Kratos is the vengeful central protagonist of the God of War franchise. A member of the Spartan military, Kratos was a prod and deadly warrior who rose through the ranks to become a General. During one of his many battles, Kratos came to arms against a horde of Barbarian warriors, who brutally overpowered and slaughtered his Spartan allies. As the Barbarian King overwhelmed him, Kratos shouted out for Ares, the God of War, to give him aid. Seeing the destruction Kratos was capable of, Ares answered his call, but with a heavy price- first, the Blades of Chaos were burned into the flesh of his arm, attaching them there forever, but allowing him to defeat the Barbarians, starting with beheading their king. Second, in order to create a warrior with nothing held back, Ares tricked Kratos into killing his own wife and daughter, Calliope. The local oracle forever marked him as the "Ghost of Sparta", his family's ashes covering his skin for all his days. Enraged at Ares betrayal, Kratos swore vengeance, and pledged himself to the other Gods, hoping to remove the nightmares of his sins from his mind.
Kratos is an angry, stubborn and incredibly hostile individual. When he's not carving through dozens of enemies in his quest for vengeance and redemption, he's bellowing at the top of his rage-filled lungs. He is often cold and unfeeling towards others, and is willing to kill innocent people and men who can't fight back to further complete his goals, and shows absolutely zero mercy in battle. Despite this, Kratos does show compassion at times, especially when reminded of the daughter and wife he lost- such as his treatment of Pandora and his respect and mourning for The Last Spartan (and his Spartan brothers in general).
God of War: AscensionEdit
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God of War: Chains of OlympusEdit
With the Basilisk dead and the Persian forces routed from Attica, Kratos began to demand more of the Gods, asking if that was all they would have him do. His shouts were answered with the sight of the sun being stricken from the sky, crashing into the ground below, darkening the Earth. Knowing this not to be the signs of any God, Kratos began to make his way to the crash site through the city of Marathon. Along the way, Kratos learned that the God, Morpheus, had discovered the collapse of the sun, and the darkness allowed his power to run upon the Earth unchecked. He began to cover the land in dangerous fog wherein the dead walked and monsters tore apart any who dared enter it, killing countless people and hindering Kratos in his march through Marathon.
During his exploration of the shrouded city, Kratos fought his way through Morpheus alligned versions of Skeletal warriors, harpies, Gorgons and fearsome Manticores. As he traveled through Marathon, the Ghost of Sparta was haunted by a familiar melody, a soft tune that he knew he had heard before but could not place. At the end of the road, he came to the Temple of Helios, fallen in a state of disarray. Kratos traveled into the temple, obtaining the Triton's Lance, allowing him to breath under water, and the Sun Shield, one of Helios' tools that allowed Kratos to reflect attacks and defend himself. Within the depths of the temple sat the Goddess Eos, sister of Helios, who revealed to Kratos that the imprisoned Titan Atlas was responsible for Helios' fall, and that she would fade and die without her brother's powers. She directed Kratos to find the Primordial Fire, which allowed him to awaken the fire steeds that pulled Helios' chariot. As he left the Temple, he heard the melody once more, this time recognizing it as the song played by his deceased daughter, Calliope. Confused, Kratos pushed on through hordes of monsters to activate the Steeds. Trusting in their guidance, Kratos rode the chariot of Helios as his mind began to drift, remembering his daughter and how he first created her prized flute, and how Ares tricked him into murdering her. Awakening with a start, Kratos discovered that the Steeds had pulled him into the Underworld, where they could no longer travel as beings of light were not accepted in Hades, causing them to disappear and the chariot to crash into the River Styx.
Climbing through the Falls of Oceanum, Kratos entered the region of Asphodel, the ruins that made up the "neutral" point between the Elysium Fields and the pits of Tartarus. Needing to cross through, Kratos rings the bell at Asphodel's dock to summon the Ferryman of the River Styx, Charon. Boarding his ferry, Kratos demands that Charon give him passage. Amused, Charon declares to the Ghost of Sparta that he will do no such thing, as it is not yet Kratos' time. Enraged by his refusal, Kratos attacks Charon and the two battle. While Kratos seems to be able to do damage and push back the Ferryman at first, Charon soon reveals that he is simply toying with the Spartan, and easily regenerates his health and strikes Kratos down in a single blow. Telling him that he has chosen his path, Charon lifts Kratos up and casts him into the pits of Tartarus below.
Awakening chained within the pits below the Underworld, Kratos was forced to shatter his chains to recover and escape Tartarus. As he explored the final resting place of the Titans, Kratos came across a trio of statues, depicting the three central Olympian gods- Zeus, Poseidon and Hades. Moving the Hades and Poseidon statues allowed Kratos to enter a secret room behind the Zeus statue. In the hidden room, Kratos found the body of The Jailer, a man tasked by The Gods with the construction and safekeeping of the Titan's chains. Taking his key, Kratos was able to access the Temple of Zeus located in Tartarus where he obtained a new weapon, The Gauntlet of Zeus, a prized relic of the Titanomachy. Using the holy Gauntlet, Kratos was able to shatter through heavy stone and metal to reach somewhere that would allow him to scale out of the underworld, returning to the ruins of Asphodel, along the way encountering the Titan Hyperion and finding the destroyed remnants of the chains once used to bind Atlas. Kratos used the Gauntlet of Zeus to shatter the gates to the Docks and board Cheron's still docked Ferry, much to the master of the River Styx's surprise. Kratos and Charon battle once more, but this time when Charon attempted to heal using the pillars on his Ferry, Kratos was able to use the Gauntlet to shatter them and leave Charon vulnerable. After an extended battle, Kratos ripped Charon's own scythe from him and impaled him through the waist into his ship. As the Ghost of Sparta claimed Charon's golden mask to obtain it's magical power, Charon laughed and split his upper body from the lower end and began throwing destructive orbs in a final bid to kill Kratos. Thinking fast, the Ghost of Sparta used the Shield of Helios to reflect the blasts back at Charon, knocking him from the sky and allowing Kratos to pummel the life from the Ferryman with the Gauntlet of Zeus.
As he sailed the Ferry down the River Styx, Kratos spotted Calliope off in the distance, playing her song by the river. Kratos, overwhelmed at seeing her again, headed to the shore to catch up to her, but as the Ferry approached she ran within the Temple of Persephone in the distance. As Kratos climbed the tower, trying to catch up to his daughter, he was attacked by numerous Saytrs and armored variants of Minotaurs and Cyclopses, but with his blades, magic and Gauntlet, Kratos was able to overcome. Finally, Kratos encountered Persephone herself. Wife of Hades and Queen of the Underworld, Persephone raged at the Gods for allowing Hades to kidnap her and marry her against her will and then not saving her in time or standing up for her. Her rage at the Gods was mirrored in Kratos, who was betrayed by Ares resulting in his family's death and the other Olympians used him with the constant promise that at the end of each quest, they would take his haunting memories away from him, but never fulfilling. Persephone decided to propose a deal with the Ghost of Sparta- if he casts aside his weapons and allows his magic, health and power to be drained away to allow him to become worthy of entering the fields of Elysium, she would allow him to pass and live in peace with Calliope for the remainder of the World's time. Without hesitation, Kratos cast his blades into the tree before them, allowing it to sap him, giving up everything for the daughter he couldn't save.
Now powerless in Elysium, Persephone revealed that she was the one who released Atlas, sending him to destroy the pillar that holds the world up with the power of the sun. Knowing that staying Elysium would onlycause his daughter's death, Kratos accepted the horrifying truth, that the only way to protect Calliope was to forsake her for a second time, this time forever. Pushing her away from him, Kratos began to snap the necks of the souls in Elysium to make himself unworthy of the peaceful Fields. As he continued to kill, his powers and weapons slowly began to return to him, allowing him to escape despite the tearful protests of his daughter.Fighting through waves of Persephone's monsters as Atlas crushed the Pillar above him, Kratos was able to fly to the peak by hitching a ride on Persephone as she flew, confronting the Goddess. During their battle, Persephone used her powers to lure Kratos into a weakened stunned state, thinking of Calliope, allowing Atlas to attack him directly. Snapping out of it at the last second, Kratos rolled away from the punch and rode the Titan's arm outside the Pillar, where he used his Blades of Chaos to grapple at the remnants of the chains that hung around Atlas' wrists, swinging them up into the ground above them, effectively re-chaining Atlas and forcing the Titan to forever hold up the sky like a second pillar, a fate worse than even the one concocted by Zeus at the end of the Titanomachy. Returning to the battle with Persephone, who attempted to strike Kratos down with a flurry of magic projectiles. Quickly using his Sun Shield, Kratos reflected the shots back at her, allowing him to cripple the Goddess, and giving Kratos the chance to overwhelm her with pure light generated from the power of the sun. As she fell backwards, he finished her off with a strike to the stomach from the Gauntlet of Zeus, killing her. As he left, Atlas warned him that the promise of an Olympian was meaningless, in reference to Kratos' decision to continue serving them to erase the horrors of his past, and told him that the Fates' would ensure they would meet again. Ignoring the Titan, Kratos boarded the Chariot of Helios and returned the power of the sun to the sky, forcing Morpheus to retreat to the shadows and saving Helios and Eos.
After returning the sun to the sky, Kratos fell from the sky, his many battles taking their toll. His descent was stopped before hitting the Suicide Bluffs that would later become such an important location to Kratos by the intervention of Athena and another Olympian, who comment on how useful he is. As the other Olympian questions whether or not they should help heal Kratos' wounds and tired body, Athena takes the Gauntlet and Sun Shield from him and claims that "He'll live. They must." before the two return to Mount Olympus, leaving Kratos on the cliff peaks.
