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The Blades of Chaos, forged in the foulest depths of Hades. Once attached the blades remained so, chained and seared to the flesh, a part of the bearer's body. A permanent reminder of Kratos' pledge.

–Gaia

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The Blades Of Chaos in God of War: Ascension.

The Blades of Chaos were a pair of chained blades that were fashioned by the God of War, Ares. Ares had those blades made for a servant who would prove worthy of his service. Those blades were the first pair of chained blades that Kratos used in the God of War Series.

HistoryEdit

No mere sword and shield would befit the newest servant of the God of War.

Gaia, regarding the Blades.

The Blades of Chaos were forged at the darkest depths of the Underworld by Ares himself. They were imbued with fire, which allowed them to ignite with every attack that the user performed. The Blades' chains would stretch out for a set distance with each attack, which allowed fluid movement no matter who wielded them. The chains of the blades were permanently seared onto the forearms of the wielder, which served as a reminder of their oath to the God of War. The chains could only be removed either by the God of War himself, or when the wielder's time of servitude ended.

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The Harpies bringing the Blades of Chaos to Kratos.

After Kratos pledged his life to the God of War, Ares had his Harpies fetch the Blades of Chaos and bestowed them on the Spartan as weapons worthy of a God's Champion. After Ares decimated the Barbarian forces, Kratos used his new weapons to slay the Barbarian King, Alrik. Kratos continued to utilize the Blades during his time of servitude to Ares and the Gods - even against his own wife, Lysandra, and daughter Calliope, whom he unknowingly killed while he was in a god-driven rage that was set by Ares.

Kratos, at the peak of his task to kill the God of War, had the Blades of Chaos stripped away from him after he defended his family in one of Ares's Illusions. With the Blades taken away from him, Ares manipulated the Blades to attack Kratos' family, which killed them once again, and a helpless Kratos watched in horror. After the fall of Ares, the Blades were never seen again, but Kratos was soon granted the similar Blades of Athena.

AttacksEdit

AscensionEdit

Level 1

  • Olympic Fury - A quick combo that hits surrounding enemies. Square, square, square, square
  • Olympic Fury (Air) - While Airborne, a quick combo that hits surrounding enemies. Square, square, square (Air)
  • Bravery of Hercules - A powerful but slow overhead attack. Triangle
  • Bravery of Hercules (Air) - While Airborne, a powerful but slow overhead attack. Triangle (Air)
  • Olympic Ascension - A powerful attack to launch enemies and jump into the air. Hold triangle
  • Plume of Prometheus - A quick and powerful combo ending in an explosive finish. Square, square, triangle (Note: can stun enemies when performed sometimes, allowing Kratos to use them as a battering ram)
  • Icarus Lift (Air) - While in the air, press X to gain more height. X
  • Hyperion Charge - A powerful sprint. L3
  • Hyperion Ram - (While sprinting) A powerful ram attack that sends enemies flying back. Square
  • Hyperion Slam - (While sprinting) A powerful ground slam that clears enemies. Triangle
  • Hyperion Uppercut - (While sprinting) A powerful punch that lifts enemies off the ground. O
  • Spartan Escape - Kratos evades out of the way. R3
  • Orion's Harpoon - Kratos throws out his chain to harpoon an opponent. R1
  • Orion's Harpoon (Air) - Kratos throws out his chain to harpoon an opponent. R1 (Air)

Level 2

  • Spartan's Revenge - Kratos performs a powerful counterattack when hit during this stance; Can also deflect back enemy projectiles. L1 + X
  • Cyclone of Fury (Ground or Air) - A flurry of hits that pushes enemies away. Hold Square
  • Increased Damage

Level 3

  • Spirit of Hercules - (While rage is active) A powerful but slow multiple hit combo with an explosive finish.  Triangle, triangle, triangle
  • Valor of Hercules - (While rage is active) A powerful but slow multiple hit combo with an explosive finish. Triangle, triangle, square
  • Olympic Ascension - A powerful attack to launch enemies and jump into the air; Increased range. Hold triangle
  • Falling Helios - Kratos performs a powerful multi-hit attack in mid-air. Hold triangle (Air)
  • Increased Damage

Level 4

  • Athena's Wrath (Evading) - A powerful chain attack after evading. Right Stick, hold square
  • Rising Helios (Evading) - Kratos performs a powerful multi-hit attack after evading. Right Stick, hold triangle
  • Apollo's Ascension (Evading) - Simultaneously launches Kratos and enemies into the air. Right Stick, hold X
  • Increased Damage

