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4. The Desert of Lost Souls to The Challenge of Hades
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Go forward into the Desert. You'll reach a statue of Athena who will tell you that the journey forward is perilous. She tells you that in order to pass through the desert you need to listen for the song of the Sirens.
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First, turn up the volume on your TV. You're going to be listening for the voices of singing women. They won't actually sing any words, just melodic harmonies. There are three Sirens that you have to find. To find the first one, face the statue of Athena and go straight forward, through the middle of the desert. You're camera angle will shift to be a left to right angle. Keep going right, down the middle of the desert until you hear the singing of a Siren. You'll find her outside of the Temple that you are trying to reach. Kill her and watch as her ghost/soul goes into the door of the Temple. You need to find the other two.
Alternatively, facing Athena's Statue, you can follow the left wall (which becomes the North wall) all the way around to the Temple (you'll run into a red orb chest along the way).
The other two Sirens are wandering the desert so it is difficult to say where they'll be. Run around the desert yourself, keeping a sharp ear out for a Siren. When you hear one, look for a moving shadow-like figure in the background--that's your Siren. The singing will get louder as you get closer, so keep that in mind. The last two Sirens are protected by Minotaurs, so be warned. Upon killing all three Sirens, the door to the Temple will open up. Get there and pass through.
Inside the Temple, use the Save Point and the two blue/green chests as necessary, then head down the stairs. You'll emerge on a platform overlooking a conveyer belt. The belt runs from left to right, the right side ultimately leading you to certain death. So, hop down and move left. At the end you'll come to a ledge you can't reach. Backtrack a bit and notice the door just before you get back to the platform. Lift the door up to reveal a concrete block (and a blue/green chest), perfect for helping you reach high ledges. Pull the block out and you'll be attacked by some enemies. If you pulled the block out too far, it will roll toward the crusher as you fight the enemies (and will regenerate). If you barely pulled it out, the statue along the wall will prevent it from moving. When the enemies are dead, pull the block all of the way out and kick it toward the ledge at the left end. Enemies will continue to generate. When they do, push the block against the wall so it's, again, protected from moving too far by the statues. Repeat as necessary until you get to the far end, then hop on it and pull yourself to the ledge above. Lift the door and pass through.
Move down the hall and approach the large horn at the end. Blow the horn to reveal a path through the desert. Move through it and head up the stairs at the end. Use the two green/blue chests as necessary, then continue on up. You'll come to another horn, which will disappear. You'll be swarmed by a few Sirens. Take them out as your prefer (Poseidon's Rage works well against them), and the horn will reappear. When it does, blow into it to bring the Titan your way.
After the cutscene you will find yourself upon the area the Titan carries on his back. Save at the Save Point, then cross Pandora's Bridge toward Pandora's Temple.
On the other side of the bridge you'll be shown an area to your right, with a fiery pit. You need to get there. There are also a couple of blue/green chests in the area, which you may want to save for a battle soon to be fought. You can't reach the fiery area to the right, so, instead, go left, and find the path that takes you below the bridge you just crossed to a dead end with a handle. Pull on the handle to create a staircase of large blocks. Climb it to the fiery pit. You'll be warned of the dangers of Pandora's Temple, but the door will be raised for you. Collect from the blue/green chest, then hop off the wooden platform to the area below. Here you'll be attacked by a couple of Fierce Cyclops creatures. Your Poseidon's Rage works well against them. Unlike the previous Cyclops, these guys will force you into a mini-game once you activate the "O" button trigger. Take them out, and one more will come to life. Hopefully you left at least one of the two blue/green treasure chests in the area for you to access. Once you've killed them all, the red barriers will fall, providing you access to Pandora's Temple. Climb the stairs to the top.
***Note, here is where I upgrade to Level 2 Medusa's Gaze***
At the top, collect the Phoenix Feather and the Gorgon Eye from the chest, then use the green/blue chest as necessary. When that's done, approach the handle in front of the door, and push it around to open the large door. Enter.
You'll immediately be attacked by Wraiths and a few Archers. Use the green chest, if necessary, and eliminate all of the enemies. Upon doing so, you'll be shown two sparkles, one on the eye door, one on the book in the middle of the room. The book just warns you. Approach the door and activate the sparkle to open it up. Pass through.
