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                               God Of War
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                            FAQ/Walkthrough

                              Version 2.50

                         Author: Zenithwillrule
                         AKA: David DeGregorio

                      Email: Invertedd@gmail.com

                Follow Me At Twitter.com/Zenithwillrule


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Table of Contents:
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1)  About Me
2)  Spoilers
3)  Getting Started
4)  Weapons
    a) Blades Of Chaos
    b) Blade Of Artemis
5)  Magic
    a) Poseidon's Rage
    b) Medusa's Gaze
    c) Zeus' Fury
    d) Army Of Hades
6)  Controls
7)  Walkthrough
    a) Aegean Sea
    b) The Gates Of Athens
    c) The Road To Athens
    d) Athens Town Square
    e) Rooftops Of Athens
    f) Temple Of The Oracle
    g) The Sewers Of Athens
    h) Desert Of Lost Souls
    i) Pandora's Temple
    j) The Rings Of Pandora
    k) The Challenge Of Atlas
    l) The Challenge Of Poseidon
    m) The Challenge Of Hades
    n) The Cliffs Of Madness
    o) The Architect's Tomb
    p) The Path Of Hades
    q) The Temple Of The Oracle
8)  Treasures
9)  Challenge Of The Gods
10) Version History
11) Credits
12) Legal Information

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About me: 
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Hello, everyone. My name is David DeGregorio. I have recently
decided to start writing FAQ's for my favorite games, starting
with my last FAQ on Shadow of the Colossus. Because God of War
is an amazing game, I decided to write a FAQ on that next. So,
here it is.

I have done my best to make sure there are no errors in the FAQ.
If you find any, let me know and I will do my best to update the
guide. Also, if you have any questions, comments, concerns, etc.
just email me and I will try to email back as soon as I can.

Follow me on twitter for info on upcoming strategy guides
and guide updates.

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Spoilers:
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As usual, I will refrain from using spoilers in this guide. I don't
believe in spoilers. They ruin the story for you, the gamer, and take
away from the experience. So, yeah, no spoilers will be included in any 
of my guides. If you see something that looks like a spoiler, please 
let me know and I will edit that part or take it out completely. Thank 
you.

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Getting started:
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First of all, you will need a copy of God Of War. Buy it, rent it, or 
borrow it from a friend if you must, however you will need the game to 
use this guide.

Pop the disc into your system and you're ready to play. You are in 
control of Kratos: the most badass person to ever exist in a video 
game. Throughout the entire game, you will beast on your foes with the 
blades of chaos which are blades chained to your wrists. Unleash your 
fury on all in your path.

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Weapons:
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     Blades Of Chaos:
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The blades of chaos will be your main weapons throughout the game.
They are quick, powerful, and very stylish. Every time you upgrade
the blades, they will get stronger and you will get fancy new attacks.

Level      Red Orbs Needed   Upgrades
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Level 2:              1500   Rage of the Gods, Greater Damage,
                             New Attacks
Level 3:              2250   Greater Damage, New Attacks
Level 4:              3750   Greater Damage, New Attacks
Level 5:              9000   Greater Damage, New Attacks

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       Level 1 Attacks:
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Ascension: Hold triangle to launch an enemy into the air.

Orion's Harpoon: After launching an enemy into the air, press
circle to slam them into the ground.

Hades Reverse: Press L1 to block an enemy's attack.

Plume Of Prometheus: Square, Square, Triangle. This combo will
destroy shields and knock down enemies.

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       Level 2 Attacks:
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Apollo's Ascension: Hold L1, then tap X to launch an enemy
into the air.

Apollo's Offensive: While in the air, hold L1, then repeatedly
tap X to whip an enemy with your blades.

Hermes Rush: Press R1 to dash at an enemy.

Hermes Stomp: Press R1 while in the air to curb-stomp enemies.

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       Level 3 Attacks:
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Cyclone Of Chaos: Hold L1, then tap square to perform a
spin attack.

Cyclone Of Chaos (Air): While in the air, hold L1 and tap square
to perform a spin attack.

Spirit Of Hercules: Triangle, Triangle, Triangle. This combo is
powerful but slow. It can be used to break enemy shields.

Valor Of Hercules: Triangle, Triangle, Square. This combo is
also quite powerful. The first two attacks are slow but the last
is quite fast.

Hades Revenge: After parrying an attack, press square or triangle
or R1 to counterattack.

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       Level 4 Attacks:
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Rising Helios: Hold L1, then tap triangle to flip forward and land
multiple hits on the enemy.

Falling Helios: While in the air, hold L1 and tap triangle to flip
forward and land multiple hits on the enemy.

Achilles' Flip: Use the right analog stick to dodge an attack and
then press X to flip up and attack an enemy.

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       Level 5 Attacks:
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Lance Of The Furies: Hold L1 and then hold circle to slam your
blades into the ground and create a shock wave.

Lance Of The Furies (Air): While in the air, hold L1 and then
hold circle to slam your blades into the ground and create a
massive shock wave.

Might Of Hercules: Press square and then hold square to unleash
a powerful combo.

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     Blade Of Artemis:
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The only other weapon you receive in the game is the blade of
Artemis. It is powerful but quite useless. It takes way too long
to level up and is way too slow.

Level      Red Orbs Needed   Upgrades
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Level 2:              3750   Blade Power Increase
Level 3:             10000   Blade Power Increase

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       Level 1 Attacks:
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Sword Summon: Hold L1 and R1 to summon the blade.

Sword Summon: While in the air, hold L1 and R1 to summon the blade.

Sword Sheath: Hold L1 and R1 to switch back to the blades of chaos.

Wrath Of Artemis: Hold L1 and tap X to perform a spinning attack.

Revenge Of Artemis: Hold L1, then tap square to perform a faster
spinning attack.

Ascension Of Artemis: Hold L1 and then hold triangle to launch
enemies into the air.

Retribution Of Artemis: Hold L1 and then tap circle to do a
powerful sword strike.

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Magic:
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     Poseidon's Rage:
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This is the first spell you get in the game and one of the best.
It is basically a large blast of energy that surrounds you and
decimates your foes. I would upgrade this spell whenever possible.

Level      Red Orbs Needed   Upgrades
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Level 2:              1650   Bigger Damage Area, More Power,
                             Spin Attack
Level 3:              4500   Bigger Damage Area, More Power

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     Medusa's Gaze:
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This second spell turns your enemies to stone for a short time.
It isn't very useful in combat because it takes a lot of magic
to use and takes a while for the spell to take effect. Also, it
leaves you vulnerable to enemy attack. I wouldn't upgrade this
spell because it is mainly used in puzzles.

Level      Red Orbs Needed   Upgrades
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Level 2:              3000   Stronger Freeze Beam, Gorgon Flash
Level 3:              7500   Stronger Freeze Beam, Gorgon Rage

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     Zeus' Fury:
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This third spell gives you control of Zeus' thunderbolts. It is
basically a ranged attack that homes in on one enemy. You won't
use this spell that often but it is very helpful when dealing
with archers.

Level      Red Orbs Needed   Upgrades
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Level 2:               750   Stronger Attack, Charge Attack,
                             Faster Bolts
Level 3:              3500   Stronger Attack, Super Charge Attack.

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     Army Of Hades:
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This is the last spell you receive and it is the best by far.
With this spell, the souls of the dead will rise up from the
underworld and float around, devastating your enemies.

Level      Red Orbs Needed   Upgrades
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Level 2:              4500   More Powerful Souls
Level 3:             10000   Most Powerful Souls

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Controls:
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Button                  ~    Function
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           Menu Controls
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Start                   ~    Access menu screen
Select                  ~    Pause game
Left analog stick       ~    Highlight menu item
D-Pad                   ~    Highlight menu item
X                       ~    Select item
Triangle                ~    Previous screen
L1                      ~    Scroll left
R1                      ~    Scroll Right
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        Controls (On Ground)
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Left analog stick       ~    Walk, run, climb
Right analog stick      ~    Dodge roll
X                       ~    Jump
X+X                     ~    Double Jump
Square                  ~    Normal attack (weak but quick)
Triangle                ~    Heavy attack (slower but stronger)
Circle                  ~    Grab enemies
Square (after grab)     ~    Stabs enemy then swings enemy around
Triangle (after grab)   ~    Rips enemy in half
Circle (after grab)     ~    Punches enemy (can press multiple times)
L1                      ~    Block (parry if timed right)
D-Pad                   ~    Select magic
L2                      ~    Use item or magic
R2                      ~    Action (For example: open door, chest)
L3+R3                   ~    Rage of the gods (Push in analog sticks)
Triangle (hold button)  ~    Launches enemy into the air
Circle (enemy in air)   ~    Chain grab
R2 (hold) + X           ~    Kick objects
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         Controls (In Air)
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Square                  ~    Horizontal attack
Triangle                ~    Vertical attack
Circle                  ~    Air grab
L1                      ~    Block
D-pad                   ~    Select magic
L2                      ~    Use item or magic
R1                      ~    Hercules stomp
Circle (hold)           ~    Rope swing (while on rope)

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Walkthrough:
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   Aegean Sea:
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This is where the game officially begins. After the opening scene, you 
are thrust onto a ship that is being attacked by the undead. This is 
essentially a tutorial to get you acquainted with the controls.

The enemies aren't too hard here. They can be easily killed with square 
and triangle attacks. I would recommend trying different combinations 
to get used to the attack system. There are numerous ways to assault a 
dude, so just attack and figure them out.

After you defeat a few enemies, more will break out of a trapdoor from 
inside the ship. Kill all the enemies. Notice that there is a glowing 
white sphere on the handle of the trapdoor. This means you can open it.
Go in front of the trapdoor and rapidly press R2 to open it. Jump inside
the ship.

There is a chest that you can open here by holding R2.

A little side-note about chests: There are a few different types.
The blue chests contain magic, red contain blood orbs (used to
upgrade weapons and magic), and green contain health orbs.
There are also chests that change color where you can pick
what you want to get. The last type of chest doesn't have a color.
These contain either a Gorgon's eye (increases overall health after
you collect six of them) or a phoenix feather (increases magic after
you collect six).

Open the chest and use your blades to destroy the barrels and debris in 
the room to get red orbs. Head to the right of the chest and continue 
further into the ship.

Destroy the blockade of wood and follow the linear path until *BAM* a 
hydra breaks into the ship. Time to fight a mini-boss.

This really isn't that hard. It'll attempt to kill you by biting at you 
but it doesn't really matter if you get hit. Just keep slashing with 
square or triangle attacks and, every so often, red and green orbs will 
come out. Your health is constantly replenishing so just keep slashing.

When half of the creature's health is gone, the beast will go limp and 
a circle will appear over its head. Press circle to initiate a button 
pressing mini-game (originated by God of War) and press the 
corresponding buttons (it changes each time) to decimate the hydra and 
force it to leave.

Carefully walk across the beams. If you trip, press x to pull yourself 
back up.

Destroy the barrels in front of you and head left out of the ship. The 
camera will switch angles on you. Walk forward and head right into the 
next ship. Open the chest for red orbs. You can go into the start menu 
and place some orbs into your sword if you want.

Turn left and continue down the path. Destroy the next blockade and 
open the door. You will emerge on the deck of the ship and things 
aren't going well for the crew.

There are a bunch of bat-like creatures assaulting the civilians and 
you must destroy them. They aren't tough and drop plenty of orbs. The 
people will get in the way but it doesn't matter if you kill them too. 
They don't drop orbs, though. Such a shame.

