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Dark Samus using the Shrapnel Beam in her first battle with Samus in the Agon Wastes.

The Shrapnel Beam[1] is one the weapons used by Dark Samus throughout her battles in Metroid Prime 2: Echoes and Metroid Prime 3: Corruption. It is a Phazon-based, scattershot variant of Samus Aran's Power Beam. Dark Samus can use it as she floats from side to side, but if standing still, she fires it while simultaneously moving her Arm Cannon in a horizontal arc. Whenever used, numerous Phazon shrapnel are launched in quick succession and cover a wide area as they spread out with distance. The weapon is quite damaging when shot at close range, as this will make most (if not all) shrapnel hit their target. Dark Samus's Arm Cannon can fire other weapons as well, including an Ice Beam variant, Missiles and Phazon lasers with varying sizes.

Dark samus assist trophy

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Dark Samus also uses the Shrapnel Beam for her appearance as an Assist Trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. It's accuracy is vastly improved, due to the weapon's projectiles no longer spreading out widely as they did in the Prime series.