|“||Chairman! There is a Zebesian Pirate Ship dead ahead!||„|
The manga shows these ships attacking the Planetary Colony K-2L, with the goal of securing Afloraltite and killing all witnesses. The ships are all destroyed once Chief Rodney Aran blows up the Space Pirate cargo ship carrying the Afloraltite, leaving Samus Aran as the sole survivor.
The direct predecessors to Zebesian Pirate Ships appeared in the Super Metroid comics from Nintendo Power. In these comics, Zebesian Pirate Ships somewhat resemble the gunships flown by Samus and Armstrong Houston, albeit colored blue with a yellow windshield similar to a blue Zebesian's color scheme.
The Zebesian Pirate Ships attack Samus and Armstrong as they head to Zebes, and later board Chairman Keaton's ship. Notably, the Super Metroid comics show the first depiction of Zebesian Pirate Ships attacking K-2L, during the Space Pirate raid that led to the deaths of Rodney Aran and Virginia Aran.
While the comic is considered non-canon, the Magazine Z manga would once again depict the Space Pirates' raid on K-2L, albeit with a redesign to the ships. Much like Old Bird and Chairman Keaton, this is an example of later canon integrating elements from the Super Metroid comics.
- The Pirate Ships patrolling Zebes in Victory Techniques for Metroid are vaguely similar in appearance to the Zebesian Pirate Ship, possibly serving as an early design. Just like the massive Pirate Ship in Metroid: Zebes Invasion Order, these ships are marked with the "Jolly Roger" skull and crossbones motif, predating the Space Pirates' emblem introduced in Metroid: Zero Mission.
- While neither Zebesian Pirate Ship design appears in any Metroid games, the Space Pirate vessels play a similar role.
|Space Pirate Vehicles|
|Large Spacecraft|| Flagship • Mother Ship • Orpheon • Siriacus • Vol Paragom • Starship • Leviathan Battleship • Destroyer • Colossus • Doomseye |
Leviathan-class capital ship • Marauder-class battleship • Plunderer-class cruiser • Dragüd's Ship
|Space fighters|| Zebesian Pirate Ship • Space Pirate vessel • Boarding Pod • Missile Transport (Elite) • Pirate Warship |
|Others||Escape Pod • Escape Ship|