GOD OF WAR
BLOODY BRUTALITY - Complete PS2 FAQ/Walkthrough
Authored by VampireHorde


 

                                                                      
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What it do, my babies? Welcome to my God Of War Walkthrough for PS2. 
This guide will detail everything you need to know about the game from 
the intricate puzzles to boss strategies. All strategies and tactics 
here apply to ALL difficulties.

Before you read this guide, I urge that you play the game first and 
figure out the puzzles for yourself. If you still get stumped, then you 
can come to me for help, my babies. 


ENOUGH CHIT-CHAT, FIGHT!


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                   +++   THE GAMEPLAY ASPECTS   +++


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Welcome to the world of Ancient Greece! War is a bitch and so are your 
Enemies! Kill them with everything you got! 


Circle Button:   GRAB/PUNCH (during Grab)
Triangle Button: STRONG ATTACK/MUTILATE (during Grab)
X Button:        JUMP/DOUBLE JUMP/KICK (while dragging item)
Square Button:   REGULAR ATTACK/SWORD SWIPE (during Grab)

L1 Button:  BLOCK
L2 Button:  USE MAGIC POWER
L3 Button:  RAGE OF THE GODS (press with R3 Button)
R1 Button:  SHOULDER TACKLE/DASH
R2 Button:  OPEN CRATES/DRAG & LIFT ITEMS
R3 Button:  RAGE OF THE GODS (press with L3 Button)

LEFT ANALOG STICK:  WALK/RUN
RIGHT ANALOG STICK: EVASION

D-Pad UP:    MAGIC POWERS SELECT
D-Pad DOWN:  MAGIC POWERS SELECT
D-Pad LEFT:  MAGIC POWERS SELECT
D-Pad RIGHT: MAGIC POWERS SELECT

START Button:  POWERUP MENU
SELECT Button: OPTIONS MENU


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+++   WEAPONS   +++


To upgrade the weapons and magic bars, simply press the Start Button to 
go to the Enhancement Screen. Choose your weapon or Magic of choice and 
press the X Button to funnel Blood into the Meter per item.


BLADES OF CHAOS
WHERE OBTAINED: DEFAULT FOR KRATOS
UPGRADE COSTS:
--LEVEL 1 - DEFAULT  
--LEVEL 2 - 2250 RED ORBS
--LEVEL 3 - 3750 RED ORBS
--LEVEL 4 - 9000 RED ORBS 
--LEVEL 5 - MAXIMUM, CANNOT UPGRADE FURTHER


BLADE OF ARTEMIS
WHERE OBTAINED: RINGS OF PANDORA
UPGRADE COSTS:
--LEVEL 1 - DEFAULT
--LEVEL 2 - 3750 RED ORBS
--LEVEL 3 - 10000 RED ORBS


BLADE OF THE GODS
WHERE OBTAINED: DURING SECOND BATTLE WITH ARES
UPGRADE COSTS:
--LEVEL 5 - ALREADY AT MAXIMUM


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==   MAGIC POWER OF THE GODS   ==


To upgrade the weapons and magic bars, simply press the Start Button to 
go to the Enhancement Screen. Choose your weapon or Magic of choice and 
press the X Button to funnel Blood into the Meter.


RAGE OF POSEIDON   
WHERE OBTAINED: BEFORE FINAL HYDRA BATTLE
UPGRADE COST:
--LEVEL 1 - DEFAULT
--LEVEL 2 - 1650 RED ORBS
--LEVEL 3 - 4500 RED ORBS
 

MEDUSA'S GAZE
WHERE OBTAINED: AFTER BATTLE WITH MEDUSA
UPGRADE COSTS:
--LEVEL 1 - DEFAULT
--LEVEL 2 - 3000 RED ORBS
--LEVEL 3 - 7500 RED ORBS


ZEUS' FURY
WHERE OBTAINED: ROOFTOPS OF ATHENS
UPGRADE COSTS:
--LEVEL 1 - DEFAULT
--LEVEL 2 - 750 RED ORBS
--LEVEL 3 - 3500 RED ORBS
 

ARMY OF HADES   
WHERE OBTAINED: AFTER OBTAINING ARCHITECT SON'S SKULL
UPGRADE COSTS:
--LEVEL 1 - DEFAULT
--LEVEL 2 - 4500 RED ORBS
--LEVEL 3 - 10000 RED ORBS


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==   RAGE OF THE GODS   ==


Once Kratos upgrades the Blades of Chaos to Level 2, he can then use 
the Rage of the Gods power. It's sort of like Devil Trigger from Devil 
May Cry. When activated, Kratos enters God Mode and can decimate 
enemies like flies. 

To fill the Rage meter, you need to kill enemies. The more enemies 
dead, the faster the bar fills. Press the L3 and R3 Button to activate 
Rage. Once Rage is activated, you CANNOT deactivate it! It continues 
until the meter empties so use it wisely!


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==   ENERGY ENHANCEMENT   ==


--GORGON'S EYE
Every six of these that you find increases Kratos' health bar. 

--PHOENIX FEATHER
Same as above but it increases Kratos' Magic meter.

--MUSE KEYS
You only need two Muse Keys to open the secret Chamber of the Gods room 
inside the Rings Of Pandora. The game offers you FOUR different 
opportunities to retrieve two keys, so don't worry if you missed some 
of them.


+++BIG NOTE: 
The Prima Strategy guide lists 36 Gorgon Eyes and 36 Phoenix Feathers 
available in the game. In actuality, Kratos only needs to find 18 of 
each item to extend the meters (that's 3 meter extensions) and then the 
last upgrades come from the Chamber of the Gods. STUPID PRIMA!!!


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==   ESSENCE   ==

There are three types of Essence:

--RED ESSENCE (BLOOD)
This is used to Power-Up your Weapons and Magic in the Menu screen.

--BLUE ESSENCE (MAGIC)
Found only after obtaining Rage of Poseidon.

--GREEN ESSENCE (HEALTH)
Found by killing humans or opening specific Chests.


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==   THE COMBO METER   ==

As you rack up your Combos with hard hits, the Combo meter adds up your 
total hits each time and labels your brutality as follows:

10 HITS:      VICIOUS
10-20 HITS:   GORY
30-40 HITS:   SAVAGE/INHUMAN
40-100 HITS:  BLOODTHIRSTY/RELENTLESS/MERCILESS
100-200 HITS: PITILESS/TYRANNICAL/IMMORTAL
200-300 HITS: FEROCIOUS/GODLY
300-400 HITS: OMNIPOTENT/OLYMPIC
400-500 HITS: ALL POWERFUL/HERCULEAN
500-1000 HITS: SUPREME/UNEARTHLY/IMPOSSIBLE


When enemies are killed in specific conditions, new terms appear:

--RUTHLESS KILL: Kill any enemy using a simple Grab (not when the 
Circle Button appears)

--BRUTAL KILL: Kill any enemy using the buttons that appear above their 
heads when they are weakened

--MUTILATION: Kill an enemy with the Blade of Artemis

--RUINED: Kill an enemy that is airborne (like those Harpies for 
example) with Medusa's Gaze and let them shatter as they drop

--CRUSHED: Kill an enemy frozen during Medusa's Gaze



+++END OF GAME NOTE: 
Your upgraded items DO NOT carry over to another new game! When you 
start a new game or difficulty, Kratos will begin with the usual weak 
weapons. Yes, it SUCKS that it works that way! STUPID DAVID JAFFE!!!



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                    +++   THE MAIN WALKTHROUGH   +++

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                          Welcome to God Of War!

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                        +++   THE AEGEAN SEA   +++

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++AREA: SHIP BOW

First things first, test out all your combo skills and eliminate all 
the enemies that appear until a cutscene occurs. After the baddies are 
gone, walk up to the metal grate and mash the R2 Button to open it. 
Jump down to the next area.

Open the Chest to replenish Health and destroy the Barrels to fill up 
the Blood Meter. Enter through the hallway on the right side and 
destroy the barricade. Continue through the hallway to your first sub-
boss battle.


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               +++   SUB-BOSS BATTLE: HYDRA SPAWN   +++

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This battle may look difficult but it actually ISN'T. The Hydra Spawn 
only does a one or two-Chomp attack and can simply be evaded with 
evasion rolls. 

Here's what you do: Stand near the entrance doorway (you'll be safe 
here) and wait for it to do a two-Chomp attack. Immediately roll in 
twice and perform ONE combo on the Spawn and then IMMEDIATELY ROLL BACK 
towards the doorway! Repeat this simple tactic until it keels over and 
a series of Buttons will appear above its head.

