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'tractor beam'

Samus demonstrates the "tractor beam".

The tractor beam is an effect of the Charge Beam in the Prime series. It can be used to attract Energy Capsules and ammunition. At the end of Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, the tractor beam plays its largest role, in collecting Phazon bullets to fire back at Dark Samus. The tractor beam is also an ability of the Mechs in Metroid Prime: Federation Force, which can collect AUX ammo but not MODs.

Official dataEdit

Prime tutorialEdit

"The Charge Beam can be used to draw in pickups."

Echoes tutorialEdit

"Press and hold A to draw in pickups."

Charge Beam InventoryEdit

"The Charge Beam has a limited "tractor beam" capacity. Use it to pull small objects to you."


"The Charge Beam can be used to draw in pickups."

* In Metroid Prime, the "tractor beam" is spelled with apostrophes ', but in the later two games, with qutoation marks ".


  • In Metroid: Other M, Nightmare's Gravity Manipulator seems to have a sort of "tractor beam" as it attracts Samus' beam shots when the device is active.
  • In Metroid Prime, when Samus gains the Phazon Suit, several Energy Capsules and Missile Ammunition pickups hover over a Phazon pool. They cannot be gained by using the Charge Beam, and they do not disappear. This is likely a prompt to step into the Phazon and make use of the suit's protective properties. this also happens after beating some other bosses, including Thardus.
  • Metroid Prime: The Official Nintendo Player's Guide refers to Metroid Prime's Snare Beam attack as a "green tractor beam".
  • The Greed Corps in chapter 3 of Metroid EX use a tractor beam to attract a comet and freeze it with Samus' stolen Ice Beam.
  • In Metroid: Samus Returns, Pickups and Metroid DNA automatically fly towards Samus in a manner similar to the Tractor beam, though it is unrelated to the Charge Beam. Interestingly, Metroid DNA seems to be specifically attracted to Samus' Arm Cannon, which is used to inject it into Chozo Seals.