Metroid Dread update introduces three Boss Rush modes

A new challenge for accomplished Arans.

The Metroid Dread 2.1.0 update has added three new boss rush modes to the game.

The primary focus of the free update is the introduction of Boss Rush, a new mode unlocked once the main game has been beaten. It sees players face 12 boss fights in a row, with the goal to defeat them as quickly as possible. 

Weapons get a full recharge between each battle, but damage is sustained throughout. Rather than a one-life challenge, however, players can retry at the cost of a time penalty should Samus fall in any of the fights.

Joining Boss Rush are two tougher variants for those who find pummeling powerful foes in sequence a bit of a breeze. Dread Rush sharpens the format to demand perfection. Samus is limited to just a single hit per run, meaning even the lightest of scratches will spell her doom.

The final mode, Survival Rush, is unlocked once the Boss Rush or Survival Rush mode is completed. This version starts the run with a timer of just five minutes. Each successful boss takedown adds more time to the clock, extending the run. 

The new mode variants aren’t the first free additions Metroid Dread has received. A previous update, revealed as part of Nintendo’s last major Direct, brought two new difficulties to the game: Dread and Rookie. 

Much like Dread Rush, Dread difficulty means even a single hit is enough to spell the end of Samus, while Rookie mode tones down the challenge by adding faster energy recovery and reduced boss damage.

If you are looking to take your Metroid Dread skills to the next level, you’ll want to make sure that you master the key speedbooster tricks required for all collectables. And when you’re ready to move on to something new, we have a roundup of games like Metroid Dread that can point you in the direction of familiar gaming ground.

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Henry Stenhouse serves an eternal punishment as the Associate Editor of AllGamers. He spent his younger life studying the laws of physics, even going so far as to complete a PhD in the subject before video game journalism stole his soul. Confess your love of Super Smash Bros. via email at henry.stenhouse@allgamers.com, or catch him on Twitter.

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