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                     God of War FAQ/Walkthrough (PS2)
                           Written by ACTestaALT
                     Version 1.0 - Last Updated 2/9/10
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Table of Contents
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1. What's New?
2. Walkthrough
3. Credits
4. Legal Disclaimer
5. Contact Info

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General Advice
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   1. Kratos can perform weak attacks with Square, heavy attacks with 
Triangle, and various abilities by stringing these attacks together. The most 
quick and powerful level one attack is the Plume of Prometheus, performed by 
pressing Square, Square, and Triangle. This is a nice alternative to button 
mashing. In addition, Kratos can launch foes into the air by holding Triangle 
and you can juggle the opponent for a few attacks with the Plume of 
Prometheus.
   2. At level two of Blades of Chaos, you receive the next key 
ability—Apollo's Ascension. This ability makes juggles much faster to 
perform. Also, if you press R1 while in the air Kratos performs an air attack 
on the enemy. Juggling and jumping is the most effective way to stay out of 
reach and keep from being outnumbered by enemies.
   3. Once you reach the third level, the Valor of Hercules (Triangle, 
Triangle and Square) and Spirit of Hercules (Triangle, Triangle and Triangle) 
are the next big attack upgrades. Both of these attacks are slow but 
powerful, so they are best utilized after juggling the enemy into the air.
   4. Poseidon's Rage (L2) is a magic attack that surrounds Kratos with 
energy and inflicts damage upon all enemies around him. The first magic 
ability you receive from the Gods, Poseidon's Rage is the perennial crowd 
control ability of the game and should be used to clear rooms and platforms 
of multiple enemies. The magic attack is also the last line of defense to 
save yourself until you receive Rage of the Gods later in the game. Try to 
level Poseidon's Rage whenever you can because it is an offensive ability 
with the potential to devastate an entire room of enemies.
   5. Medusa's Gaze (L2 and Triangle) completely freezes enemies in their 
tracks by turning them to stone. This ability can be cast from range, so use 
it whenever you are battling a Minotaur or other large foes with high health. 
After freezing the enemy by targeting with the magic ability, use a heavy 
attack to break the statue and defeat the foe. This is very effective for 
fights against large enemies.
   6. Zeus' Fury (L2 and Square) is a thunderbolt attack that deals a fair 
amount of damage from range. This magic ability is most often used to defeat 
archers that you can't reach and also to pepper down on an enemy's health 
while they are at range. It's entirely useless at close range, though, and is 
no alternative to physical attacks.
   7. Blade of Artemis is the only other weapon in the game besides the 
default Blades of Chaos. With this weapon, you sacrifice Kratos' quick speed 
for a little more power. Focus on allocating experience either into this 
weapon or Blades of Chaos. You will not be powerful enough to sustain both by 
the game's end.
   8. Army of Hades is one of the last magic abilities that you acquire in 
the game. With this ability, Kratos summons Hades' souls to clear the area. 
You'll be using this ability a lot once you get it, so always allocate red 
orbs toward higher levels.
   9. Blocking (L1) is very useful in God of War as a successful block 
completely mitigates damage. Whenever you are not attacking, keep that L1 
button held down so you don't take any damage. Blocking is your best form of 
defense, and you can also parry if you follow up a block with Square to 
attack.

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Aegean Sea
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   1. After the opening cutscene, you will have control of Kratos on the deck 
of a ship with a wave of quickly emerging enemies. Take out the enemies one 
by one with a combination of attacks and grabs. After the visible enemies on 
the deck are defeated, more will climb up to the deck from the side of the 
ship.
   2. TIP: Run over to the far side of the deck and grab the enemies as they 
climb up one at a time.
   3. More enemies will pop up from inside the ship. Again, dispose of them 
with a healthy combination of both punching and jabbing. Now run over to the 
heavy trapdoor and quickly tap R2 to open it. Jump down and open the chest.
   4. Go down the hall to the left of the chest, destroying any objects along 
the way, and make your way through the ship until a giant Hydra pops out of 
nowhere.
   5. For this miniboss, hack away at his face with a combination of attacks 
until the Hydra's ears start to cave in. When this happens, the hydra will 
strike at you, so block with L1. Immediately following the block, start 
attacking his face again.
   6. You should be able to get in at least five or six attacks between each 
strike. Blocking is essential to this game, so get used to reflexively 
blocking when an enemy attacks.
   7. After about a third of the Hydra's life bar is depleted, the beast 
falls to the floor and you can initiate a button minigame by pressing Circle. 
When you do these minigames, you must press buttons when prompted.
   8. For this minigame, press Triangle four times in a row at the correct 
time to completely slay the beast.
   9. Take the assorted orbs and run down the hall further until you meet a 
drop-off with some wood planks. Carefully walk across the wood plank and jump 
to the next when you reach the end.
  10. On the other side, run through the ship and take the red orb chest. 
Follow the hallway until you reach some obstructing debris. Some heavy 
attacks should clear your path.
  11. On deck again, you must destroy the flying harpy enemies who are 
destroying the men. To kill one of these creatures, press Circle to grab them 
and rip their wings.
  12. After killing several harpies, another Hydra head will pop up in the 
center of the deck. This second Hydra is even easier than the first. Just 
string a line of attacks at the base of its body until it snatches you up. 
Here, tap Circle quickly until Kratos opens the Hydra's mouth, jumps out, and 
slams it to the ground. Do not hesitate to string together some more attacks 
while it is trying to get back up.
  13. This same process will repeat until you finally get rid of the Hydra. 
Jump down the hole it made and swim across to some net that you can climb.
  14. Back up on deck, defeat all the visible enemies with grabs and 
carefully tightrope across the wood plank to another deck.
  15. After the cutscene, jump down to the center "no man's land" area and 
stop at the first row of boxes. Near the right box in this row you will find 
a small crate that you will use to scale the enemy's side of the ship. Press 
R2 to kick the small crate to the right rail of the ship. Position yourself 
behind the crate and kick it again down the side of the enemies.
  16. After four big kicks, the crate should be up against the line of 
archers on the other side. We kicked the crate over so we could get up to the 
archers. Grab the crate by pressing R2 and pull it into crevice between the 
archer towers.
  17. Jump up and wreak havoc on the firing squad. They're defensive at hand-
to-hand, but they will shoot at you if you aren't right in their face.
  18. After the fight, head down the hall on this level back to the outside 
and climb the rope ladder. Grab the net and start climbing higher. If any 
enemies get close, just press Circle while pointing the left analog stick at 
them to grab them.
  19. When you reach the top lookout of the ship, jump while under the rope 
and grab for Kratos to slide down to another ship.
  20. Bash the rightmost part of the wooden wall to reveal a treasure chest 
containing a Gorgon Eye. Bashing the leftmost wooden part of the wall will 
reveal more red orbs in a chest. Now open up the center wall and run down the 
hall to the blue light and another cutscene.
  21. Now you can use Poseidon's Rage, which is one the best abilities in the 
game. Enemies appear that you can completely bypass by going through cutscene 
door—or you can fight. Just use physical attacks and save your magic for the 
upcoming fight.
  22. Save at the golden save point outside because the boss fight is coming 
up. Run to the right to find two chests and some more net to climb. Unless 
you need the orbs in the treasure chest, I'd advise not opening them until 
you get hurt in the next fight.
  23. Climb the net to another reach cutscene with the head Hydra killing 
people. Two more heads shoot up from the deck to aid the Hydra. 