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Upon passing through the door, run forward, so Kratos is facing you. Look for the first open door to the right, along the outside of the area. Enter and make your way through the spiked traps. At the end you'll come to a room with a Save Point, a pool, several Archers, a blue/green chest, a chest with red orbs inside, a locked door, and a lever in the alcove in the back. Take out the Archers, then pull the lever. You'll be shown another lever which drops down outside the door back at the other end of the spiked traps. Step back into the pool room and you'll spot a couple of new handles. Push the handles toward each other (you only have to push one), and you'll be shown a beam of light that travels down the hall, but is blocked by a door with a skull on it. This is what we will be working toward--making this beam of light travel through each of the Rings of Pandora. But we have a lot of work to get there. So, make your way back down the hall to the new lever (and notice the spiked traps are no longer an issue, and the skull door is locked).
Grab onto the lever and wind it counterclockwise. Keep spinning until another hallway is visible through the doorway. Stop, then move down the hall and climb the stairs to the plaque. Examine it to find it's missing the carvings of two muses. Exit back out and continue to wind the lever counterclockwise. Enter the next hall that's revealed and approach the fiery red door. Here you will be given the Blade of Artemis. The Blade of Artemis does heavy damage, particularly to armored enemies, but lacks both the reach and versatility of the Blades of Chaos. Switch between the Blades of Chaos and the Blade of Artemis by holding R1 + L1.
With the Blade of Artemis in hand, move down the newly revealed hallway.
Save at the Save Point and continue down the hall. You'll come to a room with several Undead, followed by several Gorgons. Play around with your Blade of Artemis to take them out, and use the blue/green chest, if necessary. Once they're eliminated, check out the room. You'll note an open door which leads to a hallway, and a broken staircase. Jump up to the staircase and use the magic of the blue chest. Work your way around the upper balcony area, taking out any enemies that come at you. Eliminate the Archers, then walk across the beams toward the lever. Find the treasure chest in the alcove with the Gorgon Eye inside, then pull the lever. This will lower a rope leading to the pit below. Hop onto the rope and slide to the bottom.
Once in the pit, shimmy across the rope, taking out enemies as you go. On the other side you'll find a blue and a green chest. Use them now, as you'll need to be in full health and power for the next area. Make your way up the stairs, then collect the Shield of Hades sitting on the pedestal. This will cause many enemies to emerge, and a spiked wall to come your way from the left. Fight your way to the right. Clearing out all of the enemies is the only way to stop the wall. Use everything you have. Poseidon's Rage works well, as does the "Revenge of Artemis" (Hold L1 + Square with your Blade of Artemis equipped). Once you defeat them, the spiked will will retract and the red barrier protecting a blue and blue/green treasure chest will disappear. Collect from the chest, jump over to the rope you used to enter the pit, and climb back up to the top. Pass through the open doorway to the hall.
Note the cart located directly opposite your hallway entrance. Go ahead and take out the Gorgons and the Archers in the next room before dealing with it, but, once you've taken care of the enemies, return to the cart and pull it into the main room. Check out the locked door in the room. Approach it and offer up your Shield of Hades. You need one more shield. Next, stand on the raised circle in the middle of the room. This will flip the doorway at the far end of the room. You need to ride that doorway as it flips around. Think "Young Frankenstein" or "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade". Simply placing the cart on the circle won't do the job as you won't have time to hop on the contraption as it spins. So, pull the cart as close as you can to the spinning door, then kick (Hold R2 then hold "X" then release "X" when fully powered) the cart at the circle. As it travels, move up to the spinning doorway and hope you get carried around to the other side. This may take a few tries.
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Upon successfully spinning the door, you'll find yourself in a hallway with a blue chest, a red chest, a green/blue chest, a ladder and several Undead. Take out the Undead then climb the ladder. Pass through the archway then walk the beam, first, to the chest with the red orbs inside, next to the red chest, then, finally, backtrack and collect the Shield of Zeus. With that in hand, drop down to the room below and place the shield on the locked door. The door will open up. Pass through and move down the stairs.
