God of War III – Walkthrough – River Styx
Falling far below Mount Olympus into Hades, you’ll plummet into the River Styx, where the souls of the damned will strip you of much of your power — including your generous life and magic bars. Swim to the shore slowly. When you arrive on dry ground, your blades and other powers will no longer be at their previous strength, and even your combos will be significantly limited.
God of War III – Walkthrough – Realm of Hades
When the God of Thunder knocks you down, the best you can do is pull yourself back up! Walk up the walkway and you’ll be met by Athena, who does her best Obi-Wan impression in a cutscene. After the cutscene you’ll have a “new” weapon, the Blades of Exile. These chained blades are nearly identical to your previous weapon but are greatly underpowered. You’ll need to collect Red Experience Orbs to power them up.
Swing across the gap using the grapple point but don’t jump onto the far pillar. Instead, drop to the lower platform where you can see two chests. Inside are the very Red Experience Orbs you need. There are many pots and wandering wraiths in Hades you can destroy for Orbs, so keep an eye out and your Blades of Exile handy.
Run around to the other side of the platform to find another chest. This one contains a Gorgon Eye. Collecting three Gorgon Eyes slightly increases your maximum health. Two more to go!
Climb the wall on the front of the column to reach the top and proceed towards the mountainous fortress in the distance. On your right is a Hyperion Gate, but you can’t access it now. Fear not: you’ll return here later!
Save at the save point and continue down the walkway. As you approach the main gate, you’ll be awarded with the Army of Sparta magic. This magic can be used whenever you have your Blades of Exile equipped by pressing R2. It’s ideal for clearing out large clumps of small enemies.
Speaking of large clumps of small enemies, you’ll have the opportunity to try out your new spell on a few dozen without losing any magic. After you clear out the enemies with a few Army of Sparta blasts, search the area for Orbs and a note on the ground from Peirithous.
Run down the hall to the right and search for a pair of chests with Experience Orbs inside against the back wall as soon as the perspective changes. Open the door at the end of the hall and prepare for a battle.
This room is filled with soldiers and a new type of enemy, a Gorgon. The Gorgon’s will grab Kratos, forcing you into a button-mashing minigame to escape. She’ll also rear back and emit a beam that turns you to stone. This is extremely dangerous since you can be instantly killed while you remain stone. Try to evade the attack, but if you get hit, quickly rotate the LEFT ANALOG STICK to break free. You can use Army of Sparta to clear out the grunts, but a mixture of light and heavy attacks will result in an instant kill prompt before you know it.
Follow the button sequence and mash methodically at the end to incapacitate the monster. When you do this, all nearby enemies will be paralyzed. Use this opportunity to instantly kill them.
Another Gorgon will appear, but you can dispose of her in a similar manner. Continue through the far door. Drop down into the hole in the hallway floor and search the two chests for Red Experience Orbs.
Continue on down the path ignoring the mess of brambles you see blocking the way. You’ll have to come back here with some sort of fire…
God of War III – Walkthrough – Peirithous
Head into the large room and talk to Peirithous. Jump up above him and then onto the platform. It will lower as you jump onto it, so quickly double-jump and float to the ledge along the wall to the left. Here you’ll find a cauldron which you can push off the edge of nook it rests on.
Do so and then push the object all the way to the far end of the hall where a Cerberus breaths fire through a set of bars. The Cerberus’s breath will ignite the contents of the Cauldron, make a gust of hot air spout upwards.
Kratos’ Wings of Icarus can be employed to ride the updraft. You won’t want to use this ability quite yet, however. Run back to Peirithous and climb onto the platform again, this time letting it sink to its bottom position. This opens a door above the Cerberus at the far end of the room.
Run quickly to the Cerberus and ride the draft up to the ledge above before the gate closes. Pull the lever to release the hellhound below. This fire-breathing menace can be dealt with by using your regular attacks, but a one or two Army of Sparta attacks will bring it down swiftly. Since there’s magic in a chest in the room you’ve got nothing to lose.
Follow the finisher prompt over its head to wrangle it into submission. You’ll gain total control over the Cerberus and you can use X to send fireballs at the appearing soldiers. Once they are dealt with, approach Peirithous.
Fry the brambles — and Peirithous — and grab the Bow of Apollo from the charred remains. You can shoot arrows normally with this bow, but charged shots will ignite anything they hit, including the thorny vines blocking your way. Arrows deplete your yellow item meter, but only temporarily. It will refill on its own.
