15 Most Brutal Deaths In God of War Games

15 Most Brutal Deaths In God of War Games

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Welcome to MojoPlays and today we're looking at the 15 Most Brutal Deaths in God of War Games. For this list, we'll be looking at the deaths that unnerved us the most in Sony's mythological series. Beware, there are spoilers ahead! Our list includes Perseus “God of War II” (2007), Modi “God of War” (2018), Pollux & Castor “God of War: Ascension” (2013), Hercules “God of War III” (2010) and more!

Script written by Aaron Brown

15 Most Brutal Deaths in God of War Games

Welcome to MojoPlays and today we’re looking at the 15 Most Brutal Deaths in God of War Games.

For this list, we’ll be looking at the deaths that unnerved us the most in Sony’s mythological series. Beware, there are spoilers ahead.

Which death do you think was the most brutal? Be sure to let us know in the comments below.


“God of War II” (2007)

He may be the hero famous for slaying Medusa, but Perseus bit off more than he could chew when he challenged Kratos. The player stumbles upon Perseus trapped in a bath house. Assuming he’s a test from the Sisters of Fate, the Demigod sets about trying to kill Kratos. And his helmet of invisibility may have given him the edge had he just stayed out of the water. But the death of this pest is still satisfying. After slamming his head against the wall and holding him underwater, Kratos sticks a Blade of Chaos in his chest and hurls him into a giant hook. The cherry on top is that Perseus’ death frees Kratos from the very bath house they’re trapped in.


“God of War” (2018)

“Brutal” doesn’t necessarily have to mean overly violent as evidenced by the death of this Norse deity. After a fight against Kratos and Atreus that ends with an axe in his brother’s head, Modi is blamed by his father Thor and savagely beaten. While this happens offscreen, players see the outcome when Modi shows back up later, hardly able to stand. This may strike an empathetic chord for the player, but it certainly doesn’t with Atreus. Believing he can do whatever he wants because of his divinity, Atreus stabs Modi before kicking him off a cliff. It’s not a very flashy death, but a child showing absolutely no remorse for murder is still pretty unsettling.

Pollux & Castor

“God of War: Ascension” (2013)

The Gemini Twins can be found in the Temple of the Oracle, whose position and powers they’ve stolen for themselves. Castor the brute covers the physical prowess of the fight. But it's his conjoined, undeveloped twin Pollux, with his deadly sorcery, that gives Kratos more grief. Still, their combined efforts aren’t enough. After crashing through a platform, Kratos mercilessly separates the two in mid air. That’s enough to take care of Castor. But upon landing and seeing the now powerless Pollux trying to crawl away, Kratos squashes him like a bug. And the sound design for both deaths is just as disgusting as you would think.


“God of War” (2018)

This seemingly indestructible Norse God hunts Kratos and Atreus throughout their journey. And considering his immortal curse, living through each encounter is its own feat of strength. During the final epic confrontation, however, the curse is lifted. But there are no gory executions here. For Baldur’s demise, the developers went for substance over style. Refusing to let Baldur kill Freya, Kratos snaps his neck. The slow motion fall and the close-up as Baldur’s eyes fill with blood are certainly moving. But it's his mother’s pained cries and vows of vengeance that make it unsettling and emotionally brutal.


“God of War III” (2010)

A fight for the ages. Two brothers: one a rage-filled killing machine and the other a warrior renowned for his strength. But all of Hercules’ labors couldn’t have prepared him for Kratos. Hercules’ jealousy of Kratos and his title is what fuels him to confront the God of War, swarming him with minions and pummeling him with his Nemean Cestus. But it’s these powerful gauntlets that turn out to be Hercules’ downfall. After stripping away his opponent’s armor and weapons, Kratos smashes the entire arena down upon him. With Hercules trapped, Kratos proceeds to beat his brother with his own weapon until the floor breaks beneath them. Now that’s power.


“God of War III” (2010)

The final chapter of the original trilogy opens with a grand and awesome boss fight against the God of the Seas. As the group of Titans ascend Mount Olympus, Kratos deals with minions as a tutorial. But this tutorial quickly takes a turn as Kratos is faced by the powerful God encased in rock and seawater. His stature is surely imposing, as are his rock spikes and electric attacks. But when outside of the sea, it's Kratos who’s the imposing one. Not only is Kratos’ anger ferocious, but every blow is shown from Poseidon’s point of view. Kratos then blinds Poseidon, snaps his neck, and lets his body fall into the sea.


“God of War” (2018)

Kratos has gone up against plenty of giant creatures in his day and they’ve all fallen. One of his most epic fights was against the dragon Hraezlyr, who lived on the highest peak in Midgard. Given that Hraezlyr attempts to eat your ally, it’s only fitting that Kratos begins the fight by attacking the roof of the dragon’s mouth and tongue. He then spends the fight dealing explosive damage to the dragon’s face before he can deliver the coup de grace. With a little help from Atreus, Kratos pins the beast in place with a crane before pulling it into a spike of highly explosive World Tree sap. The resulting explosion forms a wound that would drop any monster instantly.


