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   Section I:  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [IN00]

  Section II:  Basics  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [BS00]

 Section III:  Walkthrough . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [WT00]

      - The City of Rhodes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [WT01]
      - Inside the Colossus  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [WT02]
      - Flight to the Lair of the Titan  . . . . . . . . . . . . [WT03]
      - The Lair of the Titan  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [WT04]
      - Flight to the Island of Creation . . . . . . . . . . . . [WT05]
      - The Island of Creation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [WT06]
      - The Steeds of Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [WT07]
      - The Temple of Lahkesis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [WT08]
      - The Bog of the Forgotten . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [WT09]
      - The Temple of Euryale  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [WT10]
      - The Hall of Atropis  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [WT11]
      - Outside Atropis  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [WT12]
      - Atlas  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [WT13]
      - The Palace of the Fates  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [WT14]
      - The Garden of the Gods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [WT15]
      - Underground  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [WT16]
      - Temple of the Fates  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [WT17]
      - The Inner Sanctum  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [WT18]
      - The Summit of Sacrifice  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [WT19]
      - The Loom Chamber . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [WT20]

  Section IV:  Chest List  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [CH00]

   Section V:  Extras  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [EX00]

  Section VI:  Challenge of the Titans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [CT00]

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Section VIII:  Frequently Asked Questions  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [FA00]

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      - Copyright
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Last time we left Kratos, he was taking his seat with the gods high on top of 
Mount Olympus as the new God of War.  Through the aid of Athena, Kratos, a mere 
mortal, had murdered the original God of War while in service to the gods and 
in doing so had finally seeked the vengeance that he had longed for against 
Ares.  Sitting atop his throne on Mount Olympus, Kratos watches over the city 
of Sparta as they wage war to dominate city after city under the eyes of their 
god.  The painful memories that Kratos still keeps from the gods inability to 
let him die and the thought of being shunned by them has caused Kratos to seek 
satisfaction in Sparta's conquest and defy his fellow gods.

During a war waged against the city of Rhodes, Kratos decides to ignore 
Athena's pleas to stand down and instead descends to the city to help the 
Sparta army in delivering the final blow.  In the middle of his conquest, his 
powers are suddenly weakened and a steel Colossus is awakened to deal with him. 
And so the events leading to the beginning of the end are set into motion...

Hi, and welcome to my FAQ/Walkthrough for God of War II.  This guide covers the 
full game along with every boss battle in heavy detail.  I would recommend that 
you try to play this fantastic game by yourself before resulting to this 
walkthrough, but everything is here if you need guidance.

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                              -- CONTROLS --
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X:             Jump
Square ([]):   Light Attack
Triangle (/\): Hard Attack
Circle (O):    Grab
L1:            Guard
L2:            Use Magic Abilities
R1:            Interact
R2:            Switch Weapons
Left Analog:   Move Kratos
Right Analog:  Dodge
D-pad:         Switch Magic Abilities
Start:         Inventory
Select:        Main Menu

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                   - - TECHNIQUES/ADVANCED TECHNIQUES - -
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-- Button Tapping

Much like the first God of War, God of War II requires the player to quickly 
tap buttons in order to interact with what is happening on the screen.  The 
sequel requires the player to tap the O button for some interactions.  Tapping 
the button with your thumb can be quite tiresome and slow, so I suggest using 
your index finger at times of major button tapping.

-- Action Sequences

The button tap/directional kills from the first game once again return.  When 
the enemies displays a O button icon over their head, press the O button while 
close to one of them to engage in a minigame where buttons or directions will 
appear on the screen as an attack or kill animation occurs.  Press the 
displayed button or rotate the analog in the displayed direction as it appears 
on the screen to keep the animation sequence moving.  If the wrong button or 
direction is entered or too much time is taken during a prompt then Kratos will 
be thrown off by the enemy and suffer damage.

The window of opportunity to perform each button tap or analog rotation will 
become smaller with the climb in difficulty, so if you're planning on playing 
through God Mode then you'd best be ready or avoid these altogether.  Keep in 
mind that they are only required in boss battles.

-- Evading

Tap the right analog in any direction to make Kratos roll in that direction to 
avoid an oncoming attack.  Kratos is invulnerable during the middle animation 
of the roll sequence, so if each roll is timed precisely with an enemy attack, 
he can actually move through an oncoming attack without taking damage.

-- Blocking

Hold L1 to block an enemy attack.  As the game progresses, enemy attacks become 
increasingly aggressive and the attack sequences become longer, so it really 
pays to learn a particular enemy's set of attacks.  Learn the beginning 
animations for each enemy's attacks so the attacks can be guarded and evaded 
swiftly.

-- Deflecting

(Must have key item: Golden Fleece)

Press L1 as soon as an enemy is about to attack to deflect their attack.  Not 
all enemy attacks can be deflected - most have to be blockable.  Kratos will 
instantly send back a projectile attack and he will be able to perform a 
counterattack through the [] button with normal attacks.  Deflecting is an 
extremely useful move when you can learn the precise timing for an enemy 
attack.  The counterattack will help out a bunch during normal enemy ground 
fights.

-- Rage of the Titans

(Must have key item: Rage of the Titans)

Much like Rage of the Gods from the last God of War, Rage of the Titans will 
allow Kratos to power up his attacks by pressing L3 + R3.  A few of the key 
differences with Rage of the Titans are:

(1) Kratos is not invincible during Rage of the Titans.  He is basically like a 
    walking Juggernaut in that he can't be knocked down by normal attacks, but 
    he can still be grabbed and damaged.
(2) Rage of the Titans can be activated at any time once the meter is about 25% 
    full.
(3) Rage of the Titans can be turned off at any time while it is activated.
    (even during Kratos' kill animations or while he is being attacked)

BIG TIP: Rage of the Titans will allow Kratos to break out of a stone state or 
Nymph webbing state instantly, so say if a Gorgon turns you into stone in 
midair, you can quickly tap L3 + R3 to quickly break out of the stone before 
you hit the ground and avoid being shattered in the process.  The rage needs to 
be built up enough to activate the Rage of the Titans, obviously.

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                           - - CHEST TYPES - -
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-- Green Chest

Contains green orbs that will replenish Kratos' life gauge.

-- Blue Chest

Contains blue orbs that will replenish Kratos' magic gauge.

-- Yellow Chest

Contains yellow orbs that will replenish Kratos' Rage of the Titans gauge.

-- Red Chest

Contains red orbs that will allow Kratos to upgrade his weapons and magic 
skills.

-- Replenisher Chest

These will alternate between two (sometimes three) flashing colors and will 
release orbs of the same color that is present whenever Kratos opens them.  
Wait for the color of the orbs that you desire then have Kratos open them at 
the point.  The chest color will not change once Kratos is in the middle of 
opening it.

-- Unmarked Chest

These will give Kratos an assortment of red orbs mixed with other orbs, a 
Gorgon Eye, a Phoenix Feather, or possibly one of the hidden special items.

-- Mega Red Chest

Gives Kratos 5000 red orbs.

-- Mega Green Chest

Extends Kratos' life bar.

-- Mega Blue Chest

Extends Kratos' magic bar.

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                               - - POWERUPS - -
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-- Gorgon Eyes

Collect 6 of these to extend Kratos' life gauge.  Only a total of 18 can be 
collected.

-- Phoenix Feathers

Collect 6 of these to extend Kratos' magic gauge.  Only a total of 18 can be 
collected.

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                               - - WEAPONS - -
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                              -----------------
                               Athena's Blades 
                              -----------------

-- Level 1

+ Icarus Lift (X in the air)

Kratos performs a second jump in the air after his first jump.

+ Olympic Ascension (Hold /\)

Kratos knocks his enemy into the air and jumps up with them.  Don't hold the /\ 
button and Kratos will not follow the enemy into the air.

+ Orion's Harpoon (O)

While the enemy is airborne, Kratos grabs the enemy out of the air with one of 
his blades then slams the enemy to the ground.  This can only be done on 
smaller enemies.

+ Athena's Reverse (Tap L1 right before an attack)

Kratos blocks his enemy's attack and staggers them in the process.

+ Plume of Prometheus ([], [], /\)

Kratos steps toward his enemy with two strikes then performs an overhead ground 
pound with both blades.  This is the most useful move in the game while playing 
through the main story.  The move has really good range and will stagger most 
enemies with its ground pound ender.

-- Level 2

Orb Requirement: 2750

+ Increased Damage

+ Rampage of the Furies (L1 + O) [in the air or on the ground]

Kratos steps toward his enemy while spinning his Athena's Blades in each hand 
then ends the combo with several quick stabs.

-- Level 3

Orb Requirement: 5250

+ Increased Damage

+ Spirit of Hercules (/\, /\, /\)

Kratos performs an overhead hit followed by an upward hit then unleashes a very 
powerful ground pound with both blades.  The ground pound is much stronger than 
the normal Plume of Prometheus ground pound.  Even though this move has a very 
slow startup, it is a godsend for Titan mode.

+ Valor of Hercules (/\, /\, [])

Kratos performs an overhead hit followed by an upward hit then slices all 
enemies around him with a hit from both blades.  This combo is basically just a 
short way to get the max [] attack ender.

+ Cyclone of Chaos (L1 + []) [in the air or on the ground]

Kratos spins his Athena's Blades while spinning and stepping toward his 
enemies.  In the air he will perform a spin with his blades outstretched while 
falling.

-- Level 4

Orb Requirement: 9500

+ Increased Damage

+ Hyperion Charge (Hold [] to Run)

Kratos swipes the enemy with his Athena's Blades then begins to run toward the 
enemy.  He can do either of the following moves during the run:

  + Hyperion Rush ([] during Run)

  Kratos rams the enemy.

  + Hyperion Rise (/\ during Run)

  Kratos quickly knocks a nearby enemy into the air while running.

+ Athena's Wrath (/\ after evading with the right analog)

Kratos stops his roll by striking the ground with a blade creating a minor 
shockwave.

New Rage of the Titan's move

+ Prometheus' Torment (Hold [] then release)

Kratos swings his blades in all areas around him while he walks around the area 
to increase the hits.  This move is mainly designed to raise a high hit count 
for the level 5 Prometheus' Inferno.

-- Level 5 (MAX)

Orb Requirement: 13500

+ Increased Damage

+ Tartarus Rage (L1 + /\) [in the air or on the ground]

Kratos spins into the air or spins while in the air then plunges both blades 
into the ground creating a surge of energy that knocks away his enemies.

New Rage of the Titans Move

+ Prometheus' Inferno (Hold L1 then release)

Kratos unleashes a circular fire wave that surrounds him and consumes his 
enemies in flames.  This move's power depends on your current combo meter.  The 
higher the combo, the more this move will hit the surrounding enemies.

(look under "Rage of the Titans" under "Relics" to view more Rage of the Titans 
moves)

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                              Barbarian Hammer
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-- Level 1

+ Crushing Defeat (L1 + [])

Kratos spins while holding the hammer outward to hit any nearby enemies then 
ends the spin with a hammer swing.  Use the left analog to control what 
direction he spins in.

+ Might of the King (L1 + /\) [in the air or on the ground]

Kratos pounds the ground in front of him with the hammer and creates a 
shockwave of energy that hits all enemies in his way.  This is a very powerful 
move and is one of the best moves you'll find with the hammer.

-- Level 2

Orb Requirement: 4500

+ Increased Damage

+ Soul Summon (Flick the right analog)

A soul flies out from the hammer and attacks any nearby enemy.

-- Level 3

Orb Requirement: 17500

+ Increased Damage

+ Legion of Souls

Kratos jumps into the air and pounds the ground then unleashes three souls from 
the hammer.

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                              Spear of Destiny
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-- Level 1

+ Deadly Slash (L1 + [])

Kratos swings the Spear of Destiny to hit any enemy in front of him as it 
stretches outward for a greater distance.

+ Piercing Shards (L1 + /\)

Kratos points the spear toward his foe and unleashes a powerful blast of energy 
that will likely send his foe flying backwards.

+ Piercing Shards (L1) [in the air only]

Press L1 to perform the normal Piercing Shard move in the air.

-- Level 2

Orb Requirement: 3750

+ Increased Damage

+ Unfortunate Remains (L1 + O)

Kratos pounds the ground with the Spear of Destiny and places a purple crystal 
on the field that will detonate a few seconds afterward.

-- Level 3

Orb Requirement: 12500

+ Increased Damage

+ Altering Slash (L1 + [])

The normal Deadly Slash will now place an explosive in the enemy (the enemy 
will turn purple).  The explosive will eventually go off in a short time to 
damage the enemy even further.  The explosive will only affect one enemy out of 
a group.

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                              Blade of Olympus
                             ------------------

-- Level 1

+ Divine Absolution (L1 + [])

Kratos steps toward his enemy with a series of three slashes from the Blade of 
Olympus - an upward strike and two stabs.  The first stab hits multiple times.

+ Divine Retribution (L1 + /\)

Kratos swings the sword toward his enemies and shoots a blast of energy toward 
them.

+ Divine Retribution [Air] (L1)

Press L1 to perform the Divine Retribution in the air.

-- Level 2

Orb Requirement: 9000

+ Increased Damage

+ Divine Sacrifice (L1 + O)

Kratos forms a force field around himself while swinging the Blade of Olympus. 
The force field will drain red orbs from any foe that comes into contact with 
it.

-- Level 3

Orb Requirement: 25000

+ Increased Damage

+ Anger of the Gods ([] or /\)

All of Kratos' normal attacks with the Blade of Olympus will now shoot a beam 
from a sword for extra distance.

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                           - - MAGIC ABILITIES - -
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                               ---------------
                                Typhon's Bane
                               ---------------

Basically a bow and arrow combination, this weapon allows Kratos to fire energy 
arrows at his enemies from long range.  Kratos can move the entire time while 
aiming and the energy arrows fire more rapidly as the level increases.  Notice 
that there is no damage upgrade for the attack.  The attack will always take 
off the same amount and the upgrades will just allow it to be shot faster - 
keep that in mind on higher levels.

-- Level 1

Wind Blast (L2 + []) [in the air or on the ground]

Kratos will arm his bow and shoot out an energy arrow as the button is pressed.

-- Level 2

Orb Requirement: 2500

+ Rapid Fire Wind Blast

The arrows can be shot more rapidly as the [] button is pressed.

+ Lethal Vortex (L2 + /\)

Kratos unleashes a flame current that knocks his enemies into the air.  This is 
an excellent way to instantly ground any enemies that block constantly (Satyrs, 
Legionnaire Captains)

-- Level 3 (MAX)

Orb Requirement: 12500

+ Lethal Vortex Upgrade

+ Wind Blast [Charged] (L2 + Hold [])

Kratos can now charge the normal shot of the Typhon's Bane and shoot a bigger 
shot that will shatter and seek out nearby enemies.

+ Titan Storm (L2 + O)

Kratos summons wind all around him and pushes it toward his enemies creating a 
giant tornado.

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                                Cronos' Rage
                               --------------

Through the wrath bestowed upon him by the great titan Cronos, Kratos is given 
the power to control lightening by placing a group of three sphere (max) on the 
screen that electrify his nearby enemies as they remain.  This ability is much 
like a mini Poseidon's Rage from the last game, but this ability allows Kratos 
to attack while the spheres shock his enemies.

-- Level 1

+ Cronos's Rage (L2) [in the air or on the ground]

Kratos will place electrical spheres around the area each time L2 is pressed. 
He can set out a total of three spheres.  They will target more enemies and 
take more damage as he powers them up.

-- Level 2

Orb Requirement: 3350

+ Increased Damage

+ Targets More Enemies

-- Level 3 (MAX)

Orb Requirement: 15000

+ Increased Damage

+ Targets More Enemies

+ Core Explodes

The sphere will explode in place and cause extra damage to enemies once its 
time has expired.

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                              Head of Euryale
                             -----------------

Torn from the head of one of the sisters of Medusa, this Gorgon head allows 
Kratos to petrify his enemies in place and shatter them with only a few hits.  
With this ability a hulking beast with much endurance can be whittled down to a 
pile of pebbles in seconds.

-- Level 1

+ Gorgon Stare (L2 + []) [in the air or on the ground]

The face of Euryale will send a Gorgon Gaze through her eyes that will slowly 
petrify an enemy.  One really good thing about the stoning process is that an 
enemy will start to slow down as they begin to petrify.  Use normal attacks to 
break smaller enemies and heavy attacks (Plume of Prometheus, Atlas Quake) for 
larger enemies.

-- Level 2

Orb Requirement: 4000

+ Gorgon Stare Upgrade

+ Gorgon Flash (L2 + /\) [in the air or on the ground]

Gorgon Flash is a more powerful Gorgon Stare that will speed up the 
petrification process of stoning an enemy.  Smaller enemies take one shot and 
most big enemies take only two shots to stone with the Gorgon Flash.

-- Level 3

Orb Requirement: 8000

+ Gorgon Stare Upgrade

+ Gorgon Blast (L2 + O) [in the air or on the ground]

Gorgon Blast will send out Gazing projectiles that will turn enemies to stone 
after a few hits.  It depends on the enemy, much like the Gorgon Flash.

+ Gorgon Rage (L2 + Hold O then release)

Gorgon Rage is one of the best abilities you can have on harder levels or while 
fighting a bunch of powerful enemies.  Charge the O button while holding L2 
then release it to automatically stone all enemies around Kratos.  Mix this up 
with Atlas Quake and you can practically finish off an entire screen of 
powerful enemies in just seconds.

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                                Atlas Quake
                               -------------

Through the power of the mighty titan Atlas, Kratos is given the gift to shake 
the earth by slamming his fist or stomping his foot into the ground thereby 
creating a tremor that makes his enemies fly into the air helplessly.  Kratos 
is completely invincible during the earth-shattering pounds of this move and 
can even extend his invincibility through the use of the Max Level Trembling 
Earth move.

-- Level 1

+ Trembling Earth (L2) (in the air or on the ground)

Kratos punches the ground followed by an earth-shattering stomp.  Each hit 
sends enemies skyward.

-- Level 2

Orb Requirement: 4500

+ Increased Damage

+ Trembling Earth Upgrade

-- Level 3

Orb Requirement: 10000

+ Increased Damage

+ Destructive Earth (L2 then tap O)

This allows Kratos to pound the ground during the normal Trembling Earth attack 
and sends rocks of magma in all directions throughout the screen.  Besides the 
damage, the most useful aspect of this move is the fact that Kratos is 
completely invincible during this entire sequence!

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                                - - RELICS - -
===============================================================================

                             --------------------
                              Poseidon's Trident
                             --------------------

A gift from lord Poseidon, this trident will allow Kratos to breathe underwater 
and allow him to explore the deep seas of Greece.

+ Swim Up (/\ or X)

+ Swim Down ([])

+ Swim Dash (Hold R1, release)

                            --------------------
                             Rage of the Titans
                            --------------------

Ignited with the ashes of the titan Prometheus, Kratos' determination burns 
bright as he lashes out on enemies with his consumed rage.  Much like Rage of 
the Gods, this will allow Kratos to plow through his enemies with an enhanced 
move arsenal, but unlike Rage of the Gods, he is not invincible.

+ Titan's Rage Activate (L3 + R3)

Kratos can activate and deactivate Rage of the Titans by pressing in on both 
analogs.  The Rage meter must be built up to at least 25% in order to launch 
Rage of the Titans.

+ Prometheus' Flare (L1)

This fiery burst will knock back any nearby enemies while Kratos continues his 
burning rampage.

                          ---------------------
                           Amulet of the Fates
                          ---------------------

While surveying the Temple of Lahkesis, Kratos stumbles across the Fate's 
amulet that will allow him to slow time so that everything around him moves in 
extreme slow motion while he is free to move normally.

+ Amulet Activate (Hold L1 then press R1)

Hold up the Amulet of the Fates in front of any Fate statue with a glowing 
green stone and Kratos will slow time around him.  Keep in mind that Kratos 
must stand in front of the stone on the statue for the Amulet of the Fates to 
interact with the stone.

                            ---------------
                             Golden Fleece
                            ---------------

Handed to him (sort of) by Jason, this Golden Fleece allows Kratos to deflect 
projectiles and some of the attacks of his enemies.

+ Argo's Return (L1)

By pressing L1 at the right moment, Kratos can use the Golden Fleece to deflect 
enemy projectiles and attacks.  Projectiles will usually be reflected back upon 
the enemy.

+ Argo's Revenge (L1 to deflect then [])

After deflecting a physical attack, Kratos plunges his blades into the ground 
and unleashes the fury from the blow back onto his enemies.

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                               Icarus Wings
                              --------------

These wings allow Kratos to glide great distances that he normally couldn't 
reach by jumping.

+ Icarus Glide [in the air] (Hold X)

Hold the X button after a double jump in order to make Kratos spread the Icarus 
wings and glide.  Keep in mind that the wings are somewhat ragged so Kratos' 
glides are limited and he will fall after a short time.

+ Icarus Ascension (L1 + X)

Kratos spreads his wings and creates a gust of air while on the ground as 
Kratos jumps into the air.  This sends his enemies up into the air, allowing 
him to attack them as they fall.

+ Icarus Strike [air] (L1 + X)

Kratos spreads his wings while in the air and unleashes a gust of wind that 
knocks away his enemies.

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This walkthrough was written during my second time of playing through Spartan 
(Normal) mode.  Even though the walkthrough is wrote from a Spartan mode point 
of view the boss fight sections should help out those that attempt Titan mode 
as well.

