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    |  /   \   Title    : GOD OF WAR - Common Questions and Problems              |
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    I ----- HISTORY ......................................................[SCT001]
    
    
    II ---- INTRODUCTION .................................................[SCT002]
    
    
    III --- FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ...................................[SCT003]
    
       1. Are there glitches in this game?
       2. My game just glitched so how do I recover?
       3. My game just switched to EASY Mode, why?
       4. Is there nudity in this game?
       5. Is there "cussing" in this game?
       6. Is there violence and gore in this game?
       7. How long is this game?
       8. How hard is God Mode?
       9. Do I have to beat God Mode to unlock everything?
      10. Once I beat the game, can I carry over my upgraded items to 
          a new game?
      11. What is a "mini-game"?
      12. This jump is impossible, what special thing do I need before I can 
          make this jump?
      13. What is a "Super Jump" that the manual talks about?
      14. I see some chests, but I can't reach them, how do I get them?
      15. How do I beat this monster?
      16. How do I get past this part?
      17. How many Boss Fights are there in this game?
      18. How do I beat the Hydra Boss?
      19. How do I beat Medusa?
      20. How do I beat the main Minotaur Boss?
      21. How do I beat Challenge number x in the Challenge of the Gods?
      22. What do I get if I beat the Challenge of the Gods?
      23. How do I unlock the new costumes?
      24. Can I use the new costumes on God Mode?
      25. What are the Nyads and what do they do?
      26. What are the Muse keys and what do they do?
      27. I missed my chance to use the Muse Keys, can I go back and use
          them later?
      28. How many upgrades are there for the Blades of Chaos?
      29. How many upgrades are there for the Blade of Artemis?
      30. How many upgrades are there for each magic spell?
      31. Which is better, the Blades of Chaos or the Blade of Artemis?
      32. What's the deal with the Blades of Athena?
      33. Can I use the Blades of Athena in a new game?
      34. How do I get past the bladed log poles or the bladed columns in the Path
          of Hades chapter?
      35. How can I beat Ares?
      36. The Kratos Clones during the Final Battle are insane, how can I
          beat them?
      37. What are the other videos and how do I unlock them?
      38. What is Secret Message 1 and how do I unlock it?
      39. What is Secret Message 2 and how do I unlock it?
      40. Who or what is the Grave Digger?
      41. Should I buy this game?
      42. How many difficulty levels are there?
      43. In the menus there is a "soften" option. What does it do?
      44. I beat the game and have the new Blades of Athena, what do I do next? 
      45. What is Hades Revenge and how do I use it?
      46. How do I break the golden shields that those soldiers are carrying?
      47. Does the game strictly follow Greek Mythology?
      48. Iím in the Conveyor Belt room just before Pandoraís Box, and I donít
          have any magic or Rage of the Gods.  How can I beat this part?
          Pro Tip: You can skip this fight!
      49. Iím stuck in the Maze in the Challenge of Hades.  Is there an easy way
          out of this?
      50. The Minotaur Boss in the Challenge of Hades is a pain.  Is there an easy
          way to beat him?
      51. Iíve heard there is another Easter Egg hidden in God of War, what is it?
    
    
    IV ---- INFINITE RED ORBS ............................................[SCT004]
       Yep, there is a way to glitch a Harpy during the Challenge of Atlas that
       will give you an infinite amount of orbs.  The max you can carry is 199
       full bars which is 59,700 orbs.  Enough to upgrade everything and still
       have orbs left over.
    
    
    V ----- KNOWN GLITCHES ................................................[SCT005]
    
       1. Locks up trying to save the game
       2. Locks up at the 2nd Mini-Hydra fight
       3. The switch in the Challenge of Atlas gets stuck
       4. Locks up during the Cerberus & Harpy fight in the Trident room
       5. Locks up while loading a new section
       6. Kratos knocked into a dark pool of water during last battle with Ares
       7. Locks up during the sword clash during the final battle with Ares
       8. Locks up at the end of the game after beating Ares
       9. Unlocked the movies but they won't play
      10. PS2 will not read or recognize the God of War disc (DRE)
      11. The Main Hydra Boss Glitch.  You canít break the mast.
      12. Saves do not work.  Nothing happens.
    
    
    VI ---- CHAPTER QUESTIONS ............................................[SCT006]
    
       1. Beating the Main Hydra Boss
       2. The Minotaur Trap room in the Road to Athens
       3. Impossible Jumps
       4. The door in the Saw Room Floor during the Challenge of Atlas
       5. The splitting floor in the Challenge of Atlas
       6. Sacrificing the caged man during the Challenge of Poseidon
       7. The moving wall trap found underwater in the Challenge of Poseidon
       8. Escaping the Maze in the Challenge of Hades
       9. The Grave Digger
      10. The Conveyor Belt Trap after the Desert of Lost Souls
    
    
    VII --- CHALLENGE OF THE GODS ........................................[SCT007]
       An in depth walkthrough of all 10 Challenges including strategies
    
    
    VIII -- THE NEW COSTUMES .............................................[SCT008]
       A close look at all five of the unlockable costumes
    
    
    IX ---- THE MATURE RATING ............................................[SCT009]
       Why this game got the M rating : Nudity, Sex, Violence, etc.
    
    
    X ----- IN DEPTH GAME MECHANICS ......................................[SCT010]
    
       1. Controller Buttons and Onscreen Icons
       2. Using the L1 Button
       3. Using the L2 Button
       4. Using the R1 Button
       5. Using the R2 Button
       6. Using the O Button
       7. Using the Square Button
       8. Using the Triangle Button
       9. Using the X Button
      10. Using the left analog stick
      11. Using the right analog stick
      12. Using Rage of the Gods
      13. Magic 
      14. Blades of Chaos
      15. The Blade of Artemis
      16. Mini-Games
      17. Crossing Ropes
      18. Swinging on Ropes
      19. Climbing Walls
      20. Climbing Nets on Ships
      21. Balancing across beams and poles
      22. Beating the Game
      23. The Gorgon Eyes
      24. The Phoenix Feathers
      25. Green Orbs
      26. Blue Orbs
      27. Red Orbs
      28. The Nyads
      29. The Muse Keys
    
    
    XI ---- ODDS AND ENDS ................................................[SCT011]
       Stuff that doesn't fit anywhere else
    
    
    XII --- CREDITS ......................................................[SCT012]
    
    
    XIII -- MAJOR SPOILERS ...............................................[SCT013]
       1. Secret Message 1
       2. Secret Message 2
       3. A Secret Revealed
       4. Fate of the Titan
       5. Grave Digger
    
    
    
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     Version 1.5 Ė 9/9/06
     :Update the Credits section to give much deserving credit to ladyhawke2
     :(msladyhawke2@yahoo.com) for her outstanding help in getting to the 
     :bottom of the supposed Main Hydra Glitch.  There is not glitch.
     :Added the ďSurrender KratosĒ Easter egg (New Question #51).
     :Added the new tip on how to skip the Conveyor Fight before getting Pandoraís
     :Box (Updated Pro Tip: Question #48).
    
     Version 1.4 Ė 3/24/05
     :Added Questions 49 & 50 concerning the Maze and the Minotaur boss in the
     :Challenge of Hades.
    
     Version 1.3 Ė 2/6/06
     :Added the text for Secret Message 1 & Secret Message 2 in the Major 
     :Spoilers Section.
     :Added a strategy to get past the Conveyor Room before getting Pandoraís
     :Box.  A big thanks to Mongoose525 (markahn@bellsouth.net) for 
     :contributing this strategy.  See Question # 48 for more details.
     :Added to the Glitch Section concerning the rumored Hydra Boss glitch.
     :There is no glitch with the Hydra, itís a false rumor based on not
     :pushing the O button fast enough.  See the Glitch Section for more info.
     :Also, added a glitch fix for a save problem that some users have had.
    
     Version 1.2 - 10/03/05
     :Added the Infinite Red orbs Section.
     :Added a new strategy for Challenge of the Gods # 10. Thanks to 
     :Myself13 (O. Hertz = boazherz@netvision.net.il) for that information.
     :Added PAL version info for the Secret Messages in the Major Spoilers
     :section.  Thanks to zemickeey (zemickey@yahoo.com) for that information.
     
     Version 1.1 - 7/11/05
     :Added question 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, & 47.
     :Added item 10 to the Glitches section to briefly explain a DRE.
     :Added alternate strategies to Challenge #10 for Challenge of the Gods.
    
     Version 1.0 - 7/7/05
     :Initial writing of this FAQ.
     :Began writing this FAQ on 7/5/05 and finished it on 7/7/05.
    
    
    
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    First, there are lots of Spoilers in this FAQ, so you have been warned.
    
    Well, this is my third Guide/FAQ on God of war.  I first did a God Mode
    Strategy Guide to help players make it through God Mode.
    I then did a Chest Guide to show reveal how to get all of the chests
    that are in the game, even the hidden ones.
    
    I had thought that was it, but after having received so many email
    questions and reading the Message Boards and seeing the same 
    questions come up again and again, I decided there needed to be yet
    another Guide/FAQ that addressed all of the player specific questions,
    in one place, that either got missed in other guides or are spread out
    over several guides.  I doubt I get everything, but I believe I got the
    vast majority of the most commonly asked questions.
    
    I was torn on how much info to put in here.  I couldn't decide if I should
    go with long winded detailed answers or if I should be short and concise.
    
    In the end, I opted for both.  The first section in the this guide is a
    typical Q & A FAQ type section where the most common questions about this 
    game are presented in question form and then answered.
    
    After that, there are several in depth sections covering small little
    details such as controller configuration, how to double jump 
    successfully, why the game got an M rating, what are the glitches and how
    can they be fixed or avoided, etc.  Everything but the kitchen sink is in
    here.
    
    This FAQ is NOT a walkthrough but it is instead an attempt to answer the 
    most common player specific questions about this game in one place. 
    Something of an encyclopedia of common questions if you will.
    
    With that said, let's get down to business.
    
    
    
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    1. Are there glitches in this game?
    <> Unfortunately, yes there are.  The exact cause of each is unknown, but
    some of them are due to dirty or damaged discs, older PS2 systems,
    and copied discs.  See the Section titled "Known Glitches" below for 
    more info and possible avoidance and recovery methods.
    
    
    2. My game just glitched so how do I recover?
    <> Some glitches can be recovered from in the game.  If you still have control
    of the game Menu system, pull up the menu and select restart from last
    checkpoint.  If the game is locked up, try ejecting the disk while the
    PS2 is running, clean the disc, then re-insert the disc. See the section
    titled "Known Glitches" below for more info and possible avoidance and
    recovery methods. 
    
    
    3. My game just switched to EASY Mode, why?
    <> If you die more than 5 times in a row on a particular part in the game
    it will ask you if you want to switch to easy mode.  The screen used to
    ask this question looks just like the continue game screen, so if you're
    frustrated as you play and are hastily hitting buttons to get back to the
    game, then you have inadvertently selected YES and instructed the game
    to switch you to easy mode.
    The game will NOT change to Easy Mode automatically.  It will always ask
    you if you wish to do so.  If you ever do switch to Easy Mode, there is
    NO WAY to switch back to a harder mode.  You will have to reload an earlier
    saved game or restart completely.
    
    
    4. Is there nudity in this game?
    <> Yes there is.  Only bare breast are shown, and even that is quick.
    Nothing below the waist is shown.  See the section titled "The Mature
    Rating" below for more information.
    
    
    5. Is there cussing in this game?
    <> Not in the game itself.  This game takes place in ancient Greece and they
    didn't have the "cuss words" back then that we have today.  However, some
    of the narrations in the unlockable movies have minor cussing in them.
    See the section titled "The Mature Rating" below for more information.
    
    
    6. Is there violence and gore in this game?
    <> Yes.  And lots of it. Still, it's nothing worse than many of the other
    games on the Market such as Mortal Kombat.
    See the section titled "The Mature Rating" below for more information.
    
    
    7. How long is this game?
    <> On your first play through on Normal Mode, it's about 8 - 10 hours of 
    game-play.  You can beat it in a weekend.  Spartan and God mode may take
    a little longer as you adjust your strategies for the more difficult
    enemies, but basically it's an 8 - 10 hour game.
    See the section titled "In Depth Game Mechanics" and its sub-section
    titled "Beating the Game" for more information.
    
    
    8. How hard is God Mode?
    <> That depends.  If you play Easy or Normal and then switch to God Mode then
    you will find it rather difficult.  If you play Spartan before going to
    God Mode then it won't seem as bad.  You must be more defensive in 
    God Mode.  The enemies deal 5 times more damage to you, and you deal
    only half as much as you usually do.  So they hit really hard, and you 
    don't - so block a lot!  
    See the God Mode Guide on www.gamefaqs.com for detailed looks at
    what God Mode has to offer.
    
    
    9. Do I have to beat God Mode to unlock everything?
    <> NO. You're only required to beat God Mode in order to unlock Secret 
    Message 1.  The game says that you have to beat God mode, but the manual
    does not. The truth is, you can unlock everything in Spartan mode except
    for Secret Message 1.
    See the section titled "In Depth Game Mechanics" and its sub-section
    titled "Beating the Game" for more information.
    
    
    10. Once I beat the game, can I carry over my upgraded items to a new game?
    <> Unfortunately, NO you can not.  In God of War, a new game is just that,
    brand new.  You start from scratch and even have to watch all of the 
    cutscenes and FMVs again (you can't skip them).  
    See the section titled "In Depth Game Mechanics" and its sub-section
    titled "Beating the Game" for more information.
    
    
    11. What is a "mini-game"?
    <> Basically, its a part in the game where icons representing controller
    buttons or analog stick movements are briefly displayed on the screen.
    In order to succeed, you must press the button that matches the icon
    that is displayed.  Kind of like Simon Says.
    See the section titled "In Depth Game Mechanics" and its sub-section
    titled "Mini-Games" for more information.
    
    
    12. This jump is impossible, what special thing do I need before I can 
        make this jump?
    <> There are no impossible jumps in the game.  There ARE jumps that require a
    well timed Double Jump.  For the Double Jump to work, do NOT quickly tap
    the X Button.  Tapping it twice in rapid succession will only result in a
    very short jump. The longer you hold down X, the farther the Jump.  So, the
    key is to press and HOLD X for a second, then release and quickly press
    and HOLD X again for the double jump.
    See the section titled "Chapter Questions" and its sub-section titled
    "Impossible Jumps" for more information.
    Also, see the section titled "In Depth Game Mechanics" and its sub-section
    titled "Using the X Button" for more information on jumping.
    
    
    13.What is a "Super Jump" that the manual talks about?
    <> Basically, it's just a jump where Kratos jumps into the air to clash with
    an enemy that he has just launched into the air.  It has no use in regular
    jumping and is only accomplished during a fight when an enemy has been
    launched into the air.
    See the section titled "Chapter Questions" and its sub-section titled
    "Impossible Jumps" for more information.
    
    
    14. I see some chests, but I can't reach them, how do I get them?
    <> There are over 300 chest in the game.  Some of them hidden.  I wrote a
    Chest Guide that shows where every chest in the game is found. The 
    Chest Guide is at www.gamefaqs.com.  Check it for all you ever wanted
    to know about the chests that are in the game.
    
    
    15. How do I beat this monster?
    <> I wrote a God Mode strategy Guide that is hosted at www.gamefaqs.com
    which lists in detail every enemy and the best strategy for fighting
    them.  Check out that guide and see the section on Enemies.
    
    
    16. How do I get past this part?
    <> See the section titled "Chapter Questions" for answers about a few tough
    jumps and some timed traps.  Included are:
    - Beating the Main Hydra Boss
    - The Minotaur Trap room in the Road to Athens
    - Impossible Jumps
    - Jumping the vined walls in the Road to Athens
    - Jumping across the pillars in the Road to Athens
    - Jumping across the lava pit trap floor in Challenge of Hades
    - The door in the Saw Room Floor during the challenge of Atlas
    - The splitting floor in the Challenge of Atlas
    - Sacrificing the caged man during the Challenge of Poseidon
    - The moving wall trap found underwater in the Challenge of Poseidon
    - Escaping the Maze in the Challenge of Hades
    - Beating the Satyrs in the Path to Hades to make the platforms rise
    - The Conveyor Belt Trap after the Desert of Lost Souls
    
    If these topics do not address your question, check my God Mode guide
    for more info, plus check the many complete FAQs/Walkthroughs.  All
    of these can be found at www.gamfaqs.com
    
    
    17. How many Boss Fights are there in this game?
    <> Technically, only three.  The Main Hydra, the Main Minotaur (also known
    as Pandora's Guardian), and the Final Battle with Ares which is divided
    into 3 parts - Part 1 is Ares, Part 2 is the Kratos Clones, and Part 3
    is Ares again.
    There are 2 "mini-boss fights".  One is with Medusa the Main Gorgon, and
    the other is in the Desert of Lost Souls where you fight the three Main 
    Sirens and the Minotaurs that guard them.
    
    
    18. How do I beat the Hydra Boss?
    <> See the section titled "Chapter Questions" and its sub-section titled
    "Beating the Main Hydra Boss".  Also refer to my God Mode guide for 
    more strategies for this Boss.
    
    
    19. How do I beat Medusa?
    <> Basically, just fight her!  Block when she attacks, use Poseidon's Rage
    until its gone, and then hit her with your best combos: Square, Square, 
    Triangle works rather well.  The key to Medusa is, she can only be killed
    in ONE WAY and that's her mini-game finishing move.  Once you have damaged
    her enough, the O Button icon appears over her head and you must get close
    to her and hit the O Button to grab her.  Once done, the game instructs
    you on how to do the mini-game.  In the mini-game, you will have to match two
    or three left analog stick movements to win.
    
    
    20. How do I beat the main Minotaur Boss?
    <> There is an EASY way and a Straight up Fight way.  The easy way is to get
    the shelf at the back of the room where the witch is.  Once on the shelf
    all the way to your right till you hit the wall and then push up a bit
    and you'll be standing in an area where the Minotaur can NOT reach you,
    but you can hit him.  This is SLOW but it works.
    For a straight up fight, Have your Blades of Chaos up to Level 5 and then
    on the same shelf mentioned above except this time you will stand dead
    center in front of him on the small grate area where the logs are shot
    from.  With Level 5 blades, you can block all of his attacks except for
    the left hand sweep - double jump to your left to avoid that.  Also, by
    standing dead center and NOT drifting near one of his hands you will not 
    trigger the special attack that each hand does.  So, stand dead center, 
    block all attacks except for the left hand sweep which must be avoided.
    When you aren't blocking, wail on him with your best combos.
    
    I wrote a God Mode strategy Guide that is hosted at www.gamefaqs.com
    which listed more details on this fight.  Check it out for more info.
    
    
    21. How do I unlock the new costumes?
    <> Beat Challenge of the Gods. In order to access Challenge of the Gods
    you have to beat the game at least once on any mode of difficulty.
    See the section below titled "The New Costumes" for detailed information
    on each new costume
    
    
    22. How do I beat Challenge number X in the Challenge of the Gods?
    <> See the section below titled "Challenge of the Gods" for a complete 
    mini-walkthrough with strategies.
    