“God of War III” (2010)

Just like Hercules, Kratos uses Hades’ own weapons to finish him off. But the tougher boss fight makes it all the more satisfying. While Hades briefly helped Kratos in the original game, by the third he’s killed most of Hades’ family. And for that, the God of the Underworld uses every power he holds in an attempt to stop Kratos’ journey. But Kratos is a beast, tearing Hades to pieces and using his own Claws to rip his soul from his body. And with that gone, the souls of the underworld pull him underneath the River Styx.


“God of War III” (2010)

While this boss battle isn’t too difficult, it’s still an absolute blood bath. Kratos finds Cronos in the pits of Tartarus and the Titan blames Kratos for his current living state. But Kratos is only there to retrieve the Omphalos Stone from Cronos’ stomach so Hephaestus can make him a weapon. A fight is inevitable, and it is downright gruesome. Kratos performs his normal slicing and dicing and even tears off a fingernail. But that’s nothing compared to how Cronos goes out. After getting swallowed, Kratos cuts open the Titan from the inside, gaining the stone in gloriously violent fashion. He then drives a spike through Cronos’ chin before stabbing him in the forehead. It’s all pretty nasty.


“God of War: Ascension” (2013)

Kratos cuts through hordes of minions like a knife through butter. But occasionally the games will toss mini-bosses his way for tougher challenges and gorier kills. The Cyclops finisher is pretty vicious, but the more disturbing has to be the Juggernaut from “God of War: Ascension.” These humanoid elephants act similarly to Minotaurs, charging Kratos and stomping the ground. We’re all for defeating your enemies, but the deaths of these are almost too much to bear. Kratos will hold them down, delivering blow after blow until you see its brain. If that wasn’t upsetting enough, the Juggernaut makes very lifelike, scared elephant noises that made us wish we could skip their fights altogether.

Poseidon's Princess

“God of War III” (2010)

Kratos has never been one to help others, but the fate of this poor bystander makes our stomachs churn. Her life is already pretty rough, being the enslaved lover of Poseidon. But it turns out she’d rather stay locked up than have anything to do with Kratos. And for good reason. Kratos leads the Princess through hordes of enemies, protecting her though only because he needs her as a sort of key. A very, very unfortunate key. Kratos uses her to hold up a crank that opens a nearby gate. But the weight is too much for her, not that Kratos cares for his temporary companion. The sound of the crank coming down on her still makes our skin crawl.


“God of War III” (2010)

The speedy messenger God took a lot of joy in taunting Kratos in “God of War III,” which was a very dumb thing to do. Kratos already has anger management issues. And it wasn’t too long before he was able to catch up to Hermes and unleash his fury. Despite his immense speed, Kratos' chains carved through Hermes as he zipped around. And in order to get Hermes’ impressive footwear, he cut through the God’s legs. The nasty stumps naturally make this death pretty disturbing. His body then disintegrated into thousands of gross insects.


“God of War” (2018)

Some of the most ruthless enemies Kratos faced on his new adventure were ogres, staggering goliaths that smother their foes with immense strength, surprising speed, and varied attack patterns. They didn’t show up a lot. But when they did, players knew to keep on their toes. And unlike the Juggernauts, executing these monsters only put a smile on our faces. After climbing atop them and giving them a few whacks in the head, Kratos uses his axe to split their skull at the jawline, turning them into some big, ugly Pez dispenser. And every second of it is glorious.


“God of War III” (2010)

Though he doesn’t play a huge role in the games, the Sun God has one of the most gruesome deaths in the series. While Helios contends with Perses, Kratos uses a ballista to aid the Titan in his fight, destroying Helios’ chariot in the process. This leaves him as no challenge for Kratos, though neither are the minions he summons. After a bit of pleading, Kratos removes the deity’s only weapon with his bare hands. Helios’ screams combined with the visuals makes the death one of the franchise’s most violent. Insult is added to injury when Kratos uses Helios’ head as an item for the rest of the game.


“God of War III” (2010)

It wouldn’t be a proper list of brutal kills without one of the prime sources of Kratos’ hatred: the King of Olympus and the God of Thunder. Kratos deals a ton of damage to Zeus throughout the final fight, even impaling him through the heart of Gaia the Titan. But Zeus’ final moments are honestly intense and extremely personal for our anti-hero. Rather than use his blades, Kratos charges his weakened father and beats him with all his might. Shown from his point of view, the player can choose to continue punching Zeus’ face long after the camera turns pure red. Utterly ruthless.