Poppy is the author of "A Bard's Lament" and the Black Diamond series. She lives in Enoshima, Japan, with her husband and young son.
The fantastic and beautiful adventure video game, Shadow of the Colossus, has been remastered not once, but twice, with gorgeous upgraded graphics and smoother gameplay since its re-release on PlayStation 4 in February 2018.
The explorable world, heart-aching music, and enchanting story, as well as the sixteen enormous Colossi monsters Wander has to hunt down and defeat, make this an unforgettable experience that many generations of players continue to enjoy to this day.
The sixth Colossus you have to face and take down is "Minotaur B," or "Barba" as it has been nicknamed. This bearded humanoid beast is the first of some of the really scary Colossi, chasing you through the battlefield. You do not need Agro for this mission.
Unlike most of the other Colossi, Barba is located underground. As always, make Wander use his sword to find the rays of light that will lead towards the monster's location. This time, you need to head southwest.
You will see a large rock formation ahead. Head to the left of it, where you will find yourself in a small forest. You can't get enough sunlight to point the way from here, but head in a straight line and after a few moments, the trees will thin out and you'll find a path bearing right.
You will find yourself in a desert-like plain. Gallop across it, and you will start to see ruins ahead and slightly on the right. Head towards these until you find a space between the walls, which serves as the entrance to the ruins.
You will have to abandon Agro here as she cannot get over the fallen bricks. After some jumping and climbing, you will find yourself on the battlefield.
Don't jump down, but lower Wander down the wall and climb. It is recommended you jump to get as much space as possible between you and the wall because Barba will appear as soon as Wander's feet hit the ground!
At first, just run like hell! Wander has to climb over three small walls to get where he needs to go, all without getting stomped on by Barba. Jump onto the smaller pillars, pressing R2 to hold on and X to jump up. Do this as quickly as you can, because this angry Colossus won't wait around!
It will seem like you're hitting a dead end when you've climbed over the last wall, but you have to hide underneath the wall where the pillars are. It is (relatively) safe there.
Barba may pound on the ground with his fists; if he does this, try to make Wander jump at the right moment to avoid being staggered by the tremor. After this, Barba will kneel to take a look under the wall. This is the moment when you realise why this creepy Colossus has a beard: so you can take a running jump at it!
Finding Weak Spots (Magic Sigils)
Barba's first weak spot is, like many other Colossi, on top of his head. It makes sense to go for this one first as Wander is already near it. Careful to avoid being thrown off, climb to the top of his head and stab. This counts for about half of his health on Easy and Medium Modes.
His second weak spot is on the left side of his back. Luckily, there is plenty of fur to cling onto. First, it would be wise to get your energy back by standing on Barba's head or shoulder before making your way down to attack the second sigil.
If You're Playing on Hard Mode
For Hard Mode, Barba has a third magic sigil, and they are all worth about a third each of his overall health. The third weak spot is on the back of his left hand. It is recommended you go for this last as it's difficult to get back onto his body afterward.
If you're still confused about how to defeat Barbus, there is a helpful video guide below.
I consider Barba to be one of the scarier Colossi, and it's extremely thrilling to take him down! After you've shown him who's boss, you'll be ready to face the seventh Colossus, Hydrus!
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