The Shining Sword flying through the window.

The Spiked Club and the Shining Sword are two secret weapons that can be found in the game Ico.

The Spiked Club can only be acquired on the first playthrough of the game, and the Shining Sword can only be obtained on a New Game+, provided that the club was obtained previously. Therefore, it is impossible to have both the Spiked Club and the Shining Sword in one playthrough.

Guide to obtaining either weapon

It's not very difficult to get either of the secret weapons. The first step is finding the secret room, which is in the waterfall area. Next to the watermill in this area, there are stairs that lead to a closed door, and behind those stairs is a switch that can be used to open the previously-mentioned closed door. Inside the newly-opened chamber is a hidden room, opened by pushing a slightly-brighter wall on the lower floor.


ICO - Spiked Club Trophy

A video showing how to obtain the Spiked Club using the "easy" method.

If all this is done, the next step is finding the metal ball and use it. Near the stairs and switch is a small tree that, if hit by Ico, will drop a metal ball that looks like one of the in-game bombs. Pick it up and carry it all the way into the secret room. Inside the room is a large rectangle, shaped like a ring, that will activate upon the presence of Yorda. Once activated, a stone basket will rise from the raised platform in the back of the chamber. Now, Ico must throw the metal ball into the basket, which can take quite a few tries. If it is done, a short cutscene will play in which either weapon mysteriously flies through the window and onto the ground. It can now be picked up and used by Ico.

Ico holding the Spiked Club.

There is, however, a slightly easier method to accomplish this. Before Yorda activates the rectangle on the ground, the player can place the metal ball inside the square from which the basket will rise. When the rectangle is activated, the ball will automatically drop into the basket.

The Spiked Club

The Spiked Club, also referred to as "the Mace" by fans, is a very powerful weapon and much more damaging than the many swords and sticks scattered around the castle. It can disperse shadow creatures with only a few blows and is the best weapon apart from the Queen's Sword and arguably the Shining Sword.

The Shining Sword

The Shining Sword, also nicknamed "the Lightsaber", is an incredibly strong weapon capable of dispersing multiple shadow creatures with a single strike. The sword has a thin, long blade that is light blue in color that seems to glow. It can sweep through multiple enemies and does damage equal to the Queen's Sword.

Ico swinging the shining sword.

However, it does have a unique feature and possible drawback: it has a very small reach, shorter than that of any other weapon in the game, that can be extended to almost eight times its original size if Ico is holding Yorda's hand. While holding Yorda's hand, the sword has the greatest reach of all weapons. Depending on the situation, this can be either beneficial or troublesome.

When swung, the Shining Sword produces a buzzing sound similar to the sound lightsabers from Star Wars make, earning its nickname.


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 ( Buddha  · Devil  · 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
Ico TemplateLogo.png Walkthrough
Characters Ico  · Yorda  · The Queen  · Shadow Creatures
Locations The Castle in the Mist
Items Stick  · Spiked Club  · Shining Sword  · Queen's Sword
Gameplay Idol Gates  · Save points  · Runic Language  · Watermellon
Media Ico ~Melody in the Mist~ (OST)  · Official Art and Guide Book  · Ico: Castle in the Mist (Book)
Releases Demo  · PS2 original  · PS3 remaster  · Credits
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