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    Challenge of the Gods Guide by Wrathbringer66

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    God of War: Ghost of Sparta
    Challenge of the Gods Guide
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    By: Wrathbringer66
    Version: 1.01
    Updated: 12/7/10
    
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    Table of Contents
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    I    Version History
    II   Introduction
    III  General Info/Tips
    IV   Ares Challenges......................................................[001]
      1) Six Ways to Die......................................................[002]
      2) The Gauntlet.........................................................[003]
      3) Nocrates.............................................................[004]
      4) Unscathed............................................................[005]
      5) Gear Up..............................................................[006]
    V    Athena Challenges....................................................[007]
      1) Airborne.............................................................[008]
      2) Ground Pounder.......................................................[009]
      3) Guard Break..........................................................[010]
      4) Ricochet.............................................................[011]
      5) Fear Kratos!.........................................................[012]
      6) Frozen in Flight.....................................................[013]
      7) Magic Maker..........................................................[014]
      8) Bone Crusher.........................................................[015]
    VI   Rewards..............................................................[016]
    VII  Credits..............................................................[017]
    VIII Contact Info.........................................................[018]
    IX   Legal................................................................[019]
    
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    Version History
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    12/7/10 - Version 1.01 - Minor changes, added Super Cheats to allowable 
    	  websites
    
    12/1/10 – Version 1.00
    
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    Introduction
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    Hey everyone, seeing as how there seems to be a lack of info on GameFAQs for
    the latest God of War game, Ghost of Sparta, I decided to contribute what info
    I had to the site. This is my first guide so feel free to email me any
    constructive criticism or comments! You can find my contact info at the end of
    the page.
    
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    General Info/Tips
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    - I assume everyone reading this guide is very familiar with the combat system.
    - Make sure to have all your magic and weapons fully upgraded, it will help
      with completing many challenges. If you need more orbs then I would recommend
      playing the Combat Arena instead of playing the game again, you will have to
      complete the entire game in order for your Red Orb count and upgrades to
      carry over into the Challenge of the Gods.
    - Only ‘Nocrates’ and ‘Gear Up’ have any sort of time limits so you can take
      your time on the other challenges.
    - The Athena Challenges are unlocked through two separate unlocks in the Temple
      of Zeus.
    
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    Ares Challenges                                                           [001]
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    Six Ways to Die                                                           [002]
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    The challenge is pretty straightforward and the first chest is easy since there
    is nothing to bother you, but with each chest you open more enemies spawn to
    pester you. Their order is one Hoplite, one Rabid Hound, another Hoplite,
    another Rabid Hound and finally a Cyclops.
    
    I like to start with the top left chest (red) and make my way around clockwise.
    Once the Hoplites spawn wait for them to attack so you can counter, knocking
    away all nearby enemies and leaving you free to take the chest. Repeat this
    until you are at the last chest, in which case spam Scourge of Erinys three
    times to distract everything and make a run for it.
    
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    The Gauntlet                                                              [003]
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    There are 3 waves to deal with on this one, fortunately the next wave will not
    begin until the current wave is completely dead.
    
    Wave 1: 8 Triton Lords and 9 Harpy Widows
    
    There are really two ways to do this, grab the $#@% out of EVERYTHING in this
    wave until it dies or fight like a real man! Make liberal use of [] [] /\
    armed with Thera’s Blades to set everything on fire and to leave the bombs on
    them, this will keep the Triton Lords from attacking with their annoying
    unblockable jump and also make short work of the Harpies. If the Harpies are
    being a real pain in the ass just grab them for the instant kill.
    
    Wave 2: 3 Keres Wraiths and 3 Minotaur Brutes
    
    This is THE most annoying wave in the challenge. Again, make liberal use of
    [] [] /\ and Thera’s Bane, but beware this will cause the Wraiths to go
    underground! You will need to be extremely mindful of when they are about to
    lunge at you and dodge accordingly. I prefer to take out the Minotaurs first
    since they’re so big and hide the Wraiths, but whatever you do for the love of
    god USE THE CIRCLE PROMPTS! Both enemies yield green orbs!
    
    Wave 3: 6 Satyrs and 2 Armoured Cyclops
    
    For the most part this wave is easy, just stay clear of the Cyclops’ attacks as
    they’re quite damaging. Abuse [] [] /\ with Thera’s and dodge often, you should
    have an easy win.
    
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    Nocrates                                                                  [004]
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    This one is tough and you’ll almost always cut it very close when you complete
    it. Immediately open up with Scourge of Erinys to distract the Soldiers and
    follow up with [] /\ /\ /\ directed at the box. Do NOT use Scourge again as it
    will take too much time to summon, instead try to be creative by using L+/\ to
    damage any Soldiers around you. Beyond that there’s really not much to say, you
    just have to keep going for the box and hope you kill it in time. Once it
    breaks though you have to open a chest!
    
