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    Metroid Prime 2: Echoes 
    Multiplayer FAQ v1.2
    This document is to be posted at GameFAQs ONLY. 
    This guide has very minor spoilers regarding weapons and unlockables. 
    Last update: 11/27/04 
    Hi everyone. First off, before anything else, I want to thank the 
    people on the message board here for being so helpful during the first 
    week the game has been out. A lot of people have had trouble with this 
    or that *coughboostbosscough* and it's great to see so many users 
    working together for a common goal. Awesome job, everyone! 
    Next on the list: 
    --Table of Contents-- 
    1) [int]   Introduction 
    2) [faq]  Starting out and frequently asked stuff 
    3) [lvl]   Pick your level 
    4) [wpn] ...and pick your weapon, too! 
    5) [str]   Strategy 
    6) [msc] Misc. Info 
    7) [bye]  Bye byes!! 
    NOTE: A useful feature that some of you may not know about is that you 
    can press CTRL+F to bring up a search box. Put in the word in brackets 
    of the section you'd like to jump to. For example, if you need help on 
    weapons and power-ups, type in [wpn] and hit find...voila! You're 
    there! Also, this works with any document or website, so it's good to 
    know. A real time saver. 
    SECTION 1: [int]  Introduction 
    Welcome, and hello too. This guide is meant to help you kick your 
    friend's butts(unless they read this too, in which you've got a good 
    opponent). Here I will list all the weapons and powerups you can 
    acquire, as well as all the levels and some strategy too. I hope you 
    find this useful. Other than that, enjoy! 
    SECTION 2: [faq]  Starting out and frequently asked stuff 
    The very first thing you should know about multiplayer is that you need 
    two controllers. You should also get comfortable and familiar with the 
    controls. Practice a bit of dodging, aiming and firing, and just get a 
    feel for the game. Then you can start fighting your friends. You'll 
    have a blast! 
    Now choose Multiplayer on the main menu. After a few brief confirmation 
    screens, you're ready to play. 
    Here are some of the more frequently asked questions(hence FAQ...) 
    "How do I unlock Multiplayer?" 
    Plug in two controllers. Make sure they're snug. Grab a friend. Hooray, 
    you just unlocked Multiplayer! 
    "Do I need to find weapons in single player to use them in 
    Nope. It's not like it's a huge graphical spoiler or anything either, 
    because most of the weapons are considerably dumbed-down in the looks 
    department(I was disappointed with the multiplayer Annihilator, yet I 
    was very impressed with the single player version when I got it). This 
    was probably done to keep the game at a steady framerate. 
    "Are there bots in multiplayer?" 
    Unfortunately, no. So you really do need a friend to play it, unless 
    you just want to screw around and explore the multiplayer levels by 
    yourself, or have fun fragging the idle 2P Samus. 
    "How do I unlock the two secret levels?" 
    Right from the get-go, you can see two hidden levels on the level 
    selection screen. You unlock them through energy restoration in the 
    temples. More on that later. 
    "Can I change my suit color?" 
    No. Yeah, it kinda sucks. You could swap controllers with your friend 
    to pick a more favorable color though. 
    "How do I get more music?" 
    You also unlock music in the single player game. Refer to Misc. Info 
    for that. 
    "Can I use Charge Combos in multiplayer?" 
    No, aside from the Super Missile which doesn't really function as a 
    combo of anything(it's just death in projectile form). 
    "How many modes are there?" 
    Just two. Deathmatch and Bounty, where you collect coins spewed from 
    your enemy's battle wounds ^_^ 
    "Is there co-op?" 
    Nope. All battles are every-man/woman-for-themselves. 
    "How many levels are there?" 
    Four; two are unlockable. 6 total. 
    "Can you play as Dark Samus?" 
    No, only the Samus color variations. 
    SECTION 3: [lvl]  Pick your level 
    First, you can choose Deathmatch, which is just a free-for-all, or 
    Bounty Mode, where you collect coins. Now select a level. 
    ---Crossfire Chaos--- 
    A rather standard arena with a desert environment(reminds me of the 
    Chozo Ruins of MP1). It contains two "bases" holding item boxes and 
    randomizers, with a large but shallow pit between the two buildings. 
    There is a super missile right in the center of it all. Item boxes are 
    also found in front of the buildings, and small things like missiles 
    and health orbs are scattered everywhere. This level is almost entirely 
    symmetrical. Neat, huh? No? Okay, it's not the most interesting map out 
    there, but it could be fun to form alliances with other players and 
    play a "king of the hill" type game on your own even though the game 
    itself doesn't provide one. One cool thing, however, is how you can 
    blow up some of the outer walls of the buildings with your weapons. 
