How to solve the God of War Ragnarok water and gate puzzles

God of War Ragnarok water wheel puzzle gate geyser
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The early God of War Ragnarok water puzzles in Svartalfheim that make use of geysers and turning water wheels to open gates into the Dwarven town of Nidavellir. The fundamentals of these puzzles rest in two new mechanics - freezing geysers and changing water pressure - but they're mechanics that God of War Ragnarok isn't especially quick to explain in detail, which can leave things a little confusing for most.  If you're a little stuck on what to do, here's a clear guide on how to get past the water puzzles and geysers in Svartalfheim in God of War Ragnarok.

God of War Ragnarok water wheel and geyser puzzle explained

God of War Ragnarok water wheel puzzle gate geyser

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There are several God of War Ragnarok graphics modes to choose from, depending on your console and your preference for performance or resolution

The God of War Ragnarok water puzzles appear when you first set off in Svartalfheim through the Aurvangar Wetlands, and are based around a mechanic where you freeze a geyser with the Leviathan Axe to increase the pressure and height of other geysers in the area. It's a method of puzzle solving that appears a lot over the course of the game but the first few times it appears, you'll have to experiment to see what you can do.

The overall aim is always the same though - by freezing water in one place, you can affect its flow elsewhere to spin wheels and activate other mechanisms. The first time you do it you'll spin a water wheel and lower the gate blocking the river by doing the following:

  1. Use the Blades of Chaos to uncap the geyser.
  2. Head to the right of the newly uncapped geyser and climb up the wooden platform to the higher cliff.
  3. Clear the enemies that spawn up here.
  4. Look back at the water wheel - you can now see the base of the higher geyser, as shown above.
  5. Throw the Leviathan axe at the higher geyser to freeze it. This'll increase the pressure of the uncapped one, and push the water wheel around, lowering the gate and allowing you to continue.

You're not done yet though. Once past this gate you'll encounter a more complicated variation on this puzzle that involves other elements like a stone block. The process is still the same though: freeze some geysers to change the waterflow. 

God of War Ragnarok river gate and block puzzle

God of War Ragnarok water wheel puzzle gate geyser

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Just down the Svartalfheim river from the first puzzle is a far more fortified gate that requires two separate chains to be pulled to open it. This puzzle also includes geysers, but this time the water wheel is replaced with giant metal blocks you can move to serve various functions along the way. Here's what you need to do

  1. When your boat reaches the gate, turn right and follow the river round to the shore.
  2. Take the path past the Ormr reptile thing to the big metal block - throw your axe to cut the chain holding it there.
  3. Climb over the block and pull the first chain to start clearing the gate.
  4. Jump over the gap on your left, and freeze the geyser to jump over it.
  5. Take the stony left path and clear the enemies along the way.
  6. Uncap the geyser at the end, then without moving, refreeze the one past it that you jumped over before.
  7. This'll cause the block to lower on it.
  8. Quickly recall the axe and throw it at the chain as the block rises - you'll have to be fast to hit it.
  9. Climb onto the dropped block and while standing on it throw your axe at the geyser you uncapped to freeze the it and push the block upwards
  10. This'll elevate you to the next platform - with the second gate chain on the right. Pull the chain to lower the gate for good.
  11. Climb down, jump back over the gap, and head back to the boat to progress through the gate and onwards.

With that, you can head on further down the wetlands, and really start opening up the Svartalfheim realm. I'm sure it'll be much simpler ahead, right...? You can check out our God of War Ragnarok Svartalfheim mine puzzles guide if you get stuck further in. Of course, if you're still getting to grips with the game, check out our basic God of War Ragnarok tips to help separate your Draugr from your Dreki.

Joel Franey
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Joel Franey is a writer, journalist, podcaster and raconteur with a Masters from Sussex University, none of which has actually equipped him for anything in real life. As a result he chooses to spend most of his time playing video games, reading old books and ingesting chemically-risky levels of caffeine. He is a firm believer that the vast majority of games would be improved by adding a grappling hook, and if they already have one, they should probably add another just to be safe. You can find old work of his at USgamer, Gfinity, Eurogamer and more besides.

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