Athens Town Square (continued)
Carefully traverse the narrow beam that used to be part of the bridge. If you fall, there's a ladder on the right side. There's a challenging secret here. While on the narrow beam, jump to the right side where the bridge segment returns. If done correctly, Kratos will grab hold of the crumbling edge. Shimmy around to the right until you can't go any further. Jump backward to a small alcove with a red orb chest, a Gorgon Eye, and a Phoenix Feather. Return to the bridge using the ladder on the right.
Save your game in the light then proceed up the stairs. Defeat the undead troops. There's a breakable wall in the cliff; it's on the right side of the path. Find a red orb chest inside. Continue up the stairs toward the temple.
Temple of the Oracle
Use the magic and health chest if needed. Advance over the bridge and spot the oracle kidnapped by harpies. Force fields appear around the exits. You must defeat a small army of harpies as well as some gorgon. Block the harpies' bomb attack; press block when the fiery icon appears under Kratos.
Ascend the steps toward the temple entrance. Save your game in the light on the left. Go to the far left and spot a red orb chest on the ledge. Double jump to grab hold of the ledge then pull up to reach the chest. There's a second red orb chest on the far right side. Recover the Phoenix Feather and Gorgon Eye from the chests nearest the entrance then move inside.
In the top room, harpies are entering from the large holes in the walls. You can continue to combat the harpies but there's no end in sight. You must use something to block the large holes. Cross the room to the far back end. There are two large statues there. Pull and move the right statue and place it in front of the right hole (so the shield covers the hole) and pull and move the left statue and place it in front of the left hole.
There are a couple chests behind the statues and another on the left side of the room. These chests can replenish your health or magic. Also run toward the back side of the room near the entrance. You can't see them but there are two more chests on upper ledges. Leap to the ledges and find a Gorgon Eye and a red orb chest.
Open the gate on the left side using the R2 button. Climb the stairs. You're above the previous room and must cross the girders to reach the other side. Move slowly and wait for any girders around you to crumble to the ground so you know which way to move. Go along the far left edge and you can leap to a ledge just under a window. Break the window and find a Gorgon Eye inside. Reach the far side of the room and save your game.
Proceed through the long hallway and crush the undead troops inside. Exit outdoors and spot the oracle hanging precariously from a rope above the area.
There's no time limit to the first part of this challenge so don't feel pressured to rush…at least yet. From your start position, move to Kratos' left and pull out the large statue. Drag the statue to the lift just to the statue's right (it has the circular symbol on it). This lowers the lift. Jump back up to the upper platform.
Now drag the other statue and push it onto the lowered lift so it lands on the top of the other statue. Stand on the lift so it lowers then drag the double-decker statue into the lower courtyard. Search the courtyard for chests. You can break open a wall on the right side after you lower on the lift to find some red orbs and another to its left for a Gorgon Eye. Go to the back end of the area and leap to an upper ledge for more red orbs.
There are more red orbs chests to recover but it's very difficult to get them. You must drag the double-decker statue to the right of the structure at the back end of the area (near where the red orb chest was on the ledge). You can jump from the ledge to the top of the structure then to the top of the double-decker statue. From there you can see the alcove with the red orb chests on the right side. Jump into the alcove to recover them.
Your primary goal is to move the double-decker statue to the left side of the structure so you can use it to reach the ivy growing on the left wall of the area. Traverse the ivy to the left until a cut scene interrupts the action…this starts a timer and the pressure.
You have 67 seconds to reach the oracle before she falls, which leads to game over. Your first obstacle is to jump past the moving gears. Wait for the gear to stop then jump across to the next patch of ivy. When you reach the far side, don't just crawl along the ivy; use the jump button and press left to traverse the ivy faster.
Reach the ledge and next set of ivy. Jump up onto the ivy path and keep ascending. Use the jump button to climb instead of just crawling. At the top, spot the rope. Leap to the rope and hold circle to swing and immediately press X to jump to the far ledge. Turn left and spot the beams.
Carefully, but quickly, cross the narrow beams. Note that you can jump to save yourself some time. At the end, turn left to the rope and swing down to the statue and large dish. Turn left and run out to the oracle to save her.
After the oracle has been saved, you can return to the path which led to her swinging rope, if you wish, to obtain another feather. When you reach the curved wooden paths that you have to tiptoe along, you can turn right (facing the wall) and double-jump to reach another chest.
Exit through the open passage and descend the stairs. Save your game in the light. Ascend the long set of stairs on the left side of the area (near the save game point) to find a small temple. Go around to its far side and location a chest with a Phoenix Feather. Return to the save game point area.
Cross the long sword bridge. Descend the spiral staircase inside. At the bottom, find the chest under the stairs to recover a Phoenix Feather. Jump over the ledge and into the sewers.
Table of Contents
God of War
- Combat Strategies
- Weapons and Magic
- The Aegean Sea
- The Gates of Athens
- The Road to Athens
- Athens Town Square
- Rooftops of Athens
- Temple of the Oracle
- The Sewers of Athens
- Desert of Lost Souls
- Pandora's Temple
- The Rings of Pandora
- The Challenge of Atlas
- The Challenge of Poseidon
- The Challenge of Hades
- The Cliffs of Madness
- The Architect's Tomb
- The Path of Hades
- End Game
God of War II
- General Tips
- Weapons and Magic
- Unlockables and Treasures