God of War III Challenge of Olympus guide

Warning: in no way attempt GOW III’s challenge rooms without the aid of this guide. Doing so will only elevate your blood pressure… and make you shout the C word loads. So do your ticker and your neighbours’ ears a favour with our fool-proof guide to nailing all seven Challenges of Olympus. We guarantee it’ll get you a gold trophy… well, provided you're not shit at games.

Above: Proof we've finished every challenge. It cost us our sanity, but it was totally worth it... probably

Population Control

Right, the objective in this first challenge room is to stop the legions of Olympian evil doers spawning. If their numbers get to 50 you’ll fail the challenge. The easiest way to win here is to simply spam the square attack with the Cestus.  Make sure you run to the edges of the arena where the enemies spawn and just keep hammering this attack. A few hefty punches from the lion gauntlets will send most baddies flying out of the arena. Simply work your way around the arena in a circular motion repeating this spamming technique and you’ll be fine… although your thumb probably won’t thank you much.

Bare Hands

This is one of the trickier rooms. The big twist here is Kratos has to kill a set number of monsters in a tight time limit without the use of his weapons. To complete this challenge, pick up the undead soliders with circle and then press square to start the battering ram technique. Now plough into the two Stone Talos – the dudes with the big-ass hammers. Just keeping picking up the smaller guys and running into the Talos and both should fall after a few hits. The best technique is to run around them in little circles while using the battering ram.

Things get trickier when a Cyclops spawns in at 50 seconds. Just keep repeating the battering ram move on him and eventually the visually-impaired bastard will go down. You can also try to barge the Talos and the Cyclops out of the arena while you’re ramming them. This will really help you save time, but it’s hard to pull off consistently. Oh, and speaking of not wasting time; don’t bother starting the QTEs when prompted. It’s quicker to just kill the two Talos and Cyclops with the battering ram.

Get Stoned

This. Is. Nails. Seriously, this is the hardest challenge room in the game and should probably come with a health warning. The objective here is to let our baldy badass get turned to stone 10 times by Gorgons without getting shattered by any of the other baddies in the room. To get a Gorgon to freeze you, initiate a grab move, which'll always be blocked. She’ll then instantly unleash her stony stare on you. When she does, press L1 to counter, but don’t press the next button prompt. This will automatically turn Kratos to stone. Now, wiggle the right stick to free yourself.

The trick here is timing. Get frozen at the wrong time and you’ll likely get taken out by one of the exploding, dive-bombing Harpies. The key is to keep rolling around the arena, avoiding attacks, and waiting for an opening to grab the Gorgon. If the enemies are getting too much for you, you can freeze them by hitting the button prompt after your counter the Gorgon stare. This will freeze all of them instantly. Things get really hectic when Cyclops start spawning in after you’ve been frozen seven times. Try to be as quick as possible from here on out, because everything becomes a huge clusterf*ck. And its incredibly easy to get knocked out of the arena by one of the one-eyed giants. 


  • TheFirst - February 17, 2011 1:47 p.m.

    Hi, I've a new challenge for you if you agree try to beat my time of 30 seconds on the Matador challenge on GOW 3. Here is my performance video : Good luch !
  • douglasdo - December 30, 2010 11:41 p.m.

  • bojangles53 - April 23, 2010 3:20 a.m.

    make sure not to die right after it says challenge complete i ended up putting down the control before the stats came up and died and i never got credit for the challenge (get stoned) even though it had just appeared on the screen
  • Stainofmind - April 8, 2010 3:42 a.m.

    Made this account just so say these few things 1. Gr is epic 2. Howetzer is epic fail (judging comments ive seen him post) 3.most importantly, i found that on the El Matador challenge u can fly breifly over the egde of the arena right as the minotar would hit you, and theyll charge right off the edge, helped me alot. Also, I personally found bare hands to be much harder than the get stoned one, tho overall i would say the first two games had harder challenges, and i think im not alone in the great disappointment i felt when u get absolutly nothing form either the challenges or beating the game on chaos, aside from trophies of course. I know im a few days late here but hopefully the tip will help someone
  • abedo2009 - April 1, 2010 7:16 p.m.

  • psycowolf - March 29, 2010 1:32 a.m.

    realy guys??!!??? Get Stoned was realy that hard to beat? only tricky one was Bare Hands. hell i beat Get Stoned first attemp WITHOUT weapons. beast. btw if anyone is having trouble with Bare Hands its becaouse if theres only one or two enimies that spawn you have to move towards them or they will not attack you. so if you seem to have killed all the enimies AND have spare time around 10 or so secondshurry and run around to see if any are just standing there and grab them and press triangle to rip em or "X" to swing at the other one IF theres another.
  • dannystephenson23 - March 27, 2010 11:54 p.m.