Keep in mind that you can only collect a total of 18 of the 37 Gorgon Eyes and 
30 Phoenix Feathers spread throughout the game.  All the other chests that may 
have contained a Gorgon Eye or Phoenix Feather become red chests after you have 
18 of each.  That leaves a lot of room for you to miss chest and still get the 
required amount, so the locations for all of them are not really needed, but 
all of them listed anyway whether you like it or not.

I have made a transcript for each Action Sequence to help out if you problems 
timing the button presses.  Keep in mind that the button presses and movements 
are all random.  Each Action Sequence is surrounded with *'s in the 
walkthrough.

Here are the ways the required actions are listed in the Action Sequence 
paragraphs:

               o--------------------------------------------o
               | [ACTION]   = Button Tap                    |
               | (ACTION)   = 180 movement with left analog |
               | @ACTION@   = 360 movement with left analog |
               | >< = Shake analog left to right    |
               | >>ACTION >  C O L O S S U S  < <

>> Attacks:

- Palm Smash: The Colossus holds his right hand back then crushes whatever is 
  in the path of his falling palm.
+ How to avoid: Roll right before his arm falls.

                                ----------

- Roman Throw: The Colossus reaches up into the alcove on the side of the 
  building and grabs an archer.  He then chunks the archer at Kratos sending a 
  shower of soldier body parts toward him.  He always throws them to the left 
  side, so just stay away from that side.
+ How to avoid: Stay away from the left side.

                                ----------

- Fists Smash: The Colossus leans back both arms and pounds the side of the 
  building closest to him with both fists sending a shockwave across the 
  ground.
+ How to avoid: Stay away from the area directly in front of the Colossus and 
  jump to avoid the shockwave.

                                ----------

- Platform Shake: The Colossus grabs the platform that Kratos is on and 
  aggressively shakes it with his hands.  He will only perform this while 
  you're on the platform with the catapult.
+ How to avoid: Jump off the platform.

                                ----------

- Yell: The Colossus growls at Kratos.  It has no effect.

                                ----------

Use this battle to familiarize yourself with dodging attacks through the use of 
the right analog.  Press the right analog in any direction to have Kratos roll 
in that direction.  It's good to get used to it now since it will be a 
requirement in later boss battles.

Soldiers will pour into the area as the Colossus starts to attack, so you will 
need to constantly keep them at bay by performing some sort of attack.  Keep 
your eye on the Colossus in the background and make sure to roll to the side 
right before he presses his palm against the ground in an attempt to crush his 
enemy.  The Colossus will leave his arm on the ground and that is when you 
should attack him by hitting his arm.  After a few attacks, the Colossus will 
yell and release several orbs.  Don't be afraid to use Poseidon's Rage if the 
soldiers start to gang up around you too much.  There is a --BLUE CHEST-- on 
top of the raised area on the left side just in case magic becomes a factor.

When the Colossus is eventually stunned (the screen will zoom in and out on 
him), jump up to the raised area on the left side and walk up to the catapult. 
Press the R1 button near the catapult to launch a rock directly into the 
Colossus' face.  Once the rock is launched, it's time to get up and personal 
with the Colossus by tapping R1 in front of the catapult again to make Kratos 
get into the launching portion of the catapult.  Tap O to have Kratos launch 
himself directly toward the Colossus' face and trigger an Action Sequence.  Tap 
the buttons as they display on the screen to put a dent in that hard steel.

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*                             Action Sequence                                 *
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*  Kratos >>LAUNCHES >  C O L O S S U S  < <

>> Attacks:

- Quake Combo: The Colossus punches the platform twice with his right hand and 
  then shoulder rams the platform with his left arm.  This is only while 
  standing on the platform that you climb up to after climbing the wall.
+ How to avoid: Jump as he hits the platform or jump off the platform.

                                ----------

- Fist Slam: The Colossus leans back his left (or right) arm then tries to 
  smash Kratos with his fist.  He quickly swings his arm away (this portion can 
  still hit Kratos).
+ How to avoid: Jump or roll as his arm falls.  Roll as he moves his arm back 
  (if you're in the direction of it) or keep your distance.

                                ----------

- Hand Swipe: The Colossus leans back his left (or right) hand then performs a 
  horizontal swipe across the area in front of him.
+ How to avoid: Roll toward his arm.

                                ----------

- Knuckle Slam: The Colossus leans his left (or right) arm high into the air 
  and pounds the ground with his knuckles.
+ How to avoid: Move away from the fist.

                                ----------

- Arm Strike: The Colossus holds his left (or right) arm toward Kratos and 
  slams his arm and the back of his fist toward him.
+ How to avoid: Roll right as the arm is about to make contact with Kratos.  
  This must be timed very well.

                                ----------

- Palm Smash: The Colossus quickly rakes his palm across the area and moves it 
  toward the side wall of the platform that Kratos is on.
+ How to avoid: Move to the outer edge closest to the ocean of the current 
  platform (where he performs his knuckle slam).

                                ----------

- Double Fist Slam: The Colossus yells out of frustration while holding up both 
  arms then slams them both down in the middle of the current platform that 
  Kratos is on.  He will only perform this after he is hit enough time to 
  release orbs.
+ How to avoid: Move to either side of the platform and jump to avoid the 
  tremble from the attack.

                                ----------

- Angry Yell: The Colossus plants both hands on the platform then yells and 
  smacks the platform with one of his hands.  This cannot hit you.

Upon climbing to the top of the wall, the Colossus will once again show 
himself.  Jump down to the area below and prepare for battle.

The Colossus has some new attacks this time and his attacks will differ 
depending on where you are standing.  Stay away from the far right of the right 
platform and far left of the left platform or he will perform his knuckle slam 
or arm strike.  He only does the arm strike when you start to get too close to 
either side and will perform the knuckle slam when you are at the furthest end 
of either side.  Both can be avoided but it's hard to hit him after these 
attacks.

There is a chain in the middle of the two platforms but it is not wise to 
transition from one side to the other while fighting him since the Colossus 
will perform a palm smash toward your current platform to reposition himself. 
If you do use the hook to swing to the other side then make sure that the 
Colossus is attacking so you'll have a chance to avoid the palm smash.

Stay in the middle and wait for him to perform his fist slam.  While rolling, 
make sure to roll toward the side closest to his inner fingers (away from his 
arm) since he will quickly swing his arm away after his fist comes crashing 
down (roll left for left fist and right for right fist).  Attack his fist while 
he recovers from the fist slam in order to damage him.  Don't stand too close 
to his fist while attacking or you will suffer damage as he swings his arm 
away.  Attack his hands whenever he props them up along the side of the 
platforms to hurt him even more, but make sure to watch for his attacks.  You 
can also jump in the air near him and unleash Poseidon's Rage for good amount 
of damage.

Once the Colossus has been stunned three times, he will lean over and place his 
arm on the far side of the opposite platform and have an icon over his head.  
Run and swing over to the platform he is leaning on and press O button for an 
Action sequence.

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*                             Action Sequence 1                               *
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*  Kratos throws his Athena's Blades into the Colossus' arm and pulls his     *
*  arm toward the wall making the Colossus slam his fist into the wall.       *
*  Kratos starts to climb the creature's arm and notices the Colossus about   *
*  to grab him so Kratos [ROLLS] up the giant's arm then [JUMPS] and plunges  *
*  the Athena's Blades into the Colossus' face making the creature yell in    *
*  pain.  The Colossus reaches up to his face with his left hand but Kratos   *
*  quickly [LEAPS] up into the air and tosses his blades into the side of     *
*  the giant's destroyed eye and lands on top of the creature's left hand.    *
*  Kratos [JUMPS] toward the other side of the Colossus' face and buries the  *
*  blades into its cheek then jumps away as the Colossus destroys a wooden    *
*  structure.                                                                 *
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All is not over yet though.  Stun the Colossus another three times and make 
your way over to him for another Action Sequence.

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*                             Action Sequence 2                               *
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*  Kratos throws his Athena's Blades into the Colossus' arm and pull his arm  * 
*  toward the wall making the Colossus slam his fist into the wall.  Kratos   *
*  starts to climb and notices the Colossus about to grab him so Kratos       *
*  [ROLLS] up the giant's arm then [JUMPS] and plunges the Athena's Blades    *
*  into the Colossus' already scarred face making the creature yell in pain   *
*  once again.  Kratos dangles from the side then notices the giant's hand    *
*  about to smash him so he [LEAPS] away from the Colossus and hooks onto     *
*  the portion above the Colossus' undamaged eye as he land on the            *
*  creature's hand.  Kratos jumps toward the Colossus' face and buries the    *
*  blades into its already damaged cheek once again. Kratos jumps into the    *
*  air and is caught in the right hand of the Colossus as it staggers out of  *
*  control.  The Colossus angrily looks as Kratos then tries to crush him in  *
*  his fist but Kratos holds his ground by >>STRUGGLING >  C O L O S S U S  < <

>> Attacks:

- Arm Swipe: The Colossus leans his left arm to the left side and rakes the 
  area in front of him.
+ How to Avoid: Roll the second right before it hits.

                                ----------

- Arm Swipe Combo: The Colossus leans his left arm to the right side and rakes 
  the area in front of him twice then pounds the ground with his fist sending a 
  shockwave across the platform.
+ How to Avoid: Roll the second right before the first two swipes hit then jump 
  to avoid the shockwave.  I would advise you to roll away from the Colossus 
  while avoiding the first two rakes so you'll have time to jump when avoiding 
  the fist slam.  This takes some good timing to avoid all three attacks.

                                ----------

- Fire Waves: The Colossus pounds the side of the platform with his damaged arm 
  sending empty trails through the platform that eventually erupt into blue 
  flames.
+ How to Avoid: Stand in between the trails that move across the ground.  The 
  flames always appear in the same areas, so just remember a good place to 
  stand.

                                ----------

- Fist Slam: The Colossus quickly leans over and slams his fist onto the 
  platform creating a shockwave.
+ How to Avoid: Stay away from the middle area and jump to avoid the shockwave.

                                ----------

- Flame Spray: While the Colossus is leaning on the platform, it shoots a blue 
  flame from its damaged arm and moves its arm across the area in front of it 
  to spread the flame.
+ How to Avoid: Move/Roll away from the immediate area in front of him.

Don't even think of grabbing that Sword of Olympus yet, since it will take time 
to be able to use it.  At the start of the battle, the Colossus will 
immediately slam his damaged arm into the side of the platform and send fire 
waves across the area.  Find a good place to stand in between the waves.  The 
object here is to stun the Colossus so Kratos has enough time to bestow his 
godly powers into the Sword of Olympus.  You will need to stun him a total of 
three times in order to fully power the sword.

You may have noticed that his broken hand is lying to the right side of the 
platform.  Walk over to the hand and face the knuckles then tap R1 to make 
Kratos hurl the hand directly toward the Colossus for an instant stun.  I would 
advise you to save this freebie stun for the third phase since your magic will 
be gone by then.  To easily stun the Colossus stand in front of him and use 
Poseidon's Rage to quickly eat away at his health.  It takes about three 
Poseidon's Rages but it will eventually stun him.  You can also stand directly 
in front of the Colossus and hit him anywhere on his body, but remember to 
avoid his arm swipe combo since he will perform it regularly while you're up 
close.  Watch his arms and keep in mind that his swing from the left is a 
single swing while his swing from the right will result in a combination 
attack.

Run over and grab the Sword of Olympus with R1 and hold the button whenever the 
Colossus is stunned to make Kratos bestow his remaining powers into the blade. 
He will bestow his experience into the blade first (all red orbs and power 
levels for his Athena's Blades) followed by his magic gauge (all magic will be 
gone along with Poseidon's Rage) and then he will give up his remaining health 
(his life gauge will fall by half).  Once the blade of Olympus is fully 
powered, Kratos will pull it out of the ground and fire a shot at the Colossus.

The Colossus will lean over at this point and only perform a flame attack where 
he will flame the immediate area in front of him.  Stand close to the Colossus 
and hit him with any of the combos from the Blade of Olympus.  Watch for the 
Colossus to turn his head then quickly roll away to avoid his flame attack.  It 
takes very little damage since Kratos' life gauge is so incredibly low at this 
point.  Once he has been stunned three times, the icon will appear for the 
button tap sequence.  It doesn't involve any button tapping though!

UPDATE: During the second part of the battle when the Colossus is leaning, you 
can also stand far away from him and use Divine Retribution (L1 + /\) to shoot 
light shots at him from a safe distance.  He can't reach you with any attacks 
at that point.

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The camera angles can get very annoying in here thanks to such a tight area and 
the camera's willingness to show you the flaming columns, so be careful while 
moving along the platforms.  Slice through the soldiers on the platform up 
ahead with your new Blade of Olympus and continue onward.  You can hit the 
suspended sandbags along the side for some extra red orbs.  The burning 
structures at the top of the area will start to get in the way while moving 
along the platforms.  Hop over the first burning bar that lies in the way of 
the wooden platform with some well-timed jumping.  When you come upon the tall 
burning column lying in your path, move across the ledge on the left and press 
R1 when the icon appears to have Kratos stab the circular middle portion of the 
flame column to absorb the Colossus' power into the blade.

The burning bars for the lower portion will crumble once the burning middle 
portion of the column has been stabbed.  Leap across to the platform where the 
burning bar previously blocked your path and climb onto the netted ropes on the 
side of the wall.  Climb over to the next platform then jump to the rope below 
the burning column up above.  Use the rope to climb over to the other side 
across from you.  Press R1 to drop while above the platform ahead then continue 
onward and fight through the next batch of soldiers.

Jump to the platform above then walk carefully across the narrow ledge.  Don't 
go straight though since a flaming bar is blocking the way.  Turn to the left 
and move toward the circular portion of the flaming column.  Hit the chain 
around the column with normal attacks then press R1 to stab it.  Use the 
--GREEN CHEST-- to the side if needed then run back across the narrow ledge and 
walk to the side that the flaming bar was blocking previously.

Hop up to the next platform and continue onward.  A few soldiers will attack 
then you will need to scale another netted rope.  Some more soldiers will 
attack after getting off the rope.  Walk over to the boards in front of the 
flaming circular portion of the burning column and Kratos will hug the wall.  
Inch across the small ledge on the side of the wood cover housing the column.  
Use R1 to make Kratos drop and grab onto the ledge then move under the burning 
bar that will be lying along the side.  Press X to have Kratos pull himself 
back up then jump to the circular portion of the burning column.  Destroy the 
chains and stab the column with R1.

The camera will zoom in to show a rope, where one of the burning bars used to 
be, but first turn around then run over toward the netted ropes against the 
wall across from where the flame column was and climb to the platform above to 
find an --UNMARKED CHEST-- containing your first ++GORGON EYE (1/37)++.  Jump 
and climb the rope that was shown a few moments ago then jump off when the 
wooden platform up above comes into view.  Leap along the next few platforms 
then climb the ladder.

                         + +  PENDULUM PUZZLE  + +

When the camera shows a very confusing overhead view, walk over to the switch 
and pull it to make a metal pendulum extend downwards.  You can't move across 
the rope yet since the beams powering the Colossus' eyes are in the way.  Climb 
back down the ladder then attack the pendulum so that it moves back and forth - 
just one attack will do; it doesn't take several.  Climb back up to the 
platform above then pull the switch again to make the bottom of the pendulum 
move back upwards.  Watch as the pendulum moves from side to side and blocks 
the blue rays that hit the inside of the Colossus' eyes.  You need to move 
along the rope and climb by both blue rays as the pendulum blocks them from 
hitting the rope.  The pendulum will remain moving so there is no time issue 
involved in its swinging.

Drop to the wooden platform on the other side and jump over the burning bar in 
your path.  This wooden platform will lead you to the final burning circular 
column.  Destroy the chain and plunge the Blade of Olympus into the burning 
column.

Without any type of power source, the Colossus will start to crumble.  Control 
of Kratos will be given back to you at this point and you must quickly hop 
across the platforms and make your way toward the Colossus' mouth.  Drop out of 
its mouth to continue.

~~ East Ramparts ~~

After the Colossus tags Kratos in the cutscene, control will be given back to 
the player.  All of Kratos' attacks and movements are basically nonexistent 
during this period and even the slightest bit of movement is a near impossible 
task for him to perform.  Lurch toward the Blade of Olympus.

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                             > >  Z E U S  < <

This isn't really much of a boss battle since Kratos is powerless at this point 
and can barely even swing his blades.  It is interesting to try to hit Zeus 
with Kratos' weak strikes in vane though and watch blood fly from his perilous 
attempts.

In other words, Kratos is destined to lose this fight.  The O button tap is 
meaningless since Kratos will lose anyway.

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~~ The Underworld ~~

Kratos will start out clinging to a wall of the underworld with very little 
life.  The Arms of Hades protruding from the wall must be defeated in order to 
climb.  Each hand only takes two weak strikes or one heavy strike to defeat - 
heavy strikes are recommended since they can defeat tons of hands at one time. 
The hands will cough up green orbs and they take very little life with each 
hit, so it is near impossible to die here.

Make your way to the right and jump to the next wall on the right.  Jump to the 
wall up above from the right wall and continue moving upward and slashing to 
get out of the underworld.

~~ East Ramparts ~~

Make sure to use the save point to the side especially after all the action 
that you have been through.  Examine the body of the weaponless Spartan soldier 
to trigger a cutscene.  Walk over to Pegasus after the cutscene and press the 
R1 button to trigger another cutscene.

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|                      Flight to the Lair of the Titan                  [WT03]|
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Welcome to the first flying stage of God of War II.  The controls for these 
stages are much like a Panzer Dragoon game.  Attack with [] (light), /\ 
(strong), and O (grab), dodge quickly to the right or left with R1 and L1, and 
finally perform a speed boost attack by tapping the X button.  Keep in mind 
that the speed boost will drain some of your magic.

Your first task is to defeat four Griffin enemies.  Heavy attacks will only 
allow the Griffins to get away from you, so use light attacks to attack each 
one and ram them until they are dizzied then grab them with grab button and 
press the button that appears at the start of the Action Sequence to finish 
them off.  Use a speed boost while behind a Griffin if it ever hangs out in 
front of you while flying.  Move to the sides to avoid any energy blast from 
the Griffins.  Whenever a Griffin suddenly flies upward when it is beside you 
while attacking it, move up yourself in order to avoid its tail attack.

After four Griffins are defeated, a Raven will appear in the distance and fly 
directly toward you.  Fly right in front of him with Pegasus then perform a 
speed boost directly toward him to set off an Action Sequence.  If you don't 
perform an immediate speed boost or miss the button tap then you will need to 
shake the analog to the left and right in order to keep Pegasus from falling 
out of the air.  If you hit the Raven right when he first appears this fight is 
nothing at all.

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*                         Action Sequence (Raven)                             *
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*  Kratos [LEAPS] on top of the Raven then grabs ahold of its neck and        * 
*  >>STRUGGLES >  D A R K   R I D E R  < <

>> Attacks:

- Ram: The Dark Griffin rams into the side of Pegasus.
+ How to avoid: Move up or down.

                                ----------

- Spear Swing: The Dark Rider swings his spear at Kratos.
+ How to avoid: Move away from the Dark Rider.

                                ----------

- Force Shot: The Dark Rider fires a burst of energy from his spear.
+ How to avoid: Move away from the Dark Rider.

                                ----------

- Fireballs: The Dark Griffin speeds up and the Dark Rider hurls small 
  fireballs at Kratos.
+ How to avoid: Move to the sides to avoid the fireballs then use a speed boost 
  to catch up to the Dark Rider.

Start off by attacking the Dark Rider with [] button attacks and rams but watch 
for him to swing his spear.  He will perform two close range attacks with his 
spear so be ready to move back when you see him about to attack.  The main 
attack that you need to watch for is his ram, so try to stay slightly above to 
avoid it.  He usually rams after ever other attack.  If the Dark Rider ever 
gets ahead of Kratos, it will launch fireballs so use a speed boost to quickly 
ram the Dark Griffon and get back next to him.

Before long, the battle will give way to a high-speed chase.  The Dark Rider 
will stay in front of Pegasus and shoot huge beams of energy toward him.  Like 
the first time, look for a space in between the fireballs then move to that 
side quickly to avoid taking damage.

Here's a list of how to avoid all of his projectiles while the Dark Rider is in 
front:

+-------------------------------------+
| Wave            | Direction to Move |
|=====================================|
| Fireball Wave 1 | Left              |
|-------------------------------------|
| Fireball Wave 2 | Down              |
|-------------------------------------|
| Fireball Wave 3 | Right             |
|-------------------------------------|
| Fireball Wave 4 | Up                |
|-------------------------------------|
| Fireball Wave 5 | Left              |
+-------------------------------------|

Soon the Dark Rider will slow down then move beside Pegasus.  He cannot be 
attacked at this point.  The Dark Griffin will automatically ram Pegasus and 
Kratos will be thrown into the air starting an Action Sequence.

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*                              Action Sequence                                *
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*  Kratos falls and sinks one of his blades into the Dark Griffin and pulls   * 
*  himself up onto the bird.  The Dark Rider walks over to Kratos and         *
*  attempts to kick him off, but Kratos >>GRABS HIS LEG AND STRUGGLES >  C E R B E R U S  < <

>> Attacks:

- Claw:  Cerberus leans back his right paw and strikes at Kratos.
+ How to avoid: Block or roll to the side.

                                ----------

- Headbutt: Cerberus quickly runs then headbutts Kratos with all three heads.
+ How to avoid: Block or roll to the side.

                                ----------

- Fireball: Cerberus stands on its back paws and breathes one or three 
  fireballs.
+ How to avoid: Roll to the side.