Once you have purged the ship of the bats, head to the right of the 
ship. There are two doors you can open for chests that are full of red 
orbs.

Head back to your left. As you walk, a hydra will break through the 
middle of the ship and stick out its head. It's time to fight another 
easy mini-boss.

This boss has two main attacks. It will bite at you which doesn't do 
much damage. Next, it will roar and then swing its neck around which
will hurt you. You can avoid both of these attacks by rolling out of
the way (right analog stick).

Also, try not to stand directly in front of the hydra because it will
snatch you up in its mouth and try to eat you. If this happens, rapidly
press circle and you will break free and do massive damage to the
creature. It's stunned at this point, so attack as much as you can.

This hydra shouldn't give you too much trouble. Just avoid its attacks
and slash away and soon it will drop like a sack of bricks.

After the fight, jump into the hole the hydra made in the ship and swim
to your right, through the small opening.

Climb the net at the other end and you will be on the deck of another 
ship. Kill the enemies and take a short breather. You will see a hydra 
in the background but there's nothing you can do about it now.

Walk along the fallen mast until you reach an intersection. Head right 
to reach a chest full of red orbs. Go back to the fork and take the left
path. At the end of the beam is another ship.

Go forward and you will see a cut scene that is both disturbing and 
awesome. Open the chest and save your game at the giant glowing pillar 
of light.

This next part can get kind of annoying. You see a bunch of undead 
archers on the other side of the ship. You need to kill them but you 
can't jump high enough to grab the ledge that they're on.

Here's what needs to be done. There is a small box at the bottom right 
hand corner. You need to kick this to the ledge where the archers are. 
This is made annoying by the fact that the archers can destroy the box 
in four hits, while Kratos shrugs off any damage taken.

Take your time with this. Kick the box before the arrows hit it, so 
that it just passes underneath and you should be fine. After a few 
tries, you should be able to take sweet revenge on the archers.

Open the chest for green orbs and continue to the next area.

At the end of the hallway is a door. It is locked right now but this is 
where you need to go later, once you have the key. Behind you, on the 
side of the building, is a ladder. Climb it and start climbing the net 
attached to the mast of the ship.

Enemies will try to ambush you and knock you off. To attack them, aim 
the left analog stick in the direction of the enemy and press either 
square or triangle. The only difference is that square is a direct 
attack while triangle is a sweeping attack. You can also press the 
analog stick and circle to pull enemies off the net for an instant 
kill. Kill the enemies and climb to the top of the net.

At the top, climb the next net. Kill the enemies. In front of you, you 
should see a rope going from the mast to another ship. Jump up and you 
automatically grab it and slide down.

Break open the barricades on the right and left to get a Gorgon's eye 
and more red orbs. Now go through the center door.

In this room, you will see a glowing blue symbol. Walk forward into it 
and you will receive your first spell, Poseidon's Rage. Select it by 
pressing right on the d-pad. The symbol should appear on the HUD in the 
top left corner of the screen.

Kill the enemies that appear, using the new spell if you wish. It is a 
fun and useful spell that can increase your combo multiplier a great 
deal.

Head down the hallway and save at the save point.

Replenish your health and magic using the chests and climb the net. A 
scene will kick in. It's time for a real boss battle!

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This is the first real boss battle and it is quite fun. You have two 
small hydra to contend with and one huge one. The big hydra keeps 
healing the others, yet you can't reach the big one because he keeps 
blasting you off of the net. There is a trick to this battle, so pay 
attention. Fend off the small hydra for a bit. The small hydra function 
the same as the last mini-boss. They either bite you or do their neck 
attack. They still emit green orbs.

Attack the first one a bit and a blast of air will sweep you to the
next hydra. Keep fighting. Poseidon's Rage helps greatly. After a
while of back and forth between the two, you will knock out one of
the hydra. This is where you must forget about the other hydra.
Otherwise the one you took out will come back to life. Now, on either
side of the ship there are stacks of boxes. Find the stack of boxes
near the hydra that you knocked out. Jump onto the lowest box and
climb the stack until you reach the top. There is a platform hanging
nearby that you can jump on. Do this and your weight will cause the
platform to descend and impale the hydra. It's still alive but it can't
move because it is pinned beneath the platform. Now, turn to the other
hydra. Knock it out and climb the boxes. Impale it by jumping on the
next platform. Now, climb the net and get ready to face the real boss.

This guy is quite similar to the smaller versions. It has two attacks.
The first one is a bite attack again but this is actually easier to
dodge because it is slower than the smaller versions. Also, it doesn't
do any real damage because it's a very inaccurate attack. The next
attack isn't really an attack at all. Basically, the hydra roars and
tries to push you off the ledge. All this does is make you climb back
up again. Also, if you stand in the middle of the platform, Kratos
automatically grabs the ledge instead of falling.

Attack the boss and you will see that it emits green and blue orbs
frequently. Use Poseidon's Rage frequently and attack it until it is
stunned and a green circle appears overhead. Press circle to initiate
the mini-game. Rapidly press circle to knock the hydra's head into the
mast. The mast is then cracked. You have to repeat this pattern twice
more: attacking the boss and knocking it into the mast. Some people
have a problem pressing circle. If you have trouble, try switching from
your thumb to a finger which can mover faster. Or you could ask a
friend to help. Anyway, after you do this the mast is broken off and
you must take down the hydra's health down to about twenty-five percent.
The boss is then stunned again. Press circle to start the final
mini-game, where you press one random button, then rapidly press circle
to impale the beast. The boss is now dead. Congratulations!
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Now we have to find the key to that door. If you paid attention during 
the cut scene, you might've noticed that the guy that was eaten by the 
big hydra had a key. Yup, you've guessed it. You have to walk into the 
hydra's mouth and take it from him. Watch the funny scene that ensues.

Head back out and climb the boxes on the right side. Jump to the net, 
climb up, and open the chests for health and another Gorgon's eye. 
Slide down the rope behind you. Now you are back to where the archers 
annoyed you. Trek to the locked door, killing more archers as you go, 
and open it.

Run down the hallway, descend the stairs, and open the next door. Watch 
the amazing scene (the graphical work is quite impressive) and you will 
see why this game is rated M. (It's not because of the violence.)

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   The Gates Of Athens:
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When you regain control, you will notice two women in the bed and an R2 
symbol when you get near them. If you want, jump onto the bed and press 
circle to initiate a little mini-game with the ladies. ^^ In addition 
to having fun, you will gain a ton of red orbs. You can do this again 
but you won't get any more orbs.

Now it's time to move on. Head down the hall, save your game, and 
continue down the next hallway. Open the chests for green and blue 
orbs. Climb the ladder to exit the ship, then speak to the statue.
Cross the bridge and set foot on dry land. Kill the undead warriors.
They still aren't a challenge. They do have armor though, so you
can't grab them until the circle appears over their heads.

Break any objects you see as they could contain orbs which are very 
helpful. Continue forward and turn left, crossing the stone bridge.

Turn right, onto the wooden path. To your right is a hole in the wall. 
Swim over to the stone structure and jump back onto land. Go inside the 
door, kill the enemies, and open the chests for a phoenix feather and 
green orbs.

Return to the wooden pathway and this time jump forward, over the 
water, to the lever. Pull it and you will ascend to a higher level. 
Walk down the path until you see a scene.

After the scene you will see a new type of enemy, the Minotaur. These 
are tough enemies. Individually they aren't too bad but you have to 
face two off the bat. There is a treasure chest with green orbs on the 
path if you need it.

Take down these creatures. Poseidon's Rage is helpful here. Also, try
using the square, square, circle combo to knock them down. When the
circle command becomes visible, press circle to engage a new mini-game. 
Rapidly press circle to impale them through the mouth. The chest at the 
other end of the walkway has blue orbs. Ascend to the next level via 
the elevator.

When you reach the top you will meet a new creature. It is big and slow 
but it has a nasty ranged attack. It has a spiked ball attached to its
arm that it can shoot at you for some damage. Roll to avoid this and
attack when the creature is vulnerable. When the circle command
appears,you can press it for another satisfying kill mini-game.

You should have enough orbs to power up your blades to level two at 
this point. If you need it, there is a chest at the far end that cycles 
between blue and green orbs.

Once you kill the first hulking creature, another appears. Kill this 
and a third one appears. Kill the third one and the shield disappears
on the door. Ignore the door for now and head to the upper right corner
of the area to find a chest filled with red orbs. Return to the door
and go through it.

Go down the hallway and you will be in a room with stacks of boxes. Two 
of the boxes (the one on bottom of the stack in the center and the one 
on bottom of the stack to the northwest) are a different color. This 
means you can break them. Do so and you can go forward.

Go to the box at the southwest end of the room. There is only one box 
on this stack so you can climb up. Look diagonally right and you will 
see another stack (the stack in the center). Jump over to this stack.

Jump onto the stack to the right and there will be a hole in the wall.
Inside this hole are two chests. One has a Gorgon's eye and the other
has magic.

Jump back to the stack of boxes and then jump to the stack to your
left that has a chest and a ladder on it. The chest has red orbs
inside. Climb the ladder and make your way left to the next stack
of boxes.

Jump to the next stack. (The one with the net on it.) Jump left again 
to the next stack. To your left is another stack with a chest. The 
chest has red orbs. Open it, and then head right into the next room. 
Step into the glowing symbol and you will get your next spell, Medusa's
gaze. You're going to have to earn it, though.

A new enemy will appear: a gorgon. The only real difficulty is that
she can turn you into stone. If you get turned into stone, quickly
move the left analog stick left and right before she can hit you.
If she hits you while you are stone, then you are dead.

To avoid behind turned to stone, either keep rolling to dodge the
gaze or use Poseidon's rage whenever she uses her gaze upon you.
Keep hitting her until the circle appears above her head and then
play the mini-game to rip off her head.

When she's dead you get Medusa’s gaze. More enemies will spawn right 
after. Use Medusa’s gaze to kill them. Just hold L2 and press square to 
use it. Aim with the left analog stick.

Head through the door. Head down the hallway and kill the enemies. 
Climb the ladder and save your game.

Go back to the top of the ladder. There is a lever here. Pull it and 
the crossbow will turn around. Go to the crossbow and hold R2. While 
holding R2, pill back the left analog stick. When the crossbow's 
cocked, pull the left analog stick forward to shoot down the door.

Save your game again and head forward. Turn left down the hallway and 
descend the ladder. Kill the enemies and open the chest for a Gorgon's 
eye. Open the gate to open a shortcut from the previous part of the 
level.

Head back down the hallway and up the ladder. Turn right, head down the 
hallway, and climb the next ladder. Kill all the enemies and turn
around. The wall to the left of the door is black which means you
can climb it.

Climb the wall to the top, then head right, killing enemies as you go,
and jumping the gaps. When you can't go right any more, head down
until you reach solid ground. Kill more enemies and rapidly press
R2 to knock over the statue. Use the ladder to climb down to the
previous area.

Head to where you broke off the statue's head. Jump on top of it and 
climb the ladder. Kill the Medusa, open the chest for green orbs, and 
climb the next ladder.

Kill the Minotaur and the Medusa. Once they're dead, destroy the 
pillars to your left to make platforms to get to the next level. Kill 
the enemies up here and then shoot the crossbow.

This will shoot a rope across to another room. Double jump to grab it 
and start to climb across. Enemies will try to attack you, so stop 
climbing and use square, triangle, or circle to kill them. Then 
continue across.

When you reach the other side, climb down the ladder, and open the 
chest for green orbs.

