Abilities are an important element of Metroid Dread, and they play a big part in helping you progress through the game. You can acquire them by searching for them as you advance through the game. If you want to learn all about these abilities and their purpose in the game, you need not look any further. In this guide, we will tell you all you need to know about them in detail.
Metroid Dread Abilities Guide
The Wide Beam Abilities in Metroid Dread
The Wide Beam is one of the most important and popular abilities. With it, you will be able to shoot three shots at once instead of the usual one shot. This obviously results in a greater output of damage, while also allowing you to be able to move Wide Beam Covers and Wide Beam Boxes. In order to activate the Wide Beam ability in Metroid Dread, all you need to do is press the Y button.
You can find the Wide Beam ability towards the center of Dairon once you switch on the power.
The Charge Beam
This is one of the first abilities you will come across when you play Metroid Dread, so you should look out for it when you start out. With the Charge Beam, you will be able to use your arm cannon to charge a shot. This helps in dealing with extra damage. This particular feature makes the Charge Beam a rather potent ability, especially when you come across a large number of opponents that are fully armored. Just like the Wide Beam, this particular ability can be activated with the help of the Y button. Once you do so, make sure to leave the button as soon as the beam begins to flash.
As for finding the Charge Beam, you need to head towards the bottom of Artaria. From there, move downwards on the left side, and into the cave. Here, you will find the beam along with a Chozo statue.
You can use the Diffusion Beam ability to help destroy the walls that are around Planet ZDR. You can identify breakable walls in the game by looking out for red-colored rocks that protrude out of them. Break these walls with the Diffusion Beam. To do so, simply press the Y button. Doing so will help charge and then release the beam.
You will receive this ability once you successfully defeat the Kraid Boss in Krataris. You will also need the Spider Magnet and the Morph Ball in order to get to the right side of the chamber that houses this beam.
The Morph Ball has been a part of the previous editions of this game, so most players will probably be quite familiar with it. If you are not familiar, however, this ability helps you to access several areas of Metroid Dread that are exclusive to it. In order to use it, you need to press the ZL button. Alternatively, you can also flick the left stick downwards. When using the Morph Ball, you can also jump by pressing the B key.
You can find the Morph Ball by going to Cataris and then heading towards the Central Unit. Here, you will need to face off against the E.M.M.I. You will receive the ability once you are defeated by the E.M.M.I.
Power Bomb Abilities in Metroid Dread
The Power Bomb in Metroid Dread is more than just a wrestling move. It is also a fatal attack that can eliminate all of the blocks and opponents that surround in close proximity. To players, this ability in action resembles the explosion of the sun. This ability also has its very own ammunition, known as the Power Bomb Ammunition, and you will need to be in Morph Ball form in order to use it. Once you do so, simply hold onto the R button. Doing so will charge it. Upon it completing charging, press the Y button in order to release the bomb. Once the bomb has been dropped, it will also completely obliterate all of the other Power Blocks in your surroundings, so you need to keep this in mind.
In order to find this ability, you will need to first defeat the evil Chozo Soldier. To do so, head towards the right side of Hanubia. While this can be quite a tough fight, you will be able to take him down quite easily with the right gear. This is the last ability you will acquire in Metroid Dread.
The Spider Magnet is one of the many abilities in Metroid Dread, and this particular one helps you climb blue walls. You can find these walls scattered across the entirety of the planet, and you can use them to access areas that are located at bigger heights. Since you will not have the ability to jump high in the initial stages of the game, this is a great ability to take advantage of. To add to its plus points, you also have the ability to shoot and parry whilst clinging to the blue walls.
You can find this ability in the form of a reward for defeating the first E.M.M.I robot. You will find this robot on the eastern side of Artaria. To defeat this robot, you will need the Omega Cannon, and once you successfully defeat it, you will receive the Spider Magnet.
Morph Ball Bomb Abilities in Metroid Dread
While the Morph Ball is already quite a useful ability in Metroid Dread, the Bomb that accompanies it just makes it much better. You will be able to receive the bomb a little while after you receive the Morph Ball.
In order to use the Bomb, you first need to ensure you are in the Morph Ball form. Once you are in the form, press the Y button. Doing so will drop the bomb, and you can do this to destroy blocks, including ones that are hidden.
You can locate the Morph Ball Bomb towards the upper left side of Dairon. To get here, you need to switch off the power and then head through the E.M.M.I area. Once you do so, you will head inside a room where you will find the Morph Ball Bomb held by a Chozo Statue.
You can use the Grapple Beam ability to open certain types of doors in the game. You can identify these doors with the help of a blue-colored triangle that is placed upside down. The Grapple Beam is quite similar to the Spider Magnet, because it allows you to gain access to areas that are higher than usual. It lets you zip up and down these walls with ease. Additionally, you can even swing forwards and backward with this ability when you are on walls. In order to use it, you need to press L to aim. While doing so, also make sure to press the ZR button. Doing so will turn your laser into blue. Now, keep the buttons L and ZR at the same time, while also pressing Y in order to shoot the Grapple Beam.
You can find this ability towards the northern side in Artaria, close to the elevator that takes you to Dairon. To get to this location, you need to implement the Speed Boost.
What the Super Missile does is enhance the damage that regular the Missile inflicts. Using it is quite simple, and all you need to do is press the R button. Doing so will get the Super Missile, and pressing the L button will help you aim. Once you do so, just press the Y button to fire. We recommend you use the Super Missile against bosses.
