If you want to learn a chunk of history about the Norse giants, then you should be seeking out the God of War Jotnar shrines. This knowledge becomes more important as you progress through God of War, though we won't say any more at this stage. There are a total of 11 Jotnar shrines located around the world, and although you won't lose out completely by not finding all of them, you will bypass the backstory details that help explain why things happen the way they do. Of course, you'll also pick up a shiny trophy by tracking them down, should you need the extra incentive.
Each Jotnar shrine is a set of wooden panels scattered around God of War's levels. Most of them can be found anytime, although one is only readable as part of the story so you don't want to miss that. At least you only need 10 God of War Jotnar shrines get the trophy.
Check out the video below and all the time-coded entries that follow to find all the God of War Jotnar shrines easily.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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