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Rage Abilities are powers which allow Kratos to gain greater strength and durability in his battles whenever needed in the God of War trilogy (not used in God of War: Chains of Olympus or God of War: Ghost of Sparta).
In the God of War SeriesEdit
God of War: AscensionEdit
In God of War: Ascension, the rage ability have a very different mechanism than in the previous games. Instead of slowly charging and be always available (with the condition that the meter must be charged at some point), in Ascension, the rage meter gets filled way faster, but when not used when prompted, the meter loses all the charge if Kratos stop killing enemies in a short amount of time, but if Kratos keeps killing enemies, the rage meter continues full and ready to be activated. The ability is summoned the same way that it was on previous games, but it has different effects, depending of the elemental power used along with the Blades of Chaos. It can be upgraded to make the meter double its size, and increase the power used.
God of WarEdit
Rage of the GodsEdit
|“||Let the rage of the gods drive your blades, Kratos!||”|
In God of War, Kratos gains the Rage of the Gods ability after leveling up his Blades of Chaos to level 2. Once it is obtained, there will be an icon in the bottom corner of the screen that appears as a Spartan helmet. The plume of the helmet is the Rage of the Gods meter. Once the meter is full, and if L3 and R3 are pressed at once, the Rage of the Gods would be activated. Kratos would become greatly empowered; his attacks would deal greater damage, while he would receive minimal damage.
However, once the Rage of the Gods is activated, it cannot be turned off. Once the meter has been emptied, it can be refilled it by skillfully battling enemies and defeating them.
By leveling up the Blades of Chaos, the Rage of the Gods' effects become greater and it also gains new abilities.
God of War IIEdit
Rage of the TitansEdit
|“||You have freed Prometheus from the torment of the Gods. His flesh has tainted the Fires of Olympus and embodied it with the power of the Titans. These ashes will give you great strength, Kratos. Take them within you and use this strength to defeat your enemies.||”|
After Kratos frees Prometheus from his torment on Typhon's mountain, the latter burns in the Fires of Olympus and Gaia then gives the former his ashes. This grants Kratos the Rage of the Titans ability.
The player can activate the power by pressing L3 and R3 at once, similar to the Rage of the Gods ability. When activated, Kratos once again gets empowered; his attacks do twice as much damage, and he only receives half amount of damage from enemies. He is also immune to any side effects caused by creatures that attack when Rage isn't on, like being knocked back by attacks. Therefore, his attacks will never be interrupted when on Rage Mode.
Late in the game, just before Kratos' fight with the Kraken, Gaia gives him the flames that destroyed Sparta, which then greatly strengthens the power of the Rage of the Titans, tripling damage inflicted and reducing enemy damage to one fourth.
Upon obtaining the Rage of the Titans ability, an icon in the form of a Greek centurions' helmet will appear in the bottom of the screen, and the plume of the helmet represents Kratos' Rage of the Titans meter. While Rage of the Titans is active, the meter is continually drained. It can then be replenished by battling with great skill, or by obtaining Gold Orbs.
Unlike Rage of the Gods, this ability may be activated at any time so long as the meter is partially filled, and can be turned off at the player's discretion without the meter draining completely.
God of War IIIEdit
Rage of SpartaEdit
|“||Let the rage of Sparta fuel your blade, Kratos.||”|
Rage of Sparta is the new rage ability gained after Kratos retrieves the Blade of Olympus in the underworld.
The Rage Meter can be filled by collecting Gold Orbs, taking damage, and building large Combos. Activating it will break enemy dogpiles and un-petrify Kratos and stun nearby enemies. In order to prevent the player from abusing it, activation drains an 1/8th of the meter. When active, Kratos uses the Blade of Olympus exclusively, and it prohibits the use of Magic, jumping and blocking. Other effects of the Rage are: rate of movement increase, limited invincibility, enemies that successfully strike Kratos take damage, and Kratos will automatically push enemies out of his way while running. The camera zooms in slightly, and a blue filter is placed over the environment. Kratos' tattoo and his enemies glow red.
God of War: Ghost of SpartaEdit
The Rage Meter, called the Fire meter in the game, is refilled automatically similar to the items meter featured in God of War III. Activating it will infuse Kratos' Blades of Athena with flames, causing limited invincibility and increased attack damage. The ability is also used to overcome environmental obstacles. During the final fight against Thanatos, Deimos is killed, enraging Kratos to an inhuman level, thus the ability is automatically activated in the cut scene and becomes infinite until Thanatos is defeated.
The Fire Meter can be upgraded by finding fifteen Minotaur Horns hidden on neutral-colored chests.
- The name of the Rage Ability that Kratos uses throughout the series changes depending on whom he is currently aligned with:
- in the first game (God of War), the ability is called Rage of the Gods due to his allegiance with the Gods.
- When he is loyal to the Titans (God of War II), the ability is renamed Rage of the Titans.
- When he is loyal only to himself (God of War III), the ability is renamed Rage of Sparta.
- Thera's Bane is named after the Titan Thera (God of War: Ghost of Sparta).