After all these years, it's still mysterious and implacable.

The Moai is a structure that appears in the Ice Caves.

It is always found in the top half of the level, next to a purple eggplant altar.

The Moai in Spelunky 2 is unlike its original incarnations in Spelunky HD and Spelunky Classic. Its ties to Ancient Egypt have been completely severed, as the Ankh is no longer used to enter it, nor does it award the Hedjet for entering. Because of this, there is no longer an Ankh symbol inscribed on its forehead and entering it is not a requirement for accessing The City of Gold.

Also unlike the original Moai, it has been moved to the wall of the level, with its chin being the only structure on it that a player can stand on, with the blocks under it now destructible.

Functionality

In spite of these massive overhauls, the Moai remains an important part of The Ice Caves, as it must be entered in order to reach the Eggplant World. Placing an Eggplant upon the purple altar beside the Moai will prompt it to open, allowing the Spelunker to enter a newly created small hollow within the statue, which contains the Eggplant Child inside.

Opening The Moai with an Eggplant to reach the Eggplant Child.

If the player is lucky with a Shopkeeper Vault spawn, they may enter the vault and teleport from it using either a Teleporter or Telepack to inside the Moai to awaken the Eggplant Child without initially opening it, allowing one to continue into the later levels with them.

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Mysterious and implacable.

The Moai is a structure that appears in the Ice Caves.

It is one of the very few obstacles in the game that can't be mined with a mattock or blasted apart with bombs, but getting the Hedjet hidden within it is necessary in order to visit the City of Gold. The blocks directly beneath it are as indestructable as the Moai itself.

The Moai is found on either level 3-2 or 3-3, unless the player went to The Worm and The Mothership, in that case The Moai will appear in 3-4 (after The Mothership).

Functionality

The symbol on the Moai's forehead is a clue to its function: Dying on the level where the Moai is while equipped with the Ankh will cause The Spelunker to resurrect inside a small hollow within the statue, which contains the Hedjet and a door to the next level.

It does not matter how the Spelunker dies, as long as it happens somewhere on the level where the Moai is present.  Blowing yourself up with a bomb or getting killed by enemies works. If you have a Jetpack, you should avoid being crushed to death as this destroys the attached item. Falling in the abyss, or any form of death, will cause you to be revived within the Moai without your carried weapon.

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Moai Teleport

Yes, it's possible.

Be warned, you must wait for the the Hedjet to fall onto you and collect it before exiting through the door. There is no second chance to collect this item.

Although it is possible to get inside the statue using the Teleporter, the game prevents acquiring the Hedjet this way by replacing it with a Diamond. Killing yourself with a bomb while inside the statue allows you to collect the Hedjet normally.

The Ball and Chain can be used to 'break' the blocks that make up the Moai, allowing them to be passed through by dragging the ball over the top of the statue.

Trivia

  • Moai were carved by the Polynesian people of Easter Island approximately 500 to 750 years ago. Some are upwards of 30 feet tall, and were apparently moved on log rollers from the quarry in which they were carved to various sites throughout the island.
  • Moai are surprisingly common in video games, especially in games developed by Konami.
  • Unlike Spelunky Classic, attempting to "End Adventure" will not respawn the spelunker inside the statue.

Bugs

  • During multiplayer, both players will be teleported inside the Moai and the Hedjet will cause damage to the player that doesn't pick up the Hedjet, to prevent this one player must crouch or the other needs to jump.

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Mysterious and implacable.

The Moai is a structure that appears in the Ice Caves.
It is one of the very few obstacles in the game that can't be mined with a mattock or blasted apart with bombs, but getting the Hedjet hidden within it is necessary in order to visit the City of Gold.

Functionality

The symbol on the Moai's forehead is a clue to its function: Dying near it while equipped with the Ankh will cause the Spelunker to resurrect inside a small hollow within the statue, which contains the Hedjet and a door to the next level.
This is best done by pressing ESC + F1, as it allows the Spelunker to retain any item he was carrying before his death. It is a bad idea to plant a bomb on the side of the statue to kill yourself; as the blast may kill you twice, both before and after you resurrect.
Be warned that you must wait for the the Hedjet to fall through the thin ice and collect it before exiting through the door, as there is no second chance to collect this item.

It is not possible to acquire the Hedjet using the Teleporter to warp inside the statue, as the game considers the inside of the Moai to be solid until the Ankh is used. If you attempt to teleport in, you will die even if you land inside what should be the hollow interior.

Bugs

If the Moai is in the Frozen Region when the Spelunker dies, the game will resurrect him at the level entrance instead of inside the statue.
It is therefore important to always die as close to the Moai as possible. Jumping into the Abyss is risky if the Moai is too far from the bottom of the level.

Trivia

  • Moai were carved by the Polynesian people of Easter Island approximately 500 to 750 years ago. Some are upwards of 30 feet tall, and were apparently moved on log rollers from the quarry in which they were carved to various sites throughout the island.
  • Moai are surprisingly common in video games, especially in games developed by Konami.

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