This is Sparta!

–King Leonidas.


Armor and Spear of Leonidas

Being featured as an additional costume for the multiplayer of God of War: Ascension, the King Leonidas 'costume' is obtained by pre-ordering the Standard and Collector's Edition of God of War: Ascension at GameStop.

Greek History

Leonidas I ("son of the lion"; born approximately 540 BC, died 480 BC at the Battle of Thermopylae), also known as Leonidas the Brave was a Greek hero-king of Sparta, third son of King Anaxandridas II of Sparta, who was believed to be a descendant of Hercules, possessing much of the latter's strength and bravery.

King Leonidas is notable for his leadership at the Battle of Thermopylae with only 300 Spartans against the massive forces of the Persians. Leonidas was killed, but the Spartans retrieved his body and protected it. The orders of Xerxes I, then ruler of Persia, were to have Leonidas' head cut off and put on a stake and his body crucified, out of his hatred for the defiant king of Sparta. This act was considered sacrilegious to the Spartans.

The God of War Series

Donning King Leonidas's red cape, iconic helmet, and armor, the player will be able to make their multiplayer warrior look like the famous Spartan king from the blockbuster film 300. King Leonidas is equipped with his famous spear and shield that has its own unique set of moves and abilities. It is not confirmed if the King of Sparta in God of War: Ascension was, in fact, Leonidas, but it is a plausible hypothesis.


Stained with the blood of the legions of Xerxes, this Spartan Armor was worn by the Son of the Lion himself.

–Ingame description


  • Rank 1 - +1 Health; +4% Physical Power
  • Rank 2 - +2 Health; +5% Physical Power
  • Rank 3 - +2 Health; +6% Physical Power


  • Rank 1 - n/a
  • Rank 2 - 3,500 XP
  • Rank 3 - 12,000 XP


  • The King of Sparta alluded by Tisiphone's mindtrick on Kratos in Ascension could be the God of War version of Leonidas I. Not based on the non-canon 300 character, however Kratos gives him the famous "Spartan Kick" (which does draw reference).
  • Kratos fought the Persian armies just as King Leonidas once did. In Chains of Olympus, the Persian King is likely suppose to be Xerxes I.
  • Deimos' physical appearance in Ghost of Sparta resembles Leonidas.
  • Leonidas' spear and shield is identical to Kratos' Arms of Sparta.
  • Choosing this armor equips the entire Leonidas armor set (helmet, upper and lower armor).


Locations: Temple of Ares
Spartans: Kratos | Last Spartan | King of Sparta | King Leonidas (Non-Canon) | Kratos' Army | Kratos' Fleet
Residents: Deimos | Callisto | Calliope | Lysandra | Disciples of Ares | Brothel Women | Dissenter
Gods Worshiped: Ares (Formerly) | Kratos
Monsters: Piraeus Lion
Other Enemies: Kratos' Ghost
Significant Encounters and Items
Encounters: Sex Mini Game
Items: Kratos' Equipment | Callisto's Armlet | Aphrodite's Ambrosia | Ares' Sword | The Skull of Keres | Arms of Sparta | Sword of Valor | King Leonidas Set (Multiplayer Only)
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Locations: Greece
Events: Siege of Attica | Siege of Athens | Siege of Rhodes | Pride of Sparta | The Marked Warrior
Others: A Secret Revealed | Birth of the Beast | Bonus Costumes | Zeus
Bonus Costumes
Kratos' Costumes
God of War: Ascension: Default | Olive Skin Kratos | Battle Armor of Ares | Fury Armor | War Armor of Hades | Kraken Armor | Skorpian Armor | Battle Armor of Zeus
Chains of Olympus: Default | Spud of War | McKratos | Mime of War
God of War: Default | Chef of War | Bubbles | Tycoonius | Dairy Bastard | Ares Armor
Ghost of Sparta: Default | Kratos Legionnaire | Ghost of Sparta | God of War Armor | Robotos | Deimos | Grave Digger
God of War II: Default | Cod of War | Hydra Armor | Dark Odyssey | Athena | Hercules | General Kratos | God of War Armor
God of War III: Default | Apollo | Phantom of Chaos | Forgotten Warrior | Dominus | Morpheus Armor | Deimos | Fear Kratos
Multiplayer Armor
Ascension: King Leonidas Set | Odysseus Set | Orion Set | Achilles' Armor | Perseus Set | Champion Set | Typhon Set | Phobos Set | Artemis Set | Kraken Set | Athena Set
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Characters: Kratos | Perseus | Hercules | Grave Digger | Deimos | Athena | Apollo | Morpheus
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