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Dark Samus

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Dark Samus
Dark Samus MP3C artwork.png
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption artwork
First appearance Metroid Prime (2002, Metroid series; unnamed cameo)
Metroid Prime 2: Echoes (2004, Metroid series; as Dark Samus)
Latest appearance Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018)
Species Metroid/Human hybrid (cybernetically augmented with the Phazon Suit and naturally infused with Phazon)
“Dark Samus is a living Phazon entity with the radioactive substance Phazon as her energy supply. She has a wide range of abilities, like being able to teleport, cloak herself, and attack with an arm cannon.”
Tips, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Dark Samus is a being of Phazon taking on the form of Samus Aran and the reincarnation of the organism known as Metroid Prime after it had fused itself with Samus's Phazon Suit (and her DNA). Dark Samus first appeared in Metroid Prime, in which she made a cameo appearance in one of the secret endings, and went on to become the main antagonist of both Metroid Prime 2: Echoes and Metroid Prime 3: Corruption.


Super Smash Bros. Brawl

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Dark Samus appears as both a collectible trophy and a sticker, both of which depict her appearance in Metroid Prime 2: Echoes. In Adventure Mode: The Subspace Emissary, Dark Samus's sticker can only be equipped by Samus and Zero Suit Samus, and doing so gives them a +11 increase in their battering resistance when equipped.

A "Dark Samus" appears in Co-Op Event 7: Battle of the Dark Side. Although it is meant to represent Dark Samus herself, this Dark Samus is merely Samus' model recolored entirely black.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U

Dark Samus as an Assist Trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Dark Samus appears as an Assist Trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, taking her appearance from Metroid Prime 3: Corruption. She attacks using a variety of Phazon-based abilities, such as tentacles that sprout from the ground, a scattershot of bullet-like blasts from her Arm Cannon, or a barrage of energy balls that home in on enemies. If enough damage is dealt to Dark Samus, a ball of light forms around her before she disappears; otherwise, she simply disappears after a period of time. Dark Samus is also the basis for one of Samus' alternate colorations.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Dark Samus
Dark Samus SSBU.png
Game appearances
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (unlockable)
Special moves
Standard:  Charge Shot
Side:  Missile
Up:  Screw Attack
Down:  Bomb
Final Smash:  Phazon Laser
Battle entrance
Dark Samus emerges from a dark blue wormhole surrounded in darkness before it fades away.
Dark Samus's stock icon

Dark Samus is as an unlockable playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate; this marks not only her playable debut in the Super Smash Bros. series, but also her first playable appearance in any game. Due to being an Echo Fighter of Samus, Dark Samus fights almost exactly like Samus, but has a number of different animations and unique taunts and victory poses. Compared to Samus, Dark Samus uses Phazon in her moveset, as indicated by blue flames with an electric effect for all but of Samus' respective flame-based attacks, Missile and Bomb, and dark blue energy for Charge Shot and Zero Laser. In addition, Dark Samus's rolls involve her evading via levitation instead of transforming into a Morph Ball.

In World of Light, Dark Samus is not seen when the fighters oppose Galeem for the first time. However, she, like every fighter except Kirby, is hit by one of Galeem's beams of light and imprisoned in the World of Light, where a Puppet Fighter of her is created. Said Puppet Fighter initially serves Galeem, but is later brought under Dharkon's control. The Dharkon-serving Dark Samus Puppet Fighter is eventually defeated, freeing the real Dark Samus and thus enabling her to join Kirby's team against Galeem and Dharkon.

Dark Samus is a heavy fighter, being heavier than Wario, Ike, Ridley, Simon, and Richter but lighter than Piranha Plant, while having the same weight as Samus, Bowser Jr. (and the Koopalings), and Terry.

Classic Mode route

Dark Samus' Classic Mode route is titled "The Great Poison Given Form", where she teams up with "dark" versions of characters (in reference to Phazon Corruption) against protagonists.