Get up close to the head and press the following buttons when they 
appear: CIRCLE, TRIANGLE, TRIANGLE, TRIANGLE, TRIANGLE.

When the sequence is performed correctly, you'll witness an INTENSE 
display of brutality. Memorize the button layout of the controller! If 
you can't figure which button is which, now is the time to do so! If 
you screw up the sequence, the spawn's health will regenerate and you 
DON'T want that! 

Defeat the spawn to continue with the mission.


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++AREA: BACK OF THE SHIP

After the battle, head forward and walk through a series of 
scaffoldings Prince-Of-Persia style. Continue through the destroyed 
hole on the left side and continue through. Ignore the stupid prisoner 
(you can't help him anyway) and make your way upstairs. Destroy the 
barricade and then open the door and exit.

Eliminate all the winged foes with some grab moves and kill the 
defenseless humans to replenish any Health. Continue through to another 
Hydra spawn battle on the deck.


Unfortunately, no button pressing Brutality can be found here. 
Goddammit! Now that you are in a different area, the Hydra spawn will 
have a few new moves for you.

--HEAD POUND
It'll pound it's head on the deck in a left, right, center pattern. 

--SWALLOW
It'll grab Kratos and try to swallow him alive. Mash the Circle Button 
to open the jaws and counterattack.

--SWIPE
It'll do cheap swipes with its head to knock you off your feet. Use 
timed double jumps (straight up) to avoid getting damaged.

--WIND GUST
Technically not an attack, but it uses this move if Kratos moves too 
far away. SISSY!


Whittle the boss's health down to ZERO with some hard combos to trigger 
the next Checkpoint. Jump down to the water and swim to the other side. 
Climb up the ropes.


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++AREA: SHIP TO SHIP


Climb up the wall and eliminate the enemies here. Carefully cross the 
scaffoldings to the other side. TAKE YOUR TIME AND BE CAREFUL! There's 
a Chest on one side filled with Blood if you need it.

Cross the bars and head for the ship to trigger a cutscene. Once the 
cutscene finishes, open the Chest to replenish Health.


SAVE GAME


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               +++   PUZZLE: CRATE-PUSHING PUZZLE   +++


Make your way down the ship and hide behind the large Crates to avoid 
arrow damage (which you can block, BTW). See that small crate on the 
right side of the ship? You need to push that thing all the way to the 
other side to jump to the stern above where the archers are standing.

If you try to push the crate manually, it will get destroyed halfway 
though. Instead of all that drama, press the R2 Button to grab the 
crate and then press and hold the X Button to do a charged kick. Doing 
this will fling the crate a far distance. Keep using charged kicks 
until you can safely position the Crate under the pillars. 

Once you make it to the other end, jump on the Crate and then jump up 
top to slay those sonofabitch archers. Open the nearby Chest to 
replenish Health and continue through the hallways outside.


Unfortunately, you cannot save the women and children locked in the 
Captain's Quarters. Instead, climb the ladder and then scale the ropes 
all the way to the top of the Ship. Eliminate enemies on the way up or 
just keep pressing the Jump Button to quickly get to the top.


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++AREA: THE LORD POSEIDON


Jump to the top of the Ship's sail and then grab onto the long rope and 
slide down to the next area.

There are three barricades to destroy: the left barricade contains a 
Blood Chest, the right barricade has a Gorgon's Eye, and the middle 
barricade leads to the next Checkpoint. Destroy the middle barricade 
and head through to a cutscene.


+++MAGIC POWER OBTAINED: RAGE OF POSEIDON

After the cutscene, destroy all the enemies with your newly acquired 
Magic. Once that's done, head through the halls outside to find the 
next Save Point.


SAVE GAME


Replenish your Health and Magic Meters at the Chests and then climb up 
the rafters to encounter your first boss!


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                 +++   BOSS BATTLE: HYDRA - PART ONE   +++
 
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For this battle, Kratos needs to subdue both of the Hydra spawn so that 
he can reach the main boss. Attack each Spawn (one at a time) until it 
keels over. Next to each Spawn are stacks of Crates. When the Spawn is 
down, jump on those Crates to the top and then jump on the nearby large 
anchor-spear to pin it down. Do this for both Spawns.

When fighting the two spawns, stand in the corner near the crates (on 
the bottom of the TV screen) on either side. Kratos can stand here for 
the entire fight and NOT GET DAMAGED! After each spawn does an attack, 
counter with a 2-Hit Combo and pull back. Subdue both of the spawns to 
trigger the second part of this battle


              +++   BOSS BATTLE: HYDRA - PART TWO   +++


Finally! Climb the ropes to trigger the epic battle.


Hydra only has one attack (technically two): a painful Chomp bite and a 
pretty useless Roar that sends you flying to the bottom of the ship. 
After Kratos climbs the ropes, stand in the spot where he emerges (this 
is what I call the Safe Spot). You can stand here for the entire battle 
and not get hurt! WOW!

DO NOT walk on the planks on the left or right side. STAY WHERE YOU 
ARE! Lure the Hydra to chomping the plywood by standing in front of it. 
When it starts moving its head back, IMMEDIATELY go back to the Safe 
Spot to evade the attack. When it chomps the plywood, quickly do a 2 or 
3-Hit Combo on his head. Repeat this tactic until you whittle its 
health to 50%. See how simple that was?


Once the boss keels over in pain, run up to his head and press the 
Circle Button to trigger the kill sequence. Kratos will fling his 
blades and pull the Hydra's head. Rapidly tap the Circle Button to 
smash the Hydra's head against the pole! After doing that, the Hydra is 
released. You need to do this tactic two more times to break the pole 
and expose into a large stake.


Once the stake is exposed, whittle the boss's health until it keels 
over. Trigger the kill sequence and start tapping until Kratos 
completes the fatality. OUCH!!!!


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After the battle is over, walk inside the Hydra's mouth to obtain a Key 
Item. Make your way out and climb up the crates to the top. Open the 
left Crate for a Gorgon's Eye and then slide down to the other ship. 


SAVE GAME


Ignore the enemies here and go back to the Captain's Quarters and open 
the door. Head through to end the level.


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                     +++   THE GATES OF ATHENS   +++

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Once all that M-Rate foreplay is finished, head out of the bedroom and 
SAVE your game.


+++POON-TANG CLAN:
If you want some extra lollipop licking from the lovely ladies, jump on 
the bed and press the Circle Button to get your freak on with the 
honeys! Press the buttons shown onscreen for maximum satisfaction! You 
get some extra Blood for scoring. Remember, you can come back here 
anytime during the first half of the game.



++AREA: ATHENS DOCKS

Exit the ship and you'll encounter stronger Demon soldiers. Use simple 
Blocking and counters to kill them. Continue on towards the elevator. 
Before using the first elevator, jump through the large crack on the 
right side of the building. Swim towards the ledge and double jump to 
the door. Kill the enemies here and continue through the hallway to a 
Chest with a Phoenix Feather. 

Jump on the Crates outside the hall back to the Dock. Now go and use 
the Elevator and go up to encounter a new enemy.


--NEW ENEMY: MINI-TAUR
You'll encounter 3-4 Mini-taurs here. Use simple blocks and quick 
Combos to whittle its health down. When the Circle Button appears above 
its head, press the button to tackle it down. Mash the Circle Button to 
do a fatality. Do it for all of them and continue to the other 
elevator. Head up.


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++AREA: OUTSIDE ATHENS

Exit the elevator to encounter another new enemy.


--ENEMY: MACE-WIELDING FIENDS
Use simple evasion and hard Combos to whittle its health down. When the 
Circle Button appears above its head, press the button and a series of 
Random buttons will appear. Press them quickly to perform a fatality.

Kill all the Fiends to break the Red Seal. There's a Chest hidden in 
the corner just near the open doorway. Enter the door and continue 
through the hallway to a room with metal Crates. See the wooden Crates 
holding the Metal ones? Break those apart! 

There's two Wooden Crates to break. The Crate in the upper left 
triggers a new doorway. Jump and shimmy your way to that door. There's 
also a hidden Chest in this room with a Gorgon's Eye, so grab it!


Enter the doorway and walk up to the Power-Up station to trigger a 
cutscene. After that, its battle time!



--NEW ENEMY: GORGON 
The Gorgon enemies are NOT a difficult to kill. Use continuous rolls to 
avoid the Stone Gaze and simple Blocks to avoid its tail swipes. Pile 
on the hurt until the Circle Button appears above her head. Get up 
close and grab her. Rotate the Left Analog Stick in the directions you 
see on the screen to perform a fatality.