    
    23. What do I get if I beat the Challenge of the Gods?
    <> You will unlock five new playable costumes for Kratos.  Each costume
    changes the way Kratos looks and also a certain aspect of his fighting
    ability and defense.  That's it.  This challenge ONLY unlocks the five
    new costumes and nothing else.
    
    
    24. Can I use the new costumes on God Mode?
    <> NO.  The costumes can only be used on Easy, Normal, and Hard modes.  You
    are NOT allowed to use the costumes on God Mode.  There simply is no break in
    getting past God mode.
    NOTE - in order to use a Costume, you have to start a NEW GAME.  You can not
    transfer a costume to a saved game, and you can not carry over items from a
    previous saved game to a new game.  A new game is a new game and it begins
    from scratch.
    
    
    25. What are the Nyads and what do they do?
    <> They are Poseidon's Daughters and they are located in the underwater
    portion of The Challenge of Poseidon.  There are FOUR Nyads in all.  Three
    of them are hidden.  
    See the section titled "In Depth Game Mechanics" and its sub-section titled
    "The Nyads".
    Also, my Chest Guide which is hosted at www.gamefaqs.com has detailed info
    on the Nyads as well.
    
    
    26. What are the Muse keys and what do they do?
    <> There are two Muse keys in the game.  With both Muse keys, you can open a
    door in the rings of Pandora.  When you grab the handle that rotates the rings
    to the various doors (such as when you did so to get to the Challenge of Atlas
    and got the Blade of Artemis), one of the openings leads to a black and gold
    door that is adorned with carvings of the Muses.  Use the keys there to open
    the door.  Once inside you will be granted a Health and Magic Bar upgrade as
    well as a bunch of red orbs.
    See the section titled "In Depth Game Mechanics" and its sub-section titled
    "The Muse Keys".
    Also, my Chest Guide which is hosted at www.gamefaqs.com has detailed
    on the Muse Keys as well.
    
    
    27. I missed my chance to use the Muse Keys, can I go back and use
        them later?
    <> NO. The Muse Keys MUST be used BEFORE you ascend the tower and reach the
    Cliffs of Madness.  Once you leave Pandora's Temple and reach the Cliffs
    of Madness, you can NEVER go back to the Temple of Pandora.  That is why you
    hear a voice warning you about this as you attempt to ascend the tower to the
    Cliffs of Madness.
    See the section titled "In Depth Game Mechanics" and its sub-section titled
    "The Muse Keys".
    
    
    28. How many upgrades are there for the Blades of Chaos?
    <> There are five levels for the Blades of Chaos.  Level 5 is the highest
    meaning you can upgrade the Blades of Chaos four times.  Each upgrade
    increases the attack power of the Blades and also Grants you new attack moves.
    See the section titled "In Depth Game Mechanics" and its sub-section titled
    "The Blades of Chaos"
    
    
    29. How many upgrades are there for the Blade of Artemis?
    <> There are three levels for the Blade of Artemis.  Level 3 is the highest
    meaning you can upgrade the Blade of Artemis twice.  Each upgrade increases
    the attack power of the Blade and that's it.  No new moves are gained from
    an upgrade. 
    See the section titled "In Depth Game Mechanics" and its sub-section titled
    "The Blade of Artemis"
    
    
    30. How many upgrades are there for each magic spell?
    <> There are three levels for each spell.  Each upgrade increase the attack
    power of the spell and often grants you a new magical ability.
    See the section titled "In Depth Game Mechanics" and its sub-section titled
    "Magic"
    
    
    31. Which is better, the Blades of Chaos or the Blade of Artemis?
    <> It's kind of personal choice, but the Blade of Artemis, while strong, is
    very slow and has a tendency of getting in the way of your O Button 
    mini-games. Plus, it's hard to get any decent combos in with the Blade of
    Artemis.
    The Blades of Chaos on the other hand are very fast, and at level 5 are
    just as strong as the Blade of Artemis.
    Technically, due to the speed, flexibility, multiple combo attacks, and power
    of the Blades of Chaos, one would have to say the Blades of Chaos is the
    superior weapon.
    
    
    32. What's the deal with the Blades of Athena?
    <> Just before the final fight with Ares he takes away your Blades of Chaos.
    But, since Kratos becomes the new God of War, he needed a new God type 
    blade, thus Athena gave him the Blades of Athena.
    See the section titled "In Depth Game Mechanics" and its sub-section
    titled "Beating the Game" for more information.
    
    
    33. Can I use the Blades of Athena in a new game?
    <> No.  You can use the Blades of Athena to break the statues in the throne
    room and you can use them for the Challenge of the Gods, but that is it.
    You can not carry anything over to a new game.  A new game is just that, it
    is new and starts from scratch.
    
    
    34. How do I get past the bladed log poles or the bladed columns in the Path
        of Hades chapter?
    <> I wrote a God Mode strategy Guide that is hosted at www.gamefaqs.com
    which lists more details on this section.  Check it out for more info.
    
    
    35. How can I beat Ares?
    <> I wrote a God Mode strategy Guide that is hosted at www.gamefaqs.com
    which lists more details on this fight.  Check it out for more info.
    
    
    36. The Kratos Clones during the Final Battle are insane, how can I
        beat them?
    <> A quick note about this before I refer you to the God Mode Guide.
    NOTE : A quick tip on hugging your family during the Kratos Clone Battle.
    To hug them successfully, approach them and then press and HOLD DOWN the O
    button.  If you let go of the O Button, Kratos will let go of his family.
    I wrote a God Mode strategy Guide that is hosted at www.gamefaqs.com
    which lists more details on this fight.  Check it out for more info.
    
    
    37. What are the other videos and how do I unlock them?
    <> When you beat the game on Easy or Normal, you unlock about half of the
    treasures found in the "Treasures" menu.
    To unlock the remaining videos you have to beat the Game on Spartan or God
    Mode.  If you choose Spartan, you might want to beat the Challenge of 
    the Gods first so that you can go through Spartan with one of the new
    costumes.
    See the section titled "In Depth Game Mechanics" and its sub-section
    titled "Beating the Game" for more information.
    
    
    38. What is Secret Message 1 and how do I unlock it?
    <> You HAVE to beat God Mode to unlock this.  This is the ONLY treasure
    item that requires God Mode.  All other items can be unlocked on Spartan
    Mode.
    See the section titled "In Depth Game Mechanics" and its sub-section
    titled "Beating the Game" for more information.  If you want to know what
    the message is, then see the section titled "Major Spoilers".
    
    
    39. What is Secret Message 2 and how do I unlock it?
    <> At the end of the game you will be in the Throne Room of the God of War.
    There are two Statues which you must break to unlock Secret Message 2.
    Use the L1+O attack to do this since this attack will display the hit
    counter for you.  It takes around 200 hits each.
    See the section titled "In Depth Game Mechanics" and its sub-section
    titled "Beating the Game" for more information. If you want to know what
    the message is, then see the section titled "Major Spoilers".
    
    
    40. Who or what is the Grave Digger?
    <> Most people believe he is Zeus, and there are strong arguments for this
    opinion. 
    Go to the section titled "Chapter Questions" and its sub-section titled
    "The Grave Digger".
    
    
    41. Should I buy this game?
    <> If you like action and adventure games, you won't be disappointed in this
    one. The voice acting is some of the best ever put into a video game,
    the graphics are simply stunning and have taken the PS2 to new heights,
    the fighting is fast and furious, but not ridiculously hard.  The puzzles
    are very unique and if you start playing this game, you're liable to find
    (like so many others have) that this game is VERY addictive. The game offers
    about 10 hours of game play which is typical of an Action/Adventure game.
    This game also has quite a bit of replay value, so you can easily get more
    than 10 hours of enjoyment out of it.
    Read some of the reviews at www.gamefaqs.com for more info.
    
    
    42. How many difficulty levels are there?
    <> There are four difficulty levels.  Three of them are immediately available:
    Mortal = Easy
    Hero = Normal
    Spartan = Hard
    Beat them game on any of these settings and you unlock the special difficulty
    level:
    God Mode = Very Hard.
    
    
    43. In the menus there is a "soften" option. What does it do?
    <> It's a video option that basically "blurs" the edge of everything in the
    game making things look "softer".  Nearly every one agrees that you should
    turn this option OFF as the game looks better with crisp, clear edges. 
    
    
    44. I beat the game and have the new Blades of Athena, what do I do next? 
    <> Once you beat it the first time through, you've unlocked a few new movies,
    the God Mode Difficulty, and the Challenge of the Gods.  
    If you destroyed the Statues in the throne room then you also unlocked Secret
    Message 2.  So, go to the Treasures Menu to see your newly unlocked 
    treasures.
    The Blades of Athena are a story element but they can be used for the 
    Challenge of the Gods and they can be used to break the Statues in the
    throne room.
    Now that you've finished the game, you can beat the Challenge of the Gods to
    unlock the 5 new costumes or restart a new game on a different difficulty
    level.  
    If you play again on either easy, normal, or hard, you can use the new
    costumes (IF you have already beat the Challenge of the Gods).
    If you play through on Spartan you will unlock the rest of the unlockables
    except for secret message 1.  If you play through on God Mode, you will
    unlock the rest of the unlockables including secret message 1.
    You can NOT use the costumes on God Mode, and you can NOT carry over any
    thing to a new game.  A new game begins from scratch.
    See the section titled "In Depth Game Mechanics" and its sub-section
    titled "Beating the Game" for more information.
    
    
    45. What is Hades Revenge and how do I use it?
    <> Hades Revenge is gained at Level 3 for the Blades of Chaos.  Once you
    level up the Blades of Chaos to level three you will be able to use this
    technique which is also known as "parrying" an enemy attack.  Basically,
    this allows you to counter attack an enemy if you successfully block his
    attack.
    As an enemy is attacking you, hit and Hold L1 just before the enemy attack 
    strikes you.  If done correctly, you will see a slight pause in the animation
    meaning you can now parry with a special counter attack of your own. To parry,
    immediately LET GO of the L1 button and then hit one of the following buttons:
    
    Square - Kratos does a double chain sweep that hits every enemy in front of
    him which sends them flying and knocks them to the ground (or off a ledge if 
    you are near a ledge)
    
    Triangle - Kratos does a double chain ground slam which will actually hit and
    damage every enemy around him, even those that are behind him. This causes
    the enemy to be knocked off their feet and stuns them for a second, but it
    won't push them back or knock them off of ledges.
    
    R1 - Kratos does a rapid stabbing attack against the one enemy that he is
    facing. This is the weakest of the counter attacks, but its fun to watch 
    at least once.
    
    
    46. How do I break the golden shields that those soldiers are carrying?
    <> You have to use an attack that ends with a double chain ground slam.
    The ground slam will break the chains.  The very first attack available to
    you that has this chain slam is Square, Square, Triangle.  
    NOTE: to get Square, Square, Triangle to work, you must TAP Triangle at
    the end of this button sequence.  If you HOLD Triangle at the end of this
    button sequence, even for a second, Kratos will NOT do the chain slam but
    will instead do an uppercut attack in an attempt to launch the enemy into
    the air.
    Later, you will gain other moves as you level up the Blades of Chaos that
    will also break the soldiers shields such as Triangle, Triangle, Triangle.
    As well as L1 + O Button (hold the O Button during this attack to fully
    charge the attack - this can also be done in mid air after a jump).
    
    
    47. Does the game strictly follow Greek Mythology?
    <> No.  Elements from Greek Mythology are used in the game, but the game is
    not bound by the Mythology and instead takes certain liberties.  For example,
    in Greek Mythology there was only 1 Minotaur but in the game you fight a LOT
    of them.
    
    In Greek Mythology there were only three sirens that lived on a rocky island
    in the ocean, but in the game there are more than three sirens located 
    throughout the game (none of them on a rock island).
    
    Also in Greek Mythology, there is rather obscure reference to a Cratus, and 
    Cratus is often transliterated to Kratos.  The Myth of Cratus/Kratos is that
    he was the son of Styx and Pallas.  As such, he was the personification of
    strength, and was an attendant to Zeus - not exactly the Kratos of the game!
    There are more examples of this, but the point is that the game borrows aspects
    from Greek Mythology, but it in no way attempts to remain true to the myths.
    The game is for fun and never intended to teach anyone Greek Mythology.
    
    
    48. Iím in the Conveyor Belt room just before Pandoraís Box, and I donít
        have any magic or Rage of the Gods.  How can I beat this part?
    <> This seems to happen to many gamers out there.  but have no fear, it
    is possible to beat this part without magic or Rage of the Gods.  it will
    take some time, patience, and practice, but you can do it.
    
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    Updated Pro Tip: You can skip this fight all together.
    
    This is actually something of a glitch that works to your
    Advantage.  Once you get to this part, youíll notice there is a small landing
    (like a door mat) at the base of the entrance to the conveyor belt.
    
    You can stand on this without triggering the fight.  Now, carefully hug the
    wall behind Kratos and make your way to the right (or left, it is up to you)
    and make sure you donít stray to far forward away from the wall.  If you get
    too far away from the wall, you will hit the trigger point and the fight
    starts.  If that happens, simply Retry From Last Checkpoint.
    
    Continue to hug the wall and make your way to the spiked wheels at the end of
    the conveyor.  This is the tricky part, stay as close as possible to the
    spiked wheel without getting hit and make your way forward.  If you stray too
    far away from the spiked wheel, you will trigger the fight.
    
    Once past the spiked wheel, hug the wall and make your way around to the first
    ledge (these are the ledges/platforms that have the fire jet traps on them).
    
    Once you get on the paltform, you are home free and can continue forward
    without ever having triggered this rather difficult fight.
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    If you choose to fight, then Here is a strategy written up by Mongoose525
    (markahn@bellsouth.net) that shows you how this can be done.
    
    The Conveyor Room
    
    Run/jump to the back door of the room and kill the archers. The other archers
    on the rest of the platforms cannot shoot you back there. I used Lance of the
    Furies to take out the first two archers, rolled back and did a square,
    square, (hold) square on the harpy's coming in then jumped back and did a LoF
    on the archers again repeating this till the archers quit re-spawning. 
    
    Then I started roll left and square, square, hold square combos on the last
    conveyor till I took out all the harpies. When one dive-bombs, be ready to
    roll out of its way. Once the harpies quit following you to the back conveyor
    kill the other archers on the next platform jumping back and to between the
    platforms and killing the archers as they re-spawn. Kill the last two archers
    on the first platforms in the room and your home free.
    
    Anyway, all I can tell you is I did it but it wasn't a cakewalk. I died a lot
    trying to do it without using Rage or magic.
    
    A note on square, hold square, and square, square hold square (you get this
    at Level 5 on your Blades of Chaos). You can hit towards one or two harpies
    and then at the last second as you hold re-direct your hit in a different
    direction. You can take out 4 to 6 at a time. After a while you will have
    them bottled up at the last platform and as long as you don't go past it,
    the archers there can't shoot you. 
    
    The harpy's will also stop dive-bombing you if you are killing them fast
    enough. If you haven't rolled far enough left when you do a roll and square,
    square, hold square, jump back to the left hand far corner and then come back
    towards the platforms with square, square hold square. It takes a while, but
    eventually the harpyís stop coming. You can do a square, square, hold square
    right in between the platforms too but you need to be mindful of the archers,
    and if you go to kill an archer to early a harpy will dive bomb you.
    
    If you don't have Lance of the Furies use square, square, hold square on the
    archers at the exit or grab and throw them, then roll backwards out of the
    way of the flame and come up with a square, square, hold square on the harpies
    and square, square, hold square again on the archers till they stop
    re-spawning. (It was a technique that was working for me but not as effective
    as LoF).
    
    It takes a lot of luck as well as skill. Work at it and see what works best
    for you. When you find some technique that makes you live a little longer
    stick with it and eventually you'll get through. Otherwise, the only other
    alternative is to start over if you don't have a backup save somewhere.
    
    Did you use all the magic chests on the cliffs of madness? You can backtrack
    all the way back to the entrance to grab a chest before you enter the
    conveyors.
    
    
    49. Iím stuck in the Maze in the Challenge of Hades.  Is there an easy way
        out of this?
    <>There is a glitch that will allow you to leave the maze even though you
    havenít killed everyone.  In fact, you donít have to kill anyone at all, but
    can instead simply run for the maze exit.  
    
    Once you get to the exit door, stand before it and press forward so that
    Kratos is walking into the door.  Press R2 to read what it says.
    
    Now, hold L1 and then hit X.  This will perform Apolloís Ascension in which
    Kratos leaps in to the air with an uppercut strike.  Now, as you rise into
    the air, continue to hold down L1 and keep pressing X like mad.
    
    As you continually hold L1 and press X, ALSO begin tapping R2 again.
    
    As youíre doing this, Kratos will slowly rise in the air with each press of
    the X button.  Just above the door in the center is an indention that almost
    looks like a vent of some kind.  ďAimĒ for that as you hold L1 and
    continually press X.  Kratos will slowly rise toward that spot above the
    the door and eventually he will actually warp THROUGH the door.
    
    You will now be on the other side of the door and can continue own with your
    journey.  If you do this and decide you want to get back into the Maze, simply
    do this process again from the other side and you can warp back through the
    door and get back into the maze.
    
    
    50. The Minotaur Boss in the Challenge of Hades is a pain.  Is there an easy
        way to beat him?
    <>In Question 20, the fight with the Minotaur Boss was covered, and you were
    referred to the God Mode Guide.  However, there is a trick I recently
    discovered that makes this fight much easier.
    
    During the fight, you will break his armor and will have to pull the switch
    in order to fire a log arrow at him.  Now, here is the trick.  Stay as close
    as possible to that switch, and keep tapping the button in order to pull the
    switch again!  The cut-scene will play out as usual, but the game will see
    that you are trying to pull the switch again, and it will actually register.
    
    Once the cut-scene with the Minotaur ends, the camera will turn back to
    Kratos and show that he is actually HALFWAY through pulling the switch again!
    
    The Minotaur will still charge the platform, he will still strike it, and fire
    will still erupt and damage Kratos, BUT a second log will be launched at the
    Minotaur and this shot will completely break his armor allowing you to skip
    the third armor stage of this fight.  So, if youíre fed up with this beast,
    use this trick to shave of at least 1/4 of the normal battle time.
    
    
    51. Iíve heard there is another Easter Egg hidden in God of War, what is it?
    <>When you arrive at the Temple of the Oracle for the first time, you have a
    chance to see a deeply hidden Easter Egg.  To trigger it, go to the far left
    hand side of the temple.  Jump up on the ledge where a chest is waiting.
    
    To the right of the chest you will see a small glowing light or firefly.
    Walk into the firefly and press R2 (if you wish, press R2 a few times to 
    make sure).
    
    Now, quickly make your way back to where the Grave Digger is digging the 
    grave.  Behind him are three piles of dirt.  Stand on the tallest one and 
    press R2 once.
    
    Now quickly make your way back across the bridge at the beginning of the
    area to where the chests are located.  Stand between the two columns at the
    beginning of the bridge and hit R2 again.
    