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Hydra Boss Battle
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   1. For this fight, run up to either of the smaller heads and get in a few 
attacks. Right before the Hydra strikes you, use Poseidon's Rage to hurt the 
Hydra and deflect the attack.
   2. After four uses of the spell and an empty magic bar, the smaller Hydra 
should be down for the count. Now quickly climb up the crates to the side of 
the hydra until you reach the top. Hop on the hanging platform to make it 
fall on the Hydra's head to kill it.
   3. Collect the red orbs from the head Hydra and jump back down to the 
lower desk. Replenish your magic via the blue chest so you can use magic 
again. You can also replenish your health with the green chest.
   4. Climb back up and use the same strategy on the remaining small Hydra 
that you used on the first. After four big jolts, jump up the crates and hop 
onto the dangling platform to kill the Hydra.
   5. Collect the orbs and use the net in the center to climb up to the big 
Hydra.
   6. For this boss battle, either block or use Poseidon's Rage right before 
the Hydra strikes to deflect the attack. Right after this, get a string of 
attacks in right at the facethe Hydra will just stay there and take it.
   7. NOTE: Physically attack the Hydra to collect blue orbs that replenish 
your health. Use Poseidon's Rage to block and then follow up with some hits 
to hurt the hydra and get more magic.
   8. After about a fourth of the Hydra's health is gone, the beast will slam 
its head against your platform. Run up to it and press Circle to start 
another button minigame.
   9. For this minigame, just tap Circle as fast as you can for Kratos to 
pull the Hydra into the pole.
  10. Collect the blue orbs. The Hydra gets really mad now. Wait for it to 
lunge forward at you before you use Poseidon's Rage again to deflect the 
attack. While the Hydra is just there, get some more attacks in.
  11. Once you've inflicted even more damage, the same button minigame will 
again take place.
  12. Keep beating down on the Hydra with this method. This boss isn't so 
difficult when you get the timing down on the blocking. You can even string 
along attacks forever against this beast by alternating between Poseidon's 
Rage and physical attacks in quick succession. You'll always have some magic 
because you get it for attacking.
  13. When just a third of the beast's health is remaining, another button 
minigame ensues to further damage the beast. Press Circle when prompted three 
times and then tap Circle quickly for Kratos to kill the Hydra.
  14. After the battle, run inside the Hydra's mouth and press R2 to watch 
the cutscene.
  15. Go back outside the Hydra now and jump up the crates to the right. Do a 
jump grab to the net and climb it to reach two chests on a platform. Take one 
chest for a Gorgon Eye and the other for some green orbs. Jump near the rope 
to glide down.
  16. At the bottom, you'll be back at that perfect battlefield with the no 
man's land area. Head inside and run over to the other side to the crate you 
placed near the wall. Just jump on it and up to the next level to completely 
bypass the enemy.
  17. Run through the doorway and head over to the cabin door. Open it with 
the key and make your way through the hall to another door. Press R2 to open 
the door and trigger another cutscene.
  18. Before leaving the ship you can "do" a little "minigame" of your own by 
jumping up on the bed and pressing Circle near the two women. The screen will 
pan away and you'll have to do another button combination. The buttons are 
Square, Square, Triangle, Half Turn Clockwise, Half Turn Clockwise and Full 
Turn Counterclockwise. You'll get a BUNCH of red orbs for successfully 
completing this minigame.
  19. Run down the ship and save at the golden light. Walk to the northwest 
part of this room to find two chests and a ladder leading outside.

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The Gates of Athens
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   1. Outside, head down the ramp of the ship to land. Walk north now to the 
white pillars until you reach a fiery enemy. After defeating the creature, 
cross the bridge to reach a wave of three enemies.
   2. Blocking and focusing on each enemy one at a time is key to victory. 
After the battle follow the path and jump through the hole in the wall.
   3. On the other side, run north and make your way into the doorway with a 
lit torch on either side. Follow the rather narrow pathway until you reach 
two enemies. Similar to previous battles, a few good blows should down them 
rather easily.
   4. At the end of the corridor where you encountered the two enemies lies 
another chest with a Phoenix Feather. You need five more to increase your 
overall magic.
   5. From the chest go right and block when the enemy leaps out at you after 
you run into the doorway. After defeating this enemy with a combo, walk into 
the adjacent room to find a green orb chest. After opening it, jump up the 
platforms on the left and hop down to another merry squad of foes.
   6. After dispatching of these enemies, take the bridge to the left and 
walk back to the hole in the wall. Get on the wooden elevator and pull the 
lever to ascend.
   7. At the top, exit the elevator and open the green orb chest to the right 
if you need it. Continue to follow the path until you reach a cutscene where 
you are introduced to more vicious foes.
   8. For this small fight, first focus on only one beast at a time. Pull off 
a combo of attacks and press Circle when indicated to kill the creature and 
collect red orbs. Try to juggle the enemies in the air so the other can't 
attack you.
   9. Once both enemies are defeated, follow the wooden pathway until you 
reach a blue orb chest. Take the elevator to the right of this chest.
  10. At the top of this elevator, another cutscene occurs where you see the 
gate and the enemies you are about to face.
  11. In this fight the enemy's steel ball is powerful and can be launched 
from range. This form of attacking is very slow, however. Merely stand in 
front of the big guy and wait until he rears back his mighty ball before you 
dodge out of the way. The ball will extend fully and you should have an 
opportunity for a string of attacks.
  12. Aside from throwing the ball out, if you get close to the creature he 
will try to stomp you with the big steel ball. He's slow, though, and you 
should easily be able to dodge out of the way. While he tries to pick up his 
weapon, pull off a few more combos.
  13. When you've damaged it enough, the Circle button icon will appear over 
the creature's head, indicating that you can get another button minigame if 
you run up and press Circle. The button combination is Circle, Triangle, X 
and Triangle.
  14. Collect the red orbs. Another of the same enemy will jump out of 
nowhere to fight. The first thing he does is rush at you, so dodge his feeble 
attack and dispose of him in much the same way as his brother. Alternatively, 
if you have a full magic bar, Poseidon's Rage is very effective on these 
creatures. Just run up to them and pull the attack off successfully three 
times to reach the button minigame.
  15. For the second creature, the button minigame is Triangle, Square, 
Triangle and Triangle when prompted.
  16. Another of the same variety hops down. You can easily defeat this one 
with three uses of Poseidon's Rage. If you find yourself out of magic, head 
to the northwest part of this area to the blocked door. On the right side 
should lie an orb-changing chest. Wait until it strobes blue before you open 
it to refill your magic.
  17. After softening up the beast with three charges of Poseidon's Rage, 
press Circle when indicated to start the button minigame again. The order is 
Circle, X, Triangle and Square.
  18. Now that the last of the three is defeated, search the dark northern 
part of this area to find a chest with red orbs. Head back to the blocked 
doorway with the color-changing treasure chest to discover that your heroics 
have cleared the path.
  19. Enter through the doorway and follow the narrow pathway until you reach 
a room with a bunch of wooden crates and an overhead view. Destroy the bottom 
crates of both the center stack and the upper left corner stack. This will 
reveal the doorway.
  20. Jump on the smallest stack of crates in the lower left corner and hop 
over to the center crate that you cut down a bit. On the center crate, jump 
behind you to the south stack of crates to find a nice little hidden area 
with two chests. Take the blue orbs and the Gorgon Eye.
  21. Open the chest on the platform to the right of the center crates and 
jump on the little ledge for Kratos to sidle across. At the end, jump to the 
platform opposite the wall and hop down from this high place to the doorway 
in the upper left corner of the room.
  22. In this new room, jump down from the crate and head to the golden 
center to see another cutscene. To get the next ability, you need to battle 
Medusa. 

