Assassin's Creed Odyssey: How to Beat the Cyclops Boss Fight

Assassin's Creed Odyssey: How to Beat the Cyclops Boss Fight

Hiding under an abandoned island is the legendary cyclops, Brontes the Thunderer. We'll show you how to find and defeat this behemoth to claim the Piece of Eden artefact it carries.

Despite meeting somebody with that name much earlier in Assassin's Creed Odyssey, later you'll encounter a real cyclops in the form of Brontes the Thunderer, a powerful boss who uses his unrivalled strength to overwhelm the player. We'll show you how to beat the cyclops boss fight and claim the Piece of Eden needed to open Atlantis.

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How to Beat the Cyclops Boss Fight in Assassin's Creed Odyssey

To beat the Cyclops boss fight in Assassin's Creed Odyssey you'll need to find it first, a process we've laid out here as part of how to find all four artefacts needed to unlock Atlantis. By following the cult leader Empedokles and his three quests you can eventually get access to the Cyclops' lair, in a cave beneath the Isle of Thisvi, sometimes referred to as the Forgotten Isle. Once Empedokles tells you to put the disc inside the slot to open the door, there'll be a brief cinematic before the boss fight begins, so be ready with equipment and armor before then.

Cyclops Boss Fight Tips and Strategy

Brontes the Thunderer is similar to the Minotaur, in that it uses heavy, slower attacks that force you to dodge and stay out of reach, else you take sudden huge damage. Blocking isn't much use and stealth isn't viable in this fight, though Hunter builds have a bigger advantage. We'll explain everything we know about fighting the Cyclops below.

  • The obvious thing to know about the Cyclops is that you can beat it by regular shots to the eye. Not the head, but the eye specifically, as a hit there will interrupt whatever it's doing and cause it to briefly drop to one knee in pain, giving you the opportunity to hit hard with melee attacks or more arrows.
  • The Cyclops focuses on melee attacks, the main exception being when he starts stomping and causing rocks to fall from the main ceiling. Keep rolling and strafing quickly to stay out of their way; as the danger zones will be marked in advance by dust falling in that area.
  • He can also do a powerful clap that does a shockwave in a cone in front of him. Roll to the side when you see that coming; it's surprisingly deadly.
  • Abilities that boost health and immunity like the Battlecry of Ares and Second Wind are useful here, as the Cyclops can often catch you in hard-hitting combos.
  • Roll more than you block. Most of Brontes' attacks aren't easily blockable, if at all, and it's often safer to be out of the way altogether.
  • If the Cyclops' right arm raises up with hand open, it's about to try and grab you. This does huge damage and must be avoided - roll backwards or to the right, past the arm.
  • It's safest to be behind the Cyclops, as most of its attacks won't reach you there. The exception is a powerful stomp - when you see it raise its left foot, roll backwards and away as fast as you can.
  • Halfway through the fight, the Cyclops will rip a club out of the wall. This increases both the range and damage of its melee attacks, and gives it some splash damage when it strikes the ground.
  • Near the end of the fight, rocks will start to fall from the ceiling permanently, requiring you to stay on your toes. Keep healing and focus on single, powerful strikes before getting out of harm's way.
Shots to the eye will briefly stun the Cylops, allowing you to interrupt attacks and get further strikes on him. | Joel Franey/USG, Ubisoft

If you're cutting through Assassin's Creed Odyssey, we've got everything you'd ever need at our Walkthrough here. Whether it's combat, stealth or finding the best items, we can provide.

Cyclops Boss Fight Rewards

After killing the Cyclops you'll get a huge amount of XP, not to mention the Piece of Eden. You'll also get the Polyphemos Cyclops Bludgeon, a powerful two-handed weapon that does an extra 25% damage on elite enemies and bosses.

For more Assassin's Creed, hunt down Mike's review of AC: Odyssey right here, or check out what you can expect from Valhalla's characters here.

Joel Franey

Guides Writer

Joel loves books, games, comics and drinks that make a person feel like they just got kicked in the head by a mule. He has a Masters in writing from Sussex, which he somehow got by writing about Superman. He is absolutely NOT three children in a long coat, so please stop asking.

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