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A Chozo Statue in the Hall of the Elders.

Chozo Statues (referred to as Artifactor Statues in the Metroid II manual) are statues made by the Chozo and were put on planets to observe their sentient inhabitants. The Chozo Statues often help Samus Aran in her quests by offering upgrades for her Power Suit that help her defeat enemies. The most powerful Chozo Statue was the Chozo Guardian. An aggressive subcategory known as the Torizo resemble the Chozo Statues, however these will not only move around, but also attack Samus.

Some statues can be destroyed, but most are impervious to damage. They seem to have limited sentience, possibly containing Chozo spirits of sorts. This is supported by the Meta Ridley boss battle in Metroid Prime, where the statues surrounding the Cipher retaliate and blast him into an abyss at the battle's conclusion. Some statues' eyes, and sometimes other parts on their body, glow bright yellow.

Creation and functionEdit

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A Chozo Statue in Super Metroid.

Scans found in Metroid Prime indicate that only select, trained Chozo are permitted to create statues. The statues themselves (or at least some of them) may have organic properties similar to the Chozo's Power Suits, as the X Parasites were able to mimic one and the subcategory known as the Torizo seems to contain bodily fluids. This further supports the theory that the statues are sentinels, partially alive and aware of their surroundings, though to a far lesser extent than the Elysians (as the Chozo designed the latter to be far more advanced than their statues). While they are highly decorative and are placed in obvious and central areas, they frequently appear to display functional purposes. The functions of the statues are generally well-concealed to those who the creators did not intend to find them; functions include motion, data storage, healing properties, defensive capabilities, and the common concealed upgrades. This may explain why the Space Pirates have not been able to reliably use or reverse-engineer Chozo technology despite being proxy to it.

The Chozo Lore called Statuary states, "As we have done for millennia, we Chozo work constantly on our statuary. The statues are our sentinels: blind but ever watchful, they are and have always been, repositories for our most precious secrets and strongest powers. The crafting of each is a long and sacred process, performed only by those Chozo who have lifetimes of experience in such things. We have left these relics on planets across the solar system. Some are merely reminders: silent emblems of the Chozo that serve as icons of peace in lands that know only war. Others wield subtle strength, exerting their influence in ways beyond the understanding of mortal creatures. Still others are guardians of our secret ways, and these can be as terrible as they are beautiful. Those who respect and honor these relics will know the friendship of the Chozo. Those who deface or destroy them will know our wrath, unfettered and raw."

AppearancesEdit

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A Chozo Statue in the Powerworks pod of Skytown, in Metroid Prime 3: Corruption

In Metroid: Zero Mission, several statues will be empty-handed and initially be standing on their feet, waiting for Samus to use her Morph Ball to fit in the palm of their hands; this will result in the statues indicating the location of other statues which hold Power-ups on her map of Zebes. Afterward, they will cautiously sit down and immediately recharge Samus's health and weapon ammo before closing their eyes and loosening their grip on her. With the exception of the Chozo Statue holding the Power Grip upgrade, all other statues in the game can recharge Samus's suit and weapons. Interestingly, the one holding the Power Grip has a very unique look compared to the rest, and might be based on Metroid Prime 's designs.

A Chozo Statue can be seen in Metroid Fusion, but it is actually an X Parasite mimicking one. The Fake Chozo Statue implies that Chozo Statues are partially organic in nature, as the X-Parasites can only mimic biological organisms. There is also what seems to be an X-infected Torizo called the Nettori.

In Super Metroid, some Chozo Statues will help Samus navigate her environment. For example, one in the Wrecked Ship carries Samus past a bed of Spikes and into a passageway leading to the Gravity Suit; another found in Ridley's Lair drained the Lava out of the room to allow further progression, granting access to the Gold Torizo mini-boss battle, the Screw Attack, and ultimately, Ridley.

