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God of War Ragnarök — tips for beginners

FANS have been eagerly awaiting the release of God of War Ragnarök for the last four years, and the moment has almost arrived.

Whether you’re a long-time fan, or completely new to the series, it can always be helpful to know what to expect.


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These tips are completely spoiler-free, so you can relax as you read through them.

If you’re excited for God of War Ragnarök, here’s what you need to do in order to prepare yourself.

Keep the spoilers to yourself

While this is true for any story-heavy game, it’s doubly true for God of War Ragnarök.

The God of War reboot, is mostly linear leading up to an explosive ending. However, the sequel is full of twists and turns that are best experienced blind.

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This means that you should not look at any story spoilers if you want the best experience, and you certainly shouldn’t share them and ruin the experience for others.

Curiosity is the key

Like 2018’s release, the key to getting the most out of God of War Ragnarök is to explore every nook and cranny. 

Whenever you’re free to move around, you should try to go down every path you see.

There are a whole load of side quests to find, as well as other secrets, and surprises to uncover.

As you move through each area you will change and move things around, meaning that there may now be paths that you were previously unable to access.

You can return to all of it after the main story, so go back and explore everything you missed.

Don’t leave your boy behind

God of War Ragnarök’s combat relies on your partner in combat more than it did in the 2018 game.

Every battle has very little downtime as you make sure everyone is doing their job.

There are several new types of arrows, with differing effects, changing the amount of damage you deal depending on the target.

Figuring this out early in the fight will make things run a lot more smoothly.

Harness Kratos’ Rage

There are several types of Spartan Rage in the upcoming game, which previously only gave stronger attacks and recovered health.

That’s changed and now the Rage brings more tactical elements to the game’s combat system.

You’ll have to work this out for yourself in order for us to avoid spoilers, but you’ll learn quickly how best to switch between the different types.

Spartan Rage can also be chosen in the start menu, so you won’t lose precious seconds while in battle.

Learn to parry

Dodging is very tempting when a group of enemies surround you, but parrying is the much more effective technique.

Parries will briefly stun enemies, and leave you with a free hand for attacks.

They’ll only be out for a few seconds, but it’s well worth trying this technique to speed up encounters.

There is also a new shield strike ability to interrupt attacks whenever the enemy is circled in blue.

Upgrade your Runics

This one is easily missed, but you can update your Runic attacks with the amount of experience.

Upgrades not only make your attacks stronger but can also add on additional abilities.

Use the touchpad to open the menu, then select the weapon you want to upgrade the Runic for.

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There will be a number of attacks here, and you can upgrade each of them by pressing R2.

Level 2 requires 3,250 XP for the Light Runic Attacks and 4,250 XP for the Heavy Runic Attack, and Level 3 ranges from 9,000 to 10,500 XP. 

Written by Paolo Sirio and Georgina Young on behalf of GLHF.

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