For all his adventures in the God of War series, Kratos managed to kill many gods. Here are 15 of the most memorable deaths.
This series is based on Greek and Scandinavian mythologies, and many of the gods featured in today’s selection appear in the plot almost from the beginning and figure in the entire “Greek” trilogy of Kratos’ adventures. The franchise is famous for its brutal battles: battles of epic proportions take place here almost every 10 minutes.
And although the story itself is a free interpretation of ancient myths, it attracts first of all with its protagonist, Kratos, whose hatred of the gods grows with each new part. However, with some of them, he manages to forge warm relations, such as with Athena, whom (spoilers!) He ends up killing by mistake. So, here are 15 of the most memorable deaths of the gods in the God of War series, but keep in mind that Kratos has a much longer track record.
Poseidon (god of the seas)
Poseidon is the first god that the protagonist meets on his way, and in God of War III he already acts as a boss. As the god of the seas, Poseidon has a ton of destructive powers. And directly in battle, he uses the following: cryokinesis (manipulating ice), hydrokinesis (manipulating water) and hydro-electrokinesis (the ability to create electricity in water streams).
Despite the fact that earlier Poseidon did not pose a threat to Kratos, by the third part, the death of the god became a necessity, since he was absorbed by the evil released from Pandora’s box. The battle itself turned out to be not half as crazy as, for example, the battle of Kratos with Ares. Kratos cracks down on the god of the seas in his human form, breaking Poseidon’s neck and gouging out his eyes. After his death in God of War III, Poseidon no longer appeared in the plot, but even dead gods can return from the other world in this universe.
Ares (god of war)
Ares, the main antagonist of the first God of War and the catalyst for the story in God of War: Ascension, was the original god of war in Greek myths, just like in games. As fans of the series remember, Ares tricked Kratos to kill his entire family, and therefore he definitely deserved death at the hands of an angry Spartan.
With the help of Athena and the Blade of the Gods, the protagonist manages to defeat Ares after a grueling fight, in the end of which Kratos impales Ares’ chest with a weapon created by the gods. Kratos himself, thanks to his outstanding fighting skills, becomes the new god of war.
Athena (goddess of wisdom and military strategy)
Athena, known as the goddess of military strategy and wisdom, is almost always portrayed as a noble deity in the God of War series. In the original God of War, she played the role of Kratos’ mentor and indirectly helped him kill Ares. She also appears in God of War II and God of War (2018), albeit in the latter as an illusion.
However, Athena tries to dissuade Kratos from fighting Zeus in an attempt to save Olympus. Their conflict escalates into a fight, during which Athena tries to grab Kratos’ weapon, and the Spartan accidentally stabs her with his sword. Kratos exclaims: “Why did you sacrifice yourself?”, To which Athena replies in her noble manner: “To save Olympus.”
Thanatos (god of death)
Lovecraft once wrote: “That is not dead, that eternity protects. Death, together with eternity, sometimes dies. ” But before us is not the universe from “Call of Cthulhu”, but Sparta, where even the god of death can die at the hands of Kratos.
In ancient Greek culture, Thanatos was the personification of death and, according to legends, existed long before the appearance of the cycle of life and death. To fight with him were honored by Kratos and Deimos, whom the Spartan saves from falling off the cliff. The battle that unfolded in the finale of God of War: Ghosts of Sparta was one of the few battles in which Kratos did not fight alone.
Deimos is eventually killed in the fight, leading Kratos to an uncontrollable rage. He brutally slays Thanatos, ripping open his ribcage with his bare hands and piercing his heart with a blade.
Aid (god of the underworld)
Hades from the God of War series is strikingly different from the charismatic character from “Hercules” from Disney. This version of the god of the underworld has impressive dimensions and is capable of instilling real horror, unlike the cartoon character. The design of Hades was slightly reworked after the first part, but the god of the realm of the dead remained the same terrifying.
The battle with Hades is staged quite spectacularly. In previous games, Hades dreamed of getting the soul of Kratos, for which in the third part he paid with his life. At the end of the battle, Kratos rips out the soul of the god of the underworld from his body and kills him with the help of a powerful weapon – the Claws of Hades.
Persephone (goddess of fertility)
Persephone, the goddess of fertility, fought Kratos in God of War: Chains of Olympus in full combat armor. The design of the heroine, with her wings and combat gear, is in many ways reminiscent of Hela, the Asgardian goddess of death, who appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Persephone herself is the queen of the underworld and the wife of Hades.
The battle between Kratos and Persephone in the finale of God of War: Chains of Olympus is impressive in its epic scope. While the antagonist flies across the battlefield, throwing heavy boulders at Kratos, he has to quickly change his strategy. As a result, the future god of war manages to incinerate Persephone with the help of the Gloves of Zeus.
Helios (sun god)
The powerful sun god Helios is one of the main antagonists in God of War III. And don’t let his appearance deceive you – Helios is considered one of the strongest gods in the ancient Greek pantheon. And his death at the hands of Kratos looks brutal even by the standards of this series.
Switching between the buttons and controlling Kratos, we tear off Helios’ head from the body for a long time and painfully, while he screams heart-rendingly, being in agony. And after this battle, the head of Helios becomes another item in the inventory, while the sun god himself was officially declared dead.
