Throughout the series, different characters, particularly gods, have different colored kinds of energy. Each power and god is represented with its own respective color. There is also a great variety of orbs throughout the games and each color of orb has a different use. The list below displays the colors that usually represent these beings and objects.
In the series, blue orbs restore Kratos' magic, but there are also many characters, locations and weapons that bear this color in the series. They are:
Many objects, weapons and even characters associated to Olympus usually bear a light blue or teal color.
The most notable object of this type is the Nemesis Whip, which has a greenish blue electric glow when in use. Some other examples are: Hephaestus' Ring, the bridge mechanisms on the Upper Gardens of Olympus, the electric glow around the Bronze Talos, the Hyperion Gates, the Nemean Cestus, the Flame of Olympus and even the Blade of Olympus itself. The possible reason to this would be that baby blue is the color of the sky and these things being created in Olympus, which reaches as high as the sky, hence the color.
The Rage of the Gods also causes Kratos to become enveloped in blue electricity that greatly increases his strength. It is almost definite that this power hails from Olympus. Also, if the blades of Athens are in level 5, the rage of Gods will guarant Kratos infinite magic while being used.
The power of Hope is also symbolized by a light blue shade. When Kratos acquires this power, his eyes and hands begin to be burning with a blue fire, from which he gains immense power, enough to defeat Zeus' astral form in a few hits.
Also, when he is stabbed with the Blade of Olympus, he leaves out a blast of blue light, via which he gives the power of Hope to mankind, which enraged Athena, who pulled the blade out of his belly, ending his life.
A darker blue shade seems to represent the seas and its gods in the series. Poseidon, for example, always uses powers glowing dark blue against his enemies.
This can be noticed during his battle with Atlas in the Great War, in his battle against Kratos in God of War III and in Poseidon's Rage. It is also present all through Atlantis, in the Eye of Atlantis and Geryon.
In Ascension, Poseidon and his champions seem to have control over water and ice, both blue powers. Kratos Elemental power, the Ice of Poseidon, make his Blades turn blue like ice as well. The Ice Taloses of singleplayer have blue ice covering their armor and hammer (if both are not completely made of ice) and use this power to harm Kratos in the Grotto.
Notice that in God of War: Ghost of Sparta, the color of the lightning of the Eye of Atlantis is actually light blue, but this is more likely because the developers couldn't make it darker or it is better on light blue.
Cronos displayed his magic powers once in the series. In God of War II, Kratos is electrocuted by him in order to receive Cronos' Rage, a power that Cronos hid in the Steeds of Time. The magic is a blast of dark blue lightning that electrocutes enemies.
In Multiplayer, the Blade of Cronos has this same blue lightning power, and uses it specially to create electric hazards. When monsters are killed with its electric attacks, the lightning that electrocutes them resembles a core of Cronos' Rage.
Cronos never displayed this power in the series again, not even in his fight against Kratos in God of War III, probably because he hid all of it in the Steeds.
Blue can also be attributed to Morpheus. Although the god never appeared personally in the series, many enemies that are associated to him - Shades, Banshees, Morpheus Beasts etc. - have blue glowing powers.
Morpheus Armor is also seen in God of War III. Some parts of it are light blue and it makes Kratos' tattoo turn light blue as well.
The main color of the Armor of Morpheus from Multiplayer is blue, as well.
Tisiphone could create illusions made of blue and yellow energy, the dark magic of the Furies.
In Kratos' battles against Tisiphone, she could summon blue and yellow "fireballs" as well, making them fall from the sky on him.
Daimon, a creature which seemed to be made of pure dark Fury magic, was entirely blue.
All of these blue barriers could be temporally removed - or killed, in the case of Daimon - by the Eyes of Truth.
RedRed orbs are used to power up Kratos' weapons and magic throughout the series, however there isn't a specific god who is represented by this color.
It is easily noticed that red is associated with death, anger, vengeance and blood throughout the games. Ares is the god who mostly displays such characteristics. Plus, his weapons and hair are shaded red as well. In Ghost of Sparta, the door to Temple of Ares glowed red too.
In Ascension, most of the magics acquired from Ares are pure, red fire, used by players and Kratos in different forms, such as the Fire of Ares. The Fire Taloses are fueled by a glowing red fire, which they also use to attack Kratos and the players.
Kratos' blades usually become red in their last upgraded power level. This usually happens when he is seeking revenge against someone and is consumed by rage.
This, however, didn't happen to the Blades of Exile, which were used by Kratos when he was seeking to destroy Zeus: they instead glowed yellow in their last level.
In God of War Ascension multiplayer beta, the weapons; Gladiator's Sword and Gladiator's Hammer glow in yellow when used.