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Medusa Boss Battle
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   1. Medusa actually isn't that difficult to defeat because her attacks are 
fairly simple to dodge. Arguably her most powerful attack, stone laser, can 
easily be dodged if you keep a steady pace in strafing around the room. She 
can also do physical attacks if you are in close range, but those can be 
blocked.
   2. For the fight, circle around Medusa while pulling off different combos 
and possibly even Poseidon's Rage if you have the magic. When not attacking, 
stay at range so she repeatedly uses her stone laser ability. This is very 
ineffective against you because it can easily be dodged.
   3. When you've depleted Medusa's health enough, it's time for another 
button minigame. Press Circle when the button icon appears above Medusa's 
head and then rotate the left analog stick in the proper directions, which 
are Half Turn Clockwise and Full Turn Counterclockwise. For the victory, you 
will acquire another ability called Medusa's Gaze.
   4. After another short cutscene you're back in the fight with waves of 
spawning Minotaurs. To defeat these enemies, aim by holding down L2 and press 
Square to fire Medusa's Gaze which will freeze them. Once one Minotaur is 
frozen, take a few hacks to finish the job. Stick to using Medusa's Gaze at a 
far enough range so the Minotaurs do not attack you.
   5. Once enough Minotaurs have been defeated, the God disappears to open 
another doorway. Inside, the pathway will immediately turn right and two 
small enemies spawn. After defeating them, climb up the ladder to nearly the 
top, until the camera pans backwards so you can see a corpse on a fallen 
rafter. While still on the rafter, jump backwards to the narrow rafter with 
the corpse and over to the second platform with a red orb chest.
   6. After reaping the rewards, jump through the opening to the left to find 
another red orb chest. Now jump back down to the bottom and climb the ladder 
all the way to the top. Press R2 to pull the first lever directly in front of 
you. Venture beyond that lever to find a large spinning bow.
   7. Wait until the bow is lined up with the door behind it before you pull 
back and push forward on the joystick to break the door.
   8. Head back to the lever and pull it again so the bow starts to spin a 
second time. Now aim the bow directly at the center of the left wall in the 
same direction as the green orb chest. The wall breaks to reveal a chest that 
contains a Phoenix Feather.
   9. Now run inside the broken doorway and head down the corridor until you 
reach a ladder on the right. Exit to the outside via the doorway at the top 
of the ladder. Jump against the part of the wall to the left of the doorway 
for Kratos to scale the wall.
  10. On the way up you'll encounter a few daring foes. These opponents can 
be defeated with a simple grab and throw.
  11. Once you've reached the very top, press X while near the gap in the 
wall for Kratos to jump over it and cling to the adjacent wall. After jumping 
another gap, the next wall becomes infested by enemies. Either way, grab 
these foes or bypass them by streamlining to the next gap.
  12. After falling between this gap, run down the narrow catwalk and over to 
the large statue. Tap R2 for Kratos to push the statue to the ground.
  13. Jump down from this ledge to find that you're back where you started 
outside. Run over to the statue on the left side of this area and scale the 
wall by using the top of the statue as a nice lift.
  14. At the top of the wall little Medusa knockoffs will spawn out of 
nowhere. They're weaker than the real thing, so just get in a few physical 
attacks. Now climb the ladder located against the far wall on this level to 
reach the top area with a few Minotaurs.
  15. See the pillars on the left? Attack one of them until you can jump on 
top of it. From this elevated position, jump to the adjacent pillar to reach 
another small level with an armada of spawning enemies. I suggest using 
Poseidon's Rage on all the enemies close to you to make a big wave go down in 
seconds.
  16. To the right on this platform lies another bow. The arrow will fire a 
rope that you can cling to to get to the next area. While making your way 
down the rope be sure to grab any enemies that you encounter.
  17. After climbing into the building again, just let go of the rope to drop 
to a familiar area. Enter through the opening on the left side of the room 
and head down the hall until you reach a door. Tap R2 for Kratos to heave the 
door open. This effectively connects two areas that you've both already 
explored. South down the long hall lies the bow and a save point.
  18. With the door now open, fire another shot with the bow to reveal two 
Minotaurs and a new area. Make your way down the hall and defeat the 
Minotaurs with a combination of physical attacks. At the end of the hall 
climb the ladder and open both of the chests for more orbs.
  19. Climb back on the ladder. Instead of going down, double jump backwards 
to find a small platform with a red orb chest.
  20. Hop back down to the hall and go south of the ladder until you reach an 
intersection. Head right and walk over the circular symbol in the center for 
a long cutscene. 

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The Road to Athens
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   1. Follow the path north up the stairs and through the statues to begin a 
small cutscene with Ares. After the cutscene, save at the golden save point.
   2. After saving, head through pillars on the opposite side of the platform 
and make your way down the mountain. Soon the path will become the road and a 
few easy enemies will spawn. Once they are defeated, walk to the archway for 
another small cutscene.
   3. Inside this new area you will encounter another enemy. Use your 
abilities to freeze the enemy in place and open all the chests in the room. 
Head north through the archway. See the green chest near here? To the right 
of the chests lies a small opening with a path. Follow the path until you 
reach the road. South of the road should be some rubble. Jump on top of and 
over the rubble.
   4. In this new area, run over to the Iron Gate and tap R2 for Kratos to 
lift it open. You'll now be back to a previous area. Run the same way through 
the small opening to the right of the chest and follow the path to the road 
again. This time, however, opt to follow the road north.
   5. While the mayhem ensues, make your way down the road until you see a 
house on the left with a door and a lit window. Break down the door and open 
the chest inside for another Phoenix Feather.
   6. Back outside, follow the path further until you reach a small house on 
the right with a chest on top of it. You can easily get to the chest by 
double jumping from the elevated ground right before the house. Inside the 
chest is another Gorgon Eye.
   7. Jump down from the house and continue down the road, dodging arrows and 
enemy fire, until you reach a white cathedral-looking building with another 
breakable door. You will know you are close when you meet more Minotaurs. 
Inside this house are two chests, one of which contains a Gorgon Eye, while 
the other contains a Phoenix Feather.
   8. Outside, defeat the enemy that is on the barrier and hit the wall to 
break it down. Now press O to swing across the chasm over to the other side 
of the road. You must let go of the rope when Kratos is highest up the air 
and furthest away from the starting point.
   9. Do the same for the next rope and hop down back to the road. Follow the 
road to a water fountain and a grand set of stairs. Scale the stairs to reach 
Athens Town Square.

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Athens Town Square
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   1. In this area, continue up the stairs to reach more enemies and some of 
the town's inhabitants. Use Medusa's Gaze to freeze and kill the oversized 
creatures. In addition, you can kill the townspeople for green orbs if you 
start to run low on health. After killing three of them, the camera pans to 
the now open doorway.
   2. Head through the store and walked down the corridor until you reach a 
large room with different types of paintings on the wall. Going inside, the 
rightmost painting on the wall in front of you can be broken to reveal a 
chest with another Gorgon Eye. This should make six of them and your first 
health upgrade.
   3. In this room with the paintings, make your way to the far side to 
discover another set of stairs. After ascending, make a sharp right turn and 
follow the wall to the corner. From the corner, jump across the broken ground 
to reach the other side. On the side, walk up to the doorway for another 
cutscene.
   4. Run up the stairs and walk out to the balcony to reach a cutscene where 
a woman falls to her death. You can save the game at the golden save point on 
the left. Also on the left, below this balcony, is a treasure chest with a 
Phoenix Feather inside of it.
   5. Now jump down from the balcony back to the big fountain area. Press R2 
while over the dead woman's body to get the key.
   6. With the key, head through the same northern doorway in this area to 
return to the room with the paintings. More regular old enemies will spawn so 
be ready to fight. After returning to the balcony, double jump off of it to 
the right to reach another platform.
   7. From here, run over to the plainly visible trapdoor and opt to use the 
key to open it. Down the trapdoor is a save point and a linear pathway. After 
saving, follow the path until you reach a fork in the road. Take a left and 
open the door by pressing R2. 

