God of War Ragnarok, without any doubt, was the most anticipated title of the year and lived up to the expectations of the players both in terms of story and gameplay. While the sequel’s gameplay and combat are based on the fundamentals established by the 2018 original, it takes many cues from the classic God of War games, with a greater emphasis on aggression, mobility, and verticality.
The battle between God of War (2018) and God of War Ragnarok has become even more enjoyable this time, with a new twist developer Santa Monica Studio has added to Kratos’ weapons, giving players many new options regarding the active weapon. Skills, passive buffs and combos.
In both God of War (2018) and God of War Ragnarok, Kratos’ weapons are interesting to wield, but they also have an impressive history and lore attached to their origins. This is something that games only passively express. The following section provides a brief overview of Norse weapons and their mythology in God of War Ragnarok.
Note: This article contains spoilers for God of War Ragnarok and God of War (2018).
The impressive history behind all of Kratos’ weapons in God of War Ragnarok
The iconic Frost Axe, which has now become one of the most iconic weapons ever created in gaming, did not originally belong to Kratos but to his wife Laufey the Just or Faye. Created by the talented blacksmith duo of the Huldra brothers, Brok and Sindri, the Leviathan Ax is the single most powerful weapon that can stand up to Thor’s Mjolnir and the All-Fathers Gungnir.
During the events of God of War Ragnarok, it was revealed that the last of the giants, the Fae, wielded the Leviathan ax against Thor, the mighty god of thunder. The clash between the two giant weapons was so decisive that it left a permanent scar on the soil of Vanaheim, leaving a great crater in its place and a bolt of lightning shaped like Yggdrasil as a reminder of the terrible battle between the Fey and Thor.
The ax was later given to Kratos after Fey’s death to save Atreus from the wrath of the Aesir, and Kratos gave her a piece of Fey himself to remember her and to evoke her memories. Like Thor’s Mjolnir, the Leviathan ax is bound to the soul of its wielder allowing Kratos to call the ax back into his hand, much like the iconic hammer.
The Guardian Shield is another one of the gifts Kratos received from his wife Faye. Although this weapon is geared more for defense than outright offense, it’s still an essential component of Kratos’ arsenal. The Guardian Shield, forged by the Huldra brothers, was gifted to Kratos by Fey on the anniversary of the night the two met.
Although unrelated to the lore, the Guardian Shield is similar to the Golden Fleece from the classic games, with blocking, parrying, and projectile redirection functions. The Golden Fleece was a powerful tool in Kratos’ arsenal, capable of deflecting even the attacks of the Balde of Olympus.
In God of War Ragnarok, while fighting Thor, the Guardian’s shield shatters, rendering it virtually useless during the battle. This is later fixed and improved by Brock and Sindri, allowing Kratos to extend his use during combat by using “ronds” while keeping the normal moveset and shield properties intact.
Blade of Chaos
The symbolic twin blades of Kratos and the Blades of Chaos are the weapons wielded by the Ghost of Sparta since his oath to Ares. The Blades of Chaos have undergone various transformations and changes over the years, giving the Twin Blades completely new moves, skills, and elemental affinities.
However, their basic structure and execution in battle has not changed much, even in the new Norse saga. In the classic game, Kratos’ twin blades are known by several names, Blades of Anguish, Blades of Exile, and Blades of Athena, offering new elemental properties that Kratos can use in combat and platforming segments.
With Norse Saga, however, Santa Monica Studios chose to retain the weapon’s original form and title. The Blades of Chaos are a painful memory of Kratos’ past as the Greek God of War and a powerful tool he is ultimately forced to use once again to protect those he calls his family and his friends.
The Dropnir Spear is a newly added weapon in God of War Ragnarok, with completely new and exciting moves, skills, and runic attacks. Forged and blessed by Brock, the Draupnir spear is meant to defeat the undefeated watchdog of the Aesir – Heimdall, who was prophesied to be killed by Kratos’ son Atreus, also known as Loki.
The Draupnir Spear, as its name suggests, is forged from the Draupnir Ring, which was gifted to Odin as a goodwill gesture by the Huldra brothers from the dwarves. However, it was later “unfit” by the dwarves as they saw that Odin was no longer fit to wield Draupnir. The Draupnir ring is said to have the ability to multiply itself beyond comprehension, requiring a storeroom the size of an entire dungeon to store the ring.
The Drapnir ring’s ability to multiply translates to a weapon, as after being transformed into a spear by a mysterious mermaid in Svartalfheim, it can create multiple spears. Kratos can detonate them at will. Additionally, the Draupnir spear can knock out enemies’ magical abilities for a short period of time.
Due to the multiple and mysterious properties of the Draupnir spear, it was an invaluable weapon that allows Kratos to best Heimdall. As a nod to the classic games, the Drapanir spear has a similar-looking red cloth wrapped around its neck that was present in the Arms of Sparta in God of War: Ghost of Sparta.