++MAGIC OBTAINED: MEDUSA'S GAZE

From here, use the newly acquired magic to kill the mini-taurs. Use the 
Chest to replenish magic if you need to. After all the enemies are 
dead, continue through the hallway and climb the ladder to the top.

Do you see that dead soldier hanging there? If you can jump to his 
beam, you'll find two hidden Chests with Blood.


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SAVE GAME


Pull the lever at the top to rotate the large Bow and Arrow contraption 
and then activate it to break open the wooden door. Enter the next 
hallway and take the path to the left. Slide down the ladder and kill 
the enemies. Open the Chest here for a Gorgon's Eye. There's nothing 
else here so go back up the ladder.

See that other ladder on the right? Climb it up to head outside. Scale 
the walls and jump from wall-to-wall while evading and killing enemies. 
At the last wall, climb down and carefully tread on the ledge.

Stand in between the pillar and the giant statue and rapidly tap the 
R2 Button to topple it over to trigger a cutscene clue. Jump down and 
climb the ladder on the other side while killing the baddies. Destroy 
the weak pillars to reach the higher roof and climb up.

Kill the enemies here and activate the Bow and Arrow set. Jump on the 
rope to shimmy Sam-Fisher style to the other side. Rid the enemies in 
your way and then slide down the ladder and open the metal door with 
the Helmet logo.

Use the Bow and Arrow contraption here to bust open to the wooden door. 
Kill the Mini-Taurs and head for the ladder and go down. (Go up the 
ladder for extra Chests with Essence.)


Exit the area and head for the middle of the bridge to trigger a 
cutscene.


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++AREA: ENTRANCE TO ATHENS

Walk up the stairs and head for the center of the bridge to trigger a 
cutscene. Enter through the large curtains to trigger another cutscene.


SAVE GAME


There are two paths to take. Take the one on the left side first. Head 
down the stairs and an explosion will block the way. Make your way 
through the gate for another battle.


--NEW ENEMY: MINI-TAUR W/MALLET and SWORD
To evade its Mallet Smashwave, roll to the left or right! Double 
jumping will only get you hurt.


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               +++   PUZZLE: STEP-BUTTON PUZZLE   +++

There is a Step-Button on the other side of the floor. If you step on 
it, the exit door will open but you will NOT have enough time to exit 
before it closes. 

To solve this puzzle, you need to use the Medusa's Gaze to freeze the 
Mini-taur as it steps on the button. Lure the enemy onto the button and 
then freeze him when he steps on it. From there, quickly roll to the 
opened gate before the enemy un-freezes. This will take a few of 
attempts but the Magic Chest here will always replenish your Magic just 
in case you need it.

Exit outside to the next area.


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++AREA: ATHENS VILLAGE ROAD

As you battle through the town, you can destroy the doors for each 
house to find some Chests. There are 2 Phoenix Feathers and 2 Gorgon's 
Eye in this road alone, so start exploring!

Kill all the enemies that appear and then approach the roadblock and 
destroy it. Can't find a way to the other side? At the tip of the 
roadblock is a piece of hanging rope above it. Do you see it? Use a 
double-jump towards the rope to grab it and then swing your way to the 
other side. Head outside to Athens Town square.


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++AREA: ATHENS TOWNSQUARE

Continue on until you see another new enemy causing havoc.


--NEW ENEMY: CYCLOPS
Use simple evasion and hard Combos on this bitch. When the Circle 
Button appears above its head, press the Button to fling the weapon to 
its eye and pull it out. You have to do this 3-4 times before it dies, 
so do it! Kill all the one-eyed freaks to continue on through the newly 
opened doorway and through the hallways. 


Inside the first room is a hidden Chest behind the Greek paintings. 
Destroy them and open the Chest to find a Phoenix Feather.

Follow the woman as she runs upstairs. Before you jump the small gap 
(where the woman is waiting for you), bash open the large wooden door 
near the gap to find a hidden room with a couple of Chests. Collect the 
goodies and then continue. Jump the gap and continue up the stairs to a 
cutscene.


SAVE GAME 


Open the Chest on the left side of the Save Point to find a Phoenix 
Feather. Jump down to where the woman fell and grab the Key Item. With 
the Key Item in your possession, you have to make your way all the way 
BACK UPSTAIRS AGAIN! This time you'll encounter enemies on the way 
back. Follow the onscreen directions to kill them and head back to the 
Save Point upstairs. 

Jump to the mini-bridge on the right side and use the Key Item. Open 
the hatch and jump down.


SAVE GAME


Head through the hall and open the large gate at the other end.


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                   +++   ROOFTOPS OF ATHENS   +++

            ____  ____  ____  ________________  ____  _____
           / __ \/ __ \/ __ \/ ____/_  __/ __ \/ __ \/ ___/
          / /_/ / / / / / / / /_    / / / / / / /_/ /\__ \ 
         / _, _/ /_/ / /_/ / __/   / / / /_/ / ____/___/ / 
        /_/ |_|\____/\____/_/     /_/  \____/_/    /____/  
                                                   

         ____  ______   ___  ________  _________   _______
        / __ \/ ____/  /   |/_  __/ / / / ____/ | / / ___/
       / / / / /_     / /| | / / / /_/ / __/ /  |/ /\__ \ 
      / /_/ / __/    / ___ |/ / / __  / /___/ /|  /___/ / 
      \____/_/      /_/  |_/_/ /_/ /_/_____/_/ |_//____/  
                                                    

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Make your way to the green shrubbery on the wall and climb to the top. 
Enter the doorway to encounter a new enemy.


--NEW ENEMY: SHADOW WRAITH
You have to be creative with your evasion and BLOCK his attacks! 
Counter with a Cyclone Of Chaos to whittle down their health. Another 
way to stop them is to grab them. They rarely block so it's easier to 
grab them. Press the Circle Button when prompted to perform a fatality.


You need to kill ALL the enemies in this area in order to proceed. Kill 
the enemies and then ascend the stairs to kill more enemies on the 
rooftop. Once that's done, exit through the doorway and you'll come 
across a platforming area with Archers. Jump and climb your way to the 
other side and continue.


You'll notice there's a Chest on a ledge. Jump to the first pillar and 
crawl and jump your way to that ledge. You can also bash down the door 
next to the Chest and kill the enemies AND those annoying Archers if 
you want. Enter the building with the Save Point inside.


SAVE GAME


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DO NOT CLIMB THE LADDER NEAR THE SAVE POINT YET! I will explain why in 
a second.


++AREA: ZEUS'S BUILDING

Exit the Save Point room and head for the mini-bridge (you'll see 
Archers on the roof). As you make your way up the bridge, turn left to 
see a large Bow and Arrow contraption. You'll also see an open doorway 
next to the Bow and Arrow and a sealed doorway across from it.

Push that contraption into the open doorway and into a small room with 
a large wooden door. You'll see a door on the left and one on the right 
side of this room that can be opened. Open the door on the left side to 
find a lever and some enemies. Kill the enemies that appear but DO NOT 
PULL THE LEVER YET!


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               +++   PUZZLE: ZEUS PUZZLE SOLUTION   +++


Notice that the Bow and Arrow contraption is facing opposite the wooden 
door. You need to rotate the contraption so that it faces the doorway. 
To spin that thing around, look at the large circular tile in front of 
the left door (it has a Helmet logo on it).

--Place the Bow and Arrow set on top of that Helmet logo tile and then 
pull the lever in the room to spin it 90 degrees.

--Remove the Bow and Arrow from the tile and pull the lever to reset 
the tile.

--Place the Bow and Arrow set on the tile AGAIN and pull the lever to 
rotate it 90 degrees more. When done correctly, the Bow and Arrow 
should be facing directly at the doorway.


Drag that thing across the doorway and shoot an arrow to bust open the 
door. See how easy that was? Proceed through to trigger a cutscene.


++MAGIC OBTAINED: ZEUS'S FURY


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Head outside and kill the Archer's with your Magic to continue. Head 
into the newly unsealed door and break open the crack in the wall to 
find Chests that contain a Phoenix Feather and a Gorgon's Eye. Make 
your way back to the Save Point room.


SAVE GAME


NOW CLIMB THAT LADDER UP TO THE ROOF! Kill the enemies that appear on 
each roof top. Use Zeus's Fury on the Archers when trying to cross the 
ropes to a set of Chests.


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              +++   PUZZLE: THE COWARDLY BITCH PUZZLE   +++


Continue up the roofs until you meet a cowardly bitch who won't open 
the Drawbridge. To get him to raise the bridge, shoot a lightning bolt 
with your new Magic power up his ass and the bridge will rise. 