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Rooftops of Athens
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   1. From here, jump on the green wall to the right and climb all the way 
up. You'll need to maneuver around the opening in the wall by climbing 
vertically to the left. At the top, perform a backwards double jump and cling 
onto the opposite wall.
   2. Now climb as far as you can up this wall until Kratos again runs out of 
climbing material. Double jump back over to the first wall and continue 
climbing until you see two treasure chests on the opposite building's 
balcony.
   3. Take care to double jump over and collect both of the chests. Run 
inside the balcony's doorway for another cutscene.
   4. The easiest way to defeat these armored foes is to petrify them with 
Medusa's Gaze before attacking once to break the stone. Get to a far enough 
range so other enemies do not hit you while you are trying to cast the spell.
   5. More enemies will spawn, of course, but after the initial three armored 
foes you should focus more on the archers in the room. They can be a real 
pain sometimes. Along with a green orb chest, on the left side of the room 
resides a staircase with even more archers. Make your way up the stairs while 
killing the enemies along the way. Simple grabs can instantly kill most 
enemies, including these ones.
   6. Follow the stairs until it becomes a catwalk that circles around the 
building. Follow this path until you reach some rubble in the way. Jump over 
it to reach the next area with more spawning enemies. I usually use 
Poseidon's Rage here, once the oversized armored enemy jumps over, so all of 
the enemies die fairly quickly. For the big guy with the button minigame, 
press Square, X, Triangle and O to defeat it.
   7. The second wave of enemies is exactly the same. I suggest, again, that 
you lure the enemies around you and then unload with Poseidon's Rage to 
quickly clear the area. For the second button minigame, press Triangle, X, 
Circle and Triangle.
   8. Before leaving this area, head over to the northeastern corner of the 
room (the same place where the enemy jumped over) and cut the corner around 
the wall to find two chests. One of these chests contains a Phoenix Feather 
that should complete the set and give you a bigger magic meter.
   9. The whole area clear, jump back over the rubble and head down the 
catwalk. The archers will have spawned again, but they can easily be defeated 
with a simple grab. When you reach the bottom, the armored foes will appear 
again. Using Medusa's Gaze in conjunction with a simple attack, defeat all of 
them for the doorways to open.
  10. Before selecting a door, though, run to the upper right corner of the 
room and bash the wood planks to reveal a hidden nook with a chest. Open the 
chest for a Gorgon Eye.
  11. Take the big doorway and head north, following the people in front of 
you, until they are suddenly killed on a wooden bridge. From the beginning of 
the bridge, jump to the center platform and then take a leap at the broken 
pillar. Once Kratos clings onto it, sidle over to the opposite side of the 
pillar and jump to the next pillar. From this last pillar you can 
successfully double jump over to the other side. Remember, archers fire at 
you from afar here, so take cover even while clinging onto the pillars if 
it's needed.
  12. Run up the road until you reach another color-changing chest. Get 
whatever you need, and then head over the half-burning bridge and through the 
two big statues to find another bow. Push it north into the doorway and then 
kick the bow down the steep gradient. At the bottom, push the bow into the 
first doorway on the right.
  13. In this new room, slowly push the bow until it is up against the door 
on the left. Now heave open this door, by tapping R2, to find a wave of five 
enemies. Because of the small confines of the room, if you aim with Medusa's 
Gaze at the wave of enemies, they should all become frozen. Attack at them 
and repeat the procedure if necessary. In addition, Poseidon's Rage is also 
highly effective again multiple enemies in close quarter combat.
  14. With the bow pushed over the circular symbol on the ground right before 
the door, pull the lever inside the enemy-infested room to rotate the bow. 
Now that the bow is aiming in the right direction (at the door), line it up 
against the far door and fire away to open your next path.
  15. Head through this door and down the narrow hallway until a T-
intersection. Go right and run over to the glowing blue for another cutscene 
with a God. You'll get a new ability, Zeus' Fury, for your efforts thus far 
in the challenge.
  16. Exit through the doorway. Outside, run halfway back over the burning 
bridge—the game should give you a small tutorial on how to Zeus' Fury. Use 
the ability while still on the bridge to kill the enemies on the rooftops.
  17. With all of these enemies cleared, run back over to the statue side of 
the bridge. The door on the right will magically open. Take this doorway and 
follow the hall until you reach a room. The northern wall in this room, 
specifically the center part of it, is very deeply cracked. You know what 
this means. After bashing it open, reap the rewards—three chests that contain 
a Gorgon Eye, a Phoenix Feather, and some magic orbs to replenish your magic.
  18. Run back outside and cross the half-burning bridge to be back on the 
road. Head through the building north of the road to find a giant room with a 
save point. The north wall of this room has a giant crack. If you run inside 
the crack you will notice a ladder. Climb.
  19. After climbing the ladder, kill the spawning enemies on the rooftop 
with either plain physical attacks or magic. Once they are defeated, jump 
from the northeastern corner of this rooftop and cling onto the wall. After 
climbing up, open the chests for a Gorgon Eye and some blue magic orbs.
  20. After jumping back down to the initial rooftop, run to the left side 
and double jump to the adjacent rooftop. Kill the one enemy on this rooftop 
and take the orb chest if you need it. On the left side of this rooftop you 
will find some wood planks that you must destroy. Only after you destroy them 
can you double jump leftwards to the next rooftop.
  21. Kill the spawning Minotaurs with a simple flick of Medusa's Gaze in 
conjunction with a normal attack. Once the area is relatively clear, hop down 
from the roof on the left side and venture to the very center to reach a 
hidden platform. Open the chest to obtain a Gorgon Eye.
  22. Jump back up to the rooftop and bash the wood object in the 
northeastern corner to find your next rooftop. After double jumping over, run 
north to the orb chest and then streamline east up the small slope in the 
ground until you reach some pillars. There are archers on the far rooftop, so 
use Zeus' Fury to defeat them.
  23. After raising the bridge, cross over and head inside the plainly 
visible doorway. Inside this room there are two chests on opposite sides with 
a Gorgon Eye and a Phoenix Feather. After taking both of these, take the far 
doorway and follow the path, killing the enemies along the way, until you 
find another elevator. After taking it, head north a little to the broken 
bridge for another cutscene.
  24. You can traverse the chasm by tight roping over on the small wood 
plank. Just be careful and go slowly so you don't fall all the way back to 
the town square. There is a perfectly located save point on the other side of 
the broken bridge.
  25. Follow the stairs and the mountain path, killing the enemies along the 
way, until you reach the Temple of the Oracle. 

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Temple of the Oracle
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   1. Open the chests on either side of the bridge for more orbs and then 
cross over for another cutscene. Looks like the Harpies have decided to come 
out and play again. They can be defeated rather easily with a grab or a few 
melee attacks. Focus on just one Harpy at a time. If they start to overcrowd 
you, use Poseidon's Rage as crowd control to quickly clear a wave.
   2. Once all the Harpies are defeated, we have another long cutscene. 
Afterwards, ascend the stairs and open the chest behind the pillars and to 
the left to obtain a Phoenix Feather. On the opposite side of this chest, 
behind another set of pillars, resides another chest with a Gorgon Eye inside 
of it.
   3. Now head through the center doorway and scale the stairs to reach a 
very large room. The cutscene introduces even more Harpies into the fray. 
Take the magic orb chest to the immediate left if you need it, and then 
double jump south of this chest to find a little secret area with another 
treasure chest. You will acquire a Gorgon Eye for finding this chest.
   4. Jump back down to the ground floor and head to the very northern part 
of the room with the statues. Pull the center-left statue to reveal a color-
changing treasure chest. Push the statue down to the lower level of this 
room. Once there, push the statue to the left to block the Harpy entrance.
   5. Now get the center-right statue and plug up the Harpy hole on the right 
wall of the room. With both entrances plugged, kill any remaining Harpies in 
the room.
   6. Head to the southwestern corner of the room (the same side as the first 
chest) and tap R2 to open the door. Ascend the stairway to reach the second 
level of the area you just left. Kill any Harpies in the air and then jump on 
the center rafter with the hanging torches over it. Halfway down the plank 
will break, but the game will save you with a little tutorial on quickly 
leaping.
   7. On this plank, head left to the end. Hop over the rail to a save point 
and a green orb chest. Replenish your health, save, then go through the 
doorway and follow the path, killing the weak enemies in your way, until you 
reach the outside again.
   8. After the cutscene that sets the stage, run to the south railing of 
this small area and pull out the statue to the left. When it's out past the 
stone steps north of it, go around to the south side of the statue and kick 
it north to the wall. Afterwards, kick the statue east until it falls off the 
platform.
   9. Now pull the other statue out of its resting place and kick it off the 
platform, too. Both of the statues stack on top of each other. Jump down to 
the large area with the stacked statues and continue to kick the object east.
  10. Inside the house on the northeastern corner of this area is another 
chest with a Gorgon Eye. You must break down the door.
  11. Head over to the east side of this area and you should see a small 
building with a red orb chest on top of it. Jump on this building and, after 
opening the chest, jump to the platform above you to the west.
  12. From here, jump on the stacked statues and over to the ledge on the 
wall. Cling onto the vines and shimmy over left for another cutscene.
  13. After the cutscene, you have sixty-five seconds to save here. Climb 
leftwards until you reach the gap and press X to jump across. Wait until the 
spinning wheels are not moving before you jump across the following gaps and 
onto the small walkway. At this location, head north and grab the vines on 
the wall.
  14. Climb the vines to the top and make a jump for the rope. After leaping 
onto the rope, wait until the rope swings toward the platform before you jump 
off. Run across the first catwalk to the circular platform. If you have time, 
double jump from this platform to the right to find a secret platform with a 
chest that contains a Phoenix Feather.
  15. Hop back onto the circular platform and take the catwalk across to the 
far ledge. Grab the dangling rope north of this ledge and jump down onto the 
little platform the statue is holding. From here, run south to the dangling 
woman for a long cutscene in which you learn about Kratos' past.
  16. After the cutscene, head through the doorway directly north of you and 
make your way down the halls to a golden save point.
  17. Outside here, venture across the bridge made by the statue's sword to 
reach a doorway. Descend down the stairs to a flooded floor and another chest 
with a Phoenix Feather. Hop the little barrier under the archway to reach the 
Sewers of Athens. 

