How to Do Melee Counters in Metroid Dread
You can pull off a powerful Melee Counter to momentarily stun enemies, giving you an opening for a follow-up barrage to deal massive amounts of damage. Foes defeated as the result of being stunned will drop more items as well, making countering a valuable skill to learn throughout the game.
To perform a Melee Counter, press the × button in time with an enemy’s attack. If done correctly, Samus will execute a powerful close-range parry and immediately take aim at the foe while they are stunned.
|Melee Counter||Press × just as an enemy is about to attack.|
Dash Melee Counter
You can also perform a Dash Melee Counter by pressing the × button while dashing. Unlike other Melee Counters, Dash Melee Counter will deal damage and is a useful option if you want to be more aggressive against foes.
|Dash Melee Counter||Tilt the left stick left or right and press × just as an enemy is about to attack.|
Note that Melee Counters can also be executed from a number of other positions, including while jumping, sliding, and crouching.
Tips for Melee Counter
Observe enemy movement.
Enemies in the game have a number of different tells that give away when they are about to use a specific attack. Try to get familiar with these telegraphed actions to know the best time to counter them.
Watch out when the enemy glows.
Enemies will usually glow for a brief period just before they strike and is a generally reliable tell to time a Melee Counter or dashing melee.
Practice countering as often as possible.
Countering enemies requires practice but is incredibly rewarding, especially against bosses. Train your reaction speed and timing by using Melee Counters as often as possible to master it.