Path to the Colossus
- See also: Map for this path
In terms of simple distance, Quadratus' lair is the closest to the Shrine of Worship; however, getting to its lair is not as simple. Upon exiting the Shrine, holding up the sword will reveal that the colossus is located to the north. Go around the Shrine's west side until you have a clear path north. There will be a gigantic land bridge ahead of you that will eventually fork in two directions. Hold up your sword again for the answer; you want to take the right fork. Once you do, a cutscene will play, once again indicating that you're close. Follow the path down to the bottom of the canyon, and head northwest until you find a suspicious area of the cliffs...
Agro is with you this time, but her speed is not needed here. Approach the colossus on foot, once you are close enough the beast will rear up on its hind legs in an attempt to crush you. This reveals something unexpected, however; the bottom of its hooves look strangely vulnerable. Shoot any of these spots (even its back two hooves have these) to make the colossus fall down to a spot where you can climb up onto it.
Your stamina has increased since the first colossus, but only marginally; don't let it run out. There are small platforms jutting out of its legs, but it's very easy to fall off of them. Head along the side of the colossus to its back, where the first major weakpoint awaits. Run up close to the center of his back if you're low on stamina.
The last weakpoint is on its head. It's difficult to take it out with one stamina meter; as before, retreat to its more stable back to recover if you run low.
- Time Attack times (Normal, Hard): 4:00, 4:30
Tips and tricks
- Hard Mode players will want to attack Quadratus' left hooves, so as to get to the difficulty-exclusive weakpoint on its left side.
- The player doesn't have to wait for Quadratus to rear up to attack its hooves. With precise timing, the right angle, and a lot of practice, one can hit the bottom of its hooves while the colossus is walking normally.
- The player can jump off of Agro to reach higher or farther distances. Use this battle to experiment with the technique, because it will be necessary to do it later.
Origin of given and Latin name
- Note that both the given names and the Latin names of the colossi are fictional. They are only used by fans due to the popularity of these names and are not official.
- Constructed from the Latin word quad, meaning four, quadratus is the Latin word for square. This refers to the fact that this is the first quadruped colossus and also that it must have all four feet on the ground to be stable.
- Taurus refers to the constellation of Taurus, the Bull.
- Contrast Taurus with Minotaurus, which is Valus' first Latin name.
- Magnus is the Latin word for "major".
- Sign of the Colossus plays as Wander approaches Quadratus' lair.
- Once Quadratus emerges, A Violent Encounter kicks in.
- When Wander starts scaling Quadratus, Revived Power plays until the colossus falls.
- Traveling in a straight line from the Shrine of Worship, Quadratus is the closest to the shrine.
- As well as being the first quadrupedal colossus, Quadratus is the first colossus that can be fought with Agro.
- Quadratus is the only colossus to break out from behind a wall upon Wanders arrival. Barba is behind a wall initially, but rather than breaking it down like Quadratus, the wall slides open for Barba.
- Quadratus is the second tallest of all the colossi, standing at a rough height of 98ft/29.9m. The only colossus that stands taller is Malus, who is almost twice as tall as Quadratus' highest point.
- Tip to tip, Quadratus is roughly 140ft/42.7m long, making it the second longest quadruped after Basaran.
- Quadratus shares something in common with Basaran; they both have weakpoints located on the bottom of their feet which must be exploited in order to gain access to their weakpoint sigils.
- Quadratus makes a lot of elephant-like roars and bellows.
- Along with Gaius and Wander, Quadratus made a cameo appearance outside of Shadow of the Colossus in the 2008 PS3 game LittleBigPlanet, where Quadratus can be downloaded as a costume.
- When Wander is on the land bridge going from the Shrine of Worship to Quadratus' area the water will appear blue. However when Wander approaches the other side of the bridge it will turn a greenish shade. If Wander jumps off here and lands in water that is deep enough for him to survive the fall, Agro will have to run on her own down to the beach. Strangely, when Agro gets to a certain part coming down to the beach, she will fall off the ledge but will be unharmed, despite the near 100 foot fall.
- On the back of the Shadow of the Colossus PS2 case where it shows screenshots of the game, Quadratus' early design can be seen in one of the screenshots on the case.
- If Wander falls to the ground after doing significant damage to Quadratus, it may attempt to flee from him.
- Quadratus is one of the main icons for the game, as it appears in most of the promo pictures and advertisements.
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