Now that Kratos is back down to his mortal power levels once again, it’s time to build him back up, fast. Lucky for you, the first Gorgon Eye – the first step toward boosting his health meter – is literally just a hop away from the entrance to Hades.
After Kratos crawls out of the River Styx, you’ll be confronted with a grapple point that looks like this:
See those cliffs on the left? You’re going to want to aim for the lower one.
Above: Like so
After you’ve landed, help yourself to the Red Orbs, dodge or kill the wandering dead guy and run around to the other side of the cliffs. The first of many hidden chests will be there waiting for you.
After you’ve plunged through Hades for a while, you’ll run into Peirithous, a pathetic soul who begs you to free him from his torment in exchange for the Bow of Apollo. Once you’ve secured that, there’s one more vital thing to find: the first Phoenix Feather, which will eventually enable you to boost your magic meter.
From Peirithous’ throne, run through the room until you see some bramble overgrowth near the top of the screen, on Kratos’ left.
Next, target it with the bow, charge up a shot and set it on fire. Once that’s done, go grab the smoking brazier you set on fire earlier and push it as close to the newly opened passage as possible.
From there, it’s just a matter of floating up with the Icarus wings, slipping behind the bars and claiming your prize.
Above: And yeah, you can kill that dead guy if you want
Now that you have your first item, it’s time to start powering up your item meter, and to do that, you’ll need Minotaur Horns. Not far from where you left Peirithous, you’ll find the first one in a circular room with blue and green chests on either side of a thicket of bramble. Target it with a flaming arrow and let fly…
… and the horn is yours.
Above: OK, this one’s kind of a gimme
After a little more wandering, you’ll find yourself climbing a wall that looks like this:
Nothing to do here but continue climbing up and to the left, until you reach a large waterfall on the left, and a path that leads to the right. Common sense would dictate that you should move to the right, which is exactly why you’re going to jump across that waterfall instead.
Another jump, and you’ll find yourself in a little Cliffside alcove, right next to the second Gorgon Eye.
Just a little further on, you’ll come to the Three Judges, which are kind of hard to miss.
Don’t undertake their challenges just yet, though. Instead, run down and to the left…
… until you reach a broken bridge.
Jump across that sucker and run some more to the left, and there’ll be a chest that’ll boost your health enough to weather the arena fight you’re about to get stuck into.
Next page: More Hades, and the City of Olympia