Both father and daughter have a pale banana yellow colored power. This can be seem in their magic attacks, one such is the Scourge of Erinys. It is also present in Thanatos' eyes, in their blood and in their servants: Keres Wraiths (see Wraiths), Ravens (from Ghost of Sparta) and the plant like enemies in the Domain of Death.
Helios has the power of sun light, which is a very bright, blinding golden yellow power. His temple, its guardians (see Hyperion Guard and Fire Guard) and all of its mechanisms in God of War: Chains of Olympus were totally fueled by solar energy.
In God of War III, the Head of Helios was capable of emitting the powerful and blinding yellow light of the sun.
In Multiplayer, the Hammer of Helios is a powerful yellow hammer with the power of sun light that is capable of stunning enemies. When players are stunned by this hammer's light, their screen gets entirely yellow and slowly goes back to normal as the warrior recovers the vision.
The Blades are made from a golden metal and their chains irradiate a golden light all through the period Kratos is a god. Probably, because his divine powers would flow through his blades.
It is easy to notice that the central part of each Blade was baby blue, the color of Olympus, which also supports the argument the Blades were affected by Kratos' divine powers.
These Blades are yellow all through the period Kratos uses them: the light emitted by its chains has a strong yellow glow.
Like mentioned above, it is unknown why these blades do not glow red in their last upgraded level like it usually happens to Kratos' Blades when they're in the last level. The most probable reason for this would be because the Blades of Exile are even more powerful than his previous ones. Another fact which supports this theory is that the blades glow in a light shade of red when at level 4.
Athena's ghost didn't tell much about these Blades when she gave them to Kratos, saying only that they would help guide him on his journey to the Flame of Olympus. This information, the fact that they are more powerful than the Blades of Athena and the power of the Blades to summon his exiled Spartan brothers are the only things known about the powers of the Blades of Exile.
Zeus is frequently seen using yellow thunderbolts against his enemies, which is also frequent in the original myth. In the series, these bolts are used many times, for example in God of War, when Kratos acquires Zeus' Fury, and in God of Wars II and III, when he Attacks Kratos with yellow electricity in their fights.
Zeus' Eagle, one of his main symbols, is golden, too, like many other objects related to Zeus in Mythology and in the Series.
However, yellow doesn't seem to be the only color to represent Zeus in the Series. It's important to notice that, in the games, Zeus usually prefers to use the Blade of Olympus rather than his bolts.
Some weapons and magics related to Zeus in Multiplayer glow yellow when used, probably because they are fueled by his electric powers. Kratos Elemental power in Ascension, the Lightning of Zeus, was a yellow electric energy. The Thunder Taloses of singleplayer use yellow electricity as energy to their bodies and hammers and to attack Kratos.
In Ascension, when a mortal pledges an oath to a god, an oath stone is created to represent the person's bond to the god. These stones are made of amber, a glowing yellow material, and usually have the image of the mortal who sworn their oath in the center of them.
Some examples of oath stones can be seem throughout the game, such as the Prisoner's Oath Stone, one of the hidden artifacts that can be collected in the game.
Orkos himself had many amber stones on his skin, representing each oath he protected. Every time a new oath was pledged, it was placed in his body. Even his eyes were yellow like amber when he was in his dark shadow form.
When Kratos asks Aletheia about how could he break his oath to Ares and how could he make the Furies stop trying to chase him, she reveals the reason they are doing this to him, at the first place: she shows him the moment in which his bond to Ares was complete (after he had slain his wife and child) and Orkos had completed his oath stone, with the Furies witnessing the event. The image seen inside the stone is a sad Kratos on his knees.
Finally, the Oath Stone of Orkos, the most important one in the game, is given to Kratos by Orkos and has the magic power of allowing its owner to be in two places at once. This oath stone wasn't yellow, however, but red, because it was much more powerful than a normal oath stone for representing the oath of Orkos himself and the relentless tortures he suffered in Aegaeon.
A few items and weapons were purple in the series. They are:
The sword Artemis gives to Kratos in God of War is blue in its first level, purple in the second and red in the last one. Since Artemis was seen in the series only once, it's not possible to tell which of this colors actually represents her, however.
The Spear has purple crystals on its ends and Kratos uses this kind of magic crystal in many of his attacks with the Spear.
It was acquired from the Dark Rider, who had the same kind of crystal on parts of his armor (see the picture to the right).
Not much is known about the Rider and his story, since he isn't an actual mythological character. The best theory is that his Spear, armor and special Griffin would have been given to him by the Sisters of Fate for being one of their best warriors, but the origin of these items remains unknown and it's not possible to tell whether he is represented by the purple color or not.
