Nintendo and MercurySteam have released the 2.1.0 update for Metroid Dread, which adds the new Boss Rush mode to the game. However, Boss Rush is separated into three modes with each one acting as a different difficulty option.
It’s worth noting that Boss Rush is available to players that have beaten the main story of Metroid Dread, likely done to avoid any spoilers. Once players have finished the game with any difficulty, simply press R on the finished profile to move into Boss Rush mode.
Metroid Dread 2.1.0 Patch Notes: Boss Rush, Survival Rush, and Dread Rush
Here’s what you need to know about the Metroid Dread 2.1.0 update and the various Boss Rush difficulties, courtesy of Nintendo and its patch notes:
- 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).
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
Metroid Dread is available now, exclusively on the Nintendo Switch.