God of War: Ascension Trial of Archimedes Guide – How To Complete


If you’ve got your hands on the new God of War: Ascension, and are more than just them ordinary gamers, then chances are you’ll be aching to have a go at the Trial of Archimedes.

The Trial of Archimedes is an arena-like challenge with three phases of battles towards the end of the game, and is easily the hardest part of the game, particularly on higher difficulties. Kratos must use his skills to destroy waves of nasty mythological enemies in an uninviting, claustrophobic environment.

What makes the Trial of Archimedes so terribly difficult is the absence of checkpoints between the rounds. The fact that the first round is the toughest is also a very frustrating thing; you might think that having the first round the hardest would be an edge, but that thought soon disappears once you go into the next rounds without a droplet of magic power or health.

We’ve managed to compile a few tips and tricks to help you get through this horror here. So, let’s get ready to rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrumble!

For more help on God of War: Ascension, read our Gorgon Eyes, Artifacts and Decayed Chests Locations Guide.

God of War: Ascension Trial of Archimedes

In order to start the trial at the beginning of Chapter 28, you’ll need to obtain the Eyes of Truth. You’ll need to run to the end of the large symmetrical room that you’re in, and open the door that reveals the statue of a big female warrior.

This will unlock the big container in the middle of the room, hence allowing you to steal the optical object there. Well, too bad for you it’s booby trapped. Prepare yourself!

Round #1
Well, you might’ve noticed that the platform you were standing in just went down a bit. Use the Eyes of Truth (L2 and Circle) to clear the oil-like matter at the front of the lift. Then press R1 to pull the wheel and begin the Trial of Archimedes.

The first round is the most difficult – it’ll pit you against a few Gorgons, soon followed by a set of squealing Sirens. The Gorgons here are your worst enemies, as they have ridiculous reach. Thankfully, at the start you’ll only have to face two of them. Use the Amulet of Uroborus  as frequently as possible to set up some sweet combos, and don’t forget to block their attacks.

When they try to turn you into to stone, make sure you roll out, because it’s instant bye-bye if you are petrified and then hit. Make sure you understand the instant when the Gorgons are about to attack – they will stop squirting blood out from their body (that sounds nastier than it should) just before attacking.

If you want use your magic, you might as well do so, but DO NOT waste it. Try to use as match as you will be able to retain from the QTE kills.

Once the two Gorgons are down, you’ll come across two more of them, accompanied by a couple of Sirens.  Make sure you use the Amulet of Uroborus and the Stone of Orkos, and this is where you will need to use a lot of magic. However, you have to ensure that the amount of magic you use is replenishable from the QTE kills.

Focus on the Gorgons first – make sure that you get them before you concentrate on the Sirens, as the ugly serpents have better range and higher probability to kill you off instantly. You also need to make sure that you are dodging those lightning marks on the ground while also concentrating your attacks on the Gorgons

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By Haider Khan

One of the long time staff at SegmentNext, Haider is an integral part of the team with a love for writing, playing guitar, and aviation. Apart from writing for us, Haider is also a competitive FPS player and also enjoys exotic RPG games like Diablo and Xenogears (his favorite game of all time) on the side.

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