How to beat the bosses of God of War on the Highest Difficulty (Give Me God of War Difficulty) without using the HUD.
Boss #1 – Troll (Daudi Kaupmadr)
This is the game’s tutorial boss and he is very simple to defeat. He has three main attacks:
- The Troll raises a leg and stomps the ground. He can stomp several times consecutively. The stomp will deal damage, stun Kratos, and push him backwards away from the Troll. Kratos can block this attack with his shield or (better option) he can dodge the shock wave. Dodging will let Kratos combo into an attack; but blocking will push him back.
- The Troll does a thrust attack using his massive stone pillar. The easiest way to counter this attack is for Kratos to dodge left. When playing on NG and Give Me God of War difficulty, two hits are enough to kill Kratos. Blocking is not recommended because Kratos will take heavy damage.
- The Troll does an overhead smash with the stone pillar. This is the hardest attack to dodge because it has the best tracking out of all the Troll’s attacks. But it’s also heavily telegraphed, which gives Kratos enough time to dodge. In addition, the Troll can do several overhead smashes consecutively and each smash refreshes the tracking on Kratos. This is very dangerous because on Give Me God of War Difficulty, two hits are enough to kill Kratos. Be careful and dodge left. Kratos can get a couple of hits in between overhead smashes. Blocking is not recommended because Kratos will take heavy damage.
If you can dodge the Troll’s attacks and keep hitting him with light attacks using the Leviathan Axe, you should be able to defeat him in three to four minutes on Give Me God of War difficulty.
Boss #2 – The Stranger
Throughout this fight, Kratos should use his bread-and-butter combo: Light Attack, Light Attack, Heavy Attack, Light Attack, Light Attack, Light Attack. This boss fight has three phases:
- Phase 1: The Stranger will let Kratos get some free hits before he fights back. The Stranger has a limited set of attacks during this phase. Kratos can block almost all of the Stranger’s attacks during this phase.
The Stranger can lunge directly at Kratos with a punch (blockable).
The Stranger can side-step Kratos’ attack or even grab Kratos’ axe followed with a counter-punch (blockable).
The Stranger can speed across the map in a zig-zag pattern ending with a punch/kick (blockable and parryable).
The Stranger will do a ground pound which is preceded by a flashing red circle (NOT blockable). The red circle appears any time any enemy is doing a non blockable attack. The ground pound sends out a shock wave directly in front of the Stranger. Kratos can dodge out of the way to the left or the right. The Stranger is immobile for a few seconds after his ground pound attack, so Kratos should take advantage by sprinting at him and getting in a few hits.
- Phase 2: This phase will begin with Kratos already in Spartan Rage mode. Kratos is invincible during this mode so he should take advantage of the situation and do as much damage to the Stranger as possible before Spartan Rage wears off. Once Spartan Rage wears off, be prepared because the Stranger is much more aggressive than in Phase 1. He still has the same move-set but he will attack and dodge your attacks much more frequently. Keep looking for the Stranger’s wind-ups because he telegraphs everything.
- Phase 3: The Stranger will be even more aggressive than in the previous two Phases. He also has a new UNBLOCKABLE attack: he will jump directly up into the air and crash back down to the ground doing massive damage to Kratos. Kratos should avoid getting hit by this at all costs.
Fortunately, there is a delay when the Stranger is in the air. As soon as Kratos sees the Stranger jump into the air, he should dodge-roll out of the radius of impact which is indicated by a circle of flying snow near the ground. Once the Stranger lands, he will be immobile for a few seconds, so Kratos should take advantage by sprinting at him and getting in a few hits.
Kratos should be more careful during this phase because the fighting area is surrounded by stone walls. Kratos should try to stay away from the walls because they will interfere with the camera which can be fatal because this boss is all about looking for telegraphed attacks and dodging, blocking, and parrying appropriately.
Boss #3 – Fire Troll (Brenna Daudi) [Under Contstruction]
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