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Behold the glory of Helios!
~ Helios
My death will not lead you to Zeus.
~ Helio's last words before Kratos kills him.

Helios is the Greek god of the sun, and a major antagonist in the videogame God of War III.


Great War

Helios took part in the Great War along with the rest of the Olympians, fighting alongside Hermes. After the end of the war, Helios became the god of the sun.

Chains of Olympus

Helios was kidnapped by the Titan, Atlas, under the orders of Persephone, because of her feelings of betrayal due to the fact that she was forced to stay with Hades for six months of each year by the gods. With Helios gone, the god of dreams, Morpheus, was free to cast the gods into slumber and take control of the mortal realm. Atlas took Helios to the Underworld where he sought to use the sun god's power to destroy the Pillar of the World, thus wiping out all of existence. However Kratos came to the realm of the dead to rescue Helios and he defeated Persephone (with help from a beam of light from the sun god) and chained up Atlas, forcing him to take the pillar's place. After Kratos lost consciousness due to the tiring battle he had just undergone, Helios and Athena appeared to take the Sun Shield and the Gauntlet of Zeus. The sun god was very grateful for Kratos saving him and showed pity for all that he had been through. Helios suggested helping him more but Athena disagreed, stating "He'll live. They must."
Helios (Chains of Olympus)

Helios taking the Sun Shield from Kratos in Chains of Olympus

God of War II


Helios (God of War 2).

After Zeus was defeated in his battle with Kratos, he called a meeting of the gods on Mt. Olympus, which Helios attended. Helios, along with the other Gods, were asked by Zeus to assist him in destroying Kratos. However, in the middle of the meeting, the Titans and Kratos began their attack on the mountain and Helios leapt to Olympus' defense along with the rest of the gods.

God of War III

Helios (God of War3)

Helios with all the other Gods on Mt. Olympus (God of War 3).

While the Titans were scaling Mt. Olympus, Helios leapt into his Sun Chariot and flew down on the Titans, launching fireballs with one in particular aimed at Gaia to prevent Kratos from escaping the soldiers swarming the Titaness' shoulder.

Helios soon confronted Perses, the Titan of Destruction, and succeeding in briefly dislodging him from the mountain. The two were later come upon by Kratos, still in battle. Using the bright light he emitted to hamper Perses' sight and moving too fast for the Titan to strike him, Helios held the advantage. However the Ghost of Sparta managed to fire a ballista at the sun god, damaging his chariot and sending him right into Perses' hand. The Titan then crushed Helios' chariot before throwing him far into the city of Olympia and Kratos began hunting him.

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Helios weakened.

Kratos found the sun god, bloodied, beaten, and too weak to even stand. Just as Kratos was about to confront Helios, a troop of undead warriors with onyx shields quickly leapt to Helios' aid, forming a circular phalanx. However Kratos managed to break through them with the unwilling aid of a cyclops and confronted the god of the sun. Helios attempted to beg for his life and reminded the Ghost of the Sparta of the debt he owed him, promising to pay him back if Kratos spared his life.

Power of the Sun

Helios uses to Power of the Sun to both blind and injure Kratos

Kratos demanded the location of the Flame of Olympus, but the sun god told him that he would never reach it and unleashed the power of the sun in an attempt to blind Kratos. The Ghost of Sparta managed to shield his eyes from the light with his hands and stomped multiple times on Helios' head. The sun god seemed to relent and told him to defeat Zeus he needed to walk into the Flame of Olympus, but Kratos angrily told him Hephaestus had already told him about the flame and that it would destroy any god or mortal who so much as touched the flame. Helios scorned the Spartan for trusting the smith god's words, calling him an exiled freak who had fallen from the grace of Olympus. But Kratos told him that was exactly why he trusted Hephaestus.

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Helios' end at the hands of Kratos.

Unable to convince the Ghost of Sparta to spare him, Helios told him that his death wouldn't lead him to Zeus, but Kratos told him that he was wrong in that respect. He proceeded to deliver a blow to the sun god's neck and then used all of his strength to rip off Helios' head. With his death, the sun was shrouded by darkness and rain, thunderstorms, and tornadoes appeared across the land.
Helios' Head

Helios' Head

After Kratos ripped Helios' head off, a light began to emit from Helios' eyes and mouth. Kratos then decided to use Helios' head as a lantern to light up various dark areas, blind his enemies and even find hidden treasure chests.


Helios is very proud of his status as "god of the sun", as he is the one who keeps Morpheus away from Olympus. He appears to be honorable when he wants to compensate Kratos for saving him from Atlas, but Helios becomes manipulative and arrogant after he was consumed by the evils of the Pandora's box, as shown when he is trying to control Kratos in an unscrupulous manner into touching the Flames of Olympus, and to convince him that he would die in vain while in trying to defeat Zeus, and that his death would not lead Kratos to Zeus. He is also shown to be quite sarcastic when he calls Hephaestus a "freak" who was cast aside.

Powers and Abilities

As a god, Helios possesses immortality and invincibility towards most forms of attack. His magical powers revolve around fire and light, which he allow him to throw fireballs, emit blinding light beams, and do other such things. Helios also appears to use the Sun Shield which can deflect projectiles fired at him. He also wields the Sun Chariot which he uses for transportation. The Chariot also allows him to fly at great speeds.


Kratos. I have not forgotten the debt I owe you. Save me now. As you once saved me from Atlas and I promise to repay you in full.
~ Helios to Kratos.
The Flame? You will never defeat Zeus, Spartan. You will forfeit your life in trying.
~ Helios denying Kratos about the Flame of Olympus.
~ Helios unleashing his godly powers to Kratos.


  • In God of War: Chains of Olympus, Helios is voiced by Dwight Schultz and in God of War III, he is voiced by Crispin Freeman.
    • Helios' face is modeled after actor Crispin Freeman in God of War III.
  • After being crushed and thrown by Perses, the Sun Shield (which Kratos found in Helios' Temple and used in Chains of Olympus) is seen in front of Helios, indicating that he was using it in the battle.
  • Helios was most likely infected by the evil of Deceit from Pandora's Box, since he tried to trick Kratos (a risky and ultimately foolish way to defy the Spartan) to enter the Flame of Olympus in order to acquire it's power, but it was proven to be false since Hephaestus told Kratos neither man nor God can touch the Flame.
  • The Colossus of Rhodes from God of War II was built in his image and a statue of him is seen in the Garden of the Gods.
  • Whenever Kratos uses the Head of Helios, a faint scream of pain can be heard. This could be an indication that Helios is somehow still alive as a disembodied head.
  • This is the last boss in the sunlight in the game.
  • In the God of War III demo, When Kratos confronts a weaken Helios, there were some various changes. In the Demo, Kratos already has the Nemean Cestus, which allowed the player to break through the Onyx shields without the aid of the Cyclops. After the undead warriors and the Cyclops were dealt with, Kratos can automatically grab Helios, without the player watching a few cutscenes, and Helios unleashing a blinding light. And after Kratos rips off Helios' head, there's no cutscene showing the sun disappearing after Helios' death.
  • Ironically cruel in a form, Kratos managed to find a way to Zeus thanks to the Head of Helios after Helios is killed.


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