    Kinda gives it a Dark Samus feel, huh? 
    ---Items of notes: Super Missile in the center(accessed from the two 
    surrounding platforms or a good jump), item boxes in front of and 
    inside the two base buildings 
    ---Sidehopper Station--- 
    This place is a favorite. With plenty of nooks and crannies to enter 
    and lots of action, the station can be a hectic place to battle in. You 
    can use the kinetic orb cannons at the station's "feet" to launch 
    between halves of the level. If two players use the orbs at the same 
    time, double death occurs. There are randomizers strewn in small rooms 
    and also you can find some kinetic orb cannons inside the station, 
    which throw you into the ventilation ducts. Grapple points are located 
    here as well. In the vents, you can hop up to the top surface of the 
    station, which is actually not a bad place at all for fighting. 
    Following the top surface, you can find some excellent sniping spots 
    overlooking the orb cannons that take you to opposite sides. 
    ---Items of note: Super Missile on the station's top, item box right in 
    front of Super Missile, item box at the front of the main chamber, 
    randomizers in the two small rooms leading the main chamber 
    ---Spider Complex--- 
    A very interesting level we have here. There is a huge spider-track 
    sphere in the center, which is littered with powerups. Use the two 
    kinetic orb cannons to reach it. There is also a nicely placed Super 
    Missile for you if you Boost on the circle on the side of the sphere. 
    There are small rooms and intertwining hallways that lead to lower and 
    upper floors of the main chamber, which is also littered with powerups. 
    You can boost off of the sphere to reach different items. There's also 
    some spider track near one of the kinetic orb cannons that you can use 
    to reach a small catwalk; this is on the second floor. 
    ---Items of note: Super Missile in a small alcove(Boost off the 
    sphere), red health orbs(Boost off the sphere), randomizer on top of 
    the sphere, Massive Damage Icon on the side of the sphere, randomizer 
    behind the catwalk, item boxes at hallway intersections and turns, item 
    box behind kinetic orb cannon 
    ---Shooting Gallery--- 
    Yes, everyone's REAL familiar with this one. Mainly because 
    of...hmmm...definitely gotta be that awesome purple health orb to the 
    right of the randomizer on the west side facing the TURRET...oh that's 
    right, the turret. We all know what it does to your health(and if you 
    don't know, you'll soon find out next time you get hit with it). You 
    can hit people in front of you, to your sides, below you, across into 
    the large pillar room...you can even hit people in mid-grapple! But not 
    behind you. If someone gets behind you, you're screwed one way or 
    another. So you better have good aim, 'cause this is the shooting 
    gallery. Pick longer-ranged weapons(missiles and annihilators work 
    great) and have yourself a jolly good time. Just be careful of the 
    turret, and the poison water too for that matter. The pillar 
    room(directly across from the turret) is a great, fun place to have 
    strafing battles. Learn to dodge, jump, and aim well in this level. 
    With the turret or any weapon, you can blast the floor right out from 
    under someone! Grates can be smashed with it. Boost by someone on a 
    grate, lay a quick bomb, and unroll to see them fall face-first into 
    the poison. Use the grapple point right in front of the turret and you 
    can have a shooting battle with it since you can fire while swinging. 
    Very fun. Trap someone in a poison room, lay a power bomb to block the 
    exit, and see if they're clever enough to be able to get out in time... 
    ---Items of note: Super Missile in the west poison room(grapple and 
    jump to reach it), item boxes in small notches in hallways, & turret 
    room, randomizers in poison room hallways 
    Some really nice underwater fighting done here. This is a very fun and 
    varied level. It's well worth the effort to unlock it, so when you do, 
    it's something that you can look forward to next time you meet with a 
    friend. Anyway, this level consists of three main areas. The first is 
    the control room. It's loaded with metroid holding tanks(no metroids 
    though) and computers. The second is the hallway system. It's a dual 
    hallway that goes on either side of the control room, down into water 
    until you're fully submerged. The third area is the huge underwater 
    region below the control room, reached via hallways. It's got a Super 
    Missile on a semi-hidden ledge, and a large platform in the center fit 
    for duels. There are also huge pillars in the corners that form large, 
    fat hallways of rock around the room(though it's still open). The 
    environment here is much like any land area...you just have a jet now. 
