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Griffin is one of the unused colossi that, for one reason or another, did not make it into the final released game. Its name is a reference to Greek mythology.

Appearance

Griffin is a small to medium sized colossus with the appearance made to resemble its namesake, although the model shown is quite early in development and likely very unfinished. It appears to borrow different parts from its concept art while not being an exact match to any. Its body is mostly covered by stone armor while leaving its back open, which is likely where its weak point lies. Unique red markings similar to the ones from the very early design of Phalanx can be seen on its face and parts of its armor. It has bone-like wings, which are only there for decoration.

Strategy

The artbook gives a relatively large amount of information on Griffin, such as, "You could defeat it by making use of its weakness, fire. You were meant to fight it by riding Agro, as with Colossus 10, but it took a long time to retry, so it was a colossus that was rejected." This could mean that it was afraid of fire, like Celosia, and swift like Dirge.

Location

Griffin was speculated to have lived in the unused 'Valley' arena, due to the fact that Valley and Stage 7, which was Griffin's test stage, share the same textures listed in the same exact order in the game's data sheets. Its location on the map, however, is unknown; likely never making into it.

A theory placed Griffin at I7 due to a similar area being seen at the J7 beta mountains compared to the Griffin screenshots; although the areas don't match very well nor share textures.

Trivia

  • According to early sketches, "the joints are relevant and need to be redrawn" . It also states that "the wings are for decoration" and that the bones on the back of one of the concepts "will act as obstacles".
  • Griffin's strategy of using fire is shared by Celosia.
  • Griffin was one of two colossi to not get an idol statue, the other being Saru. This suggests they were both cut very early in development.
    • Griffin also lacks an entry in the sound effects parameters (sePARAM), again like Saru.
  • The sheets lists an 'icon' texture for Griffin. It's likely that it is one of the HUD colossi icons that earlier builds had.
  • One of Celosia's concept arts refers to it as "Griffin custom", implying that it was a byproduct of Griffin, being the same type of Colossus.
  • A colossus with the name Griffin B was found in the data sheets sharing the same textures of Celosia. This might be a later version of Griffin that wasn't shown in the artbook, but since it got deleted, parts of it were reused for Celosia.
  • The sheet known as "scr_param", which lists various mechanics of the game, has a line named "griffinTorchLimit" in it. This proves it would be used in Griffin's battle, further elaborating into what was said in its concept art.
    • The sheets suggest Griffin's torch would be on fire for 27 seconds before being extinguised. This is unlike Leo's torch which would be lit for a much longer time of 45 seconds.

Gallery

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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
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