    If youíve done it correctly, you will see a message written in cursive
    script in the sky over Kratosí shoulder.  It says: ďSurrender KratosĒ.
    
    Note: Make sure you are pressing R2 and not R1 which is the ram attack.
    
    
    
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    Here is a trick that you can pull off during the Challenge of Atlas to get 
    infinite Red Orbs.  Note: This trick HAS been confirmed to also work on the
    PAL version.
    
    In the Challenge of Atlas, once you cross the bridge after the saw floor room,
    there will be a harpy at the base of the tower. Your progress is to go around 
    the tower to the ladder and start the wall climbing. Instead of just killing
    the harpy here, walk over to the ladder on the wall. Get the harpy to be
    between you and the ladder and then start beating on the harpy. Use Plume of
    Prometheus (Square, Square, Triangle) to kill it. The Triangle hit knocks it
    up in the air, and usually kills it. The trick is to kill the harpy above the
    top of the ladder. When it dies, it screams and falls down and hits the top of
    the ladder and then bounces back up and gets stuck in this bounce. The whole
    while it is bouncing, it showers you in red orbs.
    
    Alternatively, if the Square, Square, Triangle combo isnít working for you, 
    Then use a light square hit to knock the Harpy to the ground so that it falls
    To the foot of the ladder.  Now rush the Harpy and basically push it into the
    Ladder.  As you do this, Kratos will start trying to climb the ladder. Once
    You start climbing the ladder, sit still and wait for the Harpy to revive and
    Try to fly away.  As soon as it revives, press up on the left control stick
    And hit X so that Kratos swings upward and hits the Harpy.  Do this till the
    Harpy dies and the glitch should start.  When the glitch starts, back down
    Off the ladder and simply stand there.
    
    Once the glitch is running, just let Kratos stand there, put your controller
    down, and walk away. Come back in a few minutes to see your massive amount
    of orbs. Max amount of orbs is 199 full red bars which is 59,700 orbs.
    
    It takes about 10 minutes to get the max 199 full bars. 
    
    
    ----------------------IMPORTANT-----------------------
    
     ONCE YOU GET THIS TO WORK, BACKTRACK AND FIND A SAVE
    
    ----------------------IMPORTANT-----------------------
    
    If you die during the next part, you will lose your orbs since that glitch
    Harpy Is the checkpoint.  So SAVE your game before continuing.
    
    If you kill the Harpy accidentally, since that harpy that you are trying to
    glitch is your checkpoint, then go back to the bridge and find the break and
    jump off and die. You'll restart and be facing that Harpy again.
    
    To sum up:
    Get close to the ladder to lure it over, double jump over the harpy to get it
    between you and the ladder, use PoP ([], [], /\). Stay on the ground as you
    do this (don't jump up), PoP will still hit the Harpy. PoP doesn't kill it 
    (only three hits in that combo), but it stuns the crap out of it and it falls
    to the ground. Run toward it and push it hard against the wall and then hit
    square once or twice and it will die and pop up to the top of the ladder. 
    Backup one step and then let the red orb shower begin.
    
    So, if/when you try it, if at first you don't succeed, jump off the bridge
    and try again!
    
    It should be noted that the higher the level of your blades, or if you're
    playing with a costume that increases power, or you are playing on easy, you
    can easily kill the Harpy with only a few hits, so you should use a light
    square attack to knock the Harpy to the ground and then rush the Harpy and
    push it into the ladder.  As it tries to get up and fly, hit it again to kill
    it and have it bounce on top of the ladder.
    
    Many other users here at GameFaqs have gotten this glitch to work, and have
    posted their own strategies and tips.
    
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    From: MysticTortoise 
    Just wanted to add that when you push it to the wall, you should grab the
    ladder (thus you start climbing) and then hit up and square to kill it.
    
    At least that's how it worked for me, when you jump on the ladder it basically
    sets it down on top of the ladder, so all you have to do is kill it...
    
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    From: agothoth 
    From my experience you should do it gently. The harpy should be at its max
    life. That means you never hit it before. When the harpy is between you and
    the ladder hit it with Plume of Prometheus " [],[],/\ " then the harpy is
    stunned. When you walk toward it during the harpy in its stunned duration you
    might overstepped the harpy.
    
    So you have to watch carefully. When you see the harpy is slightly airborne
    move toward it. It is the best time to get the harpy impaled between you and
    the ladder. If you little too late the harpy fly of. If the timing is
    right you will impale the harpy between you and the ladder, by this time just
    just press [] while simultaneously moving your left analog stick steadily so
    Kratos could move up the ladder. After that the harpy should be killed by now
    and giving out red orbs but its corpse could not reach the ground because it
    is bounced between Kratos at the ladder and the cliffs wall. So the dead
    harpy will keep on bouncing for eternity while giving out red orbs.
    
    If the first Plume of Prometheus " [],[],/\ " that is used to stunned gives 
    minimal damage then you have to hit [],[]. to make sure the harpy is killed.
    
    The minimal position to stay is just above the second step of the ladder/the
    wood. Any lower than that the bouncing harpy will knock Kratos down and the
    harpy corpse will disappear definitely. Too high the bouncing harpy will 
    jump over Kratos thus disappear.
    
    There is only one harpy prone to be between Kratos and the ladder. There is
    other but forcing the other will be quite time consuming or a little bit of
    skill.
    
    My advice, when you reach the bridge just go all the way to the ladder 
    Without killing any harpies and stand in front of it in while holding block 
    button. At this position Kratos back is facing the ladder. There are two 
    harpies positioned at this area. The nearest to the ladder will attack. The 
    harpy will attack in two ways. The fire bomb dive which rarely or maybe 
    never place the attacking harpy behind Kratos that is between Kratos and
    the ladder. The other is the claw lunge or in other word the harpy just 
    attack using its claw and gives Kratos no harm at all if he is in block mode.
    If the harpy attack using this way it usually positioned the harpy behind 
    Kratos after its claw lunge. If this happen turn Kratos around and do the 
    above guide.
    
    If you accidentally killed the harpy and feel lazy to force another harpy
    To be in the aforementioned position. Just jump of the bridge and it will
    restart at the point where Kratos is just in front of the ladder and this only
    works if you don't do any backtracking from this area or first time reaching
    this area.
    
    Hope this piece of advice worked and one thing, i played the NTSC version.
    
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    From: Kizty  
    Back to topic, I followed gothoth's way. I found it easier. Basically have
    Your back facing the ladder and block. Wait for the harpy to swoop down on
    you and since you're blocking it will go through you and now you have it
    between you and the ladder. Now instead of using PoP just jump and press
    /\ /\ (triangle twice) and that will knock the harpy to the ground (this
    works well on normal difficulty and I had BoC lvl 4). And the rest is 
    history (i.e. push it into the ladder, climb the first 2 steps and hopefully
    the harpy is now stuck on the top of the ladder, kill it by pressing up 
    and []). Note that when the harpy goes through you you'll automatically face
    the harpy, which is at this phase should be between you and the ladder, so
    you can do the jump combo right away.
    
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    From: Ishtar Dark 
    FINALLY, I pulled it off... and under 15 minutes. Woot!
    I just turned round, which made the harpy turn, too. When she was between me
    and the stairs, I went towards her, and when I pushed her against the ladder,
    I bammed her with light [] attacks and she died. I was still holding the Left
    Analog Stick up, so I immediately climbed the stairs and caused the glitch...
    and I got 45 secs of it on digital camera... now I want to upload it 
    somewhere for all you non-believers... meh...
    
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    From: simboo 
    Ok, I thought I would share this information with those who haven't been
    Able to "knock" the harpy but who killed it instead.
    
    1- Get the Harpy between you and the ladder. It doesn't matter how far from
    the ladder you and harpy are, as long as the Harpy is between the ladder 
    and you.
    2- Knock the Harpy with R1. It should fall on the ground closer to the 
    Ladder because of the impact.
    3- Push the knocked Harpy towards the ladder and a bit more so it "climbs"
    Up the ladder. Stop pushing until you just started to climb the ladder.
    4- Kill the Harpy by pushing up with the left analog stick and "[]" (Square).
    If done correctly, you should start getting your orbs.
    
    Note: All these steps will happen fast but be patient. It took me 10-15 times
    to figure it out. My blade was at level 4 and was too strong for the PoP 
    trick ([] [] ^). R1 worked like a charm for me.
    
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    Ok, besides this particular glitch, there is a way to get enough orbs to
    max out everything you have much earlier in the game during the Temple of
    the Oracle.  During that chapter, you have to do the ďHarpy PuzzleĒ by 
    blocking the infinitely re-spawning Harpies with the statues.  
    
    Here, block Both holes, and then pick one side and pull the statue back a
    bit so that The Harpies can get out.  They will come out 2 at a time.
    Stand there and Use Medusaís gaze to stone them.  They will fall and be
    crushed for a +30 Red orb bonus per stoned Harpy.
    
    When using Medusaís gaze, the higher you have this magic leveled up, the
    faster it stones the harpies and the less magic it uses.  Thus, the higher
    The level of your Medusaís Gaze the longer a full magic bar will last you.
    A level 3 quick blast uses very little magic and can stone both Harpies at
    once as they crawl out of the hole.
    
    There are Blue Orb chests in this room that will allow you to replenish
    your magic.  Once those chests are empty, you can backtrack all the way
    back to where you obtained the magic of Zeusí Fury.  The chest next to
    where you get Zeusís Fury will re-fill itself infinitely.  So, backtrack
    all the way back, open that chest 3 times for a full magic bar, and then
    return to stone some more Harpies.  Keep repeating until youíve gotten 
    all the orbs you want.  
    
    This way is much slower that the Harpy Glitch, but it is a much earlier
    opportunity.
    
    Finally, it should be noted that once you have maxed out everything you
    have (Blades of Chaos, Blade of Artemis, All Magic), then the game will
    stop giving you Red Orb Chests and will replace all Red GLOWING chests
    with Blue Chests which means a LOT more magic for you during the game.
    The UNLIT chests will still give you Red Orbs IF you have found all 
    Gorgon Eyes and Phoenix Feathers.
    
    
    
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    This game does have glitches.  Several have been reported, and a couple seem
    rather common depending on how old your PS2 is.  This game uses a dual layered
    disc which means the laser has to adjust focus to read data that is on the top
    layer and then re-adjust to read data which is BENEATH that clear top layer. 
    Basically, by adjusting the focus of the laser, the laser will either read
    data from the top layer (the shiny layer you see when you flip the disc
    over) or it will focus "further in" past that clear top layer to read date 
    that is lying underneath the first layer.  Because of this, a scratch, a 
    smudge, a fingerprint, etc can cause far more grief on this game than on 
    regular single layer game discs.  Also, since this game demand more form the
    laser, the older PS2 (which had laser problems to begin with) may have
    problems with this game.
    
    To have the least amount of trouble from this game, never touch the shiny side
    of the disc.  If it has fingerprints on it, clean it with a soft non-abrasive
    clothe.  Use back and forth strokes and NEVER go in a circular motion. The 
    reason you never go in a circular motion is that the "data" is located in the
    circular rungs around the disc.  If you wipe back an forth across the rings, 
    you are less likely to damage the data.  If you wipe in a circle, you'll be
    dragging the clothe and debris along the tracks that the data is stored in.
    If the scratches are deep, get the disc re-surfaced.
    
    Also, to help in recovering from any glitch you might encounter 
    
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! USE MULTIPLE SAVES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    
    That can NOT be stressed enough.  God of War sets aside a chunk of memory
    that allows for FOUR different saves.  I suggest using a different save slot
    each time you save your game.  That way, if you encounter a problem, go back
    to the last previous save which won't be that much farther back than where you
    encountered the glitch.
    
    If restoring a previous save doesn't fix it, then eject the disc and turn off
    the PS2.  Clean the disc and inspect for scratches.  Then restart the PS2 and
    try again from the previous save point.
    
    Some glitches can be recovered from while in game, but most require a reset
    of the PS2 and/or a restore from a previous save.  So have multiple saves!
    
    Here are some of the more common glitches.
    
    
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     Locks up trying to save the game
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    One thing to note about this "glitch" is that the VERY first time you try to
    save a game, God of War must format a chunk of memory on your memory card
    for the save slots it will use.  This very first save does TAKE A WHILE to
    complete.  About a minute or so.  It looks like the game has locked up
    because it just sits there and says saving without displaying a progress
    indicator.  HOWEVER, be patient, get up and get something to drink, take a
    break, whatever.  this first save take a while, but it WILL eventually come
    back.  After that first save, all other saves are quick and finish in 10
    seconds or less.  If any save after the first stalls for longer than 20 or
    so seconds, then you may have locked up.  Still, give it a full minute before
    you panic.
    
    If you do have a true save glitch, power down the PS2.  Try a different
    memory card if you have one.  If not, take the current memory card out
    and blow into it to remove any built up dust.  Also, blow into the memory
    slot to remove any dust there.  Re-insert the memory card and try again.
    If it still doesn't work, you may have a bad memory card and should try
    to get another one in order to verify.
    
    
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     Locks up at the 2nd Mini-Hydra fight
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    This happened to me on a replay.  I was using the Dairy Bastard costume.
    Also, I was moving quickly through the game and actually skipped a few fights
    by running from a few enemies.  By the time I got to the 2nd min-hydra, I had
    to slow down and defeat the enemies.  As I was killing about the third harpy,
    the game locked up and the screen froze.  I wasn't far into the game, so I
    reset the PS2 and tried again with no problems - however this 2nd time 
    through I made sure to kill everyone before proceeding forward. It is possible
    that something in the game code could cause a lock up if you run from an
    enemy and leave them alive.  Who knows?
    
    
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     The switch in the Challenge of Atlas gets stuck
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    I've heard several reports of this one.  It happens when someone gets to the
    switch in the room with the Statue of Atlas.  It's the switch on the ledge 
    that you have to pull to make Atlas throw the globe.  If you get to the 
    switch early (before having found the handle for the lower switch and 
    before having raised the globe up) and pull the upper switch three or more
    times in a row, it has been reported that the switch will get stuck in the 
    "pulled" position so that when you come back later, you can't pull it anymore
    and thus you are stuck since you can't get the globe to fall and break
    the door which leads to your way out.
    
    I haven't heard of any sure fire in-game way to fix this one.  You can try
    back-tracking in the game to a previous "checkpoint" and then die in that area.
    When the game restarts after your death, you will be back at the previous
    checkpoint which might help the switch problem. 
    
    Other than that, you'll need to restart from a previous saved game, so again,
    USE MULTIPLE SAVES.
    
    
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     Locks up during the Cerberus & Harpy fight in the Trident room
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    I had this one happen to me.  Plus, I've heard of it happen to others. 
    This happens right after you get the Trident that allows you to swim
    underwater in the Challenge of Poseidon.  Once you get the Trident, you 
    swim down and fight a bunch of Cerberus Pups. Once done there, you backtrack
    to the room where you found the Trident and there are harpies and Adult 
    Cerberus waiting on you.  It IS possible to run from this fight.  If you do
    run, you will find a save point not too far down the path.  If you save your
    game and then go back to fight the Harpies and Cerberus Adults you just ran 
    from, then the game is likely to lock up on you.  The only way to fix it
    is reset the game, but it's no big deal since you just did a save.
    
    So, just try to avoid this one.  It's not game shattering, but it is 
    annoying.
    
    
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     Locks up while loading a new section
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    I've seen several people say their game locked up while the game was loading
    the next section.  This happens when you progress far enough and the game
    needs to load the data for the next section.  Occasionally you will see
    the word "Loading" in the lower right hand corner of the screen.  This load
    should only take about 1-3 seconds.  If it glitches, it just hangs there.
    
    This is caused by a dirty or damaged disc.  You can try an in-game fix by
    ejecting the disc with the game still running.  Just hit eject and take the
    disc out of the tray.  Examine the disc and try to clean it as best as you
    can.  Reload the disc and see if the PS2 will resume game play.  If not, 
    you'll have to reset the PS2.
    
    
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     Kratos gets knocked into a dark pool of water during the last battle with 
     Ares.
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    This happened to me.  During the final battle where you fight Ares the 2nd 
    time (after the Clone Battle), Ares uses a magic attack hat calls up four
    columns that surround you and try to smash together to hit you.  If you
    don't avoid them, you get hit.  Once, I was standing on the right side of
    the lake at about the 3 O'clock position.  I was unable to avoid the 
    column smash and when they exploded, Kratos was shot straight up into the
    air and off the screen.  Then the screen went dark.  A second later I heard
    a splash, and then the camera came back, but it was pulled way back from
    where Kratos was -and Kratos was actually underwater!  He was trapped in
    a small and dark body of water no bigger than the TV screen.  You can't get
    out of this and are just stuck.  The game keeps running, but you can't go
    anywhere.
    
    This is EASY to fix.  Just pull up your menu screen and select restart from
    the last checkpoint.  This will put you back at the beginning of the battle
    that you just got kicked out of.  That's far better than having to reset
    and go through the Ares part 1 and those Clones again.
    
    
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     Locks up during the sword clash during the final battle with Ares
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    I've heard of this happening to several people.  I've also heard of one
    person that did an in game fix that worked!  If you can't fix this, then this
    is one of the worst glitches the game has since you have to restart the entire
    Final Battle with Ares - including the clones.
    From the report I've heard, it sounds like a dirty, damaged, or scratched
    disc.  The in game fix that I heard was to leave the game running, eject the
    disc, clean it as best as you can, then put the disc back in and wait. 
    It was said that, after about a minute the game came back to regular play.
    
    Again, try to have a super clean and scratch free disc and this one
    might be avoided.  It never happened to me, but I bought the disc new
    and I NEVER touch the shiny side or let it get scratched.
    
    
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     Locks up at the end of the game after beating Ares
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    This one did happen to me, and it blows!  For this one, you beat the Final
    Battle.  Ares is finally dead, and you are at the end of the game talking
    to Athena.  you finally get control of Kratos again.  Once I regained 
    control, I hit the Start button to bring up the upgrade menu.  I had 48 
    full bars of red orbs from the final battles, and I wanted to use them.
    The very second I hit the start button, the screen went blank and the game
    locked up.  I tried ejecting the disc, but it didn't work.  I had to reset
    and fight Ares all over again.
    
    To avoid this, IMMEDIATELY SAVE YOUR GAME after you beat Ares. There's 
    nothing left to do anyway except break the statues in the throne room. So,
    once you beat Ares, do NOT HIT START.  Go to the throne room and save ASAP!
    
    If this does happen to you, try ejecting the disc for a few seconds and
    then re-insert it.  Maybe the PS2 will come back online once the disc
    is reinserted.  It didn't work for me, but feel free to try it before
    you actually reset the game.
    
    
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     I Unlocked the movies but they won't play
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    In this glitch, you beat the game and have finally unlocked everything.
    You go to your treasure menu and try to play the newly unlocked videos
    but all you get is the same scene repeating over and over and it's the
    opening of the game where the undead soldiers burst out from the trap door
    of the ship you are on.
    