    Press and hold B after your two initial jumps to shoot upward; this can 
    be used offensively and defensively depending on your enemy's 
    elevation. There are some awesome underwater fights waiting for you in 
    this stage. 
    ---Items of note: Super Missile on isolated ledge(Gravity Boost your 
    way to it), randomizer at floor of underwater chamber, item box 
    underneath main platform in underwater chamber, two item boxes in 
    control center, randomizer in control center. 
    This unlockable level is split into actually two aerial arenas; the one 
    with the randomizer in the center will be labeled A and the other one 
    B. You can shoot from one arena to the other via kinetic orb cannon. 
    When doing so, you will pass through a ring in the sky containing a 
    Super Missile. On B, there are two kinetic orb cannons that lead to 
    pretty much the same place. Also on B, there is a huge central 
    structure(the one that "catches" you when being thrown from a kinetic 
    cannon on A). This can be use as a defensive bulwark against homing 
    attacks. You can also go behind it for some goodies. Same goes for A, 
    except the central structure has openings so you can shoot, lay traps, 
    etc. A really fun and original level. 
    Items of note: Super Missile in center sky ring, randomizer behind 
    central structure B, item box behind central structure A, randomizer at 
    A's center, item box at front of B facing sky ring 
    SECTION 4: [wpn]  ...and pick your weapon, too! 
    Now that you're all set, you need to start exploring- that power beam 
    won't be too helpful when you come across your buddy packing three 
    dozen missiles and a fat Annihilator to top it off. Well, the 
    Annihilator's skinny, but whatever. There are some things that you 
    already are equipped with: 
    Combat Visor 
    Dark Visor 
    Power Beam 
    Charge Beam 
    Morph Ball 
    Morph Ball Bomb 
    Grapple Beam 
    Space Jump 
    Boost Ball 
    Spider Ball 
    Gravity Boost 
    Some important things to look out for are as follows... 
    Health Orbs: These are you friends. They heal you...duh. They come in 
    two flavors; grape and cherry. Grapes restore 10 health while cherries 
    give you 30. Yum! As expected, red ones are less likely to be in plain 
    Item Boxes: These contain your beam weapons. The boxes look like 
    floating, rotating metal cubes with a strange glowing yellow symbol on 
    it. You can get Dark Beam, Light Beam, and sometimes an Annihilator or 
    Power Bomb. Simply shoot at the box to open it. 
    Weapon Icon: This is left behind when an Item Box is broken open. Light 
    Beam looks like a white circle over a crescent moon. Dark Beam looks 
    like two purple stones under a larger arrowhead-shaped one. Annihilator 
    looks like a panda bear head. Simple as that. Power Bomb looks like 
    round metal sandwich with bits of orange. Note that if you already have 
    a weapon and you collect its icon again, you'll just get an ammo 
    Missile Icon: An orange missile-shaped rotaty thing found everywhere. 
    Each one gives you access to your Missile Launcher and 5 missiles. You 
    can hold up to 50 at one time. 
    Super Missile Icon: This rare item is put in harder-to-reach spots than 
    most normal items. They look like normal missile icons, except a little 
    bigger and with metal plating. They upgrade your Missiles into deadly 
    Super Missiles for about 25 seconds. Use 'em wisely. 
    Massive Damage Icon: A one-of-a-kind item found only in Spider Complex. 
    It adds 100% to your damage, effectively doubling it. Oh, by the way, 
    collecting this item and then getting Massive Damage from a randomizer 
    right after will not give you more than double damage. 
    Power Bomb Ammo: These restore ammo to your power bombs of course. They 
    look like little flying robot heads, like metal balls with antennae 
    sticking out the bottom. These are sorta rare. You don't see them too 
    often, so don't miss with your power bombage. 
    Kinetic Orb Cannon: This is an orange spherical hologram. Dive into it 
    with your morph ball to be shot to god knows where. 
    Spider Ball Track: These metallic railings can be clung to with your 
    spider ball. Hold down R to activate. 
    Coin Chest: Found in Bounty Mode. The chests contain coins...yawn. 
    Heavy Turret: Ahh yes, everyone's favorite. 75 damage, infinite 
    ammo...and very vulnerable. This cannon is found in the Shooting 
    Gallery stage. Enter the hologram in normal mode(not morph ball) and 
    you can use it to fire huge green blasts of energy. Have fun! Oh yeah, 
    to exit you press B. 