Turn around, head to the bottom of the room, and head left. There is a 
door here. It should look familiar because it's the other side of the 
door near the first crossbow.

Open it and head back to the first crossbow. Shoot this one again to 
open the third door. Behind this door there's a couple of Minotaur. 
Kill them.

Go forward and jump onto the new ladder. Climb it to reach a chest with 
red orbs and another with some health. Descend the ladder and continue 
through the hallway. Turn right and head forward for a scene.

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   The Road To Athens:
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Head forward and ascend the stairs for another scene. Save your game at 
the save point on the right.

Head down the path to the left. The route in front of you will be 
blocked by debris, so turn left and into an archway. The gate closes 
behind you.

This part isn't too hard but it takes patience. First of all, kill one 
of the Minotaur. This makes it much easier. Now, make sure your magic 
is full. If it isn't, there's a chest with blue orbs in the right side 
of the room.

Now, lure the remaining Minotaur onto the button and freeze it with 
Medusa's gaze. Immediately run forward and roll twice to get through 
the open gate in time. Open the chest for green orbs. Head right and 
enter the city.

Take the time to kill all the monsters in the area. This will help when 
you return through the city. Once everything is dead, enter every
single house by breaking down the door. Almost every house has a chest
with red orbs. Two of the chests have phoenix feathers and two contain
Gorgon's eyes. Don't miss the chest on the second floor of the house
where one of the archers was stationed and the chest on top of the
small house on the right side of the street.

Once you have all the goodies, break the blockade at the end of the 
street, and jump to the rope. Hold circle to swing back and forth and
gain momentum. Jump to the second rope and climb to the top to find an
alcove. Jump to the alcove and open the chest for some red orbs. Jump
back to the rope and slide down to the bottom. Swing over to the next
section of road and walk down the path.

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   Athens Town Square:
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Run up the stairs and enter the town square. There are tons of people 
running around and there is a Cyclops smashing everything. The exits 
are sealed off so you must kill the enemy first. The good thing is that 
the people give off health orbs once killed, so don't worry about 
health. Dodge its attacks with the right analog stick and attack as
much as you can.

Kill the first Cyclops and a second will appear. A third one will run 
in as well. Kill both of them and a door will open. Head into the door
on left side of the square.

Walk down the hallway and you will enter a room with golden floors. In
this room there are murals painted on the wall. Two of these murals are
cracked. Find these murals and attack them to reveal hidden chests. One
contains a Gorgon's eye and the other has blue or green orbs.

Ascend the stairs and you will emerge on a parapet. Open the chest for 
green orbs. Head right and break down the door to find another room
with murals. One of them is cracked, so break it down to find a chest
with red orbs.

Head back to where you broke the door and jump over to the hall the 
woman ran down. Watch the scene and climb up the stairs. The woman will 
fall to her death. Save your game.

To your left is a chest with a phoenix feather. Jump down and take the 
key from the woman. Head through the door on the left side of the area
and walk down the hall. Back in the room with golden floors, you will
see some new enemies. These have yellow shields. You can break them
with a combo of square, square, triangle. Continue down the path,
killing enemies as you go, until you return to the parapet where the
lady fell.

Head to the right and double jump to the ledge. Head forward and unlock
the trapdoor. Open it and jump down. Save your game here.

Continue down the hallway and go left at the fork. Open up the gate and
run up the stairs.

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   Rooftops Of Athens:
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Head forward and you'll see a vine you can climb up. Head to the top 
and double jump over to the next vine. Climb to the top, double jump to 
the next vine, climb to the top, and double jump to the parapet where 
two chests are located.

Open the chests for magic and health. Go into the room. Here you will 
meet a new enemy type. They like to strike at you from underground. 
Dodge or block their attacks and slash away at them. If they start
getting annoying, use Poseidon's Rage or Rage of the Gods if you
have it.

Kill all of the enemies in the area and then head up the stairs,
killing the archers as you go. At the top are more of those new
enemies as well as that hulking enemy type from before. I would
recommend Poseidon's Rage or Rage Of The Gods if you didn't use
it before.

Once your enemies are dead, the way forward will open, so head back 
down the stairs and into the city.

Head south (towards the screen) and you will reach a chest full of red 
orbs. Go north now. The bridge is destroyed, so jump forward onto the 
platform. You will see vines on a pillar below you. Jump there and 
climb down to the left. Jump across to a ledge with a red orb chest.

Grab the orbs and break down the wooden door. Walk down the path and
kill all of the enemies before you. Now you won't have to worry about
those pesky archers later. Return to the the red orb chest and jump
back to the vines. Climb over to the right and double jump to the next
pillar.

Climb to the right again and double jump to the other side of the
bridge. Open up the chest for some red orbs. Run forward, open the
green orb chest, and save at the save point in the next room.

Go through the gap in the wall and climb the ladder. Kill the enemies. 
Head over to the right side of the rooftop to find another ladder.
Climb it for a Gorgon's eye and a color-changing chest. Climb back
down the ladder and walk over to the left side of the rooftop.
Double jump over to the next rooftop. 

There's another color-changing chest here. To your left is a treasure 
trove of chests however I don't recommend going there yet. There are 
archers there who will shoot you before you can open it. Also, on your 
way over are two ropes you must swing from. The archers will shoot you 
off of these.

Instead, break the wooden object in front of you and jump to the next 
rooftop. Kill the two Minotaur, break the next barrier and double jump
to the next building. Open the chest for blue orbs and head up the
ramp to your right.

Press R2 near the shiny object for a quick scene. You can't go any 
further this way, so head south and press R2 to lower the wooden 
bridge.

Climb back down the ladder and kill the enemies that spawn here. Save 
your game and head left out the door. To the left is a burning bridge. 
Cross it and go left.

You will see a giant object that looks like a mobile crossbow. Push it 
down the hallway and into the next room. 

Open up the doors on the right for some pots you can smash and a health 
chest. The doors on the left contain more pots and a room filled with
enemies. Kill all of the enemies.

Inside the room where the enemies spawned is a lever. Directly below
the entrance to this room, a circular gear is etched in the floor.
Drag the crossbow onto the circular gear. Now pull the lever. The
crossbow is now facing a different direction but not the one you want.

Drag the crossbow off of the gear and pull the lever to reset the
system. Drag the crossbow back onto the gear and pull the lever to
have it face the right direction. Use the crossbow to take out the
door.

Go through the door and continue down the hallway. At the end is a 
chest with blue orbs and another glowing symbol. It is time to get a
new spell. You will receive Zeus's Fury.

This spell is essentially a thunderbolt that you can use to target
foes from far away. Now you can destroy pesky archers before they
attack you.

Head through the door and you will emerge outside in the same place
where you found the crossbow. Go to the middle of the burning bridge
and take out the archers with your new spell. A new door will open.
Go forward and turn right at the intersection. Go through the new door.

In this room, smash the pots for red orbs and smash the north wall for 
a Gorgon's eye, a Phoenix feather, and a blue orb chest.

Exit the room, head back across the bridge, and go to the save point. 
Make sure to save your game.

Climb the ladder again. Double jump to the next rooftop and head left 
this time. Cross the ropes and take out the archers with your 
thunderbolts. Now you can open up the chests for mad red orbs and some 
magic and health.

Return to the roof where the guy refused to let you pass. This time, 
instead of arguing with him, melt his face with a thunderbolt. It's not 
the monsters he should fear. The bridge will rise.

Cross the bridge and smash more pots for red orbs. Head into the next 
room. Smash the pots for orbs and open the chests for a Gorgon's eye
and a Phoenix Feather.

Continue down the hallway, killing two waves of those annoying 
underground attackers, and open the chests in the next room for more 
red orbs. Step on the circle to descend to a lower level. Head through 
the hallway and go forward for a scene.

Cross the beam and save your game. Head up the stairs and kill the 
enemies at the top. On the right side of the path, there is a cracked 
wall you can break for a red orb chest.

Head up the next flight of stairs. Open the chests to replenish health 
and magic.

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   Temple Of The Oracle:
   =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

Cross the bridge in front of you for a scene. Kill the harpies and the 
Medusa. A scene will take place. When the old man is done talking, 
ascend the stairs and save your game. Open the chests on either side of 
the doorway for a Phoenix feather and a Gorgon's eye.

Ascend the stairs and enter the next room. The swarm of harpies here is 
endless so you need to plug the holes that they're coming through.
Head forward, killing off harpies, and climb the stairs. At the far end
of the room there are two statues. You need to use these to plug the
holes. The harpies will make this difficult but they don't hurt that
much. Bring the left statue to the left hole and the harpies will
diminish. Bring the right statue to the right hole and plug it up.
Kill the remaining vermin and you're done with that.

Behind the statues are chests with blue and green orbs. On the other 
end of the room are chests with a Gorgon's eye and red orbs. (These are 
on top of altars on either side of the entrance to this room)

Open the door next to the blue orb chest (to the left of the door you 
came in) and ascend the stairs. At the top, navigate your way across 
the beams. Certain beams will fall as you go (there is a linear path 
you must cross and the others beams fall before you can reach them).

Note: When Kratos is walking the beams, on the far left, there is a 
ledge he will pass. Jump onto the ledge and break the decorative glass. 
Behind this is a chest containing a Gorgon eye. Thanks to Jason Ward 
for this great find.

Save your game once you reach the other side. Get health at the chest 
if you wish, then continue down the hallway.

Kill the enemies as you walk down the hallway. They are very easy (they 
don't even have armor). At the end of the hall another scene will take 
place. Now we have to save the oracle.

First, however, take the elevator down (the thing with the circle on 
it) and ignore her pleading. Break the two cracked walls for a Gorgon's 
eye and red orbs. Jump on top of the building for more red orbs.

Now to actually save her. Go back to the second level and go to the 
door you first came in. There are statues here. Pull one out and place 
it on the elevator. (Make sure it is as close as you can get it to the 
line between the elevator and the floor.

Go back and get the second statue. Pull it so that it is directly 
behind the first statue (not on the elevator but on the floor).

Stand on the elevator and jump back to the second floor before it goes 
down. Push the second pillar on top of the first. Now we can move 
forward.

Push the pillar in between the rock face on the right and the gazebo on 
the left. Jump to where the chest is then turn and jump on the gazebo. 
Double jump onto the pillar you made and double jump to the path on the 
rock face to get two chests with red orbs.

Move the pillar to the other side (between the vine-covered wall and 
the gazebo) Jump on the gazebo and double jump to the pillar. Jump to 
the ledge and climb the vines to the left.

A scene will kick in at this point and you will be timed. The first 
part isn't that hard. Wait for the spinning wheels to stop and then 
jump to the next vine section. At the end of this, run to the next wall 
covered in vines.

Climb the vines, jump to the next section, and then climb again. Double 
jump to the rope on your left and swing to the other side. Turn left 
and balance across to the next part of the path. Double jump to the 
rope and swing across to the platform on the statue. Get close to the 
oracle and a scene will kick in. You save her and learn a bit about 
Kratos' past. The oracle will open the door, so go through and 
continue.

At the end of the path is a save point. Go up the left path (the long 
one that winds through the cliffs) and you can see the point where 
Kratos leaps from in the opening scene. To the right of the strange 
building is a chest with a Phoenix feather. Head back down and save 
your game.

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   Sewers Of Athens:
   =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

Head down the path to the right and across the bridge. Say, that bridge 
kind of looks like a sword. Descend the spiral staircase. At the 
bottom, look underneath the stairs for a chest with a Phoenix feather. 