God of WarEdit
With his many years of service to the Gods completed, Kratos realized that the Gods of Olympus had no intentions of relinquishing him from his torments, intending to use his strength against their enemies for the rest of his life. Overcome with hopelessness and despair, Kratos climbs to the peaks of the Suicide Bluffs overlooking the Aegean Sea where he cast himself towards the jagged rocks and crushing waves below, intending to take his own life. As he fell, his last quest began to replay itself through his memories:Five years after the death of Persephone, Kratos is tasked to kill the Hydra, a many headed serpent-like monster that has been destroying ships throughout the Aegean for years. As Kratos' ship sailed into a terrible storm, the monster attacked, alongside a legion of undead warriors and Harpies who, unbeknownst to Kratos, were servants of Ares. Blades of Chaos in-hand, Kratos fought his way through the graveyard of ships surrounding the Hydra, killing numerous enemy soldiers and battling the smaller heads multiple times. Kratos discovered a small room filled with women under attack, screaming for help. Unable to open the door without the Captain's key, Kratos returned to find the location of the Ship Captain, finding him just as one of the Hydra's heads burst from beneath the deck, swallowing him whole. Kratos was able to hold off the head, but was unable to kill it, and it returned into the water. Frustrated, Kratos pushed onwards, finding a shrine dedicated to Poseidon, who gifted Kratos a magical ability allowing him to channel his rage in an electric area-of-effect attack. Finally, Kratos is able to track down the primary head of the Hydra, along with two of its smaller heads. Kratos uses the ship to impale the two lesser heads, pinning them to the deck where they were unable to move or fight, allowing the Ghost of Sparta to climb the mast and confront the central head without interruption. The two engaged in a fierce battle, but Kratos was able to gain the upper hand when he used the Hydra's head to shatter the mast, allowing him to impale the monster along the entire length of the mast through its eye, finally killing the beast. With the creature dead, Kratos entered its gaping mouth, traveling down its neck where he met the Boat Captain, clinging for dear life at the edge of a large drop into the creature's stomach. As the Captain called out to Kratos, thankful for saving him, Kratos dismissively told him he was not there to save him- tearing the key from his neck before dropping him into the pit below. Returning to the locked room, Kratos was able to enter, but he was too late to save the innocent women who were brutally slaughtered by the undead warriors. Overcome by his rage, Kratos charged forward, brutally killing all the soldiers before slipping into a series of flashbacks to his time as a Spartan General and the deal he made with Ares, resulting in the death of his own wife and daughter, leading to his white flesh and tormented anger.
Finding himself unable to sleep on his return journey, Kratos climbs up to deck of his ship where he is greeted by a statue of Athena, temporarily possessed by the Goddess. She tells Kratos that her brother, the God of War, Ares, has laid siege to her city of Athens, in open defiance of the laws used by the Olympians to govern themselves. While Ares leads his campaign across Greece, the Gods are unable to intervene as no God can war with fellow God, forcing Athena to rely on their mortal champion. Kratos agrees, but on the condition that the Gods finally relieve him of the nightmarish visions of his past deeds. Arriving in Athens to find the city already under attack, Kratos wastes no time in fighting his way through Ares' undead soldiers and his harpies. The remaining members of the Athenian military are unable to hold off the onslaught of monsters such as the axe and hammer wielding Minotaurs or the armored, spiked-ball wielding Cyclops Enforcers, leaving only Kratos to defend the people of the burning city and push through Ares' hordes. As he traveled through the deserted buildings, he met a shrine through which the Goddess Aphrodite contacted him. She offered him the power to transform his enemies into stone, asking that he kill the Gorgon Queen, Medusa, who made her home in the warehouse they were in. Kratos easily overpowered the Gorgon and tore her head off with his bare hands, granting him the power of Medusa's Gaze.
Continuing to navigate the war-torn city, Kratos encounters a ghostly apparition of the Oracle of Athens. The Oracle tells Kratos to meet her in the temple, and she will guide him on his quest to kill a God. As the Ghost of Sparta crossed across the road, he saw the battlefield across the horizon, with a massive Ares towering over the defenders. The God of War carelessly slaughtered men by the dozen with every strike, paying no attention to the small Spartan on the overlook, though Kratos swore he'd make Ares pay for what he had done to him. After killing hordes of Minotaurs and Cyclopses, Kratos entered the town square. After a massive battle in the center of the square, Kratos entered a nearby building where he met a woman who fled from his appearance in horror. While the Ghost of Sparta tried to reason with the woman, she fled and eventually fell from the high balcony to her death below to keep away from the Spartan, an act that deeply disturbed the man. Fortunately, the woman carried a key in her pocket which opened a nearby tunnel from the Square to an even deeper part of the city, atop the sprawling rooftops.
At the end of his road across the rooftops, Kratos encountered a member of the Atenian army, driven mad by the horrors and death around him, who barred the way to the Oracle's temple, convinced that if he were to release the bridge, he would no longer be safe. Kratos tried to convince the man to let him cross to no avail, forcing the Ghost of Sparta to track backwards, encountering a temple dedicated to the Lord of Olympus himself, Zeus. Within the temple's halls, the King of the Gods gave Kratos a gift of additional magic- the ability to hurl seething bolts of divine electricity at his foes. Returning to the gatekeeping soldier, Kratos once more attempted to negotiate his way across, but the soldier's continued refusal forced the Spartan's hand- causing Kratos to hurl a bolt of lightning at him, killing the Atenian and releasing the bridge. Just as Kratos reached the road to the temple, he encountered the Oracle who was fleeing from a pack of Harpies. Before Kratos could react, the winged creatures swooped down and picked up the Oracle, taking her away, forcing the Ghost of Sparta to follow her. Just outside the Temple, Kratos met a strange old man, digging a grave in the patch of ground near the entrance. Upon seeing Kratos, the Gravedigger remarked that Athena had chosen well, and that he didn't want Kratos dying before he was done digging the grave. When Kratos asked who the grave would belong to, confused as to why someone would work so diligently on such a thing in the middle of a siege, the Gravedigger merely remarked that Kratos would, referring to him as "my son", and claimed that he still had a great deal of digging left to do. As Kratos walked away, the Gravedigger claimed that all would be revealed in time, and that when all seemed lost, he would be there to help. After rescuing the Oracle, the woman caused him to relive the memories of his time as a Spartan General and of his wife. She then directed Kratos towards the only thing that could kill a God- Pandora's Box, hidden by the other Olympians across the Desert of Lost Souls. Crossing across a great bridge shaped like a Blade into a massive statue of Athena herself, Kratos exited the temple and the city.
Meeting a statue of Athena in the blinding, sandstorm ridden Desert of Lost Souls, Kratos learned that the Box was located across a path unlocked by following the Sirens, leading to the Titan Kronos, forced to crawl across the desert with a mountain-sized temple chained to his back until the desert winds cleave the flesh from his bones. Within this temple, the Box was guarded by a series of traps and puzzles as well as dangerous guardians. Using the sounds of their singing voices as a guide, Kratos hunted down the three Desert Sirens and killed them, snapping their spines in his arms, releasing their spirits as a key to open a small cave, leading to a horn that, when blown, ceased the Desert's storm on a path to Kronos. As the once mighty Titan crossed by Kratos' platform, the Ghost of Sparta made a leap of faith, barely clinging to one of the chains dangling from the base of the mountain. For three days and three nights Kratos scaled the cliff face to the top, where he stood before the entrance to Pandora's Temple. After convincing the undead soldier charged by Olympus to burn the bodies of the fallen who sought out the Box to open the gate for him, Kratos battled a pack of Cyclops Desert Kings to gain entrance to the temple.
Within Pandora's Temple, Kratos needed to solve numerous puzzles built around the Temple's construction, including reflecting beams of light, spinning the massive wheel-shaped rooms to align certain corridors and avoiding death traps like spiked walls that slam into each other and massive boulders. Along the way, Kratos was contacted by the goddess Artemis, who gifted the Ghost of Sparta her Blade, a powerful two-handed sword that she had used to slay a Titan during the Titanomachy. With this new blade in-hand, Kratos solved a number of new puzzles, eventually claiming the skull of The Architect's son. Traveling down a newly open well, where the sight of dozens of massacred Greeks caused another traumatic flashback. As his military career caused him greater and greater success, Kratos became more and more ambitious. Planning to bring the glory of Sparta to a global level, Kratos fought against a much larger Barbarian army from the East. The horde easily obliterated Kratos' force, massacring the Spartan soldiers in mere hours, while Kratos and the Barbarian King faced off one-on-one. Just as the King's hammer was about to crush Kratos' skull, the Captain of Sparta made a desperate plea for Ares to aid him. As he snapped back to reality, Kratos muttered a horrified "What have I become?" as he continued on his quest, fighting off more Cyclops Desert Kings and encountering his first Cerberus hounds- small dogs that, if not killed quickly, transform into massive, three-headed, fire breathing hellhounds. After more puzzles and combat challenges, Kratos finds he is unable to continue without offering the Gods a sacrifice. Lowering one of the captured soldiers from the ceiling, Kratos began to move forward fighting off enemies to keep the soldier alive until the Ghost of Sparta needed him, despite the man's screams and pleadings to be released. Dragging him to a furnace, Kratos torched the man alive, allowing him to proceed into a chamber with Poseidon's Trident, allowing Kratos to freely swim and breathe under water.
