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Shadow of the Colossus lizards, fruit trees, health and stamina upgrades explained


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Shadow of the Colossus lizards and fruit trees are two types of collectable you can find while exploring the vast forbidden lands.

These give you stamina and health upgrades respectively. The good news is though the requirements for how many lizard tails and pieces of fruit required for 100% completion on PS4 is far more lenient, you still have to find some on your way to a Platinum Trophy.

Otherwise, consider them an optional extra, as playing normally will see you comfortably manage every Colossus the game has to throw at you.

Shadow of the Colossus health and stamina upgrades explained

In Shadow of the Colossus, you can upgrade your health and stamina in two ways:

  • By defeating a Colossus
  • By collecting lizard tails (increasing stamina) and eating fruit from trees (increasing health)

If you want to increase your health and stamina, defeating Colossus is a far faster method of increasing your health and stamina than collecting fruit and lizards.

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What to do if you want to max out your health and stamina

The best method of maxing out your health and stamina – which unlocks the ‘Intrepid Mortal’ Trophy, and helps you reach the stamina-heavy Secret Garden – is to replay the game over and over, as health and stamina increases from defeating Colossi carry over from one playthrough to the next.

If you want to see what an insane amount of stamina looks like, and what you need to reach the Secret Garden, here’s a video from the original version of the game: