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How to Find and Defeat the 13th 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 Japanese action-adventure video game developed by Team ICO, who also brought us games such as ICO (2001) and The Last Guardian (2016). Shadow of the Colossus was first released on the PlayStation 2 console in 2005, re-released on the PlayStation 3 in 2011, and then remastered on the PlayStation 4 in 2018 with vastly improved graphics and extra collectible items.

It sold over 70% more copies in its first week of release than it did when it first came out 13 years prior, which shows just how much fans were looking forward to it!

Its new release has allowed a new generation of gamers, as well as veteran players who may remember the original from their childhood, to enjoy the gorgeous explorable world, enthralling beasts, and enchanting original soundtrack.

This article is about Colossus number 13, how to track it down and defeat it. Phalanx is the longest in length of all the Colossi and also, arguably, the most peaceful, since it never actually attacks Wander. Agro is essential to this mission.

Finding Phalanx

This Colossus is located near Barba. Go southwest on Agro, where you will see a large rock formation. Take the path on the left of it and enter the wood. You won't be able to use your sword light much here, but go straight and eventually, the trees will thin out and you'll find yourself in bright sunlight and on a descending hill.

When you fought Barba you were straight ahead to find the ruins. This time, however, the light from your sword will direct you left. Near the horizon, you will see some unusually shaped rocks, like ruins, in the middle of the sand. Head over here, still on Agro, and stand in the middle of them. Phalanx will burst from the sand, and the battle will begin!


Latching On

Although Phalanx doesn't actually attack you, getting onto him can be a bit of a challenge. Equip your arrows and shoot at the gas bladders on the bottom part of this Colossus' body; they are identifiable as being large and brightly-colored. When you've successfully burst them all, Phalanx will lower to the ground, the wings near his head dragging along the sand. The music will also change.

Gallop over to the Colossus on Agro. You have to match the beast's speed so that Wander can jump from the horse to the wings, which have ladder-like indents for them to climb. When you've reached the top, leap onto its back, where there is plenty of fur to grab onto.

There is always the risk that Wander will miss the jump, and it can be frustrating! With some good timing, you'll soon be able to latch on.

Finding Weak Spots (Magic Sigils)

Phalanx has three magic sigils on his body. Unlike most of the other Colossi, however, there are none near his head. Once you've grabbed onto his back, head down his body where you'll see an open flap; underneath is the first sigil, which holds about a third of his health.

Stab it until the sigil disappears and the flap closes. Then move farther down his body for the next one.

It is highly likely that Phalanx will dive into the sand before you have time to destroy all three, meaning Wander will have to shoot the gas bladders again. Call Agro with the triangle button and repeat the process. This time, attack the rest of the sigils. Within a few minutes, this flying snake will be done!

If You're Playing on Hard Mode

Just like in Easy and Medium Modes, Phalanx has three magic sigils in Hard Mode. However, they require more stabbing and there's a chance you will have to climb onto the Colossus more than twice to take it down.

If you are still struggling with this battle, there is a handy video guide below to give you a more visual guide.

Many players have reported that they actually feel quite bad taking Phalanx down, as he is clearly a rather serene Colossus that was minding its own business before Wander came along! You are getting closer to finishing the game once this mighty flying snake is finished with, leaving you free to challenge Colossus number 14, Cenobia.

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