                                ----------

- Pounce: Cerberus will slightly charge his claw attack then pounce if the paw 
  hits Kratos.
+ How to avoid: Block or roll to the side.  Shake the left analog from left to 
  right to escape the pounce if it connects.

Cerberus Hounds will attack constantly during this battle and you can still 
kick them around and enjoy invincibility, and they do take quite a bit from the 
Cerberus, so you may want to try kicking some.  He will stay right up on you as 
your kick ends so be ready for his attacks.  Keep in mind that all of Cerberus' 
attacks are blockable except for his fireballs.  Use [] attacks and focus 
directly on Cerberus.  You could easily use Rage of the Titans and lay the 
smackdown on this boss easily since he coughs up yellow orbs after each Action 
Sequence.

The main attack that you need to watch out for is his headbutt since the attack 
is so instant.  Roll to the side whenever you see him preparing any of his 
other attacks and try to roll away every now and then just in case he is about 
to bite.  The Hounds aren't that much a problem during this battle since you'll 
have to constantly roll anyway, so they never get much of a chance to attack.  
If Cerberus every jump on Kratos then wiggle the left analog to the right and 
left to kick him off.

When the icon appears each time, press the button to start an Action Sequence 
to finish off one of the three heads.

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*                             Action Sequences                                *
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*  1) Kratos punches Cerberus and >>PULLS>PULLS >  S I R E N S  < <

>> Attacks:

- Claw Combo: The Siren's claws glow blue then it lunges toward Kratos and 
  performs a scratching combo.  The number of hits vary.
+ How to Avoid: Block or roll.  This move can be easily deflected with little 
  effort in timing because of how fast it is.

                                ----------

- Siren's Song: The Siren's head emits a bluish glow while it leans its head 
  back and unleashes a shriek that stuns its foe.
+ How to Avoid: Get far enough away to where the shriek is ineffective.  This 
  can be avoided by rolling with precise timing as well.

A Siren will appear near the mural on the side of the room.  Three more will 
appear once the first is defeated.  These enemies are much like Gorgons in the 
way that they move.  They constantly attack after their dodges while avoiding 
your attacks so be ready to roll away or block.  All of their attacks can be 
guarded, but be sure to prepare for their shriek.  When they yell, it will 
cause Kratos to lose control of himself and you will need to shake the analog 
from left to right in order to break free from the effects of their song.

Use the Plume of Prometheus attack ([], [], /\) to quickly launch them into the 
air then juggle them with attacks and hit them while they are on the ground.  
They won't last long if you knock them down.  Use Typhon's Bane often to weaken 
them quickly while moving around as well.  They release blue orbs once defeated 
so magic power is not an issue.  Rage of the Titans works well as usual.  When 
the icon appears above them, finish them off with a backbreaker to make them 
scream and break the mural to the left side of the room.  Even though several 
of them appear, only three need to be killed to break the mural.  They keep 
appearing until the mural is broken.

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Replenish your life with the --GREEN CHEST-- in the room if needed.  Before 
leaving the room, walk over to the right side with the giant chain then jump to 
one of the small platforms on the side of the chain.  Jump on top of the chain 
and run all the way to the top of it.  Jump and grab the ceiling then climb 
over the --2 UNMARKED CHESTS-- on the platform across from you.  Break the 
smaller chain that blocks the way to the chests.  The left chest contains a 
++GORGON EYE (7/37)++.  Fall back to the bottom and walk through the doorway 
where the mural used to be.

Gaia will tell the tale behind the steeds in the background up ahead as you 
walk down the corridor.  Open the --BLUE CHEST-- if needed then save your game 
at the save point.  Run across the very long chain to reach the Steeds of Time 
in the background.

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Climb the wooden wall to the left of the walkway after stepping off the chain. 
Walk up the stairs and open the --GREEN CHEST-- and --BLUE CHEST-- on the side 
of the door if needed.  The door requires the Horse Keeper's Key in order to 
unlock it.  Walk over to the back of the area near the blue chest and find the 
switch on that side then pull it to make the metal bar lower a rope above the 
wall you just climbed.  Run back to the other side and quickly slide across the 
rope.  The metal piece will rise back up after a few seconds.  Walk over to the 
man standing in front of the door on the other side to trigger a cutscene.

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                                                                         [TH00]
                          > >  T H E S E U S  < <

>> Attacks:

- Scepter Stab: Theseus stabs forward with his scepter.
+ How to avoid: Block or roll.

                                ----------

- Scepter Combo: Theseus moves forward with two stabs followed by a scepter 
  uppercut.
+ How to avoid: Block or roll.

                                ----------

- Uppercut: Theseus uppercuts Kratos with his scepter.
+ How to avoid: Block or roll.

                                ----------

- Ice Eruption: Theseus powers his scepter with the element of ice then runs to 
  the side and plunges his scepter into the ground making ice stalagmites 
  surface from the floor.
+ How to avoid: Roll/Stay away from the ice stalagmites.

                                ----------

- Counter Grab: Theseus grabs Kratos with his scepter while Kratos attacks and 
  holds him in place then places him on the ground and stabs him.
+ How to avoid: Rotate the analog in the direction displayed on the screen.  
  Kratos will not take any damage if the grab is broken.

To make this battle easier, I suggest that you have Lv. 2 Athena's Blades and 
Lv. 2 Typhon's Bane.

The first part of the battle is fairly straightforward.  Guard his attacks or 
roll away from his attacks then counter him with [] hits from the Athena's 
Blades.  Keep a watch for his scepter to glow blue and that will signal that he 
is about to attack - sometimes it doesn't glow though.  Keep in mind that he 
will perform a three hit combo sometimes instead of a single hit.  Be ready for 
his counter grab while attacking him, he will always catch Kratos with this 
counter eventually.  Once he grabs Kratos, rotate the left analog in the 
direction shown on the screen to break free from Theseus' hold.

When he charges his scepter with ice elemental move away from him as he runs to 
the side and hits the ground since ice stalagmites will surface around him.  
You can hit him as he charges his scepter for some free hits though, just make 
sure to stand in between the ice stalagmites as they surface.

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*                        Counter Grab Action Sequence                         *
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*  Theseus grabs Kratos with his scepter and holds him in place but Kratos    *
*  quickly (GRABS) Theseus' Scepter and throws him to the ground.             *
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Theseus will eventually jump to the top of the entrance to the building.  He 
will start a whole different set of attacks at this point.

>> Attacks (from building):

- Ice Shots: Theseus fires a single iceball at Kratos.
+ How to avoid: Roll right before each one hits Kratos and get ready to roll 
  again.

                                ----------

- Ice Shot Barrage: Theseus hurls three iceballs at Kratos.
+ How to avoid: Roll.

                                ----------

- Ice Stalagmites:  Theseus pounds the ground and makes ice stalagmites rise 
  from the ground.
+ How to avoid: Roll/Stay away from the ice stalagmites.

Once he is on top of the building he will shoot ice shots toward Kratos.  Roll 
to avoid each shot and shoot him with Typhon's Bane when you get the chance.  
Its possible to get a "roll, shoot, roll, shoot" pattern at this point.  After 
hurling enough ice shots, he will summon two Minotaurs to deal with you.  Fight 
off the Minotaurs, but keep your eyes on Theseus since he will shoot multiple 
ice shots at you and make ice stalagmites surface from the ground while the 
Minotaurs are present.

Use Rage of the Titans to quickly weaken the Minotaurs. The good aspect of the 
Minotaurs is that they will cough up a bunch of blue orbs once you perform a 
finishing move on them allowing you to replenish your magic gauge and fire more 
shots at Theseus through Typhon's Bane.  Don't stay near the walls of the 
building or he will always summon ice stalagmites around the building.  A 
useful trick that I have found while fighting the Minotaurs without Rage of 
Titans is that Theseus' single shot iceballs will miss if Kratos moves to 
either of the sides while attacking (constant [] taps), so you can attack a 
Minotaur while moving to the side and not have to worry about the ice shots.

Theseus will eventually fall and hang from the top of the entrance and have a O 
button icon over his head.  Run over to him once he has the icon over his head 
and press the O button from the ground to finish him off.

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*                               Action Sequence                               *
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*  Kratos throws his blades into Theseus up above then @PULLS@ him downward   *
*  and punches him toward the door.  Kratos walks toward him and quickly      * 
*  impales Theseus with his scepter.  After taking the key, Kratos places it  *
*  in the door to the building and opens it then shoves Theseus' head         *
*  between the doors with his foot and >>SLAMS >  B A R B A R I A N   K I N G  < <

>> Attacks:

- Horse Ram: The Barbarian King's horse rears up on its hind legs then races 
  toward Kratos and the horse rams him then the Barbarian smacks Kratos with 
  his hammer.
+ How to avoid: Roll before the horse reaches Kratos.  The roll has to be 
  performed a bit early.

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- Hammer Smack:  The Barbarian King hits Kratos with his mallet.
+ How to avoid: Roll/Move away from him.

                                ----------

- Arrow Shot: The Barbarian King fires a single arrow at Kratos.
+ How to avoid: Block or roll away from the arrow.

                                ----------

- Arrow Shots: The Barbarian King's horse stands in place as the Barbarian King 
  fires several arrows around the area.
+ How to avoid: Block.  Don't roll so you don't accidentally roll into an 
  arrow.

It's good to have Chronos' Rage powered up to level 2 for this battle since it 
will be the most helpful magic attack for this battle.

Make sure to roll away from the horse at the beginning of the battle since it 
will try to ram you first thing!  While the Barbarian is on the horse, watch 
for his horse to rear up on its hind legs and race toward you.  The ram and 
mallet smack that follow are unblockable so you need to roll before the horse 
reaches you.  The arrows that the Barbarian shoots are blockable, but 
everything else isn't.

He starts the battle with several souls surrounding him that will protect him 
from harm.  Set some lightning spheres around the area with Chronos' Rage when 
close to the Barbarian and attack him with some quick [] attacks.  One good 
idea is to set one up right when he starts to charge you then roll out of way 
while he dashes straight into the lightning sphere.  The souls around him will 
release blue orbs while they scatter away from him, so don't worry too much 
about magic.  While attacking the Barbarian at close range, watch for his horse 
to rear up on its hind legs then make sure to roll out of the way as the 
Barbarian performs his hammer swing - that's always the signal to roll.  When 
the O button appears above him, start the Action Sequence move to quickly get 
rid of his horse.

>> Attacks (on foot):

- Two-Hit Swing: The Barbarian King swings his hammer twice while stepping 
  toward Kratos.
+ How to avoid: Block or roll.

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- Ground Pound: The Barbarian King pounds the ground with his hammer and 
  creates a small shockwave.
+ How to avoid: Jump or roll.

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- Hammer Swing Summon: While the Barbarian King is summoning the Dead 
  Barbarians, the axe swing that summons them can actually hit Kratos.
+ How to avoid: Block or roll.

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- Energy Wave: The Barbarian King places his hammer on the ground and stomps on 
  it creating an energy wave that moves toward Kratos.
+ How to avoid: Block, roll, or jump.

Once the horse is dead he will start a whole new set of attacks and start to 
summon Dead Barbarians to help him out.  He will move under the ground and 
appear in the middle portion of the platform then start to summon Dead 
Barbarians.  The Dead Barbarians will usually attack by grabbing ahold of 
Kratos and squeezing him to death.  Shake the left analog to the right and left 
to break free from their hold.  They also have a sword attack.  The Dead 
Barbarians can be killed with a simple grab or will fall within a few attacks. 
One of the Dead Barbarians in the third wave looks a bit different than the 
others...hmm.  If you played the first God of War, you should get the 
reference.  Kill the captain that appears to get some green orbs instead of 
blue.

All of the Barbarian King's attacks are blockable during this phase of the 
fight and you will have to block very quickly to escape some of his attacks.  
Chronos' Rage is a godsend during this phase since it will help to hit all 
enemies on the platform.  Grab the Dead Barbarians for one hit kills.  The 
Barbarian King does not even need to be hit during this phase - all that is 
required is that you kill all the Dead Barbarians that he summons.

Fun Fact: Instead of cutting off the legs and cutting off the head of the 
captain once grabbed, Kratos will stab him multiple times or toss him to the 
ground like the soldiers at the beginning of the game.  It's not really that 
special or new, but it is interesting.

>> Attacks (Giant form):

- Hammer Swing Combo: The Barbarian King swings his hammer twice then hits the 
  ground and creates a shockwave.  Sometimes he will only perform one swing 
  before the ground pound.
+ How to avoid: All of this is unblockable, so roll away from him when he 
  starts swinging.  The shockwave will not hit you, only the hammer pound.

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- Hammer Swing Combo 2: The Barbarian King swings his hammer to the side then 
  performs a ground pound.
+ How to avoid: Roll to the side of him.  This is much easier to roll away from 
  thanks to only one swing at the beginning.

Soon the Barbarian King will absorb the souls around the area and grow much 
bigger. During this phase all of his attacks are unblockable, so you will need 
to hit him sparingly and roll often whenever he performs any attack.  He will 
always end his attacks with a ground pound so make sure to roll far enough away 
or be prepared to jump to avoid the shockwave.  His attacks are limited to axe 
swings and ground pound combinations so he is very predicable, but you better 
be ready to move when he starts swinging.  Rage of the Titans really helps out 
for this portion of the battle - you'll have to chip away at him sparingly 
otherwise.

>> Attacks (Final Phase):

- Home Run Swing: The Barbarian King runs toward Kratos and swings his hammer 
  toward him.  Sometimes he doesn't run, so watch for him to prepare the swing.
+ How to avoid: Block or roll.

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- Upward Swing: After blocking enough hits, the Barbarian King swings his 
  hammer upward at Kratos.
+ How to avoid: Block or roll.

                                ----------

- Soul Attack: The Barbarian King gathers souls in his hammer and shoots them 
  all toward Kratos.
+ How to avoid: Roll (toward him).  It is best to run/roll away from him when 
  he starts to gather souls then roll toward him when he shoots them.

After enough hits, the Barbarian King will release the souls and shrink back 
down.  He will only keep the energy wave move from the second phase and will 
add some new moves to his arsenal.  His physical attacks can still be blocked 
at this point, but be prepared to roll away from him whenever he starts to 
gather souls then roll toward him as he releases them since they are 
unblockable.  Rolling toward him as he releases the souls will make them fly 
right over Kratos and curve downward into the floor.  He will also sneak in a 
counter attack (upward swing) after he has blocked a few of your hits, so be 
prepared to block it when he starts to guard.  Very, very rarely, he will sneak 
in his energy wave move from the second battle, so be ready to block the energy 
wave as he hits the ground with his hammer.

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*                             Action Sequence                                 *
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*  Kratos jumps onto the Barbarian and grabs his hammer then >>STRUGGLES >  R O C K   M I N O T A U R  < <


>> Attacks:

- Ground Pound: The Rock Minotaur hits the ground with both hands then 
  aggressively pounds the ground in front of him.
+ How to avoid: Roll or move away.

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- Lariat: The Rock Minotaur holds out its arms and spins in place.
+ How to avoid: Roll or move away.

                                ----------

- Rock Throw:  The Rock Minotaur picks up a boulder and tosses it.
+ How to avoid: Roll.

Make sure that you use the Athena's Blades while fighting this enemy since you 
must roll to escape many of his attacks.  Use the Plume of Prometheus ([], [], 
/\) attack from midrange and roll away when he begins to attack.  Magic doesn't 
work too well for hurting him but each magic you have at this point can be used 
for extra damage while attacking him.  The battle basically boils down to 
"attack, retreat, attack, retreat".  To get some extra hits in, jump toward him 
and hit him just as he ends an attack then finish your attacks while on the 
ground.  I suggest staying close to him so he will perform his lariat attack 
instead of the ground pound (from mid range), since the lariat has more 
recovery time allowing you to get in more attacks after the move.

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*                              Action Sequence                                *
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*  Kratos latches onto the beast with one of his blades then [SPINS] him      *
*  around and slaps him with the other blade.  Kratos runs up the Minotaur's  * 
*  back then jumps and [PLUNGES] both of his blades into the beast's back.    *
*  Then [LEAPS] to the beast's chest and [STABS] the Minotaur with both       *
*  blades making the giant crash to the ground.                               *
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Use the --REPLENISHER CHEST-- to the left side if needed then walk over to the 
shiny tree with the chain on it.  Stand in front of it and press R1 to have 
Kratos latch both blades into it and pull it down to make a bridge up to the 
ledge above.  Walk up the tree trunk and start to climb the vines on the side 
of the wall.  Climb around the side of the wall then get on the platform and 
jump then grab onto the vine above.  Move across the vine and kick off the 
Sentries that attack on your way across.

Hop off the vine once you reach the platform.  One of the soldiers that was 
seen earlier is now dead.  Walk over to the black door with the handle at the 
bottom and lift if upward.  A Fate Statue holding a flashing green stone will 
be behind the door.  Don't even try to cross that big gear while it is moving. 
Stand in front of the gear and use the Amulet of the Fates to slow time then 
move across it safely to the other side.

Hop up to the --GREEN CHEST-- up in the alcove on the other side and open it if 
needed.  Hang from the ledge with the green chest and move across the ledge to 
the small section of broken wall to the right.  Pull yourself up once you reach 
the small open section in the wall up above the grinder and find the --UNMARKED 
CHEST-- in the hidden alcove containing some red orbs.

From the alcove, go ahead and jump to the conveyor belt across from the wall.  
Sentries will attack on the conveyor belt and you'll need to move past some 
deadly snake eyes that unleash gorgon gazes that will turn you to stone 
instantly if caught in the gaze.  The Gorgon gazes will stone the Sentries as 
well.  To get past this part easily, roll through the snake eyes - even if they 
are glaring, the glare will not hit you as long as you're rolling.  Whatever 
you do, don't grab a Sentry to dispose of him since that will take too long.  
Cronos' Rage and [] attacks work fine to keep them at bay.  Roll to the far end 
of the conveyor belt and break the wooden gate with constant attacks.

Grapple to the shiny stalactite beyond the conveyor belt and use it to swing to 
the platform ahead.  Open the --GREEN CHEST-- if needed then break the stone 
statues along the side of the wall.  The middle statue is hiding a secret 
passage.  Grab the block behind the middle statue and push it through the other 
side of the wall to make it fall to the other side.  This will take you back to 
the familiar area where you pulled out the stone block quite a while ago.

                      + +  TILTING PLATFORM PUZZLE  + +

You need to get the block that you just pushed out from the wall on top of the 
loose platform.  If you haven't done so already, push the block that is already 
on the platform over toward the side with the broken pillars so that the loose 
platform leans to that side.  Push the second block on top of the platform and 
move it over to the far side closest to the doorway.  Grab the first block and 
push it over to the doorway as well.  Once both blocks are on the far side of 
the loose platform next to the doorway the end on the side that with the broken 
pillars will lean upward and expose a shiny piece.  Hop off the platform and 
press R1 to grab the shiny piece then tap the O button to have Kratos lift the 
platform and push it into the swamp.

Jump over to the roof of the platform in the swampy water then hop over to the 
steps on the far side.  Climb the wall up ahead and move to the left.  Destroy 
the branches on the left side then jump and grab onto the next section of the 
wall on the left.  Fall down to the rock ground and enter the cave to the side.

Move around the side and make a left then hop up the raised area past the 
rotating gear.  Destroy the stone Minotaur for a few red orbs then approach the 
wounded soldier up ahead and examine him for a cutscene.  A Gorgon Assassin 
will attack after the cutscene, and this type is not just your normal Gorgon.  
They have a powerful stare gaze that will stone you instantly if it hits.  
Watch for them to hold back their glowing head and charge the gaze then quickly 
roll to avoid the gaze.  As long as you roll in some direction during the gaze, 
it will not hit you.  The Hammer works very well for these enemies since they 
can't dodge it as easy, but you can't roll away from their stares, so keep that 
in mind while using it.

Run back and grab the injured soldier (R1).  The left turn down the path ahead 
will only lead to a dead end for the moment, so continue along the main path.  
As you can see through the vines, it appears that Jason isn't faring so well 
against the Dark Cerberus on the other side.  Continue to the left side and 
you'll run across a conveyor belt leading to a grinder.  Place the injured 
soldier on the conveyor belt.  Attack the grinder gear after the soldier is 
ground up to destroy them.

Don't go that way just yet though.  Follow the path around the corner up ahead 
to find --2 UNMARKED CHESTS--.  The right chest contains a ++PHOENIX 
FEATHER (10/30)++.  Walk back to the conveyor belt and hop over the small gears 
at the end of the conveyor belt.  Use the --REPLENISHER CHEST-- if needed then 
lift open the gate.  Walk toward the Dark Cerberus for a cutscene.

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                    > >  D A R K   C E R B E R U S  < <

>> Attacks:

- Claw Strikes: The Cerberus strikes Kratos twice with its claw.  It will 
  sometimes add in a headbutt for the second attack.
+ How to avoid: Block or roll.

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- Headbutt: The Cerberus will run toward Kratos and ram him with its head.
+ How to avoid: Block or roll.

                                ----------

- Flames: The Cerberus will breathe fire from all three mouths and make it sway 
  around the area in front of it.
+ How to avoid: Block or roll away.  Don't roll while you're already blocking 
  the attack or it will hit Kratos for sure.

                                ----------

- Fireballs: The Cerberus will shoot out several fireballs from its middle 
  head.
+ How to avoid: Roll or move away.

                                ----------

- Claw Pound: Mid-battle, the Cerberus will pound the ground and create a minor 
  shockwave in front of it.
+ How to avoid: Block or roll.