    Grapple Point: This looks like an orange grapple symbol suspended in 
    the air near things that your Grapple Beam can cling to. Look up at it 
    until it turns blue, then press L to swing. Let go of L to drop off, or 
    rotate around and press A to move your swing trajectory and shoot 
    Randomizer: It looks like a glowing pillar of light with a question 
    mark in it. Step in to receive a random battle effect. Refer to Misc. 
    Info for details. 
    Here we go. These are what you want to fight back with! This is how I 
    will format the analysis of each weapon. 
    Name: Duh. 
    Description: How the weapon works, what it's like, etc... 
    Damage: Points of damage dealt to your opponent on hit. Charge the 
    weapon to increase damage. The more you charge it, the better it gets. 
    Speed: How fast the weapon fires and travels, averaged together. Scored 
    in X's from 1 to 5, with 1 being terrible and 5 being great. 
    Range: The weapon's maximum range. Also scored in X's. 
    Usefulness: Overall, how good and reliable it is in a fight. Scored in 
    Notes: Any side-effects or other info. 
    On with it! 
    Name: Power Beam 
    Description: Your default beam. It fires a small orange blast of energy 
    that bursts into a little shockwave on impact. The charge beam 
    increases its size and shockwave range. 
    Damage: 1 standard, 7-15 charged 
    Speed: XXXXX standard, XXX charged 
    Range: XXXXX standard, XXXXX charged 
    Usefulness: XXX 
    Notes: It has great rapid-fire abilities and good speed, making it hard 
    for the enemy to dodge. However, the lack of strength is a really bad 
    downside. Of course, it also has its tactical upsides, like if you 
    enjoy whittling down your opponents with fast, accurate weapons while 
    dodging, etc. It can be really fun. It's up to you. Power Beam is not 
    bad at all, but sometimes you need more punch. 
    Name: Dark Beam 
    Description: Unveil your evil side and blast your enemies with rapidly 
    spinning purple shots. The charged version offers a larger blast that 
    explodes into many dark particles that slowly damage your enemies over 
    Damage: 5 standard, 12-20 charged; particles do 5-8 for a total of 
    about 17-28 
    Speed: XX standard, XX charged 
    Range: XXXX standard, XXXX charged 
    Usefulness: XXXX 
    Notes: Charged Dark Beam shots also have a freezing effect; use this 
    opportunity to blast away with missiles, another Dark Beam shot, or 
    other weapons. Each Dark Beam shot uses 1 ammo; a charged one takes 5. 
    Maximum capacity is 50. 
    Name: Light Beam 
    Description: This purifying weapon blasts a scorching ray of light 
    straight forward. The charge beam version releases multiple lasers of 
    long-ranged light that can home in if you lock on to your target. 
    Enemies hit by this beam burst into flame. The charged Light Beam 
    releases 3-5 lasers, depending on how long you charge it. 
    Damage: 10 standard, 11-15 charged; 3 fire damage for a total of about 
    Speed: XXXXX standard, XXXXX charged 
    Range: XX standard, XXXXX charged 
    Usefulness: XXXX 
    Notes: The flame effect not only adds a bit of damage to your attack, 
    but it also impairs your enemy's vision. Nice! The homing feature is 
    great for fleeing opponents. Every Light Beam shot you use eats up 1 
    ammo unit, and charged shots take 5. 
    Name: Annihilator Beam 
    Description: This bad boy releases sonic pulses that home in your 
    enemies regardless of lock on; just fire somewhere in the general 
    direction of your opponent for it to activate. Upon impact, shots burst 
    into waves of sonic energy. Charged-up blasts release huge, non-homing 
    waves of energy. It explodes outward into a fading circular shockwave. 
    Damage: 5 standard, 20-35 charged 
    Speed: XXXXX standard, XXX charged 
    Range: XXXXX standard, XXXXX charged 
    Usefulness: XXXXX 
    Notes: While it doesn't have any side-effect like freezing or burning, 
    it does pack some very high firepower and does well in most stats. It's 
    fast, powerful, long-range, and can have homing properties too. The 
    downside is that it costs 1 dark AND light ammo to fire, and 5 of each 
    to use a charged shot. On another topic, keep an eye out for those Item 
    Boxes, because getting a full refill for both light and dark ammo is 
    just plain great. 
    Name: Missile 
    Description: Your missile launcher fires a high-grade blue and white 
    explosive that bursts into a dome of light on impact. It homes in on 
    your foes when locked on. 