Using the Trident to enter a new section of Pandora's Temple, an area dedicated to Hades, Kratos was required to appease the God by sacrificing Centaur archers on his altars in order to open a side passage into a complex maze where Hades tasked the Ghost of Sparta with hunting down and killing all the enemies within, allowing him to raise a massive Hades statue out of the center of Hades small temple, allowing Kratos to climb it and advance into a deeper part of the Temple. Climbing across a series of buzzsaw-sweeping beams, Kratos was able to unlock a massive set of wooden doors he had crossed past earlier, but they were still locked by a chain. Suddenly, a massive creature started to slam against the doors repeatedly, trying to break through, but the chain held for a while. When Kratos entered the room, the chain finally gave way and Kratos was attacked by a massive clockwork Minoutaur robot, known as Pandora's Guardian. At first fighting the robotic Minotaur with his blades, after Kratos mounted the creature and stunned it, he was able to fire a massive flaming log ballista in the back of the room at it, weakening its armor. Now breathing fire in addition to its brute strength, Pandora's Guardian returned to the fight. Kratos repeated this process with the Guardian, this time shattering large portions of the armor, revealing a sinewy, thin creature beneath the armor in places. For their third round, Kratos was able to simply tear Pandora's Guardian's armor apart with his blades and bare hands, eventually revealing the skeletal hellish undead Minotaur beneath. With the creature weakened and exposed, Kratos pushed his assault until he was able to wound the Guardian enough to stun it, allowing him to fire the ballista one final time, pinning the massive Minotaur to the wall, where it kicked a man-sized hole in the door with its leg before dying. Entering the room, climbing a massive stariwell, Kratos entered another tomb, where he obtained the Architect's other son's head, which was a key to yet another door in the central room. On his way out, Hades contacted the Ghost of Sparta, granting him the magic spell The Army of Hades, allowing Kratos to summon a pack of ghostly spirits to attack Kratos' enemies. Now able to align the Rings of Pandora in the central chambers, Kratos activates a beam of light, connecting all of them and raising a massive elevator up, to the shock of the body-burner outside, allowing the Ghost of Sparta to enter the upper levels of the temple.
Exiting the elevator high above the clouds at the peak of the mountain temple, Kratos encountered his first Saytr- speedy, polearm wielding goat-men with devestating melee attack powers. Despite their skill and speed, Kratos overcame the creatures, and pushed forward, encountering a solitary harpy, feasting on the body of a fallen soldier. Seeing the creature caused Kratos to slip once again into a flashback, this time picking up from right before the Barbarian King defeated Kratos. Ares saved Kratos from the king, forcing the Spartan to pledge himself to the God of War, but killing all those who stood against the Spartan. He sent his Harpies to bring the Blades of Chaos to permanently searing the chained swords into Kratos' arms, allowing the Spartan captain to slay the King. Snapping back, Kratos continued forward, towards the Cliffs of Madness. After solving a series of puzzles to collect the Necklaces of Hera and Aphrodite, Kratos was able to activate a bridge, remembering the moment he lead an attack on an innocent village pledged to Athena in the name of Ares. He assaulted the temple himself, despite the ominous feelings it gave him, and killed the people inside- only to discover horrifically that Ares had clouded his mind, making him unable to see who it was he was killing- namely Calliope and his wife and in that moment, Kratos swore to murder the God of War at any cost. Leaving the temple, the town Oracle cursed Kratos to forever bear the ashes of his family on his flesh, becoming the Ghost of Sparta, never able to forget his deeds. Determined to recover Pandora's Box at any cost, Kratos pushed forward towards the Architect's tomb.
Within the Architect's tomb, Kratos found the dead remains of both Pathos Verdes III himself, and his wife. His suicide note reads that when his wife tried to stop him, he was forced to kill her and complete the temple. Tearing off the Wife's skull, Kratos is able to open the door at the back of the tomb, continuing down a long hallway leading down a massive stairwell within a stone head, where a series of moving floors lead to a platform with the Box contained in a sphere surrounded by large statues of all three of the "major" Olympian Gods; Zeus, Hades and Poseidon. Opening the sphere, Kratos becomes the first mortal to reach Pandora's Box, and is contacted by Athena, who tells him that there is still time to kill Ares and save Athens if he hurries the Box back to the city. As Kratos pushes the box to the temple's entrance, many miles away in Athens, Ares could sense that Kratos had obtained the Box. Lifting a sharpened log from the ground, Ares hurled it as a spear all the way from Athens, through the Desert of Lost Souls into the Temple on Kronos' back, impaling Kratos through the stomach. As the life drained from the Spartan, his last visions were of the murder of his family once again, as the Harpies of Ares arrived to bring the God of War the Box. With his quest failed, Kratos slipped into death.
While most mortals fell into the River Styx in the Underworld when they died, Kratos refused to allow himself to be swept away to eternal damnation while he still had work to do. Narrowly grabbing onto a ledge before hitting the water, Kratos used another dead soul to climb up, escaping the clutches of death. Looking down on the dead man, Kratos realized it was the soul of the Boat Captain he had allowed the Hydra to devour, and when the Captain recognized the Spartan, Kratos kicked him back into the River Styx. Fighting dozens of Hades' soldiers and monsters, and navigating deadly spinning bade pillars, Kratos came to a large platform with no conceivable way forward. Looking around, Kratos saw a large rock with a rope tied to it fall from the sky, landing in front of him. The Ghost of Sparta, seeing no other options, began to scale the rope, climbing his way up through the freshly completed grave outside of the Temple in Athens. The Gravedigger was glad to see Kratos so quickly, as there was still time to stop Ares, but when Kratos asked who he was, he avoided the question, sharing only that there was more than one God on Olympus watching over Kratos, before disappearing. Making his way backwards through the Athens, Kratos soon comes across the Temple, which has been razed and destroyed, and the Oracle dying on the floor of bloody wounds. The Oracle tells Kratos that Ares has taken Athens, and that all is lost, but Kratos refuses to give in, leaving the woman on the ground to die as he goes to stop the God of War.Arriving on a cliff face directly behind the massive Ares, Kratos watched as the God of War shouted to Olympus that he had proven himself a more worthy child than his sister, and that even Pandora's Box could not stop him as it now belonged to him, before threatening to use it on Olympus. Looking behind him, Ares saw Kratos, taunting the other Gods for having nothing more than a "broken mortal" to send after him, but Kratos fired a bolt of Zeus' lightning at the chains holding Pandora's Box, freeing it and allowing Kratos to open it. Growing to God-size with the powers of the box, Kratos was able to engage Ares in a one-on-one battle to determine the fate of Athens. Despite the God's massive arsenal of burning weaponry and fire-based magic, Kratos was able to gain the upper hand and overpower Ares, shoving two of the spider legs jutting from his shoulders that he summoned for the battle into the small of his back, immobilizing the legs and wounding Ares. In a rage Ares sucked Kratos into a magical vortex where he sought to kill Kratos' spirit by forcing him to relive the murder of his family over and over again. This time, however, Kratos refused to allow history to play out as it once did. As Ares summoned a pack of Kratos clones to kill his wife and child, the Ghost of Sparta unleashed his fury, killing dozens of them and protecting the family he had lost. Despite protecting them from the army of Kratoses, Ares was still able to overpower him, tearing the Blades of Chaos from Kratos' arms, stripping him of his magic and using his Blades to murder Calliope and Kratos' wife once again. However, before Ares could deliver a final blow and kill the Ghost of Sparta, Kratos saw the blade-shaped bridge he had crossed much earlier, and quickly tore it free from the statue of Athena, allowing him to fight back. Once again proving himself to be a more powerful warrior than the God of War himself, Kratos overwhelmed and disarmed Ares. In his final moments, Ares begged Kratos to remember that it was he who had saved him all that time ago and that he was only trying to make Kratos a stronger warrior. With an emotionless statement of "You succeeded", Kratos plunged the massive blade through Ares'chest, killing the God of War once and for all.
His quest completed and Athens saved, Kratos demanded Athena follow her end of the deal and remove the nightmares and visions of his family's death from his head, but the Goddess informed Kratos that the Olympians only promised to forgive Kratos, and that no man could actually forget his crimes. Lost after ten years of suffering and endless nightmares and with no hope of ever being rid of them, Kratos climbed to the peaks of the Suicide Bluffs overlooking the Aegean Sea, casting himself from the tallest mountain in Greece to his death- but just as Kratos hit the water, a mysterious force stopped him, levitating him back up to the top of the mountain, where a statue of Athena spoke to him again. The Gods could not allow one who had done them so great a service to perish by his own hands, and Ares death had left a vacuum of power in Olympus- a new God of War would be needed. Taking his place on the throne of the God of War, Kratos ascended to Godhood.
God of War: Ghost of SpartaEdit
After ascending to the throne of the God of War, Kratos became haunted by new visions- this time, not of the family he had killed, but of the family he had left behind- his mother Callisto and his younger brother Deimos, who was long ago lost. While the Ghost of Sparta knew that he would be unable to stop the visions of his wife and daughter, his mother yet lived, and despite the warnings of Athena, Kratos decided to make sail for the Temple of Poseidon in Atlantis. Refusing to let the destructive God enter his domain without a struggle, Poseidon unleashed the sea monster, Scylla, on Kratos' fleet, wiping out numerous ships before crushing Kratos' personal ship, forcing the God of War to battle it on the shores of Atlantis. After a brief battle, Kratos was able to destroy one of its eyes and wound its lower jaw, forcing the creature to retreat, and allowing Kratos to enter the city. As he traveled, he was met by numerous Undead Legionaries and familiar monsters such as Minotaurs, Gorgons and Cyclopes. After a long battle through the streets, aided by his fellow Spartan Warriors, Kratos was able to find the Temple where his ailing mother remained.
