God of War Ghost of Sparta Playthrough Part 4 06439

Thera's Bane

Free me. Free me and my power will be yours. Without it we will both remain prisoners of our torments.


Thera’s Bane is a ability that Kratos acquires in God of War: Ghost of Sparta. He rips this power from the chest of the Titan Thera as he frees her from her prison beneath the volcano of Atlantis. It has the ability to engulf the Blades of Athena in fire. It greatly increases the power of the blades, and it allows Kratos to implant searing cores into his enemies which will explode after a few seconds. It also destroys the shields and armour of various creatures. Thera's Bane can be used to open damaged doors by placing a Searing Core in the center of the door, causing an explosion. It makes the colour of the Blades of Athena black and red.

Orb CostsEdit

  • Level 1 - N/A
  • Level 2 - 6,800 Orbs
  • Level 3 - 11,200 Orbs


Level 1Edit

  • Fire Blades - Charge the Blades of Athena with the fire of Thera. R

Level 2Edit

  • Increased Damage
  • Increased Regeneration
  • Improved Searing Core - Explosions have increased damage

Level 3Edit

  • Increased Damage
  • Increased Regeneration
  • Improved Searing Core - Explosions have increased damage


  • Thera is the name of an island in Greece north of Crete that was devastated by a volcanic eruption in the 15th Century. According to Plato, the same eruption sank Atlantis.
  • Thera's Bane can kill weakened enemies by burning them the same way The Efreet does in God of War: Chains of Olympus.
  • While using Thera's Bane, Kratos will not stagger when hit by attacks from enemies, but remains vulnerable.

Thera's Bane at full power due to Kratos' rage

  • Some enemies, including Thanatos and Erinys, wore armour that rendered them invulnerable to all attacks. Kratos was only able to defeat them by using this ability against them, to destroy their shielding.
  • In the final battle, the death of Deimos spurred Kratos' rage to such heights that the Blades of Athena became engulfed in Thera's Bane for the remainder of the battle. This is the reason why Thera's Bane is infinite (indicated by a flashing red fire bar) for that battle and that you can attack with the Blades of Athena without holding R button (R1 in PS3).
  • You can ignite the Blades of Athena while in the middle of a combo. With this trick, you can see the animation effect quickly changing as you perform a combo.
  • Holding L and R (L1 and R1 in PS3) will ignite the Blades of Athena while blocking and allows you to perform fiery counterattacks. Also, when you time these buttons during an enemy attack (parrying), the special effect will be ignited with fire and this counterattack will also implant Searing Cores to these enemies for additional damage.
  • Thera's Bane shares similarities with the Bow of Apollo:
    • Both use fire.
    • Both temporarily immobilize the enemy.
    • Both are key items to progress in the game.


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