    This is not a glitch but is instead a COPIED DISC.  If you see this problem,
    then the disc you have is a copy and is not an original.  All copies I've
    heard of have this problem.  The only thing to do is get your hands on the
    original disc and try again.  Your memory card has all the saved data it 
    needs, so you may be able to play the movies via your saved data if you
    get the real disc.  Go try renting it and see if that helps.
    
    
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     PS2 will not read or recognize the God of War disc (DRE)
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    This isn't a glitch with the game, but a problem with the older PS2 hardware.
    
    If the disc is new or if cleaning/resurfacing the disc does not help, then
    it may be a DRE (Disc Read Error) that some of the older PS2s have. If you 
    get an error on screen that says "Disc Read Error" when you try to power up
    God of War, then you've got the DRE problem.
    The problem is with the PS2 laser itself.  It has either slipped out of proper
    height alignment thus throwing off laser focus, or the laser has diminished
    in overall amplitude thus diminishing its ability to focus.  This is a slow 
    process of PS2 hardware degradation in which the PS2 may still read some discs,
    but will have a problem reading others.  Since God of War is a dual layered 
    disc, an older PS2 with a DRE problem will likely have a problem reading the
    disc.
    The only way to fix this problem is to adjust/repair the hardware (the PS2).
    More often than not, all that is required is a simple adjustment (turn a 
    screw a few notches) in order to get the laser back into position for proper
    focusing.  In some cases, however, the laser itself needs to be replaced.
    Sony fixes DRE problems on the older PS2 models for free, but you have to pay
    shipping and  handling.  There are SEVERAL web sites on the net dedicated to
    DREs and how to fix them yourself if you're technically inclined and feeling
    adventurous.
    Basically, if you get a DRE, then you'll have to put the PS2 in the shop or
    buy a new one.  The newer PS2 models have added protection and more robust
    laser systems that help avoid this problem.
    
    
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    The Main Hydra Boss Glitch.  You canít break the mast.
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    Not long after this game came out, there were several rumors floating around
    that stated some release versions of God of War had a Hydra Glitch.  It was
    held that, during the main Hydra Boss fight, some copies of the game were
    glitched, and you could not break the mast and win this fight.
    
    This is completely FALSE.  There is no Hydra glitch.
    
    The problem is the O Button mini-game.  You must mash the O button
    continually, and very fast in order to succeed.
    
    During the fight, once you have dealt enough damage to the Main Hydra, an 
    O Button Icon appears.  You hit O, and Kratos will spear the Hydra with the
    Blades of Chaos.  Then the O Button icon begins to pulsate which indicates
    that you are supposed to repeatedly and quickly tap the O button.  Tap it 
    as fast as possible.
    
    If you succeed, then Kratos will pull the Hydra down into the mast of the
    ship.  The Hydra will hit the mast, the mast will crack, and the Blades of
    Chaos will be pulled free.  Kratos will remain on his feet the entire time.
    
    You must do this three times.  On the 3rd time, the mast breaks, and then
    you do it a 4th time to beat the Hydra by spearing the Hydra on the now
    broken mast.
    
    The idea of a glitch came in because a LOT of people were simply not tapping
    the O button fast enough.  If you FAIL this O Button game, the scenario looks
    identical to the winning situation except for one thing, Kratos gets knocked
    down.
    
    That is, once you get to the O Button game, you must mash it very fast.  If
    you FAIL, then the Hydra will hit the mast hard enough to rock the ship, and
    this knocks Kratos off his feet, and he falls to the ground.  The Hydra also
    shakes off the Blades of Chaos, and you must try again.  During this, the
    mast does NOT take damage since you failed the O Button game.  
    
    Since these two scenarios look identical with the exception of the damage
    to the mast and Kratos falling to the ground, many gamers have thought that
    there was glitch since the mast will not take damage.  However, what they 
    failed to notice was that Kratos got knocked to the ground for failing the
    O Button mini-game.
    
    The easiest way to win this challenge is to lay the controller on your leg
    and hold it with your left hand.  Now use your free right hand and index
    or middle finger to mash the O Button as fast as humanly possible.  
    This allows for a much faster button press than using only your thumb.
    
    Also, it has been reported that a Turbo Controller does work for this part.
    
    So, in short, there is no glitch at this part in the game.  If you canít
    make the mast take damage, then you are not pushing the O button fast enough.
    This is verified by the fact that Kratos gets knocked down when the Hydra
    hits the mast and shakes free (the mast does not take damage and Kratos
    gets knocked down). 
    
    
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    Saves do not work.  Nothing happens.
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    Three have been a few problems reported that the game sill not save.  You can
    enter a save point, and you get the question as to whether or not you want to
    save, but the games does nothing when you select yes.  It simply wonít save.
    
    This has happened often upon first reaching the Temple of Pandora.
    
    To fix this problem, try this, BEFORE getting to the save, pull the memory
    card. THEN try to save, it should give an error saying there is no card.
    Back away from the save, and re-insert the memory card. Now try again. This
    should reset the save sequence and have it recognize the card again.
    
    Also, if you have a different memory card, try that as well, but the above
    sequence usually fixes this problem.
    
    
    
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     Beating the Main Hydra Boss
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    First, you must beat both of the smaller Hydras on either side of the main
    mast pole.  If you try to climb the net to reach the Main Hydra while the
    two smaller ones are alive, they will knock you down. 
    A great way to beat the two smaller ones is top stand to the right of the one
    on the left and begin your attack (block when necessary), eventually the one
    on the right will do an inhale attack to draw you toward it.  Don't fight it,
    but instead allow yourself to be drawn tot he one on the right.  As you are
    approaching begin your attack combo.  Continue this allowing them to pull you
    back and forth as you keep pounding on them.  When you knock one out, quickly
    climb the boxes up tot he platform and jump on the platform to trigger the 
    anchor spear to finish that one off.  Repeat for the other one.
    When fighting the main Hydra, dodge its bite attacks, and block it's 
    roar attack so you don't get knocked over the edge, and wail on it till you
    get the O Button icon.  When you see this, approach the fallen Hydra and hit
    the O button.  As soon as that happens, begin rapidly tapping the O Button
    repeatedly which will cause Kratos to pull the Hydra down into the mast.
    You MUST tap the O Button repeatedly for this to work.  If you only hit the
    O Button once, nothing will happen!
    Repeat this three times and the mast breaks and becomes a jagged spear.
    Wail on the Hydra again till you get the O Button.  Hit the O button to
    cause Kratos to jump on the Hydras head.  Watch for the next button icon and
    hit that to cause Kratos to rip one of the Hydra's eyes out.  Finally, Kratos
    jumps from the Hydra and spears the Hydra with his blades at chains length.
    At this time you will see the O Button again and you MUST tap it rapidly 
    to cause Kratos to pull the Hydra down on the jagged mast.  If you only hit
    the O button once, nothing will happen.  Please note that it is apparent that
    the O Button must be tapped rapidly by the fact that the O Button icon is
    moving up and down.  the same is true for all Button Icon mini-games.  If the
    button icon is moving, then you must repeatedly tap it but of the button icon
    is stationary, then you need only hit it once.
    
    
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     The Minotaur Trap room in the Road to Athens
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    In the Road to Athens you must stone a Minotaur so that he is stone and stuck
    on a switch that opens a door at the far end of the room.  There is a magic
    chest in this room that will re-spawn until you have solved this puzzle, so
    don't worry about magic.  As long as you are in this room, that chest will
    replenish itself.  The best thing to do here is to kill ONE of the Minotaurs
    right away.  This will leave you with only one to deal with.  If you kill
    them both, then BOTH of them will re-spawn - but only killing one will simply
    leave you with one to deal with.
    Next, stand on the far side of the room on the opposite side of the switch.
    Hit the D-Pad to the left to select Medusa's Gaze.  Hold down L1 to aim at the
    Minotaur.  When he is just about on the switch, fir.  It takes a second or two
    to stone the Minotaur, and he keeps walking as you try so if you wait too long,
    he'll walk off the switch and turn to stone on plain ground.
    As soon as he is stoned, run to the open gate.  When you get fairly close to the
    gate hit the right analog stick forward to cause Kratos to do a quick roll 
    through the gate.
    If you are having a hard time with the timing, you can try this little speed
    trick.  To do this, push the right analog stick forward and keep it HELD forward
    the entire time. With the right analog stick pressed forward, begin to 
    repeatedly mash R1.  This will cause Kratos to do a roll, the a Hermes dash,
    then a roll, then a dash, etc.  This is a bit faster than a regular one.
    If you want to use this technique, I suggest practicing it before you get to
    this puzzle trap.  Also note that you don't get Hermes Rush until level 2 for
    the Blades of Chaos, so make sure you've upgraded them by this time.
    
    
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     Impossible Jumps
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    There are NO impossible jumps in this game. Every jump in the game that is 
    required for the continuation of your progress is absolutely possible with a 
    well timed double jump.  The most common problem with a few of the tougher 
    jumps is not executing the double jump properly.  
    To do a double jump, press X button twice.
    HOWEVER, to get the best double jump, first press and HOLD the X button
    once to get the maximum height/distance out of the first jump.  Once Kratos
    has reached his peak of the first jump and is starting to descend, QUICKLY
    let go of the X button and immediately hit and HOLD it again for the second
    portion of this jump.  If you simply press X button twice rapidly, Kratos 
    will not jump very high at all. PLUS, always remember to push the left analog
    stick in the desired direction of your jump.
    
     <> Jumping the vined walls in the Road to Athens
    This is the first "hard" jump of the game.  Here, climb to the top of the
    first vined wall.  Once there, pull back and away from the wall toward the 
    wall that is behind you.  Then use the Double Jump techniques as described
    above and you will hit and grab the other wall.
    
     <> Jumping across the pillars in the Road to Athens
    After the above jump, you come to a spot where a bridge has been destroyed
    and you must jump to some pillars that have vines on them.  Again, this is
    all about a good double jump.  Once you reach the last pillar, move to the
    top of the vines and have Kratos' back toward the road (to your right) and 
    push and hold the left analog stick in that direction.  Now, execute a good
    double jump and Kratos will succeed.  For this jump, since you are so high
    up for the starting point, you can actually delay the second push of the 
    X button a bit longer than usual since Kratos has a ways to fall.  This
    will allow you to get a little further in distance on you first jump before
    you have to hit X again for the double jump.
    
     <> Jumping across the lava pit trap floor in Challenge of Hades
    During the Challenge of Hades you will come to a spot where the floor is open
    and lave is present.  If you hit the lava you die.  On the far side of this pit
    is a moving section of floor.  It opens and closes repeatedly.  Notice the 
    pattern of this is 1 short close, a 2nd short close, then a 3rd close that is
    a bit longer than the first two, then it opens an remains open for a second. 
    For this jump, get next to the edge of the pit and push forward - you can not
    WALK off the edge and into the lave, so push as far forward and close to the
    edge as possible.  Keep holding the left analog stick forward and toward the 
    moving floor.  Watch the pattern of the moving floor and when it close for the
    SECOND time hit and hold X for your jump.  Let Kratos reach his max distance
    and right as he is descending from this jump hit and hold X again for the
    double jump and make sure you are constantly pushing forward on the left
    analog stick.  
    With good timing, Kratos will hit the floor just as it has closed for the 3rd
    time.  Once there, do NOT HESITATE!  Either hit X again for another jump
    forward and off this trap floor, or hit your right analog stick forward for a
    quick roll off the trap floor.  I like to hit X again for the 2nd jump, but
    either way works.
    
    
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     The door in the Saw Room Floor during the Challenge of Atlas
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    During the Challenge of Atlas you will come to a room filled with large 
    circular saws that constantly criss-cross the floor.  There is a sealed door
    on the far side of the room.  There are two switches in this room.  You 
    must pull both switches to get this door completely open.  Each switch
    controls half of the door, and the switches are timed to reset themselves.
    So, pull the one furthest from the door first, then quickly get to the 
    next switch that is near the door and pull it.  Be quick, and you'll get
    through this door.  When you finally get through it once, it remains open
    forever.
    
    
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     The splitting floor in the Challenge of Atlas
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    During this part of the Challenge of Atlas you have a certain amount of
    time in which you must defeat al the soldiers and Sirens in the room.
    First thing is to break the Soldiers Shields with either Square, Square,
    Triangle or with the L1 + O attack if you have it (you get that attack at 
    level 5 Blades of Chaos).  When the shields are down, grab the soldier
    and then hit square to throw him.  This kills that particular soldier
    and damages whatever it hits.  Repeat as quickly as possible for all
    soldiers and then concentrate on the Sirens.  Poseidon's Rage is great
    against them, so use it if you've got it.  Be aware that occasionally a
    Siren will re-spawn at the back of the room (side opposite where the 
    handle is) and will just sit there, so make sure o work your way down there
    so that you know you've killed all the enemies.  Once they are all dead, the
    field around the switch drops and you can get to it.  Do so immediately
    because, even thought the enemies are dead, the floor is STILL on the timer.
    The timer does not stop until you grab the switch!  So, if you just stand
    around after all the enemies are dead, the floor will still open up and kill
    you. Basically, you kill the enemies to drop the force filed, then you grab
    the handle which stops the floor timer - not to mention you need the handle
    later.
    
    
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     Sacrificing the caged man during the Challenge of Poseidon
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    During the Challenge of Poseidon you have to push a caged man up a slope 
    toward the sacrifice room.  You'll notice there are rock outcroppings along
    the path up.  Push the cage up to a rock outcropping and then deal with the
    enemies that are attacking you.  These enemies will re-spawn forever, so kill
    a few and then move forward.  Kill some more, and then move forward.  Don't
    bother with a charge kick since it won't work going up hill.
    
    
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     The moving wall trap found underwater in the Challenge of Poseidon
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    During the Challenge of Poseidon you come to a part where you must swim down
    into a channel that has a large moving wall attached to a chain.  If that wall
    hits you then you get smashed to death - no ifs, ands, or buts. The key to this
    trap is to swim into the opening and wait till you see it go by.  Then swim
    down and immediately HOLD DOWN R1 for a second to FULLY charge the underwater
    dash.  If you let go too soon, you won't get a full dash.  If you hold it too
    long the wall will get you.  AS you progress down the channel you will see 
    ditches/dips in the floor there are two of these on the way to the exit.
    Once you come to one of these, hit square to dive down and hide in the ditch.
    Sit there and let the wall go by.  When you're ready, as soon as the wall
    goes by, swim up and immediately hit and hold R1 for a full  dash.  When that 
    dash where off, do it again!  It takes two full dashes to reach the 2nd 
    hiding spot.  From the 2nd hiding spot, you can reach the exit in one full 
    dash.
    
    
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     Escaping the Maze in the Challenge of Hades
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    To get out of the Maze in the Challenge of Hades you must kill ever enemy in 
    the maze.  You'll notice the exit door actually fills up with red light as you
    kill more and more enemies.  Once you have killed them all the door 
    automatically opens.  Most enemies are obvious, but there is one section that
    is kind of hidden. At the end of the maze where the exit door and the moving
    log is, there is a second doorway to a small alcove just below the exit door.
    Stand on the moving log and look to your right to see it.  The log moves in a
    pattern, and it only exposes this last room every third slam.  So wait for the
    right time and then jump down into this last alcove.  Once done, time it right
    again to get out and reach the exit.
    
    
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     Beating the Satyrs in the Path to Hades to make the platforms rise
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               Thanks to Clumsy_Mohel for typing this one up!
    
    Use the square, hold square combo on them to knock them down. Start doing it
    on them as they're down, just make sure that you're not standing at their feet
    so that they don't kick you when they get up. Try to separate them, so you can
    combo one of the Satyrs, turn around and combo the other one. If you get stuck
    or cornered, just dodge / roll and hit X to do the lift attack (I forgot it's
    name, the one while you're dodging) to knock one up in the air. Follow it up
    with an air grab. This will break up the fight, as you can't be hit during the
    air grab animation. The other bonus is that you slam the Satyr down with their
    head facing you, so that when they get up they'll kick in the complete opposite
    direction. 
    
    Summary: 
    1. Square, hold square
    2. Roll out of being cornered
    3. Use lift attacks followed by an air grab when you need to shift the momentum
    of the fight. 
    Repeat until victory. You get health orbs as you continue the fight and kill the
    Satyrs, so just stick it out (I also got stuck at this part).
    
    
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     The Grave Digger
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    Who is he?
    Most people believe that the Gravedigger is actually Zeus. That's a rather 
    plausible answer since it is well known that Zeus and many of the God of 
    Olympus took human form quite often.  There is a bit more to this theory in 
    the Major Spoilers section.  So, if you have unlocked everything and already
    know what the unlockable movies are, or if you just want to know and don't
    care about spoilers, go to the Major Spoilers section for more.
    
    
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     The Conveyor Belt Trap after the Desert of Lost Souls
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    To make your life a LOT easier on this puzzle/trap, BEFORE pulling the block
    from the alcove and triggering the soldiers to appear, go to the right and
    face the large spinning spiked wheel.  It can be destroyed!  Hit it with
    Square, Square, Triangle three or four times (making sure to flip back away
    from the wheel before you bump into it) and it will break!  This stops the
    conveyor belt and makes this section much easier.
    
    
    
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    Here is a mini-guide that I wrote for DragonicFlare's walkthrough.  She has this
    in her guide, but I'm putting it here as well since so many people keep asking
    how to get past certain challenges.
    
    
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      ------------------------ CHALLENGE OF THE GODS -----------------------
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    After you've beaten God of War for the first time, you unlock, among other 
    things, the Challenge of the Gods.  This is a mini-game in which you are 
    presented with 10 challenges.  Defeat all 10 Challenges and you are 
    rewarded with 5 new costumes that you can use when you start a new game.
    You can NOT use the new costumes on an existing saved game - you must 
    start a brand new game in order to use a new costume.
    
    IMPORTANT : Save Rage of Gods for the Final Challenge (Challenge 10).  You
    might be able to defeat Challenge 10 without Rage of the Gods, but the 
    odds are seriously stacked against you.  Besides, every other Challenge is
    easily conquered without having to use Rage of the Gods, so SAVE IT!
    
    Also, you can not save your progress in the Challenge of the Gods, so once
    you start, you have to do it all in one sitting without a save.  If you 
    quit, you have to start all over again at Challenge 1.
    
    NOTE : It is possible for Kratos to jump off, fall off, or be knocked off
    of every single platform in these challenges.  If you go over the edge, then
    it is instant death, and you must restart the challenge!
    
    
    
    ----------------------------- Challenge 1 ---------------------------------
    
    >>> Knock the soldiers off the platform before time runs out. 
    >>> If you kill an enemy, you will fail the challenge.
    >>> If the timer runs out, you obviously fail the mission.
    
    Ok, for a first challenge this isn't too bad.  You basically have to 
    knock all 8 of the Shield Carrying soldiers off the platform in any manner 
    you can before the timer runs out and without killing any of them.  Since 
    they are carrying shields, you won't damage them with regular attacks 
    unless you actually destroy their shields.  A good combo to use is the 
    Square, (hold) Square combo that ends in a chain swipe. However, that rarely
    knocks them off, but it will often push them to the edge.
    
