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Metroid Dread Shinespark Speed Booster guide

Collect every upgrade behind Speed Booster puzzles

Metroid Dread Speed Booster and Shinespark Image: MercurySteam, Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon
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Metroid Dread has a secret move that the game doesn’t tell you about. You can store up your Speed Booster energy and unleash it in a move called Shinespark. In this Metroid Dread guide, we’ll explain how to use the Shinespark Speed Booster move.

Speed Booster suit upgrade

You’ll find the Speed Booster suit upgrade relatively early in Dairon.

Metroid Dread Dairon walkthrough and guide Graphic: Jeffrey Parkin | Sources: MercurySteam, Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon
  1. Starting at the shuttle from Burenia, head right.
  2. Charge Beam Door.
  3. Central Unit.
  4. Speed Booster suit upgrade.
  5. Energy Tank.
  6. Ammo Recharge Station.
  7. Speed Booster Blocks.
  8. Energy Recharge Station.
  9. Save Station.

Speed Boost Shinespark

Using the secret Shinespark move starts the same as any other Speed Booster move. Click the left thumbstick and run until you see Samus flash blue-white to indicate that the Speed Booster has kicked in. You’ll keep your Speed Booster going until you jump or change directions. You can, however, wall jump to change directions and maintain the Speed Booster.

At that point, move the left thumbstick down as if you were crouching. Samus will glow purple. This means you’ve basically stored up the Speed Booster power for about five seconds and can unleash it as a Shinespark. You can move, slide, shoot, Flash Shift, and transform into a Morph Ball while still maintaining the charge.

To unleash the Shinespark move, hold down the B button. Samus will float. Chose a direction with the left thumbstick and Samus will rocket off, smashing through any Speed Booster Blocks in the way.

You’ll need to master this move to get through the Speed Booster Blocks walling off any Missile Tanks or Energy Tanks you can’t reach with conventional means.

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