Creature Name: Powamp
General Location: Zebes (Maridia) and B.S.L. Research Station (Sector 4)
Species Status: Extinct
The Powamp is a marine invertebrate that uses the power of air in order to make the most of its limited biological equipment. The main body of the Powamp consists of little more than a small, segmented torso where all of the creature’s vital organs are crammed into, a massive pair of eyes built for thermal imaging and a trio of paddle-like appendages that the creature uses to slowly paddle though open water; the most definitive feature of the Powamp, though, is the massive flotation sac that is attached to their head. This elastic, rubbery sac is filled with varying amounts of air in order to allow the creature to float up and down in the water column, an artificial ballast that makes it possible for them to maximize the mount of area they can patrol in their search for small zooplankton to feed on (as it is the only food source the gills right below their eyes can feed off of). This sac does not just exist for utility purposes, though, as it also hides a dark secret for anything foolish enough to attack these creatures. At the base of this sac, these creatures generate a series of artificial spines that help to prop up the sac when it is not inflated with air, making it easier to inflate quickly; if the sac or main body is ruptured by the attack of a predator, these monsters will fire all of these spines by forcefully blasting water from their gills into the sac above, releasing a torrent of projectiles around them intended to impale and hopefully kill their attacker. This feature alone makes these invertebrates worth avoiding at all costs as they are completely harmless otherwise, but for those with the right equipment, they can actually be quite useful, as they can be frozen readily to be used as platforms and have enough magnetic materials concentrated into their exoskeleton for protection that they can be latched onto with Grapple Beam technology. Lastly, it is noted that these monsters were among the many that were destroyed and copied by X-Parasites aboard the B.S.L. Research Station. In this mutated form, their body color is slightly different with a similar color scheme as the X-Parasite copy of the Owtch, they have developed a thicker flotation sac adorned with sharp spines that can easily hurt anything that comes into contact with them, and they have become resistant to all forms of damage aside from the destructive force of the Screw Attack. Moreover, they have developed small lungs that can help them breathe out of the water and thus enable them to sit around narrow openings and use their spiky flotation sacs to block off corridors, though weapons like the Ice and Diffusion Missiles can still be used to freeze them in place.