    A great strategy is to try and grab them.  Since they are carrying shields,
    you can't actually grab them, but the attempt will push them (and you) 
    backwards which is usually enough to knock them off the platform if they are
    close to the edge.
    
    Also, move around a little bit to get the soldiers to chase you.  If you stay
    close to the inside hole in the platform, the soldiers will often just walk
    off the edge as they try to maneuver around to get you.  Nice!
    
    Once you've gotten a few of them down, use the L1 + O Button combo.  Double
    jump into the air and charge the attack by holding the O button down until 
    Kratos performs the move.  This WILL break all the shields of the soldiers
    that are near you, but it will also knock a few of them over the edge!
    Now that you've got a few of them running around without shields, move to 
    the opposite side of the platform and get them to follow you.  If you manage
    to get one far enough away from the others that don't have shields, then
    grab him, face toward the outer edge, and hit the square button to throw 
    him off the platform.  Be careful with this since the chain swipe could hit
    and kill nearby soldiers that are not carrying shields.  If they still have
    their shields, then the chain swipe will not hurt them.
    
    
    
    ----------------------------- Challenge 2 ---------------------------------
    
    >>> Kill all Archers and Soldiers before time runs out.
    >>> You do NOT have to kill the Harpies.
    >>> If the timer runs out, you obviously fail the mission.
    
    This isn't too bad with the proper strategy.  Here, using L1 + O Button is
    invaluable.  On the large platforms there are shield carrying soldiers and 
    armored soldiers with the heavy swords (leaves a trail of blue light).
    As soon as you start, make a bee-line for the shield carrying soldier and 
    perform the L1 + O Button (remember to charge it at the peak of your 
    double jump).  This attack will break the shield of the soldier which makes
    him grab-able.  As soon as the shield is gone, grab him and do a throw by 
    hitting the X button.  
    
    The L1 + O button combo will often knock a couple of the soldiers off the
    edge for you, and the grab and throw of the now-shieldless-soldier can
    knock others off as well.  Not to mention the throw will kill that 
    particular soldier and damage whatever it hits.  The throw also takes out 
    some of the Harpies which is a nice perk.
    
    Once you've got a big platform clear, jump to the smaller platforms where 
    there are archers waiting for you.  As soon as you are on the platform with
    them, grab and throw them (hit O button to grab and then hit Square button 
    to throw them).  The throw will kill them, and they often hit and kill the
    next archer in line.
    
    Jump to the next big platform and repeat the above listed strategy.  There
    are four big platforms in all.  They are spaced apart in a square formation.
    The big platforms are in the "corners" of the square, and the smaller 
    platforms that hold the archers join the corners together.  Your path of
    travel should be forward to second big platform, then left to third big
    platform, then down to last big platform.
    
    Once you reach the last big platform, do NOT forget to check the two 
    smaller platforms off to the right for the last 2 archers.  Usually, 
    depending on how you handled the big platform, the archers are already dead
    from having been hit by thrown enemies from the big platform.  Still, 
    unless you see the message that you have succeeded, check those smaller
    platforms since they are off the screen and you can't see them to know if
    the archers are dead or not.
    
    If time is running out, use Army of Hades on the LAST platform.  Using Army
    of Hades on the last big platform will make it light work and often take out
    those last two archers on the smaller platforms that are off screen.
    
    
    
    ----------------------------- Challenge 3 ---------------------------------
    
    >>> Break all vases before the time runs out.
    >>> No enemies here, just mass destruction of all those vases.
    >>> Very little time given, so speed is critical.
    
    The best way to do this is to use only the L1 + O Button combo, BUT perform
    it from the ground.  Do NOT double jump before executing (wastes valuable
    time).  So, as soon as you've got control of Kratos, hold L1 and also hold
    the O Button to charge the attack.  The shockwave will break all the vases
    around you.  IMMEDIATELY hit the right analog stick up and slightly left 
    so that Kratos will quickly roll to the next group of vases and then repeat
    the L1 + O Button attack.  Do this again and again till all the vases are 
    gone.  Takes a couple of tries, but it's not too terrible.  Just try to be 
    quick and fluid with your blending of right analog rolls with immediate
    L1 + O Button smashes.
    
    
    
    ----------------------------- Challenge 4 ---------------------------------
    
    >>> Kill 4 Minotaurs but do NOT kill any of the Soldiers.
    >>> The soldiers here are the ones wearing golden armor and carrying the 
    heavy swords (the swords that leave a trail of blue light).
    >>> There is NOT a time limit, so take your time if need be!
    
    The absolute BEST thing to do here is to run up to the Minotaurs and 
    immediately get them airborne with a L1 + X attack.  Kratos usually follows
    them into the air, but if he doesn't, simply hit X and he'll super jump up
    into the air with them.  Once in the air with the Minotaur, hit O button to 
    do a grab.  This will cause Kratos to grab the Minotaur by a leg and slam it
    into the ground.  HOWEVER, the Minotaur will bounce back up!  
    So, IMMEDIATELY hit O Button again to repeat the ground slam.  You'll get 
    four back-to-back slams that kill the Minotaur instantly!  Repeat this for
    each Minotaur and you're home free.
    
    Note: Army of Hades works well here since it only targets the Minotaurs and
    does not hit the soldiers.  HOWEVER, don't waste it since the above strategy
    makes this challenge a cake walk.
    
    
    
    ----------------------------- Challenge 5 ---------------------------------
    
    >>> Shoot all of the Undead Soldiers with the Bow and Arrow machine.
    >>> Do not shoot the Human Soldiers, if you kill a Human Soldier, then 
        you fail the challenge
    >>> There is NOT a time limit, so take your time if need be!
    
    
    Super simple challenge.  Watch the soldiers as they are walking around the
    platform.  The "bad guys" are taller and wearing gold armor and are walking
    the outside perimeter of the platform in a clock-wise direction.  The "good
    guys" are in silver armor and are walking in a clock-wise circle inside the
    path of the bad guys.
    
    Now, grab the bow and arrow with R2, but do NOT pull back on the stick yet.
    Instead, watch the bad guys on the outside perimeter.  When you see them 
    at the 2 O'clock position (there's a red spot on the floor there), THEN 
    begin pulling back on the bow and arrow.  By the time it's pulled back and
    Kratos finally kicks it, the bad guy will be right in front of you and will
    get nailed with the arrow.
    
    Simply repeat until all the bad guys are gone.
    
    
    
    ----------------------------- Challenge 6 ---------------------------------
    
    >>> Get to the center of the last platform before time runs out.
    >>> VERY LITTLE TIME GIVEN.
    
    There is a long line of smaller platforms moving back in forth from left to 
    right.  The line of platforms leads to a large platform.  Your goal is to
    get to the center of the big platform.  THE CENTER!  If you just jump to the
    platform you still have NOT succeeded.  You must run all the way to the 
    center of the final platform.
    
    There are archers on some of the smaller platforms that are shooting 
    exploding arrows at you.  And worse than that, there is a line of several
    more archers on the final platform that are also shooting at you.
    
    The key to this is a bit of LUCK and good timing.  You really do not have 
    time to kill the archers, so the best thing to do is just flat out run for 
    it.  Time it right, and you'll pass the archers before they can shoot you.
    Once you are past an archer, he no longer shoots at you since he is still
    facing the opposite direction!
    
    Start this off with a single jump to the first platform.  Then double jump
    to the 2nd platform as there is an archer on that one.  The double jump
    usually gets you out of the way of his first shot.  Once on that platform,
    do not pause but immediately go for the jump to the 3rd platform.  It will 
    be off to your right, and it will look out of reach but YOU CAN MAKE THE 
    JUMP.  Go for it, and Kratos will end up grabbing the edge of the 3rd
    platform.  Pull yourself up, and immediately go for the next two platforms
    which are usually lined up with one another just ahead of you and slightly
    off to your left.  They are usually reachable by the time you pull up from
    the 3rd platform.  When you get to the last three platforms, it's a bit
    different.
    
    The 3rd from last platform has an archer that you'll probably need to kill.  
    The last two platforms move a LOT faster than the others, so it's going to
    throw off your timing, and often you have to wait for the next platform to 
    come back into range (these last three platforms have pause periods at the 
    end of their sweeps).  So, kill the last archer and get into a block (hold
    L1) position since you're probably going to be standing still for a few 
    seconds waiting on the next platform to come into range - which means arrows
    from the archers are coming at you!  Block the arrows, and double jump
    upwards if one sticks into the platform and is about to explode.
    
    These last three platforms are the worst, and it will take several attempts
    to get the timing right, but once you have made it to the last small 
    platform, immediately jump to the big platform.  You want to try and land 
    to the right of the line of archers, and then simply run or double jump
    past/over them and make a dash for the center of the platform.
    
    It takes a bit of practice, but it can be done!  Just don't bother killing
    any of the archers until you get to the last one on the small platforms.  
    And you only kill him because you usually have to stand around on his 
    platform waiting for the next platform to come into range.
    
    
    
    ----------------------------- Challenge 7 ---------------------------------
    
    >>> Kill all of the enemies WITHOUT ever getting hit by the enemy
    >>> You can BLOCK all you want, but do not take a damage hit.
    >>> There is a time limit, but it's a rather long time limit, and the 
        following strategy will get you through WAY before time ever comes 
        close to running out
    
    This is actually pretty simple.  As soon as the challenge starts, run to 
    the center of the platform, double jump straight up into the air and charge
    up the L1 + O Button attack.  The shockwave from this attack will knock most
    of the enemies off the platform!  Repeat until they are all dead!  It's 
    really that simple.  
    
    Occasionally, a soldier may make his way to you, and if so, you MIGHT have 
    to block a sword strike, but usually all you have to do is repeatedly 
    perform the double jump and fully charge the L1 + O button attack.  Simple!
    
    
    
    ----------------------------- Challenge 8 ---------------------------------
    
    >>> Kill every single enemy.
    >>> There is NOT a time limit, so don't worry about that.
    >>> You ARE allowed to take a hit.
    >>> You are NOT allowed ANY Magic.
    
    This challenge is simply mind blowing.  They throw HUNDREDS of enemies at 
    you.  Wave after wave after wave of soldiers with heavy swords and Gorgons!
    The gorgons re-spawn in groups of four, and the soldiers, well there're A LOT 
    of them on screen at any one time.
    
    For this, you need to rely heavily on the Double Jump and then Fully Charge 
    the L1 + O button attack.  This is especially useful near the edges where you 
    can knock the enemies over the railing.  During the fight, the Gorgons will
    display the O Button mini-game death sequence as usual, but don't bother with 
    them.  Their O Button sequence is slow, and the blue orbs they give up are 
    a total waste since you aren't allowed any magic in this challenge.
    
    Now, when a Soldier displays the O Button death sequence icon, go ahead and 
    do a grab and throw on him (hit the O button followed by hitting the Square 
    button).  The throw will kill him, and the chain swipe will hit everyone else
    around you.
    
    This is a LONG fight, and you will begin to think that something is wrong
    with the your PS2 and that it has somehow gotten stuck in an infinite loop
    since the enemies just keep coming, and coming, and coming!  However, 
    rest assured, you will eventually get through it.  Eventually, you will 
    kill all of the soldiers and they will stop re-spawning.  From there, it's
    just you and the Gorgons.  Once you get down to just the Gorgons, you know
    you're getting close.  Also, there are only four Gorgons at a time, so it
    does get a little bit easier by the time you get that far.
    
    During this challenge, the Gorgons will, as usual, try to turn you to stone,
    so you will have to evade like a mad man!  If you get stoned, a lot of times
    a soldier will end up immediately hitting you which means instant death.
    So, evade like crazy!  The BEST way to evade is to do your right analog
    stick rolls on outer perimeter of this platform.  Just roll around and around
    in a circle.  The reason : the Gorgons will track you with their stone beam 
    as you are rolling around which means a lot of the soldiers will get stoned
    as well!  Once the soldiers are stoned, don't bother trying to hit them until
    AFTER the Gorgons have stopped trying to stone you.  As soon as they stop,
    immediately do a double jump and fully charge the L1 + O Button attack. With 
    a little luck, not only will you break a bunch of the stoned soldiers, but 
    you'll also knock a few gorgons and non-stoned soldiers over the edge.
    
    So, for this challenge: 
    1. Rely heavily on the double jump to fully charged L1 + O Button attack!
    2. Evade like crazy once the Gorgons start trying to turn you to stone.
    3. Do your evasion on the outer perimeter so that soldiers are more likely
       to get hit by the Gorgons' stone beam thereby turning them to stone.
    4. Patience!  There are A LOT of enemies to dispose of, more than you have
       ever seen in this game.  More than can be easily counted.  It's a 
       truly ridiculous number of enemies that you have to defeat, so be 
       prepared for the long haul.
    
    
    
    ----------------------------- Challenge 9 ---------------------------------
    
    >>> Kill Four Cyclops before the timer runs out
    >>> The timer is close to the amount needed, so you'll likely be finishing
        this challenge with just a few seconds to spare.
    >>> You ARE allowed magic.
    
    You will probably be tempted to use Rage of the God for this challenge. But
    do NOT use it.  It DOES make this challenge super easy, but you REALLY need
    rage of the gods for the last challenge, so save it!
    
    Ok, there are going to be four Cyclops that you have to kill.  They only 
    appear one at a time, and they always re-spawn in the same location which is
    roughly the 12 O'clock position on the platform.  A really big snag to this 
    challenge is that there are also two Satyrs in the mix.  You do NOT have
    to kill them (and you really don't have time to anyway), but they DO get on 
    your nerves and in your way quite a bit.
    
    You're allowed magic in this challenge, and Poseidon's rage is the order of
    the day.  The downside is, it's a Level 1 Poseidon's rage, so you can NOT 
    increase its attack by mashing the O Button - bummer.
    
    Save your magic for the later fights when you're running low on time.  If 
    possible, save all of your magic for the fourth (last) Cyclops which makes 
    him a cake walk. 
    
    When fighting these guys, you will get the O Button death sequence icon after
    you have damaged them enough.  However, it is a LONG 3-4 button sequence, so
    it is often better to just try and kill them flat out with heavy Triangle 
    attacks once you see the O Button icon (3 triangles in a row is good).  
    If you have trouble killing them flat out, then go ahead and do the O Button
    sequence.  Try both ways, and keep an eye on your time!  Dodge their attacks
    by quickly pulling to the right or left of them, and you should be fine.
    
    The Satyrs are annoying, but aren't too terrible.  Just don't bother fighting
    them.  Instead, concentrate only on the Cyclops.  If you evade the Cyclops' 
    attacks by rolling to the right or left, you'll usually end up losing the
    Satyrs anyway.
    
    
    
    ----------------------------- Challenge 10 --------------------------------
    
    >>> Kill enough enemies to make the platform rise to the top platform.
    >>> There is no time limit.
    >>> I sincerely hope you saved Rage of the Gods for this!
    >>> NO MAGIC allowed (except for Rage of the Gods)
    
    This is one rough fight!  As expected, it is the hardest of the 
    10 challenges!
    
    The object here is to kill enough of the enemy (and they re-spawn forever)
    to make the platform rise high enough for you to jump over to the top 
    platform.  That is, the fight will start with you on your own platform 
    facing a second platform on which the enemy is located.  Jump to the enemy 
    platform and start the massacre.  With each enemy you kill, the platform 
    rises a little bit.  There is a third platform located much higher above 
    you, so you must make the enemy platform rise high enough for you to jump
    over to the third and final platform.
    
    If you fall off the edge, you die and have to restart.  If you jump back to
    your own platform, the enemy platform will RESET ITSELF to the bottom 
    position meaning you have to restart.
    
    Your enemies are TWO Satyrs, and THREE Cerberus Pups (the fireball kind!)
    
    It is VERY EASY to get knocked off of this platform.
    
    The Pups do NOT grow up into adult Cerberus.  The Satyrs seem MUCH meaner
    than they have ever been before.  It's VERY hard to knock one off the
    platform, and they block A LOT - not to mention they pile on their own
    combo attacks as well.  Their grab and slam move where they hook you with
    their lance and throw you can send you right off the edge to instant death,
    so beware!  Also beware the fact that, even though you can block the 
    veritable FLOOD of attacks they will throw at you, each hit that you block
    actually pushes you backwards a bit.  Enough hits in a row, and you're over
    the edge to instant death.
    
    During this fight, never bother trying to grab a Satyr as you WILL get 
    hit by the other one or by a Cerberus Pup.  Grabbing a Cerberus Pup is ok,
    but not recommended.
    
    Try to stay IN THE CENTER as much as possible. Once you are close to the
    edge, a hit from a Cerberus Pup or a Satyr throw or lunge attack can knock
    you right off the platform.  Occasionally, Kratos will grab the edge and be
    able to pull himself back up, but more often than not, he gets knocked too
    far out to grab the edge and will fall to his doom.
    
    In this challenge, you are going to die quite a bit. A LOT in fact.  So,
    be prepared for that.  It is so easy to fall off the platform, or be
    knocked off, or be THROWN off by the Satyrs, that death is quite frequent.
    So, use each retry as experience and a chance to learn your enemy.
    
    The L1 + O Button attack is OK here, but the pause at the end of it is 
    likely to get you hit.  The attack does knock the pups off the ledge rather
    nicely, but it does little more than anger the Satyrs!
    
    The combo of the day for this fight is Square, (hold) Square.  Also, a 
    Square, Square, (hold)Square combo works nicely.  The key to these combos
    is the chain swipe at the end that can knock the enemy, even the Satyrs
    if they aren't blocking, over the edge.
    
    You can try starting this fight by double jumping from your platform and
    doing the charged L1 + O Button attack as you are leaping to the other
    platform. This will clear the Cerberus Pups and let you concentrate on the
    Satyrs. However, the pause at the end of the attack will usually get you
    hit repeatedly!  Often you're hit hard enough (or so frequently) that you
    get pushed over the edge.  Still, if this opening move works, it's a good
    start.
    
    The core of the fight will be your Square, (hold) Square combo.  As you 
    execute this combo, make sure you are constantly changing directions so 
    that you hit every enemy on screen.  This slows down and even stops the 
    Cerberus pups from attacking you. Once the chain swipe at the end of this
    combo comes up, turn quickly to make sure you are facing a Satyr since 
    the chain swipe will likely knock him over the edge.  If you're lucky, 
    you'll get both of them with the chain swipe - nice!
    
    A good rhythm, good timing, and some luck are required for this fight.
    The Key is to rely on the Square, (hold) Square combo and change
    directions frequently.  If you're lucky, you'll get into a rhythm where
    the chain swipe is coming right as the Satyrs are re-spawning and the
    swipe will (hopefully) knock them over the edge along with the Cerberus
    pups as well. It IS possible to knock all five enemies over the edge with
    this chain swipe! It doesn't happen often since the Satyrs block so much,
    but it IS possible!
    
    One thing to really look out for is that the Satyrs and Pups attack 
    frequently which means they will INTERRUPT YOUR COMBO if/when they hit
    you which is quite annoying.
    
