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    GOD OF WAR III WALKTHROUGH
    v1.22
    Written by:  Brian Williams
    E-mail:      bwilliams538(at)yahoo(dot)com
    
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    Table of Contents
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    To easily navigate this guide, simply use the code given to the right of any
    table entry with the CNTL+F function. FYI: I used a heading whenever one came
    up on my game screen and used the same name. For a quick reference to sub-boss
    and boss strategies, use the search query -SUBNME- or -BIGNME- respectively.
    
          *Section*                                            *Code*
    I.    Walkthrough                                         -WLKTHR-
          a.    Gaia                                          -MMERTH-
          b.    Mount Olympus                                 -MTOLMP-
          c.    Heart of Gaia                                 -GIAHRT-
          d.    River Styx                                    -RVRSTX-
          e.    Realm of Hades                                -UNDWLD-
          f.    Judges of the Underworld                      -JUDGED-
          g.    The Forge                                     -FORGE1-
          h.    Palace of Hades                               -UNDPLC-
          i.    The Forge                                     -FORGE2-
          j.    The City of Olympia                           -HICITY-
          k.    The Path of Eos                               -PTHEOS-
          l.    The Chain of Balance                          -CHNBLC-
          m.    The Caverns                                   -CAVES1-
          n.    The Flame of Olympus                          -BGFLM1-
          o.    The Olympian Citadel                          -OLCTDL-
          p.    The Flame of Olympus                          -BGFLM2-
          q.    The Forum                                     -TFORUM-
          r.    Poseidon's Chamber                            -POSCHM-
          s.    The Upper Gardens                             -UPGRD1-
          t.    Aphrodite's Chamber                           -APHCHM-
          u.    Tartarus                                      -TARTRS-
          v.    Gates of Tisiphone                            -GTSTIS-
          w.    The Pit of Tartarus                           -PITART-
          x.    The Upper Gardens                             -UPGRD2-
          y.    The Caverns                                   -CAVES2-
          z.    The Labyrinth                                 -LBRNTH-
    II.   Godly Possessions                                   -GODTRS-
    III.  Challenges                                          -CHLNGS-
    IV.   Enemies                                             -ENMIES-
          a.    Common Enemies                                -COMNME-
          b.    Sub-Bosses                                    -SUBNME-
          c.    Bosses                                        -BIGNME-
    V.    Weapons                                             -WEPONS-
          a.    Blades of Exile                               -CHNBLD-
          b.    Bow of Apollo                                 -HOTBOW-
          c.    Claws of Hades                                -PRPLRN-
          d.    Head of Helios                                -SNESKL-
          e.    Boots of Hermes                               -QCKBTS-
          d.    Nemean Cestus                                 -LINFST-
          f.    Nemesis Whip                                  -NMSWHP-
    VI.   Skins                                               -LTHRFC-
    VII.  E-Mail                                              -EMAILS-
    
    
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    *Walkthrough*                                             -WLKTHR-
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    *** Gaia ***                                              -MMERTH-
    
    After the scene take out the enemies that jump down around you and move ahead.
    Once you regain control, take out the enemies and move to the fallen tree. Lift
    it with the buttom prompts and continue forward until you run into a surprise.
    
    - Water Steed -
    
    During the fight, the horse will sometimes shoot out a blast of water in one of
    three general areas: left, middle, or right. You can see the beast move and
    when he changes what 'side' his current target is. When he rears straight back
    be ready to get out of the line of fire. He will also strike with his claws
    occasionally. He'll rear back and lift the claw he's about to hit with before
    doing so - just stay away from that side of the area.
    
    Once you do enough damage the battlefield will change. While hanging, climb
    over to him and start attacking with your blades. Use X to dodge his attacks
    (you can see him raise the claw he's about to attack with). After some hits the
    field will change again. Climb all the way up and assault him with your blades.
    Again, use X to quickly switch positions to dodge a claw attack. He will start
    doing the water breath again. Watch the position of his head when he rears back
    and quickly jump to a safe area.
    
    After dealing enough damage you will shift to steady ground again. Watch for
    his water breath attack while continuing to attack. He will also attack with
    a full set of claws. Keep an eye out for the attack and, when he starts to
    swipe, hit R2 to use your magic. Not only will it make you temporarily
    invulnerable, but it will also deal a decent bit of damage to him. Once you've
    dealt enough damage, follow the prompts to finish him off.
    
    ---------------
    
    
    *** Mount Olympus ***                                     -MTOLMP-
    
    Make your way across the wall and up onto the ledge. Grab the red chest before
    continuing down the path. Hug the wall as you move across the ledge and kill
    the enemies on the other side. Jump onto the ledge above and climb the ladder
    onto the wall.
    
    Kill the enemies here and double jump onto the ledge in the background. Check
    the pedestal for some information before using the grapple point to your left.
    Once across, kill all enemies and double jump onto the wall at the left end.
    Jump across to the ledge on the left and follow it around. At the end, use X
    to pull yourself up, then jump and grab onto the vines overhead.
    
    Once at the top, move ahead until the bridge gets broken. Drop down to find a
    red chest, then climb back up using the platform at the lower left of the
    screen. Use the Icarus Wings to get across the gap, then head into the archway
    and open the door.
    
    A centaur will follow you inside - quickly dispatch it. You can use the (S,S,T)
    combo to easily and quickly stagger almost any enemy, including the centaur
    here. Once all enemies are defeated, look in the center background for another
    pedestal, then pull the lever on the left side of the room. Quickly run to the
    right side and climb the ladder to reach the recently moved platform. Get onto
    it before it moves back into position. Jump across the gap to find a red chest
    and the first save point in the game. Move through the opening on the left and
    open the gate.
    
    - Water Steed -
    
    Follow the prompt to be taken to a field on Gaia. Move in closer to the steed
    to attack. He has two common claw attacks. If you are in close he will usually
    swipe three times with claws on either side of him - just roll backwards. He
    will also do a three-hit combo that progresses across the majority of the
    battle area. For this, dodge the first two and you can either try to dodge to
    the right area and hope he misses or use your magic to become temporarily
    invincible. He will occasionally rear way back and do a far-ranging heavy
    attack with all claws. When you see this, head all the way to the foreground of
    the screen to keep from being hit.
    
    Once you've gotten enough hits in on him, follow the prompt to rip off the tip
    of one of his claws. He will start spouting his water breath again on top of
    continuing all of his previous attacks. Once you've dealt enough damage, follow
    the prompt to open his chest. Once open, run back and to the left to find the
    claw tip you ripped off. Grab it to throw it into the exposed area.
    
    ---------------
    
    Climb up the wall and fall down into Gaia. Move ahead and work your way through
    the tight space. Head to the background and climb the vines. Work your way
    across and jump across the gap a the other end.
    
    
    *** Heart of Gaia ***                                     -GIAHRT-
    
    Climb the wall to the right to find Zeus' Eagle. Drop back down and grab onto
    the wall on the right using R1(Look for a shining dot). Move the block to the
    left and turn it 180 degrees using the right stick, then move it into the hole
    on the left side of the room. Now climb up the vines on the left side and make
    your way across and up.
    
    Take out the enemies at the top, then continue along the path. Grab onto the
    vines at the end of the path and jump across the gap on the other side. Use R1
    to launch yourself up to another vine path and kill the enemies before climbing
    up. When you can't climb any higher, jump up and use R1 to launch yourself
    again. Climb to the top for a battle.
    
    ** Poseidon **
    
    The goal here is to attack the claws holding on to Gaia on the left and right
    side. When Poseidon moves off to the left or right of your screen, he's getting
    ready to punch down another claw on the opposite side of the area. You'll also
    see little blue sparks on the ground sometimes, signaling an incoming electric
    attack. Move out of the sparks to avoid damage. Once both claws are loosened,
    Gaia will grab onto Poseidon and tell you to grab her hand. Use R1 to launch
    yourself over and get a little closer to the God.
    
    Once you regain control, ignore the vines on the right. Run up to Poseidon and
    attack him. He will occasionally pound down a fist - block it. He will also
    rear back with his Trident. When this happens, roll back to the foreground and
    away from Poseidon to avoid getting hit. Stay away from the Trident while it is
    stuck in Gaia as it has a damaging electric pulse. 
    
    Poseidon will also use a triple-thrust attack with his trident, stabbing into
    three separate(but always the same) locations. Stay in the middle of the area
    when he stabs the first time, then roll towards Poseidon and get really close.
    You should be able to get off a free combo before he finishes the attack
    (Thanks to Jurd269).
    
    Once Poseidon gasps for breath and you see the prompt appear, head to the right
    and quickly climb the vines to get into range. Follow the prompts and you'll
    reveal his weak spot.
    
    Now is a repeat of the beginning of the fight, except the spark attack will now
    have three waves in a row instead of just one at a time. Follow the button
    prompts and watch the scene. Follow the prompts and watch another scene. When
    you regain control, head to the left for a save point. Move onto Gaia's hand.
    
    
    *** River Styx ***                                        -RVRSTX-
    
    Make your way down the river to slowly lose your Godly powers.
    
    
    *** Realm of Hades ***                                    -UNDWLD-
    
    Follow the path for a scene. Once you regain control, turn left and examine the
    pedestal. Move ahead and use R1 to swing across the gap. Jump short and fall to
    the ledge below for two red chests. Follow the ledge around to the right for
    the first Gorgon's Eye. Head to the middle and climb up.
    
    Head across the right bridge to find the Hyperion Gate. Go back and take the
    other bridge to find a save point. Look to the left of the save point for a
    swing point. Use it to get across and kill the enemies before opening the four
    red chests. Use the same swing points to get back across, then follow the path
    to the right.
    
    When battle begins, have fun using your new ability(you will temporarily have
    infinite magic). You can examine the bramble covering the door if you want,
    then jump and grab onto the rope at the top right of the screen. Three heavy
    attacks will take down the enemies that meet you. Once across, drop down and
    examine the shining dot near the end of the rope. Move ahead and drop down.
    
    Look to the foreground for two red chests, then head to the back and examine
    the shining dot. Once inside the room, follow the prompt to release yourself,
    then quickly run to the middle and use your Phalanx to get rid of the smaller
    enemies. If you follow the prompt to kill the gorgon you will be rewarded with
    her head and some new info.
    
    Once all the enemies are taken care of, open the door to the left and head down
    the path. When you come to a small gap, drop down and head back to the fore-
    ground to find two red chests. Continue down the path. Jump across the river
    for a short scene.
    
    Use the nearby broken pillar to get to higher ground, then jump on the platform
    to see what it does. Jump back off to the left to let it rise again. Now jump
    back to the platform and quickly move to the right and jump onto the ledge on
    the right. Move into the small room and grab the bramble in the corner. Move it
    to the small opening and kick it out.
    