Use Chain attacks on the enemies on the ground and then aim a charged shot up at the archers above. This should ignite them both and kill them — sweet! Now, look for a patch of brambles high up at the far end of the room. You can ignite these with a charged shot to allow access to a hidden area.
Do so and then pull the cauldron nearby so you can hitch a ride on the hot air current up to the secluded spot. Here you’ll find a chest with Red Experience Orbs inside and a chest with a Phoenix Feather. Collect three Phoenix Feathers to increase your magic meter.
Now, back track into the hallway blocked by the spiky vine growth. Charge a shot with the Bow of Apollo and ignite the brambles. Save on the far side and continue to the room at the end with several chests inside.
You can use a charged shot to clear out the vines here and access another chest. This one has a Minotaur Horn inside. You can collect three of these to increase your yellow Item Power meter (we’re sensing a theme here). Jump up the short ledge into the hallway on the left.
The flying enemies in the next room can be dealt with efficiently by alternating grab attacks with arrows. We found that emptying arrows into them and then quickly holding L1 and CIRCLE to grab one and beat it to death allowed us to reach some surprisingly high combo numbers. By the time you finish with the grab attack your Item meter is refilled and you can send more arrows. Alternate the attacks until the room is clear.
Jump and float down to the platform along the side of the cliff. Grab the Orbs and then inch along the wall to the right. You’ll need to drop down to a hanging position with R1 to continue right. Climb up the far side and then come back to the left as you ascend the handholds.
A secret nook in the cliff side to the far left holds a chest with a Gorgon Eye inside, so be sure not to miss it! To get here you’ll need to climb to the top handhold and scoot left, then jump across a waterfall while hanging and proceed to the left.
Head all the way to the right and then onto the ceiling. Drop onto the platform below and then float across to the pillar covered in vines using the Wings of Icarus.
Use the grapple points to get down to the platform below.
God of War III – Walkthrough – Judges of the Underworld
In the sprawling area under the giant statues you should search the area for breakable items and chests. The goldmine is along the left side of the area all the way at the bottom of the stairs.
Search this area for a broken stair you can leap across to reach a ledge with two Red orb-filled chests and a chest with a Gorgon Eye! Head to the very center of the area and press R1 at the flashing signal.
Now, head to the bottom of the area and activate the book to begin a short trio of endurance trials:
God of War III – Walkthrough – Trial 1: The Condemned
Defeat all the Lost Souls and the Minions that determine their fate: this should be fairly easy. The Minions, the spindly arms, will grab the Lost Souls that drop into the area and convert them into harder-to-kill creatures. The best you can do to get through this quickly is to use a lot of quick attacks, while grabbing enemies with CIRCLE and pressing TRIANGLE to dispatch them for Health Orbs when you are in need. You can use magic, but you should really try to save it for later. Approach the pedestal again when all the enemies are eliminated.
God of War III – Walkthrough – Trial 2: The Lost
Kill wandering souls before they are converted into Hades’ army: While the souls are easier to kill before they touch the glowing wall, if you let one touch it it’s almost helpful. The soldier the soul becomes can be whipped and then grabbed to allow Kratos to charge around (CIRCLE, then SQUARE) taking out the other souls quickly and knocking down the Minotaur. The Minotaur can be dealt with by hitting it with heavy attacks and evading its charges. If you hit it while charging around with a soldier you’ll stun it! Use the prompt to finish it off for some bonus health if you need it.
God of War III – Walkthrough – Trial 3: The Chosen
Destroy Everything: Head for the Gorgon immediately, since taking her out will turn the flying enemies to stone. After she’s eliminated, use the L1 + CIRCLE combo to grab and attack as many flying creatures as possible. When they are thinned out, take on the Minotaurs by whipping and evading them. You should be relatively familiar with the drill by now.
Stand on the circle in the middle of the area and activate the prompt to receive judgment. Save in the corner and head through the glowing blue portal on the right side. Collect Orbs if you need them from the chests near the portal.
Once at the top of the area, head right and destroy any urns you see. You can get a view of the area from up here by using the prompt. Double-jump and float to the far platform and continue in a counter-clockwise manner around the high walkway.
Soon you’ll see two Minotaurs approaching through a passage. You can charge arrows with the Bow of Apollo and target the volatile containers in the tunnel to significantly weaken the Minotaurs.
On the other side of the tunnel, hang a sharp right to find a secret portal. On the other side you’ll find a chest with a Minotaur Horn, a note and a switch. You can access the previous area and save beyond the gate by hitting the switch to raise it.
