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|“||Kratos, like the fiery Phoenix who is resurrected from his ashes, you too search for a second chance at life. Find these ashes and free the Phoenix. Only then will you find a path to the Temple of the Fates.||”|
The Phoenix was the legendary fire bird. Having uses in many different mythologies, adoration of the Phoenix dates back to as far as Ancient Egypt, Persia, and China. The myth also states that after it dies, it is reborn from its ashes. In common myths, the phoenix symbolizes rebirth, although rebirth is commonly mistaken for resurrection, as in this case, it implies reincarnation instead.
Long before Kratos became Ares' chosen one, he, in search of Ambrosia, the cure for his daughter, had entered a cave where he encountered a savage, fiery phoenix that originated from Hades, as the God of the Underworld intended for another person to find the Ambrosia. The fire beast was intelligent (being able to speak) and tried to discourage Kratos, who still managed to defeat it using his sword.
In the Palace of the Fates, Kratos learns from Lahkesis that he must descend into the depths of the Phoenix Chamber, and use the Phoenix's Ashes to awaken and release the creature. By solving the chamber's puzzles, Kratos is able to dip the ashes into fire, and give new life to the beast. Using the Hail of Boreas to release the bird from the flames, Kratos then chases after the bird.
After killing the Kraken, Kratos then harnesses the Phoenix, and it flies him up to the Temple of the Fates. After Kratos jumped off from the creature, into the Temple, the beast is presumed still alive due to its ability to resurrect itself constantly.
- In God of War II, originally, the Phoenix riding sequence would be playable, much like the Pegasus one. It was changed to a cutscene in late development.