As a Spartan General Kratos is no doubt somewhat used to looking up intel about his future fights prior to a battle. Based on what I know of fictional Spartans and Kratos in particular I expect his entire focus point to be war! He won't care about personality per say but weapons, armor, skills and tactics.
Pre-battle Bonus: Athena
Kratos doesn't have much for pre-battle but what he will get is Athena, the goddess of wisdom who serves as an ally from the games. This goddess frequently lends Kratos tactical aid and tips for the future.
LONG RANGE: Bow of Apollo
One Handed Blades | Range: 30 feet | Material: Metal | Type: Morphed: Flexible/blade Effect: Fire, Army of Sparta The Blades of Exile were given to him after Gaia betrayed him on Olympus,
replacing the earlier blades of Athena. Unlike the blades of Athena, these came with a distinctly different design, featuring horned demon faces on the hilts, pronounced hooks on their lower edges, and an intricate pattern of orange stripes on the flat sides of the blades, which emit fire. These flexible blades are attached to chains capable of stretching up to thirty feet, and can be used to efficiently trap, entangle, slash or stab an enemy.
In times of dire need Kratos is able to summon a phalanx of Spartan soldiers to his rescue with these blades, which surround him in shields while simultaneously stabbing out with their spears. Some of them also fire arrows. They disappear after a couple of seconds. He can also imbue this blade with fire in a move known as Thera’s bane. Finally he has also managed to capture primordial fire, and can summon orbs of bright light and throw them at enemies.
Spear of Destiny Two Handed Spear | Range: 8-12 feet | Type: Blade Explosive Projectile (explosive), Blade
In an interesting connection to the Christian religion this spear is none other than the very same one the Roman soldier Longinus used to stab Jesus. As such this spear is almost ridiculously powerful, with applications far more than normal stabbing. It can shoot razor sharp energy projectiles at foes from afar, from up to the range of a pistol. Or the user of this could choose to leave said projectiles on the ground, which would serve as magical mines, exploding whenever a unwary enemy steps on one. At closer quarters this spear has shown itself proficient at cleaving through armor or impaling through some of the toughest enemy hides. It is also capable of nearly doubling, if not tripling its original length through extension ala Dante’s Scythe from Dante’s inferno. Finally he can swing this in a wide arc, powering it up as it gains velocity. When the blade connects with something that object/person has a chance of exploding.
Without a doubt Kratos’s most powerful weapon, the Blade of Olympus was forged by Zeus out of heavenly materials. This weapon was made with the sole purpose of defeating deities, and has enough power to slay even the mightiest of gods. It is capable of absorbing their power into the blade, making it stronger still. However it is apparently just as draining to its user as it is to others, and its use is rare outside of the Rage of Sparta mode(though he is capable of doing so).
2 One-Handed Weapons | Material: Metal Type: Blunt Effects: Shockwave, electricity | Range: 10 feet The Nemean Cestus is a pair of large metal gauntlets, each forged to resemble a snarling lion's head that greatly increases the strength of its wielder when worn. Forcibly taken from Hercules, these dual gauntlets were then used to bash his face in. Naturally these weapons are limited by their short range, however they do have an alternate use. The move, “Nemesis Roar”, slams the ground repeatedly, causing waves of magic to hurt anyone just out of reach. The Nemesis Gauntlets also have chains inside, allowing its range to be extended up to ten feet in some circumstances.
Two Handed Weapon | Material: Unknown | Range: 30 feet | Type: Blade Effect: Life Drain, Summon The Claws of Hades is a chained weapon formerly utilized by the God of the Underworld, Hades. It was later procured by Kratos after the former owner's death. Arguably one of Kratos’s most powerful weapons along with his Blade of Olympus, this could be used both in standard slashing attacks as well as the ability to forcibly pull out a foes soul, which of coarse (to those with souls, not every character in this tournament has a soul) would be a instant kill. Though powerful, powerful characters (“bosses”) such as Hades are able to put up a bit of a resistance.
It also comes with a move called soul summon, which allows him to bring various foes who he defeated before to the battlefield. The most powerful of these are the chimera, centaur general, siren seductress and Cyclops berserker. Finally in an interesting collaboration with Persian mythos, Kratos has gained the ability to summon one Efreet from killing a Persian King. The Efreet was A Persian Demonic Spirit of fire. However it seems that only one summon can be used at a time.
Boreas’s Icestorm is a minor piece that shoots out ice breath, which Kratos rarely uses, while Eye of Atlantis allows him to shoot a bolt of lightning at his foes. Charon’s mask allows him to shoot green flames at his foe. The Head of Medusa allows him to turn enemies into stone, the larger and more powerful the enemy that longer it takes to do so. These three minor attacks use some of his magic but not much. The Head of Helios is the actual head of the sun god used to blind enemies or light up dark areas and can reveal invisible enemies, all to about the range of an effective pistol shot. Scourge of Erinys gives its user the ability to summon powerful voids from merely possessing the artifact. However it doesn’t really damage armor users. Instead it will just hurl them about doing minor damage.
ARMOR: Golden Fleece, God Armor
Other than the his own superhuman durability, agility and the brief Rage of Sparta mode (which renders him near invulnerable), Kratos possesses the Golden Fleece. This magical item allows him to deflect projectiles, whether they are physical or magic, back at the enemy. It is limited only by its one dimensional nature- it could not effectively defend against an A.O.E. attack. The God Armor was the set of armor acquired by Kratos during his tenure as the god of war, though he seems to have lost it for the third game. With this armor Kratos experiences increased fire magic regeneration, doubles his stats (magic, health and rage), a 50 % percent damage reduction and 200% damage increase.
Kratos also possesses low grade regeneration, though I must stress that it would be nothing compared to Wolverine's or Mercer’s, and would take much longer to occur. == X-FACTORS ==
Kratos is a warrior of great renown and skill, that much is certain. He is also a surprisingly adaptable fighter, able to work out puzzles and use the environment to cleverly and brutally kill people. In fact he's pretty much all dedicated to war, given that he used to be the God of war (and may still have that title, though he is a demigod).
However what Kratos fails in is his anger and predictability. His tactics don't really vary much as he invariably goes for the quickest and easier way to kill.
This motivation drives Kratos in nearly all of his games, and will also do so here since he was picked up right before the fight with Zeus. He is probably itching for vengeance on the Portal Master to, as he doesn't like the kidnapping part. However a part of Kratos does enjoy fighting so I think he'd be happy in this tournament. Also he may like the promise of going back in time to reverse his family's death.
With that said I want to establish two "no-nos" for this. Things that I will not count as an adequate vote.
1. Kratos kills gods and thus equals an auto win
This is not true in the slightest and a fairly bullshit reasoning actually. Half of the people in this tournament have defeated gods or god figures and in all honesty the gods Kratos fought were pretty weak compared to people like the God Emperor of Mankind (who can destroy many dozens of solar systems with a thought) and Galactus. In fact Zeus at his highest does not equal them at their lowest (yes I think the moribund Emperor on his throne would beat Zeus!).
2. Batman = auto win
Not ture either he has been outmaneuvered by Bane, beat down by Superman and many others, as well as experiencing recurring failures (Joker still lives). Now he is extraordinary good at prep time but that doesn't mean that that along should propel him to victory every match, he is somewhat limited by time here.
Anyway I hope you enjoyed the preview and please cast votes for this when you can, this extraordinary battle between two extraordinary warriors.
Batman starts off with 2 point lead for winning FB