How to find all 11 God of War Jotnar shrines and learn the lore of the giants

As you make your way through God of War, there are 11 shrines to find that each tell a story from the Jotnar Giants’ history. These really help to flesh out the lore of the world and also, more importantly some might say, earn you a sweet trophy for completing your storytelling journey. The Jotnar shrines take the form of giant wooden panels hidden behind a set of doors, and they are scattered around the realms of God of War.

Here are all 11 God of War Jotnar shrine locations, with one of them only being accessible during the story. However, you only need to find 10 in total to get the trophy, so that silverware isn't missable. Of course, there are location spoilers coming up for the game, so if you're not already playing on New Game+ mode and want to go in blind, don’t go any further until you've finished the story.


God of War Wildwoods Shrine

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The Wildwoods Shrine is tucked away inside the fortress in the area just after you solve your first frozen door cog puzzle. On the path outside, instead of going right to continue the story, go left and double back on yourself and climb the chain. Head up the staircase that’s there, smash through a load of stuff (because you can) and the shrine is there at the end.

The Riverpass

God of War River Pass shrine

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In the enclosed fortress area of the Riverpass with the sealed Nornir chest, and the small two part bridge, if you head over to the left hand side, you’ll find the River Pass shrine right at the end of the path. 


God of War Veithurgard shrine

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Behind that giant sealed door in Veithurgard there’s also a Jotnar shrine, and it’s left right in plain sight. Just smash your way through the huge door, kill all the beasties that lie in wait and it’s just inside the main room. 

Path to the Mountain

God of War Path to the Mountain shrine

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En route to the mountain from the Lake of Nine, you’ll have to walk along the bridge and go through those big double doors - although if you’re coming back later it’s actually called the Vanaheim Tower on the map. Just to the left of the interior broken doors is a Jotnar shrine, blocked by some wood that you can easily smash with your axe.


God of War Alfheim shrine

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As you follow the witch’s request for the Bifrost, you’ll travel to Alfheim, the home of the light elves. That doesn’t stop them harbouring a giant shrine though. Head down the right hand light path in front of the door to the Temple of Light, and you’ll find Sindri’s shop. Just to the right of that, in grey rather than the Midgard’s wood finish, is the Alfheim Jotnar shrine. 

The Mountain

God of War Mountain shrine

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After beating the giant dragon in the Mountain and getting the electric arrows, you’ll reach a small lift puzzle that involves a bucket of exploding sap. Climb up the fallen block, and follow the path around until you reach an opening blocked by a tonne more red sap.  Grab a little sticky sap grenade from the main area around the corner, and get Atreus to destroy the door. Oh there you are little shrine!  

Lookout Tower

God of War Lookout Tower Shrine

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This one’s next to the right foot of the gigantic statue of Thor on the Lake of Nine between Lookout Tower and the Muspelheim Realm Tower. Look around and you’ll find a Jotnar Shrine just waiting to be read. 

Tyr’s Temple

God of War Tyr's Temple Shrine

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Tyr’s Temple teases you with a load of unfinished and unrelated shrines on the way down to the depths, but there’s an actual Jotnar shrine that you can only find during the story. It’s in the maze beneath Tyr’s Temple as you try to break the chains, but right behind the lift you arrive on.

Thamur’s Corpse

God of War Thamur's Corpse shrine

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There’s an important Jotnar shrine is just inside the door by Thamur’s Corpse to the very north of the Lake of Nine. 


God of War Konunsgard shrine

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Inside the stronghold at Konunsgard, go up the first set of stairs and then go through the door on the right, and there you’ll find this location’s shrine.


God of War Muspelheim guide

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Although you might think that Muspelheim is only about the fire and the challenges, it also takes a moment to gift you a Jotnar shrine. In between all the death. From the Realm Tower, run down the main path, through the giant doors and the shrine is right by the shop and the first mystic gateway.