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The Sewers of Athens
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   1. Make your way through the sewer, using the line of water to guide you, 
until you reach a wall. Double jump as high as you can to grab the ledge. 
Enemies are optional and may be bypassed if you run quickly through the 
sewers.
   2. Follow the sewer's linear path back to the lower level. Open the few 
chests here and jump back up to the upper level at the end. More Minotaurs 
reside in this area as you run full blast through the sewers. Double jump to 
the upper level at the end and run through the archway to find a ladder.
   3. After climbing the ladder to the top, run north to the staircase and 
ascend up. At the top pull the lever to reveal even more stairs that lead 
back to the road.
   4. On the road, head north up the stairs and through the blank flags back 
to the golden road save point. From this area take the right pathway now and 
continue all the way down the mountain. When the camera pans to show the two 
statues built near the mountain, open the chest on the north part near the 
steps for another Gorgon Eye.
   5. Head through the doorway and make an immediate right to find a hidden 
chest with a Gorgon Eye. Now run down the desert path. 

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Desert of Lost Souls
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   1. The cutscene explains the situation: follow the song of the sirens and 
destroy them all. From the statue, head northeast until you reach an 
abandoned catacomb with a Siren. Use Poseidon's Rage or a juggle of physical 
attacks to defeat her.
   2. With two Sirens remaining, head directly south of this siren down the 
desert until you meet the next one. This Siren is located in the southeast 
corner of the desert. When you find her, two large minions also spawn to make 
the battle even tougher. If you don't defeat the minions they will follow you 
all the way across the desert, so get everybody in Kratos' radius and use 
Poseidon's Rage.
   3. From this Siren, head directly north and you should find the last Siren 
after traversing a little of the desert.
   4. With all three Sirens defeated, run to the east side of the desert 
where the building with the first Siren was located, because it is now open.
   5. Inside here you'll find a save point and a few treasure chests. Take 
the upper left doorway in this room and descend the stairs. Jump down to the 
wood deck and kill the enemies on this platform with Poseidon's Rage.
   6. Run down the wooden platform to the right until you see a gold and 
green door. Tap R2 repeatedly to open it. Pull the box from the doorway and 
kill the enemy that pops out. Clear the left side of the wooden platform so 
you can kick the box across.
   7. Jump from this object to a higher level with a door that can be opened 
by tapping R2. Follow the hallway to a sandstorm and a big horn.
   8. After Kratos parts the red sea, run across the straight and open the 
two chests on the other side to replenish your health and magic. Ascend the 
stairs to reach a second horn and another cutscene.
   9. The three spawning Sirens are not very difficult to defeat. Just two 
charges of Poseidon's Rage should kill them all. Once the area is clear, we 
have another lengthy cutscene for our hero.
  10. Save after the cutscene and traverse the narrow wooden bridge all the 
way to the exterior of the temple. Run left toward the wall, descend south 
down the ramp and follow this path as it loops all the way to a seemingly 
dead end. Kratos can pull out the big stone blocks in the wall, though, and 
you can use them to climb up to the fire.
  11. After the cutscene, head over to the blocked door in the center to find 
both of the big golems. Work them down with Poseidon's Rage and physical 
attacks. Although the golems are powerful, they are also very slow and you 
can easily dodge their attacks.
  12. Note: Treasure chests of all varieties are scattered about the 
perimeter of this fight.
  13. Once you've defeated the oversized enemies, the center pathway opens 
and you can ascend all the way up the stairs to Pandora's Temple. 

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Pandora's Temple
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   1. Before turning that lever, open the chest in the left side of the area 
for a Gorgon Eye and the chest on the right side of the area for a Phoenix 
Feather.
   2. Now turn the lever clockwise and the big door will open. The door shuts 
itself as you run inside. Two waves of small enemies spawn here; take them 
out any way you like. After the initial two waves, two sets of tougher 
armored foes spawn near the eye symbol on the north wall. Grabs can easily 
take care of them.
   3. Examine the eye symbol on the wall for a new pathway to open. Enter 
through the opening to reach the Rings of Pandora. 

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The Rings of Pandora
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   1. Run south down the hall until the first doorway. Inside here there are 
plainly visible traps that can make a pancake out of you if you are not 
careful. Take care by running up and waiting until the trap opens up before 
you run through it.
   2. At the end of this hall you'll be in a room with water and a save 
point. Swim across to the other side and kill the archers that are shooting 
at you. Now pull the lever in the center of the elaborate room here to open 
something up.
   3. Run back out to the circular hallway to find that a lever has appeared 
near the doorway. Turn the lever around until you see a red glow in the 
doorway. This will take several turns so be patient.
   4. Enter through the doorway and head to the red glow. You'll acquire the 
Blade of Artemis after the cutscene. Continue through from Artemis' location 
to a save point.

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The Challenge of Atlas
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   1. Follow the hall until you reach a big room that locks itself behind 
you. There are waves and waves of enemies here, and although the first few 
foes are easy, they get progressively harder as you get further in the fight. 
This is a good time to practice with your new weapon if you want.
   2. After clearing the ground floor, head to the northwestern corner to 
find half of a hanging staircase. Double jump up onto it and follow the 
pathway until you reach a wooden bridge. Once you've killed all the enemies 
on the bridge, use Zeus' Fury to take out the archers on the far side of the 
room.
   3. Follow the bridge back to half-solid ledge and a very narrow catwalk to 
the north that connects to the archer platform. Here, pull the lever to lower 
the block with the rope to the ground. Now jump onto the rope and slide down 
to the bottom.
   4. Down here, kill any enemies with ranged fire and jump on the hanging 
rope to get to the next platform. There are a lot enemies also hanging on the 
rope, but they can easily be defeated with a grab. They will come from behind 
and above you.
   5. When you've reached the other side, grab the orb chests and stay along 
the wall heading south to find the Shield of Hades. Once you take the shield 
all hell really does break loose as waves of enemies start to spawn in 
dozens. You pretty much have to use Poseidon's Rage here with a full magic 
bar to survive effectively; luckily, you just replenished after the rope.
   6. Once you've cleared five or six waves of a dozen enemies each, the game 
gives you a pick-me-up with two orb chests at the end of the path. Jump from 
these chests to a center platform with a rope. Climb all the way up the rope 
to surface from the ground.
   7. Take the door to the right. Inside here, kill the familiar Medusa 
creature and pull the object at the end of the hall until it lines up with 
the opening on the left. Kick it through and run inside for a fight with two 
more Medusa knockoffs and a merry band of archers.
   8. Once the area is clear, pull the object up to the altar on the north 
wall. See the gray line that leads to the stone button on the ground? Push 
the object from the beginning of the line—while it sails over run up to the 
circular altar to spin around to the next room.
   9. On the other side you're greeted with two waves of three armored 
enemies, along with two treasure chests. After clearing the area and grabbing 
the red chest, take the color-changing chest and double jump right from this 
chest to grab a vine on the wall.
  10. Climb above and jump over the chasm to the Shield of Zeus. Follow the 
wood plank catwalk to a red orb chest, and jump down to find yourself right 
on top of an elaborate silver doorway. Place both shields on the carvings to 
find a new area.
  11. Descend the stairs, turn right, and follow the narrow hall to a save 
point. Climb up the ladder to find yourself in a room with a top of saws 
moving around. Luckily these saws stick to their plainly marked path in the 
ground, so you should easily be able to make your way to the right doorway.
  12. Inside here, break down the wall of rubble and run to a conveyor belt 
with more sandwich squishing traps. Time the trap's motion and barrel roll 
through them when you think you have an opening. At the end of the conveyor 
belt, head left to reach a staircase.
  13. Run up the stairs to reach the outside with more Harpies. After 
clearing them, jump on the center platform between the two middle pillars to 
find two treasures on the left and right with a Phoenix Feather and a Gorgon 
Eye. Once you've collected these, jump back down to the bridge and head left 
to the next area.
  14. Kill the Harpy here and grab the north wall. Climb up it and climb 
right when you can't go any higher. Jump the gap and grab-kill the enemy. 
Continue heading right and up, killing all the enemies along the way, until 
you are at the top of the wall. Now jump leftward through the gaps and fall 
down near where the wall meets the platform to find a red orb chest. Climb 
back up and hop onto the platform.
  15. Open the color-changing treasure chest and head through the doorway. 
Yes, it's another mass spawn of enemies. Once you've cleared them all take 
the handle on the altar in the north part of the room to open a door.
  16. Exit this room and jump back down to the ground to find a new save 
point. Backtrack through the bridge to the conveyor belt room with the 
crushing traps. Run up the conveyor belt, taking care not to die by the trap, 
until you reach the other side.
  17. Back at the killer saw room, pull the lever in the center and the lever 
on the upper left corner. Walk up to the north doorway but do not jump 
inside; instead, jump on the ledge to the right and sidle across.
  18. In this new area, kill the archers and the two Minotaurs before you put 
that handle to good use on the crank. After a few spins the camera pans to 
signal that you're done. Run behind to statue to collect a Muse Key.
  19. Head to the south part of this room, walk through the right opening, 
and make your way toward another hallway with armored foes. After you've made 
it all the way through the hallway, take the Phoenix Feather on the left part 
of this platform. Follow the platform to the right and kill both of the 
archers before taking the red orb chest. Pull the lever in the middle of the 
bridge for another cutscene.
  20. Note: On the south part of the room on this higher level you will find 
two red orb chests.
  21. Jump down now and head south to the outside. On the left before the 
bridge is a red orb chest. Cross the bridge and pull open the coffin. Jump 
inside and press R2 until you have what you need.
  22. Push the coffin out of the way and jump down the secret hole. Follow 
the hall all the way to the next cutscene.
  23. Afterward, run north again and open the doorway at the end. Back at the 
Rings of Pandora and a familiar room, use the save point and proceed through 
the right doorway down the hall. Kill the armored enemies at the very end and 
the doorway will open. Once you go through the door will close.
  24. Right across from where the door was located, you should see an almost 
full skull. Insert the skull key in the lock. Note that when you enter the 
next room there will be an Indiana Jones-style stone ball coming your way, so 
run south until you see a set of stairs on the left.
  25. The camera pans to the ladder here, which coincidentally is your next 
target. Wait until the moving stone ball comes around before you jump onto 
it. Keep yourself on top of the moving stone until you reach the ladder. 
Climb the ladder for another cutscene.
  26. After the cutscene, the ladder falls and so you must climb it again. At 
the top you'll find a ton of chests and a save point. Run down the hall to 
reach the next challenge. 

