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The S Rank Guide


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Firstly, massive props to SoZuu, without whom I would have probably smashed my Xbox the fuck up getting these done :p

 

Hopefully this will help you on your way to Height of Olympus. I unlocked it after 120 hours gameplay. (15 hours story, 45 hours Surpass Hephaestus, 60 hours S Rank)

 

This isn't going to give you a step-by-step guide to every level; these are the times/damage/kills I got to S Rank the level. They are not set in stone but as the game provides you with ZERO indication of what you need to do to gain S you'll at least now have something to aim for.

 

Some levels do not have any stats against them - this is because I completed them during my Surpass Hephaestus playthrough and I wasn't recording the stats at that time - this should mean they are fairly straight-forward and can be S Ranked without much trouble.

 

General Tips

95% of the levels were completed using Axe Of Themis. When charged with Battle Song III (Piscium Harp) it destroys most bosses in 6 to 8 hits and disposes of higher enemies very quickly too. Axe Of Themis also has Automatic Perfect Sub Weapon Seize - so you'll never miss if you've got it equipped (ie it's visable on your back)

 

Learn Boss Battles - you will need to dispatch every boss as quickly as possible - tips below

 

Satyros are a total ball-ache. They do not die easily. Learn to dispatch them quickly or use them to boost Chain Seize.

 

Chain Seize is your friend - learn when to use it, and more importantly, when NOT to use it. No point wasting it clearing a couple of enemies if you've got 8 waiting round the corner or filling you Soul bar up when it's already full!

 

If you complete a level and haven't got enough kills - farm them. Find a nice enemy spawn and boost your kills to the levels indicated.

 

Did I mention Axe Of Themis??? USE IT!!

 

Do not expect to S Rank on your first go. Even with some stats to aim for you're going to need some trial and error to get there.

 

Story Quests

You'll unlock statues in the Realm Of The Gods as you playthrough. These are listed in clockwise order, starting with the statue of your family directly behind you.

 

Quest / completion time / damage taken / kills

 

The Siren's Song - 0:42 / 0 / 10

Finding Tekla - 1:14 / 0 / 7

The Undead Swarm - 1:48 / 25 / 20

A Few Good Men - 2:33 / 0 / 18

On The Home Front - 0:37 / 0 / 5

 

Fall In - 1:29 / 35 / 5

The Spoken Word - 1:12 / 60 / 6

Night Raid - 3:06 / 70 / 16

Divide And Conquer - 7:44 / 164 / 24

Inflitration - 6:21 / 190 / 18

Out Of The Frying Pan - 5:27 / 0 / 22

Into The Fire - 6:01 / 95 / 13

 

Eye For An Eye - 0:07 / 0 / 0

Something To See - 3:46 / 55 / 10

Gift Horse - 3:44 / 250 / 10

Higher Learning - 3:38 / 50 / 12

The Beast Within - 3:25 / 165 / 7

The Gods Are Watching - 4:13 / 110 / 10

Face Your Destiny - 3:29 / 45 / 13

 

A Human's Strength - 10:20 / 265 / 31

Disillusion - nil / nil / nil

 

Protect Pegasus - 2:00 / 25 / 9

Rise, My King - 1:29 / 27 / 6

Taking Out The Trash - 3:35 / 203 / 18

The Reunion - nil / nil / nil

To The Lighthouse! - 4:28 / 60 / 34

Clash Of The Titans - 7:08 / 435 / 9

 

This Is Only The Beginning - nil / nil / nil

 

Daughter Of Fate - nil / nil / nil

Above The Underworld - 2:10 / 105 / 8

Scales - 3:34 / 30 / 1

The Three Keys - The Evil Lizard - 4:34 / 63 / 19

The Three Keys - The Watchdog - 3:16 / 110 / 25

The Three Keys - The Giant - 6:06 / 155 / 17

The Gate Opens - 1:37 / 145 / 14

 

Taming Pegasus - 3:35 / 0 / 29

God Or Man? - 2:08 / 0 / 15

Fisherman's Son - nil / nil / nil

Herb Hunt - 2:55 / 0 / 54

Path Finder - 3:14 / 29 / 18

Calibos! - 0:56 / 90 / 0

Tracking Calibos - 1:55 / 0 / 29

 

The Circle Of Hades - 1:19 / 43 / 11

Monsters In The Street - 1:08 / 30 / 14

Guiding Light - 0:59 / 5 / 10

Pacifism - 1:26 / 0 / 0

Rivalry I - 2:30 / 8 / 133

Coliseum I - 1:00 / 20 / 7

Night Watch - 4:04 / 45 / 22

Rivalry II - 2:30 / 32 / 159

Coliseum II - 1:55 / 20 / 8

Swords Speak Louder - 3:11 / 160 / 1

Departures - 0:38 / 25 / 2

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Challenge Quests

 

Free Roam Challenges

These are a pain if you don't know what you are doing. Kills tend to be the key factor so I've included details of where to farm them.

 

Quest / completion time / damage taken / kills

 

Mount Of Idols - nil / nil / nil

You come across 4/5 skeletons, then a left turn with another 5 skeletons. Rinse this 5 or 6 times - I think I finished with about 80 kills

 

Streets Of Argos - 9:37 / 28 / 72

Level = 4 x Stone ; 5 x Skeletons ; 5 x enemies outside. Boost Chain Seize with the 5 skeletons and use it on the 5 x enemies outside. Repeat 5 times and head back

 

Miasmic Swamp - 8:59 / 10 / 100

Get the area with the 2nd pillar and 4 x enemies will spawn. Kill them, run up the hill a bit and they respawn. Repeat 25 times.

