Powerworks is an area in the floating city, SkyTown. Samus cannot access this area without the Grapple Voltage and Seeker Missile. This is also where Samus acquires the Spider Ball. The Spider ball is being contained by a metal barrier. After Grappling a gear from a suitable position and blasting it into place, the metal barrier is withdrawn and the Spider Ball is revealed, being held in the hands of a Chozo Statue wearing armor similar to Samus'. This is the only occurrence of a Chozo Statue holding an item in the entire Prime series, where this was seen often in non-Prime games.
After it is acquired, the Statue moves backwards revealing a hatch which leads to a complex Spider Ball puzzle on the base of the building. Several open segments have flames pouring out of them which will detach Samus from the Spider Ball Track and send her falling. A Missile Expansion can be collected by taking a different rail route after reaching the end of the main rail puzzle. After this, Samus can leave the area to explore the Pirate Homeworld more deeply.
Matt Manchester designed the powerworks pod. Here are his notes:
"This room was fun in many different ways. It was tight, and a little bit claustrophobic, which felt like old school metroid. You journeyed into the hearts of one of the skytown pods, so it was an opportunity to show off the guts of the mechanism. It also gave me a chance to put a chozo statue in. I actually created this one first, and the entryway statue second. For this one, I wanted to pose him in the traditional statue pose, but incorporate some elements of the prime style chozo, which had a thinner head. I also created the armor the statue is wearing to reflect a similar method of technology as Samus' own chozo armor. It was while searching through some reference images that I discovered that they already did this in Zero Mission."
- 1 Databot
- Spider Ball
- See above.
- Missile Expansion
- See above.
- Energy grid
- "Energy grid currently offline. Activation of surrounding nodes will restore grid power."
- Entry lock
- "Entry lock active. Connections to energy grid are present."
- Locking mechanism
- "Power nodes offline. hit all targets simultaneously to restore power to them."
- "Fallen gear appears movable. Cannot get enough leverage to pull from this angle."
- "Protective barrier in place. Restore room operations to release barrier."
- "The two weeks following the Seed's impact were disastrous. Like the Aurora Unit, we too were infected with a Phazon-based virus. The spreading corruption consumed many of us, putting us under Space Pirate control. It was not long before only a handful of us remained. During this time there was but a moment that we received aid. Ghor, the Hunter dispatched by the Federation, arrived here to restore the Aurora Unit. Our hope quickly vanished as he too was corrupted by Phazon and lost his own will. He now leads the assault on the remaining survivors, taking more and more of the station over with each passing day. There is no hope left for us. Soon, we too will be among the enemy forces. The last of us now stand before the brink of history's end, silently waiting out our final hours. I am Elysian, descendant of both the Chozo and the First. I am facing the last moments of my life and transferring my memory to the data pod."
- Gear system
- "These gears have stopped functioning. A missing section is needed to resume operations."
- Chozo Statue
- "Scans indicate this Chozo Elder statue was sculpted 1013.81 years ago."
- Gear system (2)
- "Gear system is active and operational. Despite its age, it is functioning normally."