Jump through the archway and walk forward. To your left and right are
color-changing chests.

Walk down the path and kill the enemies that appear. Take out the
archers with Zeus' Fury and climb up onto the ledge for magic and
red orbs. Climb down and continue until you reach the large gate.
Jump and grab the ledge above.

Go forward and kill all the Minotaur. Open the chest for magic or 
health and continue down the path. Kill the archers and continue
forward.

When you reach the next ledge, jump down to the path below and open
the chests for health or magic. Continue down the path until you
reach another gate and open the chests for red orbs. Jump up and
grab the ledge above.

Go forward and kill the two Cyclops. It helps if you isolate one and 
keep pounding on it. There is a health chest to the right if you need 
it.

When you kill both of them, more enemies show up. Kill them as best you 
can. When the horde of enemies finally subsides, continue down the path
and kill all of the archers. Ignore the first ladder on the right side
of the path (there's nothing up there) and climb up the second ladder
to find a red orb chest. Jump back down to the path below and continue
forward until you reach another gate. Jump up and grab the ledge above.

Walk forward and climb the ladder.

Go forward. Open the chest if you need health or magic. Climb the
spiral staircase and pull the lever at the top. The stairs will lower
so you can continue. Climb the rest of the stairs and you are finally
out of the sewers.

Go forward and climb the stairs in front of you.

Save your game and head right, down the path. The doors are now open
to the next area. Behind the door on the right is a chest with a
Gorgon's eye. Use the chest on the left to regain any magic or health
you need.

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   The Desert Of Lost Souls:
   =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

Head down the path and watch the scene. After it's over, head directly 
east as far as you can go. Now head north and slightly west a bit until 
you hear singing. Follow the singing and you will find the first siren
outside a stone temple.

Attack the siren and it will start shooting energy blasts at you. They
don't hurt too much and are pretty easy to dodge. Hack away at the
siren until a circle appears over its head. Press circle to kill it
and imprison its soul in the door.

Now you have to find two more. They are roaming around the desert 
randomly so I can't really help you. Just run until you hear singing. 
That's a big giveaway to where they are.

The other sirens travel around with two Minotaur. They re-spawn 
endlessly, so kill the siren first and then take care of them.

When all three sirens are dead, return to the temple. 

Walk inside and save your game. The chests contain blue and green orbs. 
Head through the door to the left of the save point and walk down the
stairs. At the end of the path, you will find a moving conveyor belt.

Jump down onto it. To the right are giant, spinning, spiked wheels of 
doom. Don't go there. Head to the left and you will see a door that you
can open. Open the door to find a stone block. Pull the block out of
the doorway and kick it to the left.

As you kick the block, enemies will drop down onto the conveyor belt.
The enemies will not stop spawning, so don't spend too much time
killing them. Kill them as quickly as you can and then kick the block
to the left some more. Eventually you will reach a wall at the end of
the conveyor belt. Climb onto the block and then quickly jump to the
top of the wall.

Walk forward and open the door. Walk to the end of the hallway and
blow the horn.

Go forward down the new path. At the end you will see a scene. After
the scene, you will be ambushed by a lot of sirens. They will come
in groups of three but they will keep spawning in as you kill them.

The best thing to do here is to try to isolate one of the three and
hammer away at it. It isn't easy but it will keep you from being
overwhelmed by all three at once. Poseidon's Rage and Rage Of The
Gods help a lot here. When all of the sirens are dead, the horn will
reappear. Blow it and another scene will play. Save at the save point.

   =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
   Pandora's Temple:
   =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

Cross the large bridge in front of you. The door forward is locked so 
we have to go around. On the left and right side of the door are chests 
with green or blue orbs.

Head to the left side of the door and head down the ramp. Follow the 
path, under the bridge and to the very right of the area. Pull the 
stone block out and climb up for a scene. The door forward will open. 
Jump back down to the door via the walkway on the left and you will be 
attacked by two Cyclops. These are only a little harder than before but 
you can take them.

When you kill the first Cyclops a third one appears. Once you kill them 
all, the door forward is unbarred. Ascend the large staircase in front 
of you. To the left is a chest with a Gorgon's eye. To the right is a 
chest with a Phoenix feather. There's also a chest with blue or green 
orbs.

Rotate the lever to open the door. Run inside.

Fight off the undead soldiers. If you need it, there is a chest with 
green orbs on the left side of the room. When they're all dead, examine 
the eye on the wall and a door will open. Walk through the door to face
the tests of the gods.

   =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
   Rings Of Pandora:
   =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

Head left until you see a door in the right wall. Go inside. Walk down
the hallway, rolling to avoid the spiked, crushing machines. Kill the
archers in the next room and open the chests for green, blue, and red
orbs. Save your game at the save point.

Go into the alcove behind the archers and pull the lever. This stops
the crushing spikes and lowers a lever in the main room. Return to
the main room and rotate the lever. Keep rotating it until you see
another glowing god symbol.

Head inside the room and go forward to get The Blade Of Artemis. 
Continue forward down the hallway.

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   The Challenge Of Atlas:
   =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

Continue forward and save your game. Continue down the hall to the next 
room. A bunch of really weak enemies assault you at once. Test out your 
new blade here. After you kill them, a bunch of harder gorgons appear. 
Take them out whichever way you prefer.

Once the room is clear of enemies, open the chest in the upper right 
for health or magic. Go to the left side of the room. Jump up and grab 
the stairs. Pull yourself up and head left, destroying the enemies as
you go. Defeat the archers with your thunderbolts and balance across
the beams.

To the right is a chest with a Gorgon's eye. Drop back down to ground 
level and head through the doorway. Turn left at the fork and walk down
the next hallway.

Kill the gorgons that attack you and take out the archers as well. Go 
back to fork and walk into the alcove. There is a container full of
rocks here. Bring this to the room where you just fought the gorgons.

In this room you should see a circular button in the middle. When this 
button is pressed, the little archway at the top of the stairs 
revolves. What you need to do is drag the square container to the 
stairs by the alcove. Kick the container so that it presses the button. 
As the container slides across the floor to the button, you need to 
roll into the alcove and you should revolve with the wall.

Take your time to kill all the enemies here. If you need health or 
magic there are chests close by you can open. When the enemies are 
dead, go to the end of this small hall and there is a chest with red 
orbs you can open.

Climb the ladder at the corner and go under the archway. Use the beam
to cross the gap and press R2 to pick up the shield. Balance along the
rafters and open the chests in the alcoves for more red orbs.

Jump down to the room below. Place the shield in the door and return 
to the room where the easy enemies and the gorgon's assaulted you.

Climb onto the stairs and make your way over to the ledge where you 
found the Gorgon's eye before. On the left side of this ledge is a
lever. Pull it and a weight will drop next to you. Jump onto the
rope attached to it and slide down.

Once you reach the bottom, head right, climbing the horizontal
rope to the other side. Enemies will assault you but you can take them.

On the other side of the rope are chests that will replenish your 
health and magic. Ascend the stairs and take the shield.

At this point, a boatload of enemies will drop down into the room. At 
the same time, on the opposite side of the room, a large battering ram 
will inch towards you. If it gets to you before you destroy the enemies 
and break the seal on the door, you will be crushed.

Use Poseidon's Rage and Rage Of The Gods to kill them quicker. Avoid 
rushing forwards and being boxed in. Corner them on the right side and 
finish them off.

Once they are all dead, the battering ram will back off and the door 
will open. Use the chests to fill your health and magic. Jump to the
ledge with rope and climb to the top.

Jump over to the ledge on the right and drop down to the first floor
of the room. Go back through the hall and to the door. Place the
shield on the door and now you can open it.

Go through the door, down the stairs, and down the next hall. Save your 
game at the save point.

Climb the ladder next to the save point, walk down the hall, and enter 
the next room. This room has crazy death saws all over the place. Go 
slowly through, making sure to move only one or two squares at a time.

There's nothing you can do in this room yet, so go through the door on 
the right side of the room. Smash the pots for orbs. Turn left and 
break down the wall of rock. Kill the enemies and step onto the 
conveyor belt.

There are more death crushing machines here, so roll past and head to 
the end of the conveyor belt. Turn left and ascend the stairs. Cross 
the bridge, killing harpies as you go, and head into the next area. To 
the left is a chest with green or blue orbs.

Head right and climb the narrow gap in between the wall and the side of 
the cliff. Climb as far up as you can go then head right, killing 
enemies. When you can't go right any more, climb up further, killing 
more enemies. At the top, head left. One part in the middle has a ledge 
with a red orb chest.

Continue left and you will reach a small alcove with a lever. There is 
also a health chest here. Pull the lever to drop a chain. This acts as 
a shortcut so you don't have to keep climbing that area. Head through 
the door in front of you.

In this room, the door will close behind you and you will have to 
defeat a bunch of enemies. Make sure you defeat them quickly or time 
will run out and the floor will give out beneath you. There is nothing 
but death after that.

The enemies aren't too difficult. Half of them have shields but you can 
take them out with the Plume Of Prometheus (square, square, triangle). 
The rest are sirens. To kill these enemies faster, use Poseidon's Rage 
or Rage Of The Gods.

Once you kill the enemies, go to the altar and grab the handle. The 
floor is sturdy now, so go bock to the previous area and slide down the 
chain. Save your game at the new save point.

Return to the room with all the blades. To open the door to the north, 
you have to pull both levers. It takes a little practice to get the 
pattern of the blades right and get to the levers quick enough. The 
easiest thing that you can do is: pull the lever on the lower right. 
Quickly roll twice, diagonally towards the second lever. Run north to 
the lever and pull it. Now, roll east and quickly head through the 
door.

Shimmy across the small ledge and open the door. Hopefully you didn't 
take a lot of damage from the spinning blades because you have a fight 
on your hands here. The archers don't pose a threat but the Minotaur 
group together in the small hallway to take you down, so be careful.

Now, head to the giant statue and attach the handle on the piece of 
wood. Rotate the handle until the stone ball is on Atlas' back. Head
to the right side of the area and go down the hallway, killing
enemies as you go.

To your left is a chest with a Phoenix Feather. Head to the right and
kill the archers. The chest here has a Gorgon's Eye. Now go to the
middle of the bridge above the bottom floor and you will find a
lever. Pull it and the statue will throw the stone ball and open
the door.

Jump down and head through the newly-opened door. Cross the bridge and 
head to the coffin. Pull off the lid and climb inside. Rip off the 
skull of the architect's son and claim it. Once you do, the coffin will 
slide away and reveal a hole. Climb down the ladder.

Open the chest for magic or health and head down the hallway. You will 
come to a part of the hallway where dead bodies are strewn everywhere. 
A scene will play. Once it's over, head forward, use the chest for 
health or magic, and open the door.

You are back in the room with the pool of water where you pulled the 
lever and lowered the other lever. Save your game here.

Head down the hallway, killing enemies as you go. Head out the door
and it will close behind you. Walk across the hall to the door with
the large skull in the middle.

Insert the skull into the skull lock and the door will open. Wait here 
for a second. In the next ring, there is a giant cylinder waiting to 
crush you. Wait for it to roll by and run to the right. Follow the
path until you see a staircase on your left. Ascend it for a cut
scene showing you a ladder.

To get to the ladder, you will have to wait for the cylinder to get
close to the ledge you are standing on. Jump onto the cylinder and
walk in the opposite direction that it is rolling (to the left
basically), so you don't fall off. Once the cylinder reaches the
ladder, jump onto it and start climbing.

