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Shadow of the Colossus guide: The 10th colossus

Mystery in the Sand

Jeffrey Parkin (he/him) has been writing video game guides for Polygon for almost seven years. He has learned to love just about every genre of game that exists.

Each of the 16 colossi you fight during Shadow of the Colossus is a puzzle to solve. You have to find where it’s hiding in the world. Then you have to figure out how to get close to it. And finally you have to figure out how to reach its magic sigil weak points and kill it.

This guide will take you from the Shrine of Worship through defeating the 10th colossus. We’ll also point out any shrines, lizards or fruit trees along the way.

How to find the 10th colossus

  1. You’re going west this time. Head to the natural bridges on the north side of the Shrine of Worship and take the east-west one (go between the two pillars on the left).
  2. Keep riding west (you’ll have to weave a little to avoid ridges) past the shrine you visited on your way to the third and ninth colossi.
  3. There’s another shrine directly west from that one. Keep riding past it until you notice a narrow canyon in the cliff.
  4. Turn left at the T-intersection. You’ll pass one more shrine on your left. You’ll see the mouth of a large tunnel a little to the southwest.
  5. Ride through the tunnel until it opens into an underground cavern. Ride Agro toward the patch of sunlight in the center to trigger the colossus’ arrival.

Collectibles along the way

There are six shining lizard tails, two shrine and four fruit trees on the way from the Shrine of Worship to the tenth colossus. These are all optional things to do, but they’ll each help you out a little. Lizards will increase your stamina, fruit will increase your health and shrines will restore your health and act as a quick save point.

Shrine, shining lizard tails and fruit trees

You’re already using the second shrine you pass for a landmark, so make sure you visit it on your way past. And collect the lizard off of it. From there, turn southeast. There are two more lizards to collect on your way to the first couple fruit trees.

When you face southeast, there’s a large rocky butte sticking nearby. Head around the left side of it, then watch the ground as you loop around to find another lizard. You’ll also be standing right next to a tree with several pieces of fruit. Continue southeast over the ridge to find another fruit tree. Before you climb or jump down to collect them, though, turn to your right. There’s a large rock there where you can find another lizard. After you collect it, turn your attention back to the fruit tree.

Shining tail lizards and fruit trees

Hop on Agro and ride south to the edge of the canyon. Turn right at the lip and ride along it to the west. Just before you run into a wall (and a fruit tree), watch on your left for a rocky outcropping (browse the gallery above for images and the location). There’s a lizard running around here. After you pick it up, continue west to the fruit trees a little above you.

There’s another fruit tree a few steps to the north. This one has brownish banana-like fruit. It looks different than the fruit you’re used to collecting, so it’s easy to miss. Head north from there. Keep the cliff on your left and watch the base for another lizard.

Shrine and shining tail lizard

Hop on Agro and continue around the cliff until you’re at the mouth of the tunnel that leads to the colossus. Visit the shrine there and collect one more lizard tail.

Approaching the 10th colossus

  1. Stay on Agro as you start riding around the arena and draw your bow. Hold down L2 to keep yourself focused on where the colossus is under the sand.
  2. Your goal is to get it to follow you. Try to steer Agro as little as possible. She’ll do her best to avoid running into things, which lets you worry about the colossus. You’ll still have to give her nudges and corrections from time to time, but it’s best to trust her.
  3. Once the colossus is behind you, watch its head. It will surface from time to time, and you’ll be able to see its eyes — they’re the obvious bright blue headlight-looking things.
  4. Fire an arrow into one of its eyes. When you land a hit, the colossus will be blinded and run itself into the wall. It’ll be stunned on the surface for a minute, which gives you a chance to move in.

Defeating the 10th colossus

  1. Once you’ve stunned the colossus, ride Agro right up to its back.
  2. The first magic sigil is close to the sand. Grab on, climb up and stab until it disappears.
  3. After a little while, the colossus will retreat under the sand again. You’ll have to repeat the steps above to get another shot at its eyes and stun it again.
  4. The second sigil is at the peak of its back. Stab that one until it disappears as well, and the colossus will fall.

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