GOW Ragnarok Chaos Blades: Best Skills & Runic Attacks

Learn about the best attachments, skills, and runic attacks for your Blades Of Chaos in God of War Ragnarok

Story Highlights
  • Kratos uses the Blades Of Chaos as one of his main weapons in God Of War Ragnarok.
  • The blades can both be upgraded and customized with various attachments in the game.
  • You can even unlock various skills for the blades that add variety to the combos for this weapon.

God of War Ragnarok brings back both the Blades Of Chaos and the Leviathan Axe as Kratos‘ main weapons in the game. However, the main topic of our guide is to discuss the best upgrades for Blades Of Chaos in God Of War Ragnarok. That includes all of the best attachments, skills, and runic attacks for these blades in the game.

The Best Blades Of Chaos Gear In GOW Ragnarok

The Blades of Chaos can be customized with attachments that include handles or pommels. Then there are the light and heavy runic attacks that deal massive damage to enemies. And finally, we have the skills for this weapon. Here are the best skills, handles, and runic attacks for the Blades Of Chaos in the game.

Skills

There is a plethora of skills that you can acquire for the Blades Of Chaos in God Of War Ragnarok. Skills range from both melee and ranged combat additionally. These skills add variety to your movesets and allow you to unlock special combos. Following are the eight best skills that you should acquire for the Blades Of Chaos in the game;

  • Rising Chaos
  • Vaporize Frost
  • Plume Of Chaos
  • Immolation
  • Hyperion Grapple I
  • Flame Whiplash II
  • Chaotic Rampage I
  • Blazing Explosion I

It should be noted that not all the skills will be available to purchase at the start. These skills unlock as you upgrade the Blades Of Chaos using the Chaos Flame in the game. Once you’ve upgraded the Blades Of Chaos to level 6, all of the skills in the skill tree should become available for purchase.

Rising Chaos

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The Rising Chaos Skill

This a great skill that adds a charged R2 move to your Blades Of Chaos. You can basically launch enemies into the air with a charged R2 attack from the blades. That not only deals damage to the enemies but also leaves them open for more hits as they become vulnerable while being in the air. You can continue to follow up with a deadly combo once the enemy has been launched into the air.

Vaporize Frost

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The Vaporize Frost Skill

The Vaporize Frost skill allows you to use your Leviathan Axe and the Blades Of Chaos in synchronicity. Basically, you can freeze your enemies using the Leviathan Axe. Then you can switch to the Blades Of Chaos to deal massive damage with your normal hits if you’ve got the Vaporize Frost skill. The skill is very useful, especially if you like to switch between Kratos’ main weapons in the game.

Plume Of Chaos

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The Plume Of Chaos Skill

The Plume Of Chaos basically adds a finisher to your light attack combo of the Blades Of Chaos. You can now unleash a heavy attack at the end of the light attack combo that deals enough damage to finish off the enemy. It not only adds variety to the combo, but you can use it to deal massive damage to both the enemies and the bosses in the game.

Immolation

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The Immolation Skill

Immolation is a really important skill if you’re good and dodging and chaining your attacks in the games. Continue to deal more damage without getting hit and the blades will continue to power up. They will not only inflict more damage but will also cause more burn status effects to enemies. Immolation is good for powering up your blades during battles.

Hyperion Grapple I

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The Hyperion Grapple 1 Skill

The Blades Of Chaos don’t have a huge range like the Leviathan Axe. But you can still capitalize on the medium range of this weapon with the help of the Hyperion Grapple I skill. You can impale an enemy with the Blades Of Chaos using the L2 + R1. However, if you hold R1, you will launch toward the enemy and hit them whilst also closing the gap between you and the enemy. That only works when the Hyperion Grapple I skill is unlocked.

Flame Whiplash II

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The Flame Whiplash Skill II

Flame Whiplash was already a great skill for the Blades of Chaos. You could charge the blades with fire by holding the triangle. The blades would then inflict more burn status effects. However, charging the blades can get difficult during fast-paced fights. That is where Flame Whiplash II skill comes in. You can basically charge the blades in between combos by just pressing the triangle with that skill.

