God of War - Challenge of Gods Guide by Jerry Mazajlo
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God of War
Challenge of Gods Guide
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written by: Jerry Mazajlo
version: 1.01
e-mail: jrmdias@gmail.com



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Table of Contents
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1.Version History

2.Legal Info

3.Introduction

4.Controls

5.Challenges
	Challenge: 1.
	Challenge: 2.
	Challenge: 3.
	Challenge: 4.
	Challenge: 5.
	challenge: 6.
	Challenge: 7.
	Challenge: 8.
	Challenge: 9.
	Challenge: 10.

6.Contact Info

7.Credits



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1.Version History
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v1.01 - (March 27, 2005) - Fixed a few minor spelling mistakes
			 - Seperated each challenge more
v1.00 - (March 27, 2005) - Completed the Challenges and wrote this guide



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2.Legal Info
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3.Introduction
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"The Gods of Olympus have abandoned me"
Finally after 3 years in development  SCE Studios Santa Monica has released
this gem of a title called God of War. God of War is a action/adventure 
game based off Greek Mythology.

This guide was written for the purpose of providing strategies on the 
Challenges of the Gods mode unlocked after completing the game so 
people would stop making topics about in on the forums =p

Why beat the challenges of the gods?
Well not only are they challenging(duh) and add replay value, but they
also unlock 4 additional costumes that not only affect Kratos' actual
appearance but actually change his attributes as well.



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4.Controls
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On Ground Controls


Left Analog Stick				Walk/run/Climb
Right Analog Stick				Evade
X						Jump
X then X					Double Jump
Square						Normal Attack
Triangle					Heavy Attack
O						Grab Enemies
L1						Block (and parry if enemy is
				 		blocked at the right time)
Direction buttons				Select Magic
L2						Use item/Magic
R2						Action/interact with world
L3 + R3						Rage of the Gods
						(when Rage meter is full)
Triangle(hold					(Launch and follow enemy into air)
X(when launching enemy into air)		Super Jump
O(when enemy is in air)				Chain Grab
Start						Access Menu Controls
L1 + R1						Switch to Artemis Blade


In Air Basics


Square						Horizontal Attack
Triangle					Vertical Attack
O(when Kratos and enemy are in air)		Air Grab
L1						Block
Direction Buttons				Select MAgic
L2						Use Item/Magic
R1						Hercules Stomp


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5. Challenges
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Tip: Save Rage of Gods(L1+R1) for the Final Challenge, not a necessity but 
makes it quite easier
Tip 2: You cannot save during these so if you quit, you have to start over.

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Challenge: 1.
Description: Knock 8 enemies off the platform before time runs out. Killing
an enemy will fail the challenge.
Difficulty 1/5

Strategy: There will be 8 undead Legionnaires with magic shields at the 
beginning of this. I have found either trying to grab them(O) works well.
Since they have the shields on, you won't actually grab them but you will
push them back a bit.

Or you can also try switching to Artemis Blade(L1+R1), and using Wrath of
Artemis(hold L1+X) Be careful which direction you evade and try to not 
get too close to the edges.
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Challenge: 2.
Description: Kill all Archers and Undead Soldiers before time runs out.
Difficulty: 3/5

Strategy: There are 4 Large platforms in a square formation with 2 
smaller ones in between each one. Each of the big platforms has 4 undead
soldiers(1 with a shield) and 3 on the one you start on.  The smaller 
platforms in between each have 1 archer on them.

On the big platforms,I had quite a bit of difficulty with this one at 
first. I reccommend you use Plume of Prometheus(Square, Square, Triangle)
on the shield users to get rid of their shields, while using heavy attacks
(Triangle) for the regular ones. A good combo for the undead soldiers is
Spirit of Hercules (Triangle, Triangle, Triangle).

Jump between the platforms and along the small platforms either use 
Hermes Rush(press R1 while moving) or grab(O) them and rip them apart
(Triangle). Hermes Rush is quicker but more risky but grabbing them is 
safer.

When you get to the third platform or fourth platform, first get rid of 
his shield, then select Army of Hades(Up) and use(L2) it. Use light 
attacks after you use the magic so you get rid of them quicker. It
Should take out a few archers around.

Ignore the flying Harpies. Dodge attacks when you can.
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Challenge: 3.
Description: Break all jars in the room before the time runs out.
Difficutly:1/5

Strategy: Shouldn't be much of a problem at all, either move around the
room and use light attacks(Square) or use a fully charged Lance of the
Furies(Hold L1+O)
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Challenge: 4.
Description: Kill 4 Minotaurs but none of the Undead Soldiers.
Difficutly: 3/5

Strategy: No time limit so take your time. Evade attacks and evade right
by a Minotaur and use Apollo's Ascension(L1+X) to throw them up into the 
air(also hold the buttons so you go into the air also), then either attack
and repeat or Air Grab(O) to slam it back onto the ground. It will bounce
back up and you can repeat until its dead. 

If you get a soldier into the air with the Minotaur just wait until you get
back to the ground and try again so you don't risk killing a soldier.
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Challenge: 5.
Description: Shoot all of the Undead Soldiers! Do not shoot the Human Soldiers.
Difficutly: 2/5

Strategy: There is no time limit again so take your time, this also decreases
the difficutly on this one quite a bit. Interact with the bow(R2) and pull back
on the analog stick to charge, once it reaches the end it will automatically 
fire so you can't hold it forever.