    Drop down and move the bramble to the other end of the area and position it
    near the caged Cerberus to set it on fire. Now head all the way back to the man
    and jump to the top again. Jump onto the platform that lowers and ride it all
    the way down. Quickly run back across to the bramble you set on fire, and use
    your Icarus Wings above the smoke to fly up and into the small area you opened
    by lowering the platform. Pull the lever to release the Cerberus.
    
    Attack the creature until the prompt shows up, then follow the commands. Once
    you have control of the beast, ride it back to the man and use the flames to
    light the bramble. Examine the body for Bow of Apollo. You can use the bows
    charged attack to set the brambles on fire. Move to the right end of the area
    and look up with your bow out to target a bramble. Charge a shot and let it fly
    to open a new path. Move the smoking bramble from before to the left and use it
    with your Icarus Wings to get into the new entryway for a red chest and a
    Phoenix Feather.
    
    Head back across the river and destroy the bramble to find a save point. Follow
    the path and look to the right when it opens up for a note. Destroy the bramble
    between the chests for a Minotaur Horn. Jump onto the ledge to the left and
    follow the path. L1+Circle is great for taking out the Harpies. Once they are
    all dead, head to the right.
    
    Use your Icarus Wings to glide to the next platform, then grab onto the wall
    and work your way across to the right. Climb up the wall at the end, then jump
    to the ledge on the left. Work your way up and to the left. Jump across the
    waterfall and grab the Gorgon eye at the end of the path. Head back to the
    right and follow the ledge all the way.
    
    Double jump to grab onto the vines and make your way across. Drop down, then
    double jump across to the vines on the pillar. Climb up.
    
    
    *** Judges of the Underworld ***                          -JUDGED-
    
    Use the swing points to get across to the main platform. Look in the background
    near a pool of water for a save point. Head to the left side of the foreground
    and check the shining spot for some information. Move to the pedestal shown and
    examine it. Check the book after each clear for a new trial.
    
    Trial 1 - Just kill everything that you see; it will take a while.
    Trial 2 - Kill the souls before they hit the glowing gate.
    Trial 3 - Destroy everything.
    
    The gates will now open. Before heading anywhere else, look to the left of the
    area you just did the trials and jump across the gap to a ledge. Head to the
    left for two red chests and a Gorgon Eye. Head back and examine the shining
    spot from before for a scene. Save if you want, then head through the newly
    opened gate and into the portal.
    
    Look to the right of the portal for a pedestal. Head farther right and glide
    across the gap. Continue along the path and use charged bow shots to blow up
    the oil barrels as the minotaur come at you. As soon as you exit the tunnel,
    turn right and enter the portal here. Check the paper on the ground, open the
    chest for a Minotaur Horn, and pull the lever. Head back through the portal.
    Move straight ahead and glide across the gap to find a red chest. Jump across
    the gap to your left and follow along for a short scene.
    
    Grab onto the nearby rope and make your way across. Head down the vines on the
    right and follow the path. Examine the paper near the water and move ahead.
    Squeeze into the opening on the right and follow the path on the other side.
    The blue-glowing enemies will crawl towards you and explode once defeated, so
    be wary. Look to the left for a red chest before crossing the thin bridge.
    
    Follow the path and take out the enemies on the next bridge. When the path
    opens up, look slightly to the right for a note on the ground. Shoot the
    bramble to set it on fire. Use your wings above the vents to glide higher.
    On the next platform, take out the two enemies. Pull the lever and very quickly
    run to the left and double jump onto the wooden platform.
    
    Grab the bramble barrel and move it over near the wooden platform you came up
    on(or where the platform was). Jump down to the right and ride the platform up
    again. When you get to the top, drag the barrel onto the platform and ride it
    back down. Take out the enemies and drag the barrel over to where you flew up
    with the vent. Kick the barrel down to increase the vents power.
    
    Jump and glide all the way up until you latch onto a platform. Just hold on as
    it pulls down. Once it stops, climb on top of it and open the door on the wall
    for a red chest, an achievement, and a Phoenix Feather. Head back out and use
    your wings to ride the vent all the way up and into the doorway at the top.
    
    Follow the path and take the right path when it splits for a red chest. Head
    back and to the left to find a pedestal. Head down the path and kill the
    enemies that attack. Jump and glide down to the ledge below. Jump down from the
    ledge.
    
    
    *** The Forge ***                                         -FORGE1-
    
    Head up the steps and watch the scene. Once you have control, head to the right
    for a save point. Pull the nearby lever to open a gate. Head back and towards
    the foreground to move past the gate you just opened. Follow the path and use
    the lever to move the doorway. When the doorway allows passage to the right,
    stop spinning it and head through. Kill the hellhounds and grab the two red
    chests - the one on the left can be hard to see. Head back and turn the doorway
    to face the bramble in the background. Destroy the bramble and head down the
    path.
    
    After the scene take out the enemies. Drop down and use the swing points to get
    across. Follow the right path and destroy the bramble on the door. Open the new
    door after killing the Cerberus. After killing all enemies, look to the left
    for a note, then head through the door.
    
    
    *** Palace of Hades ***                                   -UNDPLC-
    
    Look to the left for a save point. Just past it, on the left, is a red chest
    and a shining spot. Head to the right of the room to find a short passage with
    a movable object at the end. Grab it and pull the object all the way back to
    the wheel at the back left of the central room. Use the wheel, then push the
    object under the flap so that the gate will not close. Climb up to the second
    level and grab the two white chests before heading through the newly opened
    gate.
    
    Take out the enemies here, then head up the ramp to the right. Follow the
    passage all the way to the next room. Head to the right and all the way to the
    back for a white chest and a red chest. Head back and check the left path to
    find a ladder in the room at the end. Climb it and look to the right for a
    Phoenix Feather. Head back and grab the two red chests before dropping back
    down. Head back to the split and turn the handle.
    
    Press R1 after reading the pedestal to drop two ladders and spawn some enemies.
    Head up the new ladder on the left side of the area and, once at the top, move
    around to the right to find a lever. Pull it. Look to the right and open the
    gate here.
    
    Head out and grab the stones you used to stop the wheel before and move it back
    to the elevator you just came down on. Pull the lever to go back up. Move the
    stones near the wheel up here, then jump back down the hole with the ladder.
    Go back to the handle and turn it to open the cuffs. Quickly go back to the
    left ladder, head up it, and use the wheel. Push the stones under the flaps of
    the wheel, then head back down and use the handle to open the cuffs again. This
    time head up the right ladder and use its wheel to lock the statues hands in
    place. Head back down to the pedestal and hit R1.
    
    ** Hades **
    
    After the speech, get ready to hit the shoulder buttons when you first see
    Hades. Use a hit-and-run tactic for Hades. When he climbs up he'll jump down
    and create a shockwave; jump over it. He'll also swing his blades horizontally
    along the ground in a wide swath. Just jump over it. Follow the button prompt
    when it appears.
    
    When the flesh is ripped from Hades, go over and attack it to keep it from
    getting back to him. After the flesh is killed, Hades will do a chain attack
    that hits any of the ground that gets blackened. There will always be a small
    spot that doesn't, so take shelter there. Get back to attacking him and, after
    another prompt, kill his moving flesh. This time he'll also have a new attack.
    He'll occasionally wrap his blades around himself, then start shooting them up
    through the ground; just keep moving. He'll also summon some spirit Cerberus,
    but they disappear after hitting you once. Follow the next button prompt and
    obtain the Claws of Hades.
    
    Kill the enemies that spawn. When the big guy spawns, keep an eye out for
    grapple points to use when necessary. Use the button prompts when they appear.
    A save point will appear across the river. Head into the water and use square
    to dive down and find Hades' Helm. Head downstream. Surface and have fun
    with the fight, then jump into the water on the other side of the platform.
    Head through the tunnel to the other side and surface. Pull the lever, then
    drop back into the water and swim through the open gate. Watch the scene at the
    end of the tunnel.
    
    - Alternate Strategy - (Submitted by Chris D.)
    
    - Note: This strategy can be useful on higher difficulties where you can be
    killed in only a few hits. -
    
    Make sure you have upgraded your Bow of Apollo to level 2. Stay a reasonable
    distance away from Hades and use the rapid-fire ability of your bow until it
    runs out of power, then wait for the item meter to regenerate. Repeat.
    
    In phase 2, remember to jump over or duck under Hades' blade when he does his
    area-sweeping attack. If he slowly buries one blade, and then the other, into
    the ground and proceeds to pull them out with a slow-motion effect, it will
    break your block and do damage; be sure to dodge it. When Hades fires off his
    skull barrage, keep dodging until the disappear to avoid damage. Continue
    firing arrows at Hades in between each set of three chain strikes.
    
    Each time you rip off a piece of Hades' flesh, position yourself between the
    moving lump and Hades. Use the (L1+Square) attack to knock it away from Hades
    and kill a bunch of hands for health orbs. Once past the first three phases,
    you are given a checkpoint in-game at each phase.
    
    
    *** The Forge ***                                         -FORGE2-
    
    Head down the path to the right and kill the enemies when you get to the
    circular room. Turn the door so that it opens to the background and head on
    through. Follow the path and notice the active Hyperion Gate. Head to it and
    move through it.
    
    
    *** The City of Olympia ***                               -HICITY-
    
    - Note: when you fight at the large golden gate, you can use your Claws of
    Hades and spam the (L1+C) attack to pull out souls and build up your combo
    meter. If you do this long enough without killing an enemy to spawn the dogs,
    you can get your Hit Man trophy. May take practice and must be done on a high
    enough difficulty for the enemies to not die (Titan or higher I believe). -
    
    Head along the path and watch the scene. Head to the right and cut through the
    vines holding her forearm and hand together. Head over and examine her thumb to
    push the hand off the edge. Examine the door, then kill everything that spawns.
    Head through the door when its all over.
    
    Do like the game says and use the harpy to traverse the next area. After the
    turn, when you see more harpies, drop down and look left for a red chest. Climb
    back up and use the harpies to cross. Once across, wait for the harpies to
    respawn, grab one, and use it to get to the ledge on the right of where you
    are for a red chest, a Gorgon Eye, and a Minotaur Horn. Jump back down and
    follow the path to find a save point.
    
    Keep following the path for a short scene. Jump across the gap and take out the
    enemies here. Head left to spawn a centaur. Head up the ramp to the left and
    use the ballista. After killing the Chimera, use the ballista and time the
    shot so that it hits Helios as he flies by in his chariot.
    
    Head back down the ramp you came up and cross the big gap in the middle using
    the new harpies. After killing all enemies open the right gate and look to the
    left for a red chest. Take out enemies in the passageway as you go along. Turn
    left when the path splits for another red chest. Head across the bridge ahead
    and climb up the ladder. Follow along the wall until you get to Helios.
    
