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Source: The Models Resource. Note that while this is the actual in-game model, it is not an official render. A high-quality official image would be preferable, if one can be found.
Samus' Gunship as it appears in Metroid: Other M.
Not to be confused with the Subspace Gunship or Gunship (Final Smash).

The Gunship (スターシップ, Starship), also referred to as the Starship, is Samus Aran's spacecraft.


Samus' Gunship as it appears in Metroid Prime 2: Echoes.

The Gunship appears throughout the Metroid series, first appearing in Metroid II: Return of Samus. Her trusty starship is there when Samus needs to ride around the galaxy. She uses it as a resting place to regain health and ammunition; it also functions as a save point for players to save game data. The front of it also appears to be based on the design of the front of her helmet.

Samus's most iconic Gunship has appeared frequently in both the Metroid and Smash series, with minor design alterations between Super Metroid, Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, and Metroid: Other M reflected by its appearances throughout the Smash series. However, other ships have been used by Samus over the years, two of which have been the basis of stickers in Brawl. Her original ship in Metroid: Zero Mission is shot down by Space Pirate vessels after the defeat of Mother Brain. She replaces her lost ship with a new Starship, seen in Metroid Prime and Metroid Prime Hunters. In Metroid Prime 3: Corruption and Metroid Prime: Federation Force, Samus has yet another ship of a different design, that she can control remotely via the Command Visor to fire missiles at targets. Finally, after her iconic ship crashes into an asteroid belt in Metroid Fusion, Samus receives a new Galactic Federation Starship with the A.I. of Adam Malkovich as an onboard computer. Samus continues to use this particular gunship as her mode of transport in Metroid Dread, and part of the plot is Samus attempting to make her way back to it from the depths of planet ZDR.

In Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

From Smabura-Ken.
Samus's Starship in the opening movie of Super Smash Bros. Melee, along with the Great Fox and Blue Falcon.

The ship appears in the game's opening movie, and as a trophy. Its design is derived from Metroid II: Return of Samus, with the color scheme from Super Metroid.


Samus' Starship trophy from Super Smash Bros. Melee.
Samus's Starship's trophy in Melee
Samus's Starship
This compact ship is used by Samus as her base of operations. Of course, Samus can't fly it into the catacombs of every planet she visits, so she leaves it on the surface as her sanctuary. Samus can recharge her Power Suit inside the ship, so it tends to be the only safe and secure spot on inhospitable alien terrain.
Metroid II: Return of Samus (11/91)

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

© Nintendo
The Gunship in The Subspace Emissary.

Samus's gunship appears as a trophy and as three stickers in Brawl. It is also seen in Adventure Mode: The Subspace Emissary, with the updated design seen in Metroid Prime 2: Echoes.

Role in the Subspace Emissary[edit]

After the Halberd is torn asunder, Samus' starship emerges, along with the Falcon Flyer, Falco's Arwing and Olimar's Hocotate Ship. Engaging the Subspace Gunship, Samus and the other pilots kept the huge ship busy while Kirby destroyed it with the Dragoon. Samus then followed Kirby's Dragoon into Subspace.


Gunship trophy from Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
Gunship's trophy in Brawl
The ship that Samus pilots. Entering the gunship allows Samus to restore energy and save. Samus has been on numerous voyages in the gunship, but after being attacked by an X parasite in Metroid Fusion, she crashes into an asteroid belt and destroys the craft. After that, the Galactic Federation provides her with a new starship.
SNES: Super Metroid
GameCube: Metroid Prime 2: Echoes


Name Game Effect Fighter(s)
Gunship Metroid Prime 2: Echoes Explosive+005TypeIcon(Explosive).png Attack +5 All charactersRandomHeadSSBB.png
Starship Metroid Fusion AttackWeapon+009TypeIcon(Weapon).png Attack +9 Samus Zero Suit Samus SamusHeadSSBB.pngZeroSuitSamusHeadSSBB.png
Starship Metroid Prime Hunters SpecialLaunchPower+022StickerIconLaunchPower.png +22 All charactersRandomHeadSSBB.png
Brawl Sticker Gunship (Metroid Prime 2 Echoes).png
(Metroid Prime 2: Echoes)
Brawl Sticker Starship (Metroid Fusion).png
(Metroid Fusion)
Brawl Sticker Starship (Metroid Prime Hunters).png
(Metroid Prime Hunters)

In Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

As a moveset element[edit]

Main article: Gunship (Final Smash)
The challenge unlock image

Now using its Metroid: Other M design, Samus's gunship appears as part of Zero Suit Samus's new Final Smash, where she uses the ship's weapons to fire at other players from the foreground. It is also featured as part of her on-screen appearance.


In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, the gunship also returns as a trophy (separate from the one that depicts the Final Smash). It is a challenge reward, earned by clearing the true Solo All-Star Mode as Zero Suit Samus without recovering any health between rounds.

Gunship's trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
NTSC The one partner Samus can rely on in almost all of her missions. In the wide unknown of outer space, she can always return to the Gunship for a safe haven. It allows her to replenish all of her energy and ammunition and even serves as a resting spot for the player. It sounds just like a save point, doesn't it?
SNES: Super Metroid (04/1994)
Wii: Metroid: Other M (08/2010)
PAL The one partner Samus can rely on in almost all of her missions. In the wide unknown of outer space, she can always return to the Gunship for safe haven. It allows her to replenish all of her energy and ammunition, and even serves as a resting spot for the player. In other's a save point.
SNES: Super Metroid (07/1994)
Wii: Metroid: Other M (09/2010)

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

As a moveset element[edit]

The Gunship appears in both Zero Suit Samus's and Ridley's Final Smashes.

The Gunship in Zero Suit Samus's Final Smash

In Zero Suit Samus's new Final Smash, Zero Laser, she dons her Power Suit temporarily, stands atop the Gunship, and fires a laser beam.

The Gunship in Ridley's Final Smash

In Ridley's Final Smash, Plasma Scream, he throws victims against the Gunship and unleashes a plasma attack on them. The ship is then seen crashing in the background.


The Gunship also appears as a spirit, using artwork from Super Metroid.

No. Image Name Type Class Cost Ability Series
SSBU spirit Gunship.png
★★ 2 Energy Shot Attack/Resistance ↑ Metroid Series

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name
Japan Japanese スターシップ, Starship
UK English Gunship
France French Vaisseau de combat
Germany German Kampfschiff
Spain Spanish Nave de combate
Italy Italian Navetta
China Chinese (Simplified) 宇宙舰艇
Taiwan Chinese (Traditional) Gunship
South Korea Korean 스타쉽, Starship
Netherlands Dutch Ruimteschip
Russia Russian Боевой корабль