The undead soldiers will move around the outer circle while 3 Human soldiers
move around a smaller one inside. They all move clockwise. Pick a Undead 
soldier(whichever one) and watch it, once it gets to around 1 or 2 o'clock
(around the northwest), start pulling back. Experiment a bit and you should
get the timing and this one will be easy.
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Challenge: 6.
Description: Reach the center of the end platform before time runs out.
Difficutly: 4/5

Strategy: There are 2 sets of platforms moving left and right. Every other
platform has a archer, and the last one has 4. They all use exploding arrows
that will knock you back. If you get hit while in the air, your dead, if you
get knocked off the side of a platform with a archer on it, he will probably
hit you off before you get a chance to get back on. 

There isn't much time in this one so speed is essential, I reccomend either
Just running and jumping all the way to the end(this will take a few tries 
since it depends more on luck) or using Hermes Rush(R1) to take out the archers.
Although its risky because you don't have much space on the smaller platforms.
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Challenge: 7.
Description: Kill all of the enemies while not getting hit.
Difficutly: 2/5

Strategy: This one is easier than it sounds, first there is no time limit so
that helps things out. Primarily use Plume of Prometheus from a distance(
Square, Square, Triangle) while evading into open spaces constantly. You 
can also use Lance of the Furies(hold L1+O) while in the air if you want.
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Challenge: 8.
Description: Kill all the enemies.
Difficutly: 5/5

Strategy: Much harder than it sounds. You have to fight wave after wave of
undead soldiers and waves of 4 gorgons at a time. You also can't use magic.
The key to winning this? Evading a lot!... A LOT!!! Evade whenever A gorgon
is trying to stone you(indicated by the red beam) and try to dodge attacks.

Your primary tactic should be to use Lance of the furies(hold L1+O) while in
the air, keep doing this and this will eventually finish the battle. By the way
this one takes a while, so it will probably take the longest of all the
challenges.

If you ever do turn to stone, use your palm to quickly rotate the left analog
stick to get out of it, you can get out of it in most situations. I have found
that there is one un-avoidable death after you land Lance of the Furies, there
will be some time before you can move again and sometimes a gorgon will stone
you before you can, but usually you can evade it too.

Once the undead soldiers are gone this should be easy, just finish off the 
gorgons with whatever combo you want.
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Challenge: 9.
Description: Kill all Cyclops before time runs out.
Difficutly: 1/5

Strategy: Unlike challenge 8, this one should be fairly easy, just evade or 
block the Satyrs and dodge the cyclop's attack when you see him starting one.
Use Spirit of Hercules (Triangle, Triangle, Triangle) or to Plume of Prometheus
(Square, Square, Triangle) to kill the Cyclops from a distance. Shouldn't be
hard at all.
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Challenge: 10.
Description: Kill enemies to make the platform rise. Reach the top platform.
Difficutly: 5/5 without rage of the gods, 4/5 with it

Strategy: First of all I hope you saved Rage of the Gods for this because it
makes it quite easier, not a necessity but it helps quite a bit.

Jump to the 2nd platform, the problem with this is it is hard to evade since
you don't have that much space. So either try tapping block constantly when 
you see the Satyr going for a attack(indicated by a purple trail) or Try to 
evade only when you are fairly close to the edge and evade towards another 
edge. There are 2 respawning Satyrs and 3 Cerberus puppies(aww so cute o.O)
that will keep respawning as you kill them.

Each time you kill anything, the platform you are on will rise, jumping back 
will make it go back down. Your goal is to keep killing until you can jump 
onto the top platform.

You will primarily be using 2 attacks here, mainly Hercules combo (Square, 
Square, then hold Square) and Lance of the Furies(Hold L1+O) while in the air.
Use Rage of the Gods(R3+L3) at any point if you have it charged, and just 
use Square to attack. This should finish off quite a bit of guys without much
difficulty. Lance of the Furies will knock off all the cerberus pups usually
but it doesn't work at all for the Satyrs.

Another attack strategy for the Satyrs is to lift them into the air with 
Appollo's Ascenion(hold L1+X) then attack them with Appollo's Offensive
(hold L1 and press X) while still in the air. I have found this to be quite
effective.

Keep trying and you will eventually get to the other platform, double-jump to it
once its in range.




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Contact Info
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A few notes before you contact me, I welcome additional strategies that are
effective but I will not necessarily add them. Please do not e-mail me about
minor spelling or grammar mistakes. As long as it is understandable I believe
its acceptable. Please do not e-mail me about anything other than the challenge
of the gods mode in God of War.

Finally, If you wish to use my guide on your site, please obtain permission 
before you do so. I will most likely accept. 

E-mail: Jrmdias@gmail.com




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Credits
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1.Gamefaqs- For maintaining a huge videogame database of guides, and forums.

2.Various users on the gamefaqs message boards(too many to mention, don't even
remember any names anyways- For providing help with the game when I asked
as well as giving me a general idea for how to get through a challenge for
problematic ones.

3.David Jaffe- For being responsible for this fantastic game

4.Ris and Dei- for proof-reading =p

5.Pyroe on gamefaqs- fixed a minor problem with challenge 5





Copyright (c)March, 2005 Jerry Mazajlo.
All rights reserved.