    Once the phalanx is formed just wait for the ogre to come up. Attack the ogre
    and use the prompt when it shows to ride on it. Use it's heavy attack to break
    the phalanx. Once all enemies are dead, walk to Helios for prompts and scenes.
    Use the Right Stick to move Kratos' right hand. Your goal is to cover the
    source of the light with your right hand so that you can advance. Stomp his
    head a few times then see another scene. Follow the prompts to gain Head of
    Helios. Use your new buddy and look to the right of his body to find Helios'
    Shield, then face the foreground and use it on the corner to find a chest
    containing a Minotaur Horn(Thanks to Psykoelpunisher). Head back and use the
    head on the wall in the background. Once you have revealed enough of the wall,
    it will turn into a door and you can go on through. Head down the dark path.
    
    
    *** The Path of Eos ***                                   -PTHEOS-
    
    Look along the wall to the left to find a Gorgon Eye. Follow the path to find
    a save point and a pedestal, then continue ahead. Follow the path through the
    dark until a blue field appears. Take out all of the harpies, then move all the
    way to the left and use the Head of Helios to reveal another opening. Continue
    forward.
    
    At the end of the corridor, do not get onto the rope. Run off of the ledge and
    drop down to find a red chest and a Phoenix Feather. Climb back up and jump
    onto the rope. Head across. Drop off of the rope at the end, then jump to the
    ledges above. Head down the passage. When the area opens you'll see a scene.
    
    Use the harpy to cross the gap. Head across the bridge and double jump to the
    right when you come to a gap to find two red chests. Jump back then head toward
    the gap in the background but do not jump, just drop down to find a red chest.
    Climb up the nearby vines to fight a few Wraiths. If you are having trouble
    with these, you can jump back to the previous platform and use charged shots
    from your Bow of Apollo to easily and safely get rid of them. Follow the path.
    When you see two chests, look to the right and use Head of Helios to make a
    wall disappear and grab a Gorgon Eye.
    
    Head to the left and kill the enemies on the bridge. At the end of the bridge,
    turn left and grab the Phoenix Feather there (You cannot see the chest, but an
    R1 prompt will come up). Head up the ramp and head to the back left of the
    chain. Use your Head of Helios to find a red chest. Head all the way to the
    right to find another red chest. Use the nearby save point, then jump and use
    your Icarus Wings while above the air vent.
    
    
    *** The Chain of Balance ***                              -CHNBLC-
    
    Dodge stuff as you fly by. Just follow the platforms and nets up. When you
    reach the platform just after climbing across the wall with falling boulders,
    use your Head of Helios to uncover a chest containing a Phoenix Feather(Thanks
    to Walter and Brent). Continue up and follow the prompts to get out.
    
    
    *** The Caverns ***                                       -CAVES1-
    
    Head to the back right corner and use your Head of Helios to reveal a chest
    with a Minotaur Horn. Destroy the bramble with your bow. After the scene, use
    the new swing point to get onto the raised platform. Once on top of the new box
    you can destroy the bramble again. Kill the enemies as the box moves. When the
    minotaur come out you need to keep them from breaking the chain.
    
    Jump across to the next box to meet Hermes. Use the nearby swing point to grab
    onto the chain. Climb up until you get to the top.
    
    
    *** The Flame of Olympus ***                              -BGFLMS-
    
    Look to the right for a save point. Check out the flame in the center. Use the
    Head of Helios at each pedestal to reveal a painting and some information. Head
    to the chain opposite the one you came in on and check the walls with Head of
    Helios to find a hidden room with three red chests and a Gorgon Eye. Head to
    the save point and follow Hermes.
    
    Continue up the stairs after Hermes jumps to find two red chests and a pedestal
    to examine. Go back and glide down to Hermes. Grab onto the wall and head down.
    
    
    *** The Olympian Citadel ***                              -OLCTDL-
    
    This area has a lot of ways to die isntantly. Just keep moving. Once you land
    with the statues head, exit through the doorway at the top left of the screen
    and glide across the next gap. Jump to the ledge above and find yourself back
    where you were. Attack Hermes with your Light Attack combos until you get a
    scene. Follow the prompts and get Boots of Hermes. Head to the far end of the
    room and look behind the statues head to get Hermes' Coin.
    
    Dash up the wooden structure for a save point. Head across the walls to find a
    red chest and a white chest. When you get outside, look to the foreground for a
    red chest. Head across the bridge and grab another red chest. Run up the wooden
    structure, then run across the wall. Use your Head of Helios in the lower
    corner to find a chest containing a Phoenix Feather. Climb up the wall near the
    statue in the next room.
    
    Head outside and climb up the wall here. Jump and glide towards the chest at
    the top right of the screen. Follow the path and kill all enemies. Once all are
    dead, head to the left for a red chest and a Minotaur Horn. Head back and go
    through the door the game showed you.
    
    
    *** The Flame of Olympus ***                              -BGFLM2-
    
    Look to the left for a save point. Head to the right for two red chests. Keep
    going right and enter the hallway. Kill everything and continue. Grab the red
    chest before heading up the staircase. Open the gate ahead.
    
    Head to the left to find a red chest. Use the air vent just to the left to find
    another red chest and a Phoenix Feather on either side of the vent. Drop back
    down and head to the right side of the room. Use the vent here to find a red
    chest. Jump across to the other side of the vent and jump to the nearby
    platform. Use the levers here to turn the blocks below. The point is to make
    a full Sword of Olympus with the hilt starting at the left and the tip all the
    way at the right. Once done, jump down.
    
    Check the pedestal for some information, then examine the playstation buttons.
    Press the correct keys as they pass through the figure-eight looking thing.
    Watch the scene. Pull the lever. Once at the bottom, pull the lever again and
    get off of the platform to reveal four red chests(Thanks to Joseph K.). Save if
    you want, then head up the new stairs.
    
    Grab onto the lever and pull it until it stops. Head through the newly opened
    door and head down the passage while killing the enemies. Head down the stairs
    and use the Head of Helios at the base to find a chest containing a Gorgon Eye.
    Use the save point here before heading down the hallway.
    
    
    *** The Forum ***                                         -TFORUM-
    
    Kill everything that spawns until Hercules comes down.
    
    ** Hercules **
    
    Once Hercules drops, keep taking down the small fries but be aware of where
    he stays. When he charges you, quickly press circle until you have control,
    then run him into one of the thorned statues. Do this twice. Then just play
    hit-and-run until he blinds you. Run up and follow the prompts. Once you land
    in the water, head back into the water and dive down to find Hercules' Shoulder
    Guard.
    
    Get out of the water and follow the path. Kill all enemies, then use the Cestus
    to break the onyx. Pull the lever. Use the Cestus to break the phalanx, then
    make your way back to the water and out through the underwater tunnel. When you
    get out of the water, head to the foreground to find a red chest and a Minotaur
    Horn.
    
    
    *** Poseidon's Chamber ***                                -POSCHM-
    
    Take out all enemies and use the wheel at the top left of the screen. Head
    through the gate just to the right to find a save point. Turn right and go talk
    to Poseidon's lady. Follow the path to a room full of portals. You can't jump
    into the water here. Glide into the portal to the right and, once you've come
    out the other side, head to the left and jump across to the ledge. pull the
    lever.
    
    Drop down and open the two red chests. Don't kill the dogs. Grab them with
    circle and kick them into the portal on the right to lower the platform in
    front of you. Once four dogs have been kicked onto the platform, go through it
    yourself and head into the lower portal in the background for a scene.
    
    When you regain control, look to the background to find a letter and a red
    chest. Head to the right side of the portal to find Poseidon's Conch Shell and
    a Gorgon Eye. Head back through the portal. Now kill the dogs. When the lady
    falls, go and grab her. Kill the new dogs and use the prompt when it appears.
    
    Head back through the portal and kill the new enemies. On harder difficulties
    these guys can be a pain in the butt. An easy way to take them down is to head
    back through the portal and jump onto the ledge on the left that has the lever
    on it. From there just shoot them with your bow until they are dead. Either
    way, once down, head through the doorway and take out the shielded soldiers.
    Use the prompt on the lady three times, then open the gate down the left path.
    Take out the enemies here and use the wheel. Head past the save point and into
    the newly opened gate for a scene.
    
    Check just in front of the statue for a note. Look at the left side of the room
    with Head of Helios to find a chest with a Phoenix Feather. Head down the left
    path and follow it outside. Check the dead bodies and head towards the lever in
    the back.
    
    
    *** The Upper Gardens ***                                 -UPGRD1-
    
    Turn the lever until the platform moves, then jump across to the next one. Do
    the same thing here and jump over to the next platform. Here turn the crank
    until it stops twice and jump across to a new area. Open the door. To find a
    save point.
    
    
    *** Aphrodite's Chamber ***                               -APHCHM-
    
    Head up the stairs and turn right to find a Minotaur Horn in a nook. Head over
    to the left to find two red chests. Head up to the bed in the center of the
    room. Choose yes for a mini-game. Aphrodite will reveal a portal back to
    Haphaestus. Head to either side of her bed and jump across the small gap
    towards the back of the bed to find a hidden ledge. Grab Aphrodite's Garter.
    Jump back across and head through the portal.
    
    Drop down and save your game before heading through the newly opened passage to
    the left of Haphaestus. Follow along the left wall to find a Gorgon Eye, then
    continue into the background.
    
    
    *** Tartarus ***                                          -TARTRS-
    
    Check the pedestal straight ahead, then head down the path on your right. Grab
    the Phoenix Feath on the right side of the path before continuing. Take out the
    enemies that appear and grab the red chest to the left. Use the rocks to climb
    to the ledge above for a white chest. Head up the staircase.
    
    
    *** Gates of Tisiphone ***                                -GTSTIS-
    
    - BEWARE: There is a glitch in this room that will require you to reload a
    previous save/checkpoint. After pushing in the two blocks at the bottom of
    the wall to reveal more climbable area, you'll need to grab onto a harpy and
    use it to fly from the left wall over to a platform on the top right wall to
    hit a switch. If you fall short and grab onto the ledge, you will be prompted
    to hit R1 to activate the switch - do *NOT* do it. Activating the switch in
    this way will push in the block you are hanging on to but not actually release
    the other blocks that should be revealed(Thanks to Joel C.). -
    
    Take out the chimaera that spawn. Check the right side of the room for a white
    chest. Head to the left corner and pull on the chain until it stops. Move over
    a little and push in the nearest box. Jump up to the second ledge and glide to
    the left to find a red chest. Drop down and head over to the right chain. Pull
    it all the way down and, again, push the nearby block into the wall. Now go
    back to the left and jump up onto the second ledge to see a harpy. Use it to
    get over to the right set of blocks. Make your way up a couple of blocks, then
    over to the shining point on the left. Push the block in.
    
    Double jump over to a ledge to the left to find another red chest, then head
    back and use the harpy to get over and onto the platform on the right. Push
    this block in, then jump to the right to find a ledge with a red chest and a
    Gorgon Eye. Jump back and head to the top of the block wall. Use the object.
    Look to the left of the save point ahead for a Phoenix Feather.
    
    
    *** The Pit of Tartarus ***                               -PITART-
    
    Move ahead and take out the enemies that spawn. Check the pedestal before
    heading down the path to the left. Follow the path down to the bottom and glide
    over the gap. Turn right just as you land to find a Minotaur Horn. Follow the
    path and use R1 at the shining spot for a scene.
    