Continue past the bridge into a small room with Chests that contain a 
Phoenix Feather and Gorgon's Eye. Head down the hallway and kill the 
Wraiths on the way to the elevator on the other end. Enter the elevator 
and go down.


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                    +++   PATH TO THE ORACLE   +++

                 ____  ___  ________  __   __________ 
                / __ \/   |/_  __/ / / /  /_  __/ __ \
               / /_/ / /| | / / / /_/ /    / / / / / /
              / ____/ ___ |/ / / __  /    / / / /_/ / 
             /_/   /_/  |_/_/ /_/ /_/    /_/  \____/  
                                         
     ________  ________   ____  ____  ___   ________    ______
    /_  __/ / / / ____/  / __ \/ __ \/   | / ____/ /   / ____/
     / / / /_/ / __/    / / / / /_/ / /| |/ /   / /   / __/   
    / / / __  / /___   / /_/ / _, _/ ___ / /___/ /___/ /___   
   /_/ /_/ /_/_____/   \____/_/ |_/_/  |_\____/_____/_____/   
                                                          

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Cross the scaffoldings to the other side. 


      +++   PUZZLE: THE THREE HARD-TO-REACH CHESTS PUZZLE   ++


Before you go up the mountain stairs to save the Oracle, you'll notice 
that there's a ledge in Athens Town Square with three Chests across 
from the Save Point on the broken bridge. Do you see them?

To obtain their contents, have Kratos shimmy on the broken bridge 
towards that ledge and then double-jump onto that ledge with the 
chests. You'll have to time your jumps so that Kratos hangs on the 
ledge with his hands so you can shimmy over.


SAVE GAME


--OBJECTIVE: HEAD TO THE ORACLE GARDEN

Continue up the stairs and eliminate enemies on the way up. Watch for a 
hidden Chest in one of the mountain walls! Make your way to the Oracle 
Garden to trigger a cutscene. After the cutscene, eliminate all the 
enemies here to trigger ANOTHER cutscene.

After that cutscene, head up the stairs and collect the Gorgon's Eye 
and Phoenix Feather in the Chests on both sides of the temple.


SAVE GAME

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                 +++   PUZZLE: THE HARPY PUZZLE   +++

Enter into the temple and take the stairs to a large room. Before 
opening the door on the left side, you'll notice a bunch of Harpies 
entering the room via the cracks on the wall. To cover up those cracks, 
Kratos will need to use something to block the crack.

Make your way to the front of the room and grab the golden statues with 
shields. Line up the statues to cover each of the cracks to stop 
spawning the winged demons. Now open the door and head upstairs and 
then carefully cross the bars to the other side without any Harpy 
interference.

++NOTE:
There's a large piece of glass on the other end of the scaffolding that 
you can smash that has a Chest with a Gorgon's Eye!


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SAVE GAME


Continue up the halls while killing fools on the way out.


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            +++   PUZZLE: THE HANGING ORACLE PUZZLE   +++


AAHH!! SHUT UP ALREADY!!! To solve this puzzle, Kratos will need to use 
an elevated stand in order to reach the top of the area.


Here's how to solve this puzzle: 

--Grab and drag one statue that's near the entrance and place it on the 
elevator. (The elevator goes up and down every 10-20 seconds.)

--Grab the other statue and then wait near the elevator.

--When the elevator goes down again, drop the statue ON TOP of the 
first statue.

--Jump down and drag the two-tiered statue near the water fountain. 
Climb up to the top of the gazebo and use the two-tiered statue as a 
platform to reach the hanging vines.


From there, you have 66-Seconds to make your way to the other side and 
save the Oracle. GOOD LUCK!

The solution is tedious but quite simple: you just need to place one 
statue on top of the other! Before you leave the area, find all the 
hidden Chests and a Gorgon's Eye.



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                   +++   THE SEWERS OF ATHENS   +++
                         
        _____ _______       ____________  _____    ____  ______
       / ___// ____/ |     / / ____/ __ \/ ___/   / __ \/ ____/
       \__ \/ __/  | | /| / / __/ / /_/ /\__ \   / / / / /_    
      ___/ / /___  | |/ |/ / /___/ _, _/___/ /  / /_/ / __/    
     /____/_____/  |__/|__/_____/_/ |_|/____/   \____/_/       
                                                          
                 ___  ________  _________   _______
                /   |/_  __/ / / / ____/ | / / ___/
               / /| | / / / /_/ / __/ /  |/ /\__ \ 
              / ___ |/ / / __  / /___/ /|  /___/ / 
             /_/  |_/_/ /_/ /_/_____/_/ |_//____/  
                                      

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SAVE GAME


There are two paths to take: the Sword path and the path going up the 
mountain. There's a Phoenix Feather on top of the mountain, so take it 
if you want it. Otherwise, take the pathway with the big-ass Sword 
Bridge and continue down a circular flight of stairs to the sewers.


You'll encounter Archers, Demon soldiers, Mini-Taurs, and Cyclops on 
the way past the Sewers. Equip your best Combos and bring on the hurt. 
Fight your way out of the sewers and then take the ladder on the other 
side to a Spiral stairway. Head up the stairway and pull the lever to 
end up in Athens (again).


++AREA: ROAD TO ATHENS

Remember this place? Take the path on the right side and then enter the 
doorway to the Desert Of Lost Souls. SAVE your game before doing 
anything else in the desert!


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                  +++   DESERT OF LOST SOULS   +++
                         
         ____  ___________ __________  ______   ____  ______
        / __ \/ ____/ ___// ____/ __ \/_  __/  / __ \/ ____/
       / / / / __/  \__ \/ __/ / /_/ / / /    / / / / /_    
      / /_/ / /___ ___/ / /___/ _, _/ / /    / /_/ / __/    
     /_____/_____//____/_____/_/ |_| /_/     \____/_/       
                                                       
       __    ____  ___________   _____ ____  __  ____   _____
      / /   / __ \/ ___/_  __/  / ___// __ \/ / / / /  / ___/
     / /   / / / /\__ \ / /     \__ \/ / / / / / / /   \__ \ 
    / /___/ /_/ /___/ // /     ___/ / /_/ / /_/ / /______/ / 
   /_____/\____//____//_/     /____/\____/\____/_____/____/  
                                                          


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--NEW ENEMY: SIREN
When you enter the desert, Kratos is in the Western side of the desert. 
The first Siren is all the way to the East near the temple. Use evasion 
rolls to evade their attacks and use Zeus's Fury to stop her. Grab her 
when the Circle Button appears to perform a fatality. 

The other two Sirens are in the northern and southern area. Listen for 
faint singing to find where they are. Be careful though! The remaining 
two Sirens have Mini-taurs as bodyguards. Kill all three Sirens to 
continue the mission.


SAVE GAME


Make your way downstairs to a mini-puzzle.


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                 +++   PUZZLE: CONVEYOR BELT PUZZLE   +++

Open the door with the Spartan logo to reveal a large block and a 
Chest. You need to kick the block to the wall all the way to the left. 
Watch out for soldiers!

Jump up to the top and open the door and continue through. Enter 
through the doorway and use the large horn to part the sands "Ten 
Commandments" style. Head through to trigger a cutscene at the other 
end.

Kill all the Sirens to trigger ANOTHER cutscene and then use the horn 
to enter Pandora's Temple.


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                      +++   PANDORA'S TEMPLE   +++
                            
          ____  ___    _   ______  ____  ____  ___   _____
         / __ \/   |  / | / / __ \/ __ \/ __ \/   | / ___/
        / /_/ / /| | /  |/ / / / / / / / /_/ / /| | \__ \ 
       / ____/ ___ |/ /|  / /_/ / /_/ / _, _/ ___ |___/ / 
      /_/   /_/  |_/_/ |_/_____/\____/_/ |_/_/  |_/____/  
                                                    
                ______________  _______  __    ______
               /_  __/ ____/  |/  / __ \/ /   / ____/
                / / / __/ / /|_/ / /_/ / /   / __/   
               / / / /___/ /  / / ____/ /___/ /___   
              /_/ /_____/_/  /_/_/   /_____/_____/   
                                       

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Cross the bridge all the way to the temple entrance. See that douchebag 
burning stuff? You can't jump to him, so go the other way around and 
make your way towards the lower area. See that lever? Pull it to reveal 
a set of steps. Quickly jump up to the top to trigger a cutscene.


--NEW ENEMY: MEGA CYCLOPS
These guys are a mixture of the Mace-Wielding fiends and the regular 
Cyclops. The strategies are the same: Evade and counter. When the 
Circle Button appears, grab it and press the buttons that appear to 
perform a fatality. There are four total to kill, so get to killing!


