There are 12 Ancient Statues scattered around Solis in Just Cause 4. Much like the locations of the Tombs, there’s no particular road map for them in-game. The only way to find them is to methodically search every square foot of the island.
Alternatively: we wrote them down for you. Whichever.
The first clue in-game to the location of an Ancient Statue is often but not necessarily a different statue, found somewhere aboveground. If you use your Retractor to pull the statue’s arm up, usually by tethering it to the outer ring on its base, the statue’s head lights up and it turns to point somewhere.
That guides you in the vague direction of a nearby hidden ruin, in which you can turn a stone crank to activate a second, underground statue. You do not have to have found or activated the “guide” statues in order to successfully activate the Ancient Statue with the lever.
Revealing an Ancient Statue grants you 300 Mod Points towards the Retractor, as it’s technically a side mission for Javi. Each Ancient Statue’s cavern is also a marked location in the game world, which gets you that much closer to the Wanderlust and Been Around the World trophy/achievements.
The guide statue is in the middle of nowhere in southern Hatun Ukucha, which is only the first problem. The second is that the lever is in a very well-hidden cave on the southern face of the mountain. You’ll never spot it from the ground, but if you parachute down and look for a conspicuous patch of snow, that’s the cavern you need.
The guide statue is directly west of Base Aerea Yanacagua, and is readily visible from the highway. If you’re standing on that statue when it activates, you can easily see where it’s pointing you, to a well-hidden cave in the hillside nearby.
The first guide statue is almost a straight shot southwest from Illapa, over the border from Qachas in Tallada. It’s one of quite a few that are scattered around the mountains out here, all of which eventually point you in roughly the same direction. This can be hard to find, but it’s basically just a question of climbing higher and higher until you either trip over the lever, or get high enough above it that you can spot it.
The guide statue is northwest from the village of Rio Wanayito, along the river in the Delta Rio Wanay. It points you to a second statue, which in turn points you across the valley to an old stone ruin that shouldn’t be hard to spot.
You might be able to spot the guide statue from the ground if you look up and to the north-northwest from the Academia Qacha training camp in Gran Batalla. The Ancient Statue is just over the next hill, to the northwest.
Southwest from Waqar in Wachikuni, a small town west of the Tomba De La Esposa, on the mountainside above the highway tunnel, you’ll find a bunch of different statues scattered throughout the area. Somewhat anticlimactically, all of them point you in the same direction, towards a lever in a canyon to the south-southwest. It’s really easy to find, especially from the air.
Northwest of the Mina Rocanegra in northern Paramos, where the highway takes that weird curve to get around the C-shaped mountain in the desert, there’s a lever tucked in there.
Right at the “pointy bit” where Hamparas’s border extends into northern Tierra Del Quapaq, the mountains are infested with guide statues. It shouldn’t take you more than two activations to find the lever, which is slightly hidden underneath a big rock bridge.
The lever for this one is tucked into a box canyon in the middle of nowhere, northeast of Estacion Atalaya in Picos Nevados.
There is exactly one geographical feature of note on the entire island off the coast of southwestern Vaivenes, and it’s the shallow canyon in which you can find this lever. There are quite a few statues scattered around the island to point you in the right direction, but they’re pretty much unnecessary.
Directly east of the riverside town of La Baza in Tallada, in a valley surrounded by statues. If you find the Valle de Gigantes map marker, double back to the south-southeast and you’re there.
This isn’t too hard to find. The lever’s on the side of the mountain to the east of the big lake, Espejo Del Apu, northeast from the “Picos Helados” on your map screen. You may even spot it before you find the statue that’s ostensibly meant to guide you here.
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