The Dark Cerberus is a very ferocious and agile beast, but most of its attacks 
can be blocked, even the flame.  Make sure to dodge away whenever it starts to 
shoot fireballs.  The fireball attack is long range, so just watch for the 
Cerberus to ready the attack.  Never attack too aggressively since you will 
constantly need to block.  This boss can only be staggered very rarely, so you 
will almost always have to watch for its attacks while attacking it.

Both magic spells work all right for the boss, but neither of them really 
stands out as all that helpful.  Typhon's Rage works well for when it starts to 
shoot fireballs though.  A cutscene will eventually play where the Dark 
Cerberus' middle head will eat Jason's arm thereby consuming the Golden Fleece. 
It will start to use a new claw pound attack during this time, but the attack 
can be blocked.

This battle mainly requires patience while attacking along with some quick 
reflexes for guarding its attacks.  I wouldn't recommend performing anything 
outside of [] attacks, not even Plume of Prometheus since this enemy is so 
vicious that it will easily attack during any type of recovery on your end.  
Once the O button icon appears, start the Action Sequence to put a quick end to 
the beast.  The action sequence requires no button taps this time, just 
activation through the O button.

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Kratos will gain the **GOLDEN FLEECE** after finishing off the Dark Cerberus.  
In order to get out of this area, pull the switch on the right side to make the 
head on the wall shoot fireballs.  Stand in the black area in the middle of the 
arena and tap L1 right before a fireball hits Kratos to deflect a fireball back 
at the head on the wall.  It's all about timing.

Walk out through the hole in the destroyed wall.  Some of those Gorgons from 
earlier will attack once you step out of the arena.  The Golden Fleece can 
reflect Gorgon stares also, so press the L1 button right as they release a 
stare then press the required button that appears on the screen to reflect the 
stare and stone them.  This will stone multiple Gorgons or enemies if more than 
one is on the screen.  This can be a bit risky though, but the deflection for 
the stare seems much easier than deflecting a fireball.  Deflect their stares 
then hit them with your Hammer.  Jump back across the raised platforms up ahead 
then destroy the large gear that has now stopped on the left wall to reveal a 
tunnel with an --UNMARKED CHEST-- that contains a ++GORGON EYE (17/37)++.

Run all the way back to the area with the platform that Kratos pushed into the 
swamp.  Jump on the platform and the camera angle will now show the strip of 
land to the side with the crows feasting on the fallen soldier.  Jump to that 
strip of land and move down it, toward the camera angle.  Hop along the 
platforms and save your game at the save point.  Your main destination is to go 
back to the door with the Gorgon face on the front of it, but you should go 
past it for now and head down the other side.  We need to perform some 
backtracking to get back to the area with the conveyor belt and the snake eyes 
with Gorgon stares if you want some extra items.

                    + +  SNAKE EYES PUZZLE (OPTIONAL)  + +

Make a left at the Gorgon door and move past the doorway where you used 
Euryale's Key.  Follow the path beyond it until you come to the area where you 
pushed the platform into the swamp below.  Jump over to the gate on the left 
wall above the submerged platform.  A few Sentries and Wraiths will attack in 
the room ahead.  Swing back across the pit then swing on the next few grapple 
points to move past the swamp in the cave.  Hop across the tree stumps in the 
swamp and fight off the Fireball Fiends that spawn on the other side along the 
way.  Stand on the pressure switch in the circular room then quickly run 
through the gate once again.  Go ahead and save your game at the save point up 
ahead.  Rotate the gears in the swamp and hop across them.

Walk up the tree branch and climb across the wall.  Grab the vine and move all 
the way across it.  Use the Amulet of the Fates to slow time then move across 
the giant gear. Jump over to the conveyor belt with the snake eyes that use 
Gorgon stares.  Stand in between each set of snake eyes and press L1 followed 
by the correct button to reflect the stares back at each set of snake heads.  
Each set holds an unmarked chest against the left wall for a total of 
--3 UNMARKED CHESTS--.  The first chest contains a ++PHOENIX FEATHER (11/30), 
the second chest contains the ++URN OF THE GORGONS++, and the third chest 
contains a ++GORGON EYE (18/37)++.  Swing across the gap and fall through the 
hole in the wall.  Take whichever way you want to back to the Gorgon face door.

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|                           The Temple of Euryale                       [WT10]|
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Stand in front of the Gorgon face door and reflect the Gorgon gaze as it starts 
to flow from the eyes to stone the door.  You'll need to tap the O button this 
time while reflecting the gaze.  Attack the door to destroy it then walk down 
the stairs inside and open the door at the bottom.  Quickly destroy the stone 
statues that start to shake in the next room before the Cursed Legionnaires 
inside break out of the stone and attack.  Open the --GREEN CHEST-- in the 
middle of the room if you need a health boost.  More Legionnaires will attack 
once you move down the right hall.  The Golden Fleece's deflecting works very 
well for these type of enemies.  Deflect their lunging attack then hit [] to 
counter with a Revenge attack that will knock them all off of you.  Beware 
their counter slices as they get up from a knockdown (these attacks can also be 
deflected).

Slide down the ladder, or just fall down and a cutscene will show several 
Cursed Legionnaires break out of their stone state below and a Hades Minotaur 
will join them.  If you are good at timing the deflection from the Golden 
Fleece followed by a [] attack then that will pulverize this whole room of 
enemies.  Deflecting a Cursed Legionnaire's lunge attack is not that hard.  I 
suggest using Rage of the Titans here or Cronos' Rage if you can't get the 
deflection timing down.  Defeat the Legionnaires first then go for the 
Minotaur.  A second Minotaur will follow after the first has been defeated.  
Open the --REPLENISHER CHEST-- to the side if needed then enter the corridor 
through the doorway on the right wall.

Open the --RED CHEST-- in the alcove.  A cutscene will play once you near the 
lift in the back.  Push the handle in a clockwise rotation to lower the lift. 
Defeat the Fire Nymphs and throw one toward the snake symbol on the wall to 
reveal a hidden alcove with an --UNMARKED CHEST-- containing a ++PHOENIX 
FEATHER (12/30)++.

                           + +  LIFT PUZZLE  + +

The soldier in the cutscene took the handle so you can't very well use the lift 
on the other side, but you can rig it so that you can reach the ledge up above 
it.  Raising the lift that you were just on will lower the other lift, so get 
back on the lift you just jumped off of and raise it to the point where Kratos 
can just barely walk under the framework at the top.  Fall back outside and 
turn around to see a hidden alcove on the side of the lift that you just fell 
from with an --UNMARKED CHEST-- inside containing a ++GORGON EYE++ (19/37).  
Get on top of the lift with no handle and then jump up the ledges on the side 
of the wall above it.

~~ Lowlands Vista ~~

Upon reaching the top, a Legionnaire Commander will attack.  These enemies 
block a bunch and will actually keep their distance as you attack.  Watch fore 
his counterattack while he blocks and keep in mind that he has quite a long 
combo attack, so be ready to block quite a bit whenever he starts to attack.  
Keep in mind that you need to press a button during the finishing blow this 
time after activating it, unlike the first God of War.  Walk toward the save 
point in the back and open the --GREEN CHEST-- if needed.  Approach the broken 
ladder off to the side and climb up the rough wall above it - the top piece 
will fall off.  Open the --BLUE CHEST-- near the pillars if needed as you 
listen to Euryale's threats coming from a nearby room.

Climb the rough wall off to the left then transition to the ceiling.  Climb 
across the ceiling and watch for the saw blades as you climb by them.  It's 
still much better than rotating pillars with blades though, I might add.  The 
only real semi-hard part is the final three saw blades.  Wait for an open spot 
between the two that move diagonally then climb into the middle triangle and 
move past the final blade when it passes to one side.  If a blade hits, it will 
automatically kill Kratos, but you will start near the climbable wall at the 
beginning of this part.

Drop to the platform below and open the --GREEN CHEST-- if needed.  Rotate the 
lever under the snake head clockwise to make the spiked masher on the right 
side pull back.  Once the masher is pulled back as far as it will go, you will 
need to race into the opening of the caged area to the right side and move 
quickly down that tunnel as the masher starts to move toward you.  Quickly pull 
the switch off to the side once you reach the middle portion of the tunnel to 
move the pillars on the outside that opens a path to the floor below.  Run to 
the far end and quickly press R1 then tap the O button to lift the exit gate 
and get out of their before it compacts you - it gets extremely close before 
the gate opens.  Just to let you know, the checkpoint for this area will start 
you back on the ledge below the saw blades next to the switch if you die in the 
compacter.

Go back and save your game before falling down into the room where the opening 
now is.  Approach the book next to the stone figure (yes, you can break him) 
and examine the book.

Fun Fact: If you don't break the stone figure before examining the book then 
Euryale will shatter him in the following cutscene.

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                                                                         [EU00]
                          > >  E U R Y A L E  < <

>> Attacks (Phase #1)

- Gaze: Euryale tilts her head back as it starts to glow red then unleashes her 
  stone gaze upon Kratos.
+ How to avoid: Roll or deflect.  It's much better to deflect!

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- Horizontal Tail Swing: Euryale stands on her tail then quickly swings it at 
  Kratos.
+ How to avoid: Block, roll, or deflect.

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- Tail Swing Combo: Euryale lies on her stomach and swings her tail 
  horizontally then performs an overhead tail smash.
+ How to avoid: Block (first swing only), roll, or deflect (first swing only).

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- Headbutt: Euryale quickly headbutts Kratos.
+ How to avoid: Block, roll, or deflect.

For starters, all of Euryale's attacks can blocked except for her overhead tail 
swing and her gaze.  Whenever she lies on her stomach and swings her tail, 
always be prepared to roll to the side to dodge the overhead swing that is 
coming next.  You really need to learn the proper timing for her gaze so you 
can deflect it.  You'll need to tap the O button during the deflection.  
Deflecting her gaze will give you blue orbs and sometimes a green orb.

Attack her with [] attacks and Plume of Prometheus, but always be ready to 
guard or deflect as she prepares an attack.  Both Cronos' Rage and Typhon's 
Bane serve as good magic attacks for this battle and you can always replenish 
your gauge by deflecting her gaze.  Cronos' Rage is really good for 
overwhelming her once you lay out three orbs.  It will actually cancel her 
attacks.

>> Attacks (Phase #2)

- Gaze Shockwave: Euryale charges a gaze by staring at the floor and eventually 
  unleashes a shockwave that will turn Kratos to stone.
+ How to avoid: Double jump over the shockwave.

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- Gaze Projectiles: Euryale sends out a few projectiles that will turn Kratos 
  into stone (after two hits).
+ How to avoid: Roll or deflect.

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- Euryale Splash: Euryale leaps into the air and lands in the center of the 
  room creating a shockwave upon impact.
+ How to avoid: Jump or roll.

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- Tail Smack: Euryale slaps Kratos with her tail twice while on the pillar.
+ How to avoid: Block, roll, or deflect.

Eventually she will crawl to one of the back pillars and start a whole new set 
of attacks.  It is important that you double jump to avoid her gaze shockwave 
since a single jump will only turn Kratos to stone and make him shatter when he 
falls.  The gaze projectile will stone you after two hits in a row, and you 
must jump or perform a very well timed roll to avoid her splash.  The only 
blockable move during this phase is her close range tail smack.  Attack her 
from the ground (hit the pillar - no need to jump) while she is on a pillar and 
use whatever magic you have left until a O button icon appears above her.  
Press the O button then perform a clockwise rotation with the left analog to 
make her come crashing down off of the pillar.  She will get on the other 
pillar in the back afterwards, so you will need to wear her down again and drag 
her off the pillar once again.

>> Attacks (Phase #3)

- Fists Pound: Euryale raises up on her tail and smacks the ground with a big 
  punch then performs a smaller punch.
+ How to avoid: Block (second punch only), roll, or deflect (second punch 
  only).

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- Gaze Projectiles: Euryale releases gaze projectiles that will turn Kratos to 
  stone (after two hits in a row).
+ How to avoid: Roll or deflect.

When both pillar are destroyed she will continue the fight on the ground and 
become very aggressive.  She will start a new move where she will try to pound 
you with her fist.  Only the second hit of this move is blockable so avoid the 
first by rolling.  She will only shoot gaze projectiles instead of performing 
her gaze, but the gaze projectiles can be deflected for some extra blue orbs 
during this phase - she shoots four at a time, and you will have time to 
deflect two if you deflect the first one for double the orb pickup!  She will 
still perform her normal tail combos and slaps so be on the lookout for them.  
Hit her sparingly during this phase with [] attacks and rely mainly on magic 
and Rage of the Titans.  Once the O button icon appears let 'er rip, literally!

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*                              Action Sequence                                *
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*  Kratos grapples onto her stomach with his blades then [GRABS] her head     *
*  and slams her down to the ground.  He quickly [DODGES] to right to avoid   *
*  her fist smash then knocks her head to ground and [GRABS] her head then    *
*  stabs it.  Kratos gets behind her then >>PULLS >  R O C K   M I N O T A U R  < <


>> Attacks:

- Ground Pound: The Rock Minotaur hits the ground with both hands then 
  aggressively pounds the ground in front of him.
+ How to avoid: Roll or move away.

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- Lariat: The Rock Minotaur holds out its arms and spins in place.
+ How to avoid: Roll or move away.

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- Rock Throw:  The Rock Minotaur picks up a boulder and tosses it.
+ How to avoid: Deflect or roll.

This Rock Minotaur fights the exact same as the last one, only this time 
Harpies will attack along with him.  The Harpies are actually helpful in a way. 
Whenever the Rock Minotaur prepares to throw a rock, grab a Harpy and Kratos 
will be invincible to the rock throw during the wing tearing animation.  Keep 
in mind that you can guard against their dive bomb attacks.  This battle is 
going to take a bit more patience than the last battle since the area is small 
and the Minotaur will not step out from in between the two rock piles on the 
right and left side.

Hit him sparingly with [] attacks from Athena's Blades and be sure to roll away 
when he starts to pound the ground or perform his lariat.  The ground pound is 
easily the most annoying move in this battle since rolling backward once is 
sometimes not enough to escape the attack.  Try to stay right next to him while 
attacking so he uses the lariat instead of the ground pound.  He will perform a 
ground pound while you're at midrange from him.  When he does a ground pound, 
do not try to attack directly after the move; instead, move back and wait for 
him to perform a boulder throw then roll directly toward him to escape the 
boulder as he throws it and this will position you in front of him without 
taking damage.  He should perform a lariat for his next attack to which you can 
easily roll back once to escape.  Keep up a pattern of attacking and rolling 
away from the lariat followed by rolling back toward him and attacking.  He 
will fall shortly with this method.  Make sure that you roll toward him when 
the lariat FULLY stops to avoid taking damage.  Use any of your magic except 
for the Head of Euryale (don't even...) for some extra damage.  If you have 
Rage of the Titans built up then by all means use it!

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Continue further into the cave and you'll come upon what appears to have been a 
big slaughter.  Skeletons will attack as you reach the end of the slaughter 
trail.  Stone them with the Head of Euryale and shatter them for some very easy 
kills.  The Head of Euryale works extremely well for Skeletons - remember that. 
Run up the circular stairway and pull the switch at the top then continue up 
the stairway to return to Destiny's Atrium.

~~ Destiny's Atrium ~~

The first thing you should do now is save your game then head back into the 
forest.  Remember those chest that were in the background right before the 
cutscene played where the Barbarian King drug Kratos away?  Well, after 
entering the Bog of the Forgotten area, you will notice a --UNMARKED CHEST-- 
containing a ++GORGON EYE (21/37) and a --MEGA RED CHEST--.  These Mega Chest 
are hidden throughout the game and will grant Kratos certain powerups.  This 
one will boost his red orb count by about 5000!

Return to Destiny's March and approach the stone face that is shooting the 
fireballs that you skipped over earlier.  Use the Golden Fleece to deflect a 
fireball by tapping L1 right before one of them hits you in order to blow open 
the wall and reveal a new path.  Hug the right wall and move along the right 
ledge to get by the gap.  You'll likely notice the --GREEN CHEST-- and --BLUE 
CHEST-- hidden behind the cave formation up ahead.  Slide down the ladder and 
move down the tunnel below.

Two Archers will aim at Kratos as you come upon the outside area.  Tear through 
them and a Legionnaire Commander along with more Archers will spawn from the 
ground up ahead.  Take care of the Archers first since the Legionnaire 
Commander will only stand and guard most of the time anyway.  Destroy the first 
three with your blades and use Typhon's Bane to shoot the remaining two on the 
platform up ahead.

Use the grapple point to swing to the platform where the set of two Archers 
were.  Climb up the rough wall on the left side of the platform upon landing to 
find a --RED CHEST-- and an --UNMARKED CHEST-- containing a ++GORGON 
EYE (22/37)++ at the top.  Use the next few grapple points to swing past the 
waterfalls up ahead.  A Legionnaire Commander and two Archers will appear on 
the other side of the waterfalls.  Defeat the two Archers first as usual and 
open the --GREEN CHEST-- if needed.

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|                            The Hall of Atropos                        [WT11]|
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Soon a cutscene will play where a Gorgon face will seal off the path up ahead 
and Wraiths will appear to challenge you.  I would suggest using Cronos' Rage 
since these Wraiths can be very deadly when grouped and they will release blue 
orbs once defeated.  They toss their blade hands at you so be prepared to block 
their blade throw.  A voice from above will call out during this battle, but 
the person cannot be helped at the moment.  The statue eyes cannot be bothered 
in any way at the moment.  Walk over to the save point on the left side then 
open the door next to it.

Walk toward the --GREEN CHEST-- and --BLUE CHEST-- up ahead and use them if 
needed.  The room will seal off up ahead and a High Priest will attack.  These 
High Priests will conjure creatures until you kill them so always defeat the 
High Priests first while fighting this type of enemy.  The High Priest will 
teleport around the area a bunch and will escape from your attacks if you don't 
watch it.  Keep in mind that you can block the High Priest's energy 
projectiles. Once you start to hit the High Priest use Cronos' Rage to place an 
electrical sphere that will put some constant hurt on him and lock him into 
place.  Keep placing orbs and attacking him until he is finished.  More High 
Priests will spawn, but as long as you keep constant pressure on them, this 
battle will not be that tough.  Kratos can perform a counter to the Minotaurs 
that are summoned in which he will throw their axe at them.  Tap the O button 
when prompted to have him counter the Minotaurs.  If you run out of magic, grab 
the High Priests to death.  Tap the O button to fight off their shield once 
they are grabbed then leap into the air with them and attack them then grab 
them again from the air to finish them off.  Kratos is invincible throughout 
most of the High Priest grab sequence on the ground, so you can actually spam 
grabs to kill a High Priest quickly.

                          + +  STATUE PUZZLE  + +

Observe your surroundings to find two statues, a lift, and a lever that you can 
rotate clockwise to raise the lift.  This is a very strange puzzle that has 
multiple ways to solve it.  Either rig it or perform some well timed jumping 
and grabbing.

SOLUTION 1: Push one of the statues onto the lift.  Push the other statue right 
next to the lever that you will need to rotate, so that it is right next to the 
column on the left side of the lever.  Pull (don't push) the lever clockwise 
and hold it there.  Quickly let go of the lever and kick the statue closest to 
you up under the lift.

SOLUTION 2: Push one of the statues onto the lift.  Push the other statue right 
next to lift on the side closest to the lever.  Pull (don't push) the lever 
clockwise and hold it there.  Quickly let go of the lever and run over to the 
statue then push it under the lift.

SOLUTION 3: Push one of the statues onto the side of the lift and make sure 
that it is on the side closest to the lever.  Push the other statue over to the 
lift so that it stands beside the statue that is on the lift.  Pull (don't 
push) the lever clockwise and hold it there.  Quickly let go of the lever and 
run over to the first statue then jump on top of it.  Jump on top of the other 
statue while it plummets down with the lift then quickly leap and grab onto the 
side of the floor above.

Note: The reason why I say to pull instead of push is so that Kratos will not 
have to maneuver past the lever on his way to performing whichever task.

Either way, jump to the floor above.  Open the --GREEN CHEST-- if needed then 
continue down the corridor to the right.  You'll witness a battle behind the 
bars ahead involving a Minotaur, Griffin Rider, and a soldier.  Open the --RED 
CHEST-- then climb the ladder to the side.  Harpies and eventually Guardians 
will attack as you make your way to the --REPLENISHER CHEST-- on the broken 
bridge ahead.  Rush back and find the stairway hidden by the camera angle on 
the right side at the front of the bridge.  More Guardians will appear while 
you move down the stairs.  Enter the hall at the bottom.

Satyrs will appear once you step in the shallow water of the next room.  Use 
Cronos' Rage while attacking these beasts to take some extra damage from them - 
it will stagger them, but they will still guard a bunch.  They are quite 
vicious and have some long combination attacks.  Keep in mind that all of their 
attacks can be guarded against.  Step up to the stone blocking the entrance and 
pull it inward.  Do not push it outward yet.  Hop up on top of the stone and 
open the hidden --UNMARKED CHEST-- up above the doorway to receive a ++GORGON 
EYE (23/37)++.  Push the stone outward once you open the chest so that the 
stone slides and falls to the courtyard below.

Push the stone under the high ladder on the bridge so that you can stand on it 
to get up to the ladder.  A voice will call out to you once again.  Dark Nymphs 
will attack in a few places on the bridge.  Carefully step across the small 
ledge up above to get to the other side of the bridge.  Find the --GREEN 
CHEST-- on the other side then jump over the shrubbery to the left of the green 
chest to discover an --UNMARKED CHEST-- containing a ++PHOENIX FEATHER 
(15/?)++.  Run over to the door next to the bridge on your current side and 
open it then enter the room ahead.

