How to Use the Power Beam in Metroid Dread
The Power Beam is Samus’ default arm cannon shot and is the most basic beam attack she has in her arsenal. The Power Beam is best used in Free Aim, allowing you to hit enemies and obstacles more precisely.
To fire a Power Beam shot, simply press the Y button. It has a decent rate-of-fire when fired continuously, making it your most likely option during most encounters.
|Fire Power Beam||Press the X button.|
As mentioned, the Power Beam is made more effective when used in conjunction with Free Aim which allows you to adjust the angle of your shots. Free Aim can be done from different positions such as when running, jumping, crouching, or hanging from a ledge.
Tips for Using the Power Beam
Use Free Aim.
Using Free Aim and becoming comfortable with adjusting the angle of your shots becomes very important during boss fights which require you to hit weak points or fire from advantageous positions in the arena. Certain enemies will also fire projectiles that you can shoot down with Free Aim to get items. Because of this, try to get used to aiming while on the move, while jumping, or while clinging onto magnetic strips while exploring the various levels.
Decide whether to use it over missiles.
Being adept at using Melee Counters and Dash Melee allows you to pick up more items, especially missiles, from defeated enemies. This will likely give you a good stock of missiles as you run through the levels. For beginners and those still learning how to properly pull-off counters, it is better to rely on the Power Beam for taking out most enemies and save missiles for going against tougher foes like bosses.