After the mass slaughter, continue up the stairs. Open the Chests at 
the top for Essence and a Gorgon's Eye and Phoenix Feather. Rotate the 
turnstile to open the doors and enter through. Kill the enemies and 
then read the Book to open the Rings of Pandora.


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                    +++   THE RINGS OF PANDORA   +++

              ____  _____   _____________    ____  ______
             / __ \/  _/ | / / ____/ ___/   / __ \/ ____/
            / /_/ // //  |/ / / __ \__ \   / / / / /_    
           / _, _// // /|  / /_/ /___/ /  / /_/ / __/    
          /_/ |_/___/_/ |_/\____//____/   \____/_/       
                                               
                ____  ___    _   ______  ____  ____  ___ 
               / __ \/   |  / | / / __ \/ __ \/ __ \/   |
              / /_/ / /| | /  |/ / / / / / / / /_/ / /| |
             / ____/ ___ |/ /|  / /_/ / /_/ / _, _/ ___ |
            /_/   /_/  |_/_/ |_/_____/\____/_/ |_/_/  |_|
                                             

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Go down the ring until you see a door with a skull. Across that door is 
an open hall with spiked smashers. Cautiously make your way through the 
spikes and proceed to the next area to the Save Room.


SAVE GAME


++AREA: SAVE ROOM

Approach the lever across the Save Point and pull it to reveal another 
turnstile outside the room. Make your way for the turnstile and rotate 
the lever until you see a Red Power-Up room. Enter through it to 
trigger a cutscene.


++WEAPON OBTAINED: BLADE OF ARTEMIS

After the cutscene, head through to the Challenge of Atlas.


SAVE GAME


--OBJECTIVE: OBTAIN SHIELD OF ZEUS

Continue thru and kill all the enemies in this area but DO NOT go up 
the stairs just yet! Enter the doorway and kill the remaining enemies. 
Across from the doorway is a large stack of wood. Do you see it? Drag 
the stack towards the door at the other end of the room. 

When you've gotten far enough, use a charged kick to push it towards 
the button and then quickly head for the door before it spins around 
(so you can spin with it). Make your way up the stairs and cross the 
poles and obtain the Shield Of Zeus. Attach the shield on the bottom 
doorway.


--OBJECTIVE: OBTAIN THE SHIELD OF HADES

Now head outside and go up the stairs. Kill everyone up here and cross 
the scaffoldings to the lever at the other end. Pull the lever to lower 
a large piece of metal.

**There's a Gorgon's Eye across from the lever.

Grab the rope holding the metal and slide down to the pit. At the 
bottom of the pit, shimmy across the ropes while defeating enemies to 
the other side. Head up the stairs and grab the Shield of Hades.

After grabbing the item, kill the enemies that appear to stop from 
being crushed by the spiked crusher. After that's done, cross the ropes 
and head back up. Go back to the room and place the shield on the 
doorway to open it up.


SAVE GAME


++AREA: CHAINSAW MILL

Ignore the levers in this area and make your way to the doorway across 
the chainsaw mill. Destroy the barricade (and the enemies) and go to 
the conveyor belt. Dodge the spike traps and head to the other side. 

Climb the ladder and make your way up the mountain while killing fools 
on the way. Make your way to the top ledge and jump down. Pull the 
lever at the doorway but don't go down yet! Enter the room to trigger a 
big enemy battle.


--OBJECTIVE: OBTAIN HANDLE OF ATLAS

Kill all the Sirens and Soldiers to obtain the Handle Of Atlas. Once 
that's all done and over with, make your way back to the chainsaw mill.
Now you have to pull the levers inside the chainsaw mill to open the 
gate. Pull both levers in the room quickly before the other lever 
closes. When the door opens, head for the entrance and shimmy to the 
other side.

Open the door and be ready for an onslaught of enemies. Kill them all 
and use the Handle of Atlas at the crank near his statue. Head up the 
stairs on the right side (while killing fools) and pull the lever to 
get the "ball rolling"

**There's Chests that contain a Gorgon Eye and Phoenix Feather up here.


Go outside and approach the large golden Coffin. Open the Coffin, jump 
towards the dead body and then rip off the head to obtain a Key Item. 
Now head down the newly opened hole and make your way up the dark and 
empty hallway until a cutscene occurs. After the cutscene, continue 
through and open the door. Welcome back to the Save Room.


++AREA: SAVE ROOM

Head back out to the Rings of Pandora. Kill the enemies that block the 
way and use the Architect Son's Skull on the other door.


++AREA: STEAMROLLER RING

Don't enter the room yet or you'll get flattened! Let the steamroller 
make its way past Kratos first! After the roller is gone, continue down 
the ring to find a set of stairs. After the clue scene is revealed 
(with the ladder), wait for the steamroller to pass by. Jump on top of 
it and keep up with it as it rolls towards the ladder. Jump on the 
ladder to trigger a cutscene. Climb the ladder to the top.


SAVE GAME


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                 +++   THE CHALLENGE OF POSEIDON   +++
                        
        ________  _____    __    __    _______   ______________
       / ____/ / / /   |  / /   / /   / ____/ | / / ____/ ____/
      / /   / /_/ / /| | / /   / /   / __/ /  |/ / / __/ __/   
     / /___/ __  / ___ |/ /___/ /___/ /___/ /|  / /_/ / /___   
     \____/_/ /_/_/  |_/_____/_____/_____/_/ |_/\____/_____/   
                                                          

      ____  ______   ____  ____  _____ ______________  ____  _   __
     / __ \/ ____/  / __ \/ __ \/ ___// ____/  _/ __ \/ __ \/ | / /
    / / / / /_     / /_/ / / / /\__ \/ __/  / // / / / / / /  |/ / 
   / /_/ / __/    / ____/ /_/ /___/ / /____/ // /_/ / /_/ / /|  /  
   \____/_/      /_/    \____//____/_____/___/_____/\____/_/ |_/   
                                                                

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Head up the stairs outside towards the arena to a new enemy.


--NEW ENEMY: CERBERUS
For this battle, I suggest activating Rage and unleashing your Fury on 
the three-headed bitch. Kill Cerberus with some hard combos to unseal 
the red door.


Continue through the mountain and kill all the enemies that emerge 
(Mega Cyclops, Archers, mini-hounds). Kill them all to unseal the door 
to the building at the other end. Enter the room and pull the lever. As 
the room rotates, it reveals Blood Chests. If you try to open 
them...you'll see. DON'T OPEN THEM! Wait for the room to rotate 180 
degrees and it'll open a new doorway.


Head outside to encounter a new enemy.

--NEW ENEMY: MEGA SOLDIER
These guys are practically taller versions and wield a large sword. Use 
blocks and hard Combos to whittle their health down. Use the Circle 
Button when it appears to perform a fatality.


Head near the ledge and jump towards the mountain. Jump your way to the 
top and shimmy to the right. Open the Chest at the end to obtain the 
MUSE'S KEY. DO NOT JUMP DOWN the mountain! Instead, shimmy all the way 
to the left side of the mountain and jump down. Kill the Mini-taurs and 
continue on.


SAVE GAME


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            +++   PUZZLE: SACRIFICE TO THE GODS PUZZLE   +++


The turnstile is missing its handle. Head for the room at the other end 
and find it there. Go back to the turnstile and use it.

After the cutscene, push the cage down. Destroy all enemies that appear 
first before pushing the cage up the slope. Once that's done, push the 
cage into the other room and onto the button. Turn the lever to fry the 
victim inside and open a new pathway.


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++AREA: TRIDENT ROOM

Head down the path towards the walkway to Poseidon's Trident. Remove 
the Trident from the pedestal to obtain the ability to breath 
indefinitely underwater.

**There's a Chest with a Phoenix Feather in this room.


SAVE GAME


++AREA: UNDERWATER PUZZLE

Jump in the water on the right side and dive into the large hole. Swim 
all the way to the other side and jump out. Kill the mini-hounds and 
then open the door at the other end and pull the lever. Dive back in 
the water and swim back to the Trident Room. Emerge from the water and 
destroy all the enemies that appear here.

Jump up the newly revealed pedestal to a circular pathway. Head down 
the pathway to a watery area. Dive down and swim to the other end.


--SUB-OBJECTIVE: KISS POSEIDON'S DAUGHTERS

You'll encounter Nyad, a child of Poseidon. Swim towards her and press 
the Circle Button to give her a kiss. You'll obtain some goodies every 
time you kiss her. There are four of these girls in the area, three of 
them are hidden behind cracked walls in the water. Find them all!

