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How to Find and Defeat the 5th Colossus in “Shadow of the Colossus”

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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.

Shadow of the Colossus is a beautiful Japanese action-adventure game developed by Team ICO. It was originally released on the PlayStation 2 console in 2005 and re-released on PlayStation 3 in 2011. It was then released again in February 2018 for PlayStation 4, bringing with it gorgeously upgraded graphics and smoother gameplay.

People who played the older versions, as well as new players, are enjoying this masterpiece, with its sixteen Colossi monsters, stunning explorable world, and original soundtrack often considered some of the best video game music of all time.

This is a guide on how to locate and defeat the fifth Colossus that Wander has to hunt down and destroy, nicknamed Avion. This bird-like creature is considered to be one of the most peaceful monsters in the game, but that doesn't mean it isn't sinister when provoked. You do not need Agro for this mission.

Finding Avion

Avion is located northwest of the Shrine of Worship, the main temple in the center of the map. Exit from there and turn left, galloping towards the direction your sword light shines. You will see a bridge on your left but ignore this for now; go towards the cliff and to the left of it, where a path will head off along the canyon.

You will see a small shrine on the way, where a lizard with a white tail is crawling around. Catch the lizard's tail by using your sword or bow and arrows. A white tail gives you a permanent bonus to Wander's stamina so it's worth getting. Be sure to pray at the shrine as well to get the location marked on your map.

Continue following the path until you come to a small body of water where you'll see some ruins. Right in the middle is an underwater archway that Wander can swim under when you hold R2 and move the control stick. After that, climb the ruins and reach the top.

Latching On

You will have to jump through the hole in the floor and land in the water. There are several places Wander can climb onto; the nearest is two pillars under a bridge, which are just above the water level. Keep R2 pressed to dive, which is faster than swimming above water. Climb onto one of those and shoot an arrow at Avion to make him fly. He will not pursue you otherwise.

While Avion is flying around, it is useful to hold L2 to keep your camera focused on him. When he is close enough, equip Wander's bow and arrow and shoot him again. The Colossus will make a screeching sound similar to that of a falcon and will fly around and eventually swoop down. This is your chance to grab onto the "shoulder" part of his wing. Do not let go!

Finding Weak Spots (Magic Sigils)

Avion has three major magic sigils on his body: one at the tip of each wing and one at the end of his tail. They can be done in any order, but it is recommended you go for the spot on the wing you are holding onto first.

It can be tricky maneuvering Wander to the tip of the wings because fur does not cover the entire wing. Wait for a moment where the Colossus is flying straight to quickly jump or roll to the tip. Each wing has 20% health and the spot at the end of his tail has the other 60%.

If You're Playing on Hard Mode

Unlike the other Colossi, Avion's weak spots remain the same even if you are playing in Hard Mode. As per usual at this level, dealing more damage is required to deplete all of the monster's health.

If you are still unsure of how to defeat Avion, take a look at the video below.

Avion is the favorite Colossi of many, a comparably peaceful one and elegant, too! Fighting this monster is fun although it requires patience and practice. With this guide, Avion will be yours in no time, and you will be ready to face Colossus number six, Barba.

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