Hades and the Claws of Hades
At each upgrade, the Claws get more powerful and with a stronger shade of tanzanite purple. The souls created by its attacks are purple as well.
It is unknown if purple represents Hades in God of War III, but more likely it represents souls: the more souls the Claws absorb, the more purple they get. During the Titanomachy, for example, they were golden, possibly because they had just been created. But this is not sure either, because in God of War II, souls are blue.
The powers of the champions of Hades in the Multiplayer of Ascension are purple as well, probably because most of them use the power of the souls of the Underworld. The same soul energy is used by Kratos in his Elemental power of the Soul of Hades. The Cerberus Mongrel in this same game have purple energy in their bodies, indicating they serve Hades.
Aphrodite's Chamber and her clothes in God of War III are purple, but it is unknown if this color actually represents her in the series or if she just likes it.
In Ghost of Sparta, Aphrodite's Ambrosia is a purple/pink elixir that gives Kratos a new special attack: the Spartan Kick
In God of War, however, the Necklace of Aphrodite has a red stone on it. It is not possible to tell which of these colors actually represents her.
Green orbs restore Kratos' health through the games. There are also characters whose powers are represented by green energy and most of them are female. They are:
A light green shade represents Athena. This can be seem at many occasions through the games.
In Multiplayer, the Blade of Athena glows green when it attacks and its special attacks emit a glowing green energy as well.
At the end of Ghost of Sparta, Athena tries to turn Kratos into a god by touching his face with her hands. Her hands glow green. Also, during bonus play, Athena's Owl makes the whole screen glow green every time Kratos is close to a red orb chest or a secret chest.
In God of War II, the weapons used by Perseus glow green every time they're used, because they were given to him by Athena. Also, at the end of the game, during her death, she disintegrates in small green flocks before exploding in a green energy explosion. In God of War III, Athena's ghost is green. When she turns the Blades of Athena into the Blades of Exile, she uses green energy.
Also, the probable reason for the gaze of most gorgons through the games being green is because it was Athena who turned them into monsters and their power to turn other beings into stone probably comes from her.
Many of the petrifying beams that Gorgons summon are green in color, this may be because Athena has green as her main color. It is possible that she infused some of her godly powers into the creatures that she created. If this is the case, then it is unknown why some Gorgon beams are red.series.
In God of War, Kratos has to find her Necklace and Aphrodite's one in the Cliffs of Madness order to continue his path to Pandora's Box. Hera's Necklace had a green emerald in it, as seem in the picture to the left.
In God of War III, Hera has green stones in her crown and in her chalice. The stone in the Chalice is a Stone of Hyperion. A second stone acts as an eye of statue, and is connected to this first stone allowing Kratos to perceive things from a different point of view. If the color is representable to the Titan Hyperion is unknown.
In God of War: Chains of Olympus in the Underworld, Kratos fights some enemies that have green glowing powers, until he eventually finds Persephone in the Elysium Fields and faces her in the Pillar of the World.
Persephone's armor is dark green and her energy is light green, probably resembling plants, nature and crops. Charon also used the same green powers to attack Kratos, since he serves Hades and Persephone and his powers were probably derived from their ones. Later, Kratos acquires Charon's Wrath, a magic that sets enemies on a green fire, harming them.
There are also armored enemies found next to Asphodel who were composed by this energy because they served the goddess. They were named Death Knights (see Hyperion Guard). Kratos had to kill two of them to open a door and continue his journey.
Clotho was the only Sister who didn't use these powers to fight Kratos, however there were two Fates Statues in her Chamber, one at her right and other at the left, which Kratos could use to get advantage in their fight.
Some servants of the Sisters, such as High Priests of the Fates, used green glowing powers against Kratos too. Other objects related to the Sisters with this color are the Amulet of the Fates and the Fates Statues found all through the Island of Creation.
The new ability from God of War: Ascension consists of a green beam that Kratos uses to take objects back or forth in time, reconstructing or decaying objects, and slow down enemies. However, when Pollux gets to fight in the place of his brother, the energy balls shot at Kratos are blue.
Although it's not from mythology, the symbol of Ouroboros does come from Greece: it consists of a serpent that bites its own tail and represents the eternal return, thus being a symbol of time.
The real origins of this item are unknown, however. Since it originally belonged to Aletheia, the Oracle, it's possibly connected to the Sisters of Fate, since the Oracle herself must have her powers derived from them. It's possible to deduce this by the beam's color, but it cannot be safely assumed that the Amulet was given to Aletheia by the Sisters.
The fact that the symbol of Ouroboros is a serpent and is related to time can hint it was made in Delphi, since it was the location of the most important Oracle Temple of Greece and where Python, the most famous serpent of mythology lived, was killed and was still much worshiped.
