Shadow of the Colossus is brimming with hidden, unrealized potential. The curious world map, unused assets, and tales of scrapped Colossi have led ardent players to wander its landscape in search of secrets for years. One such player named Nomad Colossus was recognized by Bluepoint Games in the credits of the newly released remake with the message “Nomad Colossus and the 79 steps to enlightenment.” These steps to enlightenment have been tied to a new collectible that players have been finding across the world.
While fruit and lizard tails can be found that respectively increase Wander’s health and stamina, these enlightenments, which look like gold coins, have no immediate effects. Up to 70 of them have been found by Brian (also known as “PS4Trophies” on YouTube), which he details in his video below.
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There’s no trophy or in-game stats tied to them, but there is a log of how many you’ve found tucked away in the bottom-left corner of the world map, which has been a source of mystery for players in the past due to the shifting clouds in that quadrant. Could a new location or item be unveiled if there are 79 coins total? Perhaps Bluepoint resurrected one of the Colossi lost during the original game’s development? Only time will tell.