Gaius – Hard Time Attack Speed Slaying Guide
Gaius is the third colossus in Shadow of the Colossus and his kill requirement is under the 6:30 time mark. Fortunately, on the PlayStation 4 remaster, you now get an extra minute and 30 seconds to kill him, as opposed to the original 5-minute requirement on the PS3. His fight hasn’t really changed much, and as a matter of fact, due to polished visuals and updated engine, it’s a lot easier now than it was before. Right off the bat, you want to equip your bow and stand right where you spawn and start shooting him in the chest as many times as possible. Make sure you also fully charge your arrows for maximum damage and distance; otherwise they won’t land, and you’ll be wasting precious seconds. At about the 18-20 second mark, you should start running up behind him and to the center of the metal platform.
Once you get to the platform, start shooting his back and keep doing that until he faces you again and starts swinging. Once you see him raising his giant sword, start running toward the camera and move over a bit to the right so that he still hits the platform. After a short cut scene of him breaking his armor, go over to the right a bit more, until you find a small bush. wait there again for him to swing again. We will be using this bush as safe-zone from getting hit. As soon as the sword hits the ground, start running toward it, climb it, and try to grab on to his hand. If you do not manage to grab on to his hand in time, then just hold R2 and try to align yourself to some sort of a ledge to hold on to. Otherwise you will fly off and have to repeat the fight from the beginning.
Assuming you’re successful and you’re holding on to his hand, start climbing up and get to the small platform around his elbow area. Once you’re there, stand still to regain stamina and be prepared to go to his first vital point on top of his head. Once you get to the top of his head, start stabbing it as many times as you can and remember to always hold the square button to fully charge your sword attacks for maximum damage. Gaius will shake many times when you’re on top of his head, so be ready for a lot of commotion.
Once his vital point is depleted, our next one will be on the back of his left arm. This is arguably the hardest vital point to get to. Make sure you have fully recovered your stamina, and slowly start crawling your way there. It is possible to use the physics to your advantage and get directly to his vital point. This is extremely risky, though, and I wouldn’t recommend doing it. Considering you have a whole extra minute and a half, there is no real reason to rush things unless you’re trying to go for a really insane personal record. After you destroy his second glyph, get ready to attack the last one, located on his stomach. Climb all the way back up to his back/spine area and slowly climb down toward the ledges. Drop down to the platform, go around it to the front of his stomach, and start stabbing his final glyph (which is the easiest of them all and the easiest to destroy) and you should be good to go.
Please refer to the full commentary video guide down below if you’re having difficulties or if you just simply prefer a visual guide instead.