Samus uses the Flamethrower.
|Featured in||Metroid Prime|
|Effect(s)||Fires a continuous beam of plasma to set enemies ablaze.|
|Special uses||To burn enemies faster than just the Plasma Beam, to melt ice.|
|Obtained||Storage Depot A, Phazon Mines|
The Flamethrower is the Beam Combo for the Plasma Beam. When this beam combo is unleashed, it emits a three-meter range continuous beam of fiery plasma. Being hit with this beam combo causes vulnerable enemies to ignite, taking away massive amounts of their stamina at a continuous rate. Note that being a Sustained Fire Charge Combo, it will take ten missiles to activate and use five missiles per second for as long as it is active.
It can be obtained after destroying a Bendezium gate in the Phazon Mines to access Storage Depot A. Like standard Plasma Beam fire, it is capable of melting ice and setting enemies alight. It is very effective for destroying enemies in large amounts, as sweeping the Flamethrower across their ranks will dispatch them quickly and easily. However, its low range hinders its usability, especially against bosses such as the Omega Pirate and Meta Ridley. As a result, it is not often acquired unless it is for the purpose of attaining 100% items.
"The Flamethrower is the Plasma Charge Combo. You can sweep its stream of flame across multiple targets.
Samus's Notes: Flamethrower is a Sustained Fire Charge Combo. It takes 10 Missiles to activate, then 5 Missiles per second afterward. The Flamethrower is most effective against multiple targets in an area."
- Samus's forward-air attack in the Super Smash Bros. series was called the "Flame Thrower" in the official North American Super Smash Bros. guide. However, it more closely represents a series of small explosions rather than an actual flamethrower.
- In the Metroid Manga, Work Robots are equipped with flamethrowers, which they use to kill off the Ion-Faeria.
- Ellen Ripley, widely regarded as the inspiration for Samus Aran, also used a flamethrower against the titular creatures of her second film, Aliens.
- The Flamethrower cannot be used underwater. If it is being used as Samus jumps into water, it will immediately dissipate. However, the Plasma Beam alone can curiously still operate when submerged.
- Though it is not obvious, the Metroid Prime can be damaged with the Flamethrower. (demonstrated at around 7:43)
| Super Missile | Wavebuster | Ice Spreader | Flamethrower|
Darkburst | Sunburst | Sonic Boom
Special Charge Beam Attacks
|Metroid Prime||Spazer Beam • Screw Attack • Speed Booster|
|Metroid Prime Hunters||Power Bomb|
|Metroid Prime 2: Echoes||Thermal Visor • X-Ray Visor • Wave Beam • Wavebuster • Ice Beam • Gravity Suit • Ice Spreader • Plasma Beam • Flamethrower • Absorb Attack • Dark and Light Shields|
|Metroid Prime 3: Corruption||Ship Grapple Expansion|
|Super Metroid||Long Beam|
|Metroid: Other M||Gravity Suit (purple)|
|Metroid Fusion||Fusion Suit (black) • Grappling Beam • Spazer Beam|