    Now, you'll want to try this several times to find your rhythm with the 
    Square, (hold)Square combo.  Once you've got it down and are 30 seconds 
    or so into a good fight (good meaning you're doing well and knocking 
    Several Satyrs over the edge), THEN trigger Rage of the Gods.  Rage of 
    the Gods does major damage to everyone in your path, but it doesn't last 
    very long!  So, save it until you've gotten a good rhythm going and are
    20 - 30 seconds into a fight that you are doing well in.
    
    Once the platform is high enough, make a break for it and jump to the 
    final platform.  The game will NOT stop re-spawning enemies, and it will
    not tell you when you are high enough.  You are left on your own to 
    figure this out.  You CAN make the jump before your platform is completely
    level with the final one.  BE CAREFUL, but it can be done.  Once your
    platform is high enough so that the final platform is about waist high
    on Kratos, go for the jump - and a double jump at that!  
    
    Unlike the previous challenges, Health can become a serious issue in this
    challenge.  The Cerberus Pups attack frequently, as do the Satyrs, and toward
    the end of this challenge, your health bar is likely to be in the red.  
    So, keep an eye on your health and that final platform, and make the jump
    into safety ASAP.  
    
    In a nutshell, for this challenge:
    
    1. Rely heavily on the Square, (hold)Square combo
    2. Change directions often when executing the combo
    3. Save Rage of the Gods until you've made it to about 20 or so seconds
       into the fight
    4. Stay as close to the center of the platform as possible
    5. Keep an eye on your health bar
    6. Make your jump to the final platform ASAP.  When the final platform
       is about waist high to Kratos, go for it.
    
    
    +++++++++++++++ Alternate Strategies +++++++++++++++
    
    If you are having trouble with the above listed strategy, you can try
    using Parry Attacks on the enemy.  Simply stand in the center of the 
    platform and wait for an enemy to attack.  As soon as you see the attack
    coming Hit L1 to block.  If done correctly, you will see the blocked
    attack animation meaning you can parry the attack.  If so, then immediately
    parry with Square.  This double chain sweep will usually knock the enemies
    over the edge!  This takes perfect timing, but it can be very effective.
    
    In addition to that, you can try using L1 + X.  This attack launches the 
    enemy into the air and Kratos will follow them up.  Once in the air, keep
    holding L1 and hit X repeatedly.  Kratos will slowly descend from this 
    jump while attacking the enemy at the same time.  While Kratos is in the
    air for this attack, the enemies usually can't hit him.
    
    Finally, try switching to the ARTEMIS BLADE and using the L1+X attack.
    Once in the air, press and hold X again to come slamming down for a ground
    slam that will knock most of the enemies off the platform.  This technique
    can make very light work of this challenge.
    -- Thanks to Myself13 (O. Hertz = boazherz@netvision.net.il) for this one --
    
    Try mixing all four techniques together to see what works for you.
    
    
    
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    Here is a costume description that I wrote for DragonicFlare's walkthrough.
    She has this in her guide, but I'm putting it here as well since so many
    people keep asking about the costumes.
    
    Beat Challenge of the Gods to unlock 5 new Costumes.
    
    Once you've finally conquered every challenge, the game will congratulate
    you and offer you a chance to save your game/progress - do so!  Once done,
    five new costumes for Kratos are available.  
    
    NOTE: All in game views of Kratos will be of the costume you select, but
    for all of the FMV Movies and cut-scenes, the original view of Kratos is 
    still used.  That is, the movies still have the same old Kratos and only
    the in game views are altered.
    
    The new costumes are available for Easy, Normal, and Hard modes, but they
    are NOT available for God Mode.  They just aren't going to give you a break
    on getting through God Mode!
    
    When you select "New Game" from the Main Menu, a picture of the playable 
    costumes appears.  They are as follows:
    
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     1. KRATOS : ORIGINAL COSTUME.  
    --------------------------------------------
    
    This is the standard look of Kratos; the one you've been playing all this
    time.
    
    
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     2. CHEF OF WAR : PREFERRED SKILL - MAGIC
    --------------------------------------------
    
    >> Appearance - Kratos is dressed in a long sleeved, full length, white 
    Chef's coat complete with a tall white Chef's hat.  The coat is splattered
    with blood.  His pants and shoes are black.
    
    >> Blades of Chaos - The Blades have been replaced with large frying pans
    with wooden handles.
    
    >> Attributes - With this costume, blue orbs fill up much more of your magic
    bar.  Just one Gorgon mini-game can completely fill your standard magic
    bar.  Blue orbs are dropped more often by other enemies as well.
    Kratos' Health/Defense (amount of damage received from an enemy hit)
    is about the same as the original costume.  The attack power of the Blades,
    uh, Frying Pans, is about the same as well.
    
    >> Notes - Interesting costume. The preferred skill of magic is hardly
    noticeable.  While it is nice to get a full magic bar from only an orb or
    two, it doesn't change the game play much. Well, other than Kratos is now a
    blood splattered Chef with flaming frying pans!
    
    
    --------------------------------------------
     3. BUBBLES : PREFERRED SKILL - HEALTH
    --------------------------------------------
    
    >> Appearance - Kratos is shirtless and is very TAN! He's wearing long
    (past the knees) purple shorts trimmed in white and blue.  He's also
    wearing a Scuba mask and snorkel along with open top sandals on his feet.
    He's got cream colored wrappings on his forearms (where the chains used to
    be) and a black tattoo circling his right bicep.
    
    >> Blades of Chaos - At Level 1, the Blades have been replaced with large
    scuba fins (the fins that scuba divers wear on their feet). The flames on
    the scuba fins are now yellow which is odd.
    At Level 2, the fins get replaced with two large fish.  Here, the flames go
    back to being red. Seeing Kratos shove a fish into a Minotaur's mouth during
    the Minotaur mini-game is actually kind of cool.
    
    >> Attributes - With this costume, green orbs fill up much more of your
    health bar.  Just one kill of an "innocent" town's person or by-stander
    can completely fill your Health bar.  Green orbs are dropped more often as
    well.
    Health/Defense is much better, and Kratos receives less damage from enemy
    attacks.  HOWEVER, the downside is that Kratos deals less damage, so his
    attack power has been reduced.
    
    >> Notes - Neat costume.  It strongly contradicts the "Ghost of Sparta"
    theme since Kratos is no longer ash white but is instead very tan.
    The stronger Health/Defense aspect makes life a bit easier, but the 
    fact that he deals less damage can really prolong even the simplest of
    fights.
    
    
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     4. TYCOONIUS : PREFERRED SKILL - EXPERIENCE
    --------------------------------------------
    
    >> Appearance - Kratos is wearing a blue business suit complete with a long
    sleeved blue coat, blue trousers, black shoes, a white shirt, and a 
    red/pink tie.
    
    >> Blades of Chaos - The Blades have been replaced with two very large
    silver briefcases.  He holds them by the handles and when he puts them on
    his back, they look like large wings.  Strange. 
    
    >> Attributes - With this costume, you get a LOT more red orbs for 
    everything that you do. Tons of red orbs!  For example, the "interaction"
    with the women on the ship in the Aegean Sea now yields 1,400 orbs instead
    of the usual 400 orbs. Breaking a potted plant gives you 4 orbs instead of
    the usual 1, etc.
    With so many orbs available, you can power up your
    Blades, uh, Briefcases, incredibly fast:
    - Level 2 Blades available shortly after FIRST mini-Hydra fight
    - Level 3 Blades available after killing 1 of the baby Hydras during the
    Hydra Boss Fight.
    - Level 4 Blades available after killing Medusa but before the Minotaurs.
    - Level 5 Blades available on Road to Athens just before fighting Cyclops
    in Athens Courtyard (can get the final few orbs needed on the stairs leading
    up to the courtyard).
    
    A BIG downside to this is that Kratos' Health/Defense is horrible!  He takes
    way more damage than usual.  So much so that it almost feels like you're 
    playing on God Mode.  The Hydra Boss can kill you in two hits!
    
    >> Notes - Odd little costume.  The Briefcases are HUGE and just look odd.
    When Kratos puts them on his back, he looks like some kind of winged banker
    They should have just given him a couple of day planners instead of these 
    large briefcases.  
    Being able to power up your Blades (Briefcases) so quickly is a very nice
    bonus. Having upgraded Blades so early in the game allows you to kill a
    lot of the weaker enemies in one hit, and big ones like the Cyclops go down
    in only 3-4 hits.  However, having such poor Health/Defense is horrible.
    
    
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     5. DAIRY BASTARD : PREFERRED SKILL - MAGIC 
    --------------------------------------------
    
    >> Appearance - Kratos is wearing a Holstein Cow Costume (black and white 
    milk cow) complete with four udders, a tail, and a big cow head (you can
    see Kratos' face in the neck of the Cow Suit).  
    
    >> Blades of Chaos - The Blades of Chaos have been replaced with white and
    red one Gallon milk jugs (white jug with red top and red label - classic 
    milk jug).
    
    >> Attributes - INFINITE MAGIC.  That's right, your magic bar NEVER drops,
    never depletes, but is always completely full.  All magic spells are now
    free.  Cast as much as you want!  
    As for his Health/Defense attributes, you won't even notice!  With unlimited
    magic available, you should NEVER take a hit.  Just cast spell after spell
    until everything on screen is dead.
    Also, you get TWICE the Red Orbs with this costume.
    
    >> Notes - This is a bizarre costume!  It's strange seeing big bad Kratos in
    a Cow Suit.  He looks like some kind of mascot for the dairy foundation.
    However, the unlimited magic is awesome.  It makes the game ridiculously 
    easy since you can cast spell after spell until everything is dead.  Your
    magic interrupts enemy attacks (except for some of the Boss Enemies), so
    there's no reason to even take a hit. If you need some stress relief and
    want to go back through and give those enemies the spanking of the century,
    the unlimited magic that comes with this costume is for you - if you can
    handle seeing Kratos dressed in a cow suit that is.
    -This would be the costume of choice for anyone that wanted to go back
    through the game to check on things they missed.
    
    
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     6. ARES ARMOR : PREFERRED SKILL - ARMOR
    --------------------------------------------
    
    >> Appearance - Kratos is dressed in the Armor that Ares wears in the game.
    
    >> Blades of Chaos - The Blades look pretty much the same.
    
    >> Attributes - With this costume, you get super high defense properties
    and the strength of your Blades of Chaos have been increased. With such 
    high defense (Armor), even the strongest hits you take from an enemy barely
    cause your health bar to drop.  The defense is so strong, you're nearly
    invincible.  You can still be turned to stone by the gorgons, but regular
    physical attacks barely even scratch you.  The Blades of Chaos are much
    stronger now, and at Level 5, they can kill most enemies in only a few hits.
    Also, you get TWICE the Red Orbs with this costume.
    
    >> Notes - This is actually a pretty cool costume. It looks pretty good, and
    the Blades of Chaos remain the same, so this costume still feels like the 
    original game.  It's actually a fitting costume when you think about it.
    After you've beat the game, you learn that Kratos becomes the new God of War,
    so this costumes gives him the Armor to go with the Title.
    -This is another good costume for those that wish to go back through the
    game to check on things they may have missed.  You have to fight hand to
    hand more than you do with the Dairy Bastard, but the high health and super
    strong Blades of Chaos make you nearly unstoppable. In crowded hallways, 
    Kratos is a virtual lawnmower, so level up those Blades ASAP since they 
    are far stronger than any of your magic.
    
    
    
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     Nudity
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    There has been MUCH talk on the Net about this.  Well, its true, there IS
    nudity in this game.  The biggest portion occurs early in the game in a 
    cutscene that shows two topless women lying/sleeping on a bed.  
    It's full exposure of their anatomically correct breasts. They show it all.
    This means that the nipples are shown as well. 
    
    This shot is a computer rendered FMV cutscene and not an actual video shot
    of real women. They have a blanket covering them from the waist down.  After
    the cutscene, you can actually talk to them and see them topless once again,
    but the graphics are only in game quality and look rather cheesy compared to
    the FMV quality of the cutscene.  As you are talking to them, you can jump up
    on the bed and the O Button icon will appear for a mini-game.  This is the 
    "sex" game that people have been talking about.  However, you can't see
    anything.  The camera turns away to the side of the bed and focuses on a 
    vase.  The button and left analog stick icons appear.  Get them all in the
    right order, and the bed vibrates enough to knock the case off the pedestal 
    it is sitting on.  As you are doing this, with each correct button push, the
    women moan and groan a bit louder.  If you succeed, the vase falls off the
    pedestal and breaks on the floor which release 400 red orbs that you can use
    to upgrade your weapons.
    
    Later, you meet the oracle which is wearing a thin see through top and skirt.
    You can see her anatomically correct breasts through the top, and the top 
    moves on occasion to give a quick full view of her bare breast.  At one point,
    she turns an you can see that she is wearing a thong under her skirt.
    
    The female monsters all have nipples - the same as any other wild animal. Not
    sexy at all, just a fact of life.
    
    And that's it.  Nothing major, and if you're wanting more, you ought to
    check out the Guy Game, Leisure Suit Larry, Singles: Flirt up your Life,
    or Playboy: The Mansion.  All of which have far more gratuitous nudity. 
    If you get the right version, Leisure Suit Larry has FULL frontal 
    nudity (top and bottom).
    
    God of War does display bare breasts, but it is done rather artistically so
    that it fits the character, the story, and the historical time line of that
    era.  This game comes with a M rating, so there shouldn't be any surprises.
    The back of the box clearly says there is nudity in the game. Although,
    personally I didn't read that part and just played the game.  It was a surprise
    to see the cutscene the first time, but it is a quick cutscene, and you can
    see as much if not more in a free Victoria's Secret Catalog.
    
    
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     Sexual Themes / Situations
    ---------------------------------------
    As mentioned above, there is a "sex" mini-game that you can do with the two
    women on the ship.  You don't get to "see" anything, but you do hear moaning
    and groaning so the general idea is there.  The game gives you 400 red orbs
    which you can use for weapons upgrades.  That's it for the sexual themes.
    Actually, this is no different than GTA: Vice City where you pick up a 
    prostitute and park in a dark spot.  It's really the same thing.
    
    
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     Violence
    ---------------------------------------
    Tons of it!  It's a hack and slash adventure. But name one action game where
    you DON'T perform acts of violence?  Think of GTA: Vice City where you can
    kill Cops and prostitutes.  That's' way more over the top than a Spartan
    battling enemies in the name of war.
    
    
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     Gore
    ---------------------------------------
    Lots of blood.  It spurts all over the place.  Then again, this isn't the first
    game to have blood in it.  Mortal Kombat has blood geysers that top the best of
    the God of War blood spurts.
    
    
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     Strong Language
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    Not in the game.  This game is set back in Ancient Greece.  They didn't have
    the "cuss words" we have today.  However, in some of the unlockable movies
    the director, designer, or narrator will cuss a little bit.  To tell you the
    truth, its barely even noticeable.
    
    
    
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     Controller Buttons and On-screen Icons
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    As you are playing the game, occasionally and icon representing one
    of the controller's buttons will appear in the lower right or left hand
    corner of the screen.  This means you must press that button in order
    to continue or complete the current task.
    HOWEVER, look closely at these icons.  If the icon is steady and not
    moving then you simply need to push the button ONCE.
    If, the icon is moving up and down or left to right, the you must
    push that button repeatedly or wiggle that control stick repeatedly. 
    Keep pressing the button or moving the stick until the icon goes away
    in order to succeed.
    
    
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     Using the L1 Button
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    <> Blocking
    If you press and HOLD the L1 button Kratos will put the Blades of Chaos in
    front of himself and block nearly all enemy attacks, even attacks from
    behind.  Ground wave strikes and some Boss attacks can not be blocked.
    
    <> Parrying an attack
    Once you upgrade the Blades of Chaos to Level 3 you gain the ability to 
    Parry an enemy attack.
    
    <> Block and Parry with Square
    If you are NOT in a block position (not holding L1) and an enemy is in the
    process of attacking you, immediately hit and HOLD L1 to get Kratos to block.
    Doing it this way sets Kratos for a Parry.  you will now it works when you
    see a slight pause or slow motion in the animation.  Once you see that, 
    immediately RELEASE the L1 button and then Hit the Square button.  This
    causes Kratos to do a double chain sweep that hits all enemies in front of 
    him and sends them flying.
    
    <> Block and Parry with Triangle
    As described above, you can also parry by using the Triangle button. Use
    the same technique as described in the above section except hit Triangle
    instead of square.  This causes Kratos to do a double chain ground slam
    that hits all the enemies around him (even behind him) which causes them
    damage and knocks them off their feet.
    
    <> Block and Parry with R1
    As described above, you can also parry by using the R1 button. Use
    the same technique as described in the above section except hit R1 instead
    of square.  This causes Kratos to do multiple quick double sword stabs to
    the enemy in front of him.  This is the weakest of the parry maneuvers and
    not really worth the effort (except to at least see it once).
    
    <> Attack Combos
    Once you upgrade your Blades of Chaos past Level 1 you begin gaining new
    attack combos that are accessed by holding down the L1 button.  Simply 
    hold the L1 button as you would for a normal block and then hit the 
    appropriate attack button to initiate the desired attack.  For a full
    list of what attacks are available, hit the start menu to bring up the 
    Upgrade menu and then hit L1 or R1 to cycle through the menu pages and
    view the combo attack list.
    
    
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     Using the L2 Button
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    <> See the Using Magic Section Below
    
    
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     Using the R1 Button
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    <> Attack Combos
    R1 is also used in many of the Upgraded attack combos.
    For a full list of what attacks are available, bring up the Upgrade menu by
    hitting the Start button and then hit L1 or R1 to cycle through the menu
    pages and view the combo attack list.
    
    
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     Using the R2 Button
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    <> Opening a chest
    In order to open a treasure chest, stand in front of it and hold down R2
    until the chest pops open.  If you let go of R2 before it is open, the
    chest will remain closed.
    
    <> Pulling a switch
    During certain parts of the game you encounter switches in the floor that
    you must pull to make something happen. To activate these switches, simply
    stand before them and press and hold hit R2 for a brief second and then you
    can release R2. There is no need to hold R2 down to pull the switch.  When
    pulling these switches, you must be on the "right side" of the switch in
    order to pull it.  So if it doesn't work the first time, walk around to the
    other side of the switch and try again.
    
    <> Opening a door
    During certain parts of the game you will come to doors or gate that you must
    open in order to proceed.  This is usually indicated by the R2 icon on the
    screen.  In order to open the door or gate, stand before it an press and HOLD
    R2 to make Kratos grab the door.  Once Kratos has grabbed the door, begin to
    repeatedly press the R2 button and Kratos will slowly raise the door.  Keep
    pressing R2 button until the door is open and Kratos lets go of it. 
    
    <> Pushing or pulling an object
    Certain objects in the game can be pushed or pulled.  This is usually
    indicated by the R2 icon.  To accomplish this, stand before the object and
    press and HOLD R2.  Once Kratos has grabbed the object CONTINUE to hold down
    R2 and then move the left analog stick in the appropriate direction to 
    move the object.  If you let go of R2, Kratos will let go of the object.
    
