God of War III Challenge of Olympus guide

El Matador - Ole

A reasonably easy challenge, as long as you've got the proper technique down. In this room, you have to kill a few rounds of Minotaurs and soldiers without being gored by the former or grabbed by the latter. The simplest way to achieve this is to use LI circle on the horny a-holes (this breaks up the Minotaur's gore attack), and L1 square on the soldiers (which will knock most of them away). The grab attack you use on the Minotaurs will also most likely knock them out of the arena if you repeat it enough. When you get to the final round - that contains both Minotaurs and soldiers - just press the analogue sticks to start the Rage of the Gods, then spam the triangle attack. This should kill most of the baddies, leaving you with the simple task of clearing the others up with the techniques from the previous rounds.


Pretty easy this one. Here, Kratos is tasked with scoring 1000 points in 60 seconds by knocking enemies out of the arena while riding a Cyclops. The crucial thing is getting on the brute as quickly as possible. Before he appears, you’ll see a black cloud of smoke rise up. This is where he’ll spawn, so immediately focus a Spirit of Hercules combo (hit triangle three times) on this point. The combo should hurt him big style and a few more hits will give you the QTE prompt you need to ride him.

Once you’re on your massive mate, just keeping going around the arena in a clockwise or anticlockwise direction spamming the square attack. Make sure to keep close to the edge to knock as many enemies out as possible. Don’t worry about the Minotaurs or Wraiths, just focus on the soldiers and you’ll be fine.

Hades' kids

The only thing between you and another completed challenge is loads and loads of armoured Cyclops. Sounds daunting, right? Don’t worry, it’s actually pretty straightforward. As long as you keep using Plume of Prometheus (square, square, triangle) you shouldn’t have too much trouble. When the first Cyclops spawns, keep using PoP to knock him out of the arena. This will then cause two of his friends to spawn. Try to keep them close together by immediately hitting them with PoP. Repeat the technique and you should force at least one of them out of the arena. More Cyclops will then spawn, and it’s simply a case of repeating this technique. Once you’ve killed five the challenge will end.

Simply Smashing

One last push and that lovely gold trophy will be yours. This final challenge is thankfully really easy. All you have to do is destroy 30 urns in 20 seconds. The crucial thing is to either gently tap square to take out single urns in a surgical fashion or use the Plume of Prometheus to take out several at once. Want you don’t want to do is spam square, as you’ll likely miss most of the urns doing this. Go around the arena in a clockwise direction mixing single square attacks with PoP and you should do this within a couple of tries.

If you’ve followed these tips you should now be the proud owner of the hardest gold trophy in the game. You’ll also most likely be in touching distant of that Platinum pot, so good luck. Oh, and if anyone suggests spending hours of your life trying to get a single trophy is a waste of time, just do what Kratos would do. On seconds thoughts, being a bit less homicidal might be an idea.

Mar 26, 2010


  • 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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