    Damage: 20 
    Speed: XXX 
    Range: XXXXX 
    Usefulness: XXXXX 
    Notes: It does good damage, has great range, and is a nice way to 
    damage or kill fleeing opponents. Missiles hit hard and with good 
    accuracy, so they're a fine idea in ranged battles. They can chase your 
    enemies all the way across the battlefield if need be(though it usually 
    hits before then). 
    Name: Super Missile 
    Description: The king of explosives is well worth the effort you put in 
    to reach it; you now have the power of huge, deadly explosions at your 
    Damage: 50 
    Speed: XXXX 
    Range: XXXXX 
    Usefulness: XXXXX 
    Notes: It's like being a kid in a candy store here. For almost 30 
    seconds you can track down and slaughter your opponents with the Super 
    Missile's incredible damage. It's fast too, and it locks on and homes, 
    so if you can see your enemy, he's a good as dead unless he's smart 
    enough to put an obstacle between himself and the missile. Other than 
    that, enjoy your missiles while they last. 
    Name: Morph Ball 
    Description: Morph Ball Bombs release up to three small blue spheres 
    that soon explode into shockwaves. It does small damage but it really 
    adds up, especially when you use them to confuse your opponent or draw 
    them him into traps. Using a bomb when very close to an enemy will 
    explode it immediately instead of having the lag time. It's also useful 
    for drive-by attacks with the Boost ability. Speaking of boost...by 
    charging B in morph ball mode, you can release stored energy to reach 
    high speeds. The flame aura that forms around you during Boosts can 
    even damage enemies! On to Power Bombs. These puppies will unleash a 
    mammoth explosion that will absolutely shred anything near you to tiny 
    bits. Of course, you gotta get it to hit the enemy. So what do you do, 
    plant it on them from above. Trap them in a corner and set one off. Use 
    it while Boosting. Just think I'm sure you can come up with many more 
    ideas for the morph ball other than escape... 
    Damage: 10 bombs, 10 boost, 99 power bombs 
    Speed: XX bombs, XXXXX boost, X power bombs 
    Range: X bombs, X boost, XXX power bombs 
    Usefulness: XXXX all 
    Notes: Well, since I just realized I put all my notes up in 
    Description, oh well. Uhh...Morph ball is good? I guess? Have fun with 
    Name: Heavy Turret 
    Description: Man the gun to fire enormous green shots. Use with 
    caution; you can still be harmed. 
    Damage: 75 per hit (!) 
    Speed: XXX 
    Range: XXXXX 
    Usefulness: XXX 
    Notes: Yes, the damage is ridiculous for something that can fire like 
    the turret. However, there is a way to beat a turret camper. And that 
    is the morph ball slot directly behind it...more on that in the 
    Strategy section. 
    Name: Kinetic Orb Cannon 
    Description: When firing out of one, you become a weapon o.O 
    Damage: Uh...insta-kill! 
    Speed: XX? 
    Range: Kinda hard to determine. 
    Usefulness: X 
    Notes: I included this because I felt like it. If an enemy touches you 
    when you enter the hologram, they die. End of story. 
    SECTION 5: [str]  Strategy 
    This is where I shall *arnold schw. voice* PUMP YOU UP! Seriously, you 
    need to have some sort of battle plan or tactic to win. If you just 
    charge in with guns ablazin', your enemy will turn, yawn, and then pelt 
    you with missiles. You need to defend when you need to, counterattack, 
    and use the terrain to your advantage while forcing the opponent(s) 
    into bad situations. 
    When you decide to go on the offensive, pay attention to both your 
    beams and the enemy's. If he has a Light Beam, stay out of range and be 
    ready to duck behind corners to avoid the charge-shot. If he has a Dark 
    Beam, strafe a lot so his shots miss, and stay at midrange. If he's got 
    an Annihilator, then it takes a bit more cunning. You should try to 
    play defensive here; try to whittle down his ammo until he's forced to 
    use something different against you. To fight against the annihilator 
    is like fighting a stone wall- it's very hard and time-consuming. 
    You'll need more tactical planning with your morph ball, grapple beam, 
    and other methods of attack since using your beams against the 
    annihilator is not always a good idea. 
    If you're losing health, try to maintain a higher position than your 
    opponent. This forces him to look up manually or back up far enough to 
    see you, both of which take some time so you can escape. Use pillars, 
    walls, and other obstacles to block shots, and strafe out in erratic 
    intervals so you don't make a pattern. Better yet, strafe out one side 
    a few times and then pop out the other side or attack from a completely 
    different direction. Attacking with a surprise element not only is a 
    health-saving tactic but also is very fun and rewarding, just like 
    shooting out the floor from underneath someone's feet in Shooting 
    Gallery or swinging on the grapple beam while massacring your friend 
    who's in the ventilation duct directly in front of you. Using indirect 
    methods of attack puts you in a better position to be offensive, and 
    increases your odds of winning in general. 