A few Guardians and a Juggernaut will attack.  A second Juggernaut will spawn 
once the first has been killed.  Use Cronos' Rage and Rage of the Titans to 
your advantage - the Head of Euryale helps if the Juggernauts get too annoying. 
Use the --REPLENISHER CHEST-- on the raised platform if needed then run out 
through the doorway to find a save point.

Move across the walkway toward the grapple points up ahead.  You will need to 
jump off the walkway and grapple to the lowest grapple point while falling.  
Jump and swing toward the next grapple point on the side of the building - 
Kratos will actually lean against the side of the building while on this 
grapple point.  Grapple to next grapple point up above then jump and swing to 
the walkway with the metal railing.  Guardians will hop up from the side of the 
area below the walkway and attack.  You can slow time while fighting them with 
your Amulet of the Fates thanks to the nearby Fate Statue.  Move toward the far 
edge of the walkway next to the statue.

                           + +  VINE PUZZLE  + +

As already pointed out, the Fate Statue on the right is holding a flashing 
green stone to which you can hold the Amulet of the Fates up to in order to 
slow time time.  Step on the rock pressure switch (it blend in well with the 
floor) to make some vines move out from the bottom of the walkway and form a 
bridge that connects all areas ahead to the middle platform.  Freeze time while 
standing on the switch and run across the first vine.  Stop at the middle 
platform then fall off the right side of the platform in between the two trees 
to find an --UNMARKED CHEST-- containing a ++PHOENIX FEATHER (16/30)++.  This 
middle pressure rock will make the vine from the walkway that you just came 
from grow out, so you must stand on the pressure switch then very quickly make 
your way back across to the walkway.

Stand on the pressure rock once again on the walkway then slow time with the 
amulet.  Run across the vine that leads to the middle platform then quickly 
turn left and run across the vine that leads to the platform on the left.  
Harpies and Guardians will attack on this platform.  You can slow time while 
fighting them.  Stand on the pressure rock on the current platform then slow 
time and run back to the center platform.  Turn left while on the center 
platform and run across that vine to yet another platform.  A group of Harpies 
and Guardians will attack on this side as well, so slow time and fight them off 
quickly.  Stand on the pressure rock on this platform to make the vines grow 
out once again.  Slow time with the amulet then run back to the middle platform 
and make a left then run across that vine between the two trees toward the 
doorway in the back.

There is a --BLUE CHEST-- and a --GREEN CHEST-- to the side so replenish 
yourself fully because there is a big battle ahead.  Open the big door to 
trigger a cutscene.

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                                                                         [PE00]
                          > >  P E R S E U S  < <

This is a unique battle and very fitting for Perseus' character.  You have seen 
the movie Clash of the Titans haven't you?

>> Attacks (Invisible):

- Sword Slashes: Perseus swings his sword twice (horizontal slash then an 
  upward slash) while moving toward Kratos.
+ How to avoid: Block, roll, or deflect.

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- Stabs: Perseus teleports then runs toward Kratos and performs eight quick 
  stabs.  Watch for the flash of light when he teleports.
+ How to avoid: Block, roll, or deflect.

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- Lunging Sword: Perseus moves swiftly around Kratos and slashes him.
+ How to avoid: Block, roll, or deflect.

                                ----------

- Sling Projectiles:  Perseus spins his sling and shoots projectiles toward 
  Kratos one at a time (the number shots vary and sometimes he will shoot three 
  together).
+ How to avoid: Block, roll, or deflect (recommended).

To start things off, he will begin the battle invisible.  Thankfully, you are 
fighting him in a pool, so just watch for the ripples in the water to see his 
footsteps.  You can also see a transparent image of him whenever he runs or 
performs any type of attack.  The image will look much like a shadow in darker 
areas and transparent in the sunlight.  Find the image of him and attack it.  
He will likely teleport to a new area eventually and shout to Kratos.  If you 
have surround sound hooked up, you can actually take advantage of his shouting 
and run in the direction of his voice.  Otherwise, just watch for him.  He will 
make a blue flash in the area wherever he teleports to.  Every time he 
teleports he will run toward you and perform a series of stabs, so prepare to 
block or roll away.

Keep in mind that all of his moves are blockable, so just stand and block if 
you are unsure of where he is.  Both Cyclone of Chaos (L1 + []) and the final 
hit of the [] combo work very well in finding him.  Once he has been damaged 
enough he will fall and become visible then an icon will appear above him.  You 
must run up very quickly and press the grab button when the icon appears or it 
will quickly disappear and you will need to damage him further.  Kratos will 
destroy his helmet and Perseus will be visible for the rest of the battle.

>> Attacks (Visible w/Sword and Shield):

- Sword Slashes: Perseus swings his sword twice (horizontal slash then an 
  upward slash) while moving toward Kratos.
+ How to avoid: Block, roll, or deflect.

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- Stab: Perseus holds back his sword then moves in and stabs Kratos.
+ How to avoid: Block, roll, or deflect.

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- Counter Slashes: Perseus steps toward Kratos with two upward slashes then 
  performs an uppercut slash to counter Kratos' attacks.
+ How to avoid: Block, roll, or deflect.

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- Lunge: Perseus lunges toward Kratos and hits him with his shield.
+ How to avoid: Block, roll, or deflect.

                                ----------

- Sling Projectiles:  Perseus spins his sling and shoots projectiles toward 
  Kratos one at a time (the number of shots vary and sometimes he will shoot 
  three together).
+ How to avoid: Block, roll, or deflect (recommended).

                                ----------

- Blinding Light: Perseus holds his shield up toward the light and reflects the 
  sunlight throughout the area to blind Kratos.
+ How to avoid: Keep him out of the light.  Shake the left analog to the right 
  and left to break free from the stun.  The shield attack afterward can be 
  blocked, deflected, and rolled from.

The battle actually becomes a bit harder once he can be seen.  If you don't 
stay aggressive against him then his main move will be to step into the light 
and blind you with his shield.  Watch for him to suddenly step back and that is 
the sign that he is about to perform this move.  Shake the left analog from 
left to right to break free from the stun that the light will place on Kratos. 
Keep him busy blocking your attacks and try to keep him in a dark area as much 
as you can and he won't have a chance to perform this move.  When the button 
icon appears again, press the grab button to break his sword.

Perseus is very limited in attacks with only his shield, but he is quite a 
defensive player during this phase.  You can basically only hit him by knocking 
him into a sidewall (right and left walls) - this will stun him and you will be 
allowed to freely damage him at this point.  Keep in mind the walls at the back 
and front of the area will not stun him.  One good method for ramming him 
against a wall is to take out Typhon's Bane and shoot him toward a wall as he 
blocks the arrows.  You can also hit him as he performs his blinding shield 
attack.  He will rely mainly on his sling (deflect it) and his blinding shield 
attack at this point.  Once he has been stunned by knocking him into a wall, 
you are free to wail on him as much as you want while he recovers.  When he is 
close to death, he will stand in the back of the pool near the pillars.  Grab 
him when the icon appears to launch the action sequence.

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*                              Action Sequence                                *
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*  Kratos shoves Perseus' head into the wall then [YANKS] his head away from  *
*  the wall and >< him in the water.  Kratos [SHOVES] Perseus into    *
*  the wall again then backs away and tosses a blade into his chest then      *
*  slams him into the water.  To end it all, Kratos throws Perseus through    *
*  the wall toward a hook that impales him.                                   *
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Kratos will receive the **SHIELD OF PERSEUS** after the battle.  Walk through 
the new hole in the wall that Perseus made.  A --GREEN CHEST-- and a --BLUE 
CHEST-- will be on the side of the pool if you need refilling.  Slide down the 
chain and save your game.

                        + +  GORGON HEAD PUZZLE  + +

If you've been looking around this area previously then you have probably 
noticed a statue up above.  Walk over to the stone below the ladder and climb 
up then move over to the right side of the walkway and jump over the shrubbery. 
Break the cracked pedestal that is holding up the statue and place the Shield 
of Perseus in the statue's hands.  Grab ahold of the handle on either the left 
or right side and move the statue over to the broken portion of the bridge 
where there is no railing.  Push the statue off the side.  Jump down below then 
push the statue over to the square indention in the wooden platform.  Walk over 
to the lever in the middle of the area and rotate it clockwise to raise the 
platform up into the air.  This will reflect the beam of the right statue eye 
back at it.  Quickly release the lever and climb back up the ladder then stand 
facing the statue eye that isn't being reflected and use the Golden Fleece's 
deflection by pressing L1.  Keep in mind that the platform the statue is on is 
timed, so be quick!  This will destroy the statue's eyes and open the path 
ahead.

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Walk up the steps in the new area then move down the path at the top.  You'll 
see a big statue up ahead that is pointing (it's actually pointing toward some 
chests).  The chests down the left path cannot be opened yet since the pressure 
switch will close off the doorway leading to them every time that Kratos tries 
to move toward them.  Walk over to the right path and shoot the Archers across 
from you with Typhon's Bane.  Use the grapple point over the gap to swing 
across to the other side where the Archers were.  You could just swim through 
the water also.  Make a left turn and swim toward the platform with the --BLUE 
CHEST-- and --GREEN CHEST-- against the wall.  You'll see the chests from 
earlier through a gate also.

Take the second right path since a gate is blocking the first pathway to the 
right.  You'll come upon a broken bridge.  Go ahead and jump to the broken 
piece and the camera will show the statue up above.  If you try to move toward 
the two chests on the other side of the bridge the piece that you are on will 
lean downward.  Move back across the bridge and find the vines on the right 
wall (camera angle's right).  Climb the vines then transition to the ceiling 
followed by the wall again to climb up on the side of the doorway where the 
gate that was blocking the first turn is located.  Pull the switch off to the 
side to open the gate.

Jump down below and enter the area past the gate.  Do you recognize that bird? 
That is the Dark Griffin that the Dark Rider was on much earlier in the game. 
Kratos stabbed the bird with the Dark Rider's spear and it landed here.  
Approach the spear and press R1 along with the O button to tear the **SPEAR OF 
DESTINY** out of the Dark Griffin.  Sentries will appear as if they want you 
try your new spear out on them.  Don't disappoint them, get used to your new 
spear!  Keep in mind that you can slow time in this area, thanks to the nearby 
Fate Statue.

After defeating the Sentries, walk over to the Fate Statue with the flashing 
green stone.  Grab the statue and pull it over to the circular area around the 
lever.  Rotate the lever to turn the statue.  Turn the statue so that the 
flashing green stone faces the right side of the screen.  You will ultimately 
push that statue back to where you got it from, but for now push/kick the 
statue through the doorway.  Move all the way down the ramp and then over to 
the pool on the right side.  Push it all the way up to the pool then swim to 
the other side.  Quickly use the Amulet of the Fates to slow time then run all 
the way back to the pressure switch at the beginning of the area near the 
pointing statue.  Move across the pressure switch and open the --3 UNMARKED 
CHEST-- containing a ++PHOENIX FEATHER (17/30)++ (left), the ++URN OF OLYMPUS++ 
(middle), and a ++GORGON EYE (24/37)++ (right).

                           + +  BRIDGE PUZZLE  + +

Run back to the statue and push it back up the ramp and through the door.  
Place back the statue back in its original spot so that it faces the broken 
bridge to the right side.  Run all the way back to the broken bridge then stand 
on the tilting piece.  Stand on the side that makes it tilt upwards to match 
the other piece ahead.  Use the Amulet of the Fates to slow time then quickly 
run and jump to the other side.

~~ Crossing of the Lowlands ~~
 
Open the --BLUE CHEST-- and --GREEN CHEST-- if needed and save your game at the 
save point.  Prepare for plenty of grappling and a real high-flying adventure! 
Grapple to the first grapple point on the hook between the first set of pillars 
to start.

Grapple Point #1

Use a normal swing followed by a jump and grapple to the next grapple point.

Grapple Point #2

Use a normal swing followed by a jump and grapple to the pillar ahead.

Grapple Point #3

Kratos will automatically jump off the pillar as it crumbles and leap toward 
the next grapple point.

Grapple Point #4

Kratos will swing around in a circle while attached to this grapple point.  The 
column will fall shortly so be quick!  Make sure to line him up with the 
platform in the background then have him jump toward it then perform a second 
jump in the air to land on it.  The platform will start to fall toward the next 
grapple point, so wait until it leans toward it then leap and grapple to the 
next grapple point.

Grapple Point #5

Grapple Points #6 and #7 will start to fall directly ahead while you're on this 
grapple point.  Wait for about two swings then jump and grapple onto #6.

Grapple Point #6

Quickly jump and grapple to #7 during the first swing.

Grapple Point #7

Wait for just a bit then jump and fall down a little then quickly grapple to 
the lower grapple point #8.

Grapple Point #8

Kratos automatically swings straight toward the next grapple point from this 
one, so get ready to swing to the pillar (#9).

Grapple Point #9

Kratos skips off of this grapple point and jumps back toward the next grapple 
point on the wall behind him (#10).

Grapple Point #10

Kratos skips off the wall as it breaks and launches himself toward #11.

Grapple Point #11

He skips off this pillar and jumps to the next pillar across from it (#12).

Grapple Point #12

Wait for the piece of the pillar to fall down just a bit while hanging onto 
this grapple point.  Perform a double jump then grapple to the next.

Grapple Point #13

Kratos automatically jumps and slams through the next pillar then lands in the 
cave below.

~~ The Great Chasm ~~

Walk through the cave tunnel ahead.  The exits will seal off in the first open 
section and a group of Sirens will attack.  All of their moves are blockable. 
They like to counter a bunch with their energy projectiles, but keep in mind 
that you can deflect their projectiles right back at them with L1.  Two Hades 
Minotaurs will appear from the ground with another Siren after the first two 
Sirens are defeated.

Move through the next tunnel after the battle.  There is a --REPLENISHER 
CHEST-- in the next room ahead, but make sure that you need it since a big 
battle will break out as you approach it.  Satyrs and Juggernauts will attack 
and this can be quite a deadly combination.  Use Cronos' Rage to put some 
constant hurt on all enemies and go after the Juggernauts first since the 
Satyrs like to stand and block so much.  On the flip side, if you're Athena's 
Blades are leveled up enough (Level 4) the Satyrs should fall kind of fast, so 
you may want to go for them first.  Walk out of the cave through the tunnel 
ahead.

A save point will be to the left and a --GREEN CHEST-- and --BLUE CHEST-- will 
be off to the right upon exiting the cave.  Walk over to the bridge then jump 
to the next section and walk to the end of the bridge for a cutscene.

Fun Fact: Stand on the ledge beside the bridge overlooking the gap and look 
under the furthest section of the bridge to see Icarus hanging on to the bottom 
of the bridge - look for his wings.  When you walk to the end of the first 
section of the bridge, he will disappear up under the bridge.

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                           > >  I C A R U S  < <

This battle will start with an Action Sequence.

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*                             Action Sequence                                 *
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*  Kratos backs up to the side of the bridge as he (STRUGGLES) (AROUND) with  *
*  Icarus.                                                                    *
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(^ This first part of the battle will decide which character will be on top of 
the other as they both plummet into the chasm.  Fail to press the proper 
directions and Icarus will automatically win.)

Once the two have started falling, tap [], /\, or O to attack Icarus while 
falling into the chasm below.

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| Button | Attack                                           |
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| []     | Punch from right hand                            |
| /\     | Punch from left hand                             |
| O      | Alternate between right hand and left hand punch |
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|        | * sometimes a headbutt will replace an attack    |
+-----------------------------------------------------------+

Icarus will eventually grab Kratos and turn him to the other side while the two 
fall but quickly shake the left analog to the left and right to have Kratos 
punch him and move back on top. (if you lost the struggle at the beginning, the 
battle will start with this sequence)

The end of the battle will come to a close with four action sequences.  You 
only have to win the final sequence to be victorious.

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*                            Action Sequences                                 *
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*  1) Eventually Icarus punches Kratos and gets on his back but Kratos        *
*     responds by @GRABBING@ Icarus' head and flipping him over his shoulder  *
*     as the two hit a boulder on the way down (The loser will hit the        *
*     boulder).                                                               *
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*  2) Icarus turns Kratos around again but Kratos quickly @TURNS@ the tides   *
*     by flipping Icarus back around to the bottom and holds Icarus against   *
*     the side rock wall as the two continue to plummet.                      *
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*  3) Icarus once again turns Kratos over but Kratos @WRESTLES@ to top as     *
*     the two hit another rock.                                               *
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*  4) Kratos stands on Icarus' back as Icarus starts to plead for the two to  *
*     work together.  Kratos grabs Icarus' wings and starts to >>PULL >  R O C K   M I N O T A U R  < <


>> Attacks:

- Ground Pound: The Rock Minotaur hits the ground with both hands then 
  aggressively pounds the ground in front of him.
+ How to avoid: Roll or move away.

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- Lariat: The Rock Minotaur holds out its arms and spins in place.
+ How to avoid: Roll or move away.

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- Rock Throw:  The Rock Minotaur picks up a boulder and tosses it.
+ How to avoid: Deflect or roll.

The Minotaur still hasn't changed.  Don't let him get you close to the edge and 
try to stay next to him so that you only have to dodge away from the lariat 
instead of the ground pound.  Jumping attacks work very well for this battle 
since he will usually only attack once you land - double jump and attack as you 
fall with either the Spear of Destiny or Athena's Blades.

Eventually the Minotaur will pound the ground and release a bunch of orbs.  The 
wall beside the rock platform will shatter to reveal a portion of the wall that 
you can jump and cling on to.  The rock platform that you're standing on will 
start to tilt over into the lava so jump and glide to the wall.  The Minotaur 
will move to the back of the area while in the lava and will start to hurl 
boulders toward the wall.  Move to the right or left very quickly by tapping 
the left analog toward the desired direction and tapping X.  Wait until he is 
just about to throw the boulder before you perform the jump.  Once the platform 
surfaces from the lava jump (Away + X) and glide back to the platform to 
continue the battle.

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The Rock Minotaur will crumble and leave behind a single boulder.  Push the 
boulder over to the tunnel shown by the camera angle then jump on the boulder 
and glide to the tunnel.  When you reach the ledge at the top of the tunnel, 
jump and glide down to the left side to find --2 UNMARKED CHESTS--.  The left 
chest contains a ++PHOENIX FEATHER (19/30)++.

Glide over to the platform against the right wall then continue into the next 
area.  Glide to the platform up ahead and the camera will zoom in to show 
Atlas' hand in the distance.  Hop over to the platform on the left side to find 
a --GREEN CHEST-- along with a save point.  Attack the appendages on the wall 
to the right of the current platform.  The appendages will release a rock that 
will hit a purple object in the lava next to the middle platform.  Jump back 
across and hop over to the rock.  Attack the purple object to shatter it then 
get ready to quickly grapple to the grapple point above as the rock moves 
closer to the edge of the lava fall ahead.  Swing then jump and glide over to 
the tunnel in the distance.

Shatter the rock up ahead and it will break and an updraft will exit from the 
rock floor.  Don't use it just yet though.  Jump into the pit and strike the 
left portion of the wall below the platform you need to glide to in order to 
reveal an --UNMARKED CHEST-- containing a ++GORGON EYE (25/37)++.  Stand in the 
updraft then jump and spread the Icarus wings to have Kratos float upward.  
Glide toward the ledge up ahead when Kratos hits the ceiling.  In the next area 
a whole swarm of Fire Nymphs will attack.  Grab them with the O button and 
throw them into the hives along the wall to stop them from spawning.  If your 
aim is not that great then just attack the hives with whatever weapon of your 
choice.  One of the hives will break away to reveal a section of wall that 
Kratos can climb.

Make sure that all of the Nymph hives are gone then start from the right side 
and jump to the ledge then to the climbable wall.  Climb up and to the left 
then jump across the slick wall to grab the climbable section.  Climb upward 
then transition to the ceiling then climb over and fall to the platform with 
the --BLUE CHEST-- and --GREEN CHEST--.  Look to the left in the background to 
find the next section of climbable wall.  Leap toward it then glide to it to 
make Kratos attach to the wall.  Transition to the ceiling then climb over to 
the shiny rock structure blocking the way and shatter it by attacking it.  
Climb over to the area below the rock platform up ahead then let go.  Jump and 
glide over to the tunnel in the distance.

You'll be able to see Atlas' head in the distance through the opening.  Climb 
the strip of climbable wall off to the left then transition to the ceiling.  
Break the stalactites along the wall to keep revealing more sections of the 
ceiling to climb on.  Breaking the first stalactite will uncover a secret 
square area up in the ceiling.  Transition to the wall up in the small square 
area to discover a --RED CHEST-- and an --UNMARKED CHEST-- containing the ++URN 
OF PROMETHEUS++.  Climb back down then climb even further along the wall while 
breaking stalactites.  Sentries will attack eventually while moving to the very 
back section.  Transition to the wall of the next square area in the ceiling 
then climb up to the floor above.

Walk over to the platform with the large chain attached to it and jump on top 
of it.  The platform will move downward a bit then a section of climbable wall 
will be exposed to the side.  Jump over to the wall then climb downward and 
transition to the ceiling below.  Climb over to the bony stalactites at the end 
of the ceiling then attack them to make them fall on the vents below.  Don't 
drop down just yet, follow the ceiling over to the platform right next to the 
save point then drop down and hop across to save your game before moving 
onward.  You'll need to attack some appendages to make them move back into the 
wall while climbing on the ceiling.