Chaotic Rampage I

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The Chaotic Rampage I Skill

Chaotic Rampage I is basically a big combo for the Blades Of Chaos that only requires you to hold R1 for it to work. Kratos unleashes a flurry of attacks and finishes up with a heavy attack additionally. This combo can be quickly initiated in battles and doesn’t require you to remember different inputs for it to work. And it deals enough damage to finish off the basic enemies in a single combo.

Blazing Explosion I

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The Blazing Explosion I Skill

Blazing Explosion II is another ranged skill for your Blades Of Chaos in God Of War Ragnarok. It allows you to pierce your enemies with the blades, and then you cause them to explode by holding R2. This not only damages the enemy you pierced but also the enemies in the range of the explosion that happens after. It is one of the best-ranged skills for the blades that you should absolutely get.

Attachments

Just like the grips and knobs for the Leviathan Axe, the Blades Of Chaos also have certain attachments known as pommels or handles, and these act as some of the best upgrades in God Of War Ragnarok. These not only increase the basic stats but also provide various buffs alongside the increase in your stats. There are many attachments for the Blades Of Chaos in the game, but here are the three best ones that you should go for;

  • Pommels Of Burning Unity
  • Hardened War Handles
  • Radiant Warden Handles

Pommels Of Burning Unity

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The Pommels Of Burning Unity

Pommels Of Burning Unity increase the burn status effect dealt by the Blades Of Chaos and also increase the immolation skill charge gained. Basically, this attachment enhances the burning capabilities of the weapon whilst also affecting the strength and runic stats of Kratos. 

You can additionally use that increased burn to your advantage. Enemies will now get burned quickly, and you can switch to the Leviathan Axe after burning them to deal even more damage. So, the Pommels Of Burning Unity are great for people who rely on the burn status effect.

How To Get

You get these pommels as a reward by throwing crystalline shards into the wishing well in Vanaheim. Once you’ve thrown enough shards, the reward will unlock for you. The crystalline shards can be obtained by destroying orange crystals in the crater region of Vanaheim.

Hardened War Handles

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The Hardened War Handles

These Hardened War Handles increase the damage caused by the Hyperion Grapple and Hyperion Pull skills in the game. We have already discussed how these are some of the best-ranged skills for the Blades Of Chaos. You can now further enhance the damage dealt by those skills using the Hardened War Handles.

Additionally, it is not only the base damage that increases but also the stun that is caused by these attacks. These handles also affect three of your stats in the game. So the buff that you gained is huge, and it just increases once you start upgrading the attachment. 

How To Get

You can find this attachment in a legendary chest located on the south side of the Forbidden Sands in Alfheim. You will come across the chest while doing the Song Of The Sands Favor in the game.

Radiant Warden Handles

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The Radiant Warden Handles

The Radiant Warden Handles give you a little more protection or defense while charging up the Flame Whiplash on your Blades Of Chaos in God Of War Ragnarok. While you’re charging up your blades with the burn status effect, you can mash the triangle to protect yourself from incoming projectiles.

Basically, this lets Kratos automatically parry the incoming projectiles so that your buff isn’t interrupted. The Radiant Warden Handles allow you to charge up your blades with more protection during fights. 

How To Get

You can craft these handles quite early in the game at the Huldra Brother’s shop. These become available to craft during the Quest For Tyr in the game, which is the second main quest in the game.

Light Runic Attacks

Thes Light Runic Attacks can be activated by holding out your shield and pressing R1. Such attacks deal more base and posture damage to your enemies than normal attacks. Additionally, these need to be charged up as well before you can use them. There are five light runic attacks available for Kratos in the game, and here are the two best ones that you should definitely get for your Blades Of Chaos upgrades in God Of War Ragnarok;

  • Cyclone Of Chaos
  • Hades Retribution

Cyclone Of Chaos

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The Cyclone Of Chaos

Cyclone Of Chaos is a really good light runic attack that can be used to clear out a large group of enemies with the Blades Of Chaos. Kratos will use the blades to unleash a circling sweep attack that will take care of enemies around him. If you get surrounded, then the Cyclone Of Chaos will help you get out of that situation very quickly.

How To Get

You get the Cyclone Of Chaos as a reward for completing the Raider’s Stronghold in Midgard. It is located inside a legendary chest at the end of the stronghold.

