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Welcome! If you’re here, you’re probably asking yourself "what controller should I use to speedrun this game?" With this Research Guide, we hope to provide the information you need to make an informed decision.
Please post in the
help-and-troubleshooting forum on the Metroid Dread Speedrunning Discord server if you have any questions or concerns.
Explore the Controller Research Guide in greater detail here.
It is the responsibility of the runner to ensure that they are using a legal controller and mode in their runs. The verifier team conducts periodic audits of turbo speed in runs. If a run is found that is breaking the cap, regardless of the reason, that run will be removed from the leaderboard. Options for self-verifying turbo speed can be found here.
🧲 Sticks have Hall effect sensors
⭐ Granular (fully adjustable) Turbo
✅ Recommended Controller (learn more)
20Hz mode performs poorly enough to fall under the 13Hz cap
⏬ Requires firmware downpatching to be turbo legal
If your controller is not listed here, please look for it in the Controller Research Guide before submitting controller feedback to the Discord Server.
Last updated August 15, 2022
|Boss Rush||less than 21 Hz|
|All other modes||less than 13 Hz|
Last updated June 16, 2023
The list of tricks below are not leaderboard legal for turbo runners:
Initially, the community ran the game with turbo capped at 20Hz, starting in January 2022. Community members felt that the 20Hz cap was excessive and the topic was revisited. The community managers held an interest poll and sanctioned a discussion about the turbo rules over the course of multiple months, where qualitative and quantitative data and concepts were discussed in order to come to a decision on what the cap should be.
The decision to cap turbo at 12Hz was based on a few areas where turbo runners had a distinct advantage, such as:
After this discussion, a proposal to cap the turbo speed at 15Hz with a missile weaving restriction was introduced, and a round of ranked choice voting was held to determine what the final cap would be: 15Hz with restrictions on missile weaving and turbo Omega Stream, 12Hz with no restrictions, and 12Hz with restrictions. When the votes were tallied, 12Hz with no restrictions was the most popular option, followed by 15Hz with restrictions, and finally, by 12Hz with restrictions in a distant third place. 12Hz with no restrictions became the new (and current) fire rate cap as of August 15, 2022.
If you would like to look more into the nitty gritty details, please take a look at the
#turbo-rules-discussion channel under the Archives section in the Discord server!
The Boss Rush leaderboards are split between turbo and non-turbo, while other leaderboards are combined. Since turbo is not on the same leaderboard as non-turbo in Boss Rush, the 12Hz cap does not apply to it.
Officially, the cap is 12Hz, but due to manufacturer variance, there is a 1Hz margin of error. Even though a lot of controllers are advertised as having a "12Hz" setting, very few controllers are 12Hz or slower even on this setting when tested - they're more like 12.4, 12.5, etc. Please see the Controller Research Guide for more details.
It depends on the controller. For most controllers that are manufactured and programmed well, there is usually no difference. However, for certain controllers that suffer from Bluetooth packet loss, the wired mode produces more stable turbo, allowing a controller with an inconsistent fire rate in wireless mode to better approach its manufacturer-tested fire rate in wired mode.
In addition, research indicates that the shorter the USB cable, the more consistent the turbo, so if you are having trouble with inconsistent turbo speed, try switching to wired mode with a short cable, less than 3ft/1m.
Certain lower-latency Bluetooth devices, such as speakers, have been known to interfere with the turbo function on the 8BitDo Ultimate Bluetooth Controller [source]. In this case, the Hz of the turbo function was boosted from its normal 16.8 Hz all the way to 20Hz.