Albeit quite rarely, the color white also appears in the series:
The color with the most notable connection to Zeus is his pure white eyes, but it also appears in other places. One of these is Zeus' astral form, which shoots white lightning bolts at Kratos.
Second is the Blade of Zeus from God of War: Ascension's multiplayer beta, which is the most powerful weapon available to the followers of Zeus. The blade emits a white glow when used.
In this case, white is probably used to represent Zeus' purity, power and majesty.
Similar to Zeus, Lahkesis also has pure white eyes,something that doesn't happen with Atropos or Clotho. Interestingly, both Zeus and Lahkesis are rulers of some other being (Zeus is the King of the Gods, while Lahkesis is the Queen of the Fates). This implies that majesty is connected with white in the series.
White chests appear in the multiplayer and the single-player campaign of God of War: Ascension. When opened, a gift from the gods is acquired. In the multiplayer, pieces of weapons or armors are received. In the single-player mode, a Phoenix Feather or a Gorgon Eye is received.
The probable reason for the white color of these chests is to represent their great power, much more intense the regular chests' ones, and their connection to Olympus and even Zeus himself.
At the beginning of God of War: Ascension, the Blades of Chaos glow white, something that never happened with the other Blades Kratos has used in the series. The probable reason for this is that both Kratos (which was still a young mortal at that period) and his Blades (which were still at a low power level and without any extra power) were in the weakest forms ever, without any kind of additional power.
As the game progresses and Kratos acquires his elemental powers, the Blades change their colors as well, always fitting the power selected.
The black color appears frequently in the Series, but since it's not related to any particular god of being, it isn't considered much important most of the times.
Most of Kratos' foes disintegrate in a black fog after dying. Possibly, this indicates the impurity they are made of, but this can't be confirmed, since even great heroes, such as Theseus, had their corpses disappearing in this black energy after dying.
Both mother and son used and were even made of black energy.Alecto could fire a black goo at Kratos to keep him in place, and had this same goo in parts of her body, too. The clothes she wears are black as well. In her monstrous form, Charybdis, her body is black and has the same ability to fire the black goo. When Kratos kills her, a blast of black goo get out of her body.
Orkos had two forms: a shadow-like one and a human one. In his shadow form, he was completely dark, with amber oath stones in his chest. In his human form, a part of his chest was still black, like the shadow form.
The power Orkos gives to Kratos, the Oath Stone of Orkos, gives Kratos the ability to summon a dark clone of himself, with the same skin pattern as Orkos, but red instead of gold.
The Evils of Pandora's Box
The Evils of the Box were represented by a black fog that possessed and corrupted the gods.
In flashbacks of God of War III, Athena tells Kratos how the Evils born in the Great Titan War would destroy the World of Men and Gods if left free. While she tells the story, the Evils appear in the War's battlefield as a dark cloud, which was capable of infecting and killing almost any being.
When she discovers that these Evils infected the gods, and not Kratos, at the first time he opened the Box to kill Ares, Zeus is surrounded by the same fog, the Evil Fear, in the flashback, and the Evil consumes him.
Moments before being killed, the same Evil gets out of Zeus' body by his mouth.
At the end of the game, when the world is totally consumed by Chaos, all the Evils, represented by a dark fog once again, cover it, causing natural disasters and madness.
- Although most Gorgons' beams are green, a select few are red. This may be because these particular Gorgons are either more powerful and/or angrier than their kin.
- The Blades Kratos wears and their glimpse colors seem to be connected to his feelings and powers. This can be noticed specially when they are at their last power levels:
- They were red when he was seeking revenge on Ares and Zeus (in God of War I and II respectively), probably emitting his anger and hate for these gods.
- They were golden (with blue metal parts) when he was a god (at the end of God of War, all through Ghost of Sparta and at the beginning of God of War II), probably emitting his godly powers.
- The Blades of Exile were worn when Kratos was seeking revenge on Zeus, but got yellow at their last level instead of red, probably because they were even more powerful than his previous Blades.
- In Chains of Olympus, he actually wasn't seeking revenge against anyone, however at the end of it he got enraged with Persephone and the gods for forcing him to abandon his daughter once again.
- The Blades of Chaos turn red in their last level in Ascension as well, since in this period Kratos is enraged with Ares, who made him kill his family, and the Furies, who tortured him in Tartarus, but it's more difficult to notice the Blade's red color in this game because they are almost always covered by Kratos' Elemental powers.
- At the beginning of Ascension, the Blades are purely white, probably indicating that they and Kratos were in their weakest forms, in comparison to the other periods of his life.