Dive further down underneath Nyad. Turn right and swim down a corridor 
with tons of spikes and chainsaws. If you don't get to the other side 
before the gaps close, you're dead. Use the R1 Button Dash to quickly 
swim faster towards the other side.

Emerge out of the water on the other side and kill all the enemies that 
appear in the area. Once that's done, pull the lever. Now swim back to 
the spikes and chainsaw corridor (use the R1 Dash!). Before heading to 
the opened Poseidon doorway, swim further and you'll emerge to a 
hallway with Mega Soldiers.  

Kill the soldiers to clear the room. See that row of pots? Smash them 
all to reveal a Chest with a Muse Key. Now head back to the Poseidon 
door and swim further down.


SAVE GAME


++AREA: FLOODED PASSAGE

There are a couple of breakable walls near the Save Point with hidden 
Chests (if you want to find them). See Poseidon's Statue? Dive 
underneath it to find a frustrating mini-game. You have to swim really 
fast to avoid being shoved by the barricades. 

There are two safe spots under the water. Use them and use a fully 
charged R1 Dash to quickly make the most of this situation. You need to 
dive under the cage at the end of the passage to exit. This will take 
an ASS-LOAD of tries to get right, so DO IT. Once you make it, emerge 
out of the water and onto dry area.


SAVE GAME


++AREA: AMPHITRITE ROOM


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                 +++   PUZZLE: AMPHITRITE PUZZLE   +++

There's a puzzle to be solved here, but how? When Kratos pulls the 
lever, a series of platforms will rise out of the water. When you jump 
to the top of the room, there's literally nothing there for you. So how 
do you find your way out of the room then?

Simple! After pulling the lever to raise the platforms, jump into the 
water and dive to the bottom platform to see an entrance under one of 
the platforms. Swim into that room to exit this area. Swim out to 
return to the Rings Of Pandora Save Room.


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SAVE GAME


--OBJECTIVE: USE THE MUSE KEYS

If you've obtained both of the Muse Keys, go back to the turnstile at 
the Rings of Pandora and turn it until you see a special doorway. Enter 
that doorway and insert both Muse Keys to open a special "Chamber of 
the Gods". Obtain the goodies in here and then go back outside.

Exit back to the Steamroller Room (while killing fools) and jump into 
the large pool of water. Look for a hole to dive into and swim all the 
way to the other end. Emerge out and head down the hallway.


++AREA: MINOTAUR ROOM

Ignore the lever at the top for now. Look for a crack on the wall near 
the stairs and break it open.


SAVE GAME


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                   +++   THE CHALLENGE OF HADES   +++

        ________  _____    __    __    _______   ______________
       / ____/ / / /   |  / /   / /   / ____/ | / / ____/ ____/
      / /   / /_/ / /| | / /   / /   / __/ /  |/ / / __/ __/   
     / /___/ __  / ___ |/ /___/ /___/ /___/ /|  / /_/ / /___   
     \____/_/ /_/_/  |_/_____/_____/_____/_/ |_/\____/_____/   


           ____  ______   __  _____    ____  ___________
          / __ \/ ____/  / / / /   |  / __ \/ ____/ ___/
         / / / / /_     / /_/ / /| | / / / / __/  \__ \ 
        / /_/ / __/    / __  / ___ |/ /_/ / /___ ___/ / 
        \____/_/      /_/ /_/_/  |_/_____/_____//____/  
                                                

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++AREA: THE CHALLENGE OF HADES

To start the challenge, climb the ledge on the left side to the door. 
ACCEPT the challenge (in order to open to the door).


--NEW ENEMY: DEMON-TAUR
Use simple blocks and hard Combos on these guys. Press the Circle 
Button to perform a fatality on them.


In order to open the door, you need to stand on the black circle on the 
floor and kill an enemy on it until four of the rings start glowing. Do 
this for the second Black Circle to open the whole door. This may take 
a lot of tries but you can do it! Enter through the opened doorway and 
head outside. Open the Chests here for Essence and a Phoenix Feather.


++AREA: MAZE OF HADES

You absolutely MUST kill every enemy in the Maze. There are a lot of 
halls here but the main thing you're looking for is enemies. Once all 
the enemies in the first floor are gone, head for the turnstile and 
turn it to go to the second floor. 

Again, kill everyone here. After that, enter the room with the smashing 
pillar and jump on top of it. The last set of enemies will spawn here. 
Kill the enemies here to solve the puzzle and open the doorway.


Once outside, press the button to raise the Hades monolith out of the 
water. Jump down to the bottom of the monolith and dive down into the 
water under the statue to find a lever. Pull the lever to activate the 
Hades head. Swim back up and climb up to the statue head and rotate it 
using the turnstile and jump down.


SAVE GAME


++AREA: INDIANA JONES ROOM


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               +++   PUZZLE: INDIANA JONES PUZZLE   +++


Head into the room for some Indiana Jones hi-larity! DO NOT ENTER THE 
ROOM AT THE OTHER END OF THIS PUZZLE! There's nothing useful for you in 
that room! There are four doors on the left side and four on the right 
of this massive corridor. 

The door to exit this room is the third one on the left. Time your 
evasion and open that door as quickly as possible and enter! Make your 
way thru the halls to find a new enemy waiting.


--NEW ENEMY: MEGA-TAUR
These are tougher versions of the Mini-Taurs which means you have the 
rapidly mash the Circle Button in order to do the fatality.

Kill the enemies here to unlock the red sealed door. Head up the stairs 
on the right side and kill the enemies. Make your way back and head for 
the stairs on the left. Shimmy on the rope while killing fools on the 
way. Head to the other end and jump down the arena.


Kill all the enemies here in order to proceed. GOOD LUCK! Once that's 
done, climb up the ladder and up to the doorway. Traverse the hallways 
to the other end.


SAVE GAME


++AREA: UPPER ROOM

Carefully cross the scaffoldings as you double jump the sharp blades. 
Make your way to the upper area and climb the ladder. Find the rope and 
slide down to the next area.

See that Minotaur Door? Walk up to it and press the R2 Button to rotate 
the handle. Make your way downstairs and back to the Minotaur Room.


SAVE GAME!!!


Enter the middle of the room to trigger the SECOND boss fight of the 
entire game!


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                  +++   BOSS BATTLE: MECHA-TAUR   +++

           __  ______________ _____     _________  __  _____ 
          /  |/  / __/ ___/ // / _ |___/_  __/ _ |/ / / / _ \
         / /|_/ / _// /__/ _  / __ /___// / / __ / /_/ / , _/
        /_/  /_/___/\___/_//_/_/ |_|   /_/ /_/ |_\____/_/|_| 
                                                            


            +++   BOSS BATTLE: MECHA-TAUR - PART ONE   +++


This boss has four attacks:

--BULL SWIPE
Simple left and right jabs to knock you off your feet. EVASION, people!

--BULLHORN SMASH
It pounds its fist on the ground and then slams its head down (then 
up). Roll back to avoid damage.

--BULL GRAB
It's...a grab. Yeah.

--BULL BREATH
It only does this move after you smash open pieces of its armor. Use a 
double jump to avoid being burnt by this attack.


Use simple evasion and rolls to evade its attacks. Pile on the pain on 
this boss with VERY HARD Combos to whittle down its armor. When one 
part of his armor starts smoking steam, you've weakened him slightly. 
You need to get FIVE parts of his armor smoking in order to fully 
weaken him. Once all five parts of its armor is blasting steam, it'll 
keel over and the Circle Button will appear above his head. Run up to 
the head and trigger the first kill sequence! 

Kratos will wrangle up the big bull, so move the Left Analog Stick in 
the directions indicated onscreen to wrangle it up. When done 
successfully, the bull will stand up dazed and confused. Quickly run up 
the stairs at bottom of the room and pull the lever to shoot a large 
log arrow at it. After this, the boss will recover. Immediately jump 
down to avoid being smashed as he tramples down towards you. 

Repeat the tactics above to shoot another log at him. You need to shoot 
TWO wooden logs at the boss to expose his body. 



            +++   BOSS BATTLE: MECHA-TAUR - PART TWO   +++


The exposed boss has a new ground attack so be evasive! Continue the 
same tactics above and then shoot a log arrow at it to finally impale 
this big piece of BULL-SHIT to the door! HAH! See what I did there?

Exit through the open door and head up the stairs.


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SAVE POINT


Enter the room and open the Golden Coffin. Grab the OTHER Architect 
Son's Head and exit the area. Head back to the Minotaur Room to acquire 
the final piece of Magic for Kratos.


