- This article is about the boss from Silent Hill 3. For the entity worshiped by the Order, see God.
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God is the final boss of Silent Hill 3.
Silent Hill 3
Despite Her divine name, She is simply a very powerful monster that draws power from the energies abounding in Silent Hill. God was growing in Heather Mason's womb, thanks to Claudia Wolf's plotting and Valtiel's constant vigil. Claudia also torments Heather throughout the game, letting God feed off of her anger and despair, believing that a deity who is familiar with such emotions would be kinder and more empathic than one born of happiness. Also, the birth of God ensures the death of the host mother.
At the end of the game, when Heather finally confronts Claudia, she takes a capsule of Aglaophotis, which then forces God out of her body. After Heather throws up the writhing, puny fetus, Claudia, in a fit of desperation, devours it. She is wracked with pain and a similar reddish "rash" that Heather too had encountered engulfs her body, and is then pulled into a hole by Valtiel below, where Heather follows.
Once Heather reaches the end of the hole, she finds that she is in the same room as God, which has grown to full size in an amazingly short period. Valtiel appears once more to shroud God's head, before vanishing once again. Heather sees Claudia's empty robe on the floor and remarks "You can't be dead! I was gonna kill you!". After a long fight, Heather finally kills the abomination. She kicks God multiple times in the face to ensure She is dead.
God appears as a huge, half-skeletal being whose face resembles a porcelain mask with the likeness of Alessa Gillespie, Heather's true identity and Claudia's childhood friend. This is likely because the manifestation of God, as previously established in the first Silent Hill, takes on the appearance of what the host, or ritual performer, perceives the God to look like.
Due to God's unnatural and hasty birth, She is twisted and malformed, with Her legs lacking flesh and ending at the knees. She produces no coherent words or statements, like most monsters, and roars like the beast She is. Her eyes are always closed, implying she is blind or asleep.
Though only half-formed, this abomination is still quite dangerous, towering over other creatures. She is either standing upright with Her head safely encased in the red "veil" hanging from above, or hunched over, immobile. She attacks Heather with Her long arms in wide, sweeping motions. Melee weapons can be dangerous to use here, as the God automatically takes a very fast swipe at Heather with every hit, either with Her arms or by headbutting. If the player chooses to use a melee weapon, the katana is recommended.
When Heather retreats out of the range of God's melee attacks, She summons lines of flame which follow along the half-circle design in the floor and dart towards Heather when she reaches the proper angle. Generally, Her long-range attacks are much easier to avoid than Her melee ones, so firearms are the preferred method for dealing with the creature. Hoarding ammunition for this final battle would be very helpful, as She has an obscene amount of health.
Another method is to use the maul and hit it from the side. Once the God is leaning forwards, she can be defeated very quickly if the player is positioned directly in front Her right arm (left from the player's point of view). There is a blind spot here and Her swipes will simply go over the player's head. If the player takes an ampoule and does overhead attacks with the Maul, this will deal an incredible amount of damage to Her in very little time. She can be defeated in less than two minutes this way.
Prior to battling God, Heather jumps down a vertical hole, symbolic of a ruptured vagina, while the room in which God rests could be seen as the womb. This may be a metaphor of Heather entering the womb and defeating God before She has the chance to escape. Heather's battle against God could be seen as a representation of her overcoming her dark past as Alessa, and desire to get purge the influence of the Order from the world.
God is a manifestation of the Order's namesake deity. She is a powerful god that is much like the Incubus or Incubator, in which She spawns in a physical form determined by the birth mother's thoughts of how she should look. In this case, God resembles Alessa, as Claudia thought that God would resemble her, and held Alessa very close to her heart. Her monstrous aspect could be due to Heather's thoughts on how the god of such a twisted cult would look - this, combined with the fact that it was Heather's hate and anger that nurtured Her in her uterus, makes it likely that Heather's perception of the god could influence Her eventual appearance, despite the fact that Heather does not birth Her properly. It is unknown how God would have looked or behaved if Heather had properly given birth to Her, and not Claudia.
It is also speculated that God is a morphed and brutally disfigured form of Claudia combined with the power of the unborn fetus, much like the Incubator. If this is true, Claudia has literally become a vessel of God's power and Heather's beliefs could be just a misunderstanding of the actual situation. This also explains the absence of Claudia's corpse. The monster's legs are deformed and bone-like, which can suggest the pains and agony of birthing God in a vulgar way.
As in the paintings of the God in the chapel, Her status as a divine being is evidenced by the blood-red veil that hangs above Her, and She is impervious as long as She is draped in it. In many countries, it is a custom that when a person dies, a veil is drawn over their eyes. Valtiel is seen covering God's eyes with the veil, which can be seen as a symbol of God "dying" the first time. Throughout the battle, God constantly hides under her veil and leaves it, symbolic of rebirth.
God can also be symbolic of what the Order, as a whole, truly is: diabolical instead of divine. God shares some physical characteristics with the Incubus/Samael, who even in the Order's beliefs is a demon. They both have similar tan coloration and also the strange, circular breast shape. God's slight, physical sync with Samael may suggest the truth of what any god of the Order would genuinely be: demonic.
God's fire ability is likely influenced by the belief Claudia and Alessa shared that the world "must be cleansed by fire" prior to Her arrival.
- Defeating the boss with a melee weapon will unlock the unlimited submachine gun on a second playthrough.
- Masahiro Ito has stated that the God was the hardest model for him to design.
- Defeating God in under eight minutes in the HD Collection awards the trophy/achievement "Blasphemy".
- The "veil" that covers the head of God may be symbolic of the placenta, an organ inside of the womb that is vital for the fetus to receive nutrients from its mother, something that could connect to God evidently being malnourished. When spread out, the placenta is also somewhat transparent, supporting the "veil" possibility.