God of War Ragnarok guide to help you face the end of the world

God of War Ragnarok
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GamesRadar's God of War Ragnarok guide covers all the key things you need to get the best from Kratos' latest adventure. We've spent hours playing the game to get you tips, combat help, maps to find ravens, treasure maps, other collectibles and more. God of War Ragnarok is a massive game with loads of things to do, find and  and discover, so we've got the crucial stuff covered here to help you get a fast start to this Norse odyssey, 

Review

If you're still on the fence about getting it, hopefuly our God of War Ragnarok review will  convince you. It's a totally spoiler free breakdown where we say, "for the most part this is exceptional", so it's probably good. Although read the rest of what we had to say for the finer points. 

Tips

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These God of War Ragnarok tips are the best way to get started on your adventures. It's a broad overview of useful things to know, from crucial beginners pointers and things you might miss, through to core combat stuff, gear pointers to max your stats and plenty more. These tips will help you master a lot of Ragnarok, fast. 

How long is it? 

If you were wondering how long is God of War Ragnarok? Then we have all the info here. Depending on if you're going to drill through the story, play an average amount of side stuff, or 100% everything, there are different answers. So here we break down playstyle options and how that affects that Ragnarok playtime.

Nornir Chests

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God of War Ragnarok rune chests, or Nornir chests are a vital part of upgrading your health and rage meters by getting the Idunn Apples and Horns of Blood Mead inside. But you'll have to find them, and open them to do that. To help you with that we've got every single Nornir chest location and the solution to open them here.  

Ravens

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There are some changes to the God of War Ragnarok ravens this time around. You still have to find and kill all of them, but there's more point this time with a range of chests to open in Niflheim that earn you armor and gear. We've got every raven location here to help you find them all more or less painlessly.

The water puzzles

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The God of War Ragnarok geyser water wheel puzzle isn't hard but it is one of the first things you encounter in the game where you're left to work things out for yourself. There's a few new mechanics to understand all at once in a couple of early Svartalfheim locations, and if you're having trouble, we can help you out. 

Svartalfheim mines puzzles

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Svartalfheim is the first realm outside of Midgard that you'll visit in the first couple of hours of the game. It's got a mix of linear and open regions, with plenty of opportunities to explore, but the God of War Ragnarok mine puzzles in the Jarnsmida Pitmines and The Applecore can really slow your progress through the realm. However, we've got the help you might right here in this guide.

How to get to Muspelheim

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Muspelheim is the only realm in the game that you have to travel to on your own as the rest all appear in key story moments. Getting to the realm of fire requires you to collect two God of War Ragnarok Muspelheim Seed halves, both found in Svartalfheim. For their exact locations, use our guide.

Get inside the Lost Treasury

God of War Ragnarok Sigrun's Curse Favor Lost Treasury in Midgard

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You'll find the God of War Ragnarok Lost Treasury location in Midgard's Lake of Nine, but you won't be able to get inside unless you begin a Favor side quest, collect the halves of a vault key, and solve a rather involved puzzle. Begin the Sigrun's Curse Favor and then use this guide to get inside the Lost Treasury and bag some loot.

The Mystical Heirloom Relic

When you find the God of War Ragnarok Mystical Heirloom the description tells you it doesn't seem to do anything. Which, obviously, means it's really important in some strange and obscure way. The secret is to find statues hidden around the realms that you can wake up by using it. Here we cover where they are, how it all works and, most importantly, what you get for doing it all.  

Treasure maps

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Also returning for the sequel are the God of War Ragnarok treasure maps. These mini loot rewards see you find a map that illustrates a location - find it and the treasure is yours. That's easier said than done of course, when the drawings you have to track can be a little vague. One will even have you travelling the realms to track down a prize. 

Best armor

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The best God of War Ragnarok armor is a simpler question to answer this time as a lot of the systems have been simplified. In this sequel, armor sets have very clear abilities that suit certain playstyles, making it easier to pick an early game set, or one for defence, or a 'best' overall and so on. Here we run through our top picks for God of War Ragnarok armor sets to help you find and wear the best gear. 

Special equipment

There's a lot of God of War special equipment you'll find out about as you explore. Every time you encounter a route you can't take, or something you can't use yet someone will mention you probably need some 'special equipment'. To help explain what that is and where you'll eventually get it, we've got it all covered here. 

Cast

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The God of War Ragnarok cast features a stellar line up of talent with some incredible actors playing famous gods like Thor, Odin and more. And, of course, there's the returning cast still giving out some impressive performances. If you want to know who's who, or check if that voice is who you think it is, we have that all here. Spoilers, the one you think might be Josh Brolin, isn't. 

Ending

Obviously HUGE SPOILERS here so don't look at our God of War Ragnarok ending unless you want to know what happens and how the story concludes. Obviously saying nothing here about any of that but if you want the full picture and to know if you missed anything, here's where to go when you're done.  

Leon Hurley
Senior Guides Co-ordinator

I'm currently GamesRadar's Senior Guides Co-ordinator, which means I've had a hand in producing or writing all of the guide and tips content on the site. I also write reviews, previews and features, and do video. Previously I worked for Kotaku, and the Official PlayStation Magazine and website. I'm a big fan of open world games, horror, and narrative adventures. 

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