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The Cloth of Desperation is essentially a parachute and it is gained after defeating fourteen colossi in Hard Time Attack mode. While equipped, jump and press either R1 or Button Circle to deploy it.

Dormin says the following upon retrieving the item:

That is the 'Cloth of Desperation'...
Use it when thou hast fallen off a colossus and thou art in peril...

Use

This item is useful if knocked off of a tall colossus or to quickly jump down from high elevations, as it reduces fall speed and thus nullifies fall damage. While falling, Wander has very little control over the direction in which he falls when the Cloth of Desperation is in use, but it does have a slight forward motion. It can be equipped at the same time as the Shaman's Cloak.

Notes

  • The Cloth of Desperation is the identical to the cloth Mono's body is wrapped in at the beginning of the game.
  • In the preview version of Shadow of the Colossus, Dormin said the following about the item: "That is the Cloak of Desperation... Use it when thou fallest off a colossus and thou art in peril...". This could mean that the Cloth of Desperation could not be equipped at the same time as the Shaman's Cloak, as they were both cloaks.
  • If the Cloth is repeatedly opened and then closed by letting go of R1 and pushing the control stick forward, Wander will move more than he normally would if the player was just holding R1. If a turbo controller is being used, it will work even better, and Wander will be able to go very far distances and explore areas not meant to be.
    • Some people have gotten Shadow of the Colossus to work on their computer; however, it has many glitches, including being able to be shot extremely high up into the air. Therefore, using these two glitches combined allows one to explore areas completely inaccessible through normal gameplay.
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Video showing the Clam Shell Glitch.

  • The Cloth of Desperation is well-known for a glitch that makes Wander look like a clam (or turtle to some). It has been dubbed "The Clam Shell Glitch" by fans, and it is triggered by doing the following: After defeating a colossus, while having the Cloth equipped, jump and open it at the moment the black tendrils hit Wander. He instantly "wears" the Cloth of Desperation like a shell and remains so even after waking up in the Shrine of Worship. To make Wander return to normal, the player can jump and press R1 or Button Circle, unequip the Cloth, or stand next to Agro and mount her.

Gallery

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The Game Shadow of the Colossus ( Demo  · Pal Release  · Shadow of the Colossus HD  · PS4)
Characters Wander  · Agro  · Mono  · Dormin  · Emon
The Colossi I  · II  · III  · IV  · V · VI  · VII  · VIII  · IX  · X  · XI  · XII  · XIII  · XIV  · XV  · XVI
Unused Colossi ( Devil  · Griffin  · Monkey  · Phoenix  · Roc  · Sirius  · Spider  · Worm )
Magic Sigil  · Hard Mode
The Forbidden Lands Shadow creaturesSave shrinesFruit treesWhite-tailed lizards

The Shrine of Worship
Umbral GladeStone Arch GorgeDried MarshNorthern SpanDesert FortressMisty FallsRavine EntranceHalf-moon CanyonWestern PlainRound Stone HillLair to the WestStone Bridge CliffCliff PathLair on the MesaWestern CapeArch Bridge PlainBlasted LandsAutumn ForestEastern BluffValley PlainSouthwestern CapeSouthern PlainGreen CapeThe Broken Seal

Soundtrack Roar of the Earth
Walkthrough Time AttackGolden Coins
Other media Nico  · Official artbook/guidebook  · Collectible figurines  · Film adaptation
Giantology campaign
Hoaxes Jebal-Barez skeletonTamil Nadu tsunami giantSulu Sea eel statuePolarneft conspiracySayre family vacation
Characters Eric BelsonCasper ShillingEd GuylerArkady SimkinBoris AtlasovAndrew and Ellie Sayre
Media Giantology podcasts (FirstInterview with Arkady SimkinThirdFourth) • IPICP memo