The Long Beam (ロングビーム Rongu Bīmu?) is an upgrade that appears in Metroid and Metroid: Zero Mission.

Description[edit | edit source]

In these games, Samus' basic Power Beam normally dissipates after a short distance. With the Long Beam equipped, however, her shots are capable of traveling much farther. This upgrade also slightly increases the strength of the Power Beam.

In Metroid, Samus can simply bypass the beam entirely, and in Zero Mission, it is possible to skip the acquisition of the Long Beam through an alternate, hidden route.

In other Metroid games, the Long Beam appears to have been completely merged with the Power Beam, as all shots are capable of travelling far lengths without the need for an upgrade. It is listed in the internal files of Super Metroid, but is not found in-game.[1]

Official data[edit | edit source]

Metroid manual[edit | edit source]

"It lengthens the attacking range of your beam. It can also boost the range of the ice beam and the wave beam. Useful for attacking enemies from a distance."

Victory Techniques for Metroid[edit | edit source]

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"When you get this, your beam's range extends. You can combine it with the Ice Beam and Wave Beam."

The Official Nintendo Player's Guide[edit | edit source]

"The range of the gun’s beam gets longer. You can destroy an enemy far away, as well as destroy enemies which come from the ceiling. Also, it is great in destroying walls and ceilings."

Metroid Zero Mission manual[edit | edit source]

"Obtaining this power-up increases the range of Samus' beam weapon, including the Ice and Wave Beams. This power-up allows Samus to destroy enemies from a safe distance."

Zero Mission Samus Screen data[edit | edit source]

"Fire long-distance shots with this beam. Press L+B to fire diagonally."

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • In Zero Mission, the Samus Screen tutorial prompt informs players how to fire diagonally upon acquiring the Long Beam. Despite this, Samus can fire diagonally as soon as the game is started and does not need to possess the Long Beam in order to have this ability.

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ [1]

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