The ladder will slide down to floor level so you can climb it easier. 
The cylinder will fall into a hole underground, so you don't have to 
avoid it anymore.

Climb up the ladder and you will reach a ledge with chests containing
red orbs, green orbs, blue orbs, and a Gorgon's Eye.

Note: You are only allowed to upgrade your health and magic three
times. If you have already gathered 18 Gorgon's Eyes, then the chests
that would contain Gorgon's Eyes will contain red orbs instead. This
also applies to Phoenix Feathers.

Save your game at the save point here.

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   The Challenge Of Poseidon:
   =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

Head down the hallway to the end and cross the bridge. A scene will 
take over. You now have to fight off a Cerberus and a few other small 
dogs. This fight can be tricky if you don't know what to do. The main
thing to do is to focus on the small dogs first. Each dog can morph
into a full Cerberus and it is really difficult to fight a whole
group of them at once.

Kill all of the small dogs until only the main Cerberus is left.
The battle should be a lot easier now. Kill it any way you prefer
and the barrier will disappear. Open up the chest for health or
magic and continue down the path. Take out the two Cyclops up ahead
and then continue forward.

There is an army of archers waiting for you up ahead. Roll to avoid
their arrows and take them out. Continue forward and you will have
to fight some more evil dogs and archers. Once all of the enemies
are dead, the way forward will open.

Enter the circular room and pull the lever. Unless you're very skilled, 
don't try to open the red orb chests here. The gates close very quickly
and will kill you instantly.

When the room stops spinning, head out the door and walk forward. There 
will be a new enemy type here. They're nothing special, so kill them
and walk to the left until you can't go any further.

Turn right and look up at the side of the mountain. You will see a
horizontal indentation just above. Jump up and grab it. Pull
yourself up and jump up the next ledge. Continue climbing likes
this until you  can't climb any higher. Shimmy to the right for a
chest with a muse key. Head left and keep going until the ledge widens.

Kill the enemies here. Continue down the path and open the chests for
health and magic. Save at the next save point.

In the next room there will be a bunch of cages hanging up. Ignore 
them for now and jump down to the path below. Run up the sloping path
to the next room. There's a handle lying on the ground to the right.
Pick it up and run back to the cages. Place the handle onto the lever
that's underneath the cages.

Rotate the lever to lower one of the cages. Push the cage off the
ledge and start to push it up the hill. Enemies will spawn and attack
you, so rest the cage on one the rocks and kill them. Continue pushing
the cage up the hill and fighting off the enemies until you reach the
top.

Bring the cage into the next room and place it on the square between 
the two furnaces. Pull the lever to make a sacrifice for the gods.

Continue forward down the hallway. In the next room, cross the bridge
and grab Poseidon's Trident. Save your game at the save point.

Poseidon's Trident allows you to swim underwater indefinitely. While
in water, press square to dive and X or triangle to surface.

Swim to the left side of the room and climb the ladder. There is a 
Phoenix Feather in the chest. On the right side of the room, there is 
another chest with green orbs.

Dive into the water on the right and head south to find a hole. Swim 
down and forward. Hold R1 and release to use the swim dash move and 
break through the cracked wall. Do this twice more and surface at the 
other side.

Kill all of the evil dogs here and open the chest for some red orbs.
Open the door in front of you and pull the lever. Swim back to the 
previous room. Kill the Cerberus and harpies.

When the enemies are dead, climb up the ledges that appeared when you 
pulled the lever and walk down the new path. Open the chest for blue or 
green orbs. Continue down the path and dive into the water.

Swim forward down the underwater hall. Press circle to embrace the Nyad 
and it will descend further underwater. Dive down the opening and turn 
right. Swim down the next hall. At the end is a carving of more Nyads.
Use your swim charge to break the carving and find another Nyad.
Embrace this one for a Phoenix Feather (that's what it gave me at
least).

Swim down the passageway to the right. Up ahead, there will be an
opening shaped like a mouth. When you go through this, about a million 
different spikes and blades close in to try and kill you. Keep using 
the swim dash to make it through. Swim down the path until you can't
go any further. Surface and kill all of the enemies.

If you need health or magic there are chests here. Pull the lever to
lower a gate.

Swim back down the hallway, through the mouth opening (the saws try
to close in again so be careful), and back to the Nyad carving.
Head left this time. Emerge from the water and kill all the soldiers.

Once they are all dead, break through the north wall and destroy the 
hundreds of pots. At the end you will find a chest with the second muse 
key.

Head back to the fork. Swim back towards the screen and you will find 
that the Poseidon carving that used to be on the left has opened to 
reveal another passage. Swim down it and save your game.

To the left of the save point is a cracked wall. Use your swim dash
to break it open and you will find a circular room with a Nyad.
Embrace the Nyad and it will swim off somewhere. From here, swim
upwards and you will find a room filled with red orb chests. Thanks
to David Jobe for pointing this out. Return to the save point.

Swim forward and descend into the hole. Before going all the way
down, wait a minute. There is a moving chain under you. After a
few minutes a wall will pass by. If you get hit by the wall you
will be pushed into a wall of spikes and you will die.

Wait until the wall passes and descend. Quickly swim to the left
and descend into the small alcove so that the wall passes over you.
Wait until another wall passes and swim out of the alcove. Use your
swim dash to reach the next alcove. If you don't make it at first,
charge your dash longer and you will go farther. It takes a couple
of tries but you can do it.

Swim to the hole at the end and descend into it. Swim forward and 
surface. At the bottom left corner of the room is a save point. Kill 
the enemies and save your game.

To the left and right are chests with health and magic. There is a
lever in the center of the platform. Pull it and a bunch of platforms
will rise from the water. Run across them quickly because they are
temporary. Kill the enemies up here and open the chests for red orbs.

Now, jump back into the water and swim to the lever. Pull it again. 
This time, jump into the water. Dive down and swim to the platform 
closest to the ledge you ascended to a moment ago. There is an alcove 
inside it.

Swim into it and wait for the platforms to descend again. Swim forward 
down the passage and surface at the end. You are back in the room with 
the lever and the crushers.

Run down the crusher hallway and defeat the enemies with the shields. 
Exit the hallway and the door will close behind you. Return to the 
second ring where the cylinder used to be. Climb the stairs and jump 
into the giant pool.

Descend into the hole and swim down the passage. Surface at the end of 
the passage and run down the hallway. In the next room, a short scene 
will show you a lever but you don't need to pull it yet. We'll come 
back to this room later.

Head directly across from the door you came in and there will be the 
outline of another door blocked by rocks. Break it open with a few 
slashes and head forward. Save your game.

Continue down the hall, open the chests to replenish health and magic, 
and climb the ladder. Turn right and go down the hall to the next room.

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   The Challenge Of Hades:
   =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

This next room is gigantic. On either side of the stairs to the north 
are chests with health orbs.

Walk to the left side of the room and climb the ledges to reach a door.
Try to open the door and it will ask you to make a blood sacrifice to
pass. Choose yes and a bunch of new, centaur type enemies will appear.
Behind the pool of blood, a circle will appear. You have to kill the
centaurs in this circle in order for the sacrifice to be accepted.

The centaurs aren't too tough. They will try to block your attacks
and surround you, so I recommend either spamming Poseidon's Rage or
focusing on one at a time. Either way, they shouldn't give you too
much trouble.

Once they're dead, another circle will appear in front of the pool
of blood. Kill the enemies in here and the door will fully open.

Go through the door and walk down the hallway. Go left and, right
before the next door, there is a small ledge that you can use to
climb onto the plateau. Up here are chests with red orbs and one
chest with a Phoenix Feather. Jump down and open the next door.

Head down the hallway and jump over the first set of floor hazards. 
Continue down the hall and you will see a large gap in the floor.
Watch carefully and you will see that a strip of floor at the end
opens and closes as well. Time your jump so that the floor is solid
when you reach the other side. It's a little tricky but you should
get it after a few tries. Continue down the hall.

Roll past the spears that shoot out of the walls and continue forward. 
A door will close behind you. If you are low on health, grab some
from the chest and continue down the path. Kill the Gorgon up ahead.
At the fork, head left and kill the archer.

Go back to the fork and head right this time. At the next fork head
left and you will enter a large room. There are a bunch of centaurs
and a few gorgons here. Kill them whichever way you like.

Once they're all dead, head north and open the chest for red orbs. 
Continue down the path to the right and kill the normal enemies. This
path loops back to the circular room, so head back to the fork.

Go forward and kill the archers. Head right, killing the gorgon and
the warriors. At the end of this path is a health chest. Return to
the fork and head left.

Turn the crank to raise the platform to the next level. Once you reach 
the top, jump off of the platform. In front of you is a portion of the
wall with a mural carved into it. Walk up to it and push it forward
until it falls into a hole.

The path in front of you will extend one square at a time and then it
will all disappear at once, so you need to be quick. Walk on each
square as it extends and jump to the next side before it all gives
way. Open the chests for red orbs.

Now the floor is stable so head back and return the main path.

Head forward; ignore the left path for now; and turn right. Walk
forward and kill the archers. The left path up here is blocked, so
head right again and push the wall forward until it falls into a hole.

Clear the room of enemies and smash everything for red orbs. Follow
the path as it curves around to the left and open the chest for health.
Walk down the hall to the left and kill the archers. Open up the door
on the left and you are back where you started. Return to the path that
you ignored a moment ago. Walk down the hall and kill the two archers.

In the next hall is a giant crushing machine. Wait for it to retract, 
enter the hall, and jump on top of it so it doesn't crush you. Walk to
the end of the crusher and kill all of the enemies. Examine the statue
and it will say that you will have to kill everyone in the maze before
you can leave. If you have been following this guide closely, you
should have only one more group of enemies left.

Wait for the crusher to retract until a new door is revealed. Enter
and kill all of the enemies here. When they are all dead, a door will
open in the previous hallway. Wait for the crusher to retract again
and walk out into the hallway. Jump on top of the crusher and head
through the door you opened. Walk to the end of the next hallway and
a scene will take over.

Step on the button and wait. A giant statue of Hades will rise from the 
pool of blood. Jump down to the floor below and save your game at the
new save point.

Dive into the water around the statue and descend to the bottom. Pull 
the lever here and a light beam will shoot out of the statue's mouth. 
Resurface and start to climb the ladder on the side of the statue.

As you do this, a grate will rise above the blood water. Well, you
can't go back down there, so keep climbing. Use the lever on the
statue's head to rotate the head. The light illuminates the path
forward. It's not very inviting but we have to continue. Jump down
off the statue, save your game, and climb the large staircase. Jump
the gap and head forward, dodging the balls of fire. It's best to
just run around the balls instead of rolling because you could
accidentally roll into another ball of fire.

Run to the end of the hallway and enter the room underneath the slope. 
Kill the enemies and open the chests for some health, red orbs, and a 
Phoenix Feather. If you read the plaque here, you will see that you 
will have to figure out which of the doors you passed is the right way 
forward. The rest are dead ends.

To save you the time and trouble, the correct door is the third door
on the left from this room. In other words, head out of this room and
follow the left wall until you reach the third door. Wait for the
balls of fire to subside a bit and open the door.

Run through the door and head down the hallway. In the next room,
you will have to fight a bunch of enemies. There is a new type of
minotaur here that wields a large axe. They have a bit more stamina
than other minotaur but that's about it. Kill the minotaur and the
archers and the barrier will disappear. Head down the path to the
right and kill all the enemies. Open the chest for health or magic.

