Ares God of

Ares is the Greek god of war and slaughter. Unlike the later Roman equivalent of Mars, Ares was looked down upon by most of the Hellenic scholars, much like the Chinese Legalists Confucists have disparaged the more war-like kings of ye olde China. It was probably around Roman times when the story of Ares avenging the rape of his daughter (he kills the rapist) first appeared. While the game goes out of its way to present Ares as an uncouth, strong-minded brute, the simple fact is you need many...

Cave of Almathea Reward Aspect Point Ares only

After conferring with the four gods at the mausoleum, Jason will have the chance to do some solo fighting against souls ensnared by Ares. Head west from the village, have Herakles move the rock and proceed inside. Kill a few of the bastards with a thrown spear (especiall if they get stuck on angles in the floor), and simply work your way to the end of the cave. The minotaur is tough, but you can retreat until it starts to move away from Jason. Once it does, simply loose a spear its way, back...

Maces

Maces are the most powerful weapons in the game, aside from calling down an airstrike from Zeus. The mace is slow -unlike the sword's elegant four hit combo, a mace can only do three slow hits (or two strong ones). However, the mace is pretty much all you need in the game except against tougher enemies like Minotaurs and bosses. Anything that gets in the mace's way generally gets its head removed. Use the mace's special attack to knockdown enemies (deed) and while they are downed, crush their...

See King Lycomedes Reward Deeds

Naturally, the first thing to do is to see Jason's future father-by-marriage, King Lycomedes. Head up the single main street to the palace on Mycenae (Ares' watch) and go shoot past the gardens and all that to see the king. Be aware that there are side-quests Jason will want to do before seeing Lycomedes, since after the trials-by-combat, the chance for those quests will pass. See the side quest section for Mycenae and look up the quest for Demogenes and Khufu. Trial by Combat Reward Cold Iron...

Getting Past the Acid Breathers

There are two titans to slay to get past the green acid breathers in the middle of the path. You can practically see where the Golden Fleece resides (south of the Tartarus map). To get there, Jason and crew need to kill a bunch of losers. You can kill either titan -- Prometheus or Epimetheus -- first. There's no difference. Only the mini-boss faced first will change. If you go east and slay Prometheus first, your party runs into the Ionian champion Docon. If your party heads west, they face...

End Game Tartarus and More

Once you've completed the other islands, Jason automatically returns to Delphi. The oracle will ask Jason to ready his weapons and armor before going ashore, as once he does, he cannot go back aboard the Argo. Grab your best weapons and armor, and be ready to fight to the very end of the game. At the Gate of Despair, Jason can re-pick his Argonauts by talking to the Oracle. Otherwise the Oracle boots Jason and his pick of two back-men into the non-Harry Hausen underworld of ancient Greece. For...

Xeno You Bastard Reward Deeds Wavebreaker

While talking to Captain Idas, he will reveal that a Thessalanokian named Xeno is making threats in the village. Unless you have some more exploration in the palace (say, for the five memories of Alceme), you might as well get out of the palace, get some fresh air, and crush Xeno's head. Count the dialogue choices made (five of any one alignment will net you a deed) and simply wait for the dialogue to go threatening. Once all the blah, blah, blah is over, whip out your mace, spear, or sword...

The Case of Murder Reward Deeds

In the eastern half of the city, there are some pillories holding two miscreants. After looking into their case and claims, offer to help. To avoid hasty justice, be sure to talk to the retarded boy just south of the Five Rings of Virtue. Once that's done, locate the dead dying brother Nico in the eastern area. The dying brother will confess his crime of poisoning the victim. Bring this confession to the city elder. Should Jason decide to let both men free, he will be more compassionate than...

Confront Nessus Fight Manticore Reward Deeds

After some dialogue, Lykas will encourage Atalanta to seek proof. The only way to do that is to go to that odd circular room shown on your map. That's the manticore's lair. The entrance can be destroyed using the mace. Once there, consider saving the game. Once the manticore is dead, the island winds down. Be sure to have done all the side-quests before killing this boss, or you may not be able to do some side-quests. The manticore turns invisible (unlike a...