Move down the hall and Save at the Save Point. Climb the ladder and make your way through the door at the end. Inside you'll find a room with many blades, a green chest, a barred door, an open door and two levers. One lever is along the same wall as the barred door, the other is near the middle of the room. Ignore them for now, and pass through the open door.
***Note, this is where I upgraded to Level 2 Blade of Artemis***
Move down the hall and smash through the wall. Keep off the conveyer belt while you fight the Undead. When the Undead are dead, hop on the belt and ride it to the far end, avoiding the spiked smashers as you go. At the end, hang a left and climb the stairs to the next area. Fight the Harpies as you cross the bridge, then collect from the blue/green chest and climb the short ladder to the climbable wall. Climb the wall up and to the right. Jump the gap, fight the enemies who come at you, and continue to make your way to the right, then way up, then all of the way left. Drop into the archway, collect from the blue/green chest, then pull the flashing lever. This will provide you with an easy route back down. However, don't take it yet. Instead, prepare for battle and move down the short hall through the open door.
Inside this next room, take out the Shielded Undead and the Sirens fast. If you take too long, the floor will drop out from beneath you, and you'll die. I can't tell you how important the Plume of Prometheus ("Square", "Square", "Triangle") is here, as quick removal of the Undead's shields is vital to killing them quickly. Poseidon's Rage also works well against this many attackers, and, of course, if your Rage of Gods meter is full, use it here. Once you've cleared all of the enemies out, the red barrier protecting the altar with the Handle of Atlas on it will fall. Quickly move up to the alter when it does, as the floor falls out no matter what the enemy status. Collect the Handle and the floor will return. Exit the room and ride the chain down to the area below. Save at the Save Point, then pass through the door and backtrack across the bridge and up the conveyer belt to the blade room.
Back in the blade room, you must pull both levers in time to get through the barred door. Start with the lever near the middle, work your way to the lever along the barred door wall (a diagonal is tough, try going perpendicular to the blade tracks), pull the lever, then slip through the door before the bars come down. This will take a few tries, an understanding of blade timing, and, possibly, health from the green chest. Once you make it through the door, shimmy along the narrow ledge to the opposite end. Lift the door up. You'll find yourself in a long room with an Atlas statue at one end, and many enemies. Take out the enemies (not too hard, after that last room)
Approach the large Atlas statue. Before going for the lever, slip behind it and locate the treasure chest with the Muse Key inside. Once you have that, approach the lever in front of the statue. You're asked to give up the Handle. Do so, then rotate the lever clockwise. This will cause Atlas to raise his globe. When this is done, move through either of the two open archways on the right side of the room, then work your way back toward the Atlas statue. You will find a staircase. Move up it and fight the Undead to the area overlooking the Atlas statue room. Take out the Archers, then collect the Phoenix Feather from one chest, the Gorgon's Eye from the other, and the orbs from the two red chests on the far end of the upper balcony (double jump around either of the two pillar barriers to access them). When that's done, pull the lever on the cross beam. This will cause Atlas to toss his globe through the blocked door opposite him. Jump down and pass through the new opening.
Collect from the red chest then move across the bridge. Read from the book, then approach the coffin. Pull the lid off of it, then collect the Architect's Son's Head. This will reveal a hole for you. Climb down it, collect from the blue/green treasure chest and work your way down the long hall. At the end you'll get an extensive cutscene.
Continue up the stairs and collect from the blue/green chest. Lift up the door. You will emerge in a familiar room, back in the Rings of Pandora, with the pool and the Save Point. Save at the Save Point.
Go down the spiked hallway. Kill the Undead. Upon exiting the door, the door will shut behind you and you'll be in the circle hallway. The skull door is in front of you. Place the Architects Son's Head into the skull door and go through. You'll immediately have a rolling spike coming your way. Run around, staying close to the inner wall until you find the staircase. Go up. You'll be shown a ladder on the other side. To get there, wait for the rolling spike to come around again and then jump on it. Stay on top of the rolling spike (kind of like a log roll) until it takes you around to the ladder. Hop onto the ladder and climb up.
The ladder will drop. Continue to climb up. At the top are four chests: red orb, green, blue, and a Gorgon Eye (thus raising my Health again). There is a Save Point here as well. Move down the hall. Exit outside.