Hades Retribution

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The Hades Retribution

Hades Flame utilizes the Blades Of Chaos to turn an enemy into a walking bomb that inflicts damage to other enemies upon exploding. Kratos basically stabs an enemy with the blades, and that enemy turns into a bomb. The enemy will explode, dealing damage not only to himself but also to the other enemies in the range of the explosion. You need really capitalize on this skill if you strategize properly.

How To Get

The Hades Retribution light runic attack is located inside a legendary chest that can be found in the Temple Of Light in Alfheim. You across the chest during your main quests as well.

Heavy Runic Attacks

These Heavy Runic Attacks can be activated by holding out the shield and pressing R2. These are very strong attacks that deal damage in a bigger range as compared to the light runic attacks. There are five different heavy runic attacks for the Blades Of Chaos, but here are the two best ones for that weapon in the game;

  • Meteoric Slam
  • Atlas Eruption

Meteoric Slam

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The Meteoric Slam

It is one of the best AOE attacks that Kratos can do in the game. He basically summons meteors that fall down on the enemies in a huge range. And he does that while performing a charged attack as well. So, the meteoric slam is one of the high damage-dealing runic attacks that can be used with the Blades Of Chaos. 

How To Get

It can be unlocked by opening up a legendary chest at the Raven Tree in God Of War Ragnarok. However, you will need to kill 38 of Odin’s ravens before the chest opens up. But the attack is extremely powerful, and it is definitely worth the grind that you need to do in order to unlock.

Atlas Eruption

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The Atlas Eruption

The Atlas Eruption can be used to take care of waves of enemies at the same time. Kratos will penetrate the ground with his blades and unleash explosions that deal damage to enemies all around him. It is a great heavy runic attack to quickly take care of multiple enemies at the same time in the game.

How To Get

The Atlas Eruption is located inside a legendary chest that is present on top of The Forge in Svartalfheim. The Forge itself is located on top of the Myrkr Tunnels.

How To Upgrade The Blades Of Chaos

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The Chaos Flame In The Game

Upgrading your Blades of Chaos in God Of War Ragnarok is extremely similar to the original God Of War 2018. Similar to Frozen Flames for Leviathan Axe, you need Chaos Flames in God of War Ragnarok to upgrade the Chaos blades. You can obtain the chaos flame by killing various bosses in God Of War Ragnarok.

Once you have a chaos flame, you can then take it to either Sindri or Brok and get the Blades of Chaos upgrade. It doesn’t cost anything else other than chaos flame to get that upgrade. And this time, you can get more upgrades for your blades as compared to God Of War 2018.

Blades of Chaos can be upgraded to Level 9 in God Of War Ragnarok, and that was restricted to Level 5 in God Of War 2018. Upgrading the blades will increase your stats and the base damage of the blades. It will also allow you to purchase more skills for them as well.

The blades need to be upgraded to Level 6 in order to unlock all of the skills for purchase additionally. The upgrades are not only restricted to Chaos Flame. There is a plethora of attachments, skills, and runic attacks that increase the damage dealt by the blades and give them certain buffs as well. These also add more variety to your movesets and unlock more combos.

Summary

God Of War Ragnarok is a perfect balance of great gameplay and amazing storytelling. It has some of the best-written characters, and the game has many hidden references and easter eggs additionally. The game has hours of content, and you’ll need at least 40 hours just to finish the main quests.

It has more variety in terms of the enemies and the locations that you can explore as compared to its predecessor. There is a lot you can do here, and the gameplay keeps you engaged.

This concludes our guide about the Best Upgrades for your Blades Of Chaos in God Of War Ragnarok. We entailed each and everything related to upgrades for the weapon. All of the best skills and attachments have also been explained.

The best runic attacks for the Blades Of Chaos were also mentioned with their location. We hope that the guide was helpful. Let us know what you think about the revamped movesets of Kratos’ Axe and Blades in God Of Ragnarok in the comments below!

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Muhammad Haris Umer


Haris has been gaming for as long as he can remember but he is a huge Fromsoftware enthusiast and loves talking about Elden Ring. When he's not writing about games, you'll find him either playing Souls games or studying Medicine.

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