Return to the room where you fought the minotaur and head down the
left path. At the end of the path is a horizontal rope. Make your
way across the rope, killing enemies as you go. Drop down to the next
area and get ready for a battle. First you will have to fight a
battalion of soldiers and then you will face a bunch of minotaur and
centaurs. Use everything at your disposal to kill your enemies.
Poseidon's Rage and Rage of the Gods help a lot here.

When all the enemies are dead, climb the ladder. Jump up to the next 
pathway and head forward. When you reach the first fork, head right
to find some pots you can smash. Return to the fork and continue
forward.  At the next fork, go forward to find a red orb chest.
Return to the fork and head left this time. Turn left at the third
fork to find some more pots. Return to the fork and go right. Save
your game at the save point.

Head through the archway and walk to the end of the walkway. Here
you need to balance across a beam while avoiding a death machine.
When it gets near you simply double jump straight in the air to
avoid it.

Head across the first beam and head right at the fork (there's
nothing to the left. Balance across this beam and head right
again (again, there's nothing to the left) and head to the walkway.

Balance across the beam to the right to find a chest with a Phoenix
Feather. Go back across the beam and walk to the end of the walkway.
Balance across the next beam and head left at the fork for some red
orbs. Return to the fork and continue forward. Go right at the next
fork for more red orbs.

Return to the fork and head forward. Three of the arms of this death 
machine have blades. The fourth is actually a beam, leading to a 
ladder. Jump onto this beam and climb the ladder.

Climb the next ladder and you will be on a higher walkway. Balance 
across the beam. Head right and down and you will reach a chest with 
red orbs. Return to the previous walkway and slide down the rope.

You will be on another walkway. Walk to the end of the walkway,
climb down the ladder, and walk across the next walkway to reach
another hall. Follow the hall until you reach a wheel. Turn it to
open the gigantic door from the first room in The Challenge Of Hades
and unleash something truly nasty.

Walk down the path to the left until you reach the bottom of the
stairs. Follow the hallway back to the save point and save your game.
Continue down the hall and enter the next room.

The door will close behind you. Head to the door that is about to burst 
open. A REAL Minotaur rushes in. It's finally time for a boss fight.

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                             The Minotaur
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The only real difficulty of this boss is figuring out how the hell to 
damage him. Once you know this, you can defeat him. First of all, run 
to the back of the room and climb the stairs to reach a small platform.
Now the Minotaur can only come at you from one side. It's much easier
this way.

You can block most of the Minotaur's attacks (although I rarely block
in this game). There are only two attacks you can't block. The first
attack is when it raises the hand to your right and tries to grab you.
Double jump left to avoid this. The second is when fire engulfs the
platform you are standing on. Just double jump to avoid this.

Now, to damage the Minotaur. Notice that, in the top right of the
screen, is what looks like a health meter. That is the Minotaur's
health meter but because the beast is armored, the health meter is
inaccessible right now. Also, note that on the beast's armor are
four holes on the front and on its back. Now, begin to attack it.
After a few attacks, it backs off for a minute, emits health and
magic orbs, and one of the holes lights up. The Minotaur will then
come charging back at you. Keep attacking like this until all the
holes are lit up.

When this happens, the beast backs off and a circle appears over
its head. Run up to it and initiate the mini-game. Press the right
buttons and the beast will be stunned. Run back up the stairs and
head to the left side of the platform to find a lever. Pull it to
send a giant log flying at the boss. This cracks his armor a bit.
Notice that you can start to see its health meter.

Repeat this pattern. Damage the boss until the circle appears
overhead, stun the boss, and unleash a second log of death upon
it. This time, as you attack the boss, pieces of its armor begin
to fall off. Once the armor's gone, you can finally damage it.
Also, it leaks out dozens of health and magic orbs. If your health
and magic aren't full after this I would be surprised. Now you have
full health and it's exposed, so wear down its health until it jumps
back, stunned. Run to the lever. Unleash a final log upon the boss
and it will die a gruesome and amazing death.
Congratulations! You just beat the second boss.
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The boss leaves behind a bunch of health, magic, and blood orbs. 
Upgrade your weapons and magic and run through the opening that the 
Minotaur made in the huge door.

Run up the large staircase and save your game. Run up the next
staircase and you will find yourself in a small room. On either
side of the room are chests containing health, magic, and red orbs.
On the far side of the room is a coffin. Pull the lid off of the
coffin and jump inside. Press R2 rapidly to get the head of the
architect's second son. Return to the room with the Minotaur.

There is another glowing symbol here. Walk into the symbol and you
will get a new spell: Army Of Hades. Test it out on the enemies
that assail you. When all of your enemies are dead, the door will
open. Go through the door and walk to the end of the hall.

Dive into the water and swim back to the Rings of Pandora. Insert
the skull into the door in the statue to lower the water. Now find
the door on the outer side of the ring that you can open. It's right
next to a lever. Open the door and use the lever to rotate the room
so that it lines up with the door you opened with the first skull.
Once the two doors are aligned, go inside the statue in the middle
of the rings.

Rotate the lever here so that it lines up with the other two doors.
Now go to the outermost ring. Find the lever and rotate the wall
until you see a hallway with a small staircase. Walk down the hallway
and you will see a golden door with two empty slots.

Use the two muse keys to open the door. Inside the next room you will
find two red orb chests and a few other goodies. Walk up to each of
the fountains and press R2 to increase your health and magic and gain
a boatload of red orbs. Save your game here.

Go back outside and rotate the wall until you can see the hallway
with the spiked crushers. Walk to the end of the hallway and kill
the enemies. They should be no match for your new powers.

In the next room, push the two statues together to make a light
shine to the gem in the middle of the rings. The statue of Zeus
will rise. Run back to the middle of the rings and pull the lever
to ascend to the top.

Walk through the door and step onto the hands of the statue. The
hands will extend and bring you to a new walkway. Walk forwards
and a scene will take over.

There is a new enemy type here. It is very agile and will counter
your attacks. Avoid using combos and just attack at random.
Army of Hades helps a lot here. There is a health chest on the
right if you need it. 

Once the first enemy is dead, two more will appear. Take them
both out and the barrier will disappear. Walk to the center of
the bridge for another scene. Afterwards, walk to the end of
the bridge, open the chest for health or magic, and save your game.

   =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
   The Cliffs Of Madness:
   =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

Go forward, down the path, and defeat the enemies at the end. Once 
they're good and dead, use Zeus' Fury to take out the archers across 
the way. The chest to the left has magic. Now, head right and double 
jump across the platforms, killing archers as you go.

At the end of the path, kill the archers and harpies and then cross
the rope. On the other side, drop to the ground and follow the path
to the left. Kill the enemies at the end of the path and step in the
elevator. Turn the handle and ascend to the next level. Save your game.

Ascend the ladder next to the save point. Follow the path to the right
and climb the next ladder. Walk to the right again and climb a third
ladder. Ignore the archway for now and head to the left, killing 
all the enemies as you go. There is a chest with red orbs here.

Return to the archway and head inside. Walk down the hallway and kill
the Jackal enemy. Continue forward and kill another jackal. Continue
down the hall and open the chest for magic. Walk down the path to the
right and double jump to the wooden platform.

Take out the archers with Zeus' Fury. Turn the handle to rotate the
wooden walkways close together. Rotate them farther than you need to
because they rotate back when you let go.

Jump to the next wooden platform and wait for the walkway to stop
moving. Walk across the walkway and follow the path to the left.
Kill the jackal and continue forward. Take out the archers and exit
the cave. To the left is a color-changing chest. Walk to the right
and jump to the next level. Defeat the three Minotaur here.

Head right and you will see an arch with busts of goddesses on each
side. They are missing their necklaces. We'll get to that in a
little bit. Go underneath the arch and walk to the edge of the cliff.
You should be able to see a waterfall in the distance. Just to your
left is a small pile of rocks. Jump on top of it and you will find a
hidden area.

Walk forward and and open the chest for red orbs. Enter the cave on
the left and walk to the end of path. Kill the archers and dive into
the water. Swim down the passage and surface at the other end. You
will be on top of the waterfall you were looking at a few moments ago.
Destroy the three cracked walls and open the chests for a LOT of red
orbs.

Swim back down the passage and return to the arch. Walk to the left
and you should see a ladder. Climb down the ladder and jump down to
the path below. Follow the path to the right and kill the jackals.
Continue down the path, kill the archers, and open the chest for
more red orbs. Slide down the rope.

Walk through the doorway and follow the path until you reach a
small room. A whole bunch of enemies will attack you here. The
main thing to remember here is to not let the enemies surround
you. Keep rolling out of the way of their attacks and slash away.
Use Army of Hades and Rage of the Gods and most of the enemies
should fall. Kill the rest of the enemies and open the chest for
some health.

Continue down the passageway. Now here's the first necklace puzzle. 
It's a lot like Tetris. You have to fit the blocks in the right spaces. 
First, take the block that looks like a giant T and place it on the 
circle in the middle of the floor. Use the handle to rotate it 90 
degrees so it really does look like a T. Place it in the exact center 
of the wall so that the shaft of the T is right under the small 
overhanging block.

Now grab the large block on the right and rotate it 90 degrees so
that it looks like a question mark. Place that to the right of the
T. Grab the straight stone column and place that on the very right.
Grab the block that looks like an upside-down L and rotate 180
degrees it so that the overhang is facing to the right. Place that
on the very left. Now take the two story block and place it in the
last gap and you're done. The other block is extra.

Take the necklace and the door that closed behind you will open. A 
ladder will also lower back outside the cave. Exit the cave and save 
your game. Turn right and climb the ladder. Follow the path to the
right and begin climbing the cliff wall.

Climb as high as you can, then head right, killing enemies as you go. 
Climb to the top again, and then head right, jumping the gaps. When
you can't go any further right climb to the top and go left. At the
far left end, there is a ledge with health or magic.

Go back to the wall and climb up to the top. There is a red orb chest
here. Jump to the platform on the right to find a chest with a Phoenix
Feather. Jump to the platform on the right and climb down wall. When
you can't go down any further, go right and you will find a lever.
Pull it to lower a rope in another part of the level.

Climb back onto the wall and go left. When you can't go left any
further, climb to the top. Jump across the platforms to the left
and climb down the wall. Climb to the right and jump the gap. Climb
down the next wall and drop down to solid ground.

Now it's time to backtrack a bit. Follow the path back to the ladder
and climb to the top. Go left and jump down to the path below. Go
through the archway and walk down the tunnel until you reach the
wooden platform. Use the lever to rotate the walkway and then jump
to the next wooden platform. Wait for the walkway to stop moving and
walk to the end. Jump the gap and follow the path until you are out
of the cave.

Climb down the ladder and head to the left. Climb down the second
ladder and head to the left again. Climb down the third ladder and
you should be right next to a save point. Save your game.

Walk to the right and jump over the rocks. Follow the path to
the right and kill the archers. Enter the new cave and walk down
the tunnel until you reach a large room. The door will seal behind
you as you enter. Kill all the enemies and the doors will open
again. Go through the door and walk to the end of the path.

Go to the left and you will find an elevator. Rotate the lever to
reach the next level. Save your game at the save point. To your
right is the rope you lowered with the switch. You can use this
as a shortcut later.

Go through the archway in front of you. In this next room, note two 
things: there are a bunch of holes in the floor and a lever. When you 
pull the lever, a gate opens, giving you access to a block. This will 
let you jump to the ledge at the north part of the room that you can't
reach. The catch is that the whole thing is timed and if you aren't
fast enough, you die. 