    ** Cronos **
    
    Use circle to break free of his finger grip and charge up your Head of Helios.
    When Cronos begins to lean his head towards you, release the flash to blind him
    and follow the prompts to land on one of his hands. Take out enemies as they
    spawn - they come from a hole in the background. Eventually the camera will
    zoom out and the cuff on Cronos will turn. Climb up and through the opening.
    
    Attack and break the giant pimple above you. You'll be on level ground again,
    so take out enemies as they come. When Cronos grabs onto the edge attack his
    fingers. Once you destroy the fingernail a prompt will appear; follow it.
    
    When Cronos raises his hand you'll see shadows on the ground. Stay out of the
    shadows to keep from getting squished. While his hand is on the ground, jump
    onto the bare spot of one of his fingers to grab on. Kill the enemy on top and
    charge a flare with your Head of Helios to blind him again. Follow the prompts.
    
    Climb the wall and use the swing point to reach a ledge. Kill all enemies here,
    then open the door. Use your Cestus to break the blue crystal. You'll be
    grabbed before you're able to do much else. Kill all enemies here and wait for
    Cronos to squish you. Follow the prompt to break free. Follow along the ceiling
    and kill the enemies that spawn. Follow the prompts that show up.
    
    You must quickly run down this path or you will die when Cronos catches you.
    Once you get to the top, destroy the enemies and an abomination will spawn.
    When able, use the prompt sequence to ride the giant and use its attacks to
    tear the flesh it emerged from.
    
    Follow the prompts. Once eaten, you must quickly drop down the wall before the
    crap at the top reaches you. Follow the prompts to rip your way out and acquire
    the Omphalos Stone.
    
    Follow along the bare areas to get back to where you tried to destroy the
    crystal. Finish the job and follow the prompts. Break the tip of the crystal
    off and make your way to Cronos' forehead. After his spiel follow the prompts.
    
    Once you've landed, break the crystal ahead of you and drop down for a scene.
    Move up and grab your new weapons, then follow the prompts. Attack the shiny
    object until the camera changes. Take out the enemies that spawn, then head
    left towards Tartarus to find Hephaestus' Ring. Head to the right and save,
    then run up the wall and head through the Hyperion Gate and back to Aphrodite.
    
    Head down the stairs when you're ready and out the door. Take out the enemies.
    
    
    *** The Upper Gardens ***                                 -UPGRD2-
    
    Jump across the gap and attack the pillar until it turns. Jump across here and
    do the same to have access to a new area. Jump across the gap and enter the
    door. Follow the passage. A short scene will occur. Once you regain control,
    examine the shiny spot on the table for some information.
    
    Head left and examine the open book on the wall. Head to the back of the room
    for two more books to examine. Check the back right corner for another book.
    Pull the lever on the right side of the room to raise the platform holding the
    ballista. Use the ballista to shoot down the gate. From the raised platform,
    jump to the portal on the right wall and grab the red chest where you emerge.
    
    Drop back down and turn the ballista so that it would fire to the left. Fire it
    and climb along the rope to find the final Gorgon Eye. Jump down and "use" the
    ballista to retract the rope. Turn the ballista back to its original position,
    then run up the wall to the right to enter an orange portal. Pull the lever and
    go back through the portal and quickly fire the ballista to free the two chests
    containing Daedalus' Schematics and a Phoenix Feather.
    
    Fire the ballista again, then head through the blue portal on the right wall.
    Jump from the ledge and glide over to the rope. Climb all the way to the
    foreground to find four red chests. Drop down and pull the lever at the bottom
    right of the area to lower the ballista. Turn it to shoot towards the left and
    fire it. Jump into the blue portal on the right side of the room, then jump off
    the ledge and glide around to grab onto the rope. Climb across for a red chest
    and a Minotaur Horn. Drop down and head to the background and down the rope in
    the back.
    
    Drop down and look to the foreground for a red chest and another Minotaur Horn.
    Move up the ramp and head outside for a short scene. Head down the path to find
    Hera. Head left to find a save point after the scene. Continue left for Hera's
    Chalice. Head back towards the bridge and enter the maze. Look straight ahead
    for a red chest. Take the left path and use your Head of Helios to reveal a
    chest containing the final Phoenix Feather. Take the right path to find two
    more red chests. Go back to the save point and follow the path. Kill the
    enemies that attack and round the corner. Look straight ahead for a red chest,
    then head back and take the right path. Follow the path into a short tunnel and
    take care of the two enemies here before exiting through the other end.
    
    Turn left as soon as you're able and hang a u-turn for a red chest. Now go back
    to where you were and head to the left of the green chest, taking a right down
    a new path. Follow it to find two red chests. Use your Head of Helios here to
    uncover a chest with some red orbs(Gorgon Eye; Thanks to Tony G.). Head back to
    the green chest. Head down the path to the right of the green chest, heading
    into the background.
    
    Head straight and to the gate at the other side of the area. Use R1 to lower
    it. Head back and stand atop the shining button until you see a message. Once
    you regain control, head down and jump over that gate you just opened. Move to
    the left and climb the stairs. Head to the right and open the gate. Go down the
    ladder and look to the foreground for a red chest. Move ahead.
    
    When you come to a gap, jump and glide into the small opening on the left to
    find a chest containing a Minotaur Horn. Head out and jump to the ledge in the
    background. Grab the pillar and move it to the left with you. Spin the pillar
    so that the stairs descend towards the left and move it under the waterfall on
    the right. Head through the newly opened gate for a scene.
    
    go back to the chalice you filled with water and shoot the bramble to the left
    of it. Move the pillar over to where the brample was. Now go and stand on the
    button to make everything turn green. Water will pour down and fill the chalice
    to open another path. Now grab the pillar and take it down the ramp with you.
    Turn it so that the stairs are descending towards the right and move it as far
    as you can down the bottom right of the area. Turn the place green again, grab
    Hera, and use the path to drop her into the nearby chalice.
    
    Grab the pillar and move it so that it sits atop the button that turns every-
    thing green. Make your way along the path for a scene at the end. Head down the
    path and use the harpies to cross the gap. Turn the handle at the end to open
    the doorway ahead of you. Save just to the right of the doorway and look down
    from the save point for a red chest. Look on the opposite side of the stairs
    with your Head of Helios to reveal a chest containing a Gorgon Eye(Thanks to
    Dennis B.).
    
    Take out the scorpions as you make your way down the path. Turn left when the
    area opens up for a chest containing some red orbs(Phoenix Feather; Thanks to
    Tony H.). Continue down the path and use the giant wheel. Head towards the
    background and follow the path until you come to a green chest on your right.
    Look to the left for a note on the ground. Jump across the gap.
    
    
    *** The Caverns ***                                       -CAVES2-
    
    After the battle, head to the foreground/left to find two chests containing the
    final Minotaur Horn and some red orbs(Gorgon Eye; Thanks to Tony H.). Head to
    the right and jump to the left ledge. Check the left side for a note, then save
    on the right. Use your Head of Helios on the wall to reveal a passageway.
    
    Head down the passage. Turn to the left just after the view change for a red
    chest and a note on the floor. Head to the right side for another red chest
    (Phoenix Feather; Thanks to Tony H.). Jump and glide over to the right for a
    chest with some red orbs. Head all the way to the left and pull the lever to
    raise the water level. Once it stops rising, jump onto the platform for a red
    chest.
    
    Head over to the back right to find a climbable wall. Go up it and move through
    the passageway. Pull the lever at the end of the passage to take a ride up.
    Follow the path to the end to find a magic chest and a note on the ground. Head
    to the right and jump to the net on the wall. Climb up and kill all enemies.
    Head to the right and jump across the gap. Continue to the right to find two
    red chests and a chest containing some red orbs. Head back and run up the wall
    with the footprints. Open the door and enter the caverns.
    
    Move ahead and kill the scorpions. Jump across the gap and open the next door.
    Head inside and keep to the right for a red chest. Head to the left for a
    pedestal to examine. Head farther left and jump to the next platform. Glide
    down to the nearby giant box.
    
    - Skorpius -
    
    -- Note: apparently you can use your Nemesis Whip against the large scorpion
    once it has fallen and is stunned to get your 1000 hit combo trophy since the
    battle will only progress if you hit Skorpius with your Cestus. --
    
    After dispatching the little guys a gigantic scorpion thing will attack. Follow
    the prompts to free yourself and use the Cestus to break the onyx on its body.
    Use your Hermes Boots to close the distance so you can hit the onyx. Once you
    have broken enough legs the biggun will drop down and a bunch of smaller ones
    will swarm. Take this opportunity to smash the big one in its face. Eventually
    a prompt will appear; follow it. The biggun will run off-screen and summon a
    bunch of the little guys. It will come back and attack from the edge, then come
    on top. Use this time to break its legs before it goes back off-screen.
    
    Once all the legs have been broken it'll drop again. Hit it until the prompt
    appears. After the scene and prompts, use your Cestus to break the crystallized
    body. Head to the top right of the screen and break the tail to find Boreas
    Icestorm. 
    
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    Head to the red thing in the center and hit R1 to activate the Boreas Icestorm.
    Use the vent to glide back up.
    
    Move straight and hit R1 on top of the red thing. After the scene jump across
    the gap in the foreground and use your Head of Helios to uncover a chest that
    contains some red orbs. Go back and head to the end. Use the swing points to
    get across. Hit R1 at the red thing at the top left to raise the box.
    
    After all the enemies have been defeated use the swing points to get across to
    another platform. Jump onto the left ledge and use the save point before
    heading in. Move to the back left of the room and hit R1 on the red thing to
    lower the gate and use your Hermes Boots to climb the wall.
    
    Follow the passageway and grab the note on the right as you pass by. Head to
    the end for a scene. Head to the right once you regain control for two red
    chests and a chest containing some red orbs(Gorgon Eye; Thanks to Tony H.).
    Head back and jump up onto the rope. Pull yourself across and drop onto the
    platform. Use the swing points to cross the next gap. Use the red thing at the
    top.Make your way to the opened door after the scene and head on in.
    
    
    *** The Labyrinth ***                                     -LBRNTH-
    
    Turn left immediately and use Head of Helios to uncover a red chest. Look to
    the right for a save point, then head to the back left of the room and use the
    red thing on the ground. Once you drop, defeat all enemies to lower the gate.
    Head into the next room. Use the Head of Helios along the left wall to reveal
    a chest containing some red orbs(Gorgon Eye; Thanks to Tony H.). Head to the
    right and use the red thing.
    
    Head to the back right of the room for a red chest and a chest containing some
    red orbs, but be careful because the fire here will kill you with one hit.
    When the flames die down on the left side, grab onto the grate and make your
    way up. Pull the lever at the top. Drop down and head through the opened door.
    