The Great Poison Given Form
Round Opponent(s) Rule Stage Song
1 Link Team Battle
(Ally: Zelda)
Hyrule Castle Hyrule Castle (Outside)
2 Chrom, Lucina Team Battle
(Ally: Robin)
Arena Ferox Power-Hungry Fool
3 Ryu Team Battle
(Ally: Ken)
Suzaku Castle M. Bison Stage Type B
4 Squirtle, Charizard, Pikachu Team Battle
(Ally: Ivysaur)
Saffron City Battle! (Team Galactic)
5 Mario, Peach, Daisy Team Battle
(Ally: Luigi)
Princess Peach's Castle Main Theme - Luigi's Mansion (Brawl)
6 Samus, Ridley Free-for-All Norfair Vs. Ridley (Brawl)
Final Master Hand, Crazy Hand (intensity 7.0 or higher) Final Destination Master Hand
Master Hand / Crazy Hand (intensity 7.0 or higher)

Profiles and statistics

Super Smash Bros. Brawl trophy

Name Image Game Description
Dark Samus SSBB Trophy Dark Samus.png GCN Metroid Prime 2: Echoes A twin image of Samus, encountered near the beginning of Metroid Prime 2: Echoes. Dark Samus is identical to Samus in every way but color--she even uses similar attacks. There are many theories on the origin of Dark Samus, but none are proven. Dark Samus uses Phazon for energy and can absorb it to heal damage. Samus encounters Dark Samus a number of times.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl sticker

Name Image Game Effect Usable by
Dark Samus SSBB Sticker Dark Samus.png Metroid Prime 2: Echoes [Battering] - Resistance +11 Samus, Zero Suit Samus

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U trophy

Name 3DS trophy Wii U trophy Category Appears in Trophy Box Description
Dark Samus SSB3DS Trophy Dark Samus.png SSBWU Trophy Dark Samus.png Assist Trophy GCN Metroid Prime 2: Echoes (11/2004)
Wii Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (08/2007)
28: The Metroid Threat Flag of USA.png This terrifying creature is made of Phazon. Along with regenerative abilities, she can also brainwash her victims and clone herself. Summoned into Smash Bros., she resembles Samus Aran and mimics some of her moves, firing Arm Cannon blasts, launching homing missiles, or even unleashing Phazon.
Flag of Europe.png An exceptionally strong and terrifying being made of Phazon. She's able to regenerate, brainwash her victims and even clone herself. When summoned in this game, she'll either fire rapid blasts from her Arm Cannon, launch homing missiles, or unleash Phazon across the surrounding area, depending on where her target is.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate


No. Name Image Series / game Type Class Strength / effect(s) How to obtain Spirit battle
Opponent(s) Battle conditions Stage Song
265 Dark Samus SSBU Spirit Dark Samus.png Metroid Prime Series Fighter N/A N/A Classic Mode as Dark Samus N/A N/A N/A N/A

Palutena's Guidance

  • Palutena: Is that Dark Samus?!
  • Pit: You know her?
  • Palutena: She's a being of pure Phazon created after Metroid Prime absorbed DNA from Samus's Phazon Suit.
  • Pit: No wonder she looks like Samus.
  • Viridi: Samus's suit and a Metroid combined? There's no way she isn't strong.
  • Palutena: Oh, she's strong all right. Along with ruthless and cunning.
  • Pit: Um, so what's a Phazum?
  • Palutena: It's Phazon. A blue radioactive substance that can produce massive amounts of energy. However, it can suddenly mutate and become invasive to mineral elements, making it incredibly dangerous.
  • Viridi: The monkeys never should have messed with the stuff, but they insisted and it blew up in their faces.
  • Palutena: Dark Samus was defeated, but the power of Phazon brought her back. A sentient Phazon being with free will. Between Dark Samus and Ridley, Samus has no shortage of archenemies.

Super Smash Blog bio

Dark Samus joins the battle as Samus's echo fighter. With floatier movement, she's a little different from Samus--and she doesn't roll when dodging or jumping. If you look closely, you can see that her bombs and missiles look a little different, too.


  • Summoned into the Super Smash Bros.™ Ultimate game, Dark Samus joins the battle as Samus's echo fighter. With floatier movement, she's a little different from Samus--and she doesn't roll when dodging or jumping. If you look closely, you can see that her bombs and missiles look a little different, too.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ダークサムス
Dāku Samusu
Dark Samus
Chinese (Simplified) 黑暗萨姆斯
Hēi'àn Sàmǔsī
Dark Samus
Chinese (Traditional) 黑暗薩姆斯
Hēi'àn Sàmǔsī
Dark Samus
Dutch Dark Samus -
French Samus sombre Dark Samus
German Dunkle Samus Dark Samus
Italian Samus Oscura Dark Samus
Korean 다크 사무스
Dakeu Samuseu
Dark Samus
Russian Тёмная Самус
Tyomnaya Samus
Dark Samus
Spanish Samus oscura Dark Samus
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