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Avion is the fan name given to the fifth colossus. Resembling a bird of prey, this agile colossus is found in a foggy lake in quadrant H4, perched atop one of several tall ruins jutting from the waters.

Path to the colossus

See also: Map for this path

Shadow of the Colossus - 5th Colossus

Video - Avion (path to and battle with)

Avion is directly east of the shrine, as the sword indicates. Just head east as the cliffside path becomes narrow. When it widens again, the colossus' lair is close. If one gets lost, find a sunlit spot near the cliff's edge - the sword's light will direct the player to the lake. There is also a save shrine and a fruit tree. It is highly recommended to eat the fruit and save the game because this colossus can attack suddenly and take away some life. Wander will have to leave Agro behind. The way east into the lake proper seems blocked off, but diving underwater (the same button used to grab; R1.png by default) will reveal an arch Wander can swim through. On the other side, there will be a pillar with ledges, so climb up to the top and walk towards the balcony overlooking the ruins.


Initially, Avion will do nothing but watch Wander from its lofty perch. Shooting it with an arrow, however, will drastically change its disposition; a direct hit will cause the giant bird to take to the skies and eventually divebomb the player. The lake is dotted with several platforms in sets of three just barely sticking out of the water; be on the middle platform when Avion swoops down for Wander, and jump. Be sure to hold R1.png to hang on - it's a long way down if he gets shaken off, and he may not be so fortunate as to hit water.

Hang tight as the colossus soars through the air. Let Wander's stamina recharge when possible, but keep pressing R1.png. The weakpoint on its tail is somewhat easy to take out, but its wings are very dangerous; a reasonably-charged stab will usually result in Avion doing an extended barrel roll in the air, leaving Wander hanging upside-down on the tip of its wing. If his stamina runs low, quickly retreat to safety once its wings spread out.

Time Attack time in Original and PS3 versions (both difficulties): 5:30
Time Attack times in PS4 Remake (Normal, Hard): 5:00, 4:15


Location Percentage of health
Normal Hard
The end of its tail 60%
The end of its left wing 20%
The end of its right wing 20%

Tips and tricks

  • It's possible to land on top of one of the big buildings after falling off; the Cloth of Desperation can be a great help. If the colossus is provoked with an arrow from there, it will not swoop down to attack, but will get close to Wander and flap its wings violently, creating a strong gust of wind that will likely knock him back into the lake below.
  • After stabbing any sigil on Avion's wings, Avion will perform a barrel roll to try and get Wander off. If the player is careful, it is possible to let go of its wing and land right on Avion's back. This gives the player extra time to regain stamina before attacking the sigil again.
    • It is also possible to drop from one wing and land on the opposite wing if timed correctly.


Phase Plays in Music
Phase 1 Plays upon sighting Avion and the battle starts. Silence

Phase 2 Plays once Wander hitches onto Avion. A Despair-filled Farewell


Final version

  • The fan-given name "Avion" is the French and Spanish word for plane. This suits very well as Avion is a flying colossus.
  • Avion is one of only two colossi who has a visible, mobile mouth. Dirge also has a moving mouth located on its underside.
    • The reason it has a movable mouth may be due to the fact that it had a breath attack early on in development.
  • Avion is arguably the second-most peaceful of all the colossi; it only retaliates after being hit itself. Incidentally, the most peaceful colossus is also the only other one that flies: Phalanx.
  • Avion is the most eastern-situated of all the colossi. On the map, Avion's lair is in line with Dirge (Dirge is in B4 while Avion is in H4; there are no other colossi in-between them), although the two are at completely opposite sides of the map. Putting Avion and Dirge in such positions may have been intentional, as the two are quite different to each other in a number of ways. Avion flies, lives above a lake close to the Shrine of Worship, and is relatively peaceful until it is provoked. Dirge on the other hand lives underground in a cave within the sand far away from the Shrine of Worship and is probably one the most aggressive colossi in the game, as it is constantly trying to kill Wander.
  • Avion is one of the fastest of the colossi, potentially the fastest of all 16.
  • Avion is a popular colossus among fans as, the experience of clinging to its hide while circling the lake at high speed is well-accompianied by the battle theme "A Despair-Filled Farewell".
  • In the PS2 and PS3 releases, Avion makes a lot of bird-like screeching calls which bear resemblance to the cries of a falcon.
  • If Avion is stabbed on the part of the wing near its head, it will screech and turn its head to look at Wander.
  • If the player doesn't fire an arrow at Avion and leaves it perched on the tower that it begins on, Avion will not move, regardless of how close to that tower they get. If Wander does this, Avion will watch him swim around the lake from its perch in a similar manner to how Malus follows Wander's movement (unlike Malus however, Avion is able to freely rotate through 360 degrees and won't attack on sight).
  • Avion is one of only two colossi who has three major sigils in Normal Mode; Phalanx is the other. Hydrus and Malus each have three minor sigils, but not three major.
  • The theme "Silence" plays during the battles with Avion, Hydrus, and Phalanx, arguably the three most peaceful colossi in the game.
  • If Wander fails to jump properly and grab onto Avion's wing, he will be knocked back into the water, sustaining some level of injury. If he then lets it fly about the arena without provoking it, it will sometimes avoid landing on its perch. In this event, Avion will fly toward Wander as if to make a dive attack, but will instead hover in the air before him and give him a good look before moving on.
  • In the Japanese version of the game, Dormin's introduction line for Avion is different from the english version. It reads as "It casts a colossal shadow across a misty lake... as it soars through the sky... giant wings shake the water's surface...".