    Can't beat the first part of this game!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Sabtos - March 27, 2010 4:06 p.m.

    It cost you your sanity? I did this last night in a little over an hour. So much easier than GoW I or II. I loved knockout, so much fun and hilarious, why wasn't there more instances with huge amounts of enemies like this in the game? I hope there is some sort of expansion unlike anything gaming has ever seen that really fleshes out the single player like the devs wanted to. There are so many areas that seemed like they, while well developed, were not expanded to the point they wanted to. For El Matador, I just used the whip and L1+square on the minotaurs, it flings them into the air and you can either kill them in the air or launch the in the air again and kill them then, it's quite strong and you can remain in the air for a very long period of time with the whip used L1+square continuously. You can also hold down the square button if you want. Then with the soldiers I would grab them and battering ram them, even more entertaining with the larger groups, it killed them all rather quickly, and if fortunate on the last round, can knock all three Minotaurs off the stage before you even see them charge. Best tip for Stoned is to almost completely try to ignore the fact that there are enemies all around you. As soon as you see the green glow, immediately block and miss the prompt. If you're fast at shaking the stick you will luckily not get crushed. You have to remember the Gorgons gaze slows down those around you. If you're attempting to dodge a lot or damage people you've already lost. If you come at it with a sense of luck then you'll have a better chance. Games based on luck suck, but luckily, lol, this is the only part of GoWIII that is like that.
  • philipshaw - March 27, 2010 11:15 a.m.

    Near beat the game, will bookmark this guide for when I try to get this trophy
  • mdiaz033 - March 27, 2010 7:25 a.m.

    i disagree with your tactic on the 1st challenge. i found it easier to just grab an enemy and use the ram. i could of used your wise words on the get stoned challenge but i had to figure all of these out the old fashioned way (trail and error). next time hurry these kinds of guides up. then again, it's always more fun, memorable, and rewarding figuring out how to do it yourself. oh btw, great guide! these tactics (except for the 1st) are superb! and don't worry about your grammer. only idiots and hopeless hypocrites like howimpzer like to point that out (even if he says he's just being a grammar nazi)
  • sleepy92ismypsn - March 26, 2010 10:40 p.m.

    this will come in handy for getting my 7th platinum trophy but im still working on challenge of the titans lvl. 7 from gowII
  • WrathLord03 - March 26, 2010 8:38 p.m.

    The stupidity of this is that I managed to get every other challenege before the bare hands one. Even though 'Get stoned' was considered the hardest by a lot of sites, after reading a guide (not yours, GR...sorry) I completed it in three shots. Bare Hands really depends on luck though - all about hoping he gets in the right spot and not stuck on one of the arena's chains and then knocking him off. ReCAPTCHA: 'ma- babbles' If anyone's seen Finding Nemo, they'll know what I'm talking about.
  • TheHolyHandGrenade - March 26, 2010 8:28 p.m.

    @bamb0o-stick you get all the other trophies in the game. there is a platinum trophy for every disk game on the ps3.
  • boxmeizter - March 26, 2010 7:05 p.m.

    hah i made all of the challenges without any form for help... yup i go(o)d
  • bamb0o-stick - March 26, 2010 4:04 p.m.

    There's a platinum trophy? How do you get that one?
  • Howetzer - March 26, 2010 3:37 p.m.

    Hrmm... some kind of wierd typo going on here not a big deal just weird and kinda funny. Your use of spam to reuse a button or button sequence over and over again started off great..." then spam the triangle attack", but then things took a turn for the worse!...... "just keeping going around the arena in a clockwise or anticlockwise direction spawning the square attack" is this weirdo london people speak or a case of brainy-gooofy? Then a little later,........ "Want you don’t want to do is spawn square, as you’ll likely miss most of the urns doing this." Grammer nazi, I know but its just a little funny because you also used the word spawn several times correctly. Alas, I already got this trophy before the guide came out so I knew all too well how hazardous it can be, so I guess that explains the scrambled brain as well then? lol It would have been a useful guide if it came out like a week ago lol.
  • Jacob816 - March 26, 2010 2:41 p.m.

    These Challenges were piss easy compared to the ones in Gow and GoW II. Got most of them within a few attempts.
  • Rhymenocerous - March 26, 2010 2:12 p.m.

    FFS! I always have about 10 points left to get on the Knockout one, then I run out of time.

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