hive. There is a Echo Gate with several sonic emitters. Behind it is an Interface Module that controls a platform that was blocking access to the second portal.

The Aether version of this room is the Main Research.

Notably, this is the only Ing Hive room to feature Hunter Ing.

Connecting rooms[]


First Visit[]

2 Hunter Ing
"Morphology: Hunter Ing
Elite warriors of the Ing Horde
Phasing shapeshifter. Deadly in close combat. Dislikes bright light."

Future Visits[]

4 Inglets
"Morphology: Inglet
Worker drone of the Ing Horde.
Wall-crawling, morphing bioform. Strongly dislikes bright light."


Echo Gate
"Object scan complete.
This door uses a sonic security system.
Sonic detection gear needed to interface with this system. Door is receiving commands via sonic beam; the commands are keeping it shut. Destroying the sonic beam emitters may open the door.
Interface Panel
"System online.
Motivators engaged.
Lift platform will remain in the upright position."
Light Beacon
"Xenotech: Luminoth Light Beacon
Generates protective field when energized.
Light Beacons must be energized by Beam weapon fire to function, and remain charged for a limited time."
Portal (inactive)
"This rift portal is inactive.
The portal field can be energized with light energy. Walk into an energized portal to transport to Aether."
Portal (active)
"This portal is active.
Walk into the portal to initiate return transit to Aether."