A Fake Block, also known as a Beam Block, cracked block, or weak block, is a type of breakable block in the Metroid series. They initially appear to be normal blocks, although they may be visually marked with cracks or a white circle once identified. They can be destroyed using almost any weapon, including the E.M.M.I. robots' claws.
In Metroid: Zero Mission and Metroid Dread, if an enemy is crawling on Beam Blocks and said blocks are destroyed by Samus, the creature will fall to the floor. In Metroid, a glitch will instead happen where the enemy spins very quickly in place, defying gravity.
Metroid Fusion manual
"Fake Blocks cover secret passageways throughout the space station. Some of these are easily cracked and discovered, but some look completely normal. Fake Blocks can be destroyed with bombs or beam attacks. To find them all, try bombing and shooting walls and floors as much as possible."
Metroid: Zero Mission manual
"Cracked blocks can be destroyed with bombs or beam attacks, but there are also some blocks with no apparant flaws that cover hidden areas or passageways. Use bombs on the floors and walls to look for these fake blocks."
"Destroy these with Beam attacks to make way."
Metroid Dread loading screen tip
- HIDDEN BLOCKS
- Blocks hidden by terrain can be revealed by striking them with a Missile or Bomb blast.
- In Metroid and Metroid II: Return of Samus, Fake Blocks can damage Samus as they reappear. To avoid this in later games, they will never reappear as long as Samus is standing in their respawn point.
- In Super Metroid, Fake Blocks cannot be destroyed using the Screw Attack or Speed Booster.
|Breakable Blocks||Bomb Block • Boost Block • Chozo Block • Fake Block • Missile Block • Pit Block • Power Bomb Block • Screw Attack Block • Super Missile Block|
|Miscellaneous||Block Shifting Glitch|