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The Challenge of Poseidon
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   1. Cross the bridge to the center area for a cutscene and a fight with the 
three-headed Cerberus. This battle can be impossible if you allow all the 
spawning small Cerberus to become big like the main target. With that in 
mind, I suggest a few healthy rounds of Poseidon's Rage to cleanly clear the 
area. If you run low on magic, there is a blue orb chest on the north part of 
this platform.
   2. After defeating the creatures, head left and follow the pathway until 
you reach two huge enemies and a ton of backing archers. Before messing with 
the two big lugs, kill the big crew of archers. On the other side of the 
archer platform you must kill a few more waves of enemies before the doorway 
opens.
   3. Inside, pull the lever to get the ground moving. Get up to the gate. 
Right when it opens take the multiple red orb chests.
   4. After four red orb chests, you will reach the destination. In this new 
area, kill the weak enemies on the ground and start climbing up the mountain. 
When you get to the top, follow the ledge to the right until you find a chest 
with a Muse Key. Now follow the ledge left to reach the next area.
   5. Here you meet multiple hammer-wielding enemies. After taking them out, 
follow the path to the save point. Continue until you reach the cages. Jump 
down to the lower floor and head north through the doorway into a small room. 
Take the handle lying on the ground on the right side of this room and run 
south all the way back to the upper level.
   6. To ascend back up, double jump on the wooden platform and then up to 
the top. Back up, push the lever to lower a cage. After the cutscene, push 
the cave down to the lower level and lug it across to the opposite end of the 
long stretch of room. Kill the armored spawning enemies and kick the cage 
into the room.
   7. Push the cage between the two flames and pull the lever. Enter through 
the newly opened door and follow the narrow hall until you reach a wooden 
bridge. At the end of the bridge, tap R2 repeatedly at Poseidon's Trident to 
acquire the useful item.
   8. Jump into the water and swim leftward across to the bridge. The ladder 
leads to a platform that contains a Phoenix Feather. Now jump in the water on 
the right side and dive down the round opening. Swim through the tunnel, 
pressing R1 to smash the statues along the way, until you reach a room at the 
end.
   9. Kill all the enemies here with Poseidon's Rage and open the door on the 
north part of this room to find a lever. After pulling the lever, take any 
chests that you may need and then hop back down the same round water tunnel 
that goes underground. Swim all the way back to the trident room and clear 
all the enemies here.
  10. Save at the save point behind some stone blocks. Use the blocks to 
reach a round tunnel. Follow the tunnel until it becomes water. Dive down, 
and head north through the submerged rooms until you reach the end. Dive down 
through the opening here and continue the north swim campaign.
  11. Break the wall statue at the dead end and kill the creature for a 
Phoenix Feather. While still at the wall statue, swim to the right and follow 
the linear path all the way back outside.
  12. Round up all of the enemies here and use Poseidon's Rage to clear them. 
Open the blue chest on the north wall if you need the magic. Once the area is 
clear, the force field around the lever breaks and you can pull it. Sink back 
into the water and swim back through the linear path to the broken wall 
statue area.
  13. Swim to the south part of this room. Go left here and swim to the save 
point. At the save point, swim left and break the statue. Swim up the round 
tunnel to reach a secret room with four red orb chests.
  14. Once you've collected the orbs, dive back in the water and swim to the 
save point. Go right this time and break the weak-looking wall. Press R2 at 
the creature to get another Phoenix Feather. Dive down in front of the statue 
even deeper in the water.
  15. Immediately swim left as an object is coming at you from the right. 
When you can, swim in the nook below to dodge it completely. Back to swimming 
leftward again. At the end dive down through the opening and start to swim 
north. Follow this room until you can surface from the water.
  16. Two enemies are waiting for you right after you get out of the water. 
Once you've defeated them, save at the golden save point and pull the lever 
for some objects in the water to move. Dive back into the water and swim left 
towards the last stone object that you moved. There will be a square opening 
at the base of this object under the water.
  17. Swim completely inside of it and it will descend downward. When it 
stops, swim through the linear tunnel back to the Rings of Pandora and a save 
point. Run through the right door in this room and clear all the enemies in 
the hall to open up the doorway.
  18. Back in the circular hallway, run south until you find the lever again. 
Proceed to spin the lever around and around until you can see a gold statue 
in the doorway. Use the Muse Keys at the door to open it. It's pretty much 
Christmas inside here. Open both of the red orb chests and press R2 at the 
three statues to raise all your abilities.
  19. Run back out to the circular hall again, and push the lever until you 
see an opening. In here you will be back at a familiar room. Climb the stairs 
and dive into the water. Swim down the tunnel hole and follow the linear 
swimming path until you again surface from the water.
  20. Head through the only opening here to a very large room. Head to the 
opposite wall from where you are located after the cutscene and bash it down 
with physical attacks to reveal a save point.
  21. From here, run north to find two treasure chests and a ladder. After 
using the ladder, go through the two rooms and you will reach the Challenge 
of Hades. 


