The secret to Ultimate Power lies in the Alimbic Cluster.

—The message.

Mission File 79019

The "Ultimate Power" was alluded to in a message originating from the Alimbic Cluster prior to Metroid Prime Hunters. The message was broadcast to many in different languages, dialects, and even slang,[citation needed] but all translated down to the same above message.

In Hunters[]

Seven bounty hunters, Samus Aran, Sylux, Weavel, Spire, Noxus, Kanden, and Trace, traveled to the source of the message in the Alimbic Cluster. The true source lay within the Oubliette, an Alimbic prison hidden in another dimension. Samus and Weavel were employed by the Galactic Federation and Space Pirates, respectively to find the power, Spire and Noxus had more altruistic reasons for securing it (Spire to uncover the fate of his species, Noxus to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands), and the rest wanted it for their own use.

The hunters found that they could not easily access the message's source, as they would need eight Octoliths, heavily guarded keys to open the Infinity Void and thus allow access to the Oubliette. Samus arrived there after collecting all Octoliths and battling the other hunters many times, finding them firing at a curious object in hopes of getting the supposed power. To their horror, instead emerged a monstrous being named Gorea that assimilated their weapons. While the other hunters fled in shame, Samus stayed behind to kill the creature.

The truth[]

Hunters never makes clear what the "Ultimate Power" was. In a 2020 interview, story designer Richard Vorodi confirmed there was no power, and it was a ruse meant to entice powerful entities to unknowingly release Gorea.[1]

Prior to this revelation, theories suggested the notion of a power was a lie broadcast by Gorea to trick someone into releasing it, or by the Alimbic Elders to have someone destroy Gorea before it escaped. Other theories suggested that it was Gorea itself since it posed a very serious threat to the universe, or the Omega Cannon, a weapon hidden deep inside the Oubliette which Samus later used to finish it off. After obtaining Octoliths, Samus receives telepathic messages that consistently refer to Alimbics in the first person; the last of these claims that "ALINOS holds the key to ULTIMATE POWER...".

Logbook entries[]

Starboard Helm

Logbook entry

THE SECRET TO ULTIMATE POWER LIES WITHIN THE ALIMBIC CLUSTER." Binary irregularities indicate the message was broadcast telepathically.

Port Helm

Logbook entry



  1. ^ "The ultimate power was a ruse. It was the promise of power that would entice the most powerful entities in the galaxy to unknowingly release the cosmic horror, Gorea." Interview: Richard Vorodi, Shinesparkers, 2020-08-06. Retrieved on 2020-08-06.