Metroid Dread: Samus' abilities, Power Suit and immunity explained

Published: 15:29, 20 August 2021
Metroid Dread - Samus in her Power Suit, getting ready to fire
Metroid Dread - Samus in her Power Suit, getting ready to fire

Metroid Dread will arrive to Nintendo Switch on October 8, 2021. Until then, the dev team is letting some morsels of information slip out in the form of Metroid Dread Reports.

Metroid Dread Report is a series of blog posts that aim to deliver all the latest information on the upcoming Metroid Dread game and the Metroid universe while also treating us to some behind-the-scenes action from the dev team.

The latest report focuses on the galaxy's most powerful bounty hunter and her powers.

Arm Cannon

Samus' right arm has become one with the Arm Cannon. Capable of firing two types of weapons, the Arm Cannon is as powerful as it is iconic. 

Arm Cannon Beam attacks - the go-to offensive ability. Finding upgrades for it can modify it to increase the attack’s spread, or add a Grapple Beam which is pretty much what you'd expect.

Arm Cannon Missle attacks - while not unlimited like its roommate, the Missle attack makes up for the restricted magazine size with unbridled power. Upgrades for this part of the Arm Cannon include increased missile capacity and other ability upgrades scattered around the world.

Actions and abilities 

Samus always has her trusty melee counter that, performed right, can stun the enemy and leave them vulnerable to additional attacks. There's also the Morph Ball and her various jumps that nicely tie into the new Aeion ability. 

Aeion ability is a cloaking mechanic that will conceal Samus from her many foes. It is on a meter that slowly runs out while Samus is standing still while using it, and slightly faster while moving. The ability passively regenerates when not in use.

The Suit

Samus' iconic suit was created for her based on Chozo technology. The Power Suit comes with some built-in defences which the player can upgrade with Energy Tank items. 


Samus' most powerful weapon might just be her immunity to the X parasite. She gained this resilience after she received an emergency dose of the "Metroid vaccine"—created from a cell culture previously sourced from a Metroid hatchling.

The next Metroid Dread Report blog post will shed some light on some mysteries that are yet to be revealed in an upcoming trailer. Metroid Dread new trailer is set to go live on August 27.

Metroid Dread will launch on October 8, 2021, for Nintendo Switch.

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