Preview version

E3 Demo version

  • The fight from the E3 Demo seems to be in a transitional period between the earlier strategy and the newer one; as Avion will often try to blow you with wind even while on the pillar, although that mechanic doesn't work properly anymore. It only had two sigils, one on each wing, with the tail one missing as it used to be the way to get up on it. Its battle theme was In Awe of the Power.
  • A removed attack from Avion was found in the E3 Demo, named 'bird_breath_attack'. Avion was supposed to open its mouth and launch a fiery breath attack that travels a really long distance. It decreases Wander's health whenever he's touched by it.

Earlier versions

  • Its original fight was completely different, as indicated by early animations of breath attacks that were found, and its early Dormin hint, which used to be "Use the scattered pillars to avoid the wind and find your way to the enemy." Wander would need to swim until he latched onto Avion's tail, and climb it that way. Avion was also the 9th colossus in the E3 Demo and earlier.
  • In very early versions of the game, Avion's tail was shorter and it looked much more like a crow.


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  · Evis  · Griffin  · Phoenix  · Roc  · Saru  · Sirius  · Spider  · Worm  · Yamori A  · Datamined Colossi)
Magic Sigil  · Hard Mode
Colossus Arenas Temple  · Proto  · Arena  · Kirin's Hill  · Canyon · Canossa  · Lakeside  · Underground  · Geyser  · Gravewind  · Leo's Cave  · Poseidon's Lake  · Desert  · Ruins  · Parthenon  · Sanctuary
Unused Arenas ( Badlands  · Cave  · Crater  · Devil's Plain  · Dune  · Hillock  · Labyrinth  · Sluice  · Stonehenge  · Valley )
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
SotC Template CoverLogov2.png Walkthrough
Characters Wander  · Mono  · Agro  · Dormin  · Lord Emon  · Guards  · Shadow Creatures
Colossi I  · II  · III  · IV  · V · VI  · VII  · VIII  · IX  · X  · XI  · XII  · XIII  · XIV  · XV  · XVI
Locations The Forbidden Lands  · Shrine of Worship  · Colossus Arenas
Main Items Power-ups (Lizards · Fruit) · Weapons (Ancient Sword · Sword of the Sun · Queen’s Sword · Sword of Dormin · Bow & Arrow · Ancient Bow · Harpoon of Thunder · Life Sword) · Collectibles (Relics)
Gameplay Hard Mode  · Save shrines  · Time Attack  · Reminiscence Mode  · Watermellon  · Barrel
Media Roar of the Earth (OST)  · Official Art and Guide Book  · Nico Bonus DVD  · Film
Releases OPM Demo  · PS2 original  · PS3 remaster  · PS4 remake  · Credits
Early Builds Preview version  · PSU Preview version  · E3 Demo
Unused Content Unused Colossi  · Datamined Colossi  · Colossus Test Stages  · Unused Locations  · Beta Mountains  · Shadow of the Colossus Development Phases