++MAGIC OBTAINED: ARMY OF HADES

Kill all the enemies that appear in order to proceed. Head back out the 
doorway and into the water. Swim back to the Steamroller Room and use 
the Skull on the underwater Skull Doorway to drain the entire area.


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             +++   PUZZLE: RINGS OF PANDORA PUZZLE   +++


Rotate both of the turnstiles until the Center room aligns with the 
Save Point Room. When they're aligned, run back to the Save Room and 
align the statues to enlighten the Crystal Eye in the Center room.

Once the cutscene ends, head back to the Center Room and pull the lever 
and make your way to the top. Head out and towards the mountains to 
trigger a battle with a new enemy.


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--ENEMY: SATYR
These guys aren't so hard to kill. Dodge and use Hard Combos and 
they'll fall quickly. Kill all of them and proceed forward.


SAVE GAME


To the right side of the Save Point is a cracked wall. Break it open to 
acquire more Blood.


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                    +++   THE CLIFFS OF MADNESS   +++
                        
             ________    _____________________    ____  ______
            / ____/ /   /  _/ ____/ ____/ ___/   / __ \/ ____/
           / /   / /    / // /_  / /_   \__ \   / / / / /_    
          / /___/ /____/ // __/ / __/  ___/ /  / /_/ / __/    
          \____/_____/___/_/   /_/    /____/   \____/_/       
                                                    
                __  ______    ____  _   __________________
               /  |/  /   |  / __ \/ | / / ____/ ___/ ___/
              / /|_/ / /| | / / / /  |/ / __/  \__ \\__ \ 
             / /  / / ___ |/ /_/ / /|  / /___ ___/ /__/ / 
            /_/  /_/_/  |_/_____/_/ |_/_____//____/____/  
                                              

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Head up the cliff and kill all the enemies in the way. Head for the 
elevator and go up.


SAVE GAME


There are two paths near the Save Point: the ladder path going up and 
path to the right side of the ladder. Take the ladder path first.


--OBJECTIVE: FIND THE NECKLACE OF HERA

Climb the ladders up to the top to a cave entrance with a Minotaur 
head. Work your way up the caves and up the Cliff. Continue up the 
cliff until you see a large monument. This is where you'll place the 
Necklaces. 

Just further down from this monument is a ladder. Climb down the ladder 
and continue traversing the cliff until you reach an area with a long 
piece of rope to slide down. Enter the cave and kill all the enemies 
that appear. Once that's done, proceed further into the cave to a room 
with a large Block Puzzle.


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               +++   PUZZLE: NECKLACE OF HERA PUZZLE   +++


In this room, you'll see five large alphabet-like blocks and a 
turnstile that can rotate the blocks. Here's how to solve this puzzle:


--Remove the small block that's in front of the gate. It's useless.

--Grab the block that looks like half of the number "5". Drag it to the 
turnstile and rotate it until it looks like half of the number 
"2". Drag the block and place it in the middle of the gate.

--Grab the block that looks like the letter "T". Drag it to the 
turnstile and make it face forward. Now drag the block and place it to 
the left side of the number "2" block.

--Grab the block piece that looks like the number "7". Drag it to the 
turnstile and rotate it in the opposite direction. Now drag this piece 
on the far left of the gate.


And the last two pieces are super simple to figure out. Drag both of 
them into their places and the gate will open. Grab that Necklace and 
head back out to the Save Point. 


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SAVE GAME


As you exit the cave, head to the ladder next to the Save Point and go 
up. Climb the cliffs up here to the other side. You'll find a lever on 
a ledge that you can pull to make the next objective much easier.
Once you pull that lever, a cutscene clue will show. 

Continue scaling the cliffs back to the other side of the large 
monument. Place the Necklace Of Hera on the monument.


Make your way back to the entranceway with the Minotaur head on top of 
the doorway. Go left of this doorway to where the large block in the 
cutscene clue fell. Climb the rope to a cave entrance and Save Point.


SAVE GAME


--OBJECTIVE: FIND THE NECKLACE OF APHRODITE

Enter the cave and pull the lever. Once the gate opens grab the stone 
block and quickly drag and kick it to the other side. Jump on top of it 
and jump up to the ledge before the spikes on the ground come up.
If done incorrectly, you die, so be quick!

Open the Chest to find a Phoenix Feather. Jump across the gap and grab 
the Necklace of Aphrodite and head back outside.


--OBJECTIVE: OBTAIN PANDORA'S BOX

Go back to the monument where you placed the Necklace of Hera and use 
the Necklace of Aphrodite on the other side of it. The ledges near the 
monument will start moving.


++SECRET AREA: 
Before you jump on the moving ledges, there is a secret cave behind the 
large monument. Head around the back of the monument to find the cave 
and enter. Kill the Archers and swim into the large pool of water to 
the other end. You'll emerge on a humongous water fountain. Break the 
cracks on the wall in this area to find lots of Chests with Blood. Swim 
back and continue the objective.


Jump across the moving ledges to the top and continue through until a 
cutscene occurs. Once that's done, continue through while killing 
enemies on the way. Head forward and look for the ropes to swing on. 
Swing to the other side and climb the wall to the elevator and head up.


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                   +++   THE ARCHITECT'S TOMB   +++

      ___    ____  ________  ___________________________________
     /   |  / __ \/ ____/ / / /  _/_  __/ ____/ ____/_  __/ ___/
    / /| | / /_/ / /   / /_/ // /  / / / __/ / /     / /  \__ \ 
   / ___ |/ _, _/ /___/ __  // /  / / / /___/ /___  / /  ___/ / 
  /_/  |_/_/ |_|\____/_/ /_/___/ /_/ /_____/\____/ /_/  /____/  
                                                              
                     __________  __  _______ 
                    /_  __/ __ \/  |/  / __ )
                     / / / / / / /|_/ / __  |
                    / / / /_/ / /  / / /_/ / 
                   /_/  \____/_/  /_/_____/  
                          

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Continue up the cave until you see the new area.


SAVE GAME


--OBJECTIVE: OPEN THE DOORS TO THE ARCHITECT'S ROOM

This is a long but simple process. Follow it in this order:


--SWITCH #1
Jump across the chasm to the other side. Once over there, open the 
doorway on the right side and proceed through. Kill the enemies as you 
make your way up. After that's done climb up to the large balcony and 
climb the ladder to a large crane.

Turn the turnstile to move the crane until you see the shadow of the 
stone above the crack on the ground. Head towards the stone and pull 
the lever to drop the stone and break the crack.

Head back to the Crane and turn it again until the shadow of the stone 
is above the other switch. Head towards the lever again and pull it to 
drop the stone on the switch to open the first set of bars. Leave the 
crane alone for now and head back down.


--SWITCH #2
On the left side of the building is a statue. Drag that thing towards 
the newly opened crack on the other side and drop into the opened 
crack. Drag the statue to the switch inside and place it on top of it 
to open the second set of bars.


--SWITCH #3
Jump back across the Chasm (where the Save Point is) and step on the 
last button to open the doors completely. Make your way across the 
Chasm again and enter the doors.


Enter the room to see two dead bodies. Get behind the dead body on the 
chair and rip the head off. Enter the opened door and head outside.


SAVE GAME


++AREA: PATH TO PANDORA'S ROOM

Head up the stairs and make your way down to Pandora's Room.
You HAVE to kill every enemy here in order to proceed, so DO IT! 
Once that's done, enter Pandora's Room. Pull the lever at the globe to 
trigger a series of cutscenes.

Once that's done, drag the big box outside to trigger a cutscene.


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                       +++   PATH TO HADES   +++

                 ____  ___  ________  __   __________ 
                / __ \/   |/_  __/ / / /  /_  __/ __ \
               / /_/ / /| | / / / /_/ /    / / / / / /
              / ____/ ___ |/ / / __  /    / / / /_/ / 
             /_/   /_/  |_/_/ /_/ /_/    /_/  \____/  
                                         
                 __  _____    ____  ___________
                / / / /   |  / __ \/ ____/ ___/
               / /_/ / /| | / / / / __/  \__ \ 
              / __  / ___ |/ /_/ / /___ ___/ / 
             /_/ /_/_/  |_/_____/_____//____/  
                                  

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Welcome to Hell!


SAVE GAME


Time to put your platforming skills to the test! Jump and kill your way 
to the other side. Cross the bars carefully and don't die! I don't know 
how else to help you out here, sorry.


++NOTE: Most of the Chests on all the ledges contain Blood. Some Chests 
will contain Phoenix Feathers.


