|Latin Name||Draco Marinus|
To find Hydrus, head west of the Shrine of Worship, cross a small bridge, and go north and look for a passage in the mountains to the west of the one you used to reach Gaius. Once in the passage, take a right, then a right, and another right, which will eventually lead you to look over a large lake and a few ruins. You may see some lights moving around the dark surface of the water. That is your target. Jump onto the spiral structure on the other side of the broken bridge, and be ready for the battle.
This Colossus, as its nickname might suggest, resembles a sea serpent. Its name is based on a mythological creature by the same name, Leviathan. It has a long body with the top side covered in fur, and three massive spikes also rear up from its back. These should be avoided when they're lit up as the player makes their way up the creature's body, as they put out a strong electric charge. Wander can stop them from putting out the charge by stabbing the spikes, however.
The only sigil on Hydrus is on its head. Wander must make his way up there. If he falls off, it's easy enough to get back on; simply make your way back up, which is made much easier if you already disabled its spikes. Once you reach its sigil, stab it until the beast is dead. In order to reach the Colossus, Wander must first swim around in the lake to attract Hydrus' attention. Upon being provoked to attack, Hydrus will let out a deep rumbling roar and begin a surface rise, attempting to electrocute the area of water Wander is swimming in. At the end of its surface it will dive again but not before splashing the water with its tail, which can be grabbed onto.
There is no difference between the normal and hard modes, other than in hard mode it takes more stabs.
Meaning of NameEdit
Hydrus is the masculine form of "water snake." This same word is used as the name of the Hydra, a mythological many-headed beast in Hellenic mythology. From this term we get the prefix "hydro-," having to do with anything related to water.
Draco Marinus transliterates to "Sea Dragon."
Draco is a Latin word meaning "snake" or "dragon." It has many uses in antiquity, such as the name of a Roman military standard, members of the family of Hippocrates, and even a lawgiver from Athens, from which we get the term "draconian."
Marinus is a Latin adjective meaning "of the sea." It comes from the name of a Phoenician cartographer who founded mathematical geography. From this, we get the English word "marine," which is used to reference anything having to do with the sea.
|Colossi in Shadow of the Colossus|
| Valus | Quadratus | Gaius | Phaedra | Avion | Barba | Hydrus | Kuromori|
Basaran | Dirge | Celosia | Pelagia | Phalanx | Cenobia | Argus | Malus