    ---Morph Ball Tactics--- 
    The morph ball is a great thing in MP2 that's just a little different 
    from the big-name, big-multiplayer shooters. The morph ball is not just 
    a tool for escape. You can also be fiercely offensive with it. Yeah, it 
    sounds funny being "fiercely offensive" with a little ball, but can you 
    take an ordinary rubber ball and set off massive bombs or speed along 
    at 60 MPH directly into your neighbor with it? No. The morph ball has 
    three main methods of attack discussed in the Weapons section. Bombs, 
    power bombs, and boost. The bombs are the basic form of attack. They're 
    weak but using them together will add up. It also adds up if you 
    confuse the hell out of your opponent with them and then unroll behind 
    them and start blasting away. Morph bombs can be used as a quick way to 
    break up the flooring in Shooting Gallery while enabling you to escape 
    in time(boost). Bombs have a lot of variety in them; you just need to 
    know how and when to use it. You could even surround an enemy with the 
    3 bombs if you've got the time and health to do so. Just think. There 
    are many more uses for bombs. They may not be in this FAQ, but they're 
    in your head, and that's what makes this game simply awesome. 
    Morph ball boosting is our next topic. Boosts deal as much damage as 
    one bomb. Not much, but you can use it as a hasty retreat or as a last-
    resort method of attack. Retreating with it is easy enough, but what do 
    you do if there's a missile on your ass? Roll into a lower elevation. 
    Roll behind a wall. Roll behind your opponent. Roll this, roll that. 
    Just roll. Ok, sorry. The boost is also used if you need to cross a 
    room that the enemy is in and you want to do it fast. If the exit is on 
    a higher elevation, don't attempt to bomb jump- instead, temporarily 
    unroll and quickly jump up. This puts you at a better position. While 
    you're a larger target, you don't need to waste time just sitting there 
    as a ball waiting for your bombs to go off. You can also be ready to 
    fight back if your enemy turns and starts firing, and you'll be at a 
    higher elevation to boot so that buys you some time if you can't fight 
    back. Then you can duck safely behind a wall or corner(unless someone 
    else is behind you!) and morph. While boosting, a nasty trick is to 
    place bombs right as you pass your opponent. You could even do this 
    with power bombs, just try to have good timing and get it behind them 
    so if they don't know what's going on, they will be dead- the time it 
    takes to turn 180 degrees around to look will kill them. 
    Power bombs...the insta-killers. If you place them right, that is. Just 
    putting one at your enemy's feet is a bad idea since he can just back 
    up and watch the pretty fireworks. Instead, try placing one behind him- 
    sneak up. Or even more fun is to spot your enemy below you, bounce 
    right on top of his head, and THEN lay a power bomb. Hooray! You can 
    also try placing them in hard-to-see spots, so you can hope that your 
    enemy doesn't see that particular place until it's too late. You can 
    trap your foes with power bombs. Force them into a small area with only 
    one exit, and block it off with a power bomb. This buys you time to get 
    into a better position for attacking if they survive. IF they survive. 
    To make sure that doesn't happen, place it nearer your enemy. This 
    ensures that they die, and the exit won't matter anymore ^_^ 
    ---The Power Beam--- 
    The power beam is your weak default beam. It is weak. Very. A single 
    shot does 1 damage. A volley of them does maybe 8. C'mon, your morph 
    bombs do more than that. This beam sucks, right? Not really. It's got 
    low power, yes, but it is helpful in the beginning and it's a fun 
    weapon to use if you feel like saving your ammo or chipping an enemy to 
    death. This weapon is one of the most accurate you have simply because 
    of its speed. The extreme rapid-fire capabilities allow you to shoot 
    volleys of this weapon in great bursts. It can be tiring though. At 
    least to me. Whenever I try the Power Beam my thumb gets sore... 