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The Challenge of Hades
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   1. In this gigantic room, go left and use the middle platform with the 
urns to jump to the upper level. Jump on the small wood ledge over the door 
and bash down the wall to find a chest that contains red orbs. Now press R2 
to accept Hades' prerequisite challenge.
   2. After the cutscene that introduces the enemies, jump back down the 
lower level and round up all the half horses at the two blue circles before 
you use Poseidon's Rage. After a few waves, the door will open and the area 
will become clear.
   3. Run north up the steps and jump on the right stone rail with the red 
lining. From this place, cling onto the boiling pot and sidle around it to 
find a treasure chest with a Phoenix Feather.
   4. Go through the open doorway now and back outside. Tap R2 to open the 
door on the left side of this area. Follow the hall now, being wary of the 
lava moving-floor, shooting spears and enemies, until you reach another 
Medusa enemy.
   5. After clearing the enemies here, take a right at the intersection, kill 
the enemies in this room and pull the lever to raise the elevator.
   6. Up here, push in the stone with the horn on it to reveal a pathway. At 
the end of it you can find two red orb chests. Now follow the hall until you 
reach a doorway. Wait until the wood deathtrap in the next room has sprung 
and is starting to wind back up before you enter through here.
   7. Immediately run south and double jump over the wood death trap to a 
small platform. Press R2 at the very end and you will reach the other side. 
Walk over the button on the ground for a statue to rise. Jump from this 
balcony to the water around the statue and dive down to the very bottom.
   8. At the base of the statue you will find a square opening. Press R2 to 
pull the lever here. Swim back up. Climb the ladder on the side of the statue 
and turn the statue's head so the light shines in the exact opposite 
direction.
   9. After the cutscene, jump down from the statue and save at the golden 
save point. Ascend the grand stairs to reach a room with moving fire 
boulders. Run all the way down the hall, dodging the boulders along the way, 
until you reach a door on the left. Press R2 to open it and run inside. 
Follow the hall to a room with several respawning Minotaurs and Archers.
  10. Once you've cleared all of them, the doorway force field opens up for 
you. Head through here and up the stairs to another enemy-infested area. 
Clear all the enemies here with a quick shock of Poseidon's Rage and head out 
through the right. Back here, in the northern corner of this room, you will 
find an opening.
  11. Follow the hall until you reach a drop-off with a rope. Climb across 
the chasm with the rope, killing all the enemies along the way, until you 
reach a circular platform with even more enemies. Poseidon's Rage is an 
absolute lifesaver here.
  12. Note: There is a magic chest on the right side of this room.
  13. Once you've cleared the area, the force field subsides and you can go 
through the doorway to a ladder. Up the ladder, follow the bridge and hall 
until you reach a save point. Continue further and jump across the wood 
platforms to a catwalk. Some rotating blades will make this tightrope more 
than a little uncomfortable.
  14. At the end of the wood catwalk you will find another spinning blade 
trap, only one side is just a wood plank with a ladder. Time it right and 
jump on the wood plank. After climbing the ladder, walk north across the 
catwalk and slide down the rope.
  15. Follow the wood path, ladder and hallway until you reach a wheel. Press 
R2 to turn it. Now head further down the wood pathway until you reach the 
ground floor with two treasure chests. Head south from this room to find a 
save point. South of the save point you'll encounter the next big boss. 

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Boss Battle: Minotaur
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   1. Despite stature and armor, most of this boss' attacks can be downright 
blocked. The only attacks you have to worry about are: the fire ones that can 
be double jumped over and his swipe. To avoid the swipe, double jump out of 
the way. Every other attack can be blocked.
   2. The basic gist of the fight: physically attack the Minotaur until he 
becomes stunned and retreats. After a handful of this back and forth, you'll 
damage him enough so you can do the button minigame. The pattern here is Half 
Turn Clockwise, Half Turn Counterclockwise, Half Turn Counterclockwise, Half 
Turn Counterclockwise, Half Turn Counterclockwise, Half Turn Counterclockwise 
and Full Turn Counterclockwise.
   3. Once you've pulled that off, run south immediately and ascend the ramp 
to a platform with a lever. Pull the lever to fire a wooden arrow at the 
Minotaur.
   4. Repeat this exact same pattern a second time. I recommend you now stay 
on the platform in the back for the duration of the fight.
   5. After firing two wooden arrows at the Minotaur his armor should be 
almost completely off. The physical attacks following the second arrow strike 
will break down the Minotaur's remaining armor. Once it's gone, he has a 
health bar and it's just a matter of fighting the creature until its death. 
For the last hurray you'll need to do the button minigame again.
   6. After the fight, head through the doorway in the north part of the 
room. Go up the ramp and over to the save point. Beyond that, you'll reach a 
room with a few chests. After opening them, pull off the top of the coffin in 
this room and tap R2 to get another head.
   7. Go back to the save point now and back down the circular ramp to the 
area with the boss fight. Run up to the red glow on the south part of this 
room to acquire Army of Hades.
   8. The room spawns a few waves of enemies that can easily be cleared with 
either your newly acquired skill or the tried and true Poseidon's Rage. Once 
they are defeated, run through the doorway that had the red glow and follow 
the hall to water. Dive down and follow the water tunnel back to the Rings of 
Pandora. While still underwater, look for the skull door and insert the 
remaining piece to lower the water.
   9. Inside this room, pull the lever around until you see a doorway. Exit 
and run to the right to find another lever that needs to be pulled. Pull this 
one until you are lined up with two doors with statues on either side. Run 
through the hall and back to the save point room. Clear the enemies and push 
the two stones together for another cutscene.
  10. Go back down the tunnel now, following the light, and head through the 
adjacent doorways to find an elevator. Pull the lever to ascend to the very 
top of the statue. Walk out to the statue's hands and they will set you down 
on the platform.
  11. A cutscene introduces the new enemy, but you should be able to defeat 
the creature and the two respawns rather easily. Another long cutscene occurs 
after this. Cross the bridge to the save point and walk in between the statue 
and the wall to find a breakable wall. Bash it down to reveal a red orb 
chest. Follow the road to reach the Cliffs of Madness. 

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The Cliffs of Madness
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   1. Kill the enemies that immediately run up to you and take out the 
archers with Zeus' Fury. Follow the linear path, jumping across platforms and 
killing enemies, until you reach a rope. Use the rope to get across to the 
archer platform. There is an elevator here that can be operated with the 
lever. At the top you'll find a save point.
   2. From here, go right and follow the path until it becomes a tunnel and 
finally a room with waves of enemies. Use Poseidon's Rage here to clear the 
room and open the doorway. Head through and follow the tunnel to the outside 
and an elevator. Use the lever to ascend to a save point and a doorway. 
Inside, run to another lever and pull it. Now pull the stone crate out of the 
right wall and kick it over in between the two walls. Jump on this crate and 
double jump to a higher level.
   3. Jump onto the vines and climb them to reach the necklace. Jump down and 
head through the doorway. On the right side, stand on the crate with the rope 
to descend down. Make your way rightwards across the area and enter through 
the doorway. Head down the tunnel, killing the two enemies, and jump onto the 
wood platform. Kill the archers first and then use the lever to turn the 
entire platform.
   4. When the platform is lined up with the next, cross over and repeat the 
process a second time to reach the other side of the tunnel. Follow the path 
to a room with two archers. Jump up to their elevated location and outside 
through the doorway.
   5. Head right and jump up the platform to more Minotaurs. After defeating 
them, jump down to a lower level and cross the bridge to a rope. Slide down 
the rope and go back inside a tunnel.
   6. Follow this tunnel down to a big room with respawning enemies. Use 
Poseidon's Rage to clear, and take the blue orb chest if you need it. 
Afterwards, enter through the left opening and follow the tunnel to the room 
with the second necklaceit quickly becomes blocked off.
   7. Take the leftmost "|" stone and push it over against the wall near the 
right torch. Now grab the block in the upper right corner and put it on the 
circle in the center. Discard the block stone, but place the remaining two 
blocks you have not touched (the "T" and half "T") and then rotate the lever 
around.
   8. Grab the "T" block and put it in the exact center. Take the half "S" 
block and fit it on the right side of the "T". Grab the backwards "7" stone 
and place it on the left side of the "T". If you haven't already noticed, 
we're putting the pieces of the puzzle together. The last piece is located in 
the bottom right corner of the room, and goes under the right side of the 
"T".
   9. With everything in place, the entire wall collapses and you can grab 
the necklace. Head through the doorway on the right and follow the hall on 
the south side of the adjacent room to reach the outside and a save point.
  10. Run right, climb the ladder and continue right until you reach a little 
dead end. Now climb the actual wall and make your way to the very top. Soon 
you'll need to go right and hop over gaps, but soon enough you will reach the 
entire other side of the area.
  11. Hop down and follow the path to a ladder. Climb the ladder and run up 
to the wheel to the right to place the necklace inside of it. Repeat this 
procedure for the other wheel to draw a bridge. Alongside the side of the far 
wheel is a treasure chest. Once you've collected the orbs, take the opening 
that leads to more archers.
  12. Dive down and swim through the tunnel until you surface at a water 
fountain. Behind each of the waterfalls is a breakable wall with a red orb 
chest. Jump back in the water and swim back through the tunnel. Head back 
outside and use the newly working bridge. Be careful, though, as the bridges 
move. You need to jump from bridge level to bridge level until you reach the 
top. Go left from here for a lengthy cutscene.
  13. Afterwards, kill the spawning enemies and head rightwards down the 
path. Swing across on the ropes and climb the bare wall. At the top, pull the 
lever to operate the elevator.
  14. When you reach the top, go through the linear tunnel until you reach a 
save point. 