 

Desert Of the Djinn - 8:54 / 160 / 57

Use the enemy spawn downstairs, inside the caves, to boost without taking too much damage

 

Norn Mountain - 8:43 / 140 / 42

Use the first 3 hounds you come across to boost kills.

 

The Underworld - 6:51 / 115 / 80

Use the undead at the bottom of the stairs to boost Chain Seize and rinse the Skeleton/Worm spawn 5 times

 

Medusa's Temple - 3:52 / 10 / 120

First room you get locked in - Skeleton spawns x 20ish - repeat 5 times

 

Argos Castle Area - 8:48 / 35 / 57

I used the same method as Streets of Argos here

 

Other Challenge Quests

Rivalry III - 2:00 / 50 / 106

Mating Season - 3:00 / 0 / 113

Glutton Of Miasmic Swamp - 2:36 / 40 / 52

Enemy Remnants - nil / nil / nil

Revenge Of The Satyros - 12:31 / 885 / 55

Looming Skeleton - 1:35 / 0 / 108

Sand Wormania - 6:55 / 100 / 25

Giant Glare - 6:23 / 55 / 22

Poison Wildlife Territory - nil / nil / nil

Stand Your Ground 1 - 7:15 / 175 / 81

Stand Your Ground 2 - 8:41 / 260 / 62

Gladiator 1 - 0:22 / 0 / 1

Gladiator 2 - nil / nil / nil

Gladiator 3 - 2:47 / 145 / 17

Gladiator 4 - 4:35 / 191 / 44

Gladiator 5 - 4:39 / 471 / 51

Here's how:-

Round 1 - spam for Chain Seize and use it = (15 seconds)

Round 2 - personally I prefer using Target + Forward + Y then Y to smash the eyes into the air. Spam for Chain Seize, use once, spam again and SAVE IT! (60 seconds)

Round 3 - keep your NPC healed if possible - he'll take some of the flak. Ignore the 2 flying bitches unless you need to boost Chain Seize. BS + AoT, run around the back of Polyphemus and unload. Either use Chain Seize to refill your Souls or suck them from Polyphemus. You'll need at least 6 fully charged hits before he'll start flashing for SWS (90 seconds)

Round 4 - spam for Chain Seize and use (30 seconds)

Round 5 - use the skeletons for souls or Chain Seize if needs be. Only attack the King's legs using BS + AoT. Make sure you suck his Souls when flashes blue. If done correctly the first time he collapses you'll get a Sub Weapon Seize to kill him. If you take out his arms it is very likely he will rebuild himself and screw up your time. (90 seconds).

Use the Boss Challenges to practice if needs be.

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Boss Battle Challenge Quests

Battle Song III + Axe Of Themis is absolutely key here for quick take-downs. Axe also gives you automatic SWS so no cock-ups to ruin your times! Once you've mastered these Quests it'll make the Gladiator Quests a bit easier. Most have no stats - they should be easy (hahahaha!) Remember to drain souls from all the bosses when they flash blue.

 

The biggest pain in the ass - Cyclops & Polyphemus. Two huge clubs and a nasty triple pounding make him a nightmare to finish off quickly. Try and use your NPC as bait and nip around the back to unload BS + AoT, then use him to recharge using Soul Seize.

 

The Stubborn Squad Leader - nil / nil / nil

The Cursed King - 0:49 / 112 / 0

Blood-born Demons - nil / nil / nil

The Blue One-Eyed Giant - nil / nil / nil

Beast-man And Giant - 2:39 / 270 / 2

Chthonic Terror - nil / nil / nil

Twin Blades In The Mist - 1:32 / 397 / 3

The Desert Rowdy - nil / nil / nil

Death-Eating Snake - 2:38 / 0 / 1

Avoid all energy balls and the snake will eventually stop flying around and the camera will pan around and show it looking at you out of the water. Dodge/avoid the 3 rounds of energy balls it fires at you and you've got about 60 seconds to hit all 4 yellow "eyes" on it's tail before it flies away. Do so, and the snake flies away from you, turns around and comes back. You'll get a Sub Weapon Seize chance. Take it! After the SWS the snake will try and coil round you - 2 hits with Axe Of Themis and it's a goner. Time for another SWS and you're done.

 

Evil Lizard Of The Underworld - nil / nil / nil

Twin-Headed Hellhound - nil / nil / nil

Son Of Poseidon - 1:32 / 270 / 2

Skeleton King - 1:43 / 113 / 10

The trick here is to use Battle Song + Axe Of Themis on it's LEGS only. If you destroy the arms too there is a much higher chance of it rebuilding itself and thus taking too long to kill.

 

Celestial Beauty - 5:51 / 712 / 1

Even Snake-face is no match for Battle Song + Axe Of Themis!

 

The One-Armed King - nil / nil / nil

Twin Bladed Cavalry - nil / nil / nil

Shadow In The Depths - nil / nil / nil

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A tip for rivalry 2 which i had a ton of trouble with is to use the martial arts core demeters touch (i had it maxed), i used its B attack and soul sieze when possible. The B attack will build your sould sieze so you shouldnt need to attack enemies, just group the enemies together. my stats were 2:30-0-159

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