Cross the bridge. You'll have a tough battle with Cerberus. The main Cerberus is a three headed dragon dog. Throughout the battle, many puppies will spawn. If you let the puppies survive for too long, they'll grow into full-fledged Cerberus'. The goal here is to keep a delicate balance between attacking the main Cerberus and killing the puppies. A good way to do this is to use your Rage of Poseidon's Rage to kill off the puppies, and then attack the main dog. If you let any of the puppies grow, you'll be toast. Right after you kill the puppies, attack the main dog until you see more puppies. Kill the puppies, then attack the main dog. Repeat this process until the main Cerberus dies. There is a blue/green chest here if you need it.
Continue along the path, fight the two Fierce Cyclops and note the large stone block on the path near the blue/green chest. Once the enemies are dead, push the stone block to the corner. You'll see lots of Archers. Using the stone block as cover, poke out and fire your Zeus' Fury at them. Hop up the ledge and kill off the Cerberus Puppies as you move along the path. Soon, you'll reach more Archers near a red-sealed door. Keep your eye out for the puppies as they'll come from behind. When all of the enemies are dead, the seal will disappear. Go through.
You'll be in a round room. Pull the lever. This will cause the room to rotate. If you want to risk it, you can go after the red chests that you see through the gates when they drop. Otherwise, simply wait for the gate to drop at the open door with the blue/green chest. Go through to the outside.
Fight the new and improved Undead (very tough) and run all the way to the left, near the hanging chain. Note the ledge on the cliff above you. Jump up to it, and note that there is a series of ledges that you can shimmy on and jump up to. Make your way up the side of the cliff, shimmying when necessary. At the highest ledge, shimmy all the way to the right and jump to the platform with the chest for a Muse Key. Work your way back, all the way to the left, past the chain, and you'll soon be on solid ground.
***This is where I was able to upgrade to Level 4 Blades of Chaos***
Fight the Minotaurs as you go along the path. You'll soon get to an area with a Save Point, a blue chest, and a green chest. Continue along the hallway. You'll get a cutscene of some hanging caged warriors. Underneath them is a crank/lever. Go up to it and you'll find that it is missing its handle. Go forward, hop down, and go up the hallway. Near the arched doorway are two blue/green chests. Enter the room. On the right you'll find the Handle lying on the floor. Grab it. On the left, you'll find a dead man with a note. At the back is a statue of Poseidon which states you must, "Sacrifice the Ultimate...". Don't worry about the lever in the middle of the room right now.
Exit back out and place the Handle that you found on the crank and wind the crank. This will lower one of the caged warriors. The caged warrior is the sacrifice you must make to Poseidon. You need to push/kick the cage all the way up the ramp to the statue of Poseidon. First, push the cage off of the ledge. Next, note that the cage will slide back down the ramp if you are attacked or let go of it. Therefore, while pushing it, use the rubble that is around to stop the cage from sliding back down, ruining all of your hard work. Basically, push the cage up the ramp to the first piece of rubble, place it in front of the rubble so it doesn't slide, attack and kill the enemies (the Medusa's Gaze works well here) and then push the cage up to the next piece of rubble. Repeat this process until you have the cage in the room with the lever in the middle.
Push the cage up to the raised tile in front of the statue of Poseidon. The fire spouts will slide forward and turn to face the warrior. Pull the lever. This will cause fire to come out of the wall, thus burning and sacrificing the warrior. The door that was the statue of Poseidon will now be open. Go through.
Work your way down the hallway and onto the large bridge. Approach the Trident in the middle and lift it out with R2. You will receive Poseidon's Trident which allows you to swim underwater. Behind the large statue is a Save Point. Swimming is quite easy. Press the Square Button to dive and the X or Triangle Button to rise. Press and hold R1 for a speed burst.
Facing the Poseidon Trident statue, hop off the left side of the bridge and climb up the ladder to collect a Phoenix Feather. Next, hop off the right side of the bridge and climb the ladder here for a green chest. Hop back down into the water on the right side of the bridge where you will see a hole/tunnel beneath you. Get above it and press the Square Button to dive down into it.