Level 5

  • Athena's Blessing - Magic orb release when Rage of the Gods is active. Rage Upgrade
  • Athena's Revenge - Increase Stun amount delivered to enemies. N/A
  • Increased Damage

Chains Of OlympusEdit

Level 1

  • Icarus Lift (Air) - While airborne, press X to gain more height. X, X
  • Hyperion Ascension - Hold triangle to launch enemies and jump into the air. Hold triangle
  • Orion's Harpoon - Press circle while enemy is airborne to slam them back to the ground. O
  • Plume of Prometheus - A quick and powerful combo ending in a fiery finish. Square, square, triangle

Level 2

  • Cyclone of Chaos - Rapidly swing your blades, hitting all surrounding enemies multiple times. L + square
  • Cyclone of Chaos (Air) - While airborne, rapidly swing your blades, hitting all surrounding enemies multiple times. L + square
  • Increased Damage

Level 3

  • Spirit of Hercules - A powerful but slow multiple hit combo with an explosive finish that launches enemies into the air. Triangle, triangle, triangle
  • Valor of Hercules - A powerful but slow multiple hit combo that sends enemies flying back. Triangle, triangle, square
  • Hyperion Might - Hold square to slash your blades in an arc. Hold square
  • Increased Damage

Level 4

  • Rampage of the Furies - Focus your rage on one enemy with this multiple hit attack. L + O
  • Rampage of the Furies (Air) - Quickly swing your blades in this multiple hit aerial attack. L + O
  • Hermes Rush (Evading) - While evading, hold square to slam your shoulder into an enemy. Square
  • Athena's Rise (Evading) - While evading, hold triangle to deliver an uppercut to launch enemies. Triangle
  • Increased Damage

Level 5

  • Tartarus Rage - Swing your blades down onto multiple enemies, launching them into the air. L + triangle
  • Tartarus Rage (Air) - While airborne, rain down multiple attacks and land with an explosive finish, launching enemies. L + triangle
  • Increased Damage

God of WarEdit

Orb CostsEdit

  • Level 1 - n\a
  • Level 2 - 1,500 Orbs
  • Level 3 - 2,250 Orbs
  • Level 4 - 3,750 Orbs
  • Level 5 - 9,000 Orbs

Level 1

  • Icarus Lift (Air) - While in the air, press X to gain more height. X, X
  • Ascension - Hold triangle to launch enemies and Kratos into the air. Hold triangle
  • Orion's Harpoon - Launch an enemy and tap circle to slam them back to the ground. O
  • Hades' Reverse - Tap L1 just before an enemy's attack connects to parry. L1
  • Plume of Prometheus - A quick and powerful combo ending in a fiery finish. Square, square, triangle

Level 2

  • Increased Damage
  • Apollo's Ascension - Simultaneously launches Kratos and enemies into the air. L1 + X
  • Apollo's Offensive (Air) - Slam enemies back to the ground with this powerful attack. L1 + X
  • Hermes Rush - Ground dash attack. R1
  • Hermes Stomp (Air) - Air attack that drives Kratos quickly to the ground. R1
  • Rage of the Gods.

Level 3

  • Increased Damage
  • Cyclone of Chaos - Kratos swings his blades around him multiple times. L1 + square
  • Cyclone of Chaos (Air) - 360 spin attack in the air. L1 + square
  • Spirit of Hercules - Slow but powerful combo. Triangle, triangle, triangle
  • Valor of Hercules - Slow but powerful combo. Triangle, triangle, square
  • Hades Revenge - A counter attack after parrying your foe. Square or triangle or R1

Level 4

  • Increased Damage
  • Rising Helios - A Multi-hit attack that targets a single enemy. L1 + triangle
  • Falling Helios (Air) - A Multi-hit air attack ends with an explosive finish. L1 + triangle
  • Hermes Fury - Multi-hit dash attack. R1, R1, R1
  • Achilles' Flip - While Evading, press X to perform a backflip attack. R3 + X
  • Tempest of the Fates (see Rage of the Gods)

Level 5

  • Increased Damage
  • Lance of the Furies - Kratos slams the ground to send a shockwave that damages enemies caught within. Continue to hold circle for an even greater attack. Hold L1 + O
  • Lance of the Furies (Air) - In the air continue to hold circle for an even greater attack. Hold L1 + O
  • Might of Hercules - Hold square during combo to unleash a powerful attack. Square, hold square
  • Athena's Blessing (see Rage of the Gods)

GalleryEdit

  • Kratos using the Blades against Ares
  • Blades of Chaos.png Kratos' reflection on the blood-stained Blades of Chaos
  • The Blades of Chaos in-game, from the original God of War
  • Kratos wielding the Blades in God of War: Ascension
  • The "new look" Blades from God of War: Ascension
  • Blade of Chaos.png The new Blades of Chaos

