Metroid Dread: How to Get the Grapple Beam Early

If you're daring enough, here's a trick to get the grapple beam upgrade early in Metroid Dread.

One of the cleverest secrets in all of Metroid Dread is getting the Grapple Beam early. Metroid has always been known for its secrets, so it’s not surprising the newest installment has some surprises and secrets for particularly determined players.

This quick walkthrough guide will tell you how to get the Grapple Beam early in Metroid Dread, well before you're supposed to.

Where to Find the Grapple Beam Early

The secret path can be accessed after Samus has nabbed the Varia suit, so she’ll already have the charge beam, morph ball, and wide beam upgrades as well. The Varia suit enables Samus to safely explore the heated passages now.

To start, Samus must use the red teleportal to reach Cataris. You’ll end up above Kraid’s lair, but that’s not where you’re heading.

Instead, do some backtracking to the top right portion of the map to take the train to Dairon. Once there, go down and left until you hit an apparent dead end (the purple teleportal will be to the left). Shoot out the floors and fall downward, then head to the right to reach the first in a series of high-temperature rooms.

Dairon map.

Samus blowing up a destructible floor block.

Keep going until you reach the heated room with an energy tank sitting on a platform over lava. There’s a destructible floor block on the right side of this room that leads to a secret door. 

The next room is where things get downright painful. This long lava-filled passage requires exacting sliding jump skills on both ends to get through.

For the first, you have to slide through a small opening right near the room’s entrance, then jump left just as Samus gets to the end of the slide and wall jump to the right to reach a long thin passage above the lava.

Once you’ve rolled to the end of the platform, there’s another difficult slide jump. Samus will have to stand at the opening here, slide right, and then jump at just the right instance in the slide to reach the opposite wall. 

Samus rolling through a tight corridor above lava.

Pull Samus up and over the wall, go through the door, and just follow the path from there. It will lead to an elevator to Artaria.

Just follow the path down as far as it goes to the power beam door at the bottom (it’s not far), and keep going right to collect the Grapple Beam.

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And that's that for getting the Grapple Beam early in Metroid Dread. It's a laborious task, that's for sure, but you'll be glad to have it sooner rather than later. For more on the latest installment in the storied Nintendo franchise, check out the links above.

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Jason D'Aprile has been writing about games and technology for a very long time. His bylines have appeared on and in countless sites and magazines over the years, including Paste Magazine, Playboy, G4TV, Indie Game Website, UploadVR, Techhive, Lifewire, the Brick Moon Fiction podcast, United Front Gaming, and others he's mostly forgotten about. Jason lives in a house in the woods and does not twit.

Published Oct. 15th 2021

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