You'll get to a cracked wall. Press and hold R1 to do a speed burst thus blasting through the wall. Repeat this to break through the next walls. You'll then surface and find many Cerberus Puppies. Quickly kill them; Poseidon's Rage works well. There is a red orb chest on the left. Go up to the door and open it with R2. Enter and pull the lever. This causes blocks/stairs to emerge from behind Poseidon's Statue. Swim back.
Back on the bridge, fight the Harpies and two large Cerberus'. Fight them and then jump up the blocks behind the statue of Poseidon. Here you will find a tunnel. Go in. Follow the path, pass the green/blue chest, and then enter the water. Dive down. Swim forward through the temple until you get to a Nyad, a child of Poseidon.
Under the Nyad is vertical tunnel. Dive down and then continue forward. You'll run into a Carving of Poseidon. Head right. You'll get to a Carving of two Nyads. You can go left or right here. Go right. You'll get to a room with spikes that are closing in on you. Use your speed burst (hold R1) repeatedly to get through the area. Continue along and when the camera changes angle, surface. You'll be in a room with a red seal protecting a central podium with a lever and many Undead and Harpies. There is also a green chest and a blue/green chest in the room. When all of the enemies are dead, the red seal will disappear. Go up to the lever and pull it.
This will raise the Carving of Poseidon that you saw earlier. You are going to backtrack, but not all the way back to the Carving of Poseidon. At this point, only backtrack to the Carving of the two Nyads. You went right here earlier. This time, go left. Surface and fight the undead. In the circular room is a blue/green chest and a cracked wall. Break through the wall and start hacking the skeletons for lots of orbs. At the end is a chest with red orbs.
Now, it's time to backtrack to the now-raised Carving of Poseidon. Swim through the now-raised door and go forward. You'll get to a Save Point. To the left of the Save Point is a cracked wall. Do a speed burst to break through the wall. You'll see a Nyad. Above the Nyad is a vertical tunnel you can swim up. Do so to get to a room with four red orb chests. Swim back down to the Save Point and go right. Dive down at this new Statue of Poseidon. You'll see a chain moving below you. Slowly lower yourself and you'll see a spiked wall move underneath you every so often. As soon as you see a spiked wall go by, dive down and use your speed burst. Look for the depression below you where you can duck under the moving wall. Get to the first one and dive down so that the spiked wall passes over you. Rise back up and use another speed burst to get to the next depression. Hide there. Finally, rise back up and speed burst to the next hole you can dive down.
Follow the hallway, a door will close behind you. Surface. Here you'll find a Save Point, a switch/lever, a few Minotaurs, and two green/blue chests. Kill the Minotaurs. Go up to the lever and pull it. This will cause a series of platforms to rise out of the water. Jump up the platforms to the large statue. Here you'll find two chests, a book, and some Undead. Kill the Undead, open the chests, and read the book.
To exit this room you'll need to pull the lever and then swim to the base of the furthest raised platform. In the base is a door that you can swim into. Swim into it and then wait for it to lower. This will give you access to a tunnel. Swim through it and surface. Once again, you'll find yourself in the Rings of Pandora.
Exit out the door that leads to the spiked hallway. Take out the Shielded Undead and go out into the circle hallway. You're going to want to go through the door across the way, but, before you do, head down the hall toward the crank you turned earlier. Once you get there, turn the crank until you reveal the short hall which leads to the Muse plaque. Enter the hall and insert the two Muse Keys. Pass through the new opening, and you'll come to a room full of refuelling goodness. Step into the blue fountain to increase your magic meter. Step into the green fountain to increase your health meter. Step into the central red fountain for massive amounts of red orbs, and collect from the two red chests. Once that is done, exit back out and find that open door along the inner wall of the Rings.
***Note, this is where I was able to upgrade to Level 3 Poseidon's Rage***
Once through the door run along the inside wall until you find the staircase. Go up. Here is a pool of water that you couldn't swim in before because you didn't have Poseidon's Trident. Now you do. Jump into the water. Find the hole in the floor and note that there is a Skull Door nearby. Dive down into the hole.
Follow the path and then surface. Go into the magma room where you will be shown many different angles. There is nothing that you can do now with this puzzle. Find the stone covered door across from the door where you entered and break through it. This will lead to a Save Point. Go around the corner and you'll find a blue chest and a green chest on either side of a ladder. Climb the ladder.
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