    <> Charge kicking an object
    Some objects that Kratos grabs and moves can be "charged kicked".  This is
    where Kratos summons up his strength, and then at peak power performs a 
    strong kick to move the object across the room faster than if he had simply
    pushed it by hand.  To do this, grab the object as describe above.  Once 
    Kratos has a grip on the object, press and HOLD X to charge up the kick.
    Do NOT let go of the button too soon.  Listen to Kratos' "roar" as he is
    charging up the kick to know when it is fully charged.  Letting go of the 
    X button too soon results in a very short kick and a wasted effort.
    
    <> Pulling back a crossbow
    During certain parts of the game you will encounter crossbow machines
    (Ballista) that you must use in order to continue.  To use these, stand 
    before the rear of the machine (the end where the feather of the arrow
    are) and you will typically see the R2 icon.  Press and Hold R2 to grab 
    the Ballista.  Once Kratos has a grip on it, pull back on the left analog
    stick and HOLD the left analog stick in this position until Kratos fires
    the Ballista.  Unlike the charge kick, this is automatic, so simply pull
    back on the left analog stick and hold it until Kratos fires the Ballista.
    NOTE : R2 must be held down the entire time as well.
    
    
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     Using the O Button
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    <> Grabbing an enemy
    When Kratos is near a weak or damaged enemy (damaged meaning the O button
    icon has appeared over their head) he can grab them.  Simply hit the 
    O button once to cause Kratos to lay his hands on the enemy.
    
    <> Throwing and Abusing an enemy
    Once Kratos has grabbed an enemy that does not require a mini-game, hit 
    either the Triangle button, or the Square button, or the O button to 
    cause Kratos to deal out some punishment.  Square is the best option since
    it is a sweeping throw that damages other enemies around you.
    
    <> Grabbing an enemy while climbing the "nets" on a ship
    There are certain parts in the game where Kratos must climb up rope netting
    and fight enemies.  The enemies spawn as you move forward.  As you are 
    climbing you can hit them with either Triangle or Square.  Simply push the 
    left analog stick in the direction of the enemy and hit the desired button.
    The square button is the best choice since it is faster.
    ALSO - Kratos can GRAB and enemy while he is on the nets.  Simply get close
    to the enemy, push the left analog stick in their direction and then hit the 
    O Button and Kratos will do the rest.
    Since the enemies spawn as you move forward, you can move forward slowly so
    that you only have to deal with two or three at a time.  That is, if you're
    low on health or getting overwhelmed, move up the net a little at a time so
    that next enemy will spawn.  And don't be afraid to backtrack and move back
    down in order to buy yourself some space if needed.
    You can not use magic while Climbing
    You CAN jump UP, Left, or Right but not DOWN.  You can only move down but
    jumping down is not possible.
    
    <> Grabbing an enemy while climbing a wall
    There are certain parts in the game where Kratos must climb up a wall in
    order to proceed.  These areas are identical to hat was described in the 
    "nets" area above.  The same technique and strategy applies.
    
    <> Grabbing an enemy while crossing a rope
    There are certain parts in the game where Kratos must cross a rope. He
    does this by moving forward in a hand-over-hand fashion.  As with
    climbing, magic can not be used.  Further, if you Press X you will let go
    of the rope and fall.  If you are above a chasm, this means instant death.
    As you are crossing the rope, if you get close enough to an enemy, hit the
    O Button and Kratos will do the rest.  HOWEVER, this grab CAN be interrupted
    if a nearby enemy hits you, so be careful.
    
    <> Grabbing an enemy while in the air
    If Kratos and enemy are both in the air (Kratos did an attack to launch the
    enemy up and followed it into the air) you can perform a grab by hitting the
    O Button.  For most enemies, this grab is repeatable, so hit the O Button
    again and again to keep doing an airborne grab and slam if it is available.
    
    <> Grabbing an enemy that is in the air and Kratos is on the ground
    If Kratos knocks the enemy into the air but remains on the ground, Kratos
    can still do a grab if he is relatively close to the enemy.  Hit the 
    O Button and Kratos will throw out a Blade of Chaos at chains length to 
    spear/hook the enemy and then he will pull down on the chain slamming the 
    enemy to the ground. For most enemies, this grab is repeatable, so hit the
    O Button again and again to keep doing an airborne grab and slam if it is
    available.
    
    <> Attack Combos
    The O button is also used in many of the Upgraded attack combos.
    For a full list of what attacks are available, bring up the Upgrade menu by
    hitting the Start button and then hit L1 or R1 to cycle through the menu
    pages and view the combo attack list.
    
    
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    <> Light Attack
    This is your basic "light" attack.  It's weaker than the Triangle attack, but
    it is much faster.
    
    <> Attack Combos
    Press the square button repeatedly and Kratos will string several unique
    strikes together for a combo attack.
    
    <> With L1 
    The Square button is also used in many of the Upgraded attack combos.
    For a full list of what attacks are available, bring up the Upgrade menu by
    hitting the Start button and then hit L1 or R1 to cycle through the menu
    pages and view the combo attack list.
    
    
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    <> Heavy Attack
    This is your basic "heavy" attack.  It is more powerful than the Square
    button attack, but it is much slower.
    
    <> Attack Combos
    Once you've upgraded you blades, you can press the Triangle button 
    repeatedly to cause Kratos to string several unique strikes together for
    a combo attack.
    
    <> With L1
    The Triangle button is also used in many of the Upgraded attack combos.
    For a full list of what attacks are available, bring up the Upgrade menu by
    hitting the Start button and then hit L1 or R1 to cycle through the menu
    pages and view the combo attack list.
    
    
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    <> Regular Jump
    Press the X button to cause Kratos to Jump.  
    NOTE: The longer you HOLD down the X button, the higher Kratos will jump.
    
    <> Double Jump
    To do a double jump, press X button twice.
    HOWEVER, to get the best double jump, first press and HOLD the X button
    once to get the maximum height/distance out of the first jump.  Once Kratos
    has reached his peak of the first jump and is starting to descend, QUICKLY
    let go of the X button and immediately hit and HOLD it again for the second
    portion of this jump.  If you simply press X button twice rapidly, Kratos 
    will not jump very high at all.
    
    <> Super Jump
    There are certain attacks that Kratos can do which causes the enemy to be
    launched into the air while Kratos remains on the ground.  If Kratos has 
    launched an enemy into the air but has remained on the ground, QUICKLY hit
    X to cause Kratos to jump straight up to meet the enemy.  This jump is 
    higher than any other jump, but it only works for enemy battles.
    
    <> Jumping on the climbable nets
    When you are climbing up climbable net areas, you can hit X Button to jump.
    This can make for rapid progress.  You can jump UP, Left, or Right.  You can
    not jump down (you can move down, but not jump).  As you are climbing, simply
    press and hold the left analog stick in the desired direction and then hit X.
    
    <> Jumping on climbable walls
    When you are climbing up climbable net areas, you can hit X Button to jump.
    This can make for rapid progress.  You can jump UP, Left, or Right.  You can
    not jump down (you can move down, but not jump).  As you are climbing, simply
    press and hold the left analog stick in the desired direction and then hit X.
    NOTE : During certain parts of a wall climb you must jump over a chasm or break
    in the wall.  This is a SPECIAL jump and you must "ready" Kratos for it.  To
    get Kratos ready for this jump, move as far to the edge of the break in the
    wall as possible.  CONTINUE to press toward the break in the wall and Kratos
    will get into the ready position by letting go of the wall with one hand.
    Once he is in the ready position, hit X to make the jump.
    
    <> Jumping on the climbable vines
    There are certain areas where you will climb on vines.  This happens on walls
    and in one case some columns.  You can jump as usual while on theses vine,
    even when you're on the columns.  Jumping right or left on the column gets
    you around to the other side quickly.
    
    
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    <> Basic character movement
    Use this stick to move Kratos all through the game.
    
    
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    <> Evasion
    This stick is used to cause Kratos to perform acrobatic rolls which are
    commonly called evasions.  Use these to evade an enemy attack and keep Kratos
    out of harms way.  To perform, simply jog the right analog stick in the 
    desired direction and Kratos will do the rest.  No need to hit X or any other
    button; simply pressing the right analog stick in that direction is all that
    is required.
    
    
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    <> Acquired
    Rage of the Gods is akin to a fury meter in other games.  Build up enough energy
    and you can release it al at once for a devastating attack. You get this ability
    the first time you upgrade your Blades of Chaos (Level 2 Blades).
    
    <> Activation
    The left and right analog sticks can be pressed DOWN to act as buttons as well
    as joysticks".  Press straight down on the left analog stick and you will hear
    a click - this is called the L3 button. Press straight down on the right 
    analog stick and you will hear a click - this is called the R3 button.
    To activate Rage of the Gods, press the left and right analog sticks down
    at the same time.
    
    <> Infinite Magic
    When you get the Blades of Chaos up to Level 5, you are granted infinite 
    magic for the duration of the Rage of the Gods.  That is, once you activate
    the Rage of the Gods, all magic is free, so you can cast as much as you want
    without causing your magic meter to drop.  When you acquire Army of Hades you
    will find that spell runs for a few seconds, HOWEVER, that doesn't mean you
    can't cast a DIFFERENT spell!  That is, while Army of Hades is running, you 
    can switch to another spell (Poseidon's Rage is best) and cast it as well.
    Simply cast magic again and again until Rage of the Gods wears off and its
    free - EVEN if the spell is still running after the Rage of the Gods has worn
    off.  As long as you cast it while in the Rage of the Gods, it is free magic.
    
    
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    <> Order received
    As the game progresses, you will gain FOUR magic abilities in the following
    order:
    
    Poseidon's Rage  - Acquired during the Aegean Sea Chapter
    Medusa's Gaze  - Acquired during the Gates of Athens Chapter
    Zeus' Fury  - Acquired during the Rooftops of Athens Chapter
    Army of Hades  - Acquired during the Challenge of Hades Chapter
    
    Each of these spells is upgradeable to Level 3.  Each level makes the magic
    stronger and often grants you new abilities for that magic.
    For a full list of what attacks are available, bring up the Upgrade menu by
    hitting the Start button and then hit L1 or R1 to cycle through the menu
    pages and view the combo attack list.
    
    <> Using Magic
    The L2 button is how you use you magic.  However, L2 will activate only two
    of the spells and will simply aim the other two.  
    
    Poseidon's Rage  - L2 Activates this spell
    Medusa's Gaze  - L2 Aims this spell and you must press square to activate it
      NOTE : Press and HOLD down square to fire the gaze and CONTNUE to hold down
      square until the creature has turned to stone.  If you let go too soon, the
      enemy will NOT turn to stone. At Level 2 for this spell you gain the ability
      of "Quick Freeze".  To use that, aim with L2 and TAP the Triangle button for
      a short but powerful blast. You can use double shots of the quick freeze
      to stone the larger enemies.
      Also, when you aim this magic, the enemy will "light up" when it has been
      targeted.  If the target light is red, the enemy is either out of range or
      immune to Medusa's Gaze.  When the light is blue, you're ready to fire.
    Zeus' Fury  - L2 Aims this spell and you must press square to activate it
    Army of Hades  - L2 Activates this spell
    
    <> Selecting a Spell
    Use the Directional Pad (the crossed shaped control pad located above the
    left analog stick).  Press the directional pad in the desired direction to
    select the desired spell.
    
    Poseidon's Rage  - Press RIGHT on the D-Pad
    Medusa's Gaze  - Press LEFT on the D-Pad
    Zeus' Fury  - Press DOWN on the D-Pad
    Army of Hades  - Press UP on the D-Pad
    
    Once the desired magic is selected, use L2 or L2 + Square to activate it.
    
    <> Accidentally hitting L2
    As you progress through the game, you may accidentally hit L2 and cast a 
    spell when you didn't mean to which is a waste of magic.  This applies to
    both Poseidon's Rage and Army of Hades.  To avoid having this happen, its
    a good idea to keep either Medusa's Gaze or Zeus's Fury selected until you
    are ready to actually use a spell.  Medusa's Gaze and Zeus' Fury are only
    AIMED with L2 and must be activated with the Square button. BUT, both
    Poseidon's Rage and Army of Hades are ACTIVATED with L2 so hitting L2 
    even once will activate these two spells.  So, keep Medusa's Gaze or Zeus's
    Fury selected to avoid an accidental waste of magic.
    
    
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     Blades of Chaos
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    <> Number of Upgrade levels
    There are five level for the Blades of Chaos. Each level makes the blades
    stronger and also grants you new attacks.
    For a full list of what attacks are available, bring up the Upgrade menu by
    hitting the Start button and then hit L1 or R1 to cycle through the menu
    pages and view the combo attack list.
    
    
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     The Blade of Artemis
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    <> Time received
    Acquired during the Challenge of Atlas Chapter
    
    <> Number of Upgrade Levels
    There are 3 levels available for this blade.  Each level makes the blade
    stronger, but you do NOT gain new moves for the blade.  Only strength of
    attack is increased.
    
    <> L1+R1 to switch
    Hit L1 & R1 simultaneously to switch back and forth between The Blades
    of Chaos and the Blade of Artemis.
    
    <> L1 Attacks
    When holding L1 down, all four buttons have an attack, even X which is 
    normally the jump button.  You ALSO get a special stabbing attack for 
    the R1 button.  And there is a special Jumping O Button attack as well.
    Simply jump into the air and hit O button to perform this attack.
    
    
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     Mini-Games
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    <> What are mini-games
    During game play, there are certain times where you will have to mash
    a given sequence of buttons in order to progress with the game.  The
    sequence appears on the screen and you must quickly press the button 
    or move the left analog stick in the direction that is displayed.
    
    <> Finishing moves
    For some of the larger enemies such as the Cyclops, the O Button
    appears over their head indicating they have been damaged enough to
    initiate the mini-game which will finish them off.  However, this mini-game
    is not always required to kill your enemy.  The finishing move mini-game
    is only required for the bosses which are:
    - 1st Mini-Hydra
    - 2nd Mini-Hydra
    - Main Hydra
    - Medusa
    - Main Minotaur Boss (Pandora's Guardian)
    - Ares Form 1
    - Ares Form 2
    Technically, it is also required for the 3 Sirens in the Desert of Lost
    souls.  However, you CAN use Dairy Bastard (infinite magic) and Medusa's
    Gaze to repeatedly stone and smash them to death thus avoiding the 
    mini-game.  However, it takes about 6 stonings and smashes to kill one
    of them, so it's not possible to do this in regular game-play.
    For those enemies that the mini-game is not required, if you kill them flat
    out, you'll get a few extra orbs.
    
    Also note that there are two special cases where the mini-game is beneficial:
    Regular Minotaur - this mini-game always gives you Health Orbs
    Regular Gorgons - this mini-game always gives you Magic Orbs
    
    <> Escaping an enemy grab (left analog stick)
    If an enemy grabs you, you must "wiggle" the left analog stick back and forth
    in order to escape.  This includes soldiers, large Cerberus, some Harpies, 
    etc.
    
    <> Breaking free form being turned to stone
    If a Gorgon stones you then you must wiggle the left analog stick back and
    forth to break free from the stone.  Otherwise you will be crushed.  If you
    are stoned while you are in the air during a jump, you will fall to the
    ground and break apart for instant death.
    
    
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     Crossing Ropes
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    <>Attacks
    Triangle - Heavy attack.  Slow, but cause more damage than square.
    Square - Light attack.  FAST, but doesn't hit as hard as Triangle.
    O Button - Grab.  Get near an enemy and Kratos will do a leg grab and sling
      the enemy off the rope to his doom.
    X Button - DO NOT HIT THIS BUTTON.  Kratos will let go of the rope which
      means instant death if you are above a chasm.  The only exception is the
      very first rope crossing in the game which is during the Gates of Athens
      chapter.  There is ground below this rope, so X won't kill you there.
    If you get surrounded on the ropes, the best thing to do is to quickly use
    the X button attack to hit the solider in front of you then immediately face
    the opposite direction to hit that soldier.  Repeat this back and forth X
    button attack to keep the enemy stunned thus avoiding their attack. Keep
    this up till they're dead.
    
    
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     Swinging on Ropes
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    In certain parts of the game you will have to swing on ropes in order to
    progress.  Simply jump toward the rope an Kratos will grab it.  Once on the
    rope, use the left analog stick to move up or down the rope.  You can NOT
    fall off the rope at the bottom, so don't worry about moving all the way down.
    To swing, press and HOLD the O Button down.  When Kratos is at the height of
    his swing, press the X button to jump and make sure to have the left analog
    stick pushed in the direction you wish to go.
    
    
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     Climbing Walls
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    In certain parts of the game you will have to climb walls. To do so, simply
    walk up and bump into the wall.  Kratos will grab hold of the wall and then
    use the left analog stick to maneuver Kratos.  While on the wall, you can 
    jump Up, Right, and Left, but you can not jump downward (you can only move
    down but not jump).  Certain walls have a break or chasm you must jump over.
    This is a special jump that you must prepare Kratos for.  To do so, simply 
    maneuver Kratos all the way over to the break in the wall and keep pushing
    toward the break until Kratos gets into position by letting go with one hand.
    Once in position, simply hit X to do the jump.
    
    
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     Climbing Nets on Ships
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    In certain parts of the game you will have to climb net ladder. To do so, 
    simply walk up and bump into the net.  Kratos will grab hold of the net 
    and then use the left analog stick to maneuver Kratos.  While on the net, 
    you can jump Up, Right, and Left, but you can not jump downward (you can 
    only move down but not jump).
    
    
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     Balancing across beams and poles
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    In certain parts of the game you will have to walk/balance across a narrow
    beam or pole.  This can be tricky due to the camera angle.  As the camera
    angle changes so does the direction you are require to push the left analog
    stick.  One thing to notice is that when Kratos is centered on the beam and
    has good balance, his arms will be low to his sides.  As he starts to lose
    his balance, he will raise his arms higher and higher.  If you see his arms
    start to rise, re-center yourself to regain you balance.  If he falls off,
    he will often grab the beam so immediately hit the X button once and Kratos
    will slowly pull himself back up.
    
    
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     Beating the Game
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    <> Total game-play time
    On your first time through the game, the total game time is 8 - 10 hours.
    After beating the game on either Mortal (Easy), Hero (Normal), or 
    Spartan (Hard), you will unlock God Mode which is the "Very Hard" mode
    of game-play.  In this mode, the enemies deal 5 times more damage to you and
    you only inflict 1/2 as much damage to them.
    
    <> Carry over
    Once you beat the game you can NOT carry over any items, upgrades, orbs, or
    anything else.  If you start a new game, it is just that, brand new from
    scratch.  This also means that you must watch all of the FMVs again in 
    their entirety (no way to skip a cut scene in this game).  This applies to
    all modes, even God Mode.  Simply put, a new game is a new game.  There is
    no way whatsoever to carry over anything to a new game.
    