    Head to the far right for a red chest, then drop down move the object towards
    the foreground before using the nearby red thing. Move the object to the far
    background, then hit the red thing here. Move the object onto the round button
    to open the gate, then run up the wall and exit the room.
    
    Drop down ahead. Use the large red thing in the background. Avoid the spikes
    as they will kill you in one shot. After the fourth set of spikes pop out, the
    next set cover the entire area. Grab onto a harpy to stay above the spikes
    until the room turns. Quickly exit through the door when it opens to find a
    save point.
    
    Jump across the gap and use your Cestus to break the onyx blocking the gate.
    Watch the scene. Use your Head of Helios just after lifting the next gate to
    find a chest containing some red orbs. Move ahead with Pandora. After killing
    the enemies in the next room, grab the lever on the wall and pull it back so
    that Pandora can use a button to let you progress. Use your Head of Helios on
    the left side of the room to find a red chest. Use the red thing. Quickly make
    your way across before Pandora gets sliced and diced.
    
    Use your Head of Helios all the way to the left here to reveal another red
    chest. Pick up Pandora and use her to open the gate to the ladder in the
    background. Climb up the ladder and enter the next room. Use your Head of
    Helios at the far right of the room for a chest containing some red orbs. Move
    to the far left and pull the wall out to climb up it. Keep moving up and to the
    right and use the red thing.
    
    Climb towards the foreground quickly and around the end of the platform. Keep
    moving towards the right and up. Grab the lever on top of Pandora's box to drop
    it and reveal the red thing. Use it. Drop down and break the glass to grab
    Pandora. Follow her and save when you see a save point. Watch the scene.
    
    After the battle, read the note in the middle of the ground. Use your Head of
    Helios on the left side of the area for a red chest. Check the right side the
    same way for a chest with some red orbs. Use the lever to let Pandora into the
    cage, then jump to the ledge above and stand on the shiny thing to raise the
    platform. Follow Pandora to find a save point, then continue to find a scene to
    watch.
    
    Kill all enemies, then stand on the button to raise the chains. Look at the
    right alcove and use your Head of Helios just to the left of it to uncover a
    chest. Head through the portal. Check the pedestal to the right again. Head
    left and break the onyx on the back of the statue's head. Head right and, just
    before the gap, use the Head of Helios to uncover another chest containing some
    red orbs. Jump across the gap and break the onyx on the back of this statue's
    head, then continue to the right. Head through the tunnel and turn right just
    as you come out to find a portal. Enter it and pull the lever to open the gate.
    Grab the paper on the ground, then head back through the portal.
    
    Look to the left of the tunnel and use your Head of Helios to reveal another
    chest containing red orbs. Head across the bridge and grab onto the vines to
    the right. Climb down and destroy the onyx there. Climb back up and glide
    across the gap. Head back and through the portal before the tunnel. Break the
    chains. Watch the scene.
    
    Head all the way across to the other chain link and into the room we uncovered
    before using Head of Helios. Use the Cestus to break the onyx for two more red
    chests. Head up the staircase and use the lever to raise the Labyrinth. Watch
    the scene.
    
    ** Zeus **
    
    Once on the ledge, fight Zeus until you see a circle prompt. Keep attacking
    however you want until the next prompt, then follow it. Watch the scene.
    
    After the scene follow the path to a save point and head out the door. Glide
    down to Zeus and watch the scene. Use hit-and-run tactics on Zeus. You can
    parry-return his bolts thanks to the Golden Fleece. When he jumps into the air,
    back away quickly. Watch the scene after enough time has passed or damage is
    done.
    
    Once inside Gaia, follow the path just like in the beginning of the game. Use
    your Cestus to break the onyx around Gaia's heart. Use your bow to burn off the
    bramble, then attack Gaia's heart directly. After dealing so many hits Zeus
    will attack. Treat the battle the same way you did before Gaia interrupted.
    You can hit Gaia's heart to receive health orbs. Eventually Zeus will show a
    prompt. Follow it. Watch.
    
    Once you regain control, follow the path and grab the sword. Watch the scene.
    Enter the darkness. Follow the trail of blood when you come to it. Just keep
    moving and watching scenes. Once you're out, have fun with the first-person
    action game. Watch the scenes.
    
    
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    *Godly Possessions*                                       -GODTRS-
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    Item: Zeus' Eagle
    Obtained: Heart of Gaia (Up the right vine wall)
    Ability Granted: Infinite Rage of Sparta
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    Item: Hades' Helm
    Obtained: Palace of Hades (In the river after defeating him)
    Ability Granted: Grants Max health, magic, and item meters.
    -----------------------------------------------------------
    
    Item: Helios' Shield
    Obtained: The City of Olympia (Use the head to the right of his body)
    Ability Granted: Triples your combo meters increase rate.
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    Item: Hermes' Coin
    Obtained: The Olympian Citadel (Behind the giant statue head in the room you
              in which you killed Hermes)
    Ability Granted: Obtain ten times more red orbs while active.
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    Item: Hercules' Shoulder Guard
    Obtained: The Forum (Dive under Hercules' body)
    Ability Granted: Decrease damage taken by one third.
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    Item: Poseidon's Conch Shell
    Obtained: Poseidon's Chambers (In the room with Poseidon's consort)
    Ability Granted: Infinte magic.
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    Item: Aphrodite's Garter
    Obtained: Aphrodite's Chamber (Check behind the bed once she opens the portal;
              You will have to jump from either side of the room to the correct
              area)
    Ability Granted: Allows the use of Athena's Blades instead of the Blades of
                     Exile.
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    Item: Hephaestus' Ring
    Obtained: The Pit of Tartarus (Under the pits heading but actually in The Forge
              after you kill Hephaestus; head to the left)
    Ability Granted: Automatically win all context-sensitive attacks.
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    Item: Daedalus' Schematics
    Obtained: The Upper Gardens (Second visit in the room with all his notes)
    Ability Granted: Infinite item use.
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    Item: Hera's Chalice
    Obtained: Automatically
    Ability Granted: Causes the health meter to slowly drain over time but never
                     empty it.
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    *Challenges*                                              -CHLNGS-
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    The Challenges can be found under the Features option of the main menu once the
    game has been completed.
    
    
    ** Challenge 01 - Population Control **
    
    Time: 00:01:40
    
    "Don't allow there to be more than 50 enemies at the same time. Kill them
    before too many spawn."
    
    You only have access to the Nemean Cestus weapon for this challenge. Look for
    clumps of enemies as you move around the platform and use your R1+square attack
    to send them flying. This move works well for three reasons: You can kill any
    of these enemies with two swipes of this attack, you can use it while enemies
    are near a ledge to knock them off and kill them, and it hits everything near
    you. Just keep running around and using the attack (aim for large groups and
    smaller groups near the edge of the arena) until the timer stop.
    
    
    ** Challenge 02 - Bare Hands **
    
    "Before time runs out, kill all the enemies without using any weapons."
    
    Time: 00:01:15
    
    For this challenge, you have no weapons to use and no normal attacks or magic.
    Grab the small enemies and hit square to run around with them as a shield.
    Focus on hitting the larger enemies with your ram. Try to lure the larger guys
    near the edge. If you can ram them while they are close to it you can knock
    them off when they stagger from the damage (this was the only way I was able to
    complete the challenge. Be wary of staying near the edge yourself, though,
    since you can also be knocked off. Do -NOT- use the quicktime events to finish
    off the large enemies as it takes way too much time.
    
    
    ** Challenge 03 - Get Stoned **
    
    "Allow the Gorgons to turn you to stone 10 times without dying."
    
    Time: N/A
    
    - Note: I've been told that you can force the gorgons to use their stone gaze
    attack by attempting to grab them. In conjuction with intentionally failing
    the quick time event while parrying the beam, you can control when and where
    you get stoned(Thanks to M. Larmer). -
    
    For this challenge you simply need to allow yourself to be turned to stone ten
    times without dying. If you need health at any point, grab the slow-moving
    zombies and use circle to stab them to death for a little bit of green. Try to
    get stoned in an area with no enemies nearby if possible and get ready to
    jiggle your stick. Take out the smaller enemies while waiting for the gorgon to
    shoot her beam. Once you have been stoned twice, some harpies will spawn (most
    annoying) and, since you are actually using the Blades of Athena, you can't use
    L1+Circle to grab them from a distance. You are given the Boots of Hermes to
    quickly move around the arena. Try to avoid jumping. Use your heavy attacks or
    the L1+Circle combonear the harpies to take them down. After your fourth
    stoning some Satyrs will spawn along with a second gorgon, complicating things
    even more. At this point it is more beneficial to use your Boots of Hermes to
    run around the arena to avoid damage while waiting for a well placed/timed
    green beam. When enemies start piling up, use your Golden Fleece to parry the
    stone beam and hit the correct quick time button to turn all enemies to stone.
    Quickly take out the most threatening enemies and continue with the challenge.
    At seven stonings, you get to play with two ball ogres. Yay. When it gets
    tougher to find a good place to get stoned, remember that you can use L1 to
    bring up the quick time prompt and press the wrong button to instantly freeze
    yourself. this is extremely useful if you've found a good location but don't
    have much time before enemies close in. Also, keep a close eye on your health
    at this point and act accordingly. If you do get caught in the air with a beam
    on you, furiously jiggle your right stick and you may get lucky (the air evade
    might keep you out of the beam long enough to not turn to stone). The key to
    completing this challenge is knowing when to use the self instant-freeze (by
    hitting the wrong prompt after parrying the beam) and quickly break out.
    
    ** Challenge 04 - El Matador - Ole **
    
    "Don't get gored by the Minotaurs. Don't get piled on by the enemies."
    
    Time: N/A
    
    - Note: I've been told that you can easily get rid of the minotaur by standing
    very, very close to the edge of the arena and double jumping as the minotaur
    charges at you(Thanks to J. Wrightsman, KillerApp23, and M. Larmer). -
    
    - Note: You also have access to your Rage of Sparta on this challenge.
    Activating it during the fourth and fifth waves should help if you are having
    problems completing the challenge(Thanks to Tony). -
    
    - Note: On the fifth wave you can also double jump off of the platform, then
    glide back, to have all three minotaur charge off of the edge. Once done, since
    you have access to the fully upgraded Blades of Exile, you can use Cyclone of
    Chaos Lv. 2 and continuously tap Square to take out the remaining ghouls(Thanks
    to Jurd269). -
    
    You must take out each wave without being gored or piled on.The easiest way to
    avoid being gored is to double jump and glide down while moving to the opposite
    side as the direction the minotaur is facing. While fighting the ghoulies keep
    jumping when they close in on you to break the grabs before they fully connect.
    When they ghoulies start coming in larger numbers, grab one and use square to
    use it as a ram to take out quite a few quickly. You can also use your Boots of
    Hermes to dash through a bunch and knock them away. For wave one you can kill
    the minotaur quickly before it rushes with your Tartarus Rage combo (T,T,T).
    Next will be four ghouls, if you use your Tartarus Rage combo again while they
    are crawling out you can kill all four before they pop up. Next two more
    minotaur will spawn. Pick one and use Tartarus Rage to kill it while it pulls
    itself out. Use the strategy above to avoid the gore and, immediately after he
    gores the air, hit him with (S,S,S,S,S,S,T) and it should kill him. Immediately
    start the Tartarus Rage combo in the background spawn area and the final hit
    should take out all but one or two of the spawning ghouls. Kill those remaining
    and get ready for wave five. This time you'll get six ghouls and three minotaur
    spawning for you. Grab the nearest ghoul and ram him into the minotaur to knock
    them off the edge of the platform. Take out the remaining ghouls.
    
