Metroid Dread – Boss Rush, Survival Rush, and Dread Rush Modes Now Live

Battle 12 bosses in one continuous order, eliminate as many as possible in 5 minutes or try to conquer them all without taking any damage.

Posted By | On 08th, Apr. 2022

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MercurySteam has released a new update for Metroid Dread, providing three new modes for fans to challenge themselves with. Boss Rush, as the name indicates, is about fighting bosses in one continuous order. There are 12 in total with damage carrying over between fights (though ammo is restored in between).

If you’re having trouble with any particular boss, then it’s possible to fight them solo in “Practice” mode. Survival Rush is a time trial-esque mode where the player competes to eliminate as many bosses as possible in five minutes. Damage received and ammo spent carries over between fights but you’ll receive a time bonus after defeating a boss (which can increase if no damage is taken).

Finally, Dread Rush is essentially Boss Rush mode but one-hit kill rules. Take a single hit and it’s game over. Once again, it’s possible to take on bosses from Dread Rush, one-on-one, in “Practice” mode. Boss Rush is unlocked upon completing the game while Survival Rush requires completing Boss Rush or Dread Rush. Dread Rush is unlocked by finishing the game on Dread Mode.

Check out the full patch notes below for more details. Metroid Dread is available for Nintendo Switch – read our official review here.

Update Ver. 2.1.0

New Modes Added

  • Three different boss rush modes have been added to the game. Press the R Button on the “Samus Files” screen to move to the Boss Rush selection screen.

Boss Rush

  • A mode where players fight 12 continuous boss battles, and aim for the best time.
  • Any damage received is carried-over into the next fight. Weapons are fully-restored between battles.
  • If Samus is defeated, players may select “Retry” to continue playing from the start of the battle they lost. There is, however, a time penalty for being defeated.
  • Bosses fought in Boss Rush can be fought one-on-one at any time by selecting “Practice”.
    *Unlocked by clearing the main game a single time. (In the event that a player has completed the game before the update was released, they will be able to play Boss Rush immediately after updating).

Survival Rush

  • A mode where players see how many bosses they can defeat inside of the 5 minute time limit.
  • Any damage received, or weapons spent are carried-over into the next battle. Even if time remains on the clock, Samus being defeated will result in a game over.
  • Defeating a boss will add a fixed amount of time to the countdown clock. Defeat a boss without receiving any damage to receive an even bigger time bonus.
    *Survival Rush is unlocked by completing either Boss Rush or Dread Rush.

Dread Rush

  • The basic rules are the same as in Boss Rush, but if Samus is hit by a boss, her energy drops to zero and she is defeated.
  • Bosses fought in Dread Rush can be fought one-on-one at any time by selecting “Practice”.
    *Unlocked by clearing the main game using Dread Mode. (In the event that a player has completed Dread Mode before the update was released, they will be able to play Dread Rush immediately after updating).

General Fixes

  • Fixed an error where the Game Over screen would not display properly when Samus takes damage and is defeated immediately after destroying a central unit.

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