As Kratos entered the temple, he was assaulted by a long repressed memory of Deimos and himself, sparring as young children in front of their home in Sparta. Even as a child, Kratos was strong and ruthless, but his ferocity in sparring was out of love for his significantly weaker brother, who needed to become stronger or face far worse from his fellow Spartans later in life. It is also shown in these flashbacks that Deimos has a birthmark of a scar running across his face and chest- the same design as the tattoo worn by Kratos in honor of him. After a brief clash of spear and shield, Kratos knocked Deimos to the ground, prompting him to lecture Deimos about how a true Spartan warrior never lets his back touch the ground. Snapping out of the flashback, Kratos finds his elderly and ailing mother laying nearby. While overjoyed at seeing her son, now standing as a member of the Olympians, and while Kratos is suspicious that she is nothing more than an illusion or trick of the Gods at first, she reveals that his father had taken her to Atlantis. She warns him that neither she nor Deimos has much time left- and that his brother lives on, trapped in the domain of Death, despite the lies she told him about his brother's fate when he was a child. She tells him that the Temple of Ares, located in Sparta, will hold the secrets to finding Deimos. Angered by his Mother's years of deceit, Kratos demanded to know why she had kept his brother's torment from him, only for Callisto to reply that his Father had prevented her from ever telling him. Kratos demanded to know who his father was, and with so little time left, Callisto attempted to tell him, but before she can finish her sentence, her body convulses and contorts into a new, cursed form- a mindless brute of a monster that attacked her son. With no other options before him, Kratos was forced to kill his mother in the Temple. In her dying breaths, Callisto begged Kratos to go to Sparta and find Deimos one last time before passing, her body fading away in his arms.
Deeper inside the Temple, Kratos recovered a sacred artifact- The Eye of Atlantis, which granted the God of War the ability to summon a powerful blast of lightning towards his foes, similar to a targeted version of the magic he had received from Poseidon to kill Ares previously. Fighting through more waves of Atlantean Guards, Kratos was once again attacked by the wounded Scylla, who tried to drag Kratos into the sea. The monster's assault backfired when the Ghost of Sparta hitched a ride on the side of its head to the Methana Volcano. Within the Volcano, the brilliant smith and devout follower of Poseidon, Lanaeus, had constructed a large workshop where he crafted strong Automaton guards and massive Archimedes Screws vital to the expansion and preservation of his city. Lanaeus attempted to stop Kratos from entering a pair of large doors to meet with the Titan, Thera within, but the God disregarded the mortal. Thera claimed that the Spartan's arrival was foretold by Gaia, and demanded he release her. In response, Kratos threw his Blades of Athena into her chest, absorbing the ability of Thera's Bane, which imbued the blades with the divine flames of the Titans, and in the process released the Titan in a destructive blast that shook the Methana, causing it to begin to erupt. Infuriated, Lanaeus activated his bronze Automatons and sent them after Kratos, but the Ghost of Sparta was able to destroy their "unbreakable" armor with the aide of Thera's Bane, gaining a key crafted from the clockwork soldier's bodies in the process. Advancing deeper into the Volcano, Kratos is attacked once more by Scylla. After a brief confrontation, Kratos violently uses the Archimedes Screw to drill through the monster's head, finally killing it, but causing the Drill to malfunction and pierce through the Volcano, spilling the erupting lava into the city of Atlantis. Thrown by the explosion and battle across the skies to the nearby Island of Crete, Kratos watched as Atlantis sank into the sea before turning to continue his quest.
Crete was likewise infested with monsters and servants of Poseidon, infuriated that the Ghost of Sparta had wiped out their beloved city, forcing Kratos to fight across the Island. Entering a heavily damaged Temple of Athena, Kratos was contacted by a statue of the Goddess, a form of communication common for the two. Athena warned Kratos that he should abandon his quest and that some questions were best left unanswered, but Kratos was only filled with rage at her response. Fueled by all his hate for the Gods and himself, and filled with the need to defend the brother he had failed, Kratos swung his blades in a roar of fury, shattering the statue before moving onward, into the area known as Heraklion. As he traveled, he found a group of Spartan soldiers who had been attacked after escaping the collapsing Atlantis. A female force had slaughtered all of them effortlessly, leaving only two alive as a message for the Ghost of Sparta. As Kratos traveled deeper into Heraklion, he found it was heavily damaged by the eruption. Eventually he crossed paths with the Grave Digger who had helped him kill Ares in Athens. The old man attempted to persuade Kratos to turn back and forget about saving his brother, but Kratos paid him no mind. Obtaining the Key of Crete nearby, Kratos was able to travel through a series of locked gates, leading to the Mounts of Aroania, a pass where all Spartans were left alone in as children to prove their ability as a warrior and become men. As he entered the Mounts, he watched as the daughter of Thanatos, Erinys, attacked a Spartan on an above cliff. She demanded to know where Kratos was, but the Spartan refused to give in and tell her anything. Dismayed, she warned that she would find the God eventually and left the mortally wounded Spartan to die there. Traveling through a brief series of puzzles, Kratos watched yet another flashback, the same as before, but after Kratos gave his lecture on the discipline of a Spartan Warrior to Deimos, he extended a hand to help his brother up. As the young Deimos and Kratos brushed themselves off, a series of flaming arrows pelted Sparta from above, and a horde of Olympian soldiers and Centaurs assaulted the city. Kratos stood prepared to defend his younger brother at any cost, but before the flashback could continue, he was snapped back to reality. Climbing across the cliffs, Kratos was able to reach the Spartan, who proudly told his patron God of Erinys, and how he refused to give her anything, before passing away, causing a mourning Kratos to respectfully announce that he was a true Spartan, who died on his feet and gave no ground.
Crossing a bridge on the way to Sparta from Aroania, Kratos spotted Erinys. The daughter of Thanatos, the God of Death, Erinys had been sent to kill Kratos before he could continue his bloody quest. As the Ghost of Sparta approached, she addressed him as "God-Slayer" and told him that both his brother and his blood belonged to her father. Refusing to allow anything to stand in his way, Kratos drew his blades and the two battled. With her powerful claws, array of magical blasts, powerful wings and Eagle summoning, Erinys proved to be a formidable foe. Kratos slowly gained the upper hand in the battle, and severed one of her wings, causing her attacks to become more desperate, more violent and fired much quicker. Kratos gained the upper hand again, severing the second wing, but before he could slay her, she transformed from her mortal form into a massive bird-like creature. Trapped in free fall, Kratos used his blades to latch on to her side, where he could utilize Thera's Bane to damage her side, until he forced her to crash outside of Sparta. Nearly dead, Erinys began to desperately throw magic blasts at Kratos, who casually blocked them before using Thera's Bane to impale her through the chest, killing her. After her death, Kratos recovered a pair of clawed bracelets which granted him the magic, Scourge of Erinys, which fired off similar blasts of homing magic that overwhelmed foes. Traveling on foot the short remainder of the journey, Kratos was finally able to enter his home- Sparta.
Kratos received a hero's welcome in Sparta, as the people were overjoyed to see the God of War walk among them. His position as a mortal before only endeared him more to the people, who saw him as a Hero, a God and a Brother all at once. After a brief visit to the local brothel where he bedded eight women before moving on. As he approached the remains of his home, Kratos saw the vision of Deimos yet again. This time, it was revealed that a prophecy had been foretold, that a "marked" Spartan warrior would personally bring the downfall of the Olympians. The armies of Olympus attacked Sparta, seeking the marked boy, finding Deimos and Kratos. As Ares and Athena took Deimos away for his birthmarks, Kratos charged the God of War, only to be stopped and violently struck aside by Ares- the force of the blow creating a massive gash over his right eye, a scar Kratos would bear for the rest of his life. Unable to help, Kratos watched Deimos dragged away as he passed into unconsciousness. Vowing to find Deimos, Kratos enters the Spartan Jails through a secret passage to the Temple of Ares, where he is attacked by a pack of Satyrs. As he traveled deeper through the jails, he accidentally released the Spartan Dissenter, a prisoner held there. After a brief chase, the Dissenter is able to release the Piraeus Lion, a huge feline monster that proceeded to attack the Ghost of Sparta. As Kratos clashed with the beast, the Dissenter yelled at the Spartan, claiming that he was not the "true" God of War and expressing a desire to see the "impostor" removed from the throne at Olympus. With a final strike, Kratos slashed the Piraeus Lion vertically across the stomach, gutting the beast. Turning his attention towards the Dissenter, Kratos violently began kicking him through the doors in their path, before slowly running the man through with his blade. Shortly afterwards, Kratos used the Dissenter's body to lower a pressure point, dropping down a hidden ladder that allowed Kratos to exit the Jails, outside the Temple of Ares.
