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How to Find and Defeat the 16th 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.

Whether you are a veteran player or brand new to Team ICO's Shadow of the Colossus game, well done for making it to the final boss! Thousands of players worldwide are enjoying the PlayStation 4 remake of this gorgeous game, with its stunning world, enchanting storyline, and beautiful original soundtrack.

Now Wander has destroyed 15 Colossi, and the only thing standing between him and bringing the woman he loves back from the dead is the final Colossus, Malus.

Malus, nicknamed "Evis" by the developers, is the tallest of all the Colossi and although he cannot move, he can fire deadly projectiles. This is an article on how to find and defeat him.

Malus is the southernmost Colossus, and at first, it may seem that Wander's sword light is directing you back to the very first monster you faced. However, gallop towards the cliff path on the left of where you met Valus; it's a gap between two cliffs that will take you to a wide-open plain.

You will be able to spot the foreboding-looking mountain in the distance quite soon, but there are a few shrines nearby where you can get some last-minute boosts to your maximum stamina (which is greatly needed for this mission).

The first shrine you see is near Kuromori, so it's likely you already got the lizard tail here. There is another shrine on the right, in square F7. As usual, catch and eat the white lizard tail and then pray at the shrine to mark its location. There is also a tree just south of the shrine where you can get some energy bar boosting fruit.

There is another shrine at D7, and also a rock formation in square E8 that has a white-tailed lizard running around on it. After you've collected all of these and you have a nice extension to your stamina, it's time to face the final Colossus!

Go through the pillar-like structures on the south mountain and stand on the stone plate. Hold up your sword to shine the light onto the plate on the door and it will open.

Inside is yet another shrine, so it can't hurt to stop here, save, and eat the lizard tail. After that, head up the stone steps on Agro and across the bridge. Be sure to go at a gallop.

After the cutscene, climb up the mountain, through the room with stone steps, and up the pillar to face Malus.

Latching On

There are several steps you have to take to take to reach Malus and make your way up him. Firstly, hide behind the stone wall. As soon as you enter the battlefield, the Colossus will fire projectiles at Wander. It's imperative that he is never exposed for long enough to be hit by them, because they're very powerful.

Make your way along and jump down the hole on the right. Follow the path, and when you're at ground level again, be sure to hide behind walls, fallen pillars, or other obstacles. Holding L2 is also useful for keeping an eye on the Colossus' location.

Rolling is also essential for parts of the battlefield that are widely exposed. When you're near his feet, there is a large gap between two broken walls. Time it so that Wander starts running right after a projectile has been fired, giving you half a second longer to get out of the way.

Eventually, you'll reach the area underneath Malus' feet.


Finding Weak Spots (Magic Sigils)

  • Climb up the stone armor that surrounds Malus' legs. There are many ledges where you can climb up. You need to make his way to his lower back, where his first weak spot is.
  • Stab his lower back; his left hand will come round. Jump onto it.
  • Run up the armor of his left arm and leap onto his upper arm, where there is another weak point. His right hand will come over so jump on that.
  • In the short space of time that Wander can stand on Malus' hand without having to clutch onto his fur, shoot an arrow at the Colossus' left shoulder. His hand will go across to the shoulder so jump onto that as well. After that, you have to be quick to crawl up the armor around his neck and to his head, where the min weak spot is.

You have to be quick to take these steps as Wander's stamina can deplete quickly. It's also extremely likely that you will fall several times (which is extremely annoying), so try to land back on his armor if this happens to avoid being blasted away by the projectiles.

When you've reached his head, stab for all you're worth! Falling to the bottom at this point is nothing short of a tragedy. When Malus' health is gone, he will die, and you'll be victorious!

If You're Playing on Hard Mode

The locations of the magic sigils don't change depending on difficulty rating, but it takes more stabs to successfully deplete Malus' health. A large amount of stamina is highly recommended before attempting this mission on Hard Mode.

If you are still struggling to take down this mighty Colossus, there is a video guide below. The battle itself is between 0:00 and 9:08; don't skip ahead if you're trying to avoid spoilers.

Malus is one mighty foe, and destroying him is challenging, but well worth it to finally reach the ending of this superb video game. Which was your favorite Colossus? Which one was the most frightening? What did you think of the ending?

Whether you're finishing the game for the very first time or revisiting it for nostalgia, Team ICO hopes you enjoyed your playthrough and might have a go at the Time Attack Modes to get new gear and items.

© 2018 Poppy


Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on December 28, 2018:

Hi, Jeremy! Thank you for your comment. You should definitely get the new version if you've got a PlayStation 4; the difference in graphics is amazing. I hate spoilers in any guides. When I was looking up some info on Dragon Age, I really appreciated that the writers avoided spoilers, and I wanted to do the same.

Jeremy Gill from Louisiana on December 28, 2018:

Nice article! I appreciate your attention to avoiding spoilers in both your text and video as well as the heads-up on the changes to expect in hard difficulty. Time to go dust off my old copy.