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Zazabi (ザザビー?),[1] also known as the Giant Plant,[2] is the second boss Samus Aran faces aboard the Biologic Space Laboratories research station in Metroid Fusion.


Zazabi is a tall, segmented creature[3] that resembles an enormous, one-eyed sea medusa. Its upright, segmented body is transparent, leaving its purplish organs visible within. Each body segment has spikes on each of its sides. Its "head" sports five sensory appendages on top, and houses its single, giant purple eye. Its mouth is located on the underside of its body, and it uses the eight teeth for locomotion as well as consumption: When prey is close, the Zazabi will leap up, expand its mouth, then slowly descend around the creature, trapping it in its body. However, the Zazabi is vulnerable to attack while its mouth is open: When it receives a certain amount of damage, a section of the tall creature's body will collapse, causing it to become increasingly shorter each time.


At some point, a Zazabi specimen was kept by a faction of the Galactic Federation in Sector 2 (TRO) of the Biologic Space Laboratories research station. When an outbreak of X Parasites spread to the tropical sector, Zazabi was infected by an X possessing Samus Aran's Hi-Jump and Spring Ball abilities.

When Samus entered the boss's steep chamber, she witnessed the Core-X combining with several smaller X to mimic the Zazabi's shape and form. After it attempted multiple times to devour her, the Zazabi was eventually cut down to size and exterminated by the bounty hunter, who regained her lost abilities by absorbing its Core-X.


The organism scurries around the room, then attacks by jumping across the room following Samus. On occasions, it will make a slightly less larger leap than usual and when it does, it will slowly fly down, attempting to land directly on top of Samus. As it is flying slowly downward, its mouth, located on the bottom of its body, opens up. When the mouth is opened, Samus can fire Missiles or charge shots into it to damage it. If Samus is grabbed by the plant's mouth, she gets caught inside and forced into her Morph Ball form. She is then pulled through its body layers to the top to be fed on. Only Morph Ball Bombs will free her from its maw, and multiple bombs may need to be layed to escape depending on the creature's length. At full health, Zazabi can absorb Samus very deeply into its body.

After a certain damage threshold, a layer of the plant's body disappears, decreasing its stature but increasing its speed. Zazabi will lose a part of its body for every two Missiles or one full Charge shot it takes damage from. Though it is possible to damage it past the required amount needed, it will only lose one body segment at a time and damage does not stack or carry over into its next segment. Once all three layers disappear, it becomes at its shortest length and will no longer be able to eat Samus, merely delivering her contact damage. Zazabi will also always open its mouth with every leap at this time as it scurries slightly faster around the room, only jumping when Samus is near its eye structure due to its diminished leap strength. In this short form, it takes twice as much ammunition to down than with one segment, requiring a further four more Missiles or two full Charge shots to finish it off.

Once Samus wounds Zazabi further, it will transform into a Core-X. After defeating the Core-X, Samus gains back both her High Jump and Jump Ball abilities.

Battle Statistics[]

Attack Damage Output
Contact damage 35 HP
Mouth Grab About 10 HP per second until escaped
Core-X 20 HP


  • Zazabi's form is similar to that of a human cone cell, notably found in the eye.
  • Zazabi is reminiscent of the battle against the Queen Metroid on SR388 in that they both require the use of Bombs to escape from their maws when Samus is trapped in their bodies.
  • On Easy mode in the Japanese version of the game, Zazabi will always open its mouth when it jumps.
  • Advanced weapon upgrades acquired through hacking do not harm Zazabi.
    • If Morph Ball is disabled, Samus will still be forced into it if grabbed.
  • Zazabi shares its battle theme with the Barrier Core-X.
  • Chisato Morishita, who portrayed Samus in the Japanese Metroid: Zero Mission commercial, was asked by Yoshio Sakamoto to play Fusion in preparation. Morishita later reflected that she had trouble defeating Zazabi.
  • A flashback of Samus's battle with Zazabi's Core-X in Fusion appears in the Discover the Hunter Trailer for Metroid Dread.
  • Although Zazabi's artwork shows its body segments containing multiple spikes, it is seen in-battle with only one spike on each side of its body segments (with six total spikes Zazabi possesses). This likely could be due to limitations. However, if one looks closely at Zazabi while it jumps with its mouth open, small spikes can be seen on its body, though it is possible these could be the same singular spikes angled away. These smaller spikes can only be seen when Zazabi is at full health.