Artifact of Elder

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Samus fires at fuel cells to knock down a Space Pirate tower and obtain the Artifact of Elder.

The Artifact of Elder is one of twelve artifacts Samus must retrieve from Tallon IV in Metroid Prime. When all twelve artifacts are collected, Samus brings them to the Artifact Temple to open the way to the Impact Crater.

The Artifact of Elder is in the Control Tower in Phendrana Drifts. To acquire this artifact, Samus must melt the ice outside the window of the eastern elevator tower using the Plasma Beam and fire Missiles at the now-exposed fuel cells. Afterward, she can approach the tower that collapses as a result of the explosion and roll through the small passage in Morph Ball mode.



  1. "Translating Chozo runes on Totem's surface. Invaders have claimed Phendrana as their own. A Tower sits atop their fortress. Collapse it to reveal the chamber where the Artifact of Elder is held." — Logbook "Artifact of Elder" (Metroid Prime)

Language Name Meaning
Japanese エルダー  Elder  
Italian Saggio  Sage