The Top 6 Scariest Colossi in Shadow of the Colossus

Updated on December 15, 2017
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Poppy is a proofreader and Dragon Age fan. She lives in Tokyo with her husband and likes to spend time reading and playing video games.

Shadow of the Colossus, called Wander to Kyozou (ワンダと巨像) in Japanese, is a fantasy adventure game by Team ICO and Sony. It was initially released on Playstation 2 in 2005 and then remastered on Playstation 3 with bonus content and HD graphics in 2011. Team ICO also released The Last Guardian, or Hitokui no Owashi Toriko (人喰いの大鷲トリコ), in 2016. Fans are delighted that a Playstation 4 version of Shadow of the Colossus is being released in 2018.

Shadow of the Colossus is still one of the most well-known and respected games there is. It has no dungeons, interactable characters or sidequests, yet still delivers a spectacular gaming experience; it deserved the BAFTA Games Award for Artistic Achievement and the BAFTA Games Award for Action & Adventure. It also has one of the most spectacular soundtracks of all time in a game.

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I hadn't played Shadow of the Colossus in about ten years, so after buying an old Playstation 3, I got it again and was delighted to see that I enjoyed it just as much as I did a decade ago.

Although by no means a horror game, some of the bosses that feature in Shadow of the Colossus are a little frightening, whether it be because of speed, power, or the ability to attack you at range. This exciting adventure includes some creepy monsters that makes me sweat when I battle them. Here are the 6 most scary colossi that feature in Shadow of the Colossus.

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6. Basaran (Storm Echo)

"The land where trees nary grow... It sleeps in a dry lake bed... A rude awakening."

Basaran is the 9th colossus and resides under the dark cloud you can see on the horizon from the temple. The first time I played this, I already dreaded going there because of how dark it was. Upon arrival, Basaran, a turtle-like monster, erupts from the earth and chases you.

Not only can he crush you and tries to stomp on you if you get too close, but Basaran can also shoot lightning at you from a distance. Having to keep moving on the horse, Agro, to avoid the deadly electricity is scary when you fight this mighty beast.

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5. Barba (The Goliath)

"A giant lurks underneath the temple... It lusts for destruction... But a fool, it is not."

Upon entering an underground temple, Wander looks around before the wall behind him collapses and a humanoid, bearded colossus, Barba, steps out. The first minute or so of battle number 6 is terrifying.

Barba stomps after you as you have to run and jump over three different walls to safety before he crushes you. This battle is fun once you're safe, but the first portion of this battle always has me screaming at Wander to move faster.

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4. Celosia (Flame Guardian)

"An alter overlooks the lake... A guardian set loose... It keeps the flames alive."

Celosia, colossus number 11, is the smallest of all the colossi, but he is quick and can really mess you up if you don't get a move on. When you first see him, he jumps from his hiding place and in front of Wander, enough to give you a heart attack before the battle even begins.

To defeat Celosia, you have to grab a flaming stick and use it to make him back up until he falls from the temple. Doing this is scary too as the flame can go out any second. As soon as the fire goes out, Celosia will swipe at you. Not only that, but even after he falls from the temple, you still have to get yourself onto his back to defeat him. This is definitely one of the more tense battles of the game.

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3. Dirge (Sand Tiger)

"An isolated sand dune... Its tracks are well hidden... Shaking the earth, its gaze is upon thee."

Colossus number 10 resembles a giant snake that swims beneath the sand. You need Agro for this battle, because Dirge is quick and doesn't hesitate to slam into you. As you're running away, you have to turn Wander so that he's looking behind him and back at the monster; it's the last thing you really want to do. The first time I saw those huge, orange eyes staring back at me, my stomach dropped.

Battling Dirge is really fun, and not too difficult if you time it right, but it makes number three on this list because of how much it terrified me the first time I experienced it.

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2. Kuromori (Wall Shadow)

"A tail trapped within a pail deep within the forest... A shadow that crawls on the walls."

I beat colossus number 8 just the other day and was sweating buckets. Take your pick of what makes Kuromori terrifying: its quick movement, its ability to climb walls, or the fact that it can shoot poisonous projectiles at you that leave toxic, health-draining gas clouds.

To beat it, you have to get close enough to shoot its legs so it falls, and then stab its belly while it's down. The tension and fear makes me always dread this battle.

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1. Cenobia (Destruction Luster)

"A guardian set loose... A closed-off city beyond the channel... It lusts for destruction..."

Cenobia takes first place as the scariest monster in Shadow of the Colossus. It movies quickly, sends you flying if it runs into you, and repeatedly tries to knock you off any platform you find yourself on. It's impossible to outrun colossus number 14, and you have to be clever to get past it.

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Each of the colossus has its own charm and clever puzzle to defeat them. It really is one of the best games of its time, and I'm delighted to be able to play it again. Which of the colossi is your favourite?

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    • poppyr profile imageAUTHOR

      Poppy 

      16 months ago from Tokyo, Japan

      ...I think I would have cried if they'd kept a spider enemy

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      Jeremy Gill 

      16 months ago from Louisiana

      Hi Poppy, sweet countdown! Kuromori creeped me out the most thanks to its unpredictable speed, though it's been awhile since I played.

      I read about many colossi the team had to cut, some of which also sound pretty frightening. For example, a giant Spider enemy named Aberth had an instant-kill move and was removed for being too difficult.

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