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How to Find and Defeat the 2nd 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.

Fans eagerly awaited the release of Shadow of the Colossus, a fantastic and beautiful action-adventure video game by Team ICO, who also brought us ICO and The Last Guardian.

The PlayStation 4-exclusive release of Colossus brought vastly updated graphics, smoother gameplay, and an improved version of the experience veteran players of both the PlayStation 2 and 3 had since its initial release in 2005. It sold over 70% more copies than in its original release and has enjoyed rave reviews from fans.

There are sixteen total Colossi in this game, each with its own shape, size, and puzzle to defeat it. This is a guide on locating and defeating the second Colossus, nicknamed Quadratus, the four-legged, goat-like monster Wander is required to hunt down and destroy. You do not need Agro for this mission.

Finding Quadratus

The second Colossus you are required to defeat is northwest of the main temple, where you will be teleported after the defeat of the first monster, Valus. Head outside on Agro and turn right from the exit to go northwest.

You will soon reach a large bridge, with a beach visible on the right. Cross the bridge and keep an eye on the location of the stone door or wall. Upon reaching the other side of the bridge, take the path on the right, which is a slope leading down to the shore.

Turn right again and follow the sword's light (if needed) to the great stone door you spotted earlier. You will know when you have found the right spot because out will burst the Colossus!


Latching On

Though Agro is present in this battle, it isn't necessary to gallop around on him to defeat this monster. Hop off the horse and stand in front of Quadratus. The monster is slow and will not take you by surprise with any unexpected attacks.

Almost immediately upon appearing in front of him, the beast will raise his front hooves as if to stop on the ground. Use the left bumper arrow to switch Wander's weapon from his sword to his bow and arrows. Use R1 to aim and hit the bottom of one of the Colossus' hooves (the green part). It doesn't matter which one you hit.

When you have pierced the bottom of his hoof with an arrow, you'll hear the monster roar and he will fall to the ground. Immediately run to his knee (of the leg you hit), which is covered in fur. You can latch onto him and climb to a shelf-like structure on his shoulder, where you can rest and regain Wander's stamina.

Finding Weak Spots (Magic Sigils)

In Easy and Medium modes, there are two magic sigils that Wander needs to attack to defeat this Colossus. Head around towards the back of Quadratus by clutching the fur on his side. Hang on with R2 when he tries to shake you off.

The magic sigil can be found on the top of his tail (don't forget to switch from your bow and arrows to your sword!) Stab the sigil until about half of the Colossus' health is depleted.

Then head along the right side of his body, being careful to clutch his fur when he shakes. The second weak spot is on his head; as with the first Colossus, cling on when he flails and stab at the sigil until he is defeated.

If You're Playing on Hard Mode

On Hard Mode, Quadratus has an extra weak spot on his left side and each spot is worth a third of his overall health. It would be wise, then, to go for the subsequent hoof when firing arrows so you can attack it on your way to the tail.

If you are still uncertain about how to defeat this Colossus, check out the video guide below.

This Colossus is lots of fun to defeat and arguably less scary than some of the others! With this quick guide, you'll be successfully battling this awesome-looking monster in no time, and be ready to take on the third Colossus, Gaius.

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