Thy next foe is...A guardian set loose...A closed-off city beyond the channel...It lusts for destruction...
~ Dormin

The Fourteenth Colossus, nicknamed Cenobia, is a major antagonist from the video game Shadow of the Colossus. It is the fourteenth boss encountered in the game and a vessel for the essence of Dormin.



Cenobia and the other fifteen Colossi were created by Lord Emon to contain the fragmented essence of the defeated evil Dormin. He set them all to wander the Forbidden Lands, destroying anyone that comes their way, so that Dormin could never be resurrected.

Shadow of the Colossus

When a young man named Wander trespasses in the Forbidden Lands and asks the disembodied spirit of Dormin to resurrect his deceased lover Mono, Dormin agrees under the condition that Wander kills all of the sixteen colossi (tricking Wander into releasing his essence so he may be reborn). Wander agrees, and sets off.

Cenobia is the fourteenth colossus that he encounters, located guarding the ruins of an ancient city to the northwest. Watching over from a steep temple at first, it jumps down to chase after Wander through the ruins. Cenobia's sigil is protected under armor which Wander cannot cut through. Instead, he must walk across walkways on top of the ruins and jump to the top of a pillar, then use arrows to aggro Cenobia into headbutting the base of the pillar, causing it to topple over. This allows Wander to jump to another pillar, repeating the process. Eventually, one pillar breaks into a stone wall, where Wander then must climb up onto a "roof" supported by only one column. Angering Cenobia with more arrows will cause it to smash into the column, causing the floor to collapse over Cenobia. As it frees itself from the rubble, the armor covering the sigil breaks. This will allow Wander access to the beast's back, although it tries to shake him off by running through the ruins. Once Wander has stabbed the sigil enough times, Cenobia will collapse and die, releasing the fragmented essence of Dormin contained within its body.

This fragmental part of Dormin will bring Wander back to the Shrine of Worship, where he will be prepared to face his next foe. It will later combine with the other fifteen parts to form Dormin, who will possess Wander and later be banished by Lord Emon.

Cenobia's corpse can be seen during the credits.





  • At an estimated 11 foot (3.3 meters) height, Cenobia is the smallest colossus in the game.
  • During Dormin's description of Cenobia, it shares Celosia's description as "a guardian set loose", and Barba's description of "lusting for destruction". It is also the third and final truly sadistic colossus (after Barba and Dirge).
  • If Wander is running next to a wall, it is possible for Cenobia to kick Wander through the wall and out of bounds.
  • During the second phase, Cenobia can be stunned by making it run into one of the collapsed pillars.


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Shadow of the Colossus
Dormin | Lord Emon | Shadow Creatures

Valus | Quadratus | Gaius | Phaedra | Avion | Barba | Hydrus | Kuromori | Basaran | Dirge | Celosia | Pelagia | Phalanx | Cenobia | Argus | Malus

The Queen | Shadow Creatures

The Last Guardian
Master of the Valley | Armored Tricos | Armored Knights

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