SAVE GAME


++AREA: STYX BELOW

You'll have to use Zeus's Fury in order to get past the floating ledges 
to the other side. Once there, you HAVE to kill every enemy that 
appears in order to proceed.

Once that's done, you'll have to climb two (count it TWO) REALLY long 
sets of rotating spiked walls. GOOD LUCK! 


SAVE GAME


In order to reach the last area, you HAVE to kill all the enemies that 
appear. Each enemy killed brings up a new pedestal until it reaches 
your area. Once that's done, continue through and climb up the rope at 
the other end AND GET THE HELL OUT OF HELL!


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                    +++   TEMPLE OF THE ORACLE   +++
                        
         ______________  _______  __    ______   ____  ______
        /_  __/ ____/  |/  / __ \/ /   / ____/  / __ \/ ____/
         / / / __/ / /|_/ / /_/ / /   / __/    / / / / /_    
        / / / /___/ /  / / ____/ /___/ /___   / /_/ / __/    
       /_/ /_____/_/  /_/_/   /_____/_____/   \____/_/       
                                                      
      ________  ________   ____  ____  ___   ________    ______
     /_  __/ / / / ____/  / __ \/ __ \/   | / ____/ /   / ____/
      / / / /_/ / __/    / / / / /_/ / /| |/ /   / /   / __/   
     / / / __  / /___   / /_/ / _, _/ ___ / /___/ /___/ /___   
    /_/ /_/ /_/_____/   \____/_/ |_/_/  |_\____/_____/_____/   
                                                           

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SAVE GAME


This is it! The final area before the BIG BATTLE! Kill all the enemies 
in your way as you head back to the Oracle's Garden.


FINAL SAVE GAME


Exit the Oracle's Garden and head down the stairs until a cutscene 
occurs.


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                      +++   BOSS BATTLE: ARES   +++
 
                          ___   ___  ________
                         / _ | / _ \/ __/ __/
                        / __ |/ , _/ _/_\ \  
                       /_/ |_/_/|_/___/___/  
                                            

Let me be the first to say this: PANDORA'S BOX IS PURE HORSESHIT! IS 
THAT ALL IT CAN DO?!?


Anyway, get ready for the first of a three-part Epic Battle! I'm 
recommending that you have the Blades Of Chaos upgraded to Level 5 just 
to be safe. The first battle is tough but there is a flaw in fighting 
Ares: You can block all but ONE of his attacks.

Ares uses three regular attacks: Strong attacks, his tentacles, and 
Magic. He tends to mix and combine his attacks but it's super easy to 
just block them all.


                    +++   ARES BATTLE - PART 1   +++


Ares has two special moves:

--FLAMING HAMMER
He spins the Hammer around and flames spit forth like a flamethrower. 
This attack is long range and is hard to evade or block

--METEOR ATTACK
He floats in the air and begins flinging numerous fireballs at you. 
Simply run and roll your way to safety.


Simply block his melee attacks and pile on your heaviest Combos. His 
Health Meter slowly replenishes but as long as you keep piling on the 
hurt and the effect will stop. Once a lot of damage is dealt, green and 
blue Essence will start coming out of Ares' body and replenishing your 
Health and Magic. 

When Ares has nearly no Health left, the Circle Button will appear 
above his head. Get in close and press the Circle Button and mash it. 
When Kratos climbs above Ares' head, press the buttons indicated 
onscreen to end this battle and trigger the next sequence.


           +++   ARES BATTLE PART 2 - NIGHTMARE SEQUENCE   +++


Now is a good time to activate Rage of the Gods. If you upgraded the 
Blades of Chaos to Level 5, you can activate Rage and your magic Meter 
will be infinite as long as Rage is active.

Keep close to your family and protect them at all costs. If their 
Health decreases, quickly go up to them and Press the Circle Button to 
replenish their Health.

Pile on the hard Combos on your "clones" and use Poseidon's Rage while 
Rage of the Gods is active to rack up an assload of Combos. Keep the 
pain coming until a cutscene occurs.


                    +++   ARES BATTLE - PART 3   +++


Now for the final Epic Battle! You no longer have Magic or Rage so 
you'll need to be careful. Just like in the first battle with Ares, 
there is a SUPER big flaw here: You can block EVERY attack except one.


Ares uses a new move for this battle:

--VALLEYS OF OLYMPUS
Ares summons four large mountains that surround Kratos and slam in on 
him. You cannot block this attack but you can avoid damage by rolling 
out of the way. Very rarely does he use this move but be on watch when 
he does use it.


To beat Ares flawlessly, hold the L1 Button (Block button) for the 
duration of the fight. Every melee and magic attack he does WILL NOT 
hurt Kratos (unless you tried to counter at the wrong time).

All of your weapon's attacks revolve around the L1 Button. The best 
time to counter Ares is when he performs his 3-Hit Combo (where he does 
an uppercut slash). When he misses the uppercut slash, KEEP HOLDING THE 
BLOCK BUTTON and counter by pressing the Square Button. 

This attack is faster and won't slow down Kratos as he recovers. Do 
this tactic for the entire fight and you WON'T take any damage! Now my 
last tip: KICK HIS ORANGE-FACED ASS!


++GOD MODE NOTE:
The strategy above DOES NOT apply to God Mode. God Mode can blow me!




            Mon Congrats, my friend, you just beat God Of War!


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If you need visual help with this game, copy and paste the URL below 
and visit the following website:

http://www.stuckgamer.com


You will find strategy videos for various games including God Of War 
and God Of War II. Go there now!


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                       +++   THE UNLOCKABLES   +++

   __  ___   ____    ____  ________ __ ___    ____  __    ___________
  / / / / | / / /   / __ \/ ____/ //_//   |  / __ )/ /   / ____/ ___/
 / / / /  |/ / /   / / / / /   / ,<  / /| | / __  / /   / __/  \__ \ 
/ /_/ / /|  / /___/ /_/ / /___/ /| |/ ___ |/ /_/ / /___/ /___ ___/ / 
\____/_/ |_/_____/\____/\____/_/ |_/_/  |_/_____/_____/_____//____/  
                                                                     

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The following freebies are already unlocked:


--THE MAKING OF GOD OF WAR
This is basic behind the scenes stuff that was featured in the Demo.

--GOD OF WAR TRAILERS
Internet trailers used to promote GoW.


Beat the game to unlock these extras:

--CREDITS
Exactly what it means

--DELETED LEVELS
A scene-by-scene breakdown of some pretty boring-looking levels that 
never made the game

--HEROIC POSSIBILITIES
Behind the scenes stuff for Kratos' original design

--VISIONS OF ANCIENT GREECE
Behind the scenes stuff of the developer's version of Ancient Greece

--MONSTERS OF MYTH
Behind the scenes stuff of different enemy designs

--THE BIRTH OF THE BEAST
A cutscene that showcases what may be God Of War 2. MAYBE.

--GOD MODE
Why was this included here?

--CHARACTER GRAVEYARD
I can't even explain this. You'll have to see it for yourself.

--CHALLENGE OF THE GODS 
Beat all 10 Challenges to unlock all 5 secret costumes for a new game 
(except God Mode). 

--IN-GAME MOVIES
Cycle through all the CG Movies with the X Button



Beat God Mode to unlock the following extras:

--A SECRET REVEALED
Watch this cinematic to discover who Kratos' father really is. Could 
this be a subplot to the sequel?

--THE FATE OF THE TITAN
What happened to the Titan carrying Pandora's Temple? I'm not gonna 
tell you!

--ADDITIONAL COSTUMES
Beat Challenge of the Gods to unlock the costumes.

--SECRET MESSAGE 1
You'll be shown a toll-free 1-800 number. Call it to hear a hi-larious 
message. Don't ask me for the number!

--SECRET MESSAGE 2
Unlike the first 1-800 number, when you call this number, you'll hear 
the cheesiest, most goddamn boring message EVER! If you called this 
number and found the message to be funny, I CHASTISE you in public!


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                         +++   BIG THANKS   +++

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--IGN for their support
--The Victoria's Secret Angels
--Kevin Walter @ Stuck Gamer
--All the generous e-mailers that corrected me from the beginning



Usually, lots of FAQ authors will give a short biography about 
themselves at the bottom of their guides because they somehow think 
that people reading their guides want to know about them. I have one 
piece of advice for ALL of you authors that like to do this: STOP IT.

SERIOUSLY! No one cares about YOU, where you live, how old you are, 
what other guides you wrote, or what school you go to. I don't mind if 
you promote your own websites or blogs, but I really don't need to know 
anything else beyond that! STOP IT!


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I have no problems with anyone who asks. March 2005.