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Pirate Aerotroopers, also known as Flying Pirates, are a branch of Space Pirate infantry that provide air support for Pirate ground forces. They fly with powerful jetpacks capable of clearing great distances and wield beam cannons and rocket launchers. Their jetpacks can easily be targeted with Thermal Imaging, due to a design flaw in the jets, and they can be easily shot down with the Ice Beam/Dark Beam, Plasma Beam/Light Beam or Super Missile. Because the Space Pirate code states "Death before Dishonor", when an Aerotrooper is near death, it will try to take their opponent with them with a suicide strike. Because the trooper's jetpack is prone to explode when severely damaged, it makes an excellent weapon of last resort for the Aerotrooper. If on fire, their jetpacks can literally be ripped off their back with the Grapple Lasso.
- Metroid Prime (First appearance)
- Metroid Prime 2: Echoes (First identified as Pirate Aerotrooper)
- Metroid Prime 3: Corruption