Inside Iolcus Palace Reward Deeds

Pan and Atalanta hold off the Tartaran fiends, so Achilles and Herakles will accompany Jason into the palace. At the palace, simply defeat the spirit Black Tongue sorcerers to stop the tide of enemies (you can leave them around if you need more targets for your combat deeds). When Achilles and Herakles get gassed in the poison chamber, defeat the enemies inside and smash the Altar to Hecate. Head to the final area and use the mace's special attack (modifier and attack) to smash the runes on the...

Fight Nessus Kill His Ass Reward Nisyros Armor Wind Shear

Engage Nessus in battle on the way back to the village. Nessus charges the party (and Jason) more than the manticore, but you do the same sword dance and cut to rack up the damage. Once Nessus tires of the charge and play, he will retreat and launch a new attack. Nessus sends out ghostly forms of himself. These ghosts have the momentum of a Mack Truck ( ) and will smash Jason to the ground, in addition to doing some damage. Once Jason gets close to Nessus, the manticore will be revived as an...

Spears

The spear is the chief weapon of the Ancient Greek hoplite, the various soldiers of the old Chinese dynasties, and many other ancient civilizations. The intention of the spear is simple -- extend a length of something to the enemy and stab him through the throat, gut or groin. The spear is the only weapon that allows Jason to counter-attack after a power block with his shield no other weapon in the game allows him to do that. Thank the spear's reach for the ability to do that. However, the...

Swords

Swords are the fastest weapon in this game, easily racking up the damage to kill enemies as they remain standing. Enemies from Tartarus are tougher than the living ones, so be prepared for a sharp increase of toughness once you've gathered the descendants at Delphi. Jason should never neglect the sword in boss combat, since he can quickly damage them before he is knocked away. Swords (in the real world) come in several types slashing (Arabic, Persian and Asian), thrusting (European mostly), as...

Death of Master Argo Reward Deeds

Master Argo always dies after the party lands on Kythra. To steer the Argo to the next island, you will need to consult the constellation menu. Each island has deeds related to a constellation. Simply select that constellation (you can pause and check the constellations during the dialogue with the deckhouse's steering wheel) and you will set off to the next island. For example, use Centaurus as the constellation for Saria, Pygmalion for Mycenae, and Libra for Kythra. Since you must've met the...

Damon of Knossos Reward Deeds

This is a side-quest Jason can miss once he starts on the tournament. Essentially, locate this Damon character in the same garden as Captain Ekekios. He will be looking for Daedelus. Get your alignment dialogue jollies, tell Daedelus of Damon, and then do the plan as Daedelus suggests. Take a feather from the wings on Daedelus' workshop, go back to Damon and lie. Be sure to go back to Daedelus and manually talk to him about Damon's new trip to Alexandria. This is because the conversation will...

Daedelus The Forge Reward Champion Armor

Argonauts Icon

This sidequest will not be available until the Argo is at Sea (meaning, you have to complete the tournament), or if Master Argo is dead and Daedelus is at the deckhouse, the Argo-map once the ship arrives at the next island. Essentially, locate Daedelus at the forge or the deckhouse and talk to him about the Gladiator Harness armor. Daedelus can upgrade that armor to the Champion's Fury or Champion's Might (he can only make one). Neither piece of armor counts towards the All Weapons and Armor...

Side Quests

The following are the total number of dialogue points you can accumulate if you select all your dialogue to be of one alignment. There are cases where Jason may select another choice in addition to the choice he first made, although that will be rare on Mycenae. More likely, is you missing out on some alignment points by selecting the Less Chat, More Splat options with Ares. Note that Jason's actual answers will matter when conversing. Don't just look at the points you can get. The choices...

Athena Goddess of Wisdom

Athena is the goddess of war and wisdom. Where Ares delights in slaughter, Athena is one for the science of war. Go figure. The tactics and strategy so praised by the ancient Greeks purportedly were what let them thrive in an anarchic city-state format Alexander -- a Macedonian -- was their brightest star although no one seems to give a rat's ass about how his father Phillip polished the Macedonian army to be so effective in the first place . Athena's choices are governed by law and...

Best Armor Argonauts

Armor will only help Jason defend against attacks, although some have other properties as well. There are actually eight pieces of armor including the final armor , but you can only retain the services of six. Some of the armor is easily missed, so be wary where you tread. After meeting Medea at the King's Tomb on Iolcus , check out the piece of armor in the chamber. This armor will increase Jason's defence and resistance a good deal and serves until he gets something else. This armor is...