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A Low Percent Run is a speedrunning term that refers to a playthrough of a Metroid game where the objective is to collect as few required upgrades as possible and complete the game. This usually involves many Sequence Breaking tricks to skip major upgrades or expansions. Generally, no Energy Tanks are acquired if the player is going for the lowest possible percentage; however, some games like Super Metroid are impossible to complete with no Energy Tanks. Some games like Metroid: Zero Mission and Super Metroid have options for ammo upgrades, as multiple of some ammo type is needed to progress. Many may also use glitches to skip other items. These are the minimums possible by humans without completely destroying the game. Many of the lowest percentages are version specific, as some tricks are taken out in later versions of the game, most notably in the Metroid Prime Trilogy.

Minimum PercentagesEdit

Metroid II: Return of Samus: 9% (3 Items) Edit

Super Metroid: 14%[1]Edit

The following items are required if the player wishes to stay in-bounds and avoid major glitches. If major glitches are allowed, the player can obtain an end counter of 0% (although items are picked up and then removed through manipulation with X-Ray Scope).

  • Morph Ball
  • Missiles or Super Missiles (4 total) (2/2 or 1/3)
  • Bombs
  • Power Bombs (1)
  • Varia Suit
  • Charge Beam
  • Energy Tanks or Reserve Tanks (3 total) (1/2 or 2/1 or 3/0)
  • [Ice Beam + Gravity Suit] or [Speed Booster + Gravity Suit] or [Ice Beam + Speed Booster] or [X-Ray Scope + Ice Beam], PAL only: and [Hi-Jump Boots + Ice Beam] or [Hi-Jump Boots + Speed Booster]

Metroid: Zero Mission: 9% (PAL only)Edit

Metroid Fusion: 0%Edit

  • No major upgrades can be avoided, but they do not count toward the overall item percentage. In this run, all pickups are skipped.

Metroid Prime (GCN NTSC only): 21%[2]Edit

Metroid Prime 2: Echoes (GCN only): 6%Edit

Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (Wii Only): 16%[3]Edit

Metroid Other M: 0%Edit

  • Hard Mode removes all pickups from the game, constituting a Low Percent Run.

*Can be skipped, but is automatically given later on, and still counts towards percentage.

ReferencesEdit


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