Pull the lever and pull the block out of the alcove. Kick the block
to the ledge as fast as you can and jump up to it. This is a little
tricky and takes practice. If you're having trouble, try charging
your kick a little more. The more you charge your kick, the farther
the block will go and the faster you can get the block to that ledge.

Open up the chest for a Phoenix Feather. Jump to the ivy on the next 
ledge and climb up. Take the next necklace. The spikes will retract and 
the door will open. Jump down to the ground, exit the room and save
your game. Return to the busts of the goddesses and place a necklace
on each one.

Stone platforms to your right will begin to extend and retract. Wait
for the first one to extend all the way, then jump across to the next
one. Keep doing this, opening the chests along the way, until you
reach the top. Follow the path to the right and an amazing scene
will trigger.

Continue forward, killing enemies as you go. Jump over the rubble
and head further down the path. Swing across the ropes and climb
the cliff face. Step into the elevator and pull the lever to
ascend even further up the mountainside.

   =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
   The Architect's Tomb:
   =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

Continue down the path and save your game. Ignore the button on
the ground and start jumping across the moving platforms.
Remember, the blades are always faster than the platforms so
time your jumps accordingly. When you get to the other side,
walk to the right side of the area and open the wooden gate.

Walk through the doorway and the gate will close behind you.
Go forward, open the chest for health or magic, and continue
along the hallway, killing enemies as you go. When you reach
the large open area, you'll have to face off against a Cyclops
and a horde of evil dogs. Use Poseidon's rage and other spells
to kill them off before they become a nuisance.

When they're dead, climb up the ladder on the left side and
break through the gate for a chest full of red orbs and a
health chest. Jump back down and climb the ladder in the middle. 

Rotate the crane so it's over the cracked portion of the ground.
Run to the end of the crane and pull the lever to lower a stone
block and break through. Pull the lever again to raise the stone
block and rotate the crane so it's over the button on the right.
Lower the block onto the button.

Jump down to the main area and kill the Cyclops. Kill the other
two that appear after it dies. Walk over to the left side of the
area and  grab the statue. Push the statue over to the right side
of the area and drop it into the hole you opened. Place it over
the button at the bottom and another door opens. Jump back
across the moving platforms and walk over to the last button.

Step on the button and the remaining part of the door will open.
It won't stay open forever, so quickly cross the moving platforms
and roll through the open doorway. Remember again: the blades are
quicker than the platforms.

In the next room, rip the skull off of the corpse and a scene will
play. Walk down the hallway to the end and turn right. Walk forward
a bit and you will see two lion statues. Walk down the stairs in
between the statues and head over to the right side of the area.
Down the next staircase are two chests with red orbs.

Run back up the stairs and save your game at the save point.
Continue down the path and climb the large staircase. Go down
the hallway and descend the large spiral staircase.

Walk down the hall and enter the next room. In this room there are
a bunch of moving walkways. On either side of the walkways are
giant rotating wheels. If you touch these wheels you will take
damage, so you will need to stay in the center of the moving
walkways. Step onto the first walkway and enemies will attack.

This fight is somewhat difficult but there is a trick to it.
First, take out all of the archers until none are left. Make sure
you don't stand near the archers for too long because there are
flamethrowers just behind them. When all of the archers are dead,
focus all of your attention on the harpies. Use everything at your
disposal to take them out. Rage of the Gods and Army of Hades are
very helpful. Kill the remaining harpies and the barriers will
disappear.

Follow the path until you reach a room with statues of Zeus,
Poseidon, and Hades. Pull the handle on the sphere to receive
Pandora's Box. The room you're in will descend and you will be at
the entrance to the temple. Pull the box out the main door and
watch the scene.

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   The Path Of Hades:
   =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

Head forward and open the chests to replenish health and magic. Save 
your game here. Double jump to the next platform. Keep going forward, 
platform hopping, to reach a chest with red orbs. Follow the string of 
platforms to the right (left is a dead end) and get the next red orb
chest. This time head left at the fork and keep platform hopping until
you reach a large platform.

Kill the enemies and jump to the next level. Kill the enemies here and
jump up to the next level. Walk forward and you will see a spinning
log with blades sticking out of it. Start walking across the log and
jump to the second platform on the right for some red orbs.

Jump back to the log and walk to the end. Kill the archer and open
the chest for some more red orbs. Follow the path to the right and
walk across the two logs to find a chest with lots of red orbs. Walk
back across the logs and jump to the platform with the chest you
opened.

Jump to the log on the left and walk to the end. At this point it
gets kind of crazy. There will be a ton of logs to cross and
platforms to jump to. It's pretty linear, so you should be able to
follow the path, but it is kind of tricky. With a little practice
and a little luck, you should be able to get past the logs and
reach solid ground.

When you're finally done with those spinning blades, save your
game and open the chest for health. Now double jump onto the
moving platform. Jump from platform to platform until you can
see archers in the distance. Take them out with your thunderbolts.
Jump across the next couple of platforms and take out the next
wave of enemies.

Jump up to the ledge on the right and kill the enemies. There is
a color-changing chest here if you need it. Jump back down to the
main area and jump up to the ledge on the left. Kill all of the
enemies here and jump up to the next ledge. Kill the last set of
enemies and the barrier will disappear. Open the chest for health
or magic.

Now it's time for another difficult challenge in Hades. This is a 
stupid challenge but you have to do it anyway. You will have to
climb the spinning pillar, avoiding the knives. The main annoyance
is the fact that if you hit one knife, you will fall all the way
to the bottom. My advice would be to go slow. Try not to rush. Pay
attention to the knives moving towards you try to move around them.
It takes patience and a little luck but eventually you will reach
the top.

When you finally reach the top, open the chest for red orbs, defeat
the archers, and open the chest for health (you will need health at
this point). Kill the enemies atop the next ledge.

Now you will have to climb another stupid spinning pillar. This one
is a little bit easier than the last but it's still annoying as hell.
(Ironic, no) When you reach the top, fill up on health and magic.
Save your game. Trust me, you don't want to do that again.

It's time for more platform hopping. Go forward and start hopping
across the platforms. Go right at the fork for some red orbs. Head
back  to the fork and go left this time. On the large platform, you
will have to kill a bunch of Hell Jackals. Each time you kill one,
a platform rises and you gain more magic orbs. Use a lot of magic
and Rage Of The Gods to make this fight less annoying. When they're
all dead, open up the chests for health and magic. Cross the
platforms that you just raised.

When you get to the other side, kill the archers and go forward. At
the end of the path, a rope will drop from above. Climb up it and
you will arrive back at the temple of the oracle.

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   The Temple Of The Oracle:
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Save your game. When you're ready, enter the temple. In the main room 
there are a bunch of easy enemies that you've seen before. Take them 
out and head up the stairs. Kill the gorgon's and the archers and 
continue forward. Go across the stone bridge and kill more archers. 
Open the chest for health or magic.

Continue down the hall and kill the Minotaur and the archers. Walk
to the end of the hall and drop down to the area below. Walk over
to the far side of the area and save your game. Walk down the next
hallway.

As you walk down the hall, there will be chests you can open. The
first two contain red orbs and the next two have health and magic.
Now you are ready to face Ares. Go forward for a scene.

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                          Ares: Phase One
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The important thing to remember about this battle is that Ares is not 
as powerful as he thinks he is. All of his attacks can be blocked or 
dodged. Personally, I prefer dodging as it sets you up for your next 
attack. Your attacks don't do much damage but magic is quite effective, 
Army Of Hades in particular.

Start off the battle by doing two Army Of Hades spells and attacking
while Ares is occupied. Doing this will cause magic and health orbs to
pour out of him. Use the spell again and your magic will be low. Keep
your distance from him and dodge his attacks. Use Rage Of The Gods and
you will receive orbs sooner. Continue to attack him and regain magic,
using that spell when you can.

Most of his attacks aren't that bad. Watch out for his flamethrower
attack in particular. In the next half of the battle, he flies in the
air and rains down fireballs. This is very easy to dodge and he is
vulnerable right after so attack him. Eventually, a circle will appear
over his head. Press circle to begin a struggle with Ares.

The important thing to pay attention to is how the struggle appears on
the screen. If you press circle fast enough, Kratos will push forward,
get pushed back by Ares, and then Kratos will climb on top of Ares.
Immediately stop pressing circle and press the random onscreen buttons
that appear. You will gain a lot of health, magic, and blood orbs for
doing this. Keep pounding on Ares and a scene will play.

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                          Ares: Phase Two
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In this part, you will fight off clones of yourself in an attempt to 
save your deceased family. Before the battle, pause your game and put 
those orbs to good use. You can transfer health to your family by 
pressing circle near them.

Start the battle by running over to your family and killing a few
clones. Let off an Army of Hades Spell and keep attacking. Stay as
close as you can to your family and they won't lose as much health.

After a few minutes, the temple will crumble away and you will be on
a floating platform. Use Rage of the Gods and kill as many clones as
you can. Let off another Army of Hades and heal your family while the
clones are being killed. Keep hacking away at clones. Use Army of Hades
to regain magic and heal your family. Eventually, the army of clones
will subside and a scene will take over.

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                         Ares: Phase Three
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This phase is drastically different from anything you've faced up to 
this point. All of your skills and magic are gone. Your blades are 
replaced with a single sword. You and Ares share a health meter. If you 
damage Ares, you heal yourself and vice-versa.

In this fight, it is best to stay defensive. You can't block all of
his attacks anymore but you can dodge the rest. The main attack to
watch out for is when he disappears into the ground and pillars rise
up to crush you. The key to avoiding this is to walk normally until
the pillars rise up. You should be near the edge of the pillar wall,
so walk a bit and jump into the air when the pillars come together.

Now, to damage Ares. First, do not attack him more than three times
if Ares blocks your first attacks. Otherwise he will do a powerful
attack that you can't block or avoid. Move around to avoid Ares and
wait until he roars. Immediately attack after this. After your third
strike, a button press sequence will usually take place. If you press
circle fast enough, you will win the struggle and you will greatly
damage Ares. Also, he will be stunned.

Use this to your advantage. Use these tactics and Ares should go down
eventually. A scene will take place. Congratulations! You beat Ares.
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There is only one more sequence left in this game and if you can't do 
this I don't know how you beat Ares. Enjoy the ending. Thanks for 
playing and thanks for using my guide!

^_^


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Treasures:
=-=-=-=-=-

If you scroll through the start menu at the beginning of the game,
you will find an option that says treasures. Click on it and you
will find a ton of extra content that the development team packed
into the game.

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   Making Of God Of War:
   ---------------------

This is a behind-the-scenes video showing you how God Of War was
made. This is a really interesting video and it gives a lot of
insight into how games are made. I recommend seeing this if you
are interested in designing games.

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   God Of War Trailers:
   --------------------

Here you can view two of the trailers for God Of War. They are
quite fun to watch.

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   Credits:
   --------

Here you can view the end credits of the game.

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   Deleted Levels:
   ---------------

This video shows some of the levels that didn't make it into
the final game.

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   Heroic Possibilities:
   ---------------------

This video shows how Kratos was designed and created. The early
designs of Kratos are quite stylish.

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   Visions Of Ancient Greece:
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Here you can see early level concepts for the game.

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   Monsters Of Myth:
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Here you can see how the monsters of the game were created.

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   The Birth Of The Beast:
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This video shows a possible concept for a future God Of War game.

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   God Mode:
   ---------

After you have beaten the game, God mode is unlocked. God mode
is the hardest difficulty of the game. It is quite brutal. I
would recommend this only for the most hardcore players.