Approaching the temple of the fallen God of War, Kratos meets a younger Spartan Captain who is deeply devoted to the new God of War. The Captain orders a large stone statue of Ares be torn down to be replaced by one of Kratos instead, effectively converting the temple into one to the new God of War. Entering the temple, Kratos hears the voice of Ares call out "Face thyself, and your fate shall be revealed". Kratos is quickly attacked by a ghostly version of his younger self, who claims that Deimos suffers because of him. The Ghost of Sparta is easily able to overpower the ghostly apparition of his child-self, and throws him into the mirror he was created from numerous times, shattering it, obtaining the Skull of Keres, a relic of the Domain of Death, from the wall behind the mirror. He knew that the Skull would work as a key to enter Death's Domain back in the now sunken city of Atlantis, and decided to set out for the city once again. As he leaves the Temple, the Captain returns Kratos' original weapons- The Arms of Sparta, a bronze shield and spear combination that had served the Ghost of Sparta well for years before he became the servant of Ares.
Traveling through a side path backwards, Kratos is able to use the Arms of Sparta to reveal new paths that allow him to continue his journey. Pushing through to the Shrine of Boreas, Kratos is able to defend himself from the biting cold that has frozen so many men solid before him and obtain the Horn of Boreas- a magical weapon used to summon the icy winds of Boreas to freeze the enemies. Traveling further down the path into Crete, Kratos encounters a dead soldier, who is quickly possessed by Thanatos to warn him to turn back, as the Gods won't stop him from killing the Ghost of Sparta for pursuing his current path. Kratos only responds by demanding that Thanatos move aside, and that if he tries to stop him than Ares won't be the only God who's blood Kratos has shed. Soon after, Kratos encounters King Midas- a man driven mad by a curse placed upon him by Silenus the Satyr to turn everything he touched to gold, starting with his own beloved daughter. Cornering King Midas, Kratos ignores his pleas to stay away from him, but as he draws closer, the man mistakes the river of lava flowing in front of him for the River Styx in a madness-induced hallucination, and dips his hand into it, burning it horribly and freezing the river of lava into solid gold. Crossing the now solid river, Kratos eventually cornered the King yet again, after an extended series of platforming. The God of War violently began to pummel Midas, dragging him towards another lava river, which Kratos threw him into, freezing it and Midas solid, allowing Kratos to climb out of the tunnels and reach the Harbor of Atlantis.
Kratos boarded a Spartan ship and sailed into The Vortex, a violent whirlpool that was created when Atlantis sank into the depths of the sea. After a brief battle between Kratos and the defending soldiers of Atlantis, Poseidon himself begins to attack the ship, blasting it with electric energy, eventually forcing Kratos overboard to be sucked into the abyss below- popping out in the ruins of the underwater city, where a crushed statue of Poseidon warns Kratos that he will not forget the desecration of his kingdom, and that Kratos will be forced to answer for this one day. Deeper into the city, another statue of Athena tries to warn Kratos to of the Gods' anger, but her words cause Kratos to realize that she was there alongside Ares when they kidnapped Deimos. When Kratos demands to know why she didn't help his brother, she told Kratos she was only their to protect him- causing an angered Kratos to demand she leave him be, as he sets out to find his brother.
Crossing through the Nexus of Atlantis once again, Kratos finds Lanaeus once again. The man, enraged to see the Ghost of Sparta return to the city he had destroyed, attempted to lock Kratos in a room crackling with electricity in a bid to kill him, but Kratos elected to impale the man on a thrown spear from the Arms of Sparta, sending him into the electrified water below. Activating a series of beacons, Kratos is able to use the Eye of Atlantis to activate a bridge, allowing him to reach the Death Gate- the entrance to the lands of Thanatos. Using the Skull obtained in Ares' Temple, Kratos opens another bridge, allowing him entrance to the Domain of Death, the purgatory netherworld between the world of the living and the underworld. After a brief trek through the darkness, fighting numerous Keres Wraiths and Undead Soldiers, Kratos reaches the Hall of Damnation, where a door featuring Thanatos tells Kratos "Free thyself, and thy past shall be forgiven". Entering the Temple of Thanatos within, where after a long series of platforming puzzles and combat challenges, Kratos finally finds Deimos.
After setting Deimos free of his bindings, Kratos tries to tell Deimos that he's finally safe, but Deimos only laughs- shouting that Kratos was supposed to protect him, and that after all that Kratos has allowed to happen to him, he will never forgive him- attacking Kratos. After a brief battle, Kratos is overpowered by his brother, and Deimos tackles him off the edge of the arena, sending them both crashing to the ground below. Violently unleashing a flurry of punches on his fallen brother, Deimos demands Kratos to get up and fight him, eventually shattering his gauntlet from the sheer force of his blows, but Kratos refuses to take up arms against his brother. Before Deimos can finish the Ghost of Sparta off, Thanatos appears behind them, ripping Deimos off the ground in his clawed hands. The God of Death tells Kratos that he will make the Spartan suffer for killing his daughter and leaps into the void below, dragging Deimos with him. Barely able to walk, Kratos forces himself to limp towards the ledge, despite collapsing to the ground to vomit blood, before charging off the side in pursuit. Landing in a twisted version of the Suicide Bluffs Kratos had tried to kill himself on years before, the God of War watches as his brother battles Thanatos. Deimos claims that the God of Death no longer has any power over him, but is knocked off the side of the cliff, barely clinging to the edge. Pulling Deimos off the edge of the cliff at the last second, the brothers reunite, and Kratos gives him the Arms of Sparta so they can face Thanatos together.
The two face off against Thanatos, who claims that Ares chose the wrong brother in reference to the prophecy and that nothing they do is of their own choosing. In rage, Kratos roars that they are not controlled by the Gods, despite Thanatos insistence that they are only pawns in a game of the Gods. Despite Thanatos tremendous strength and speed, the brother's teamwork allow them to overpower and overwhelm the God of Death, forcing him off the side of the Cliffs, only for the God to return as a tremendous monster. After heavily wounding the colossal Thanatos' arm with Thera's Bane, Kratos and Deimos force the God of Death to return to his human-sized form, and continue the fight, eventually wounding him enough that he is forced into the giant form again. This time, Kratos and Deimos work together to damage the monster even more brutally, but their attack is interrupted, and Kratos pushes Deimos away from Thanatos attack- taking the full force of the damage by himself. While Kratos is being slammed into the ground, Deimos drives the Arms of Sparta through Thanatos' eye, only for the attack to be turned on himself- being crushed into the ground. Heavily wounded, Deimos collapses to the ground, causing a fury greater than ever seen before to build in Kratos- covering himself in the fires of Thera's Bane. Driving his blades through Thanatos' heart, Kratos kills the God of Death once and for all.
Rushing to the fallen Deimos' side, Kratos is horrified to see that his brother has died in the battle. With great sorrow, Kratos lifted Deimos off the ground and carried him across the Path of Solitude, where the Ghost of Sparta once again meets the Gravedigger, who has dug a fresh burial for Deimos. With a mourning "You are free now, Brother", Kratos buries Deimos and contemplates leaping from the edge of the cliffs- stopping himself at the last second. Asking himself what he has become, The Gravedigger replies "Death, destroyer of worlds". Athena arrives to tell Kratos that with all his mortal ties severed, he is ready to truly become a God, but Kratos violently shoves her aside- telling her that the Gods will pay for what they've done to him and his family.
After the credits roll, the Gravedigger is shown taking Callisto from Atlantis to bury her alongside her youngest son, Deimos, while Kratos returns to the Throne of the God of War, an anger like nothing before building inside of him.
God of War: BetrayalEdit
Kratos began to grow restless on his throne on Mount Olympus, his undying rage leaving him unable to simply sit by like the other Olympians. In his restlessness, Kratos began to lead his Spartan army in war against the other Greek city states. With his war threatening to unbalance the power in Greece, the Gods decide to take action, with Hera, wife of Zeus, sending her pet monster Argos to stop Kratos. The God of War clashed with the monster multiple times, but each time it was able to escape deeper into the city. Tracking the beast into the sewers below, Kratos chased Argos, but before he could deal with the creature on his own terms, an enigmatic assassin quickly jumped from the wall and slit it's throat before fleeing- leaving Kratos framed for the murder of Hera's beloved pet, turning the Gods against Kratos to outright hostility.
The Ghost of Sparta chased after the Assassin, demanding to know who he was and who he worked for that sought to turn the Gods against him, but their chase was interrupted by hordes of Hades minions, such as Undead Legionaries and Cerberus. During the fight with these monsters, Kratos began to speculate that the God of the Dead himself was trying to push the other Olympians over the edge against him- possibly motivated out of revenge for the previous murder of Hades' wife Persephone. The chase lead Kratos up to the peak of a huge tower in the center of the City-State, but the Assassin disappeared, making him one of the only foes to fight with Kratos and walk away alive.
Ceryx, the son of Hermes and one of the Messengers of the Gods, appeared to Kratos at the top of the tower, having been sent by Zeus to attempt to persuade Kratos to cease his hostile actions against the rest of Greece and abandon his investigation into the murder of Argos. Kratos and Ceryx became increasingly aggressive with each other, with Kratos refusing to bend down to the will of the Gods or accept responsibility for a murder that wasn't his, and the two came to blows. Though the Messenger God was no warrior, he was able to provide a challenge with his powerful magical abilities. Nevertheless, it wasn't enough to stop the Ghost of Sparta, and Kratos overwhelmed and killed Ceryx. While the Spartans cheered and feasted over the fall of the city, Kratos looked down upon Ceryx's twisted body and realized that he would never be accepted on Olympus- and that he will have to battle the rest of the Gods soon enough. Meanwhile, Hermes swears to take vengeance on Kratos for the murder of his child.
