King Minos is the temperamental, cynical Judge of the Damned, who resides in the circle of Limbo. He is the second boss encountered in Dante's Inferno. He judges the souls and tells them on what Circle of Hell will the soul go by wrapping his tail in his body a certain times. An example would be; A soul was condemened in the sixth Circle of Hell, Heresy King Minos has to wrap his tail six times in his body.
Minos dwells just beyond the Citadel of Limbo. He appears as a half serpent, half human with a large crown on his head. He is also blind, relying on his senses of smell and touch to find his victims. He judges those who have been damned by picking one person from a wall and smelling the corruption of their sins, and once he decides where they belong, he first impales them on his wheel of torture and spins it so they are rocketed down and sent to their fated circle. Dante Alighieri enters Minos' citadel and demands to know where Beatrice was taken, Minos sniffs him, smelling Dante's sins, saying "I smell only a traitor, a glutton...a murderer." Dante defies Minos, telling him to sniff again. Enraged, Minos attacks Dante. Minos is killed when Dante stabs his tongue onto a spike of his torture wheel and spins it, splitting his face in half.
Minos appears in the animated film, and is largely the same as he is in the game, though he is initially less interested in Dante's presence, only fighting him after being goaded by Dante. The fight is brief, and he is killed by his own wheel, which flings him out of his court, clearing the way for Dante to move on. With his death, damned souls flee from Minos's palace in an attempt to escape. It is unknown if they succeed, though Virgil remarks that Lucifer will not be pleased.
Minos' opening attack is to launch tentacles out of the ground. These can be avoided simply by moving in an erratic pattern, and then evading once they start popping up quickly. Minos will also attack with his breath, which can only be avoided by grappling onto the sides of the courtroom. The boss will also telegraph this by moving backwards and sticking out his tongue.
Once his breath attack is completed, Minos' head will be exposed for attack.
Minos will then develop a new attack. He will try to crush Dante with his fist. All of his fist attacks are clearly telegraphed.
- "Who comes into my house of pain?"
- "Turn back. There is no place for you here -- not yet, oh mortal."
- "You dare so speak to the Judge of the Damned?!"
- "I will judge you to the lowest circle of Hell. Lucifer shall devour you for eternity."
- "Who comes into my House of Pain?"
- "Hmm... I smell only a traitor, a glutton, a murderer."
- "How dare you presume to speak with the Judge of the Dead!"
- "I know exactly what your future holds!"
- "And you thought a crusade would offer you Grace?"
- "Damnation will be your final reward!"
- "Salvation is not within your reach!"
- "Her love can't save you."
- "Your faith was cast away!"
- "You slaughtered hundreds."
- "Virtue means nothing to you."
- "You can't hide your sins!"
- "Your crimes are unpardonable."
- "Come closer."
- In Greek mythology, King Minos was one of the three judges of the Underworld, King Rhadamanthus (who is sometimes listed as Minos' brother), and King Aeacus.
- In "The Inferno," Dante placed Minos at the end of Limbo to judge the souls of the damned.
- He is voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson in the animated film, who also does the voice of Phlegyas but is limited to roars and grunts when voicing Phlegyas.
- The concept for King Minos' design came from artist Wayne Barlowe, who, in a "Making Of," video, mentioned that after Cerberus, Minos was amongst his favourite to design.
- Minos appears in God of War III, but not as a snake-like man, but as a living statue of himself when he was alive and he resides with Rhadamanthus and Aeacus in the Underworld.
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