Space Pirates (with one apparent exception) live by a “death-before-dishonor” mantra, and would rather die than be captured or fail in their mission. If sufficiently damaged, they will initiate a strike wherein they launch themselves in a spiral at their targets in the hopes of killing them, at the cost of killing themselves in the process. Samus will take severe damage if she is hit by a suicide strike, and must either strafe or dash out of the way, or destroy the Pirate before it contacts her.
Using ice, fire or Phazon-based weaponry, however, will allow her to destroy an Aerotrooper before it can strike at her. Charged Plasma shots are effective in particular in that they incinerate the pirates, causing them to dissolving into ash with a piercing shriek. Similarly, using the Wave Beam or Wavebuster will have the Aqua Pirate remain motionless and then harmlessly explode without even commencing the attack, presumably due to the complete shutdown of their equipment, whereas freezing an Aerotrooper with the Ice Beam, Ice Missiles, or the Entangler allows them to be destroyed with a regular Missile or charged shots.
In Metroid Prime: Federation Force, suicide strikes are much slower and Flying Pirates who perform this attack can be shot down with Charge Shots or Missiles before impact. The jet packs of a Flying Pirate can be targeted and destroyed, causing them to fall to the ground as a standard Pirate Trooper. Alternatively, if the jet packs are destroyed while the Pirate is above a chasm, the Pirate will then fall to their death. Both methods allow for the dispatching of Flying Pirates without them initiating a suicide strike.
- In Echoes, when a Pirate Aerotrooper is using a suicide strike, the pirate appears to be invulnerable until crashing. Firing weapons at it will still cause the creature to scream despite not taking any more damage at this point. This is easily noticable in the Torvus Temple, due to its large open layout.
- On Hard/Hypermode difficulties of Prime and Echoes, if the Pirate is hit with only a Super Missile, that pirate will instantly commence with its Suicide Strike.
|Classes||Flying Pirate • Aqua Pirate • Armored Aerotrooper • Advanced Aerotrooper • Assault Aerotrooper • Dark Pirate Aerotrooper • Aerotrooper-G|
|Equipment||Gel Bomb Rack • Helix Missile Pod • Jet pack • Particle Cannon • Remote Attack Pod • Suicide strike|