Head back through the portal and continue down the path. Use your Wings of Icarus to reach the chest with Red Orbs inside and continue to the adjacent platform. Activate the prompt at the bronze statue to witness a cutscene.
Double-jump onto the chain above the area and cross the large gap. Slide down the vine-covered wall and read the note at the bottom if you wish. At the apparent dead end, approach the crevice to shimmy around to a new area.
Here you’ll encounter a new type of enemy. These glowing soldiers should be confronted directly since they will fire projectiles at you from afar. Once you kill them they explode, so you’ll need to evade if you see them crawling towards you on their bellies.
Alternately you can use the explosive container here to destroy them with the help of a fiery arrow. Finally, if you keep grabbing the glowing soldiers eventually you can destroy them without the risk of explosion.
Follow the bridges back and collect Orbs from the pottery. In the large room you come to, stock up on health or magic (there’s health above, so magic may be a bette choice) and read the note if you wish.
Charge a shot with the Bow of Apollo and shoot the tangled red vines below the nearby platform. This will create a vent of hot air that you can ride up to the upper level. Disembark the updraft to the right and eliminate the enemies (grab them repeatedly).
Throw the switch and quickly double-jump onto the platform to the left. It will take you up to another area with endlessly appearing explosive containers. Drag one out and use to help dispatch the enemies (shoot it with a burning arrow). Now, push it all the way to the edge of the platform, where the elevator docked before, grab the health out of the chest and hop back down to the switch below.
Throw the switch and ride the elevator up like before. Quickly push the explosive container onto the elevator and ride down with it. More enemies appear at the bottom, so leave the container and dispose of them.
Drag the container to the edge of this platform and push it down onto the firey base of the air current. This will make it more powerful.
Ride the current up to the platform above and grab it from beneath. Crawl around to the top and ride it down. Enter the door it stops in front of. In this room you’ll find ample Minions to destroy for Red Experience Orbs and the Mr. Hand Trophy!
One chest here holds more Red Orbs, while the other chest has a Phoenix Feather within. Head back to the current and ride it to the very top of the area.
Follow the hall back and, in the open area, grab the Red Orbs from the chest and then explore the room. Several stone statues will suddenly come to life. You should remain offensive here, using your block/counter attacks (L1) to deflect their slow swings. These enemies are slow and that makes them especially vulnerable. A prompt will soon arise allowing you to take them out permanently and score some Experience Orbs.
More soldiers and stone golems arise after you take out the first several. Once the room is cleared, continue to the left. Float down to the green Health Orb chest below and continue down the linear path to the Forge.
God of War III – Walkthrough – The Forge
Talk to Hephaestus and then save in a nook to the right after the conversation ends. Pull the switch here to open a door — but don’t head down there yet. To the far left is a massive locked door with the likeness of Hades on it. To the left of the door is an obscured chest. Open it to find a Gorgon Eye. Sweet!
Now backtrack down the ramp in front of Hephaestus. You can enter a door at the bottom of the ramp in front of Hephaestus. On the other side is a circular platform that you can rotate using the crank at the center. Grab this and rotate it counterclockwise so that the opening you used on the left side is position on the right side to allow access to the small cave on the right.
This leads to a dead end with dozens of demonic dogs (use Brutal Kills on them to stock up on Orbs!) and two chests filled with Red Experience Orbs. Head back to the circular structure when you’re finished here and rotate the crank counterclockwise once again.
Line up the opening with the brambles in the distance this time. The platform should click into place once you rotate it near to the proper position. Charge an arrow and fire it at the brambles to set them on fire and clear them out.
Run down the ramps outside gathering Orbs from the chest and the pots. After the cutscene at the bottom you’ll have access to the Blade of Olympus, a melee attack that lets you slash at enemies with a sword until your Blade Meter runs out (right side of the screen). You can refill this meter by killing enemies. You can press R3 + L3 (click in both ANALOG STICKS) to toggle this special attack on AND off.
Use it now to destroy the soldiers that appear. You can get some fairly decent combos going with the Blade of Olympus. Use grabs to link together sword combos. Once things quiet down you’ll be shown the entrance to Hades domain in the distance.
Hop down off the tall platform and open the four chests containing Red Experience Orbs below. Use the grapple points to the left to return to the entrance of Hades.
Save and use your Bow of Apollo to pick off the distant archers before making your way to the main gate. At the gates, aim a charged arrow at the doors to burn down the vines. Doing so will wake up a pair of Cerberuses. Concentrate attacks on one of them and feel free to use magic or the Blade of Olympus to make this battle faster.
