The Charge Beam upgrade
|Featured in|| Metroid Zero Mission|
Metroid: Other M
|Effect(s)||Hold the fire button to charge the beam.|
|Special uses||Destroy rubble and defensive enemies. In the 2D games, it can also can damage enemies if Samus spin-jumps with a fully charged Beam.|
| Charge Beam |
The Charge Beam in Metroid Prime.
|Featured in|| Metroid Prime|
Metroid Prime Hunters
Metroid Prime 2: Echoes
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
|Effect(s)||Hold the fire button to charge the beam. Destroy weak obstructions and improved Beam power.|
|Special uses||Can use with Charge Combos (Prime and Echoes only).|
|Obtained||Found in Watery Hall (Metroid Prime)|
|“||Sharp-looking Charge Beam―just the way I like it!||„|
The Charge Beam (チャージビーム Chāji Bīmu ) (occasionally referred to as the Charge Shot) is a more potent version of Samus Aran's normal beam. It first appeared in Super Metroid and has been in all games since (save for Metroid Prime Pinball).
After acquiring the Charge Beam, Samus can focus energy into her Arm Cannon and later release it at any time. This process can be seen in Metroid: Other M. The resulting charged shot is many times more powerful than firing a normal beam (though the exact power varies between games) and is capable of damaging certain enemies that a standard beam cannot. In fact, some enemies can only be damaged by charged shots; however, there are also enemies, like the Dark Pirate Commandos and the Hunter Ing, that will react to a charged shot and attempt to evade it. The Charge Beam's appearance is reminiscent of the beam(s) currently in use and usually takes the form of a concentrated ball of energy.
Worthy of note is that in Metroid Fusion, after Samus regains Charge Beam capabilities, both the normal shot and the charged shot are actually made up of two smaller shots which form a crescent shape and do slightly more damage. Fusion is the only game where obtaining the Charge Beam actually alters the normal beam shots. In the Prime series, charged shots are noticeably slower, especially in Metroid Prime 3: Corruption.
Strength-wise, the Charge Beam's damage varies between games; it can be slightly weaker, equal or stronger than a standard Missile. Even so, there are still some things that only Missiles can damage, so obtaining the Charge Beam does not render Samus' Missiles completely useless. Also, the Charge Beam can be used as a backup weapon when Missile ammunition runs out during boss battles.
Also in Metroid: Other M, the Charge Beam is used during Overblast and Lethal Strike, dealing a heavy blow to the enemy. In addition, when SenseMove is performed, Samus can instantly charge her beam to maximum, resulting a possible counterattack. The Charge Beam is more important than in previous games, as it is often needed to trigger switches to progress. As Missiles can only be used in Search View in Other M, the Charge Beam is also needed when Samus needs to move around the area or face multiple enemies at once. Additionally, since Missiles can only be restored by Concentration, the Charge Beam becomes more important for preserving Missile ammunition or acting as a backup weapon when Samus cannot use Concentration due to battle circumstances.
The Diffusion Beam found in Metroid: Other M is a charged shot that explodes violently upon impact.
In the Prime trilogy, the Charge Beam is mostly the same as its 2-D counterpart. Charging the Beam in use increases its power and the size of the shot, but also makes the shot noticeably slower. Some enemies are able to dodge it because of this. When in use, the Charge Beam causes a graphical effect to affect the Arm Cannon which differs depending on the Beam (although this was removed in the Wii version of Metroid Prime).
A factor in the Prime series are the well-hidden Charge Combo abilities, found as separate items. These special add-ons to the particular beams add many special effects and can be highly damaging.
In Metroid Prime 2: Echoes the Dark Beam, Light Beam, and Annihilator Beam have different effects compared to their normal shot. The charged shot of the Dark Beam creates a compact blob of dark matter that, on contact of an enemy, entangles it with dark energy, preventing movement and making it vulnerable to a Missile, like the Ice Beam. The charged Light Beam fires a volley of fast, mildly-homing spherical projectiles; when used close range it can be highly damaging, similar to a shotgun. Charging the Annihilator Beam causes the shot to stun some creatures such as Space Pirates (although it has a tendency to kill Dark Pirates in 1 hit).
The Prime variants of the Charge Beam also have a "tractor beam" effect on pick-ups: as long as Samus holds the charge, it drags the pick-ups to her, allowing her to collect them from hard-to-reach areas. The Charge Beam also has the capability of gathering Phazon particles to fire a Phazon-concentrated shot, as seen in the final battle with Dark Samus in Echoes.
Also, the Charge Beam in the Prime trilogy is capable of destroying some objects which are said in scans to require 'explosive damage' to destroy (referring to Missiles).
In addition, the Charge Beam can be fired in short bursts unlike the 2-D versions. This means that Samus is not completely vulnerable when charging. The damage with the minor shots is weaker than the full charge but stronger than the standard shots, and travel slightly faster than fully-charged shots.
Its appearance also varies between the Prime games, unlike the 2D games, where the only difference is the spark pattern. In Prime, the fully charged Power Beam looks like a ball, and is both yellow and purple. In Echoes, it again looks like a ball, but pulses when fully charged and is only shades of yellow. In Corruption, the Power Beam's fully charged shot has a blue tinge in addition to the yellow, and it is slightly more disk shaped than spherical.