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Chozo Ice Temple

Throughout the Metroid Prime Trilogy, items were rarely placed in the hands of Chozo Statues. Several appear in Metroid Prime, with designs unlike any seen before in the 2-D Metroid games. While the majority of them merely serve as decorations, the most notable is the large monument statue that gives Samus access to the Ice Beam, a Chozo Artifact, and an Energy Tank in the Hall of the Elders. This statue is also gifted with the ability to perform physical movements and is guarded by several Chozo Ghosts. Worthy of noting are the statues in the Artifact Temple that were capable of dealing the final blow to Meta Ridley by shooting red beams from their eyes.

In Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, most of the statuary of the Chozo serve once again as ornaments. However, there are two statues that stand out from the rest: one is found at the entrance to SkyTown which has been shrouded by Phazon Vines, and another that holds the Spider Ball. The statue that holds the Spider Ball is in the typical Chozo Statue position and appears to be wearing the Varia Suit. This is second occurrence of a Chozo Statue holding an item in the Prime series, the first being the statue holding the Chozo Artifact of Strength.

Official dataEdit

Metroid II manualEdit

Artifactor Statue - "This is a relic of an ancient civilization. This statue holds the item sphere."

Super Metroid manualEdit

"The ancient bird people of Zebes are immortalized in the form of several statues scattered throughout the planet. By firing on the balls that are held by many of these Chozo statues, you'll reveal special items."

Metroid: Zero Mission manualEdit

"Chozo Statues often hold items. Change to Morph Ball form on a statue's palm to have all energy, Missiles, and Power Bombs filled to the maximum. "

Super Smash Bros. MeleeEdit

In Super Smash Bros. Melee, a Chozo Statue appears as a trophy, which reads:

""These statues, which provide power-ups to Samus and have some connection with her Power Suit, have been found in many places, most notably Zebes. The Chozo boasted the most advanced civilization in their galaxy. Some say that when they could advance no further, they chose to withdraw and observe other life forms."

The Brinstar stage also has a Torizo in its background that sits down every so often (after walking in the background), assuming the pose of an authentic Chozo Statue, and it sometimes offers a Screw Attack to the players every so often, though this is very rare.

Super Smash Bros. BrawlEdit

The Brinstar stage from the previous game returns, and it also has a sticker.

Destroyed StatuesEdit

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Metroid II artwork.

One of the statues in Metroid: Zero Mission in Norfair is broken and cannot be repaired. The reason of its demise is unknown but it appears to have meant to lead Samus Aran to the Chozo Statue that held the Screw Attack as both statuaries were identically colored. Throughout Zero Mission, both the statue that pinpointed a location for Samus and the one holding the item indicated on the map by the initial statue shared the same colors. The unknown items and the Screw Attack were the only upgrades that had no initial statues to indicate their position (the latter's was destroyed).

Another statue that suffered a similar destruction appears in Phase 9 on SR388 of Metroid II: Return of Samus shortly before entering the Metroid nest and located directly under the Queen Metroid's chamber. It lacks a head, which is on the ground nearby, with the Item Sphere containing the Ice Beam right behind its body. It is possible that the Metroids, perhaps the Queen herself, were aware of the item being held by the statue and knowing the danger it posed for them, attempted to destroy it.

A third statue gets destroyed by the first Torizo in Super Metroid as it breaks out of the statue.

Prize (Nintendo Land)Edit

Chozo Statue prize

A Chozo Statue with a blocky appearance is a prize in Nintendo Land. The prize sits in the exact same way as a statue in the Metroid games, although it does not hold an Item Sphere. Situated in front of Metroid Blast, it does not have a special function when activated. Its description reads: "The highly advanced Chozo were once a great civilization, but this greatness cost them dearly and resulted in their ultimate demise..." This is partially untrue as the Chozo disappeared from the galaxy due to several factors, though one of them was indeed attributed to their own technology.

In other mediaEdit

  • In the House M.D. episode "Occam's Razor", House can be seen playing Zero Mission on his GBA SP several times. In two of these scenes, Samus is shown rolling into the hand of the first Chozo Statue in the game, apparently causing a Game Over.
  • NES Remix includes a Chozo Statue Miiverse stamp.
  • The Wii U video game Guacamelee! features "Choozo statues", a reference to the Chozo Statues.

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