The Ice Beam is a Chozo beam weapon often used by Samus Aran, which fires energy beams that are at a temperature so cold it freezes anything it hits. It is frequently used to kill Metroids, as the titular creatures are adverse to extreme cold.
Besides being the Metroid's only weakness, the Ice Beam's most useful feature is that it can freeze solid nearly any enemy. Frozen creatures can then be used as stepping stones or instantly killed by being shattered with Missiles. The latter strategy, aptly codified as "Freeze and Shatter," is known to be Samus's favorite way of dealing with enemies.
In Metroid: Other M, any flying enemies that are frozen will fall, hit the ground, and die.
In Metroid PrimeEdit
The Ice Beam is the second beam weapon acquired in the game (excluding the Power Beam), and it is one of the best ones for scoring instant kills until Samus gets the Plasma Beam. It is acquired at a small antechamber deep within the Chozo Ruins area, after getting the Spider Ball from Thardus.
The Ice Beam in Metroid Prime has a slow rate of fire, but it is still the second most lethal beam in the game. For most enemies, it takes a single shot to freeze, while the more stronger foes require a charged shot. True to Metroid's tradition, the Ice Beam is most effective when dealing with Tallon Metroids and Hunter Metroids.
In Super Metroid and Metroid Prime, beam weapons could unleash devastating combo attacks capable of wiping out multiple enemies, if not all enemies in the area. In the former game, the Ice Beam could generate a shield of four icy crosses. To execute this, the Beam loadout must be set to Charge Beam and Ice Beam (naturally), then select the Power Bombs. Charging the beam will then use up a Power Bomb to execute the combo.
In Metroid Prime, the Ice Beam's Beam Combo was the Ice Spreader, a missile-like weapon that creates a sheet of ice when it hits a surface. Anything that steps in the ice sheet will be frozen. To fire the Ice Spreader, select the Ice Beam, charge it up and then hit the Missile button. It costs ten Missiles to fire an Ice Spreader.
- Metroid (First appearance)
- Metroid: Zero Mission
- Metroid Prime
- Metroid II: Return of Samus
- Super Metroid
- Metroid: Other M
- Metroid Fusion