~~ Atlas Exterior ~~

Jump and glide over to the updraft where the vents used to be and this will 
give Kratos the extra boost he needs to make it over to the platform ahead.  
Glide to the first chained platform then to the large platform below.  Harpies 
and Hades Legionnaires will attack as you land on the large platform.  Use the 
Spear of Destiny to quickly fight them off.  The Piercing Shards attack (L1 + 
/\) works very well to knock the Legionnaires off balance.  Rotate the lever in 
the middle clockwise to make the platform rise into the air then quickly jump 
and glide to the first of the smaller chained platforms.  Leap to the second 
then the third and slide across the small chain on the third in order to reach 
Atlas' arm.

Kratos will land near a save point with a --GREEN CHEST-- and a --RED CHEST-- 
nearby.  Climb the wall to the side then jump across to the right section of 
the next wall.  Sentries will start to spawn on the wall below but climb up 
quickly and attack the rocks above you to make them come crashing down on the 
Sentries.  Don't stand below the rocks or you'll get hit yourself.  The rocks 
will kill the enemies instantly.  Keep moving up the side of the wall then 
transition to the ceiling once you reach the top.  You'll see two grapple 
points to the side.  Face them and quickly let go of the wall then grapple to 
the first grapple point.  Swing then jump to the next and grapple to it.  
Kratos will swing around in a circle while on the second grapple point.  Jump 
to the third with proper timing then grapple on to it and double jump toward 
the climbable wall.  Climb up the wall then jump (Away + X) to the platform 
across from the wall.  Hop to the next platform for a really good view of the 
side of Atlas.

                          + +  BOULDER PUZZLE  + +

Turn to the left then grab one of the boulders.  We'll label the grabbed 
boulder as "Boulder 1".  As you can see, you must reach a very high ledge up 
ahead below the raised platform to the side.  Pull Boulder 1 below the top 
portion of the ramp so that it stands beside the top of the ramp.  Grab the 
other boulder (Boulder 2) and push it up the ramp and position it right next to 
Boulder 1 below.  Push Boulder 2 on top of Boulder 1 so that they're stacked.  
They don't have to be stacked perfectly.  Pull the two stacked boulders over to 
the first higher platform then get up on top of the raised platform.  Pull the 
top boulder (Boulder 2) off the bottom boulder (Boulder 1) and position Boulder 
2 below the high ledge.  Jump and grab onto the side of the high ledge then 
pull yourself up.

Turn around while on the high ledge and find the climbable wall to the left 
(the camera angle's left) then jump and glide over to it.  Climb all the way 
over to the left and fall to the platform with the --UNMARKED CHEST-- 
containing the ++GORGON EYE (26/37)++.  Climb back over to the other ledge that 
you came from and open the --GREEN CHEST-- if needed then start to scale the 
climbable wall up ahead.

As you make a turn to the right while climbing, notice that there are boulders 
falling down the sides of the climbable portions of the wall up ahead.  While 
you quickly climb up the wall (Up + X) jump from the right wall to the left and 
vice versa to avoid the falling rocks while moving up.  When you get to the 
top, move over to the left and quickly down the wall to the left.  The next set 
of walls is just like the first set, so jump between them on your way up.  When 
you reach the top, run over to the broken chain that the camera angle will show 
and attack it to break it and free the Titan from the chain's grips.

Atlas will pick Kratos up and the following action sequence will play twice.

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*                              Action Sequence                                *
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*  Atlas squeezes Kratos between two fingers while talking with him and       *
*  Kratos will >>STRUGGLES >   C E R B E R U S   B R E E D E R S  < <

>> Attacks (Cerberus Breeders)

- Paw Combo: The Cerberus steps forward with a paw slap them hits Kratos with 
  both paws.
+ How to Avoid: Block, roll, or deflect.

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- Fireballs: The Cerberus shoots a fireball from each head very quickly toward 
  Kratos.
+ How to Avoid: Block, roll, or deflect.

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- Pup Breeding: The Cerberus will vomit up a smaller Cerberus (Cerberus Seed).
+ How to Avoid: N/A

>> Attack (Cerberus Seeds)

- Spinning Lunge: The Cerberus Pup jumps and spins in the air then shoots 
  toward Kratos.
+ How to Avoid: Block, roll, or deflect.

>> Attacks (Juggernaut)

- Shoulder Ram: The Juggernaut will run toward Kratos and ram him then perform 
  an upward strike with his mace.
+ How to Avoid: Block, roll, or deflect.

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- Mace Combo: The Juggernaut will move toward Kratos with two Mace strikes
+ How to Avoid: Block, roll, or deflect.

If you've played the first God of War then you should know how deadly these 
Cerberus Breeders can be.  The adult Cerberuses will literally vomit Cerberus 
Seeds (pups) into the area.  The little ones are probably the most deadly of 
them all since they can turn into big ones if left alive for too long.  The 
attacks of the adult Cerberuses are very limited (two moves actually; three if 
you count the pup breeding), but they make up for it with shear aggressiveness. 
These things are just as agile as the Dark Cerberus fought earlier in the game. 
Make sure that you defeat the Cerberus Pups along with the large Cerberuses.  
It's more vital to destroy the pups than the adults.  Two Juggernauts will 
appear toward the end of the battle once the Cerberuses are almost gone and 
they are just as hard as the Cerberus adults.  The Juggernauts have a bunch of 
life compared to the ones you have fought thus far.

I would highly recommend that you use Atlas Quake and Rage of the Titans often 
during this battle.  Atlas Quake is excellent for getting rid of a whole crowd 
of Cerberus Pups and Rage of the Titans will help to defeat the Green 
Cerberuses much faster.  The adult Cerberus will have two icons to appear over 
them while fighting them: one at half life and one near death.  One really good 
aspect of this battle is that the adult Cerberuses will release yellow orbs to 
charge your Rage of the Titans meter once killed.  Make sure to activate some 
heavy attacks once the Juggernauts enter the area since they can be very deadly 
with a Cerberus.  The first icon kill will finish the Juggernauts like normal. 
There's not really much of a strategy for the Juggernauts other than to attack 
them as you roll away from their attacks (while they recover).

All of this carnage can be avoided with a few Gorgon Rages (L1 + O [charge]) 
from a Level 3 Head of Euryale.  Just stand in the middle of crowd, stone them, 
equip the hammer, and use /\ attacks to break them.  Plume of Prometheus with 
the Athena's Blades works well to break them also.

Keep in mind that a --GREEN CHEST-- is lying off to the side during this 
battle.

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Once the madness has settled down, walk over to the bars in the back and find 
the ladder on the left side of the wall.  Climb the ladder and save your game 
at the save point up above.  Jump across to the platform on the right side, 
across from the save point, to find a --RED CHEST--.  Another --RED CHEST-- and 
an --UNMARKED CHEST-- containing a ++GORGON EYE (29/37)++ are against the back 
wall.  Fall down on the middle left side of that platform to fall in between 
the barred areas where --2 RED CHESTS-- lie.  Use the ledges to escape from the 
middle area - jump to the first then glide across to the second on the opposite 
side and glide back to the platform from the second.  Jump back to the left 
platform and lift the gate with the --GREEN CHEST-- behind it.  Slide down the 
ladder to the side.

~~ Auditorium of Atropos ~~

You will notice there is a Fate Statue with a flashing green stone on it.  
Break the pots in front of it and let's go ahead and push it with us just in 
case - you never know when these may come in handy!  You'll notice a distortion 
behind statue upon moving it.  That is not a glitch and we will get back to 
that in just a moment!  Push the Fate Statue down the hall ahead.  Move the 
statue to the side once you reach the gate.  Walk toward the gate and watch the 
cutscene as the man plummets over the edge.  That was actually the man that ran 
from you while approaching the red chest with the bars behind it while in the 
Garden of the Gods if you remember that.

                            + +  TIME PUZZLE  + +

Pull the switch to the left in order to raise the gate.  Place the statue over 
to the side of the open gate.  This will keep the gate from closing.  Walk into 
the auditorium and look on the left wall to see a distortion that makes a time 
portal.  Go through the time portal to find that it transports you back to the 
few seconds before the translator from earlier jumped to his death.  As you can 
see, the statue will hold up the gate as it tries to close if you pushed it far 
enough.  There is one thing you should do before worrying about the translator 
though.  Keep in mind that you go through the time portal as many times as 
needed to complete this part.  Right when you first step through the portal, 
slow time using the Amulet of the Fates and run all the way back to the 
distortion behind the area where the Fate Statue was and you will find a ++MEGA 
GREEN CHEST++.  This chest will give Kratos so many green orbs that it will 
extend his life gauge.  The chest will only stay there until the translator 
falls to his death, so be quick!

In order to get the translator, step back through the time portal then slow 
time once again with the Amulet of the Fates and run then grab the translator 
with the R1 button before he commits suicide.

Fun Fact: After grabbing the translator try a few different things with him.  
Wherever you take him, he will automatically run back to the ledge and jump 
off.  You can actually toss him off the ledge with Kratos!  Also, you can 
attack him while he runs to help build up your Rage of the Titans gauge.  The 
only thing you can't do is take him through the time portal with you.

Place the translator in front of the book and an action sequence much like the 
first translator event will occur where you must tap the O button to encourage 
the translator to read the book.  A cutscene will play once the translator is 
tired out from deciphering.  Walk over to the door on the right side and 
collect the **WARRIOR'S SKULL** from the door.

                            + +  DRAFT PUZZLE  + +

Open the door and step up to the lever in the back.  Rotate the lever to make 
the updraft travel further up.  Jump into the draft while gliding in place and 
this allow Kratos to float up to the alcove against the wall.  Grab the ledge 
of the alcove and pull yourself up.  Pull the switch to make the draft reach 
higher.  Rotate the lever once again and glide up to the ceiling to have Kratos 
grapple to it.  Keep in mind that all of this is timed (the lever and the 
switch).  Climb across the top of the ceiling and move to the right as you pass 
by the set of broken pillars.  The camera angle will rotate to show you a 
hidden --RED CHEST-- on the ledge below.  Drop down to it and open it then jump 
back to the ceiling.  Destroy the top of the shiny column in the way while 
climbing across.  Fall to the platform near the wall on the other side or 
transition to the wall and slide down.

Walk toward the lift through the doorway and rotate the lever to lower it.  
Step through the doorway and jump to the platform ahead.  The exits will all 
seal off and two Cyclops will appear to challenge you.  These Cyclops are 
pretty tough compared to what you're used to.  Use the Head of Euryale to stone 
them and defeat them quickly if needed.  Other than that, Rage of the Titans 
works well.  They attack many times in a row with their front strikes so be 
sure to roll away and stay away while they attack.  Keep in mind that a roll to 
the side is much better at avoiding their attacks then a backwards roll.  Four 
of them will appear.  It is possible to climb the ladder and get up on the area 
where you first placed the crank handle and slow time then jump back down and 
fight the Cyclops.

Place the Warrior's Skull on the door with the Cerberus heads to unlock it.  
Open the door to see a --GREEN CHEST--, --BLUE CHEST--, and a save point.  Make 
sure that the Head of Euryale is powered up to at least level 2 before stepping 
onto the lift in the back.  Have Kratos grab onto the front of the middle 
column on the lift.  Tap the O button to have him push the elevator down.  The 
spiked ceiling will start to move down upon Kratos eventually and the bones 
around the area will form into Skeletons and attack.

Keep moving the lift down until they attack you or one of them gets stuck in a 
gear.  You will have to attack the one that gets stuck to knock him out of the 
gear.  Use the Head of Euryale to quickly turn them to stone then shatter them. 
This will quickly destroy them and keep them from reforming.  The normal Gorgon 
stare works well when they are spread out and the Gorgon Flash is good for when 
they are grouped.  Stone all the Skeletons on the screen before attempting to 
break them.  When you reach the bottom the last group of Skeletons will attack 
and you will have to quickly lift open a door.  Make sure to defeat the 
Skeletons before attempting to lift the door.

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Walk toward the screen at the bottom to find a   +----------------------------+
--RED CHEST-- along with an --UNMARKED CHEST--   | There is a glitch          |
containing a ++PHOENIX FEATHER (23/30).  Up the  | associated with this area  |
stairs ahead you will find a --GREEN CHEST-- on  | where one can obtain an    |
your way to the lava pool to the side.  Jump on  | unlimited supply of red    |
the rope and attack the Sentries as they climb   | orbs using a game bug to   |
across while moving over the lava.  Move very    | your advantage.  See the   |
quickly so that you make it to the center        | extras section for more    |
platform in the lava before the Archers spawn on | info.                      |
the ledge to the side.  Fall down and grab onto  |           [RG00]           |
the side of the ledge then climb to the right    +----------------------------+
and pull yourself up.  Defeat the Archers then get ready for some Sentries and 
Gorgons.  Take out your Hammer then reflect the Gorgon's stare onto the whole 
crowd of enemies then destroy them with the Hammer (/\ attack) or Atlas Quake.

Jump back to the middle platform once you're finished.  You'll actually have to 
stand near the portion without railing and jump back to the platform.  Find the 
climbable wall on the left side and start to climb then jump to the next 
section.  Transition to the ceiling and climb to the area across the lava.  
Sentries will spawn on the other side and climb up to the ceiling to attack.  
Fight off the Sentries then find the section of the climbable ceiling that 
moves off to the left and is hidden by the camera angle.  Climb into this area 
to find a small alcove with an --UNMARKED CHEST-- containing a ++GORGON EYE 
(30/37)++ inside.  Once you transition to the wall on the other side and slide 
down, a group of Sentries and Archers will spawn from the ground and attack.  
Open the --GREEN CHEST-- and --REPLENISHER CHEST-- if needed then continue to 
the right.

You'll see an updraft shooting out of the lava below and a glowing object on 
the wall ahead.  Use Typhon's Bane to shoot the glowing object to reveal a 
secret room.  Jump into the updraft and glide then fall into the secret room 
below the next area.  Open the --UNMARKED CHEST-- for a ++PHOENIX FEATHER 
(24/30)++ then open the --MEGA BLUE CHEST-- for a magic boost.  Don't jump out 
of the secret area just yet.  Turn your attention toward the wall on the right 
side then attack it to discover a secret lever inside.  Pull the lever (hidden 
by the camera) to make the blades above (in the next room) move into the 
column.  Jump and glide into the updraft then float to the floor above the 
secret area.

By pulling the secret lever, this next part will be much easier.  Jump and 
catch each updraft to the right as you glide above the lava.  Watch for the 
lava bursts from the lava below since they will instantly make Kratos fall into 
the lava once he touches one.  Maneuver through the twisted corridor and make a 
left then keep gliding until you reach an area along the side of the wall.  
While on the ground, jump and glide toward the area to the right and find the 
--UNMARKED CHEST-- containing a ++GORGON EYE (31/37)++.  Jump back across and 
move down the ramp ahead.  You'll be able to see your main goal in this area as 
Gaia points out the ashes of the Phoenix.

~~ The Phoenix Chamber ~~

Run to the floor below and read the book.  Save your game at the save point on 
the right platform.  While on the platform with the save point, glide over the 
to the hidden stairway behind the pillars in the middle and open the --RED 
CHEST-- in the middle.  The switch is useless for the moment, so glide over to 
the platform on the left side.  Fight off the Skeletons then defeat the Hades 
Legionnaire as you move down the corridor ahead.

                            + +  SPIKE PUZZLE  + +

You'll come to a room with several large spikes.  Pull the switch to make the 
spikes retract under the ground.  Run over to the area with the stone pillars 
against the wall on the back left and break them to reveal an alcove with a 
Fate Statue that has a flashing green stone above it.  Hades Legionnaires will 
attack as the pillars shatter.  Try to hang out on the floor long enough to 
keep the Legionnaires occupied then quickly jump back as the spikes surface to 
kill them quickly through the use of the spikes.  In order to get the chests in 
that alcove with the Fate Statue, pull the switch then slow time and run over 
to one of them then start to open it.  Time will always resume once Kratos 
tries to pry one open, so I would recommend making two trips for the --2 RED 
CHESTS--.

UPDATE: Stand back toward the lever and use Atlas' Quake to destroy the wall 
with the two chests behind it and supposedly the Hades Legionnaires will not 
appear. (thanks to Samara)

Pull the switch once again then freeze time and walk over to the body on the 
lever and examine it to obtain the **HAIL OF BOREAS**.  The lever in the middle 
will open the door in the very back of the right corridor.  Keep in mind that 
the lever does not have to be rotated all the way in order for the door to open 
in the right corridor - it only needs to be rotated a full 360 degrees to open 
the door wide enough for Kratos to fit through.  Quickly pull the switch to 
make the spikes sink under the floor then slow time with the Amulet of the 
Fates.  Run over to the lever and pull it all the way around once so that it is 
in its normal position then quickly freeze time and run down the hall toward 
the door in the back.  You'll need to jump over two pitfalls along the way - it 
can be kind of hard to maneuver through the pits if you're TV is dark.

Walk down the corridor to the left and you'll see three chests behind some 
bars.  Move around the side and locate the large rectangular hole in the right 
wall forming a ledge.  Grab onto the ledge then jump and glide across to the 
platform on the left side.  Fall to the area below to get the --2 RED CHESTS-- 
and --UNMARKED CHEST-- (middle) containing a ++GORGON EYE (32/37) that you saw 
from behind the bars.  Climb back up the ladder then continue ahead.  A --GREEN 
CHEST-- and a --BLUE CHEST-- will be along the sides of the hall as you venture 
down the corridor.

                         + +  FLAME WALL PUZZLE  + +

Right after passing both chests, break the statue to the right for some extra 
red orbs then grab the statue on the left side.  Push the statue into the area 
ahead and get ready to take cover behind it.  In this area, you will have to 
push the statue toward the back of the area as a flame wall rushes toward you. 
Take cover behind the statue each time that the flame wall rushes your way.  It 
should be noted that the statue will provide a small area of protection around 
its backside instead of just the immediate area behind it.

There are two doors along the right and left (in the back) sides of the room.  
The door on the right has a --RED CHEST-- and an --UNMARKED CHEST-- containing 
a ++PHOENIX FEATHER (25/30)++ behind it.  The door on the left has a --RED 
CHEST-- and a --BLUE CHEST-- behind it.  You will have to place the statue to 
the side of the door so that it protects the front allowing you to open the 
door fully. Don't stay in the side rooms while the flame wall is moving toward 
you or the flames will hit Kratos.

Hades Legionnaires and Harpies will be attacking the whole time that you push 
the statue.  The Legionnaires will eventually stop attacking once enough have 
been defeated, but the Harpies never stop.  Use Cronos' Rage while you quickly 
push and kick the statue toward the area in front of the switch then pull the 
switch to make the platform ahead sink down into the floor allowing you to push 
the statue toward the back.  There are two pressure plates in the back.  You 
will need to push the statue on top of the left one to keep the gate up ahead 
open.  Quickly stand on the right pressure plate as the flame wall stops then 
jump and swing toward the open gate before another flame wall starts.  It is 
also good to fully exterminate all the Legionnaires before attempting to use 
the pressure plates.  Run to the back of the area while the Legionnaires are 
piled up to have quite a big area to fight them in.  Take out the Head of 
Euryale and stone them quickly then break them.  Since the flame wall is going 
to constantly push back the statue I would recommend that you push/kick the 
statue a bit past the pressure plate so that the flame wall pushes it toward 
the left pressure plate then run toward the other and stand on it before making 
your grapple.

A --GREEN CHEST-- will be on the high platform as you land and the urn 
containing the ashes of the Phoenix will be near the bars up ahead.  Grab the 
urn and push it off the pressure plate that it is currently on to make the 
pedestal move downward.  Push the urn along the path to the right and it will 
eventually fall into a groove.  Walk over to the switch in the back and the 
paths will seal off.  Fight off the Skeletons and Hades Minotaurs that appear 
then save your game on the platform over to the side.

Pull the switch to make a grappler pick up the urn and drop it into the lava. 
This will also trigger a cutscene.  Find the circular staircase that leads up 
the center pillars.  Glide toward the updraft by the stairs and it will lift 
you up enough to get up on the stairs.  Undead Legionnaires will attack on the 
way up.  Before pulling the switch at the top, look around the sides to find a 
--RED CHEST-- on the right side and an --UNMARKED CHEST-- containing a 
++PHOENIX FEATHER (26/30)++ on the left side.  Pull the switch in the middle to 
raise the platform that Kratos is on back up to the middle area of the Palace 
of the Fates.  Turn around and place the Hail of Boreas into the mouth of the 
face of Boreas to open the door behind you.

Walk down the bloody corridor behind the door and find the chain hanging from 
the ceiling at the first turn to the left.  Before grabbing the chain, turn 
left and open the --UNMARKED CHEST-- containing a ++GORGON EYE (33/37)++ near 
the pillars - this is the red chest that you have seen from the other side of 
the pillars in the middle area all this time.  Climb the chain in the middle.  
Leap off on the next floor and you'll notice a --GREEN CHEST-- and a --BLUE 
CHEST-- next to save point in the back of the room.  Walk over to the right 
side and find the horn that is facing the Phoenix.  Blow the horn for a 
cutscene.

The camera will show the door to the side that is up the broken ladder in this 
center area as it zooms back to Kratos after the cutscene.  Jump off the 
platform with the horn and walk over to the two circular platforms that used to 
hold up statues.  Jump and pull yourself up onto the first platform then jump 
to the next.  From the second circular platform, jump and glide to the door 
above the broken ladder.

