Chozo statues, also called Artifactor statues in Metroid II: Return of Samus, are the sentient, guardian statues of the Chozo, located on the planets the Chozo colonized. Chozo statues appear in nearly all Metroid games. In some games, they have the ability to heal Samus Aran if she enters Morph Ball mode and rests on their palms. Generally, the statues are either inanimate, or only perform general functions helpful to Samus's quest. The exception to this rule is Super Metroid's Torizo statues, which attack Samus after she takes the items the statues hold.
The Chozo practice of sculpting statues is a sacred, millennia-old process, performed only by Chozo who have lifetimes of experience. The statues are sentinels to the Chozo and act as repositories for their secrets and powers.
Chozo statues first appear in Metroid. Here, they contain various upgrades placed and hidden by the Chozo.
The only sentient Chozo Statue in Prime is a statue of a Chozo Elder encountered in the Hall of the Elders. If Samus rests in the palms of the statue while in Morph Ball form, it casts her forwards through different tracks which can be manipulated by Bomb Slots to reach new areas and items.
Interestingly, the first time Samus encounters this statue, a Chozo Ghost attacks, and the eyes of the statue ignite. During subsequent attacks by Chozo Ghosts, the eyes will not ignite, but Samus will be unable to rest in its hands.
Non-Sentient Chozo Statues
Not all statues made by the Chozo are sentient; some are purely decorative or only minimally functional. These are usually distinctively birdlike and either honorary depictions at religious sites or aesthetic functional pieces, such as drains for waterways.
Examples of Chozo architecture
A Chozo sculpture made of Cordite
A worn and weathered Cordite sculpture
A Chozo balancing the Plane of Existence on his hands
A frozen Chozo spout in the Chozo Ice Temple
- "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." —Metroid Prime Logbook "Statuary" (Metroid Prime)
- "Identified as statue of Chozo Elder. According to Chozo lore, these statues served as the watchful guardians of tombs and shrines. Its outstretched hands are empty, as if awaiting an offering." —Scan Data (Metroid Prime)