The Nemesis Whip is yours, Kratos. Those who stand in your way will feel its electric sting.
The Nemesis Whip is a new weapon in God of War III. It consists of a pair of chains, each ending in three claw-like daggers that give off a teal colored aura. It was crafted for Kratos by Hephaestus after he brought him the Omphalos Stone, a decoy that Cronos originally mistook for baby Zeus and swallowed many years ago. Initially, Hephaestus intended to use them as a conduit for his own powers in order to kill Kratos, but the Spartan threw off the attack and turned the Whip against its creator, thus killing the smith god.
Nemesis Whip

The Nemesis whip

This weapon attacks in a similar fashion to the Blades of Exile, but faster and weaker, with a focus on multiple hits instead of single, powerful blows. The Nemesis Whip has the power to conduct electricity and electrocute whomever stands in Kratos’ way. The blades are useful when levelled up to recharge the Rage of Sparta while fighting opponents.

Like most of Kratos' weapons, excluding the Blades of Exile, the Boots of Hermes and the Blade of Olympus, the Nemesis Whip was destroyed by Zeus during his final attempt to defeat Kratos.


Orb CostsEdit

  • Level 1 - n/a
  • Level 2 - 3,000 Orbs
  • Level 3 - 5,000 Orbs
  • Level 4 - 5,000 Orbs
  • Level 5 - 8,000 Orbs

Damage MultiplierEdit

  • Level 1 - 100%
  • Level 2 - 110%
  • Level 3 - 120%
  • Level 4 - 130%
  • Level 5 - 140%


Level 1Edit

  • Furious Contempt - Quick combo that damages all surrounding enemies. Square, square, square, square, square
  • Righteous Tirade - Kratos throws the Nemesis whip in front of him and holds it in front of him like a blender. Hold square at any point during Furious Contempt
  • Righteous Ascension - Launch enemies into the air and grind them up with your blades. Hold triangle
  • Harsh Penance - A short combo that launches you and your enemies into the air extremely quickly. Triangle, triangle
  • Surging Lash - Whip an enemy, delivering a deadly shock. L1 + O
  • Nemesis Rage - Shock all enemies around Kratos with a powerful lightning surge. Similar to Cronos' Rage. R2

Level 2Edit

  • Increased Damage
  • Severe Judgment - Lash enemies and launch them into the air. L1 + square
  • Severe Judgement (Air) - Midair combo not unlike Apollo's Ascension from GoW 1. Continue to hold L1 + square after Severe Judgement
  • Increased Righteous Tirade/Ascension Duration

Level 3Edit

  • Increased Damage
  • Avenging Strike - Deliver a powerful spinning attack after evading. R3 + triangle
  • Nemesis Rage Lv. 2 - Shock all enemies around Kratos with a powerful lightning surge. R2
  • Increased Righteous Tirade/Ascension Duration

Level 4Edit

  • Increased Damage
  • Deadly Reprisal - Kratos leaps forward, hitting all enemies in his path. L1 + triangle
  • Deadly Reprisal (Air) - Slash enemies back down to the ground and slash again. L1 + triangle, hold to continue spinning blades on ground, release to slash
  • Increased Righteous Tirade/Ascension Duration

Level 5Edit

  • Increased Damage
  • Nemesis Rage Lv. 3 - Shock all enemies around Kratos with a powerful lightning surge. R2
  • Increased Righteous Tirade/Ascension Duration


  • Kratos uses the Nemesis Whip against his creator, Hephaestus
  • The early concept
  • Megaera wearing a Nemesis Whip on the left picture


  • The whip is most likely named after Nemesis, the Greek Goddess of retribution and revenge, and it shows in the way Hephaestus refers to it as 'retribution'. Its element was also an apparent attempt at ironic revenge against Zeus.
  • This is the only weapon Kratos ever consistently holds in a reverse grip, i.e. with the blade pointing downwards.
  • Also, along with the Nemean Cestus the Nemesis Whip are the only weapons in which Kratos steps/leaps to dodge attacks rather than rolling as with the Blades of Exile/Blades of Athena/Blades of Chaos or pulling himself to avoid as with the Claws of Hades.
  • The Surging Lash (L1 + O combo of the Whip) is actually identical to the Hyperion Ram (L1 + O of the Blades of Exile). The only difference is that, by holding down the buttons, the Surging Lash can be used consecutively against enemies and the Hyperion Ram can be done only once each time the buttons are pressed and held. By using this grapple move with the Nemesis Whip in the second battle with Zeus it is possible to circle the entire arena without touching the ground and without letting Zeus counter-attack. See here.
  • The greenish blue color of the Nemesis Whip seems to be shared with a great many things, but most probably it represents Olympus in the series, since the bridge mechanisms on the Upper Gardens, the electrical currents of the Bronze Talos, the Hyperion Gates, Hephaestus' Ring, The Flames of Olympus, and even the Blade of Olympus itself share the same color. This specific blue shade is different from one of the electrical currents of Poseidon and the titan Oceanus, which are darker.
  • Megaera, a fury in God of War: Ascension, has been seen wielding the Nemesis Whip as her weapon in one of her concept arts, but apparently the idea was scrapped. The most probable reason for this is the association between the Furies and Nemesis, since both represent justice and retribution. It's unlikely that such connection exists in the series or even that another Fury wields the Whip in the game, but this idea may be recycled for another character in Ascension.
  • The idea that this weapon is given to Kratos, has some analogous to the connection of him being the son of Zeus, mostly because it grants him the ability to manipulate electricity and it matches him as the son of the god of thunder

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