    ---The Dark Beam--- 
    Sure, it can be slow, but if you hit with it they will feel it, I 
    assure you. A common combo is using the charged dark beam over and over 
    to keep your enemy frozen. Of course, you cannot just rush an opponent 
    with the dark beam(that's absolutely laughable). You need to sneak up 
    on him. Spot your opponent coming, duck into a corner, wait for him to 
    pass, and then pop back out whilst popping him with your Dark Beam. It 
    also helps to keep a shot charged when waiting- that way, you can have 
    an attack ready on short notice. Now if they're frozen by your well-
    placed Dark shot, you have a number of options. The first is to keep 
    them frozen with more Dark shots. This is cheesy. I don't recommend it, 
    but whatever floats your boat. Another option is a missile barrage. Get 
    yourself at a good distance, lock on, and let loose. Make sure you're 
    ready to defend against any counterattacks. One more thing you could do 
    is plant a power bomb directly in front of him for an easy finisher. An 
    easy, evil finisher. You need to be fast for this work, or else they 
    will break free. It's a risk. 
    Now, you need to hit with this beam. It is not terribly accurate so you 
    need to make up for that in your own terms. Sneak up, be stealthy, 
    attack from above or below(preferably above), think of something. Be 
    varied. Don't use the same strategy to hit with your beam over and over 
    or else they'll figure it out and punish you. 
    ---The Light Beam--- 
    Here we go. This a short-ranged, fast, accurate weapon(sorta opposite 
    the Dark Beam). You can make your enemies go flamity-flame-flame!! You 
    gotta get in closer range to hit with it unless you use the charged 
    shot, which is recommended for its range and homing ability. The light 
    beam has a decent rate of fire you can blast away if they get careless 
    or if you encounter them in front of you and they don't notice(they're 
    turned away or preoccupied). You can use the homing to your advantage; 
    just find a nice spot to snipe and fire away when they're not near any 
    obstacles. Good spots for this are the catwalk in Spider Complex and 
    the side areas of the top of Sidehopper Station. Be creative. This is a 
    fairly straightforward and easy-to-use weapon, but you can come up with 
    a lot of strategy with such simple things as terrain, elevation, and 
    enemy position. 
    ---The Annihilator Beam--- 
    The mammoth of the beams is BACK and BETTER THAN EVER!!! Okay I just 
    had to say that. Really, Annihilator is a very powerful(if brief) 
    weapon. Even collecting an annihilator icon is great; full refill for 
    both dark and light!! Assuming you have both beams, of course. Getting 
    an annihilator won't magically sprout the other beams. Anyway, 
    annihilator is a deadly weapon. Very powerful, very rapid-fire, and 
    great homing ability. Basically this is a button masher beam. If you 
    can get the enemy in sight, you can kill him in 20 mashes. Is he hurt 
    already? Then it's even less. Of course, just sitting there firing is a 
    bad idea. You need to be dodging his shots too. Keep an eye out on what 
    he's doing, and where he might be heading. If he's smart, he'll try 
    some clever trick against you or bust out a Death Ball to shove down 
    your throat. Be sure to save your ammo. Don't use the charge shot 
    unless he's in close range(watch out for light beams and charged dark 
    beams). Strafe, aim carefully, and fire when you have the opportunity, 
    like when he's busy charging something. If you get overwhelmed, don't 
    be afraid to run. It's better to save your own life and that tasty 
    annihilator than to lose it by being stubborn. Having an annihilator 
    does not make you anywhere near invincible. You have great attack 
    power, yes, but hey, Frodo and the gang DID take down that troll, did 
    they not? Keep an eye out for tricks. Take care, even with your 
    ---The Missile Launcher--- 
    Your missiles are some of your most deadly weapons. Great damage, good 
    speed, great accuracy, and a good radius to boot. Use them on fleeing 
    opponents or in your attacks as a mix-up. Not much to say here other 
    than have fun with them, like Super Missiles. Just be sure to not hit 
    any obstacles. 
    ---The Heavy Turret--- 
    The turret in Shooting Gallery is the focal point of the arena. Whoever 
    has it is the king of the hill. I personally like the freedom of 
    movement much more than 75 damage attacks, but whatever. If you have 
    it, you're in luck. It can be tough to breach a turret, but it's 
    possible so you have to have good aim. If you don't eliminate the 
    threat, they CAN kill you. The turret can be fired at and destroyed 
    just like you. If you have low health, you can hop in the turret to 
    save your life though. So it's good. You can fire across into the 
    pillar room, and if you have extremely precise aiming, you can hit even 
    the BACK of the pillar room, past the pillar! Be sure to watch the room 
    you're in, too. Hitting a moving target can be difficult, but you can 
    improve you odds by shooting apart the grates in the room to decrease 
    their mobility. You can even hit people while they're grappling. It's 
    very amusing. Even if you don't have a friend, try it out with a second 
    controller. It's really funny. 
