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Metroid Dread Raven Beak boss fight and Itorash walkthrough

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Metroid Dread Raven Beak boss fight and Itorash walkthrough

Defeat Raven Beak and complete the game

Image: MercurySteam, Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon
Jeffrey Parkin (he/him) has been writing video game guides for Polygon for almost seven years. He has learned to love just about every genre of game that exists.

Metroid Dread’s Itorash is the final area of the game. We’ll finally take on Raven Beak — and Raven Beak X — and make it to the credits.

In our Metroid Dread Itorash walkthrough, we’ll give you tips and tricks for the Raven Beak and Raven Beak X boss fights.

Table of contents

Raven Beak boss fight

  1. Transport Capsule from Hanubia.
  2. Total Recharge Station.
  3. Power Bomb blocks.
  4. Elevator.

The Raven Beak fight is fast and there’s a lot going on. Also, you’re probably still reeling from the [SPOILERS]. This is another exacting fight, so take your time. Worry about learning one phase at a time and keep trying. Let’s break it down.

Phase 1

He’ll hold his arm straight up, and a field of pink energy will fill in the arena. Run over close to him, and wait it out. Jump and Flash Shift over him when he swings at you.

He’ll charge up and fire a black sphere of energy. The sphere just keeps growing if you ignore or dodge it, so take it out as fast as you can. Hit it with four missiles for some ammo and health. He’ll usually pause while this is out, so you can safely focus on the sphere.

He’ll perform three melee attacks. Jump — or double jump — and Flash Shift over him when he starts these. This especially sucks if you get pinned against the wall during it.

Throughout the beginning of phase 1, fire missiles as often as you can. Your goal is to get his aura to shift from pink-purple to gold. When his aura is gold, he’s invulnerable. Stop firing and focus on avoiding damage (and healing from the black orbs). You’re only waiting for Melee Counters.

There are three opportunities for Melee Counters to watch for (these happen throughout the phase).

He’ll turn his back to the camera and fire a pink beam that fills the screen. Duck under it and Melee Counter.

Raven Beak stands up straight and does a Morpheus-style “come here” gesture. Get close and Melee Counter. There are two Melee Counter prompts in here.

He’ll draw his left hand back and it’ll charge up with a red glow. This is a very, very fast attack, but there’s a Melee Counter chance in there just as he reaches you. The easiest way to get it every time is run toward him as soon as he starts moving and hit the Melee Counter button immediately.

Phase 2

Phase 2 begins when Raven Beak unfurls his wings. This part of the fight is less move-heavy and more about avoiding damage while firing missiles. You won’t get a chance to heal or pick up ammo in this phase.

Raven Beak does a spiraling charge. Slide under it (or duck) — neither of which we did in that video.

There’s also a pretty straightforward downward slam.

Heavy beam attack. Just get out of the way.

Bullet storm. Space Jump and Flash Shift around him to stay ahead of the bullets.

Phase 3

Phase 3 is hectic and there are many attacks that are all but impossible to avoid. The good news is that the black orbs and pink energy attacks are back — you’ll need those orbs for health and ammo.

This phase is all about surviving long enough to do a couple Melee Counters, while hitting Raven Beak with as many missiles as you can manage. You only need one or two counters to finish the fight, so you just have to survive long enough to get them.

One of the first things Raven Beak will do is set up a flaming sphere. You can’t destroy it, and it emits chevrons of energy in a circle. With everything else going on, these are very hard to avoid. It’ll disappear after three or so blasts.

Raven Beak has a new heavy blast that lasts a lot longer. And reaches across the screen.

There’s a new dash attack as well. If you see it coming (and you can do anything about it), slide or Flash Shift through it.

You’re waiting for the red fist attack again.

Just before the end of the fight, when you have Raven Beak whittled all the way down, you’ll have to land another two Melee Counters.

Phase 4

The fourth phase of the fight is against Raven Beak X. Literally the only thing you have to do is hold down the fire button. That’s it.

All that’s left is a dash through Hanubi with your new Hyper Beam as you head for your ship. The Hyper Beam blasts through any kind of block and all enemies, so just don’t stop firing as you run.