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Griffin (or Kyos, its name given by fans) 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.

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." This could mean that it was afraid of fire, like Celosia, and swift like Dirge.

According to early sketches, "the joints are relevant and need to be redrawn" and that they "will act as obstacles". It also states that "the wings are for decoration".

The artbook also states that it takes a while to finally get on the colossus' back after falling off. This is the reason it got scrapped, as it got frustrating and repetitive.

Location

It is currently presumed that Griffin lived at C4, named Hillock. A Team Ico developer stated that Griffin lived on the west side of the map, next to "the sand snake". After showing a screenshot of C4 to the dev, they stated it was likely to have been that location.

The original theory placed Griffin at I7 due to a similar area being seen at the J7 beta mountains compared to the Griffin screenshots, however this was disproven when a Team Ico developer stated that Griffin lived on the west of the map.

Trivia

  • 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.
  • The sheets reveals that Griffin had a map icon for when a colossus is defeated, whether this was ever implemented or just a placeholder is unknown.

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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  · Griffin  · Phoenix  · Roc  · Saru  · Sirius  · Spider  · Worm  · Yamori A )
Magic Sigil  · Hard Mode
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
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Characters Wander  · Mono  · Agro  · Dormin  · Lord Emon  · 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
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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
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