During his adventures, Kratos also encounters Hercules – his half-brother, whom Zeus also conceived. Connoisseurs of ancient Greek mythology and the God of War series are well aware of the love of Zeus, so this relationship should not surprise anyone. However, Zeus openly despised Kratos and was much more proud of Hercules.
Interestingly, Hercules, like Kratos, killed his family and tried to find redemption by following the orders of the gods. That is why he happily agreed to deal with Kratos, seeking to appease the gods. This led to one of the most shocking deaths in God of War III.
In this battle, Hercules practically had no weapons – only his mighty fists and Nemean Cestuses (captured knuckles of a demigod). And left without armor, Hercules began to throw sculptures at the enemy, but even this did not help him. Kratos managed to take his brass knuckles from Hercules and beat the son of Zeus to death with his own weapon. Brutal.
Hera (goddess of marriage)
The God of War series is based on ancient Greek mythology, but it is very loose about the original source. An exception to this rule was the goddess of marriage, Hera, who in classical myths was always portrayed as the jealous wife of Zeus and who, in games, almost openly hates the numerous offspring of the god of thunder.
Drunken Hera makes a fatal mistake, calling Pandora a “petty whore” in her hearts. Blinded by rage, Kratos responds by breaking her neck so that Hera would be silent forever. A rather dark fate for a goddess, whose character was almost not revealed in a short screen time.
Zeus (god of thunder and lightning)
Zeus despicably deceived Kratos, his own son, into convincing him that they were fighting on the same side, and therefore he definitely deserved what happened in the finale of God of War III. Ultimately, Kratos’ hatred and hostility towards the gods is rooted in his relationship with his father. In God of War II, Zeus even killed Kratos, because of which the Spartan had to get out of hell, so Kratos simply could not help repaying his dad with the same coin.
As a result, father and son came together in a spectacular battle, as a result of which Kratos pierces Zeus with the Sword of Olympus, and he tries to use weapons against the god of war. But Kratos manages to complete what he started: he beats his father to death with his bare hands (just like Hercules a few hours before).
Hephaestus (the Greek god of blacksmithing and fire) in games was a kind of dark horse among other gods. He was once married to Aphrodite, but after the battle with Zeus, who mutilated Hephaestus, he was imprisoned in the underworld.
Kratos asks Hephaestus for help, but he decides to kill the protagonist in order to protect his adopted daughter Pandora. Kratos has to deal with Hephaestus to stay alive, and he does it with the help of electric blades.
Modi (son of Thor)
The demigod and one of Thor’s sons, Modi, are best described by the words Sindri (“the feeble-minded son of Thor” and “heap of dung”). Throughout much of the latter’s plot, Modi and his brother Magni, along with their uncle Balder, try to hunt down and destroy Kratos.
If in Scandinavian mythology Modi managed to survive even Ragnarok, then in the game he was waiting for a much sadder fate. He let his brother down, because of which Thor considered him a coward, and decided to take revenge on Kratos for the death of Magni. And then an unexpected plot twist awaited us: Modi died not at the hands of Kratos, but at the hands of Atreus! Kratos himself wanted to spare the enemy, but his inaction as a result became one of the reasons for the death of Modi.
Magni (Thor’s eldest son)
Thor was very proud of his eldest son, Magni, which was not the case for Modi. And he, in the company of his brother and uncle Balder, following the orders of Odin, went to hunt for Kratos. Unfortunately for Magni, this hunt did not end the way he imagined.
Faced with Kratos, Magni orders him to surrender (to no avail, of course), after which he and Modi attack the Spartan. And Kratos, with the precision of an expert, pierces Magni’s skull with his ax, instantly sending the enemy to the next world. The death of his beloved son enrages Thor, but the god of thunder himself does not appear in the plot. It is quite possible that in the next games he will become one of the main antagonists.
Balder (god of light)
In the last God of War, Balder acted as the main antagonist. To people unfamiliar with Scandinavian mythology, the god of light may not seem like a particularly serious threat (especially since in the same legends he was famous for his beauty). However, Baldra has a strong protective charm of his mother, Freya, that protects him from all threats and deprives him of his senses, because of which he gradually goes insane.
Balder seeks to get to Jotunheim, for which he attacks Kratos, being sure that he is the guardian of the world of giants. Kratos kills the intruder, but Balder comes to life thanks to the enchantments imposed on him and continues the hunt for the Spartan already in the company of his nephews. But when Balder is pierced by an arrow from a mistletoe (his only weakness), the spell falls, and Kratos breaks the neck of the god of light – this time finally.
Mimir (god of knowledge and wisdom)
The smartest mortal and former subject of the Fairy King, shortly before the events of the game, he was a close adviser to Odin. Odin lost an eye due to his selfish advice, but Mimir realized his mistakes and since then has sought to make peace between all the kingdoms.
Unlike all the other gods killed by Kratos, Mimir himself wished death. Kratos chopped off the head of the god of wisdom, and then revived her, returning Mimir from Helheim (the realm of the dead). After that, Mimir accompanied Atreus and Kratos until the very end of the game, and remained in the form of a revived head.