God of War IIEdit
Kratos continued to lead the Spartan army against the rest of Greece, despite the warnings of the Gods, ironically becoming exactly like Ares before him. Attacking the city of Rhodes in spite of Athena's final warning, Kratos was ambushed by an Eagle, sent by the Gods, which drained him of his powers in a blast of magic electricity. As Kratos descended into the city, the Eagle brought the gargantuan Colossus of Rhodes to life, setting it loose on the Spartan army. Reduced to the size of a mere mortal, Kratos vowed to return the favor to Athena for betraying him, before attacking the defenders of Rhodes personally. After slaughtering the group of soldiers who attacked him, Kratos exited the large building he landed in, where the Colossus joined in attacking him. While the massive statue felt no pain, the God of War was able to stun it by slashing at its arm when it tried to slam into him, allowing Kratos to fire a boulder from a nearby ballista at it. The boulder struck against the Colossus and shattered without dealing any notable harm to the statue, forcing Kratos to launch himself at the Colossus from the siege weapon. Kratos violently thrust both the Blades of Athena into the Colossus' left eye, causing a burst of the magical energy propelling the Colossus to launch the God of War across Rhodes, crashing him into a bathhouse far away from the battle.
Swimming through the tunnel networks of the Bathhouse, Kratos emerged in a nearbye warehouse, where the Colossus ambushed him, attempting to stomp the God to death with its sandal. Reacting quickly, Kratos used his divine strength to stop the foot from coming down on top of him, overpowering the statue and throwing it to the ground. The angered and partially blinded Colossus raged and attacked Kratos again, their fight stretching into the Rhodes harbor. Kratos was able to avoid the sweeping attacks of the giant, damaging it just enough to stun it again, allowing him to climb up the Colossus arm, to its face, where Kratos left deep slashes across its cheeks in an effort to blind its remaining functioning eye. The Ghost of Sparta continued to clash with the Colossus until it was wounded enough for him to repeat the process, but this time, before he could leap away from the statue, it caught him mid-air, forcing Kratos to break it's gargantuan grip. Once again sending him flying across the city, landing in the City's Palace. After fighting through a small army of enemies in the Palace, Kratos exited back into the city, where the King of the Gods, Zeus, sent him a gift- the Blade of Olympus, the weapon that ended the reign of the Titans. Suspicious of Zeus' direct involvement, Kratos demanded to know why the God would help him now, causing Zeus to tell him that what he did was for the good of all of Olympus.
Though a legion of Rhodes' warriors stood between Kratos and the Blade of Olympus, the God of War pushed on, slaughtering dozens of foes with his blades and magic. Entering the plaza where the Blade had descended from the Heavens, Kratos was attacked by the Colossus- having lost a hand to the Blade as it fell. The assaulting creature's persistence prevented Kratos from drawing the weapon, so the Ghost of Sparta stunned it by throwing its severed hand back at it, shattering it. Grabbing the blade, Kratos began to feel drained, as the weapon sapped away his Godly powers into it. After draining all of his experience, health and magic into the Blade, Kratos charged at the Colossus, blasting a hole into its stomach, which he immediately entered into. Climbing the wooden supports, Kratos used the Blade of Olympus to tear the Colossus of Rhodes apart from the inside. Destroying the Colossus' "brain", Kratos killed the creature, but the Blade of Olympus was swatted from his hands as the Statue's arm slammed into him as it fell dead. Wounded, and stripped of his God powers as they were contained within the Blade, Kratos was stripped of his armor, making him the Ghost of Sparta once again, struggling to walk forward to recover the Blade of Olympus- only to be stopped by the Eagle, revealing itself to be a shape-shifted Zeus.
Zeus told Kratos that Athena wasn't willing to kill Kratos, so he decided to take matters into his own hands. Zeus drew the Blade of Olympus and warned Kratos that as the King, the Ghost of Sparta needed to pledge his loyalty to him- but Kratos, enraged shouted that he was no one's servant anymore. Tired of the God of War's insolence, Zeus threw Kratos to the floor and ran him through the stomach, killing him and telling him that he would never lead Olympus and that the cycle ended with him, before turning and wiping out the Spartan army with a blast of Magic. When the Arms of Hades began to drag the fallen Spartan into the pits of the Underworld, Kratos was saved by the Titan, Gaia, mother of the Earth. Gaia healed his wounds, and promised him that the Titans would help him fight Zeus, revealing that with the power of the Sisters of Fate, Kratos would be able to change destiny and gain the power needed to battle Olympus. Climbing out of the Pit, Kratos looked out over the ruins of Rhodes, finding only a single Spartan left alive- The Last Spartan, the loyal Captain that had served him for years, and had safeguarded his Spear and Shield. Kratos told the Captain to return home to Sparta, and that as long as there was a single Spartan able to hold a sword, they would fight. A flaming Pegasus arrived for Kratos, sent by Gaia, to speed him on his journey to find the Sisters.
The Pegasus ignored Kratos' orders to fly to Olympus, as the Ghost of Sparta was no longer a God, and no longer could command such authority. Instead, the beast flew somewhere of Gaia's accord, through a pack of Griffons that attacked the Ghost of Sparta. After defeating the creatures, Kratos was ambushed by The Dark Rider, a powerful Griffon rider wielding the legendary Spear of Destiny. Kratos was unable to keep up with the Dark Rider, and was forced to detour into a tunnel in the mountainside, where Kratos found the powerful Titan, Typhon. The Titan, furious that someone had come to him in his torment, swatted at Kratos, pinning his Pegasus to the ground. Venturing outside Typhon's cave, where he encountered the Titan, Prometheus- who was chained to the walls of the cave where a massive eagle gorged itself on his flesh, which would promptly heal, for eternity. Prometheus revealed that he had given the Fires of Olympus to mankind, and that Zeus had imprisoned him here to torment him for "betrayal". Taking pity on his fellow enemy of Zeus, Kratos attempted to cut Prometheus free, instead only knocking him from the ledge, hanging him over the Fires of Olympus- which Prometheus begged to be dropped into as it was the only way his suffering could end. Having no tools with him to cut him down, Kratos continued onward, to Typhon's cavern. The Titan refused to aid an "Olympian" despite Kratos and he sharing a common foe in the Lord of Olympus- and began to blow with his freezing breath, attempting to push Kratos off the edge to his doom. Navigating the treacherous ledges of Typhon's cave, Kratos was able to knock over a pillar to climb his way to his Titan foe, leaping at Typhon and grappling to his face. After a series of repeated stabs, the Ghost of Sparta was able to tear free a magical bow, Typhon's Bane, from the Titan's eye, partially blinding him in the process. Attempting to deliver a final blow to prevent the former God of War's escape, Typhon attacked Kratos again, forcing the Ghost of Sparta to use his new bow to fully blind the Titan and shoot out his other eye.
Returning to Prometheus, Kratos released the Titan into the Flames of Olympus by shooting him down with the Typhon's Bane. As he burned, the Titan corrupted the Flames with the power of the Titans- passing his ashes on to Kratos, who was able to harness the new Flames in the form of the magical Rage of the Titans, a spell that made him vastly more powerful for a period of time after building up enough rage. With this new power, Kratos was able to strike at Typhon's hand hard enough to release Pegasus from his grasp, allowing him to escape, heading to the Island of Creation, home to the Sisters of Fate, where Gaia told him that he could rewrite his own Fate, and defeat Zeus. As he approached the Island, the Dark Rider lead another attack on Kratos, sending a massive army of Griffons after the Ghost of Sparta. After an extended Dogfight ending with the majority of the Rider's forces dead, Kratos engaged the Dark Rider in single-combat in the skies. The Rider knocked Pegasus from the skies, but failed to stop Kratos from latching on to his black-feathered Griffon. After a brief fight, Kratos impaled the Dark Rider with his own Spear of Destiny, using the magic of the spear to blast the Rider far from his Griffon, hurtling towards the hard ground below, before impaling the Rider's mount through the throat and ripping one of its wings off. With the leader of the Sisters of Fate's riders dead, Kratos jumped, free-falling to The Temple of Lahkesis.
Entering the Temple of Lahkesis, Kratos demands that Gaia explain why she is helping him. Gaia flashes back to the reign of the Titans, where Cronos devoured each of his children to prevent them from overthrowing him. His wife, Rhea, hid Zeus away by sending him to the Island of Creation and allowing her husband to devour a rock wrapped up in Zeus' blankets instead, while Gaia secretly raised the baby Zeus until he was old enough to wage war with his father and free his brothers and sisters. Gaia claimed to regret this act of compassion, as Zeus would turn against all the Titans after freeing his fellow Gods, imprisoning their entire race and taking over as the new lords on Olympus. Inside the Temple, Kratos was blocked from traveling further by a massive stone door that he could not damage, in a small room where he was ambushed by a breed of Sirens he had never encountered before. As he fought the Sirens, he discovered that their sonic scream created cracks in the door, allowing him to shatter it by slaughtering the Sisters' Sirens. Outside, Kratos encountered the Steeds of Time, a pack of massive horses that Cronos had delivered to the Sisters in an unsuccessful attempt to change his fated dethronement at the hands of his child. Climbing on-board the Steeds, Kratos encounters the Horse-Keeper, Theseus.
