|Methods of attack:||Explosives, spiked ball and chain, laser blasts|
- "I'll teach ye some respect!"
- —Sarumarine pilot
The Sarumarine is the boss of Zoness in Star Fox 64 piloted by a nameless primate who spoke with a heavy, stereotypical pirate voice. The ship itself, by its name, can submerge and emerge in water. Sarumarine is actually the base that is illegaly modified. The tankers are transporting cargo between one Sarumarine to the other.
Prior to the Lylat Wars, the Sarumarine was originally a research station. However, after Zoness was captured by Andross, the research station had also began to be used to cause pollution on Zoness under Andross's control, and began acting as a primary base for his army. According to Star Fox 64 3D (3DS), the research station was classified as an illegally modified submarine.
During the Lylat Wars, word was received to Cornerian intelligence that a base was on Zoness, a fact that also surprised General Pepper. Star Fox then had to sneak into Zoness and start a bombing raid on the base, destroying the radar searchlight buoys to maintain cover. Unfortunately, the Sarumarine had managed to spot them halfway and waited for them at the end, even after all of the buoys were destroyed. It then attempted to sneak attack the Star Fox team and Katt Monroe by releasing explosive barrels and then revealed itself. After its snorkels were destroyed by the Star Fox team, it then attempted to fix any damages from the team (such as any detachments of the cannon/mine units) with it's crane, although Star Fox managed to destroy the crane. Afterwards, it was eventually sunk by Star Fox.
The Sarumarine is equipped with massively thick hull armor that would deflect most (if not all) weaponry.
Aside from its defensive capabilities, it has its own weapons which include a large chained macehead that erupts from the front of the machine at Fox.
Also included are a supply of detonating barrels that erupt into a pillar of fire when they go off. These small barrels can float along the water's surface and can be seen scattered throughout the level as well. The barrels are deployed from two large attachments on either side of the Sarumarine.
The two large attachments are also capable of firing off iron cannonballs at the player, but moreover of a distraction (or for the game's purpose of supplying the player with Smart Bombs).
The Sarumarine also has the ability to dive underwater to avoid the player. When this happens, a periscope comes up over the top of the water.
Additionally, the Sarumarine is capable of reattaching its lost barrel spewing compartments by means of a salvage crane it has on its back.
Finally, the ship is also capable of firing its own lasers. But since this weapon isn't used until the armor breaks off, it is unknown whether or not this weapon is capable of firing with the armor still on.
The Sarumarine, though it has impressive defense, like all weapons, has a fatal flaw in its design. The armor has openings in it where the exploding barrels are deployed from. Since these slots are necessary to release these barrels, this weakness cannot be avoided by the designer.
The exhaust pipes are also susceptible to Smart Bombs and can be blown off. When this happens, the vessel can no longer submerge.
If the periscope is destroyed with Smart Bombs while the Sarumarine is underwater, the pilot will say "I can't see anything. FIRE ANYWAY!". After he says this, the Sarumarine will still attack, but its chain mace will be less accurate.
The salvage crane used to reattach the broken off compartments is also vulnerable and once taken care of, the boss can no longer replenish his defense.
Firing Smart Bombs into the openings breaks away the ship's armor from within until it finally becomes susceptible to normal laser fire. Of which, the ship can now be easily and quickly dispatched.
Vessel Duties (Theoretical)Edit
The Sarumarine, from its appearance and name, may be a ship recovery unit taking its crane into consideration. From its abilities it could also possibly serve the same purpose as real world submarines.
- Interestingly, the Sarumarine shares its name with Andross look alike Saru whose only appearance was in one of the beta versions of Star Fox 2. This may point to the pilot as being the same Saru of that game.
- "Saru" is also the Japanese word for "monkey".
- Its name also sounds similar to the character Saruman from J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings.