|Behind the Scenes|
|Appears in:||God of War: Chains of Olympus|
|“||As we speak, my Basilisk cleanses this land, so that it may embrace the glory of the Persian Empire.||”|
–Persian King, regarding the beast's task.
The Basilisk was a legendary reptilian monster that has appeared in numerous myths. Its origins aren't fully known, although they can be traced by the Greek, Roman, and/or Medieval European myths. In Greek Mythology, it is known to have a serpentine body, with touches of the rooster accenting its body. Born from a toad that had nested for 9 years, and the egg having hatched the exact day when Sirius was visible in the sky, it was gifted with the ability to breathe fire. In various myths, the Basilisk is often described and depicted the same as another mythical creature called a "Cockatrice".
In God of War: Chains of Olympus it's depicted as a giant fire-breathing lizard with a sail upon its back, a membrane between its front and back legs, and a spiked tail. Brought by the Persians invading Attica, it was used to terrorize the city alongside the invading Persian army, and it is said by the Persian King that it will purify the area. Kratos was ordered by the Gods' to "eliminate this evil". Kratos' first encounter with it was when it interrupts a fight between him and a Cyclops in the outskirts of the city, where it bursts through the doorway and bites down on the Cyclops and devours it, after which it battles Kratos, by snapping and breathing fire at him. The fight ends when Kratos smashed a pillar onto its head and apparently takes out its left eye. After the initial encounter it fled into the city with Kratos in pursuit. In the end, it battled the Ghost of Sparta on the bridge leaving Attica, where he pulls the pillars of the bridge on its head and before breathing fire on Kratos, he jumps on its head and pulls its jaw together, causing its mouth to explode, thus killing the massive creature.
- The first encounter with the beast is very similar to the first encounter with the Hydra, as in both cases the beasts swipe their heads in the same manner, and the defeat sequences are almost identical.
- The Lost Levels bonus video in God of War: Chains of Olympus reveals that there was originally concepts for a smaller type of Basilisk enemy, the Infant Basilisk.
- After the Basilisk loses its left eye, the blood on its face is identical to the facial tattoo on Kratos' face.
- The Basilisk is the first opening boss who isn't the first boss to die in the game. This 'honor' was bestowed on the Persian King.