    
    ** Challenge 05 - Knockout **
    
    "Score 1000 points by knocking enemies out of the arena. Sentry = 15 points,
    Minotaur = 30 points, Wraith = 60 points."
    
    Time: 00:01:00
    
    You are only given the blades of exile for this challenge. Attack the ogre that
    spawns and take control using the prompt. Head towards clumps of enemies while
    spamming the square button.
    
    
    ** Challenge 06 - Hades' Kids **
    
    "They don't die, they multiply. Get 5 Cyclops to spawn."
    
    Time: 00:01:30
    
    Approach the cyclops and spam Tartarus Rage to keep it off balance. Once it
    dies two more will spawn. Use (S,S,T) to quickly stagger them and take them
    out. Each time you kill one, you add another to the mix. The point is to have
    5 alive at the same time.
    
    
    ** Challenge 07 - Simply Smashing **
    
    "Destroy all the urns before time runs out."
    
    Time: 00:00:20
    
    You have access to the Blades of Athena and the Boots of Hermes for this
    challenge. It is much more beneficial to use single light attack swipes to take
    out the urns, as opposed to using combos. This urn challenge is much, much,
    much, much, much easier than the urn challenges in previous games.
    
    
    Completing all seven challenges unlocks the Combat Arena under the Features
    option on the main menu. In the Combat Arena you can completely customize a
    battle to have some fun ripping things apart.
    
    
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    *Enemies*                                                 -ENMIES-
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    *** Common Enemies ***                                    -COMNME-
    
    - Lost Soul -
    
    Description: Gray ghoul with a blue light coming from its chest.
    
    Recommended Weapon(s): Any weapon
    
    Strategy: You can grab these to kill them for health or attack them with any
              weapon to easily kill them. Very small health pool. Easy to grab.
    
    
    - Olympus Archer -
    
    Description: Barely armored with a bow. Attempts to keep you at range.
    
    Recommended Weapon(s): Apollo's Bow, Any weapon
    
    Strategy: Easily taken out by using Apollo's Bow or with a few light weapon
              attacks. Easy to grab.
    
    
    - Olympus Sentry -
    
    Description: Barely armored ghoul wielding a sword. Will usually be found in
                  large groups.
    
    Recommended Weapon(s): Any weapon
    
    Strategy: These are found in droves and extremely easy to kill. For a bit of
              fun, grab one with Circle and hit Square to use it as a battering ram
              to plow through other enemies. Using the Nemesis Whip on groups of
              these will dispatch them quickly. Easy to grab.
    
    
    - Cursed Remains -
    
    Description: Golden armored skeleton with a sword.
    
    Recommended Weapon(s): Any weapon
    
    Strategy: Easy kill. Any sort of attacks will do. Easy to grab.
    
    
    - Olympus Fiend -
    
    Description: Undead grayish enemy wielding a sword and light armor. Uses magic.
    
    Recommended Weapon(s): Apollo's Bow, Any weapon
    
    Strategy: If you can't get to these guys, pull out your bow and start shooting.
              They'll usually go down in a few shots and, if not, you can close the
              distance while they are interrupted by your hits. Once defeated, they
              will attempt to blow you up. Easy to grab.
    
    
    - Harpy -
    
    Description: Smaller, winged creature with slightly human characteristics.
    
    Recommended Weapon(s): Apollo's Bow, Blades of Exile
    
    Strategy: Use your bow to take these enemies down from a range, or use the
              L1+Circle attack with your Blades of Exile to grab them out of the
              air.
    
    
    - Harpy Queen -
    
    Description: Large, winged creature with slightly human characteristics.
    
    Recommended Weapon(s): Apollo's Bow, Blades of Exile
    
    Strategy: These are almost exclusively found and used to cross large gaps. Use
              your bow to lure one in close, then use the L1+Circle attack with
              your Blades of Exile to grab on and fly across.
    
    
    - Gorgon -
    
    Description: Female with a serpents lower parts and snakes for hair. Thinner
                 body.
    
    Recommended Weapon(s): Blades of Exile, Claws of Hades
    
    Strategy: To quickly take out these enemies and those around it, attempt to
              grab it with Circle and it will use its stone gaze. Use your Golden
              Fleece to reflect the gaze and freeze everything in the room. Start
              with breaking the most dangerous enemies. Otherwise use your wide-
              swiping attacks to hit them quickly. No grabs.
    
    
    - Gorgon Serpent -
    
    Description: Female with a serpents lower parts and snakes for hair. Thicker
                 body.
    
    Recommended Weapon(s): Blades of Exile, Claws of Hades
    
    Strategy: You can quickly stagger these with the (Square,Square,Triangle) combo
              and, once staggered, continue with the (Triangle,Triangle,Triangle)
              combo to bring up the quick time event prompt. Follow it to rip off
              her head and freeze all enemies in the immediate area. No grabs.
    
    
    - Skorpius Spawn -
    
    Description: Scorpion.
    
    Recommended Weapon(s): Any weapon
    
    Strategy: Basic attacks work well. Extremely easy to kill. Grab to stomp.
    
    
    - Stone Talos -
    
    Description: Large stone statue wielding a great hammer.
    
    Recommended Weapon(s): Nemean Cestus
    
    Strategy: The Cestus works extremely well for staggering these enemies quickly,
              making it easier to handle groups.  They also seem to take extra
              damage from the Cestus. No grabs.
    
    
    - Bronze Talos -
    
    Description: Large golden and blue statue wielding a massive mace.
    
    Recommended Weapon(s): Claws of Hades
    
    Strategy: Use Light Attack combos while dodging this enemies attacks. When you
              need to keep your distance you can use (L1+Circle) to pull out some
              souls to deal a bit of extra damage. No Grabs.
    
    
    - Minotaur Brute -
    
    Description: Large half-man/half-bull beast with horns. No weapon.
    
    Recommended Weapon(s): Blades of Exile, Claws of Hades
    
    Strategy: Use the quick (Square,Square,Triangle) combo to stagger these beasts
              with the Blades of Exile, then switch to the Claws of Hades and lay
              into it with your Heavy Attacks. Should go down easily. May charge at
              you. If this happens, you can easily keep from being gored by staying
              in the air. No grabs.
    
    
    - Minotaur Elite -
    
    Description: Large half-man/half-bull beast with horns. Armored and carries a
                 medium-sized axe.
    
    Recommended Weapon(s): Blades of Exile, Claws of Hades
    
    Strategy: Use the quick (Square,Square,Triangle) combo to stagger these beasts
              with the Blades of Exile, then switch to the Claws of Hades and lay
              into it with your Heavy Attacks. Should go down easily. May charge at
              you. If this happens, you can easily keep from being gored by staying
              in the air. While in close proximity be wary of their powerful axe
              attacks. No grabs.
    
    
    - Labrys Minotaur -
    
    Description: Large half-man/half-bull beast with horns. Lightly armored and
                 carries a large axe.
    
    Recommended Weapon(s): Blades of Exile, Claws of Hades
    
    Strategy: Use the quick (Square,Square,Triangle) combo to stagger these beasts
              with the Blades of Exile, then switch to the Claws of Hades and lay
              into it with your Heavy Attacks. Should go down easily. May charge at
              you. If this happens, you can easily keep from being gored by staying
              in the air. While in close proximity be wary of their powerful axe
              attacks. No grabs.
    
    
    - Centaur General -
    
    Description: Centaur wielding a spear with a morning star attached to the end.
    
    Recommended Weapon(s): Claws of Hades, Blades of Exile
    
    Strategy: You can let him charge you from a distance and use the quick time
              event to deal some easy damage. Using the Blades of Exile, you can
              quickly stagger these enemies using the (Square,Square,Triangle)
              combo. With the Claws of Hades, occasionally use the L1+Circle soul
              grab to get some extra damage in while pelting him with the Heavy
              Attack combo. No grabs.
    
    
    - Satyr -
    
    Description: Half-ram/half-man wielding a glaive.
    
    Recommended Weapon(s): Nemean Cestus
    
    Strategy: You can attack these with your Cestus to knock them off balance. It's
              also a good idea to grab them repeatedly and win the context battle
              to deal some damage. Otherwise, be ready to block, parry, and dodge
              these wily mo-fo's. Context grab.
    
    
    - Olympus Guardian -
    
    Description: Gray ghoul with a spear and large blue shield.
    
    Recommended Weapon(s): Nemean Cestus
    
    Strategy: Use the Cestus to break through the shield and stagger this enemy,
              then use wide-area combos to finish it off. Can grab once shield is
              destroyed.
    
    
    - Olympus Sentinel -
    
    Description: Ghouls with golden armor wielding a spear and a large blue shield.
    
    Recommended Weapon(s): Nemean Cestus
    
    Strategy: Use the Cestus to break through the shield and stagger this enemy,
              then use wide-area combos to finish it off. Can grab once shield is
              destroyed.
    
    
    - Siren Seductress -
    
    Description: Ghostly woman wearing a robe. She floats through the air.
    
    Recommended Weapon(s): Head of Helios, Claws of Hades
    
    Strategy: Use the Head of Helios if she is shown as a blue light to make her
              corporeal. Follow this up with a grab of the Claws of Hades. Now just
              lay into her with some heavy combos to quickly finish her off. No
              grabs.
    
    
    - Wraith of Olympus -
    
    Description: Shadowy figures with no legs and pendulum-like blades on their
                 arms.
    
    Recommended Weapon(s): Blades of Exile
    
    Strategy: Once one of these guys submerge, use L1+Circle with your Blades of
              Exile to pull them up and out of the ground. Above ground you can
              either continue with a mix of Light and Heavy Attacks or continually
              grab them until the die. Easy to grab.
    
    
    - Feral Hound -
    
    Description: Small tan hound with red eyes.
    
    Recommended Weapon(s): Any weapon
    
    Strategy: Easy kill with any weapon. Use Circle to stomp and kick them.
    
    
    - Hades Cerberus Whelp -
    
    Description: Small black and red hound.
    
    Recommended Weapon(s): Any weapon
    
    Strategy: Easy kill with any weapon. Use Circle to stomp and kick them.
    
    
    - Cerberus Mongrel -
    
    Description: Three-headed beast on four legs. Tan in color.
    