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   Character Graveyard:
   --------------------

Here you can see some of the monsters that didn't make it
into the game.

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   Challenge Of The Gods:
   ----------------------

After you have beaten the game, you unlock the challenge of
the gods. This is a set of ten challenges that will take patience
and cunning to beat. If you beat all ten challenges, you will
unlock 5 new costumes for Kratos.

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   In-Game Movies:
   ---------------

Here you can view all of the scenes in the game back to back.

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   A Secret Revealed:
   ------------------

If you beat God mode, you will unlock this video which reveals
a secret about Kratos' past.

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   The Fate Of The Titan:
   ----------------------

If you beat God mode, you will unlock this video which reveals
the fate of Chronos.

   --------------------
   Additional Costumes:
   --------------------

If you beat Challenge Of The Gods, you will unlock new
costumes for Kratos to wear.

   -----------------
   Secret Message 1:
   -----------------

A secret message from Kratos. Beat God mode to unlock.

   -----------------
   Secret Message 2:
   -----------------

Another secret message from Kratos. To unlock this message,
destroy the two statues on either side of the throne on
Mount Olympus.

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Challenge Of The Gods:
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   Challenge 1:
   ------------

The first challenge is to knock 8 enemies off of the platform
before time runs out. You will fail the challenge if you kill
an enemy or if you fall off of the platform.

This challenge is tricky but not too hard. In order to knock
enemies off platforms, you will have to go up to them and
press circle. Since the enemies all have shields, Kratos will
push them instead of grabbing them.

The main difficulty here is not falling off of the platform.
This first thing to do is to tackle one enemy at a time. If
you isolate one enemy, it will be easier to push it off the
edge. If you try to tackle two or more, they will all attack
at once and you will be knocked off the platform.

Don't worry about the time limit. You have quite a bit of time,
so slow down and focus on each enemy.

Pay close attention to where you are standing. There isn't a
lot of room on the platform and one false step could force you
to start all over again.

If you follow these tips, you should be done with challenge
1 in no time.

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   Challenge 2:
   ------------

The second challenge is to kill all of the soldiers and archers
in the area before time runs out.

You start the challenge on a floating circular platform. Four
soldiers will spawn and surround you. One of them has a shield.
The best thing to do here is to jump into the air and do Lance
Of The Furies (Hold L1 and circle). This will destroy the shield
and send the enemies flying. With any luck some of the soldiers
will fall off of the platform.

Kill the remaining soldiers and run to the left side of the
platform. Jump to the smaller platform and take out the archer.
Jump to the second platform and kill another archer. Jump over
to the big platform and do another Lance Of The Furies. Kill any
remaining soldiers and go to the north end of the platform.

Jump across the small platforms, killing archers as you go, until
you reach another large platform. Jump into the air and use Lance
Of The Furies. Take out the rest of the soldiers and run over to
the right side of the platform. Jump over the next set of small
platforms, killing some more archers as you go, until you reach
the last large platform.

Jump into the air and use Lance Of The Furies. Quickly kill the
remaining soldiers and run to the south end of the platform. Kill
the last two archers and you will complete the challenge.

The main enemy here is time. You really can't waste time fighting
enemies. Whenever enemies try to surround you, jump into the air
and use Lance Of The Furies. Not only does this move send enemies
flying (hopefully off of the platform) but it kills those pesky
harpies that swarm around you. This test takes a few tries but if
you use Lance Of The Furies (air) wisely, you shouldn't have too
much trouble.

   ------------
   Challenge 3:
   ------------

The third challenge is to destroy all of the pots before time
runs out.

The best thing to do is separate the pots into sections and take
each section out with a fully charged Lance Of The Furies. It takes
a little practice to get the timing right but this challenge is much
easier than challenge 2.

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   Challenge 4:
   ------------

the fourth challenge is to kill all of the Minotaur without
killing any of the soldiers.

The first thing to note about this challenge is that you don't have
a time limit. You're going to want to take this challenge a little
bit slow. What you want to do is isolate one of the Minotaur and
roll behind it.

Launch it up into the air with Apollo's Ascension (hold L1 and tap
X) and then wail away on it with Apollo's Offensive (hold L1 and
repeatedly tap X). You should be able to take down most of the
Minotaur's health in your first assault. After that, either launch
it again or attack it normally.

There are only four Minotaur to kill here but you really have to
be careful. The soldiers will constantly get in the way of a launch,
so do your best to isolate the Minotaur. Pay very close attention
to where the soldiers are, so you don't accidentally kill one of them.

This challenge is quite tricky but you should be able to get it with
a bit of practice and some luck.

   ------------
   Challenge 5:
   ------------

The fifth challenge is to shoot all of the undead soldiers and avoid
the human soldiers.

When you start this challenge, you will see a large crossbow on your
platform and a platform in the distance. On the outer edge of the
platform, a group of undead soldiers are walking in a circle. On the
inside of the platform, a smaller group of human soldiers are walking
in a circle.

This challenge is all about patience. Since you have no time limit,
take as much time as you need. Walk up to the crossbow and hold R2.
Look at the platform in the distance and think of it as a clock.
Wait for an undead soldier to get to about 2 o' clock and then pull
back the crossbow as far as it can go. The arrow should hit an
undead soldier.

If you didn't hit the target, adjust the timing a bit and you should
hit. If you do hit the target, then just repeat the process for the
rest of the enemies. This challenge is pretty easy, so you should be
able to beat it with a bit practice.

   ------------
   Challenge 6:
   ------------

The sixth challenge is to get to the middle of the end platform
before time runs out.

This challenge seems hard at first but there is a trick to it.
The main issue with this challenge is time. You have to cross the
floating platforms before time runs out. The only problem is that
there are archers stationed on every other floating platform.

The best thing to do here; to save time and reduce the difficulty;
is to use Hermes Stomp (jump into the air and press R1) to kill the
archers as you cross the platforms. Stomp on each archer as you go
until you reach the large platform at the end. Ignore the last four
archers and roll into the center of the platform and you will beat
the challenge.

This challenge takes a little bit of practice but it really isn't
as hard as it first appears.

   ------------
   Challenge 7:
   ------------

The seventh challenge is to kill all of the enemies on the platform
without getting hit. There is also a time limit.

The first thing to note about this challenge is that the time limit
is very generous. The main difficulty here is not getting hit and
this is a bit easier than it sounds.

Start off the battle by jumping into the air and using Lance Of The
Furies. This should send most of the enemies flying (hopefully off
of the platform). Use Plume Of Prometheus to kill a couple of the
soldiers and then use another Lance Of The Furies (air) to scatter
your enemies again. Try not to overuse LOTF because it takes a few
seconds to recover after the move.

The soldiers shouldn't pose much of a threat now. The two Minotaur
are a little harder. You can either use LOTF or Apollo's Offensive
to take them out.

This challenge isn't too difficult. You should be able to beat it
in a few tries.

   ------------
   Challenge 8:
   ------------

The eighth challenge is to kill all of the enemies that spawn on
the platform.

This is the hardest challenge by far. You have to defeat wave
after wave of undead soldiers and gorgons without magic. The
soldiers aren't too much of a threat but the gorgons will
drive you nuts.

Start off the battle by jumping into the air and using Lance Of
The Furies. Once your enemies are knocked back, it's time for a
fight. You want to spend most, if not all, of this battle dodging.
Dodge rolls are your friend and will keep you from being turned
to stone.

One helpful move I found was to use Achilles' Flip (do a dodge roll
and then press X) whenever the gorgons try to turn you to stone.
What happens is that you dodge past the gaze and then attack random
enemies around the platform. You can even chain together a bunch of
Achilles' Flips to continually dodge attacks and deal out some pain
of your own. Also, the soldiers can be turned to stone by the
gorgons, so the soldiers won't pose much of a threat.

You can also use Lance Of The Furies (air) if you want to clear
out some enemies. I wouldn't rely on this too heavily but it can
be helpful. If you do use LOTF during the fight, there are a few
things you should be careful of.

First, NEVER use LOTF when the gorgons do their gaze attack. If
you are turned to stone while you are airborne, it's an insta-kill.
Second, it takes a few seconds to recover after using LOTF. This
gives enemies time to sneak up on you and attack. Be ready to dodge
roll away. Again, LOTF is very useful but it has its drawbacks.

This battle will be long and tiring but eventually all of the
soldiers will die off. Kill off a few more waves of gorgons and
you beat the challenge. Again, this challenge is very hard and
takes lots of trial and error but with practice, patience, and
a little luck, you will emerge victorious.

   ------------
   Challenge 9:
   ------------

The ninth challenge is to kill 4 Cyclops before time runs out.

This challenge really isn't that hard. You have 2 minutes to kill
4 Cyclops, while avoiding two Jackals. Dodge around the Jackals
and attack the Cyclops from a distance. Plume Of Prometheus is a
good combo to take down its health fast. As long as you evade the
Jackals, you should be able to beat this challenge rather quickly.

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   Challenge 10:
   -------------

The final challenge is to kill a bunch of enemies to reach a
platform floating high above.

This challenge is not too difficult if you know what to do.
Jump to the second platform and you will have to fight waves
of evil dogs and Jackals. As you kill them, the platform will rise.

The best strategy is do an Achilles' Flip and then (while you're
in the air) do a Cyclone Of Chaos. As soon as you land, do another
Achilles' Flip and then continue the pattern. This chain will really
decimate your enemies but you have to be careful. The platform is
small, so be aware of where you are and where your initial dodge
roll will take you.

Lance Of The Furies (air) helps as well but it doesn't work too
well on the Jackals. If you have Rage Of The Gods, wait until you
can see the bottom of the platform above and then activate it.
Wail on your enemies for a bit, then return to the Achilles'
Flip chain.

As soon as you can, jump to the next floating platform and you
will beat the last challenge. If you are aware of your surroundings
and use the Achilles' Flip chain, you should beat this challenge
in no time.

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Version History:
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Version 0.25: 11/20/08 Started FAQ. Wrote about me section, spoiler 
section, getting started section, and controls section. Wrote 
walkthrough up to the middle of the Roofs of Athens. Had to sleep.

Version 0.75: 11/21/08 Wrote walkthrough up to the middle of the 
Challenge Of Poseidon. Wanted to finish but had to sleep again.

Version 1.00: 11/22/08 Finished walkthrough. Wrote version history and 
Legal information.

Version 1.11: 12/22/08 Cleaned up some minor grammatical errors. 
Shortened the width of the FAQ. Added credits section. Wrote in an 
additional Gorgon's Eye location.

Version 1.12: 1/30/09 Wrote in a secret red orb chest location.

Version 1.15: 12/23/09 Updated email address. Fixed a few minor errors.

Version 2.00: 10/16/10 Rewrote numerous sections of the guide to make
it easier to follow. Updated boss strategies. Added in new secret
locations. Fixed a few errors.

Version 2.50: 10/24/10 Added twitter info. Added weapon section
and magic section. Added treasures section. Wrote strategy for
Challenge Of The Gods.

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Credits:
=-=-=-=-

Thanks to David Jobe for finding a secret treasure trove of red orbs.

Thanks to Jason Ward for finding an additional Gorgon Eye.

Thanks to GameFAQs for hosting this FAQ.

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Legal Information:
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This guide is copyright (c) 2008 by David DeGregorio AKA
Zenithwillrule. 

This game guide is only allowed to air on GameFAQs.com. If you wish to
use this guide on your site, email me and I will tell you my terms of
use. Thank you and again thanks for reading.