Shadow of the Colossus - Colossus 6 location and how to defeat the sixth colossus Barba, the Temple Colossus

How to find and defeat the sixth colossus.

Colossus 6 in Shadow of the Colossus is known as the sixth colossus Barba, or the Temple Colossus to fans, with the bearded, wise old giant hiding away in the depths of a distant ruin.

It's a tricky one, as Barba moves surprisingly fast on its feet, and is one of the furthest away colossi that you'll have encountered so far.

Here on this page we'll explain the sixth colossus' location, as well as how to defeat Barba, the Temple Colossus, too.

Cycle back to our main Shadow of the Colossus walkthrough, guide and tips hub for much more, meanwhile. Otherwise let's dive in just below.

Colossus 6 location and how to find the sixth colossus Barba, the Temple Colossus

The sixth colossus' location is a fair distance to the south-west of the central Shrine of Worship.


Head out of the shrine and down the steps, and from the direction you're facing you need to go slightly to the right and straight ahead.


You'll eventually reach a lush forest with a brown dirt path heading through it. When you come to a fork in the track, hang left. Soon after the fork it'll swing to the right, and you'll exit the woods.


There, you'll find a short natural bridge with a brief cave at the other end. Head straight through and out the other side and you'll be in a desert.


Whip out your sword to check you're going in the right direction and charge across the desert to the rocky formation on the other side. You'll soon see some sculpted ruins coming into focus.


Enter through the front of the ruins - you'll need to leave Agro behind here - and head down into the temple. Follow the corridor, hopping over or under the piles of stone in your way, until you reach a huge room that opens out in front of you, triggering a cutscene.


You need to climb straight down the ledge you stood at during the cinematic just then, so walk off the edge and hold on!


Go straight downwards and you'll reach a platform where you can regain some stamina, then head down to one side of it for the next platform, and then the bottom. We found you could get down it pretty quickly by letting go and then grabbing on after you fell a short way each time.

How to defeat the sixth colossus, Barba, the Temple Colossus

Barba will appear when you reach the bottom, striding through two huge doors behind you. The first thing you need to do is get away from him, heading to the far end of the huge room and climbing over the walls as you go.


You need to get over these quickly, because the Temple Colossus will smash straight through those low walls and take you out in the process if you aren't careful. Make a beeline for the far end, where you can take cover in the shadows and columns of that back wall.


For more tips, guides and detailed, step-by-step advice, be sure to try out our main Shadow of the Colossus walkthrough and guide can help you hunt down and kill every colossus, including the tricky Colossus 3, Colossus 8, Colossus 9 and Colossus 11. We also have explainers on all Agro tricks, how to find and use lizards and fruit and Enlightenments, and where to find a The Last Guardian Easter egg and all Shrine locations.

When you get there, you'll find the sixth colossus has come to a stand still - it's faster than you on foot, but can't reach you under that back wall's ledge. Eventually, it'll smash the ground to try and draw you out, and then bend down to peer in and look at you.


That's your chance to make a move - when Barba bends over its long grey beard will be in reach. Jump on it and cling on, and climb up onto the back of its head, where you'll find the first sigil.


After the usual stabbing and clinging on as it tries to shake you off, make your way down its back to its lower left-hand side, where you'll find the second sigil. If you need to catch your breath, wait for it to bend forwards and stick near the top of its back, where you can stand up safely.


Stab that second sigil a few more times and it'll go down like all the others, with the sixth colossus now defeated.

Next up: Shadow of the Colossus - seventh colossus location and how to defeat Hydrus, the Eel Colossus

You'll warp back to the Shrine of Worship, where the sixth idol will crumble.

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