Titan Souls started off life as a Ludum Dare game jam entry, but it wasn’t long before the developers at Acid Nerve realised they were onto something really rather special. With nods to the kind of intimidating combat encounters found in games like Dark Souls, your task in the game is to steer a warrior – armed only with a humble arrow – through a number of agonisingly tricky boss encounters, where a single point of damage in each one proves fatal to your adventure.
To help you bust through some of the more frustrating encounters in Titan Souls, we’re in the process of putting together a complete guide to every boss you’ll find in the game. From surviving every fight, to understanding the mechanics that expose each enemy’s weak point, we should be able to help you get through even the tightest of pinches in the game.
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Titan Souls – how to beat Sludgeheart, Eyecube, Brainfreeze and Gol’iath
Titan Souls guide
Once the game begins, head north and then use your bow on the crystal to activate the nearby eye gate. Retrieve your arrow, go up the steps and then shoot the eye to open the door. Head on through and follow the path as it winds around, shooting the next eye to proceed. Continue forward and pass over the glyph-like checkpoint on the ground at the foot of the steps.
How to beat Sludgeheart, the green blob boss
Head up the stairs and take note of the doors in the surrounding area. One lies directly ahead, while two more await up the steps to the east and west. Behind each one lies a titan, just waiting to feel the might of your arrow. Begin by shooting the eye on the door immediately to the north. Once it opens, head on through and get ready to tackle your first ancient foe.
Sludgeheart is a huge gelatinous mass of slime that bounces around the arena and attempts to squash you flat. To defeat the titan, you need to strip away its gooey outer body until its heart is revealed. One arrow shot to this exposed organ will be enough to finish it off for good.
To begin the fight, fire an arrow at the motionless boss. Just be ready to dodge out of the way immediately, as the creature starts bouncing around the room. Keep rolling to avoid its attacks and aim a few arrows at its body. Each time you land a successful hit, the creature divides into two smaller blobs. These blobs leave slimy trails on the ground which will slow you down if touched, increasing your chances of being squashed. Roll around to shake the slime off.
Focus your arrows on the blob containing the heart, and avoid hitting the duplicates where possible. These will also divide when attacked, so it’s easy to become overwhelmed by enemies if you fire your shots recklessly. Note that your arrow can also damage blobs on its return journey when you activate the automatic retrieval button – as a result, it’s often safer to collect it manually.
After a couple of successful strikes, the main blob’s gooey exterior will fall away, leaving its exposed heart quivering on the ground. Skewer it with an arrow quickly to defeat the titan. When it’s dead, hold down the attack button to consume the creature’s soul, then head back outside.
How to beat Eyecube, the rolling cube boss
Back outside, head up the steps to the left and shoot the eye on the western-most building to open the door. Pass on through to take on your next titanic challenge.
To begin the next battle, stand well back and fire an arrow at the mysterious box in the centre of the room. The creature starts rolling forward immediately, potentially crushing you if you’re standing too near to it. Once the cube is active, your task is twofold: i) avoid getting squashed as it follows you around the arena and ii) shoot an arrow at the glowing eye on its side.
Unfortunately, getting a clear shot off at the titan’s eye can be tricky, thanks to its deadly laser attack. Every time the creature moves four tiles, it unleashes a powerful laser beam shot from its eye, meaning that you can’t simply stand in its path and wait to strike. Instead, you need to lure the creature around the room until its eye is on a trajectory to finish right in front of you, counting its moves as you do. Assuming your window to strike doesn’t arrive at the same time as the titan’s laser attack, run on in and fire an arrow straight at its eye. Otherwise, you’ll need to lure the creature around the room again until another chance reveals itself.
It’s not a tough battle as such, but there’s a lot to keep track of. Just make sure you keep your distance at all times and collect – rather than automatically retrieve – your arrow. You can’t move while pulling the arrow towards you, which turns you into an easy target. The good news is that you only need to skewer the creature’s eye once to win the battle. When you do so, consume its soul and leave the room.
How to beat Brainfreeze, the brain-in-an-ice-cube boss
To take on the next mythical titan, climb the steps to the right of the first boss door and enter the eastern building.
As soon as this battle begins, the ice-cube-like titan in the centre of the room performs a deadly charge move, and hurtles directly toward you. Be prepared to dodge out of the way immediately! Successfully avoid its opening attack and the creature starts ricocheting around the room, bouncing off any surface that it comes into contact with. Intermittently, the titan stops sliding and starts leaping around the room in an attempt to crush you. It’s easy enough to dodge its ground slams, but don’t let your guard down – the creature can cover a surprising amount of distance in one jump!
The goal of this fight is melt the creature’s icy exterior and then fire an arrow at the brain inside. To do this, you need to lure the boss onto one of the four tiles, located to the north, south, east and west of the room. Do this correctly and a deadly flame appears in the centre of the area. Quickly position yourself so that you can shoot an arrow through it and strike the creature with your fiery projectile. Unfortunately, you’ve only got a few seconds before the titan slides away again, releasing the button and extinguishing the flame.
The best way to tackle this fight is to stand on one of the four switches as soon as the the titan begins losing momentum after ricocheting around the room. This first step is important as it helps to position the titan so that its next attack will launch in a horizontal or vertical line, causing it to hit the wall behind you and come to a halt directly on top of a tile.
When it launches its next charge strike, quickly roll out of the way and position yourself so that you’re standing between the flame and the tile on the opposite side of the room. Stand as close to the flame as possible in order to reduce the time it takes to travel around to the opposite side and launch a fiery arrow into your target.
Land a direct hit and the ice will melt, exposing the brain inside. The brain immediately begins leaping around the room, depositing movement-restricting goo on the ground. Avoid the goo (and the brain’s slam attacks) and time your next shot so that it strikes just as the brain hits the ground. One direct hit will finish the titan off, so be ready to consume its soul and leave the room.
How to beat Gol’iath, the fist-slamming stone colossus boss
Next, it’s time to tackle the titan behind the central archway on the third level of the ruins. Make your way up, shoot the eye to open the door and head on through. Unlike previous battles, this fight takes place out in the open, so don’t be caught off-guard when the fight begins.
To begin the battle, shoot the moss covered statue head that rests on the grassy plinth to the north of the area. As its rises from the ground, the two inanimate stone fists nearby spring to life. One will move to cover the glowing spot on the titan’s head and the other will attempt to home in on your position and crush you into the ground.
This slam move is easy to dodge: remain stationary to lure the fist over to you, then roll out of the way just before it strikes. After you’ve successfully avoided a couple of ground slams, the stone fists swap places, one moving to cover the titan’s weak spot and the other coming out to attack. When this happens, you’ve several short moments in which to launch an arrow at its exposed, glowing weak spot. Be prepared to work quickly!
The easiest way to complete this battle is to position yourself directly in front of the statue’s head. Dodge out of the way of the fist’s slam attack and then immediately return to your original position. You’ll have to do this a few times before the fists swap positions, but it puts you in the perfect position to let loose a quick arrow when they do. All it takes is one successful strike to bring the Titan down, so consume its soul when it’s dead and leave the area.
Back outside, climb either the left or the right steps and follow the path along until you reach more steps in the centre of the area. Head up and pass over the large stone square in order to open the huge doors ahead. Make your way through the doors and up the staircase, continuing forward until you reach the elevator that carries you to the next level.
– Our Titan Souls guide continues with strategies for the snow region bosses .
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