    Anyway, what if you're trying to attack the turret? You can destroy it 
    two ways: Reduce its HP to 0 through conventional attack, or zoom 
    behind it and set off the morph ball slot to blow it up. It doesn't 
    really matter; both methods take effort and strategy. If your opponent 
    is careless or has bad aim, though, you could just save yourself some 
    time and boost up the walkway and set off the slot since it's quicker. 
    Now, if you're fighting the turret, that's a different story. Two hits 
    and you're gone. So you need to know where you're going. If you just 
    need to cross the room quickly, boost by with your morph ball. If you 
    need to traverse it any other way while fighting, you must avoid the 
    grates at all costs. They can be blown out from under you, dropping you 
    in acid and possibly reducing the number of times you must be hit from 
    2 to 1. Be careful, and use the turret's recoil time to your advantage. 
    You can attack or escape safer when it has just fired a missing shot. 
    Oh, and if at all possible, grab the super missile next door if you 
    just want to blow the crap out of the turret. 
    SECTION 6: [msc]  Misc. Info 
    This is where I list all the odds and ends that didn't really fit 
    anywhere else. 
    1) Morph Ball Racing 
    2) So what's in that Randomizer, anyway? 
    3) Music Unlocking 
    4) Level Unlocking 
    5) Double-bomb Jump 
    1).  Morph Ball Racing 
    A fun way to pass the time is morph ball racing. Set a course, have 
    each of you grab one power bomb, and race! Set different bombs to 
    impair other people's courses and boost to get ahead or smack another 
    player out of the way. Decide some laps, and there you go! Morph Ball 
    racing is one of those things that people wished were in multiplayer, 
    but hey, it IS! 
    2).  So what's in that Randomizer, anyway? 
    Randomizers are those pillars of light with the ? symbol in it. They 
    can contain the following: 
    Unlimited Beam Ammo - Self explanatory. 
    Unlimited Missiles - See above 
    Invisibility - See above...use Dark Visor to see an invisible enemy or 
    when you see the enemy dot on the radar disappear 
    Invulnerability - Go on a killing spree! 
    Massive Damage - Doubles your attack power, turns those super missiles 
    into killing machines 
    Death Ball - This turns you into an electric morph ball; any who touch 
    you are most likely dead 
    Hacker Mode - Scan someone to hack them, distorting their vision and 
    doing damage 
    These all wear off after a few moments, so use them quickly. 
    3)  Music unlocking 
    Music is unlocked through playing the game. 
    Luminoth(Temple Grounds theme) - Find U-Mos. If you're at the beginning 
    of the game, don't worry, he is not far away. 
    Pirate Fear("approaching pirates" theme) - Speak to U-Mos after 
    restoring energy to the first temple. 
    Torvus Bog(Torvus Bog theme) - Speak to U-Mos after restoring energy to 
    the second temple. 
    Sanctuary(Sanctuary Fortress theme) - Speak to U-Mos after restoring 
    energy to the third temple. 
    Darkness(Dark Samus battle theme) - Beat the game. 
    Dark Echoes(Menu theme) - Beat the game. 
    4)  Level unlocking 
    Levels are also unlocked through playing single player. 
    Pipeline - Gotten along with Torvus Bog soundtrack. 
    Spires - Gotten along with Sanctuary soundtrack. 
    5)  Double Bomb Jumping 
    Most everyone knows about this(in fact it's required sometimes in 
    Metroid games to get things). To perform this move, lay a bomb in morph 
    ball mode, and right before it explodes, lay a second one. Now as you 
    are launched into the air from your first bomb, lay your third one a 
    little below the apex of your jump. If timed right, you will be blasted 
    up twice as high and can reach higher places. You don't really need 
    this in multiplayer, but it's in here anyway. 
    SECTION 7: [bye]  Bye byes!! 
    I'd like to thank Retro for bringing us Metroid Prime as well as this 
    masterpiece. I think they did a great job with the multiplayer too, for 
    their first try. It's incredibly fun, and that's why I made this FAQ. 
    Second I want to thank GameFAQs and all of the users there including 
    CJayC for keeping this site awesome all these years. Great job, 
    Note: Since the first version of this guide does not have any player 
    input other than mine(duh), there are no further credits. If you want, 
    you can e-mail me at... 
    Please do not send spam and all that, it's just plain grr. 
    Other than that, feel free to send me your comments, suggestions, 
    strategies, etc. I will gladly put your name in this section. 
    So have fun! That's the point of this game, right? Hell, it's the point 
    of all games. So have fun!!