Theseus taunts Kratos over his goal of seeking the help of the Sisters to kill Zeus, claiming that he doubts Kratos can even kill him, much less the Gods. Kratos attempts to talk Theseus down, telling him that if he lets Kratos pass, he'll let the older man live, but Theseus refuses, drawing his spear and claiming that it was time to learn who was truly the greatest warrior in all of Greece. Kratos' foe was capable of dealing heavy damage with his skilled spear techniques, ice magic and ability to summon Minotaurs, but he was unable to defeat the Ghost of Sparta. Kratos threw Theseus into the nearby door, taking the Horse Keeper's Key from him, allowing him to open the sealed doors across the Steeds, including the door he threw Theseus into. With the door opened, Kratos was able to place his foe's head in the opening, repeatedly slamming the massive door into Theseus' skull, killing him. Inside the locked Steed Door, Kratos encountered a visage of Cronos, who passed the last remnant of his magic on to Kratos to help his fellow Titans, as his torture of carrying Pandora's Temple through the Desert of Lost Souls prevented him from directly aiding Gaia's cause. This new spell, Cronos' Rage, created a burst of lightning magic that arced across to multiple enemies at once. Reaching the Steed's heads, Kratos began freeing the locks to the brace that kept the horses in-place. With the brace released, Kratos used his Blades to whip the Steeds into motion, pulling the chains that bound them to the Island tight enough that they could be walked across, as well as draw the fractured pieces of the Island together to form one. Returning to the Temple of Lahkesis, Kratos obtains the Amulet of the Fates, a sacred relic that allows its user to temporarily slow time when near a Fate Statue, allowing the Ghost of Sparta to complete many of the puzzles scattered throughout the Island designed to slow his progress to the Sisters of Fate.
On the way out of the Temple, a statue of one of the Sisters, Lahkesis, spoke to Kratos, telling him that none defy the Sisters and that only death awaited his journey. Angered, Kratos severs the head of the statue, which falls through the wall behind it, creating a new exit. In the courtyard outside, a statue's head barred Kratos pathway into the swamp by generating a forcefield with its eyes, forcing Kratos to move statues in front of its eyes to block the magic streams, opening the doorway. Entering the Bog of the Forgotten, Kratos is ambushed by an undead Barbarian King riding on on horseback. Latching on to the Barbarian's horse, Kratos is dragged through the Bog past trees and rocks, landing in the middle of a stone arena. The Barbarian King reveals himself as Alrik, the same Barbarian that Kratos killed when he first pledged himself to Ares. Believing the Fates were smiling upon him by delivering the object of his vengeance to him before he even needed an audience with them, the Barbarian King declared that in this second battle, he would be the one to have Kratos' head. The battle with the Barbarian was fierce- his bow allowed him to attack at range, while his heavy Barbarian Hammer allowed him to summon the souls of the dead to aid him. After a brutal clash, Kratos was able to dismount the King and slay his horse, lowering the brute's mobility a great deal, forcing him to summon more dead souls to aid him, including the soul of the Boat Captain that Kratos killed to feed the Hydra years previously. While Kratos once again killed the Captain, the Barbarian King absorbed the other souls to grow to a giant size, making him even stronger. Undeterred, Kratos knocked him back to normal size, before grappling with him, ripping the Barbarian Hammer from his grasp, ending the battle by crushing Alrik's skull with his own weapon.
With the Barbarian King once again defeated, and the Hammer added to Kratos' arsenal, the Ghost of Sparta continued his journey into the Bog of the Forgotten, approaching the Temple of Eurayle. Eurayle, one of the three Gorgon Queens, had traveled to the Island of Creation in response to the death of her sister Medusa, slain by Kratos during Ares' siege of Athens, at the behest of Aphrodite. Unable to enter the Temple, Kratos ventures deeper into the Bog, where he encounters a member of the Argonauts, begging for Kratos' help, though the Ghost of Sparta is unable to react in time to prevent two Minotaurs from dragging the man away. Pursuing them into the Bog, Kratos finds another dead soldier with Eurayle's Key on him, allowing him to open up the gate near the Gorgon Queen's temple. Passing through the Gate, Kratos found a large stone structure that precariously tipped based on where he chose to stand. Moving heavy stones onto the structure, Kratos was able to knock it over into the Bog, creating a platform to reach the area the Argonauts were coming from. Kratos encounters the last member of the Argonauts, who is dying from his heavy wounds. The soldier tells Kratos that their leader Jason was captured by a large Cerberus hound, and that the Golden Fleece he carried was the key to Eurayle's Temple. As Kratos enters the arena to face the Cerberus, the hound tears off Jason's arm and swallows it, eating the Golden Fleece along with it. After a brief battle, Kratos was able to gain the upper-hand against the Cerberus, and tore the Fleece back out of its throat, allowing him to deflect attacks, including the stone-transforming vision of the Gorgons.
Returning to the entrance of Eurayle's Temple, Kratos was able to deflect the Gorgon Beams being cast by the door, turning them to fragile stone, allowing the Ghost of Sparta to beat them open. After completing a series of fights and puzzles, Kratos encountered the Gorgon Queen herself, and the two fought. While the Gorgon's heavy melee attacks were dangerous, the Golden Fleece allowed Kratos to weaponize her own vision against her, giving him the upper hand. Kratos was able to knock Eurayle from the wall and crush her with one of the room's stone pillars, wounding her. Repeating this action with a second pillar, Kratos is able to slow Eurayle down enough to finish her off- breaking her arm and decapitating her, taking her Head to use as a weapon against his foes. Returning the the courtyard of Lahkesis, Kratos discovered a new pathway to the Hall of Atropos by using the Golden Fleece to open a hidden door. After completing a series of puzzles and platform challenges, Kratos encounters the demi-god, Perseus. Believing that Kratos' appearance is a challenge from the Sisters, and that killing Kratos will allow him to bring back the life of his beloved Andromeda, attacks the Ghost of Sparta. With his sling and invisibility helmet, Perseus would have been able to avoid Kratos' wrath for as long as he wanted, but their battle took place inside a room with a pool of shallow water, allowing the former God of War to spot where Perseus moved and attack him. After a brief battle, Kratos grabbed his helmet and tore it off, shattering it underfoot, forcing the fellow Greek Hero to rely on his sword and his shield. Their fight continued until Kratos gained the upperhand once again, tearing the blade from Perseus' hand and shattering it over his knee. Armed only with a shield, Perseus was unable to stop the Ghost of Sparta's assault, and was overwhelmed. Kratos slammed his head into the wall, cracking it, before submerging him underwater to drown him. Pulling him back out, Kratos slashed him across the throat and threw him through the wall, impaling him on a hook on the other side.
Advancing past the Hall of Atropos, Kratos discovers the fallen body of the Dark Griffon, the Spear of Destiny still sticking out of its neck. Kratos recovers the Dark Rider's spear and claims it as his own weapon. Continuing his journey to the Great Chasm, where he encountered the mad Icarus. Icarus told Kratos that only his wings could get across the Chasm to the Sisters, prompting Kratos to claim that he would simply take Icarus' wings to reach them. The two grappled into the chasm below, and with his superior strength, Kratos easily bested Icarus, tearing the wings from his back, leaving him to plummet to the lava below. Soaring to a nearby platform, Kratos discovered that Icarus wasn't the only one waiting for him in the Chasm- his old Titan foe, Atlas resided there, still chained to hold up the sky as Kratos had left him. Recognizing him, Atlas attempted to crush Kratos between his fingers. Kratos was able to hold off Atlas' hand long enough to convince Atlas to listen to him by telling him he intended to kill Zeus. Atlas tells Kratos a story about the creation of Zeus' Blade of Olympus, and how he used it to end the war with the Titans long ago, before gifting the Ghost of Sparta with a new spell- the Atlas Quake, which allowed Kratos to generate a series of explosions around him and create rocks that shattered enemies. After witnessing Kratos skill with the spell in action, Atlas declares him a worthy ally of the Titans, and while even the Titans are unaware of how to reach the Sisters, he returns Kratos to the surface wishing him luck in his quest.
Crossing the Chasm, Kratos enters the Palace of the Fates, where he encounters an ancient text, written in a language that he cannot read. After finding the translator, Kratos forces the man to read from the book, but in his struggles, the Ghost of Sparta ends up crushing his head into- killing him. The Translator's blood flows to the ground in special indents that lead to the Phoenix chamber outside partially opening its wings, and a vision of Lahkesis to appear to threaten Kratos. Obtaining the Ram Key, Kratos is able to open a second wing in the Palace, where he discovers another Translator who leaps from the nearby cliff to his death rather than allow Kratos to take him. Using the Amulet of the Fates, Kratos is able to reset time and slow it down enough for him to grab the Translator, repeating the process of the first, and fully opening the Phoenix Chamber. In the same room, Kratos grabs the Warrior's Skull key, allowing him to enter the Phoenix Chamber, where he needed to obtain the Phoenix Ashes and place them in the flame of the chamber to revive the Phoenix and reach the Sisters. With the Phoenix reborn, Kratos used the Horn of Borealis outside to free the bird, allowing him to travel directly to the Sisters- though he first needed to find a way to extend the bridge.
