- “Aparoid hatchers. This must be how they multiply. If we can destroy those hatchers, we might just have a chance.”
- —Peppy Hare
The hatchers are hexagonal caskets, each one surrounded by a honeycombed energy field. They can spawn normal crawlers or shelled aparoids. If Fox touches one, he will take a little damage. A single charged Blaster shot or Sniper Rifle fire will utterly vapourise them.
During the Aparoid Invasion, hatchers were vital to maintaining aparoid control over targeted areas, because they could easily spawn a number of aparoids in a short amount of time. Destruction of the hatchers was carried out by the Star Fox team in various missions; as a result, the aparoids would retreat from situations where they didn't have hatchers to negate combat loses. The hatchers are present in the invasions of Katina and the aparoid homeworld, while playing a crucial role in the attacks on Sauria. They are also the source of the Might Gauge in that same mission.
With the death of the queen, these units perished, along with the rest of their kind.