    Recommended Weapon(s): Nemean Cestus, Claws of Hades
    
    Strategy: Using either the Cestus or the Claws should keep this beast staggered
              until you are able to use the quick time event. Follow the prompt to
              get on top and ride. Once it has taken enough damage, follow the
              prompt to behead it. No grabs.
    
    
    - Hades Cerberus Breeder -
    
    Description: Large, flaming three-headed beast on four legs. Black and red in
                 color.
    
    Recommended Weapons: Claws of Hades
    
    Strategy: Fast dodging while using the Claws heavy attacks will make quick work
              of this animal. While it lives, it will occasionally spit out new
              Hades Cerberus Whelps. By following the quick time event, you will
              sever a head. After three quick time events, it will die. You can
              forego the use of the prompted events and keep attacking for a
              quicker kill. No grabs.
    
    
    - Chimera -
    
    Description: An amalgamation of a goat, a snake, and a lion.
    
    Recommended Weapon(s): Blades of Exile
    
    Strategy: It doesn't move around much to begin with; just lay into it with your
              combos. Once you've completed the first quick time event and severed
              the snake, it will stand up on its hind legs. At this point it will
              generally stay at a range while spitting fire in your direction. Use
              your Golden Fleece to return the fireballs for some extra damage. Use
              quick Light Attacks to get in some damage until another prompt
              appears. Once you have taken care of the lion, it will get back on
              all fours and begin moving quickly around the field. Use basic hit-
              and-run tactics while dodging its charge to finish it off. No grabs.
    
    
    - Cyclops Berserker -
    
    Description: A large cyclops wielding a tree trunk. Tan or gray in color.
    
    Recommended Weapon(s): Blades of Exile
    
    Strategy: Use hit-and-run tactics to deal damage while avoiding his sweeping
              attacks. Once you've dealt enough damage, follow the prompt to get on
              top and take a ride. No grabs.
    
    
    - Cyclops Enforcer -
    
    Description: A large, armored cyclops with a massive ball and chain weapon.
    
    Recommended Weapon(s): Blades of Exile
    
    Strategy: Use the (Square,Square,Triangle) combo to quickly stagger this large
              enemy. You can continue using the above combo to keep one or more of
              these staggered until the quick time event prompt shows up. If you
              choose not to do that, keep an eye out for one of these rearing back
              as he will throw that huge ball at you soon after. No Grabs.
    
    
    - Cyclops Remains -
    
    Description: A large, skinless cyclops wielding what looks like a bone.
    
    Recommended Weapon(s): Blades of Exile
    
    Strategy: Use hit-and-run tactics to deal damage while avoiding his sweeping
              attacks. Once you've dealt enough damage, follow the prompt to get on
              top and take a ride. No grabs.
    
    
    *** Sub-Bosses ***                                        -SUBNME-
    
    -- Water Steed --
    
    Met: First Encounter - Gaia; Final Encounter - Mount Olympus
    
    First Encounter:
    During the fight, the horse will sometimes shoot out a blast of water in one of
    three general areas: left, middle, or right. You can see the beast move and
    when he changes what 'side' his current target is. When he rears straight back
    be ready to get out of the line of fire. He will also strike with his claws
    occasionally. He'll rear back and lift the claw he's about to hit with before
    doing so - just stay away from that side of the area.
    
    Once you do enough damage the battlefield will change. While hanging, climb
    over to him and start attacking with your blades. Use X to dodge his attacks
    (you can see him raise the claw he's about to attack with). After some hits the
    field will change again. Climb all the way up and assault him with your blades.
    Again, use X to quickly switch positions to dodge a claw attack. He will start
    doing the water breath again. Watch the position of his head when he rears back
    and quickly jump to a safe area.
    
    After dealing enough damage you will shift to steady ground again. Watch for
    his water breath attack while continuing to attack. He will also attack with
    a full set of claws. Keep an eye out for the attack and, when he starts to
    swipe, hit R2 to use your magic. Not only will it make you temporarily
    invulnerable, but it will also deal a decent bit of damage to him. Once you've
    dealt enough damage, follow the prompts to finish him off.
    
    Final Encounter:
    Follow the prompt to be taken to a field on Gaia. Move in closer to the steed
    to attack. He has two common claw attacks. If you are in close he will usually
    swipe three times with claws on either side of him - just roll backwards. He
    will also do a three-hit combo that progresses across the majority of the
    battle area. For this, dodge the first two and you can either try to dodge to
    the right area and hope he misses or use your magic to become temporarily
    invincible. He will occasionally rear way back and do a far-ranging heavy
    attack with all claws. When you see this, head all the way to the foreground of
    the screen to keep from being hit.
    
    Once you've gotten enough hits in on him, follow the prompt to rip off the tip
    of one of his claws. He will start spouting his water breath again on top of
    continuing all of his previous attacks. Once you've dealt enough damage, follow
    the prompt to open his chest. Once open, run back and to the left to find the
    claw tip you ripped off. Grab it to throw it into the exposed area.
    
    
    -- Hephaestus --
    
    Domain: Technology, volcanoes, metals, craftsmen, and artisans.
    Symbolism: Hammer, anvil, tongs
    Met: The Forge
    
    Ridiculously short fight. After the prompt sequences head to the right back-
    ground and hit the pole there with your new Nemesis Whip until it fully charges
    to kill him.
    
    
    -- Skorpius --
    
    Follow the prompts to free yourself and use the Cestus to break the onyx on its
    body. Use your Hermes Boots to close the distance so you can hit the onyx. Once
    you have broken enough legs the biggun will drop down and a bunch of smaller
    ones will swarm. Take this opportunity to smash the big one in its face.
    Eventually a prompt will appear; follow it. The biggun will run off-screen and
    summon a bunch of the little guys. It will come back and attack from the edge,
    then come on top. Use this time to break its legs before it goes back off-
    screen.
    
    Once all the legs have been broken it'll drop again. Hit it until the prompt
    appears. After the scene and prompts, use your Cestus to break the crystallized
    body.
    
    
    *** Bosses ***                                            -BIGNME-
    
    - Information about Gods are taken from a mix of wikipedia.org and my personal
    interest in greek mythology. -
    
    ** Poseidon **
    
    Domain: Seas and earthquakes.
    Symbolism: Tridents and hippocampus (horse that could ride on the sea)
    Met: Just after leaving the Heart of Gaia.
    
    The goal here is to attack the claws holding on to Gaia on the left and right
    side. When Poseidon moves off to the left or right of your screen, he's getting
    ready to punch down another claw on the opposite side of the area. You'll also
    see little blue sparks on the ground sometimes, signaling an incoming electric
    attack. Move out of the sparks to avoid damage. Once both claws are loosened,
    Gaia will grab onto Poseidon and tell you to grab her hand. Use R1 to launch
    yourself over and get a little closer to the God.
    
    Once you regain control, ignore the vines on the right. Run up to Poseidon and
    attack him. He will occasionally pound down a fist - block it. He will also
    rear back with his Trident. When this happens, roll back to the fore-ground and
    away from Poseidon to avoid getting hit. Stay away from the Trident while it is
    stuck in Gaia as it has a damaging electric pulse.
    
    Poseidon will also use a triple-thrust attack with his trident, stabbing into
    three separate(but always the same) locations. Stay in the middle of the area
    when he stabs the first time, then roll towards Poseidon and get really close.
    You should be able to get off a free combo before he finishes the attack
    (Thanks to Jurd269).
    
    Once Poseidon gasps for breath and you see the prompt appear, head to the right
    and quickly climb the vines to get into range. Follow the prompts and you'll
    reveal his weak spot.
    
    Now is a repeat of the beginning of the fight, except the spark attack will now
    have three waves in a row instead of just one at a time. Follow the button
    prompts and watch the scene. Follow the prompts and watch another scene.
    
    
    ** Hades **
    
    Domain: Hades (the underworld)
    Symbolism: Cerberus, cypress, and helm of darkness.
    Met: Palace of Hades
    
    After the speech, get ready to hit the shoulder buttons when you first see
    Hades. Use a hit-and-run tactic for Hades. When he climbs up he'll jump down
    and create a shockwave; jump over it. He'll also swing his blades horizontally
    along the ground in a wide swath. Just jump over it. Follow the button prompt
    when it appears.
    
    When the flesh is ripped from Hades, go over and attack it to keep it from
    getting back to him. After the flesh is killed, Hades will do a chain attack
    that hits any of the ground that gets blackened. There will always be a small
    spot that doesn't, so take shelter there. Get back to attacking him and, after
    another prompt, kill his moving flesh. This time he'll also have a new attack.
    He'll occasionally wrap his blades around himself, then start shooting them up
    through the ground; just keep moving. He'll also summon some spirit Cerberus,
    but they disappear after hitting you once. Follow the next button prompt and
    obtain the Claws of Hades.
    
    Kill the enemies that spawn. When the big guy spawns, keep an eye out for
    grapple points to use when necessary. Use the button prompts when they appear.
    
    - Alternate Strategy - (Submitted by Chris D.)
    
    - Note: This strategy can be useful on higher difficulties where you can be
    killed in only a few hits. -
    
    Make sure you have upgraded your Bow of Apollo to level 2. Stay a reasonable
    distance away from Hades and use the rapid-fire ability of your bow until it
    runs out of power, then wait for the item meter to regenerate. Repeat.
    
    In phase 2, remember to jump over or duck under Hades' blade when he does his
    area-sweeping attack. If he slowly buries one blade, and then the other, into
    the ground and proceeds to pull them out with a slow-motion effect, it will
    break your block and do damage; be sure to dodge it. When Hades fires off his
    skull barrage, keep dodging until the disappear to avoid damage. Continue
    firing arrows at Hades in between each set of three chain strikes.
    
    Each time you rip off a piece of Hades' flesh, position yourself between the
    moving lump and Hades. Use the (L1+Square) attack to knock it away from Hades
    and kill a bunch of hands for health orbs. Once past the first three phases,
    you are given a checkpoint in-game at each phase.
    
    
    ** Hermes **
    
    Domain: Cunning, commerce, traveling and boundaries.
    Symbolism: Caduceus and winged sandals.
    Met: First time through the Caverns. Fought in the Olympian Citadel.
    
    Hermes will dodge many of your attacks and rush in quickly with some of his
    own. Just pelt him with your Light Attack combos (since the have a wide range).
    He'll occasionally jump at you; just follow the promtps. Once you've dealt
    enough damage a scene will take place.
    
    
    ** Hercules **
    
    Domain: N/A
    Symbolism: Lion pelt
    Met: The Forum
    
    Once Hercules drops, keep taking down the small fries but be aware of where
    he stays. When he charges you, quickly press circle until you have control,
    then run him into one of the thorned statues. Do this twice. Then just play
    hit-and-run until he blinds you. Run up and follow the prompts. Once you land
    in the water, head back into the water and dive down to find Hercules' Shoulder
    Guard.
    