                           + +  PEDESTAL PUZZLE  + +

Open the door to the room ahead and the camera will show you two shining chains 
on the wall near the ceiling.  Pull the switch in the middle to make the lift 
to the left rise up and reveal a climbable wall on its side.  Climb the wall of 
the lift and transition to the ceiling.  You'll need to maneuver through the 
pedestals at the top.  Climb up to the very top of the wall then move toward 
the shiny chain up above each gate.  First of all, hit the one to the right so 
that it opens the gate to the --RED CHEST-- below then climb over to the second 
shiny chain and hit it so that it releases the gate with the pedestal in the 
back of it.

Pull the pedestal out of the wall and kick it toward the lift on the left side. 
Pull the switch again to make the lift come back down.  Fireball Fiends will 
attack once the lift is lowered.  Place the pedestal in between the front of 
the lift and the wall above it.  Pull the switch and the pedestal should 
prevent the lift from rising all the way.  It will make a small opening where 
Kratos can jump through and get on the lift.  Keep in mind that the pedestal 
has to be placed precise or it may fall off.  Get on the lift and pull the 
pedestal onto the lift.  The lift will rise up once again with you on it.  
Place the pedestal against the gated wall then hop on top of it.  You'll see 
another shiny chain up above the gate.  Jump and attack the chain to make the 
gate lower.

Open the --GREEN CHEST-- off to the side if needed.  Break the objects around 
the chest for some extra red orbs.  For the moment, the path to the right 
doesn't lead anywhere.  Rotate the lever in the circular area counterclockwise. 
This will raise the platforms outside and also expose an entrance to another 
lever down the right path.  Walk into the circular area down the right path and 
break the pots for some more red orbs.  Rotate the lever inside to rotate the 
gated area around the room.  There is an open space that will appear in place 
of the gated wall on all four doorways, but you want to rotate the lever so 
that the open space appears on the right wall first of all.  This will reveal a 
--RED CHEST-- in an alcove behind the wall.  Rotate the lever some more until 
an opening is exposed in the dark room straight ahead.  Enter the dark room and 
Kratos will get assaulted by a mysterious figure.

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                    > >  D E T E R M I N E D  M A N  < <

>> Attacks:

- Stab Combo: The man stabs toward Kratos then slashes him with his sword.
+ How to Avoid: Block or deflect.

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- Slash Combo: The man steps forward with two horizontal slashes.
+ How to Avoid: Block or deflect.

You are not meant to lose during this battle judging by the extremely small 
amount of damage that the man takes from Kratos.  Keep in mind that it can 
still be lost however, if you set your controller down long enough.  The battle 
is fought in a very narrow room where the two can only move backward or 
forward.  All of the man's attacks can be blocked or deflected.  The only 
weapon not recommended is the Hammer since Kratos will take too long in between 
hits.  Jump and glide to the other side if the man ever corners you on one 
side.  Feel free to use any magic or use Rage of the Titans; it will recharge 
before the actual fighting portion of the next battle.  Approach him and press 
the O button once the icon appears for a cutscene.

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                                                                         [KR00]
                           > >  K R A K E N  < <

Kratos can only walk at the beginning of this battle and each button press will 
result in him yelling out a phrase in response to the last event.

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| Button | Response                              |
|================================================|
| O      | I am cursed!                          |
| [], R1 | I grow tired of the lies of the gods! |
| /\     | Come down here and face me now, Zeus! |
| X, R2  | I cannot change my fate!              |
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The Kraken will eventually grab Kratos and another cutscene will trigger.  
Kratos will receive a ++RAGE OF THE TITANS UPGRADE++ after the next cutscene.  
Activate Rage of the Titans to break free from the Kraken's grasp, or don't, it 
doesn't really matter.  Kratos will gain a bunch of green orbs from the Kraken 
no matter the outcome.

>> Attacks (Phase #1):

- Tentacle Stab: The Kraken stabs his claw tentacle into the ground three 
  times.
+ How to avoid: Roll or move away.

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- Tentacle Smash: The Kraken readies his claw tentacle and performs an overhead 
  smash with it.
+ How to avoid: Roll.

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- Acid Spit: The Kraken roars with a greenish liquid in its mouth then spits it 
  toward Kratos.  This move is designed to push you back, especially once you 
  grab the corpse.
+ How to avoid: Block, roll, or deflect.

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- Tentacle Slap: When Kratos moves beside either of the Kraken's side 
  tentacles, it will uncoil the tentacle from the circular platform and slap 
  him with it.  Notice that it slaps in a pattern from right to left (or left 
  to right) depending on which tentacle you're standing by for a total of two 
  slaps.
+ How to avoid: Roll or move away.

This battle is a perfect blend of puzzle and actual fighting.  Hit the Kraken's 
left tentacle that is coiled around the left pillar to make it move.  Use 
combination attacks with the Athena's Blades (L1+ [] or L1 + O).  This will 
make the tentacle move and give you some green orbs in the process.  Notice 
that there is a pressure switch in front of the pillar.  Pick up the dead 
Spartan's corpse from the middle of the area and place it on top of the 
pressure switch in front of the left pillar.  This will uncover the middle 
portion of the area and make an updraft fly out from in between the bars.  Jump 
and glide in the updraft to float upward then glide toward the Kraken's head 
and attack him in his forehead.  Both the Athena's Blades ([] attacks) and the 
Spear of Destiny ([] or /\ attacks) work well for hitting him in the air.

The Kraken will eventually stab the middle portion of the platform where the 
updraft is protruding and get his tentacle stuck in the platform as the middle 
section closes.  Immediately run toward the front of the tentacle and climb it 
(use Up + X) then aim upward while at the top and attack (/\ button) the top 
portion of his tentacle.

The Kraken may eventually knock you off his tentacle, so you might to repeat 
the above process over again.  Once the hard portion in the middle of his 
tentacle is shattered an icon will appear for you to finish that tentacle while 
still grappled on.  Press the O button when prompted to finish the tentacle.

The Kraken will get his second tentacle stuck in the left wall, so you will 
need to jump up to it and cling on to it as if you were jumping to grab a 
ceiling.  Climb across to the hard portion and attack it (/\ button).  Press 
the O button when prompted once again to finish that tentacle.

>> Attacks (Phase #2):

- Ground Beating: The Kraken smacks the ground in front of him in all areas.
+ How to Avoid: Stand against the far wall across from him while in front of 
  him. Stay away from the middle area and he will not do this.

                                ----------

- Tentacle Smash 2: The Kraken uncoils his tentacle from the platform and 
  smashes the ground below the tentacle three times.  Each smash will reach 
  further.
+ How to Avoid: Roll away right when you see his tentacle uncoil and move back 
  just a bit.

                                ----------

- Acid Spit: The Kraken roars with a greenish liquid in its mouth then spits it 
  toward Kratos.
+ How to avoid: Block, roll, or deflect.

Once both tentacle claws have been cut off, the Kraken will become irritated 
with you and eat the Spartan's corpse.  He will unleash a mega ground beating 
attack that will cover nearly every area of the platform except for the area 
against the far wall directly in front of his head.  Don't stand in the middle 
area and you won't have to worry about this.

In order to damage him at this point, run over to either of his tentacles that 
are wrapped around the side pillars and attack them.  He will perform a smash 
attack so you will need to roll back and move away just a bit to avoid it.  
Don't get fully wrapped up in an attack while hitting his tentacle or you won't 
escape in time.  Try to make the attacks brief so you can roll away quickly.  
The Kraken will start to fall once his first tentacle has been removed so run 
over and hit the other tentacle very quickly.  You don't have to worry about 
avoiding his attacks when the first tentacle is uncoiled since he will be so 
busy struggling to maintain his grip that he won't have time to attack.  Use a 
magic attack or Rage of the Titans at that point to make sure that you make him 
uncoil the other tentacle.  Keep in mind that both tentacles retain the damage 
dealt to them, so you can attack one side quite a bit then run to the other 
side and damage it fully and you'll only need to attack the remaining side a 
few times.

Once both tentacles are off the pillars and the Kraken struggles to get back up 
on the platform, quickly rush over to the newly uncovered switch in the middle 
of the area and pull the switch to dish out one of the most severe final blows 
in action gaming history!

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Walk across the bridge leading to the Phoenix.  You'll notice as you step over 
the remains of your bloodshed that there is an --UNMARKED CHEST-- containing a 
++GORGON EYE (34/37)++ on the right of the Phoenix and an --UNMARKED CHEST-- 
containing a ++PHOENIX FEATHER (27/30)++ on the left.  Notice that the Phoenix 
has a O button icon above it.  Walk up to it and press the O button to engage 
in an Action Sequence.

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*                              Action Sequence                                *
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*  Kratos drives his blades into the legendary bird and @PULLS@ him off the   *
*  fire.  While the bird is on the ground, Kratos runs up to it then [JUMPS]  *
*  and stabs it in the head.  Kratos (WHIPS) the side of the bird's head      *
*  then (DRIVES) both of his blades into the back of its neck.                *
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Time is slowed in this particular area as if you just used the Amulet of the 
Fates.  Kratos will start out in the water.  Swim up ahead and you'll find a 
save point on the platform to the right.  The first task here is to get rid of 
the crystal that is slowing the time in this area.  Swim over to the circular 
platform in front of the stone sculpture of Lahkesis' face.  You'll notice that 
the R1 icon appears on the bottom of the screen while standing in front of her 
face.  Press R1 to grapple up to the platform with the crystal that is causing 
time to slow.  Destroy the crystal by attacking it to make time resume.  This 
will also allow you to use the Amulet of the Fates to slow time in this area 
since the statue head has a glowing green stone in the middle of its forehead. 
There is a --GREEN CHEST-- on the left side of the room if needed.

                            + +  BELL PUZZLE  + +

Start out by finding the blue lever below the platform where the crystal was.  
Swim over to the lever and Kratos will be able to stand on the bottom half of 
the platform.  Push the lever so that the piece with the blue crystal on it 
below the water moves over the groove below the platform.  You should only have 
to move it to the right just a bit.  Jump into the water and pull the switch at 
the very bottom of the platform.  This will cause the circular piece up above 
to move upward and lock in place with the smaller piece.  Now you can turn the 
platform using the lever on the bottom.  Don't turn it just yet though since it 
is set up perfectly for the next part of the puzzle.

The main objective now is to ring both of the large bells at one time.  In 
order to do this, first of all, get up on the platform with the bell that has 
an image of Cronos on it (the bell to the right of the statue head) and press 
R1 near it.  Tap R1 and L1 to ring the bell.  Quickly slow time with the Amulet 
of the Fates while the bell rings then jump and run to the middle of the 
platform in front of the statue head of Lahkesis.  Grapple up to the platform 
where the crystal was and press R1 while facing the bell knocker to have it 
slam into the other bell - the bell knocker must be facing the other bell.  If 
done correctly the statue head of Lahkesis will crack from the sound of both 
bells.

Jump below the platform with the bell knocker and rotate the lever so that the 
bell ringer is facing the statue head in the back.  Grapple back up to the 
platform then stand facing the bell knocker and kick it to drive it straight 
into the statue head to reveal a new path through the statue's face.

Before leaving the room, rotate the platform so that the bell knocker faces the 
back left portion of the room then quickly slow time.  The platform will not 
stay in this position so slowing time is necessary when it starts to rotate 
back into place.  While time is slowed down, swim out toward the side of the 
bell ringer then jump and wait for the R1 icon to appear so that you can 
grapple back up to the platform.  The camera angle is very unfriendly at this 
point, so you will have to make the best of it and jump to the bell knocker and 
follow it over to the --2 RED CHESTS-- and --UNMARKED CHEST-- containing a 
++PHOENIX FEATHER (28/30)++ on the left side. You can also do the same task to 
retrieve some chest on the back right side.  Over there you will find a --RED 
CHEST-- and --2 UNMARKED CHESTS-- also.  The middle Unmarked Chest contains a 
++GORGON EYE (35/37)++.  Make sure that you save your game before leaving this 
area!

Update: Grapple to the grapple point above the bell platform and perform a 
single jump without pressing any direction to make Kratos face the bell 
knocker.  This will help to line Kratos up for when you go to move across it 
with those distant camera angles.

Right after stepping through the face of the statue, look to the right to find 
a --RED CHEST-- then look to the left to find another --RED CHEST--.  These 
were the chests that could be seen outside of this area.  In the circular 
corridor ahead, look for the --BLUE CHEST-- on the right side.  Lift the gate 
in the center and walk up the stairs.

~~ The Throne of Lahkesis ~~

Glide over to the platform with the mirrors on the side of it for a cutscene.

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                                                                         [LA01]
                         > >  L A H K E S I S  < <

Prepare for one hell of a battle!

>> Attacks (Phase #1):

- Staff Combo: Lahkesis holds her staff to the side as green light glows from 
  the top.  She floats toward Kratos and performs three strikes with her staff.
+ How to avoid: Block, roll, or deflect.

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- Energy Shot: Lahkesis holds her staff to the side as green light glows from 
  the top.  She quickly fires an energy shot toward Kratos.
+ How to avoid: Roll or deflect.  If you deflect, keep in mind that she can 
  reflect it right back at you and you can do the same until one character is 
  hit or dodges the attack.

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- Energy Shots: Lahkesis dodges through Kratos' attacks and moves to one side 
  of the platform.  She holds back her staff and spins around then sends one 
  wave of three fireballs followed by another wave of fireballs.
+ How to avoid: Roll or deflect.  Lahkesis will deflect these shots back just 
  like the other shots.

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- Energy Ball: Lahkesis dodges to the side while Kratos attack and leaves 
  behind an energy ball that explodes.
+ How to avoid: Block, roll, or deflect.

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- Energy Shockwave: Lahkesis hovers toward Kratos then flies into the air and 
  prepares her attack.  She flies downward and plunges her staff into the 
  ground, making a small shockwave around her.
+ How to avoid: Roll.

Lahkesis only has two primary attacks from the start of the battle as well as a 
few counter attacks.  At close range, she will try to hit Kratos with her 
three-hit staff combo and at a distance, she will try to shoot a green energy 
shot at Kratos.  Kratos cannot block the energy shot, but he can deflect it 
right back at her and get a very good amount of blue and green orbs in return. 
You should learn the timing since deflecting this move will pay off big time.  
Lahkesis is not a total sucker though.  She will actually deflect the energy 
shot right back at you to which you can respond with another deflection.  Both 
of you can be locked in a battle of deflection until one loses, or the shot is 
dodged on your behalf.  She will also let loose a counter blast of three energy 
shots at a time to which you can deflect, but keep in mind that she will still 
deflect sometimes. Her counter moves are some of her most deadly attacks so be 
sure to watch her while she dodges.

Attack her with whichever weapon you feel comfortable with and if you are good 
at deflection, you can spam magic all you want to since you can always get some 
back by deflecting her energy shots.  All magic attacks except for the Head of 
Euryale are useful during this battle.

Once she has been weakened she will mainly stick with her Energy Shockwave 
attack as her primary attack.  Watch for her to suddenly move toward you then 
jump to the air.  She will only hit the area below her, so just roll away from 
her at that point to escape the attack.  She will very rarely shoot a single 
energy blast at this time and will mainly rely on only dodge moves and the 
Energy Shockwave.

>> Attacks (Phase #2):

- Electric Floor: Lahkesis twirls her staff in front of her while flying then 
  strikes the floor with a green lightening bolt.  This will electrify the 
  entire floor.
+ How to avoid: Grapple to any of the grapple points on the side of the room 
  and jump between them while avoiding her energy shots.

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- Downward Energy Shots: Lahkesis spins her staff while holding it upward and 
  unleashes energy shots that will rain down upon Kratos.
+ How to avoid: Roll or deflect.  These can be deflected back at Lahkesis just 
  like any other energy shot.

When she releases orbs for the first time she will start to fly high in the 
air.  She will perform a whole new set of attacks at this time except for the 
single hit energy shot.  Her most deadly move at this stage is her electric 
floor attack where she will electrify the whole floor.  Grapple up to one of 
the four grapple points found around the room.  She will shoot energy shots 
while you're grappled to a grapple point, so jump and grapple to the other 
grapple points until the green glow fades away from the floor.  You can jump 
toward her and attack her as she shoots an energy shot then grapple back 
without getting hit also (See Extra Note).  One of the best ways to hit 
Lahkesis during this phase is to deflect one of her energy shots at her.  Keep 
in mind that you can deflect the downward energy shots also.  If it hits her, 
she will fall to the ground and you will be free to wail on her as much as you 
like until she recovers.  Once she has been weakened enough to where the icon 
appears over her head, you must grapple to the grapple point closest to her 
then jump toward her and press the O button.  A cutscene will begin once Kratos 
delivers the final attack.

Extra Note: One way that I have found to totally take advantage of Lahkesis 
while she flies is to grapple to a grapple point and wait for her to shoot an 
energy shot.  Right when she shoots, jump toward her and hit her with the /\ 
attack with the Athena's Blades then quickly grapple back when the move ends.  
Do this again as she shoots the next fireball and keep doing it to get her in a 
pattern that she will likely not break.  She needs to be close in order for 
this to work, but sometimes jumping toward her with a /\ attack from a grapple 
point will lure her toward you.

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                                                                         [LA02]
                          > >  A T R O P O S  < <

This battle is just heating up!

>> Attacks:

- Energy Shots: Atropos shoots two energy shots toward Kratos from the 
  background.  She will fire a single shot while up close.  These shots will 
  follow Kratos until they hit a surface.
+ How to avoid: Roll or deflect.

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- Energy Beam: Atropos floats next to the platform and shoots electricity onto 
  the sword to make a slight energy field in front of her while she tries to 
  destroy the sword.
+ How to avoid: Deflect or stay away.

Atropos will start the battle by summoning Sentries to attack.  The Sentries 
will be your main source of magic during this battle and you will need magic in 
order to attack Atropos since she will basically always fly in the distance.  
Target her with Typhon's Bane and shoot her when the Sentries are not grouped 
all over you.  Deflect her energy shots just like you did with Lahkesis.  She 
won't release orbs from a deflection like her sister though.  Keep in mind that 
her energy shots will follow you until they hit something, either the platform, 
you, or your blades through deflection.

She will sometimes fly toward the large sword that you are on and either shoot 
a single energy shot or create an energy field in front of her in her attempts 
to try to destroy the sword.  You can really rack up the hits at this time with 
a combo attack against her, but you can only perform jumping attacks while she 
performs her energy field and that is usually what she moves toward the 
platform to do.  Pick up a Sentry and throw it at her with the [] button and 
that will usually stop her from electrifying the sword.

She will cycle between the above two phases throughout the battle and will not 
change.  Use Typhon's Bane while she flies in the background and Cronos' Rage 
whenever she gets close.  Don't try for jump hits too often when she performs 
her energy field attack or you will suffer damage.  The main attacks you have 
to watch out for are her energy shots since they will follow you.  It's really 
good to deflect them.  Keep in mind that this is a timed battle and each time 
she hits the sword with her electricity beams when she flies nearby it will 
damage the sword.  If she destroys the sword then the battle is over.  When she 
weakens, she will lean on the side of the large sword with an icon over her 
head.

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*                              Action Sequence                                *
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*  Kratos latches onto Atropos with his blades and tugs at her, but Atropos   *
*  starts to fly away.  Kratos quickly [PLUNGES] one of his blades into her   *
*  chest making her fall on top of the large sword.  He quickly [STABS] her   *
*  in the throat, performs a blade spin on her face, then [JUMPS] and         *
*  plunges his blade into her head.                                           *
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Fun Fact: If Atropos manages to destroy the sword, an extra cutscene will take 
place afterward that will change Kratos' fate.

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                                                                         [LA03]
                > >  L A H K E S I S  &  A T R O P I S  < <

Like I said, this is one hell of a battle!

>> Attacks (Atropos):

- Energy Shot: Atropos will fire a green energy shot towards Kratos.  It 
  follows him a bit, but not as bad as the last round.
+ How to avoid: Roll or deflect.

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- Energy Beam: Atropos will start from one side and fire out an energy beam 
  then move it horizontally over the floor of the whole room.
+ How to avoid: Jump (double jump) or grapple.  You can also stand by the wall 
  closest to her mirror on the opposite side of whatever side that she fires 
  the beam from.  For instance, if she starts from the left, stand on the far 
  right side closest to the mirror.

Now Kratos is back in the Temple of the Fates with Lahkesis.  Atropos is 
trapped in another time where the past Kratos is about to defeat Ares.  Atropos 
can still attack during this battle however.  She will be able to get half of 
herself through the mirror and will shoot energy shots and fire a beam.  
Atropos will retreat back into the mirror each time Kratos approaches the 
mirror that she is attacking from.  You can also deflect her energy shot back 
at her to make her instantly retreat.

Lahkesis will have the same exact attacks as the last fight for this battle, 
but she will alternate between flying and simply floating near the ground.  You 
need to go after Lahkesis first of all.  Use Cronos' Rage to put a constant 
hurt on her and do not let up with your attacks.  Her life range for stunning 
her is much shorter during this battle compared to the last.  She will 
eventually fall to the ground and lean over after taking enough damage.  Notice 
how her forehead glows at that time.

Quickly use the Amulet of the Fates as Lahkesis falls to the ground to slow 
time and find the mirror that Atropos is hanging out of.  Run toward the mirror 
and attack Atropos as much as you can.  She will fall over to the ground after 
enough attacks and will retreat into the mirror at it cracks.  Use constant 
attacks once time resumes while the mirror is cracked to shatter the mirror 
permanently.  Fail to break the mirror in time and it will renew itself and you 
will need to go through the whole sequence again.

Lahkesis will attack once again as the mirror breaks.  Go back to wearing 
Lahkesis down once again until she falls then quickly use the Amulet of the 
Fates and find Atropos' mirror once again.

