11 Oct 2021 3:54 PM +00:00

Metroid Dread: Stuck at the Start of Cataris? Here's How to Progress

Upon arriving in the Cataris area in Metroid Dread for the first time you may find yourself blocked by heat zones, unable to progress. There is actually a hidden wall that can be broken in this area. In this guide we'll show you which wall to break so that you can carry on exploring. Here's how to progress through the first room in Cataris.

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Metroid Dread: Stuck in Cataris Starting Room

When you first arrive in Cataris you will have taken the elevator from Artaria. You'll be in a purple room, with an exit to your right. Heading this way requires the Varia Suit, you can learn more in this guide. You won't have this yet, so where do you need to go?

A map of Cataris in Metroid Dread, showing the hidden block wall to the left of the starting elevator area.
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As you can see in the screenshot above, the elevator area is highlighted in purple. Head as far left as you can go in this room, and then shoot the wall there. It's made of hidden blocks which will clear the path ahead. You'll be able to progress to the left, looping around before heading back to Artaria. This is the right way to go, even if it seems a little bit random at first. Your goal is to obtain a new upgrade that allows you to access the red areas of Cataris.

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Now that you know where to go at the start of the Cataris area in Metroid Dread, be sure to check out our guide on the game's improved map navigation tools. Elsewhere there's our look at the beginning of the Dairon area, which features a similar pattern, and is easy to get stuck in. Make sure you read up to save yourself some time later down the line.