Phantron (ファントロン) is a special robot that hovers in the planet Venom's air space. Every single movement it makes produces a series of after images of itself.
When first encountered in Venom airspace, Phantron is shown to be capable of producing two phantom images of itself to confuse its opponent as well as performing high speed dodge maneuvers to avoid enemy fire. It is also capable of firing multiple shots and missiles while dodging the opponent.
A thing to note about Phantron's mirage technique is that it begins to spin around several times vertically until it creates its illusions. It is possible that its constant circular motion tricks the opponent's mind into seeing more than one Phantron.
The mirage technique is flawless unless the opponent strikes the real Phantron and disrupts its focus, making the other imitation Phantrons disappear.
Phantron cannot take much punishment so it relies mostly on its dodge and deception strategy. Having very little hull armor makes it very vulnerable to projectiles but it is a much faster fighter in the long run.
Once Phantron is cornered, it quickly retreats to the planet's surface below.
Firing a bomb at Phantron when it is orbiting Venom results in it firing a krypton missile that can instantly kill the player. The way to avoid it is to not move at all; apparently, it is a motion-detecting missile, so it misses completely if no movement occurs.
Robot TypeWhen approached a second time on the planet Venom's surface by the player, Phantron will resort to its emergency strategy. It will transform into a much larger mecha mode.
This mode reduces its speed, but it also retains all of the abilities it had in its previous form, but with an additional "Tron Attack" that allows it to detach one of its legs and send it careening in the player's direction. For some unexplained reason, it somehow regrows its thrown leg.
Star Fox 2
Hunter Fantron, or "H Fantron", would have been an rebuilt version of the original Phantron suited for close quarters grappling combat. What it lost in maneuverability and, most notably, its deceptive tactics, it made up for its newfound strength and heightened hull armor. When traveling, it keeps its long cable-like grappler arms tucked underneath it until its victims come into range. When the player is held fast by its swinging arms, it unleashes a flurry of laser fire on the helpless starfighter often resulting in the loss of a pilot. In the near-final version of the unreleased Star Fox 2, it replaced the Mirage Dragon as the primary space boss on a higher difficulty setting.
- Star Fox (End Credits)
- Star Fox 1993; Instruction Booklet