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    Unscathed                                                                 [005]
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    There are four waves of enemies to defeat split up as so: 1 Cyclops, 4 Gorgons,
    8 Fire Harplings and 8 Cursed Wretches
    
    Wave 1 – Just keep your distance and hit the Cyclops with [] [] /\, he will
    eventually go down. Using Thera’s Bane helps too as the bombs stun the Cyclops,
    keeping him from attacking.
    
    Wave 2 – The Gorgons don’t actually attack, they use their freezing beam and a
    grab attack almost exclusively and won’t ever damage you. Try to keep the
    damage fairly evenly spread out between the two, since once the first one goes
    down the next wave will start.
    
    Wave 3 – These guys are annoying but not too difficult, just be very careful
    with their dive bombing attacks and keep moving with rolling when you need to.
    If you can I highly suggest grabbing a Gorgon so you can turn the Harplings
    into stone, it will instantly kill them. Once the Harplings are down (but not
    necessarily the Gorgons) the next wave will begin.
    
    Wave 4 – The Spiders are a huge pain in the ass as they have a ranged attack.
    Your best bet is to run right into the middle of the group and use the Horn
    of Boreas to shatter as many enemies as you can. You’ll probably end up using
    your entire magic meter but you should only be left with a few enemies at most.
    
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    Gear Up                                                                   [006]
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    There isn’t too much to this challenge. You start off the fight against a
    single Automaton with the other two joining shortly after, however you can
    almost kill the first one before they spawn. Keep an eye out and dodge their
    attacks whenever you can but you don’t need to be too concerned with your 
    health, each one you kill will refill you completely.
    
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    Athena Challenges                                                         [007]
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    Airborne                                                                  [008]
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    You face off against two Triton Lords in this challenge. Start by launching one
    into the air (hold /\) and air grab it (mash O) until it dies, which will leave
    you with about 4 seconds to spare. Immediately after you kill the Triton Lord
    start spamming Scourge of Erinys, it will keep you in the air for the last few
    seconds.
    
    If you need to try again ONLY fight undamaged Triton Lords, if they are even
    the slightest bit hurt they may not survive long enough to complete the
    challenge. Just kill them off if you are in doubt, they will infinitely
    respawn.
    
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    Ground Pounder                                                            [009]
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    This one is simple, use Scourge of Erinys three times to distract all the
    enemies and Combat Rush one Triton Lord down, then Hyperion Rush one to death.
    
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    Guard Break                                                               [010]
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    The Horn of Boreas is the weapon of choice here. Once all the enemies spawn,
    run right into the middle of the group and hold the D-pad up until the shields
    break.
    
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    Ricochet                                                                  [011]
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    This challenge is a bit tough since deflecting ranged attacks is not common in
    Ghost of Sparta, unlike in the other games. You have to wait until just after
    the Hoplite Archers release their arrows before you block with L in order to
    deflect the arrows, however they have a very specific rhythm that if you can
    match will make the challenge easier.
    
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    Fear Kratos!                                                              [012]
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    Oddly enough this challenge took me the longest to figure out.
    
    There are 10 civilians that must cower before Kratos and they are only counted
    if they are crouching down, not when they are running. Run around until every
    civilian is aware of you and not walking around calmly, then stand in a corner
    and wait. Eventually everyone will crouch down in fear.
    
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    Frozen in Flight                                                          [013]
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    Same idea as ‘Guard Break’ here, run right into the middle of the 5 Ravens and
    hold the Horn of Boreas down until they freeze.
    
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    Magic Maker                                                               [014]
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    The only way to get magic in this challenge is to decapitate the Gorgons and it
    will take eight kills to do so. I found using the Arms of Sparta works well as
    you can use it to single out one Gorgon at a time for the decapitation. Don’t
    worry too much about the other enemies in the arena, the AoS will knock them
    back if you use the [] [] [] combo and decapitating the Gorgons will keep
    them frozen as well.
    
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    Bone Crusher                                                              [015]
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    Block, wait for the Cursed Remains to attack, then grab. It takes three grabs
    to kill one skeleton, so just rinse and repeat FTW.
    
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    Rewards                                                                   [016]
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    Congratulations! By beating the Challenge of the Gods you have earned...
    absolutely nothing. For whatever reason Ready at Dawn didn’t include any bonus
    content for beating the challenges, so you’re just left with your own geekish
    satisfaction!
    
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    Credits                                                                   [017]
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    Thanks to the Santa Monica Studio for creating God of War in the first place
    and for Read at Dawn for creating another fantastic PSP game!
    
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    Contact Info                                                              [018]
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    Email: wrathbringer6@gmail.com
    
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    Legal                                                                     [019]
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    of this but you must note the source.