>> Attacks (after 2 mirrors are destroyed):

- Energy Pillars: Lahkesis summons electricity all around her then releases it 
  in flying pillars toward Kratos.
+ How to Avoid: Stand between the waves.

                                ----------

- Energy Gust: Lahkesis summons electricity around her that will stay for a few 
  seconds.
+ How to Avoid: Stay away from her immediate area.

Once there is only one mirror left, Lahkesis will float over to it and stand in 
front of it to protect the mirror.  She will perform a few new attacks at this 
time in an effort to guard the final mirror.  Atropos will not attack at all 
during this phase.  Be sure to roll away from Lahkesis when she unleashes an 
energy gust around her and it starts to stack up into pillars.  She will 
unleash several energy pillars at that time and you must stand in between them 
in order to avoid them.  She will also still shoot her energy shots, but she 
will shoot more of them at a time.  Reflect her energy shots from a distance to 
help out in damaging her.

Lay out Cronos' Rage orbs near her and attack her from about mid range just in 
case she performs her energy pillar move.  You can also stand at a distance, in 
between the waves, and fire Typhon's Bane - she will shoot energy shots at you 
if you do this, but you can always deflect them.  Once she falls, she will have 
an icon over her head, so quickly tap the O button to start the Action 
Sequence.

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*                              Action Sequence                                *
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*  Kratos leans toward her and picks up her staff then [LEANS BACK] and hits  * 
*  her on the back with it while she tries to get up.  Kratos picks her up    *
*  and throw her to the middle of the room.  Atropos crawls out from the      *
*  mirror behind Kratos and grabs him.  Lahkesis recovers then readies her    *
*  staff.  Kratos [NOTICES] the attack and quickly breaks out of Atropos'     *
*  grip and grapples to the side grapple point as Lahkesis flies toward       *
*  Atropos and stabs her with the staff.  Kratos [SWINGS] toward Lahkesis     *
*  and grabs her then holds her and [STABS] her directly in the forehead      *
*  with his blade.  Kratos pulls out his blade then pushes her into the       *
*  mirror to join her sister.                                                 *
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Now that both sisters are in the mirror, you must break it to end the fight.  
The interesting aspect about this part of the battle is that you can take all 
the time you want to gloat in your victory before breaking the mirror.  The 
mirror is broken and they cannot fix it.  Go get yourself a soda and take a 
restroom break while the game remains unpaused then come back and shatter the 
mirror to end the battle.

Fun Fact: You can still use the Amulet of the Fates while the two are trapped 
in the mirror.  Time will instantly resume, but it still amuses me that it 
actually works at that point.

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Shattering the mirror will actually reveal the next area.  Walk down the hall 
and save your game at the save point.  Jump into the pool on each side and find 
the --UNMARKED CHEST-- containing a ++GORGON EYE++ (36/37) on the left and the
--UNMARKED CHEST-- containing a ++PHOENIX FEATHER (29/30)++ on the right - look 
in the small space up under the platform with the save point.

Take some time to examine the murals on the sides of the wall in the room with 
many pillars up ahead.  Scale the climbable wall across from the entrance then 
transition to the ceiling.  Climb all the way over to the corridor with the 
platform in front of it and drop to the platform.  You probably noticed the 
chests along both sides of the top of this room.  From the platform that you 
landed on, you can double jump and glide over to each of them to find a total 
of --2 RED CHESTS-- and --2 UNMARKED CHEST--.  The Unmarked Chest on the left 
contains a ++GORGON EYE (37/37)++ and the Unmarked Chest on the right contains 
a ++PHOENIX FEATHER (30/30)++.  Kratos will just barely make it to each one 
while gliding after a double jump.

At the end of the corridor, Clotho will speak to Kratos.  Find the cracked 
portion of the wall to the right and break through it with attacks.  On the way 
down this walkway you will face off against many waves of enemies as the paths 
seal off.

Wave #1

Cursed Legionnaires and Juggernauts

Time your deflection just right with the Cursed Legionnaires and you can use 
them to your advantage to get the whole group of from crowding around - use the 
Revenge ([]) counter after a deflection.  Notice how the energy seals rise and 
fall.  You can use the seals to your advantage by leading enemies away from the 
group and trapping them on the other side as the seal reforms.  Lead the Cursed 
Legionnaires away from the Juggernauts in order to defeat them first.  Keep in 
mind that you can hit an enemy through the seals sometimes.  The final hit of 
Plume of Prometheus ([], [], /\) with the Athena's Blade works well at times.  
Keep your distance from the Juggernauts and use the Head of Euryale's Gorgon 
Flash (L2 + /\) to quickly stone them if needed.  With the Head of Euryale, you 
could actually defeat the Juggernauts first, but it is your choice to choose 
the greater of two evils to defeat first.  This is one of the best waves to use 
Rage of the Titans on since the other two can be beaten without it without too 
much trouble.

Wave #2

Cursed Legionnaires and Sentries

These enemies aren't that bad at all compared to what you just got through 
with.  The deflection + Revenge combination with the Golden Fleece works even 
better at this part since it will knock away all enemies.  Perform combos with 
the Athena's Blades while turning to all sides and remember that the 
Legionnaires will block your hits at times so always be ready for their lunge 
attack.  An air Tartarus Rage (L1 + /\) works extremely well for this wave if 
you have your Athena's Blades fully powered.

Wave #3

Gorgons and Sirens

You'll come upon a --GREEN CHEST-- and a --BLUE CHEST-- once the seals appear 
and third wave of enemies rise from the ground.  It is a good idea to use the 
disappearing and reappearing seals to your advantage for opening the chests if 
you need them badly.  Trap all enemies on one side as you scramble for the 
chests.

Deflection with the Golden Fleece is a godsend for this battle.  Deflect the 
Gorgon's Gaze and press the button that appears on the screen to stone all 
nearby enemies.  Shatter them quickly while they are stoned and this wave will 
not be much of a problem.  Use Atlas Quake on all stoned enemies and that 
should be enough to shatter them all.  These red Gorgons are extremely quick 
and will easily dodge and attack with counters, so keep the attacks to a 
minimum and rely mainly on deflection.  Playing around with Gorgon Gazes can be 
deadly though, so be ready to shake out just in case you miss the button tap 
during the deflection sequence.  An Atlas Quake or Cronos' Rage orb is good for 
getting all enemies off of you for a few seconds.

Wave #4

Cursed Legionnaires

You'll come upon a --REPLENISHER CHEST-- further down the path, but don't use 
it unless you really need it.  A little bit after that, the fourth wave will 
appear.  Use Tartarus Rage to quickly pound through them if you're fully 
leveled.  Atlas Quake works well for shaking up the whole crowd also.

Wave #5

Satyrs and Minotaurs

If your Athena's Blades are fully maxed, it should take a bunch off the Satyrs 
and kill them quickly.  The only problem is hitting them at times however.  Use 
Trembling Earth while Atlas Quake is fully leveled to damage all the enemies 
very quickly.  Other than that, you just have to separate them as much as you 
can and take down the Satyrs first.  Rage of the Titans doesn't help out much 
here.

Wave #6

Cursed Legionnaires and Sentries

Much like the other battle with them, use Tarturas Rage and Atlas Quake (if 
needed).

Wave #7

Cyclops, Cursed Legionnaires, and Sentries

Well-timed rolling helps out a lot for this battle since grouped Cyclops can be 
very unfriendly.  You really need to have Atlas Quake at max for its Trembling 
Earth attack here, but constant uses of Plume of Prometheus with the Athena's 
Blades works very well if you can keep your distance from the Cyclops.  If you 
want to take out a Cyclops very quickly stone them with the Head of Euryale 
followed by a Plume of Prometheus with the Athena's Blades.  There is a --GREEN 
CHEST-- and a --BLUE CHEST-- on the far right wall.

A save point will appear and the blue door will activate once all enemies are 
defeated.  Hit the door on the sides to make the figure's hands rise then 
quickly rotate the gears on both sides of the door to unlatch the locks.  Open 
the door by grabbing it like all others and Gaia will speak as you open it.

~~ Loom Chamber ~~

                        + +  FIRST FLOOR PUZZLE  + +

Carefully move past the swinging pendulums on the bridge.  Clotho has many arms 
all over her body that you will need to attack and stun in order to keep them 
from grabbing you.  Be forewarned that they will not stay down.  Start on the 
left side by attacking the arm then rotating the lever in the back.  This will 
open the alcove up above with the --GREEN CHEST--.  Attack the arm again since 
it will have recovered by now.  Quickly climb on top of the stairs that lead 
upwards on the left side and double jump then glide over to the alcove with the 
chest.  Find the climbable wall on the left side of the alcove (with the wood 
pieces) and start to scale it.  Transition to the ceiling and climb toward the 
right side.

While climbing over to the right side, the hand below will grab Kratos, but 
shake the analog from left to right and he will break free then cling back onto 
the wall.  Attack the webbed bodies that are stuck to the pillars in the door 
then fall below.  Her hand will stay down on the right side.  Rotate the lever 
to open the door up above that used to be jammed with webbed bodies.  Move up 
the stairs nearby and jump then glide to the newly opened right alcove that 
contains the --REPLENISHER CHEST--.  Climb up the hanging thread and the camera 
will show you a view of the next floor.

                        + +  SECOND FLOOR PUZZLE  + +

This floor is just a bit more complicated.  Still nothing major though.

Arm #1: Move to the right side and attack the arm along the way.  Find the 
switch that is surrounded with a spiky railing up ahead.  Pull the switch to 
make a secret area under the floor below the arm open up.  Attack the arm and 
make it fall down into the secret area if it revives then fall down in it 
yourself and open the --RED CHEST-- inside.  The arm will remain stunned only 
for a short while so open the chest quickly.  Attack the arm again to stun it 
then run back to the switch that opened this door.  Pull the switch to make the 
doors of the secret area close and trap the arm inside.  Grab the handle of the 
device to the side and keep pulling it until a small blue light on the side of 
the platform below lights up.  This will keep the device locked into place at 
that portion.

Arm #2: Once the second arm is reached, attack it then quickly grab onto the 
large thread to the left of it and climb it.  Hop onto the hanging platform to 
the side of the thread and pull the switch on the platform to make the blade 
hanging on the thread up above fall down and impale the hand of the arm (the 
arm must be stunned).  Jump off of the platform and grab the device then pull 
it to the next blue light to lock it into place once again.

Arm #3: Attack the arm that is further to the right then quickly grab the 
device and pull it past the stunned arm.  Just in case the hand slaps you there 
is another blue light portion that will lock it into place near the arm.  Pull 
the device up under the set of hanging hands (make sure there are two hand) on 
the right side past the arm.  Step on the little pressure plate in the middle 
of the device and this will connect a spear to the device.  Run back to the 
left and attack the arm then push the device over to the locked position in 
front of the arm.  The arm will revive yet again even as the device is locked 
into place, but attack the arm once more time and the hand of the arm will get 
stuck in the spear as the arm is thrown up and the spear will fall and pin the 
hand to the floor.

Our work here is done!  Climb the thread that the spear was hanging from and 
jump to the hanging platform to the left with the switch on it.  You may need 
to double jump then grab the thread.  Pull the switch at the top to ride up to 
the top half of Clotho.

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                           > >  C L O T H O  < <

>> Attacks:

- Arm Smash and Swing: Clotho smashes the side of the platform with one of her 
  arms then swings her arm toward Kratos.
+ How to avoid: Roll, move away (first hit), jump (second hit)

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- Arm Pound: Clotho punches her fist directly into the front portion of the 
  platform creating a small tremor in the immediate area.
+ How to avoid: Roll, move away from the arm, jump (not directly under the 
  arm), deflect

This battle is more of a puzzle then an actual battle.  Go ahead and use the 
Amulet of the Fates to slow time.  You'll need to be close to each Fate statue 
in order to freeze time.  As you can see, you want have any problems attacking 
her, but attacking her arms will only stun her for a few seconds.  The two 
switches around the area will lift up a dead body that you can shatter for tons 
of greens orbs - keep this in mind if she ever starts to damage you too badly. 
You can also stun her arms by attacking them constantly and she will release a 
few orbs from that also.

Attack her left arm from the right side to stun it then quickly grab onto the 
climbable wall to the right of the sealed doorway.  Transition to the ceiling 
up above then to the wall high up above the sealed door.  She can't hit you up 
here so don't worry if her hand revives.  Attack the webbed bodies on the side 
of the device below.  Hold to the right and swing.  Fall down below and stun 
her left arm once again.  Quickly push or pull the device to the left so that 
it matches up with the third light on the platform below.  Run over to the 
switch that the device was connected to.  It should be in front of Clotho by 
now.  You need to slow time and stun both arms in order to pull the switch.  
Once both arms are stunned, pull the switch and it will raise one of the 
pendulums from the floor below.  Walk up to the pendulum and press the R1 
button when the icon appears.  Rotate the pendulum so that one of the side 
blades is pointing directly toward Clotho's head.  Grab the back of the 
pendulum and pull it backwards until an action sequence starts.

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*                             Action Sequence                                 *
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*  Kratos [LATCHES] onto the pendulum with one of his blades as he dodges a   * 
*  swing from Clotho.  He quickly jumps on the pendulum and rides it toward   *
*  her then stabs onto her chest.  Kratos [JUMPS] into the air and latches    *
*  onto the pendulum again with his blades.  He lands on top of Clotho's      *
*  head and @PULLS@ the pendulum toward her as she latches onto it and holds  *
*  it back, but Kratos eventually overpowers her and yanks the pendulum       *
*  toward her head stabbing her directly in the side of the skull as he       *
*  jumps off.                                                                 *
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Now nothing is standing in your way of changing your destiny!  Walk through 
either door on the side of Clotho's corpse and pull the switch on the lift in 
the back of the corridor.  Jump into the pool of water up ahead and swim under 
the first gate then surface and jump to the platform on the right to find a 
--GREEN CHEST--.  Swim under then next gate then hop out of the water and 
follow the corridor around the corner.  A save point will be waiting beside the 
mirror up ahead.

                       + +  KRATOS' THREAD PUZZLE  + +

Pull the switch to the side to line up some threads below.  Return to the 
bottom.  Find the proper thread that aligns with Kratos' destiny.  Choosing the 
wrong thread will shatter the mirror, but it will reform.  The correct thread 
is the one to the right of the switch that you pulled to raise the pendulum.  
You'll need to tap the O button to pull the thread all the way up.  Notice that 
the image on the back mirror will cycle through portions of time involving 
Kratos' journey in reaching the Island of Creation as it rewinds back to the 
point right before Zeus stabbed him.

Once the mirror is set, a timer will appear in the upper right hand corner 
starting at thirty seconds.  The instant Kratos lets go of the thread run to 
the right then slow time with the Amulet of the Fates.  Run through the right 
doorway and make your way toward the lift.  Once you pull the switch to the 
lift time will resume.  When the lift reaches the top, swim through the pool of 
water and make your way to the switch in front of the mirror.  Jump through the 
mirror to activate a cutscene.

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+ + + + + + + + + + + + + + + +   B O S S   + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + +
+ + + + + + + + + + + + + + +   B A T T L E   + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + +
                                                                         [ZE00]
                             > >  Z E U S  < <

Now it's time to finish that battle from earlier where Zeus had an unfair 
advantage.  For this battle, Kratos will have the Blade of Olympus equipped.

>> Attacks (Phase #1)

- Tremor: Zeus holds both arms out to the side then pounds on the side of the 
  platform creating a tremor throughout the entire platform.
+ How to avoid: Double jump and glide.

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- Thunderbolt Toss: Zeus tosses a thunderbolt directly toward either the middle 
  or one of the side areas of the platform.  The resulting tremor from the 
  thunderbolt is the portion of the attack that can actually hit Kratos.
+  How to avoid: Roll or jump.

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- Platform Pound: Zeus slams his hand into the platform after being stunned by 
  a Siren.
+ How to avoid: Roll or jump.

The battle will start with Zeus in giant form.  He will place both hands on the 
summit that you are on and summon Sirens to attack you.  Little does he know 
that the Sirens will be used to Kratos' advantage.  Weaken the Sirens with 
Cronos' Rage or just use Trembling Earth with Atlas Quake to quickly make the 
icons appear over their heads.  Grab a Siren to finish it off.  As Kratos kills 
off each Siren, its piercing scream will stun Zeus and make him pound the 
platform.  Keep in mind that the shockwave from the platform pound can hit you 
so be ready to jump or roll if you're near the middle of the platform.  Run up 
to his hand and hit it with the Blade of Olympus.  He will eventually pull his 
arm back and resume his attacks.  The Sirens can really cause you to take 
damage if they stun you with one of their screams, so always try to defeat them 
quickly.

Keep in mind that magic is not an issue during this battle since the Sirens 
will release blue orbs upon death and Zeus will release blue orbs after being 
stunned from a Siren scream.  Kratos is invulnerable during the Siren's death 
animation (once he grabs them) or during the use of Trembling Earth with Atlas 
Quake, so be sure to use these factors to your advantage.

Once Zeus's arm falls to the platform and an icon appears rush up to him to 
start an action sequence.

>> Attacks (Phase #2):

- Punch Combo: Zeus rushes toward Kratos and performs two punches to the gut 
  then holds both hands upwards and lets loose an earth shattering overhead. 
  Sometimes he will perform a sliding punch to start this combination.
+ How to avoid: Block (first 2 punches of the combo only), roll, or deflect 
  (first two punches only).

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- Sliding Punch: Zeus leans over and charges a punch then slides toward Kratos 
  with a punch to the gut.  If this connects, he will go right into his punch 
  combo.
+ How to avoid: Roll or deflect (You CANNOT block this).

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- Thunderbolt: Zeus holds up a thunderbolt in his hand then hurls two 
  thunderbolts at Kratos.
+ How to avoid: Roll or deflect (deflection is highly recommended).

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- Thunderbolt Wave: Zeus holds up both hands and collects lightening charge 
  from the heavens then pounds the ground in front of him before sending out a 
  thunderbolt wave.
+ How to avoid: Block (thunderbolt wave only), jump, roll, deflect (thunderbolt 
  wave only)

Zeus will shrink down to Kratos' size for this battle, but he is much more 
deadly this time around.  His attacks are very quick at this time and only some 
portions of each move are unblockable.  When he darts in with a combo, block 
the first two hits and roll away from the ground pound.  When he collects 
lightening from the sky, back off and block or jump over the thunderbolt wave 
that he sends toward you.  Kratos can deflect his normal thunderbolts and gain 
some orbs in return; otherwise, get ready to roll away and possibly get hit as 
Zeus throws them.  Keep in mind that his thunderbolts will be his main move 
when you are mid distance from him.  Deflection MUST be used on higher 
difficulties.

Zeus will be dodging back and forth the whole time between attacks.  It is a 
good idea to place Cronos' Rage orbs around the area to stop him from his 
dodging then hit him while he is stunned.  You can literally trap him with this 
magic so Cronos' Rage will be your best magic for this battle.  Have it maxed 
out if you have the spare red orbs.  Zeus is still fairly easy to hit even 
without the use of magic, though you must watch as he prepares an attack since 
normal attacks will not stun him that often.

UPDATE: While playing on higher difficulties I have noticed that you can get 
Zeus in a pattern to where he will basically only perform two moves.  Every 
time one of his thunderbolts is deflected, he will always perform a sliding 
punch toward Kratos, so just get ready to roll.  Stand mid distance from him 
and he will perform another thunderbolt attack to which you can reflect once 
again.  He will retaliate with the usual sliding punch.  Keep this up and you 
can easily defeat him with only deflection!  You can sneak in hits every now 
and then after his slide punch, but this will make him start to perform his 
punch combo, so be ready to roll away from the third hit.

Zeus will eventually unleash a whole bunch of orbs then he will grab Kratos and 
steal the Blade of Olympus from Kratos' grasp.  

Fun Fact: Zeus has to hit Kratos with his sliding punch in order to steal the 
Blade of Olympus from him.  If you can continue to dodge this move, he will 
keep performing his sliding punch in an attempt to steal the blade.

>> Attacks (Phase #3):

- Sword Swing Combo: Zeus will swing the Blade of Olympus twice as he moves 
  toward Kratos (one upward swing, one horizontal swing).
+ How to avoid: Block, roll, or deflect.

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- Lightening Slice: Zeus will hold his sword toward the heavens and charge it 
  with energy then swing it downward at Kratos as it unleashes a lightening 
  wave.
+ How to avoid: Roll.

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- Jumping Overhead Swing: Zeus will jump toward Kratos and perform an overhead 
  strike that sends a wave of lightening at him.
+ How to avoid: Roll.

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- Lightening Shot: Zeus extends his blade toward Kratos and holds it in place 
  for a few seconds then swings the blade and sends a lightening shot towards 
  Kratos.
+ How to avoid: Roll.

Kratos is forced to use his Athena's Blades during the bout.  It doesn't matter 
though, because Cronos' Rage will still keep Zeus just as stunned as it did 
back then.  All of his moves except for the blade combo require Kratos to roll 
in order to avoid taking damage so I would recommend that you keep your thumb 
close to that right analog for this portion of the battle.  Zeus will block 
while he has the blade in his grasp so you will be forced to hit him while he 
recovers from his moves a bunch in order to hit him most of the time, but this 
is not always required.  When he weakens, he will stagger forward and swing the 
blade blindly (this can hit you, so move to the side) then a O button icon will 
appear above his head.  Run toward him and press the button to steal the Blade 
of Olympus back from him.

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*                              Action Sequence                                *
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*  Kratos grapples the Blade of Olympus then flips over Zeus while still      *
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