Each prompt you get will allow you to sever a single head of the three-headed dog. After removing two heads, the final prompt will allow you to instantly kill the dog (and gain some health for your troubles). Evade the dogs’ fire breath and, if they pin you, wiggle the ANALOG STICK quickly to counter the attack.
Enter the door after you destroy the dogs and you’ll be confronted by a few smaller enemies. Destroy them and read the note on the ground if you wish. Gather the Health and Experience Orbs and enter the next door.
God of War III – Walkthrough – Palace of Hades
In this cavernous room with a large tree in the middle, head into the hallway on the right. Destroy the structure in here for Orbs and grab the cart with the pile of stones on it.
Push the pile of stones all the way across the area to the far side of the tree where a giant wheel rests by a gated-off area. Some airborne pests will appear as you do this, so take a moment to shoot them down with arrows. You can also use L1 + CIRCLE to snatch them out of the air. When they are gone, collect the Red Experience Orbs from the nearby chest, then turn the large wheel crank. This will temporarily open a gate on the second level — to keep this open, you’ll need to push the cart with the pile of rocks on it under a notch on the wheel.
With the wheel propped in place by the stones, you may now climb to the second level using the front of the large tree. On the second level, collect the Orbs from the two chests and enter the room on the right.
This area is patrolled by Minotaurs. Use magic to soften them up and heavy attacks to weaken them. You can also grab and kick the small dogs at them to stun them (CIRCLE, TRIANGLE). Finish off the Minotaurs with the prompts for a health boost and continue up the ramps to the higher level.
Before messing with the lever and pedestal in front of the massive statue of Hades, search the area for goodies. On the right side of the statue you’ll find two chests with Experience Orbs inside. On the left side there’s a ladder you can take into a secret area.
In this area you can destroy the scaffolding for orbs and open another Orb-filled chest. Look to the right to enter a well-hidden area behind the huge statue’s head and score a Phoenix Feather in a chest. Run back to the area with the crank and the pedestal.
Turn the crank to bring down the casket holding Persephone. Your goal now is to place the statue’s giant arms in the massive cuffs at the side of the level. Approach the pedestal and read it. After that, activate R1 again to slam Persephone into the statue. This won’t damage the statue, but it will bring down two ladders on either side of the room.
Destroy the incoming enemies and head to the left first. Climb the ladder and jump into the small room. Take note of the large wheel here, but don’t touch it quite yet. Grab the health in the chest and flip the lever on the platform nearby. This will activate an elevator that will return you to the first floor.
Another lever down here will open a the gate and let you return to the propped-up wheel. Grab the pile of rocks on the cart and push it back onto the elevator.
Activate the elevator to bring the cart up to the small room on the second floor. Note that a similar wheel may be propped up by the rock-filled cart nearby in this room. Place the cart near the wheel and head down the ladder.
Turn the crank in front of the massive statue and take the ladder on the left back up. The crank will open the cuffs on either side of the area for a short time, so you must move fast. In the small room, crank the wheel to open the arms of the statue. Push the pile of stones under the crank and the nearby arm will be permanently stuck in place in the cuff.
Return to the crank below and open the cuff again. Hastily make your way up the ladder on the right side this time and you’ll find a similar setup. Crank the wheel to open the arms and the right arm should be trapped in the closing cuff.
With both arms open and locked in the cuffs you can approach the pedestal and grab Persephone’s coffin again by pressing R1 at the prompt. This time a cutscene will show Kratos breaking into the statue itself. On the far side you’ll encounter your biggest foe yet…
God of War III – Walkthrough – Boss: Hades
This is a long and arduous battle, and Hades switches up his tactics quite a bit. We’ll try to summarize his attack patterns, but an element of randomness does exist in this battle. Hit Hades hard in the opening scene and stay close to him. If he grabs you, follow the R1 + L1 rapid button tapping command to escape with your soul intact.
Stay around Hades’ feet and hit him with standard attacks. If you’ve upgrade the Chains of Exile, try using the Cyclone of Chaos (L1 + SQUARE) to get in quick hits. When he lifts his foot, evade away to avoid the ensuing attack. Keep attacking him at close range and he’ll stick to foot pounding almost exclusively as offense which is easy to dodge.
His other attacks employ his glowing Claws of Hades weapon. There are three distinct attacks. The most common is a double slash in which he slams his Claws down across the entire arena twice. You can evade this attack by rolling right or left. Another attack involves one heavy attack near his feet which you may also evade. The final Claw attack involves him sweeping his claws across the ground from right to left four times. You need to simply hop the Claws as they pass under you.