Trivia Edit

  • In the pre-rendered cutscenes of God of War, the design of the blades was rather inconsistent as they appeared unfinished in certain cutscenes. That was probably an oversight of the developers. 
  • With each level upgrade, the Blades of Chaos changed shape slightly, as did the color of the flame that surrounded the chains and the Blades themselves. That persisted in subsequent God of War Games.
  • The Blades of Chaos were the only primary weapon that Kratos wielded in the series that were not given to him by Athena and were instead given to him by Ares.
  • Those blades had a demonic red-orange glyph pattern on them in-game and grew in size and area as they leveled up. However, in the pre-rendered cut-scenes, they did not appear, except in God of War: Ascension.
  • The Blades of Chaos also secretly appeared in specific scenes in God of War II and God of War III . That was either an Easter Egg that was left by the developers or were unnoticed goofs.
  • In the Novel, it was revealed that the Blades of Chaos were forged by Hephaestus, but in the first game, it was mentioned that they were made in the Underworld by Ares. It was unknown which of those claims was canon. The Forge was located in the Underworld, so both could have been accurate.
  • According to the European PlayStation Blog, Kratos was set to use "the deadly chained Blades of Chaos" in Ghost of Sparta, despite the fact that Kratos lost them in the previous game. That was shortly thereafter corrected to the Blades of Athena.
  • When any of the Blades rested on Kratos' back, no chains appeared to connect them to his wrists. It was possible that the magic of the blades, and all of Kratos' blades, that the chains on his wrists connected to the blades only when the blades were held in hand. It should also be noted that the blades rested on Kratos' bare back with no way of being held there, though that was most likely by the developer's choice.
    • When the blades rested on Kratos' back, in-game, they were positioned with the ending points of the blades pointing sideways or away from each other and one of the skulls were atop of the other. But in pre-rendered cutscenes, the points pointed downwards and the skulls were not atop of one another.
  • In Chains of Olympus when executing a cyclone of chaos, if done at a close enough distance from an enemy, it chopped off their head and yielded magic orbs.
  • After Kratos attacked with the blades, he still held them, but when Kratos moved (jumped, walked, or ran, but did not evade), the blades then instantly rested on his back and his hands did not actually move when that happened. However, that was fixed in God of War III.
  • The Blades of Chaos appeared in Calypso's Trophy Case in the ending of Twisted Metal (2012), which was a part of another franchise that was Directed by David Jaffe.
  • There were four initial models of the Blades of Chaos: the in-game models from God of War & God of War: Chains of Olympus, the cutscene model, the revamped model from God of War: Ascension, and the model in the Cinematic Cutscenes in God of War.
  • In every God of War Game, the Health/Magic/Red Orb Indicator was shown in front of a blade model. In God of War, God of War II, and God of War: Chains of Olympus, it was most likely to be one of the Blades of Chaos, but in God of War III and God of War: Ascension, it seemed to be a non-specified blade. It was interesting to notice that in Chains of Olympus, once Kratos started to slice his enemies, the Health/Magic/Red Orb Indicator started to get stained with blood, which grew in intensity as Kratos continued to hit his enemies, only to get "clean" again after a certain amount of time elapsed after not attacking.
  • In God of War: Ascension, the looks of Blades altered drastically when they leveled up.
  • The Blades of Chaos were the second most used pair of blades in the series and were used as main weapons in 3 occasions: God of War: Ascension, God of War: Chains of Olympus, and God of War.
  • In every God of War Game, including Ascension, Kratos always had the tradition of holding his blades in forward position. However, in one of the pre-released video captures (requested by Sony) where Kratos was at one point of fighting the infected head of Aegaeon the Hecatonchires, he was seen pointing his blades backwards.
  • In God of War II, all power levels of the Blades of Athena went back to the minimum when Kratos drained his powers into the Blade of Olympus. The same happened in God of War III when Kratos fell into the River Styx, but it was not known how and why the same happened to the Blades of Chaos between God of War: Ascension, God of War: Chains of Olympus, and God of War.
  • The final unlockable attack for the Blades of Chaos in God of War was "Lance of the Furies" (L1 + O). That was very similar to the "Rage of Ares" magic attack in God of War: Ascension.
  • The Rampage of the Furies Move in the Blades of Chaos differed largely from the Blades of Athena. Using BoC, Kratos swung his blades in a sideways, but downward slashes; with the BoA, Kratos swung his blades in uppercut slashes. That difference in the moveset was maybe due to a slight difference in shapes.

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