What happens when you sacrifice health in The Rogue Prince of Persia?

What happens when you sacrifice health in The Rogue Prince of Persia?
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Harry Boulton


27th May 2024 17:00

Your health is the single most important value in The Rogue Prince of Persia, so the prospect of sacrificing it with no determined outcome seems rather preposterous.

However, there is a worthwhile reward for doing such an action in-game, and it might be something you want to consider during your runs.

Sacrificing health explained

When roaming through each area there's a chance that you'll come across a cult-like shrine with two stag skulls, giving you the opportunity to sacrifice 250 health points for an unknown reward.

Doing this grants you two random items, which can include weapons, tools, medallions, and other consumables like health.

Image of the rewards from sacrificing health in The Rogue Prince of Persia
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There's no way to tell what items you'll be given before the sacrifice begins, so you'll have to take a chance and hope for the best!

Should you sacrifice health?

The prospect of sacrificing health very much depends on the state that you're in when you find the ritual. If you've got over 800 health and a health potion left then I'd definitely recommend going for it, but if you're in a bit of a rough state then it's probably not worth the risk.

While most rewards will allow you to grow stronger, giving you new powers or an enhanced weapon, there is a chance that the outcome is completely useless, or at least not a return worth the health that you sacrificed.

Often there is a teleport situated nearby though, so you could always reach the end of the level and then use the nearest station to travel back to the sacrifice. This is a good strategy as moving to a new area gives you 500 health and an additional health potion, so you'll essentially get two items for free.

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Don't forget to head over to our Prince of Persia homepage for more tips as you play, including everything you need to know about the many Spirit Glimmers you'll find on your travels.

Harry Boulton
About the author
Harry Boulton
Harry is a Guides Writer at GGRecon, having completed a Masters of Research degree in Film Studies. Previously a freelance writer for PCGamesN, The Loadout, and Red Bull Gaming, he loves playing a wide variety of games from the Souls series to JRPGs, Counter-Strike, and EA FC. When not playing or writing about games and hardware, you're likely to find him watching football or listening to Madonna and Kate Bush.
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