Finding this ability is also quite easy, All you need to do is head to the Ghavoran region. From here, you need to look between the elevators that take you to Burenia and Dairon respectively. You should be able to find the Super Missile here.
The Plasma Beam is one of the most helpful abilities you can implement in the game. With its help, you can shoot several opponents at once. In addition to this, you can also inflict damage upon robots. Doing so can help you make your way through a few of the initial stages of Metroid Dread. You can also use it to obliterate the Plasma Beam Covers.
To get your hands on the Plasma Beam, you can go to Elun. You should find it near a Chozo Statue near the bottom of the Elun area.
You can consider the Wave Beam to be an upgrade over the Plasma Beam, as it replaces this ability. With it, you can inflict damage upon enemies right through terrain as well as walls. To use it, all you need to do is press the Y button once.
You can find the Wave Beam by beating the E.M.M.I in Ferenia, towards the top-right corner.
The Cross Bomb is one of the more underrated abilities in Metroid Dread, with many unable to see what makes it special. However, the Cross Bomb is quite great when you want to destroy blocks that are placed both horizontally as well as vertically. To use this ability when you are in the Morph Ball form, you need to press the R button, followed by the Y button.
You can find the Cross Bomb once you defeat the Golzuna boss. You can find this boss towards the right of Ghavoran.
Storm Missile Abilities in Metroid Dread
With the help of the Storm Missile, you can aim at a maximum of 5 target opponents at one time. Additionally, arming yourself with the Storm Missile also means you can unlock certain Storm Missile Boxes by destroying them. In order to make use of this ability, you need to press the R button. Now, use the yellow laser in order to place your aim on your enemies. Since you can shoot at a max of 5 enemies, you will find several missiles locked onto one opponent in case you choose to aim at less than five opponents. This obviously depends upon the way you aim your shots.
In order to get this missile, all you have to do is eliminate the Escue boss in Ferenia in a battle.
With the help of the Spin Boost, you can perform double jumps multiple times without any restrictions. When in the air, just remember to press the B button. Doing so will allow you to keep jumping. You can use the Spin Boost to access platforms that may be out of reach otherwise because of their height.
You can find this ability in Ghavoran along with a Chozo Statue.
The Space Jump is essentially a boosted version of the Spin Boost. With it, you can jump for a really long time without taking a break. Just make sure to get your timing right, and everything should work smoothly. To use it, press the B button when you arrive at the peak of the spin, and then simply jump again. By executing this move consecutively, you can access new areas in the game.
You can acquire the Space Jump in Ferenia, towards the left side. to be an improved version of the Space Jump. This ability allows you to spin multiple times without a break while also dealing damage to enemies. To deal the said damage, all you need to do is touch these opponents. Additionally, the Screw Attack also enables you to break past Screw Attack Blocks. To use it, all you have to do is press the B button when you arrive at the peak of your jump. Now, you will be able to keep jumping.
The Screw Attack can be considered to be an improved version of the Space Jump. This ability allows you to spin multiple times without a break while also dealing damage to enemies. To deal the said damage, all you need to do is touch these opponents. Additionally, the Screw Attack also enables you to break past Screw Attack Blocks. To use it, all you have to do is press the B button when you arrive at the peak of your jump. Now, you will be able to keep jumping.
You can locate the Screw Attack towards the left side of Artaria. The only way to get here is when you arrive at the later stages of Metroid Dread.
Ice Missile Abilities in Metroid Dread
As the name suggests, the Ice Missile freezes enemies when you use it on them. This particular ability replaces the Super Missile, but you need not really worry, as the Ice Missile is actually way more potent. Just remember to press the R button to warm it up, and then the Y button to shoot.
To acquire the Ice Missile, you need to head to Ghavoran. You have to do so after you successfully beat the E.M.M.I towards the left of the map. Defeating it will give you the Ice Missile.
Speed Boost (Shinespark)
The Speed Boost is among the more complex abilities you will come across in Metroid Dread. This is because of the fact that it features plenty of button inputs. Mastering the Speed Boost can help you earn 100% when playing the game. As the name suggests, it also helps enhance your speed when running, enabling you to blitz right through specific walls at lightning speed.
Additionally, the Speed Boost also comes with an accompaniment known as the Shinespark. In order to use it, you need to move the left stick in the downwards direction. Doing so will see Samus turn purple in color. This means that you can use the Shinespark as it is ready. Now, just press the B button and then immediately move the left stick towards the direction of your choice. You will now find Samus propelling herself in the said direction with a huge burst of power.
These are the following inputs: Left Stick (tilt), Left Stick (click), Left Stick down (tilt), B, Left Stick (tilt)
When sprinting, hold onto the left stick. Doing so will see you enter the Speed Boost mode. Now, just press the left stick in the downward direction, followed by the B button, and then the left stick again, this time in the direction of your choice.
You will receive the Speed Boost once you successfully eliminate the E.M.M.I in Dairon. You can find the said opponent towards the bottom left, near the shuttles that take you to Burenia.
These are all of the abilities in Metroid Dread in detail. Each of these abilities will enable you to progress quickly in the game, while also giving you cool boosts and perks. Regardless of the ability you pick, you are bound to enjoy yourself.
Now that you know all of the abilities, check out our guide on how to Progress without Restarting in Metroid Dread.