- GRAPPLING BEAM (Norfair)
This item allows you to fire an energy beam and latch onto special
Grappling Beam blocks (some enemies can also be latched onto).
When you're attached, you can use the Up and Down
keys to shorten or lengthen the beam, and Left and Right
to swing back and forth; simply release the Fire button to let
- X-RAY SCOPE (Brinstar)
This item doesn't see much use in the game, but it's still helpful; it
allows you to see (by pressing the Dash button) hidden passages,
invisible blocks, fake floors, and special blocks.
- CHARGE BEAM (Brinstar)
Allows you to power up your normal Beam by holding the Fire
button, tripling the damage and giving it the capability to damage
- SPAZER BEAM (Brinstar)
Adds spread capability to your Beam, giving it wider coverage with
three bolts instead of one. Does double the normal Beam damage.
Cannot be used at the same time as the Plasma Beam.
- WAVE BEAM (Norfair)
Makes your Beam to pass through walls, as well as increasing damage,
allowing you to kill multiple enemies at once as well as open blue
shutters from the wrong side.
- ICE BEAM (Norfair)
Adds freezing capability to your Beam, allowing you to freeze enemies
and stand on them, as well as give you a defense against the Metroids
- PLASMA BEAM (Maridia)
This mighty Beam passes through most enemies, as well as being
considerably more powerful. Cannot be used at the same time as
the Spazer Beam.
- VARIA SUIT (Kraid's Lair)
This suit reduces damage from attacks by one-half, and is resistant to
superheated areas. Once you get this, you can explore Norfair.
- GRAVITY SUIT (Wrecked Ship)
This suit reduces damage from attacks by half again (for a total of
three-quarters damage reduction); it also allows you free movement in
water and other fluids, and immunity to weak lava. Once you get
this, you can explore Maridia.
- HI-JUMP BOOTS (Norfair)
These allow you to jump much higher than normal. These are
necessary to reach Kraid's Lair.
- SPEED BOOSTER (Norfair)
This allows you to run very, very fast, reaching what I call
'super-speed'. At this speed you can break through Speed Booster
blocks, kill most enemies, and Super-Jump. (See
SECTION 2.3, "Abilities.")
- SPACE JUMP (Maridia)
This item gives you the ability to spin-jump continuously in mid-air,
allowing you to reach new heights, with some practice. (I am only
passably skilled at it.)
- MORPHING BALL (Brinstar)
This allows Samus to roll into a ball (morph), so you can roll into
narrow tunnels, drop Bombs, etc.
- BOMBS (Crateria)
The standard Bomb can destroy sandstone, bendezium, and some enemies in
a one-block radius. You can also do bomb-jumping and other neat
tricks. (See SECTION 2.3,
- SPRING BALL (Maridia)
This nifty thing allows you to jump normally while in ball form,
eliminating the need to bomb-jump or morph in mid-air.
- SCREW ATTACK (Ridley's Lair)
This WONDERFUL item allows you to destroy most enemies and break
bendezium and Screw Attack blocks just by spin-jumping into them.
Combined with the Space Jump, you can do this all the time and be
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