Crossing a series of platforms to a new door, Kratos entered a dark chamber, where he was attacked by a warrior he couldn't identify, but believed that he was a challenge sent by the Sisters. The two fought, ending with Kratos running the man through and knocking him through the window, discovering his foe was the Last Spartan. Kratos demanded to know why he had disobeyed his order to return to Sparta, causing the man to reveal that Zeus had destroyed Sparta out of spite for Kratos, and that the Spartan Captain traveled to the Island of Creation to prevent his home's destruction. In his final moments, the Spartan Captain told Kratos that he was certain that their Spartan brothers would forever live on in the one true God of War, before passing. In a rage, Kratos demanded that Zeus come to him so that he may kill the king of Olympus, but he was instead attacked by the sea-monster known as The Kraken. Seeing a vision of his wife, Kratos tries to beg forgiveness, but Gaia's voice comes from the image of her, reinvigorating his will to defy fate and convince him that his fate can still be changed by fueling him with the flames of Sparta as it burned. With no mood for mercy, Kratos savagely fought the beast, severing one of its tentacles. After cutting off a second tentacle, Kratos was able to knock the sea creature loose and extend the bridge to the Phoenix- running the stone structure through the Kraken's head, snapping its jaw and killing it. Mounting the Phoenix, Kratos rode up to the top of the massive stone Phoenix statue that was The Temple of the Fates.
Crashing through the entrance to the Temple of the Fates, Kratos encounters Lahkesis, who informs him that his efforts are in vain, as none can change their destinies. After a brutal fight, Kratos was able to gain the upperhand against Lahkesis, causing her sister Atropos to intervene, drawing him back in time to his final battle against Ares. The two landed on the massive stone sword bridge that Kratos used to kill the God of War, which Atropos planned to destroy, retroactively killing him before he could ever ascend to Godhood. Despite her best attempts, Atropos was unable to stop Kratos from defeating Ares, and the the present timeline Ghost of Sparta defeated her in-battle, leaving her trapped on the other side of the mirror. Lahkesis and Kratos fought a second round, this time with Atropos shooting beams of magic through the mirrors scattered throughout the room. As Kratos dealt enough wounds to the Sister of Fate, he was able to use her body as a makeshift Statue of Fates and slow down time, allowing him to shatter Atropos' mirrors. After shattering two of the three mirrors, Kratos forced Lahkesis into the final mirror to join her sister, before quickly shattering it, effectively undoing the existence of two of the three Sisters of Fate. After a fierce battle through a massive army of Cyclops, Saytrs and basic guards, Kratos was able to enter the Loom Chamber where the massive Clotho resided- spinning and weaving the silk threads of Fate for all living things. Scaling to the Loom's peak, Kratos was easily able to overcome Clotho by impaling her through the skull with a giant pendulum.
Activating the Loom, Kratos rewinds time to the moment Zeus impaled him with the Blade of Olympus. Kratos drew the Blade from his fading original corpse, revealing that the Sisters had fallen, and the two began to battle, flying up to the Summit of Sacrifice. Challenging the Ghost of Sparta in his giant form, Zeus summoned numerous Sirens to aid him- but their sonic screams in death caused him harm, allowing Kratos an opportunity to drain some of his powers by impaling him through the back of the hand, shrinking him back down to normal size. As they continued to battle, Zeus managed to overpower Kratos and take back the Blade of Olympus, but the Ghost of Sparta was unrelenting, slowing down the King of Olympus enough to impale him through the stomach with the Blade and throw him into the pillars, which he promptly lifted and slammed into Zeus, sending the God flying. After repeating this for a second time, Zeus returns to his giant form- but Kratos tells him that he will lay down his arms and surrender, baiting Zeus close enough to nail him to the nearby rocks, pinning him down so the Ghost of Sparta can draw the Blade of Olympus and run him through with it. Before he can finish of the King of Olympus, however, Athena jumps in the way, taking the blow as Zeus escapes. Horrified, Kratos demands to know why his only ally and friend on Olympus would sacrifice herself- causing her to reveal that she believes that Zeus is needed for Olympus to function, and that no son should ever kill his own father, revealing Kratos' true heritage as a demi-god child of Zeus. Embittered, Kratos informs Athena in her dying moments that he has no father, and that if all of Olympus would deny him his vengeance, then all of Olympus would die.
Returning to the Loom Chamber, Kratos returned to the climactic battle that turned the tide of the Great War with the Titans, rallying the vast army of the past to the present, where they could attack the now weakened Olympus, with Kratos riding at the head, shouting that he has returned, bringing the destruction of Olympus...
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Soulcalibur: Broken DestinyEdit
Mortal Kombat (2009)EditKratos appeared in the 2009 Mortal Kombat reboot as a Playstation 3 exclusive Guest Fighter. In order to battle the heroes of the Earthrealm and secure his victory in Mortal Kombat, the Outland Emperor Shao Khan performed a ritual that sacrificed numerous souls to bring and bind the strongest warrior in the multiverse to his will. Ripping through the fabrics of time and space, Shao Khan's ritual plucked Kratos from ancient Greece and brought him to Khan's side. Enraged at the Emperor's arrogance, Kratos broke free of the spell and vowed to tear Shao Khan's spine out. After fighting and defeating numerous warriors from the Mortal Kombat world, Kratos battled Shao Khan one-on-one in his arena, where the Ghost of Sparta promptly defeated him- causing the spell that summoned him to fade. Before he was lost completely, Raiden and Fujin approached the Ghost of Sparta. While Kratos prepared to fight, as he was used to the treachery and villainous nature of Gods, the Ghost of Sparta was surprised to see the two bow before him in respect. Raiden explained that, as impure as his motives were, Kratos had saved Earthrealm and was owed the gratitude for his heroic deed. Nodding, Kratos returned to his own world, to prepare for his war with Zeus, where he hoped that Raiden and the Earthrealm warriors would be willing to repay their debt.
In his first Fatality, Kratos repeatidly stabs the enemy before drawing the Blade of Olympus and driving it through their chest, cutting upwards, severing their upper body in half vertically. In his second Fatality, Kratos uses the Head of Medusa to freeze the enemy into a stone statue, before drawing the Nemean Cestus to punch through them, shattering them into countless pieces. In his X-Ray move, Kratos slides across the screen and strikes with his Blades of Exile, slashing their ribcage, before he smashes their skull with his Nemean Cestus.
Playstation All-Stars Battle RoyaleEdit
Kratos was one of the first six characters announced for the cross-over fighting game, Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale. As the central protagonist in one of the most popular and highest selling Playstation franchises of all time, Kratos was designed to be extremely accessible and fairly easy to use, allowing anyone to have a good time while using him. His attacks are fast and have decent combo potential, but are extremely predictable and many of them telegraph their direction and timing before landing, allowing observant players to dodge out of most of Kratos' moves. To help counter this, Kratos builds AP extremely quickly, and is able to unleash many more supers than most of his competition, although his supers suffer the same fate as his basic attacks. His Level 1, "Divine Fury", causes him to draw the Blade of Olympus and charge forward, slashing at enemies in front of him. His Level 2 super, "Divine Reckoning", has him drive the blade of Olympus into the ground, creating a tornado of magic energy the shoots vertically up, allowing to strike above and near Kratos. His Level 3, "Rage of the Gods", causes Kratos to expand to giant size and wear the Armor of Ares, allowing him to freely strike at enemies for a time using the Blade of Olympus.
Kratos' default costume is based on his primary appearance throughout the franchise- specifically after the events of God of War 2, as he has the scar on his stomach from the battle with Zeus and the Golden Fleece on his shoulder. His alternate costume, unlocked when Kratos' reaches level 10, is the Morpheus Armor, a set of blue armor that was originally DLC for God of War 3 available for drinking God of War themed items at 7-11, and roughly inspired by one of the antagonists from God of War: Chains of Olympus. If Playstation All-Stars was pre-ordered, Kratos has access to another costume, which was later made available as DLC- Deimos, transforming him into his brother from God of War: Ghost of Sparta. An additional DLC costume was released, the Armor of Apollo, a fusion of the Apollo featured in God of War III as a costume and the multiplayer characters of God of War: Ascension.
Kratos' arcade mode takes place directly after the ending of God of War II. With the army of Titans assembled and ready to march upon Olympus, Kratos hears of a gathering of powerful heroes and villains from across the universe, and of the enigmatic Polygon Man who is gathering them while claiming to be "more powerful than God". Eager to slay any who would try and claim the title of God, and needing to prove his worth to the Titans, Kratos makes his way to the Battle Royale to fight it out. After numerous battles, Kratos encounters the psychopathic clown Sweet Tooth, who is distracted by his own "perfect" ice cream cone. Dismissively, Kratos knocks the ice cream from Sweet Tooth's hands, causing the clown to rage and demand that Kratos pick up the cone and pay for it. Angered himself now, Kratos shouts back that the he does not take orders from mortals, and the two battle, with Kratos coming out on top. With every challenger defeated, Kratos turns to battle Polygon Man himself, defeating him after a long battle and absorbing the mysterious Playstation Power. With this new, incredible power, Kratos returns to the Titans stronger than ever, ready to make Olympus quake with fear as he brings down the reign of Zeus.
- God of War (2005)
- God of War II (2007)
- God of War Betrayal (2007)
- God of War: Chains of Olympus (2008)
- Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds (2008) (DLC)
- God of War Collection (2009)
- LittleBigPlanet (2009) (DLC)
- Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny (2009)
- God of War III (2010)
- God of War: Ghost of Sparta (2010)
- ModNation Racers (2010) (DLC)
- God of War: Origins Collection (2011)
- LittleBigPlanet 2 (2011)
- Mortal Kombat (2011)
- God of War Saga (2012)
- Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale (2012)
- LittleBigPlanet Vita (2012) (DLC)
- LittleBigPlanet Karting (2012) (DLC)
- God of War: Ascension (2013)
- Destiny of Spirits (2014)
- God of War III: Remastered (2015)
- God of War (2017)