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Lastly, I'll talk about the new abilities we've given to Samus called Aeion abilities. Using a special energy called Aeion, Samus can temporarily power up with several abilities. For example, you can power up your attacks and hold down the fire button to unleash a machine gun barrage of shots. You can boost your sensors to unveil your surroundings and detect hidden paths. You can even surround yourself with lightning that negates damage and deflects enemies. That's just the beginning. These Aeion abilities give you special powers that haven't been seen until now. They should give you more ways to play that really add to an orthodox 2D Metroid game. It really feels like we challenged ourselves to do what hadn't been done before. And honestly, I feel it's a great success. We've really expanded on the breadth of things possible in a Metroid game.

Yoshio Sakamoto

Aeion is a "very mystical and powerful energy source" introduced in Metroid: Samus Returns. As a compliment to her Chozo equipment, Aeion gives Samus various extra abilities. The Scan Pulse is one such ability, which allows Samus to see hidden blocks, and expands the visible Map on the 3DS's lower screen. Lightning Armor grants Samus an extra layer of protection. Beam Burst gives Samus a scattershot ability.

To collect Aeion abilities, Samus must gather Aeion Ability Artifacts. To replenish Aeion, Samus can collect Aeion Orbs dropped by enemies after they are killed or successfully parried.

The fanfare that is heard when an Artifact is collected is a remix of the Chozo Artifact collection theme in Metroid Prime.


"Aeion fuels special abilities, like the Scan Pulse. Refill your gauge with the Aeion Orbs foes may drop when you either beat them or successfully parry."

"Upgrading suit for Aeion compatibility..."

List of Aeion AbilitiesEdit

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