    <> Athena's Blades
    At the end of the game you will be given Athena's Blades.  This happens as
    a critical part of the story it self and so that you can do the Challenge of
    the Gods.  During the game, after you beat the Kratos Clones, Ares takes the
    Blades of Chaos and all magic away from you.  This leaves Kratos with nothing,
    yet he finds a sword and manages to Kill Ares.  
    Athena then promotes Kratos to the position of the new God of War where he
    reigns from Ares old throne room.  Since Kratos has become the new God of War,
    he must have the weapon of a God to go with the title, thus Athena gives him
    the Blades of Athena.  This is suiting since Athena is the Goddess of War,
    Wisdom, and Order.  Ares was the God of War and stood for Chaos so Athena,
    being for Wisdom and Order, is the opposite of all that Ares stood for which
    is befitting for what Kratos trying to do which is destroy Ares and be free
    of him.
    Unfortunately, as said before, you can not carry these Blades over to a new
    game.  All new games restart from scratch.  Hover, you can use the Blades of
    Athena in the Challenge of the Gods and to break the two statues in Kratos'
    throne room.  It should also be noted that the Blades of Athena and the 
    Blade of Chaos are identical in function, but the Blades of Athena are golden
    in color.  But, outside of the color, there is no difference between the 
    the 2 sets of blades.
    
    <> Unlockables
    You can unlock half of the Treasure items (the items under the Treasure Menu
    Option) by beating the game on Easy or Normal Mode.  You can unlock everything
    else EXCEPT for secret message 1 by  beating Spartan mode.  The game itself
    will say you need to beat God Mode some of the items, but the Manual says
    otherwise - and game play proves as much.  The only thing that you have to
    play God Mode to unlock is secret message 1.
    So, if you're up for a challenge, simply play through the game the first time
    on Spartan mode and you'll have it all except for Secret Message 1 in just
    a single play through.  Plus, playing on Spartan prepares you for God mode
    making God Mode not nearly as daunting as if you had just come from Normal
    mode.
    If you have played through once already on Easy or Normal mode, the you might
    consider beating the Challenge of the Gods in order to unlock the new costumes.
    You can use the new costumes o Easy, Normal, and Hard (Spartan) modes - but
    you can NOT use them on God Mode.  So, an easy way to unlock everything except
    for secret message 1 is to use the Dairy Bastard costume on Spartan mode.
    If you want to know what the videos are about, go to the section titled
    "Major Spoilers" to read about them.
    
    <> Secret Message 1
    You must beat God Mode to unlock this.  This is the only unlockable that
    requires you to beat God Mode.  All other unlockables can be unlocked on
    Spartan Mode.
    Since this message can actually be found all over the net these days, I've
    added a Major Spoilers section at the end of this FAQ which lists what this
    message is.  Go to the Major Spoilers section to see what it is if you like.
    
    <> Secret Message 2
    You can unlock this on ANY mode.  To unlock this, break the Statues of the
    Minotaur and Ares that are in the throne room at the end of the game. It takes
    a LOT of hits to break this statues (around 200 each)! Regular do cause
    damage to the statutes, but a regular hit will not display the hit Counter
    which makes it hard to tell if you're actually doing any damage.  However,
    if you use the L1+O ground slam attack, the Hit counter WILL be displayed.
    Simply stand in front of a statue, hold down L1 and then repeatedly tap O
    button (there is no need to charge the attack for this).  Just tap O
    button repeatedly and watch the hit counter rack up the hits.  The statues
    will break around 160 - 200 (sometimes more) hits.
    Since this message can actually be found all over the net these days, I've
    added a Major Spoilers section at the end of this FAQ which lists what this
    message is.  Go to the Major Spoilers section to see what it is if you like.
    
    <> New Costumes
    There a five new costumes that you unlock by beating the Challenge of the 
    Gods.
    Since these can actually be found all over the net these days, I've added 
    a section following the Challenge of the Gods section which lists what these
    costumes are and what they do.  Go to the section titles "The New 
    Costumes" for more info.
    
    
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     The Gorgon Eyes
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    There is a total of 18 Gorgon Eyes to be found.  Every time you collect 6 
    of them, you get an upgrade to your Health Bar.  With a total of 18 
    available, you can get a total of 3 Health upgrades via the Gorgon Eyes.
    
    There are MORE than 18 chances to get the Gorgon Eyes.  If you miss one,
    a later chest will hold a Gorgon Eye.  This guide lists the earliest
    possible locations of all the Gorgon Eyes.  By getting them early,
    the later chests will hold Red Orbs instead of a missed Gorgon Eye.
    
    
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     The Phoenix Feathers
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    There is a total of 18 Phoenix Feathers to be found.  Every time you collect
    6 of them, you get an upgrade to your Magic Bar.  With a total of 18 
    available, you can get a total of 3 Magic upgrades via the Phoenix Feathers.
    
    There are MORE than 18 chances to get the Phoenix Feathers.  If you miss 
    one, a later chest will hold a Phoenix Feather.  This guide lists the
    earliest possible locations of all the Phoenix Feathers.  By getting them
    early, the later chests will hold Red Orbs instead of a missed Phoenix
    Feather.
    
    
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    Green orbs replenish your Health bar and keep you alive!  There are many
    places/chances throughout the game to get them. Killing certain enemies,
    damaging Bosses, etc, can all give you green orbs.  here are a few special
    cases
     - Town's People : Kill an innocent town's person for Health orbs. A regular
    kill from a blade attack yields one orb, but if you perform a GRAB o them
    you will get three orbs.
    - Minotaurs : Do the Minotaur mini-game to get Health orbs every time. The 
    mini-game becomes available after you have damaged them enough so that the O
    button icon is displayed over their head.  When you see the O Button icon, 
    get close and press the O Button to grab them and initiate the mini-game.
     - Chests : Green Chests contain orbs.  And then there are chest that flash
    between green and blue.  Grab and open the chest when it is on green to 
    get health orbs.
    
    
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    Blue orbs replenish your Magic bar so that you can keep using you magic!
    There are many places/chances throughout the game to get them. Killing
    certain enemies, damaging Bosses, etc, can all give you green orbs.  
    Here are a few special cases
    - Gorgons : Do the Gorgon mini-game to get Health orbs every time. The 
    mini-game becomes available after you have damaged them enough so that the O
    button icon is displayed over their head.  When you see the O Button icon, 
    get close and press the O Button to grab them and initiate the mini-game.
     - Chests : Blue Chests contain orbs.  And then there are chest that flash
    between green and blue.  Grab and open the chest when it is on blue to 
    get magic orbs.
    
    
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    Red Orbs are basically "experience" points.  You use them to upgrade your
    weapons and magic via the Upgrade Menu Screen (hit Start to access this
    screen). There are many opportunities to get red orbs in the game such as:
    Smash the scenery - Break statues, boxes, crates, etc to get red orbs.
    - Treasure Chests - Red Chest and Certain "unlit" chests contain orbs.
     - Killing an enemy - Killing enemies gives you red orbs.
     - Unique Kill bonus - Kill and enemy an a brutal fashion for the first time
    and you'll get a red orb bonus.  Unique kills aren't repeatable.  Once
    you've done it once and the screen says "Brutal +20" the next time it
    won't be "unique" so no more bonus for that. Incidentally, the +20 means
    you earned 20 orbs. 
    Combo Bonus - String together combos to get your hit counter climbing.
    At certain numbers on the hit counter you'll see a name for your brutality
    and a +xx where xx is the number or red orbs you get for having such a large
    combo. The highest named combo that gives you red orbs is 1,000 hits.  
    After 1,000 the counter will still increment, but the combo doesn't' get any
    new names and you don't get any extra orbs.
    
    
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     The Nyads
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    During the Challenge of Poseidon, you will encounter the Nyads which are
    Poseidon's daughters.  When you meet one, you interact with her by 
    hitting the O Button (the grab button) to kiss her.  There are FOUR Nyads
    to be found.
    
    If you encounter the Nyads and do not have  all 18 Gorgon Eyes or all 18
    Phoenix Feathers, then the Nyads, depending on which one you kiss, will give
    you one of these missing items.  Each Nyad has a set and specific gift that
    she will give you (assuming you haven't already found all of the items that
    she is assigned to) if you kiss her, and the gifts are as follows:
    
    Nyad #1 - Gorgon Eye
    Nyad #2 - Phoenix Feather
    Nyad #3 - Gorgon Eye
    Nyad #4 - Phoenix Feather
    
    Their locations are as follows:
    
    Nyad #1 - Plain view when you start the Challenge of Poseidon.
    Nyad #2 - Behind the cracked carving of the Nyads.
    Nyad #3 - Behind a cracked wall to the left of the save point.
    Nyad #4 - Same area as Nyad #3 but can be found behind a cracked wall to
              the right of the Statue of Poseidon.
    See my Chest Guide for more information.
    
    
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    There are only two Muse Keys to be found in the game.  However, there are MORE
    than two chances to find them.  If you find them both early, then the later 
    chests will hold red orbs instead of a missed Muse Key.  Once you have both
    keys, use them to open the special room in the Rings of Pandora.  
    
    The earliest places to find them is:
    #1 - Behind the Statue of Atlas in the Challenge of Atlas.
    #2 - In the Challenge of Poseidon, after the circular room with the 4 chests,
    start climbing the cliffs and go all the way to the right before you go
    left (going left is the way out).
    
    If you missed #1, there is a 2nd chance to get it during the Challenge of
    Poseidon during the underwater part.  Take a right at the 2nd Nyad to find
    it.  See my Chest Guide for more information.
    
    
                            !!!---- WARNING ----!!!
    IMPORTANT: The Muse Keys MUST be used BEFORE you ascend the tower and reach
    the Cliffs of Madness.  Once you leave Pandora's Temple and reach the Cliffs
    of Madness, you can NEVER go back to the Temple of Pandora.  That is why you
    hear a voice warning you about this as you attempt to ascend the tower to the
    Cliffs of Madness. 
    
    
    
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    1. If you take out the game cover insert from the game case and turn it over
    there is a different picture of Kratos that you can use as the game's cover.
    
    2. At the beginning of the game, when Kratos is in the room with the two women
    on the ship, look closely around the room and you will see a few trophies
    that Kratos has collected.  Heís got a minotaur head on the wall, a Cyclops
    head and skin for a rug, and a few others.  Also, youíll notice the sword he
    uses in the cutscenes as a Spartan warrior is propped against the desk where
    his journal is located.
    
    3. When you finally reach Pandora's Temple, but before you actually cross 
    the bridge, you will see a cutscene that show a vulture plucking a soldier's
    eye out.  Kratos gives the soldier a strange look, possibly because, as the
    making of video explains, Kratos had originally been designed to look like
    that soldier (helmet, armor, etc,).  Also, after the cutscene, the vulture
    is sitting on a ledge to the left of the save point.  You can kill the 
    vulture and get a green health orb.
    
    
    
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    Well, this is the end of the guide (well, except for the Major Spoilers
    section listed down below this section).  I want to send out a huge thank
    you to All those that have used my guide, to all those that have emailed
    me, and to All you wonderful users at GameFaqs on the message Boards.  
    Itís all of you that make writing a guide so worthwhile.  Thank you for all
    of your support and many contributions.  THANKS! 
    
    
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    Well, obviously myself for putting this Guide together.
    
    Also, a big thanks to Toni M. (DragonicFlare) here at GameFaqs for writing
    her full walkthrough. Without it, I'd have missed the chests near the top of
    the Statues in the Challenge of Hades.
    
    If you're looking to beat the game on God Mode, then go check out my God Mode
    Guide.
    
    If you want to know where all the chests are, even the hidden one, then check
    out my Chest Guide.
    
    Thanks to http://www.network-science.de/ascii/ for having an Ascii Generator
    that came in handy for the opening and closing text banners. 
    
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    As for the Copyright stuff, I wrote it, so I have the copyright.  Standard 
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    Here are the biggest spoilers this FAQ can offer.  The contents of the 
    unlockables.  However, you can find these elsewhere on the net, so it's
    no big deal to list them here for the sake of being complete.
    
    
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     Secret Message 1
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    If you beat God Mode you will unlock this.  It is a toll free number.
    
    The number is : 1-800-613-8840
    
    Call it and you will hear Kratos talk to you.  He will mention a secret room
    in the throne room, but that is just part of the story and a bit of 
    foreshadowing for a possible sequel.  There is NOT a secret room in the 
    throne.  Again, it's just a part of the story that explains what happened
    to Ares' soul and a bit of foreshadowing for a possible sequel.
    
    Note, this is for the NTSC version (American).  If you are playing the PAL
    version then the TEXT of the message is displayed over a picture of Kratos
    facing Ares.
    -- Thanks to zemickeey (zemickey@yahoo.com) for the PAL information --
    
    When you call the number in Secret Message 1, you hear Kratos himself talking
    to you. This is what Kratos says:
    
    ******************************************
    
    At last you are here.
    I have killed the Hydra myself.
    Ripped the head off Medusaís shoulders.
    Even killed a God of Olympus, but I have never seen such skill and strength
    as yours.
    
    You have conquered God Mode.
    The time and dedication you put into reaching this point is worthy of
    celebration and reward.
    
    Sadly, what can I offer one such as you.
    The keys to Olympus itself?
    
    *Kratos laughs*
    
    Hardly a gift Iím willing to part with.
    Perhaps instead a private tour.
    
    Here, come with me
    
    *many echoing footsteps are heard*
    
    When I first made my way to the throne of Olympus I noticed this chamber.
    Impenetrable to all except me.
    Even Lord Zeus is unaware of its existence.
    But you.....you will know its secret.
    
    Many have asked how I killed an immortal.
    How can a god itself be destroyed?
    For your reward I invite you to gaze upon this. 
    The true fate of Ares.
    
    *a heavy door is heard opening followed by the screams of Ares*
    
    The soul of Ares itself.
    The soul of War.
    The soul of Hate.
    
    See how it writhes in pain?
    See how it struggles to be free?
    And yet, here it stays, unable to breach the walls of this room.
    
    What does it want?
    What is it for?
    And more importantly, how can I use it when I finally decide to take
    revenge....on.....HIM.
    
    Answers for another time.
    
    Consider yourself privileged mortal.
    You have seen the true fate of my enemy.
    
    Now go. 
    Our time together is at an end.
    
    We will meet again mortal. 
    
    I will see you again.
    
    
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     Secret Message 2
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    If you break the two statues in the throne room at the end of the game
    then you will unlock this one.  However, it is jumbled when you see it.
    The key is to read it from left to right and top to bottom in order
    to put it together.
    It is also a toll free number.
    
    The number is : 1-888-447-5594
    
    Call it to hear Kratos AND David Jaffe talk to you.  David says you're
    lame for getting this number off the net though. 
    This message is more comical than the first.  So it's fun to hear. 
    David Jaffe starts to get on Kratos' nerves and Kratos points out to 
    David Jaffe that if he kills him then he will get Health Orbs (since
    David Jaffe is just an "innocent town's person" and not a monster, killing
    him in the game WOULD give Kratos green orbs!).  I found that humorous.
    
    Note, this is for the NTSC version (American).  If you are playing the PAL
    version then a picture of Kratos tearing out the eye of a Cyclops is 
    displayed and the actual voice message from the original phone number is
    played (so PAL players do get to hear this one).
    -- Thanks to zemickeey (zemickey@yahoo.com) for the PAL information --
    
    
    Here is the transcription of Secret Message 2. This is the message you unlock
    by breaking the Minotaur and Ares statue in the end-game Throne Room.
    
    In the following, "K" will denote the lines that Kratos says, and "DJ" will
    denote the lines that David Jaffe, the game's director, says. 
    
    ******************************************
    
    K: By the gods, you've done it!
    Some how you've found your way here, to me.
    I offer you my congratulations, and my respect.
    Together, we shall conquer the perils that lay before us, and we
    shall always....
    
    DJ: Kratos dude, dude they did it, they found our Easter Egg.
    
    K: Who are you?
    
    DJ: It's me, David Jaffe, I directed the game.
    
    K: What game?
    
    DJ: Your game, God of War.
    
    K: Go away our I'll...
    
    DJ: Dude, dude don't...don't you get it these guys they spent all that time
    breaking those statues. I mean, they must have taken like, forever. And then
    they figured out the whole secret code thing.
    
    K: I do not know what you are talking about.
    
    DJ: We hid the secret pretty damn deep, huh Kratos?!
    
    K: If I kill you, I will get health orbs.
    
    DJ: But wait, wait, wait if you got the secret from the net or a magazine
    then actually you kind of suck. I mean, work for it a bit, right Kratos?
    Actually, can I call you Krate?
    
    K: No.....go away or I'll ki.....
    
    DJ: Don't you hate it when they get the codes off the net? It's so lazy.
    Hey, say Krate, what are you so pale for?
    
    K: I am serious.
    
    DJ: You know up close you actually look kind of pasty, if you don't mind me
    saying it. It's kind of gross.
    
    K: ALL RIGHT, THAT'S IT!
    
    *you hear the Blades of Chaos hacking and slashing*
    
    DJ: Ahhhh...ahhhhhh....ahhhhhh....it hurts......ahhhhh....we gotta...make
    the seeeqqquuuueeellllll! 
    
    *David Jaffe dies*
    
    K: He was worse than a screeching harpy!
    
    K: *clears this throat*
    As I was saying.....you have found the secret.
    You have done well.
    Congratulations mortal.
    
    K: We WILL meet again.
    
    
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     A Secret Revealed
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    This is a "movie" narrated by the narrator from the game.  However, instead of
    using full motion sequences, it's just a bunch of pictures, a slideshow if you
    will, that the narrator explains as they go buy. In this you see that Kratos
    is bothered by the fact that his Mother never told him who his father was,
    so Kratos finally pays her a visit. She tries to tell him, but gets cursed
    and turned into a monster that Kratos kills.  As she is dying, she whispers
    to Kratos who his father is.  the one word she whispers is "ZEUS".
    So, Kratos now knows hat Zeus is his father AND Kratos is mad about it since
    dear old dad never stepped into help him during his ordeal.  So, Kratos
    decides it's time to kill another God.  Part 2 anyone?
    
    
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     Fate of the Titan
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    This is a "movie" narrated by the narrator from the game. Plus, this one
    actually has a few full motion scenes in it.  In this one you learn that
    Kronos crawled around the Desert with Pandora's Temple chained to his 
    back for another thousand or so years before he finally died.  A thousand
    or so years after that, someone finds the bones of Kronos and Pandora's
    Temple.  The scene shows a bunch of military helicopters flying toward the
    temple and the bones of Kronos, and the narrator remarks that a new Hero will
    be born. Part 3 anyone?
    
    
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     More about the Grave Digger
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    As said earlier, it is theorized that the Grave Digger is Zeus. The
    case becomes even stronger for this when you pay close attention to what
    the Grave Digger says. When Kratos asks who will occupy the grave  the 
    Grave Digger says "You will my son."
    Then, when Kratos tries to talk to him again, the Grave Digger says "Don't
    disturb me now, son!  I've got my work to do, and you have yours!  And
    precious little time left to do either."
    Now, in A Secret Revealed, we learn the Zeus is Kratos' FATHER.  Here the
    Grave Digger calls Kratos "son".  Granted, one could argue that it was just
    a figure of speech. But, it can also be argued that it was NOT a figure a
    speech but was foreshadowing and blatant truth.  Since we don't know either
    way, you're free to decide for yourself!
    
    
    
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