Super Smash Bros. seriesEditIn the Super Smash Bros. series of games, the Charge Beam is Samus' standard B attack. When performing the move, Samus drops to one knee as she charges a spherical blast of white/blue energy. If disrupted during the process, the charging stops. When charging is finished, the energy of the beam charge disappears and is replaced with sparks at the Arm Cannon barrel, that flash until Samus fires the blast. This is the only instance where Samus is able to keep her charge. If Samus performs her dodge while charging, progress on the charging is recorded, and she can continue. She cannot charge the beam while in midair; instead, she will simply fire a normal shot. If Kirby swallows Samus and copies her ability, he will possess the Charge Beam and her helmet, though amusingly not her arm cannon.
Super Metroid has two hidden Charge Beam features. The first takes place when Samus holds a charge and enters the Morph Ball form, resulting in the Five-Bomb Drop. The second technique activates when Samus holds a charge while only one other beam (besides the Charge Beam) is equipped and while highlighting the Power Bomb. This allows her to unleash a Special Charge Beam Attack at the cost of Power Bombs. In Super Metroid, Metroid Fusion and Metroid: Zero Mission, Samus can perform the Spin Jump Attack by using a fully charged shot and a Spin Jump. It is eventually replaced by the Screw Attack, however.
Metroid Prime 2: Echoes has special enhancements for charging the Beams found on Aether. The Dark Beam produces an Entangler, the Light Beam creates the Lightblast, and the Annihilator Beam fires a Disruptor. When these beams deplete the Beam Ammo, they must charge to fire normal shots.
Metroid: Other M also has four related techniques. Firstly, the Five-Bomb Drop can be performed, resulting in a pentagon-shaped arrangement of bombs around Samus. Secondly, if the Charge Meter is filled or nearly filled while in Morph Ball form (similar to charging a Power Bomb in this game, although it can be done before these are authorized), then unmorphs, she will fire a charged shot instantly as she unmorphs. The Overblast and Lethal Strike can both be used with the Charge Beam to deal large amounts of close-range damage.
Super Metroid manualEdit
"The charge item allows you to charge your beam and send out a super-powerful blast."
Metroid Fusion manualEdit
"Charge up the normal beam's energy for a more powerful shot. Press and hold the B Button. Release when energy is built up."
Official Metroid Prime websiteEdit
Weapon effect: Features limited tractor beam capacity.
Weapon range: 3 - 10 m
Weapon potential: Extreme
"Chozo Technology. The Charge Beam allows Samus Aran to increase the damage and effectiveness of the Arm Cannon. After building power for a brief moment, the Charge Beam is ready to deploy. The Charge Beam is an effective weapon on its own, but it is even more useful when used in tandem with the Missile Launcher. The Charge Beam also has a limited tractor beam capacity."
Metroid Zero Mission manualEdit
"Obtaining this power-up allows Samus to charge beam energy into a single, powerful beam blast. Hold the B Button to charge and release to fire."
Zero Mission Samus Screen dataEdit
"Hold B to charge. Release to fire. Charge Attack: Jump with a full charge."
Metroid Prime Hunters Logbook entryEdit
Metroid: Other M On-Screen TutorialEdit
CHARGE BEAM Press and hold 1 until fully charged and then release.
Metroid: Other M manualEdit
"Press 1 to fire a beam. Press and hold 1 and release to fire a powerful Charge Beam."
- Strangely, the charged Power Beam in Metroid Prime: Hunters has a limited homing capability, closing in on doors and enemies. It is mostly overlooked because it requires some distance for the homing effect to be noticeable. This is the only game in which the charged power beam does this. This homing feature may have been added since lock-on is not present in this game.
- The Charge Beam is not referred to by name in Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, but is instead referred to as a "charge module" to the Power Beam in the logbook.
- In Metroid Zero Mission, the Charge Beam can be skipped entirely, as it is not required to advance through the game. One merely has to defeat King Worm and leave the upgrade floating in the air. It never disappears, so it can be recovered at any time.
- It is neither revealed nor explained how and why the King Worm possessed the Charge Beam. It is possible the King Worm unintentionally obtained it while digging through the tunnels of Brinstar.
- The sound effect when charging the Charge Beam in Other M is the only recycled sound clip in the game from the Prime series.
- In Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, the Nova Beam's charge shot actually travels much faster than the standard shot, unlike the other beams'. It also happens to be the fastest traveling weapon in the game.
|Power Beam • Long Beam • Wave Beam • Ice Beam • Plasma Beam|
Charge Beam • Spazer Beam • Grapple Beam • Hyper Beam (SM/MP3) • Wide Beam
Phazon Beam • Dark Beam • Light Beam • Annihilator Beam • Electro Lob
Volt Driver • Battlehammer • Magmaul • Shock Coil • Judicator • Imperialist
Omega Cannon • Nova Beam • Zero Laser • Diffusion Beam
Arm Cannon • Paralyzer • "tractor beam" • Entangler • Lightblast • Disruptor