Keeping Hades from using his Claws is a matter of staying under him. Once you damage him a bit he’ll retreat to the ceiling and drop creating a shockwave. Jump to avoid this, but make sure you don’t stray too far away. When Hades grabs you and tosses you away you’ll need to quickly make it back to Hades feet to attack him.
Eventually a prompt appears over his head. Activate it and rapidly press the button shown to rip a piece of Hades’ fleshy armor off. At this point the fight takes a strange turn: As Hades draws the chunk of armor back towards him, the arms of Minons appear to grab you. Your goal is to avoid these and attack the chunk before Hades pulls it back.
To accomplish this you’ll need to move in with quick chain attacks and possibly use your magic. The minions and chunk will award you with Health Orbs for destroying them, so the more you destroy the better! The Cyclone of Chaos is a great choice for attack here since it hits all nearby enemies.
If you successfully destroy the armor chunk, Hades will institute a widespread attack. Watch the ground carefully as it turns black. One safe spot eventually appears — a light spot on the darkened ground. Rush to this spot to avoid the attack. If you make it to the spot, you’ll be immune to the chains that appear.
After this, the fight will continue much like before with Hades’ attacks being somewhat more intense. He’ll whip more, but you can still evade in the same manner. Stick close and attack him. He’ll also send some ghost skulls at you occasionally. Simply run around the area until they disperse.
After another prompt you’ll have to rip out and destroy another chunk of armor. This is followed by another roomful of chains, so scramble to that safe spot!
Face-to-face with Hades once again you can return to your attacks at his feet, but he once again has a few new tricks. One attack he’ll start using has him summon chains that shoot out of the ground individually. Run in a wide loop around the area to avoid these. He’ll also begin to summon phantom Cerberuses. This attack is short but powerful, and hard to avoid. It seems that running away is the best strategy, but since this is the last round of this type with Hades, consider using your magic to avoid the dogs and deal damage to Hades at the same time. Note: You can also BLOCK the Soul Summon attack effectively.
The final prompt will end this segment of the battle. The next segment has you on the end of Hades’ long Claws. Attack him with heavy and light attacks while resisting his pull. If you get pulled into the water, simply mash the button shown to pull yourself out. You can still evade attacks here. When the prompt appears, follow the commands to obtain the Claws of Hades.
You can test out your new weapon on the foes that appear — they feel fairly similar to the Chains of Exile. The magic associated with this weapon, Soul Summon, allows you to summon the Souls to fight for you. Upgrade it to select from a larger menu of Souls. You can select a Soul by pressing TRIANGLE in the pause menu. Note: You can now upgrade several different weapons using the Red Experience Orbs you collect, but we highly recommend you spend your Orbs on the Chains of Exile first, since many forthcoming battles are made easier with the moves you unlock, like Cyclone of Chaos.
Soon Hades will reappear. This portion of the battle is fairly simple. Hades employs powerful attacks, but you can largely ignore them by using the grapple point that often appears on the left side of the screen. Use the grapple point as soon as it appears to zip around to Hades back.
Just keep attacking him and moving around his back and you’ll eventually get the final prompt to kill Hades. Follow the buttons carefully to rip his soul from his body and gain the power of the God of the Underworld.
You can now safely swim in the waters of Styx. Save at the new save point and hop into the river. Immediately swim to the bottom of the water to snag Hades’ Helm (Godly Possession 2/10).
Swim downstream through corpse of the god and rise to the surface when you come to the dead end. Here you’ll be asked to employ your Soul Summon ability to eliminate the foes that appear. Do so to bring down the barrier blocking the way. Each Soul attack is different in duration and range, so switch things up to see which Souls you prefer.
Continue down the submerged tunnel to another gate. Rise to the surface and pull the lever to continue. At the dead end, surface to find yourself back in Hephaestus’s workshop.
After the conversation, save and run down the ramps in front of Hephaestus. You’ll need to backtrack a bit here. Before you can turn the crank in the next area you be confronted by several stone statues and dogs. Grab the dogs and kick them at the statues to stun them. Otherwise, be sure to evade their attacks. You’ll get bonus Red Experience Orbs for using quick finishers on the statues.
Turn the crank in the center of the area counterclockwise until the opening is lines up with the top of the area. Head down the passage and you’ll find yourself back outside. Follow the path down to the statue of Pandora and hop off the ledge just like you did before.
Use the grapple points to get back to the save point. This time, head right towards the glowing blue portal — this is a Hyperian Gate and it will take you out of Hades now that you have the power of the God of the Underworld. Step into the Gate.
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