The Pit of Tartarus
Take the linear path down, ignoring all the baddies unless you need to replenish some of Kratos' health or want red Orbs, to meet the real opponent at the end.
Boss Battle: Cronos
Cronos, an imprisoned Titan, is hell-bent on exacting his revenge--Kratos sure knows how to piss a whole lot of people off. The battle with this behemoth begins with Kratos in a very dire predicament. Spam the context button to avoid being squeezed to a pulp. After Kratos spills the first blood from Cronos' finger, press L2 and Triangle to unleash a flash of light from Helios' Head. This blinds Cronos and causes Kratos to fall somewhere along his arm. Climb up and slash at an open wound to get Cronos' attention.
The perspective from here gives Cronos' every working advantage, but all you really have to do is run Kratos back and forth along the length of the arm to avoid a breath attack and a palm strike. The latter creates a large enough impact to catapult Kratos into the air and, without the proper response, can seal his fate permanently. Usually, it requires a flick of the left Analog Stick to return Kratos to safety. Other than these attacks, small minions also claim their space on Cronos' arm and continue to harass Kratos. The main target during this segment of the battle is Cronos' middle fingernail. On occasion, Cronos digs his fingers into his own arm for some time, at which point you need to take this opportunity to slice it up. We highly recommend using the Blade of Exile and its Cyclone of Chaos to simultaneously hit both the fingernail and the legion most likely following Kratos around. When enough damage is dealt to the fingernail, hit the Circle button to rip it clean off--yowza!
A little peeved about his lost fingernail, Cronos begins to slap his entire hand down on the arm. Look for dark shadows on the ground and roll into the sunny spots to avoid getting smashed! Quickly climb up the finger and cast another Solar Flare upon the Titan. Execute the buttons properly and climb up the side, where eventually Kratos reaches a platform that spawns other baddies. Two Golems and a number of other dudes surround Kratos. After taking care of these guys, open the covering here and expose a weakspot. Don the Cestus and bash away. Naturally, Cronos is very irritated and grabs Kratos. Some QTE buttons here, including a couple of grapple points to hit.
After landing, start running away, jumping over obstacles and hitting the final grapple point here to flee to safety. Though you soon find out that "here" is not exactly safe. An ugly-looking Cyclops makes a surprise appearance (came from his shoulder??), but it doesn't pose much of a threat since you've seen his tricks before. Deal enough damage and Kratos will ride shotgun on this monstrosity's back. Have the Cyclops throw salt on the gaping wound on Cronos' shoulder, and be launched into another series of QTE buttons.
Cronos swallows Kratos whole, and so Kratos must now slide down the esophagus before he gets consumed by descending black stuff (saliva?). Dodge the obstructions and whack the Cyclops out of the way. In a very Kratos-like fashion, he slices his way out of the intestines. The final part of this lengthy battle requires Kratos to climb up the fingers and work toward the large chunk of Onyx. Beat it senseless and ram the thing through the Titan's dirty mouth. From here, chip off the protruding piece of Onyx, approach the forehead, and wait for the final finisher. Say goodnight, Cronos.
Table of Contents
- The Beginning
- The Underworld
- The Flame of Olympus
- Poseidon Princess
- Olympus Gardens
- The Labyrinth
- The Three Judges
- Top of the Labyrinth
- PS3 Trophies