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The Architect's Tomb
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   1. Jump on the moving platform and carefully skip across to the other 
side. There are saws between each platform, so time out your jumps 
accordingly.
   2. On the other side, head straight to the statue on the left. Pull it out 
and kick it over to the right side of this area for now. Open the door in the 
upper right corner and follow the tunnel back outside.
   3. Stay to the right here until you see a dangling stone block. Jump on it 
and double jump to a higher level. Bash down the door and open both of the 
red orb chests.
   4. Jump back down and climb the ladder on the south platform. Pull the 
lever forty-five degrees and run out on the wood bridge to the dangling stone 
block. Pull the lever here so the block can drop down and break the ground 
below.
   5. Pull the lever ninety more degrees and drop the stone block again. Jump 
down to the lower area and push the statue (the one you moved in the 
beginning) into the hole you made in the ground with the stone block.
   6. Head south and make your way across the moving platforms and saws to 
the button on the other side. Stand on it for a cutscene.
   7. Run back over the platforms and into the newly opened doorway. Tap R2 
at the person on the chair and then slam the head into the skull. Follow the 
hall to an outside area with a save point. Ascend the stairs to the left and 
enter the tomb. Follow the hallway and descend the spiral stairs. Run north 
until you reach another cutscene.
   8. When you have control again, head onto the moving platforms, round up 
the enemies and pull off a few rounds of Poseidon's Rage. Clear the distant 
archers and the harpies in the sky with physical attacks until the doorway 
opens.
   9. Run through the far door, up the stairs and inside the room with the 
statues. Pull the lever out to bring the chest down to your level.
  10. After the next cutscene, you'll spend a little time going down on the 
elevator. When you've reached the bottom floor, push the fiery chest south 
until a lengthy cutscene occurs. 

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The Path to Hades
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   1. Jump north until you reach the third platform. From here, jump over to 
the platform on the right and follow the platforms a few times until another 
platform decision. Hop onto the left platform this time and follow the 
platforms until you reach the big area with all of the enemies.
   2. Clearing these enemies actually isn't very difficult if you use magic. 
Jump up the platforms as they get higher and cross the white bone bridge to a 
rotating log bridge. In addition to accounting for the rotation, the logs 
also have giant spikes in some places.
   3. Once you reach the end platform, double jump left to the log on this 
side and follow it to a stable platform with an enemy. Follow the next log 
halfway, then jump right over to a stable platform. Jump right again, this 
time on a log, and go south to reach the next platform. From here, take the 
north log to the save point.
   4. North of here are four moving platforms that you must jump across. Just 
take your time and note the regular pattern in the movement of the platforms. 
Archers will fire at you from the far side, so either quickly make your way 
to the end and decimate the squad with Poseidon's Rage or use Zeus' Fury when 
you are in range.
   5. Enemies rampantly spawn when you reach the other side. Use Medusa's 
Gaze on the Minotaurs and grabs on the archers. Jump up the right wall by 
using the middle level to meet even more Minotaur waves. Stick to the tried-
and-true approach of turning them to stone and breaking them apart.
   6. Once you've exhausted the spawns on the right side, jump up the lift 
wall to a small platform with more enemies. At the very top you'll find the 
big doorway and even more spawns. When you've cleared the area, the doorway 
will open and you can continue by grabbing onto the rotating log.
   7. Climbing up this log is a little tricky because the rotation changes 
halfway up and the spikes in the log can kill you. Once you reach the very 
top, grab the red orb chest and jump up the platform to the right. You'll see 
another large vertical log that you need to climb.
   8. At the top here, grab the orb chests and jump on the small little 
circular platforms to the north. At the first platform decision, go left and 
follow the linear platform jumping until you reach the next large area. More 
easy enemies come out and play here. Clear them all and a platform will rise. 
Use magic and the orb chests on either side if you need them. After each wave 
another platform will rise. When they reach all the way from the far platform 
to your platform, make your way across and jump up the levels to reach a 
small cutscene.
   9. Climb up the rope that fell in the center of the platform. At the top 
you'll reach the Temple of the Oracle and another cutscene. 

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Temple of the Oracle (2)
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   1. After saving, open the orb chests to replenish your magic and health. 
Make your way rightward through the rubble and travel north up the narrow 
staircase to the very top.
   2. In this big room, you need to clear a few waves of enemies before the 
doorway in the southwestern corner of the room finally opens. Run up the 
stairs, killing the enemies along the way, until you reach another big room. 
Ranged fire will defeat the archers on the other side before you cross over.
   3. From the far side, take the left door and follow the linear path to a 
band of Minotaurs that you can easily freeze and kill. When you venture down 
the hallway even further, you will encounter six archers that you can cut 
through.
   4. At the balcony here, jump down to a lower level, and then jump from 
this level again to reach the bottom. Run rightward across the area until you 
reach the gold save point on the other side of the debris. Enter through the 
door next to the save point and run down the stairs for a long cutscene that 
introduces the final boss.

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Ares (1) Boss Battle
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   1. Preparations: Absolutely pivotal to this fight are your Army of Hades 
and Poseidon's Rage abilities, so be sure they are almost completely leveled 
up.
   2. All of Ares' attacks can be blocked, so stick to a defensive turtle 
pattern until you see your opening to fire off your magic.
   3. Note: Ares' health bar appears in the upper right corner of the screen.
   4. If you block all the time and pick your openings to fire off Army of 
Hades, this battle should be a cinch. Even better, when you get a good combo 
going on the spell, magic orbs will come out of Ares and replenish your 
magic. Just keep blocking and decisively attacking until Ares' health is 
depleted.
   5. When indicated onscreen, press Circle near Ares and tap Circle fast to 
start the button minigame. Press Square and X to complete the fight.
   6. After the lengthy cutscene, you will be in a large room with Kratos' 
family at the end. Kill the enemies that spawn in the room while protecting 
Kratos' family.
   7. Note: The family has a health bar in the upper right corner of the 
screen. If the family is low on health, press Circle near them for Kratos to 
transfer some of his health over to them. You die if your family dies, so 
protect them carefully!
   8. If the family is low on health, or there are just too many enemies in 
the area, run over to the family and clear the entire area with Poseidon's 
Rage.
   9. Soon the enemies will start to wield even more powerful weapons. If it 
looks like either party is going to die, switch on Rage of the Gods and get 
to work. After several spawns, we have another long cutscene that segues to 
the final fight. 

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Ares (2) Boss Battle
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   1. For the second fight against Ares, you have no magic or real abilities 
besides physical attacks. Try to stay on the offense in this fight, but if 
Ares starts to block attacks, immediately barrel roll away because if he 
blocks successfully a few times he will do damage to you that you cannot 
dodge.
   2. Ares is similar to before, with the exception of an unblockable fire 
attack. This is his bread and butter, but you can dodge out of the way and 
easily see it coming because he raises his hands.
   3. Note: 'Share' a health bar with Ares for this fight. Your damage not 
only hurts Ares, but also heals yourself, and vice versa.
   4. It's mostly a turtle fight because you'll spend the majority of the 
time blocking Ares' attacks. Just pick your openings wisely, but when you 
begin to attack away do not stop until he blocks.
   5. Once you've depleted Ares' side of the health bar, the final fight is 
over.
   6. After the end cutscene, run through the doorway and up the stairs of 
Mount Olympus. At the top, go inside the castle and save the game.
   7. Congratulations on completing God of War!

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