    
    ** Cronos **
    
    Domain: Farming
    Symbolism: Sickle
    Met: Pit of Tartarus
    
    Use circle to break free of his finger grip and charge up your Head of Helios.
    When Cronos begins to lean his head towards you, release the flash to blind him
    and follow the prompts to land on one of his hands. Take out enemies as they
    spawn - they come from a hole in the background. Eventually the camera will
    zoom out and the cuff on Cronos will turn. Climb up and through the opening.
    
    Attack and break the giant pimple above you. You'll be on level ground again,
    so take out enemies as they come. When Cronos grabs onto the edge attack his
    fingers. Once you destroy the fingernail a prompt will appear; follow it.
    
    When Cronos raises his hand you'll see shadows on the ground. Stay out of the
    shadows to keep from getting squished. While his hand is on the ground, jump
    onto the bare spot of one of his fingers to grab on. Kill the enemy on top and
    charge a flare with your Head of Helios to blind him again. Follow the prompts.
    
    Climb the wall and use the swing point to reach a ledge. Kill all enemies here,
    then open the door. Use your Cestus to break the blue crystal. You'll be
    grabbed before you're able to do much else. Kill all enemies here and wait for
    Cronos to squish you. Follow the prompt to break free. Follow along the ceiling
    and kill the enemies that spawn. Follow the prompts that show up.
    
    You must quickly run down this path or you will die when Cronos catches you.
    Once you get to the top, destroy the enemies and an abomination will spawn.
    When able, use the prompt sequence to ride the giant and use its attacks to
    tear the flesh it emerged from.
    
    Follow the prompts. Once eaten, you must quickly drop down the wall before the
    crap at the top reaches you. Follow the prompts to rip your way out and acquire
    the Omphalos Stone.
    
    Follow along the bare areas to get back to where you tried to destroy the
    crystal. Finish the job and follow the prompts. Break the tip of the crystal
    off and make your way to Cronos' forehead. After his spiel follow the prompts.
    
    
    ** Zeus **
    
    Domain: Sky and thunder; Ruler of all Gods.
    Symbolism: Lightning bolt, eagle, bull, and oak.
    Met: The Flame of Olympus
    
    Once on the ledge, fight Zeus until you see a circle prompt. Keep attacking
    however you want until the next prompt, then follow it. Watch the scene.
    
    After the scene follow the path to a save point and head out the door. Glide
    down to Zeus and watch the scene. Use hit-and-run tactics on Zeus. You can
    parry-return his bolts thanks to the Golden Fleece. When he jumps into the air,
    back away quickly. Watch the scene after enough time has passed or damage is
    done.
    
    Once inside Gaia, follow the path just like in the beginning of the game. Use
    your Cestus to break the onyx around Gaia's heart. Use your bow to burn off the
    bramble, then attack Gaia's heart directly. After dealing so many hits Zeus
    will attack. Treat the battle the same way you did before Gaia interrupted.
    You can hit Gaia's heart to receive health orbs. Eventually Zeus will show a
    prompt. Follow it. Watch.
    
    
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    *Weapons*                                                 -WEPONS-
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    S=Square
    T=Triangle
    C=Circle
    X=X
    
    ** Blades of Exile **                                     -CHNBLD-
    
    Level 1:
    Cost = 0
    -Plume of Prometheus [S,S,T]
    -Olympic Fury [S,S,S,S,S,S]
    -Olympic Ascension [Hold T]
    -Hyperion Ram [L1+C]
    -Hyperion Ram(Air) [L1+C]
    -Argo's Return [L1]
    -Army of Sparta(Ground or Air) [R2]
    
    Level 2:
    Cost = 4000
    -Increased Damage
    -Cyclone of Chaos [L1+S]
    -Cyclone of Chaos(Air) [L1+S]
    -Argo's Ram [Parry(L1) and press S]
    
    Level 3:
    Cost = 7000
    -Increased Damage
    -Spirit of Hercules [T,T,T]
    -Valor of Hercules [T,T,S]
    -Hyperion Fury [Hold S]
    -Athena's Wrath(Evading) [Right Stick, T]
    -Army of Sparta Lv. 2(Ground or Air) [R2]
    
    Level 4:
    Cost = 8000
    -Increased Damage
    -Argo's Rise [Parry(L1) and press T]
    -Cyclone of Chaos Lv. 2 [L1+Tap S]
    -Tartarus Rage [L1+Hold T]
    -Tartarus Rage(Air) [L1+Hold T]
    
    Level 5:
    Cost = 10000
    -Increased Damage
    -Tartarus Rage Lv. 2 [L1+Hold T]
    -Tartarus Rage Lv. 2(Air) [L1+Hold T]
    -Army of Sparta Lv. 3(Ground or Air) [R2, Tap C]
    
    Total Spent = 29000
    
    
    ** Bow of Apollo **                                       -HOTBOW-
    
    Level 1:
    Cost = 0
    -Flame Burst [L2+S]
    -Flame Burst(Air) [L2+S]
    -Fiery Inferno [L2+Hold S]
    
    Level 2:
    Cost = 2500
    -Increased Damage
    
    Total Spent = 2500
    
    
    ** Claws of Hades **                                      -PRPLRN-
    
    Level 1:
    Cost = 0
    -Hades Agony [S,S,S,S,S]
    -Hades Curse [T,T,T]
    -Hades Ascension [Hold T]
    -Soul Rip [L1+C]
    -Soul Rip(Air) [L1+C]
    -Soul Summon(Ground or Air) [R2]
     -Add Soul: Cerberus Mongrel
     -Add Soul: Olympus Sentry
     -Add Soul: Olympus Archer
    
    Level 2:
    Cost = 3000
    -Increased Damage
    -Tormenting Lash [L1+S]
    -Tormenting Lash(Air) [L1+S]
    
    Level 3:
    Cost = 5000
    -Increased Damage
    -Hades Bane(Evading) [Right Stick, T]
    -Soul Summon Lv. 2(Ground or Air) [R2]
     -Add Soul: Chimera
     -Add Soul: Gorgon Serpent
     -Add Soul: Olympus Fiend
    
    Level 4:
    Cost = 6000
    -Increased Damage
    -Unending Sorrow [L1+T]
    -Unending Sorrow(Air) [L1+T]
    
    Level 5:
    Cost = 9000
    -Increased Damage
    -Soul Summon Lv. 3(Ground or Air) [R2]
     -Add Soul: Cyclops Berserker
     -Add Soul: Centaur General
     -Add Soul: Siren Seductress
    
    Total Spent = 23000
    
    
    ** Head of Helios **                                      -SNESKL-
    
    Level 1:
    Cost = 0
    -Solar Beam [L2]
    -Solar Flash [L2+T]
    -Solar Flare [L2+Hold T]
    
    Level 2:
    Cost = 2500
    -Increased Damage
    
    Total Spent = 2500
    
    
    ** Boots of Hermes **                                     -QCKBTS-
    
    Level 1:
    Cost = 0
    -Hermes Dash(Air) [Right Stick]
    -Hermes Rush [L2+X]
    
    Level 2:
    Cost = 2500
    -Increased Damage
    -Hermes Jest [L2+Hold X]
    
    Total Spent = 2500
    
    
    ** Nemean Cestus **                                       -LINFST-
    
    Level 1:
    Cost = 0
    -Triumphant Labor [S,S,S]
    -Erymantion Rage [T,T]
    -Augean Stampede [Hold S]
    -Augean Stampede(Air) [Hold S]
    -Brutal Ascension [Hold T]
    -Ferocious Bite [L1+C]
    -Ferocious Bite(Air) [L1+C]
    -Nemean Roar(Ground or Air) [R2]
    
    Level 2:
    Cost = 3000
    -Increased Damage
    -Vicious Maul [L1+S]
    -Vicious Maul(Air) [L1+S]
    
    Level 3:
    Cost = 5000
    -Increased Damage
    -Savage Charge(Evading) [Right Stick, T]
    -Nemean Roar Lv. 2(Ground or Air) [R2]
    
    Level 4:
    Cost = 5000
    -Increased Damage
    -Crushing Strike [L1+T]
    -Crushing Strike(Air) [L1+T]
    
    Level 5:
    Cost = 8000
    -Increased Damage
    -Nemean Roar Lv. 3(Ground or Air) [R2]
    
    Total Spent = 21000
    
    
    ** Nemesis Whip **                                        -NMSWHP-
    
    Level 1:
    Cost = 0
    -Furious Contempt [S,S,S,S,S]
    -Harsh Penance [T,T]
    -Righteous Tirade [Hold S]
    -Righteous Ascension [Hold T]
    -Surging Lash [L1+C]
    -Surging Lash(Air) [L1+C]
    -Nemesis Rage(Ground or Air) [R2]
    
    Level 2:
    Cost = 3000
    -Increased Damage
    -Severe Judgement [L1+S]
    -Severe Judgement(Air) [L1+S]
    -Increased Righteous Tirade Duration [Hold S]
    -Increased Righteous Ascension Duration [Hold T]
    
    Level 3:
    Cost = 5000
    -Increased Damage
    -Avenging Strike(Evading) [Right Stick, T]
    -Nemesis Rage Lv. 2(Ground or Air) [R2]
    -Increased Righteous Tirade Duration [Hold S]
    -Increased Righteous Ascension Duration [Hold T]
    
    Level 4:
    Cost = 5000
    -Increased Damage
    -Deadly Reprisal [L1+T]
    -Deadly Reprisal(Air) [L1+T]
    -Increased Righteous Tirade Duration [Hold S]
    -Increased Righteous Ascension Duration [Hold T]
    
    Level 5:
    Cost = 8000
    -Increased Damage
    -Nemesis Rage Lv. 3(Ground or Air) [R2]
    -Increased Righteous Tirade Duration [Hold S]
    -Increased Righteous Ascension Duration [Hold T]
    
    Total Spent = 21000
    
    
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    *Skins*                                                   -LTHRFC-
    *******
    
    - Note: All trophies are disabled for the playthrough in which you use a
    character skin. -
    
    - The majority of the information in this section was submitted by Nathan Y. -
    
    ** Fear Kratos **
    
    Obtained:  Beat the game on any difficulty
    Effect(s): Kratos deals quadruple attack damage
               Enemies deal quadruple attack damage
    
    
    ** Dominus **
    Obtained:  Ultimate Edition
    Effect(s): Kratos deals double attack damage
               Enemies deal half attack damage
    
    
    ** Morpheus Armor **
    
    Obtained:  7-11 Slurpee Promotion
    Effect(s): Red orbs are worth double their value
    
    
    ** Apollo **
    
    Obtained:  Amazon.com Pre-Order Bonus
    Effect(s): Kratos deals half attack damage
               Enemies deal half attack damage
    
    
    ** Phantom of Chaos **
    
    Obtained:  GameStop Pre-Order Bonus
    Effect(s): Red orbs are worth ten times their value
    
    
    ** Forgotten Warrior **
    
    Obtained:  Game Crazy Pre-Order Bonus
    Effect(s): Enemies deal half attack damage
    
    
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    *E-Mail*                                                  -EMAILS-
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