Metroid Dread is a Metroidvania with many branching paths to explore. Some areas will be gated off to you when you first get there and you will need to acquire an ability or upgrade to proceed. As a result, it can be easy to get stuck, lost, or not know what to do.
If you think that you are stuck in Metroid Dread somewhere and cannot proceed there is usually an answer. Open your map and take a moment to look at your surroundings. Anything that you have not encountered yet will be labeled with three question marks. This likely means you cannot proceed without an ability you do not possess.
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Whether you find yourself stuck in Artaria, Cataris, Burenia, Ferenia, or any of Metroid Dread’s other areas this will usually apply. Search every corner of the map and don’t be afraid to backtrack as you will likely have to at some point. Additionally, back out to the global map and look at the other areas. You may be able to unlock new paths with newfound abilities.
If all else fails, there may be a secret path that you haven’t discovered. A good rule of thumb is to shoot everything as secret paths can be hard to spot. Secrets will show up as flashing spots on the map so keep a lookout for those.
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