God Of War Ragnarok BEST Kratos Skills [Early Game]

Our list of the best beginner skills in God of war ragnarok for both the Leviathan axe and Blades of Chaos

While the combat is certainly polished and more challenging than ever, you can get away by learning some of the best skills for the Leviathan Axe and Blades Of Chaos in God Of War Ragnarok, which are two of Kratos’ main weapons that you will be using in the game.

Key Takeaways

Leviathan Axe Skills:

  • R1: Glacial Rake (Ice shard attack, crowd control)
  • Passive: Extinguish Flames (Extra damage to burning enemies)
  • R2 during Frost Awakening: Frozen Ascent (Launches light enemies, inflicts frostbite)
  • Hold Triangle: Frost Awakening (Activate)
  • Hold R2: Serpent’s Snare (Charged attack, grabs and throws enemies)
  • Hold R1 while aiming: Vengeful Sickle (Spinning axe throw)

Blades of Chaos Skills:

  • Chaotic Rampage (Flurry of close-range slashes, heavy burn damage)
  • Passive: Vaporize Frost (Extra damage to frosted enemies)
  • Hold R2: Rising Chaos (Launches enemies into the air)
  • Hold Triangle, press R1: Scorched Sweep (Crowd control, timed attacks)
  • Hyperion Pull, hold R1: Hyperion Grapple (Hurls Kratos toward enemies, grants invincibility)

God Of War Ragnarok Best Skills

The new skills tree also includes the “Skill Labor” mechanic, where players can work on specific skills and consistently use them during battle to unlock their mod customization, which we will mention in detail in its section of the guide. So without further delay, let’s discuss the five Best skills in God Of War Ragnarok for both the Leviathan Axe and the Blades Of Chaos.

Here’s a brief look at the comparison between the Best Kratos Skills:

Glacial RakeLeviathan AxeMelee750 XP1
Extinguish FlamesLeviathan AxeTechnique250 XP1
Frozen AscentLeviathan AxeTechnique750 XP2
Serpent’s SnareLeviathan AxeMelee1000 XP2
Vengeful Sickle 1Leviathan AxeRanged500 XP1
Chaotic Rampage 1Blades Of ChaosMelee750 XP1
Vaporize FrostBlades Of ChaosTechnique250 XP1
Rising ChaosBlades Of ChaosMeleeN/A1
Scorched Sweep 1Blades Of ChaosTechniqueN/A1
Hyperion Grapple 1Blades Of ChaosRanged750 XP1

The Best Leviathan Axe Skills

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The Leviathan Axe (image credit: eXputer)

The Leviathan Axe returns in God of War Ragnarok and can be imbued with ice attacks to apply frost status to enemies. Charging it with the Triangle button activates Frost Awaken mode for frost attacks and new moves. Here are some essential early-game skills and mechanics for the Leviathan Axe:

  • Freezing Throw: Hold R1 and aim to throw the Axe, which can explode on impact or deal continuous frost damage.
  • Glacial Whirlwind: Press and hold R2 to charge and perform a powerful spinning attack.
  • Frost Flurry: Repeatedly press R1 after a light combo finisher to perform a devastating frost attack.

These skills enhance the Axe’s versatility and combat effectiveness in the early game.

Glacial Rake

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Glacial Rake (image credit: eXputer)
Leviathan AxeMelee750 XP1
DESCRIPTIONEnables Leviathan Axe to rip ice on Light Attack mode so it strikes shards with high Frost.

The Glacial Rake skill in God of War Ragnarok is a must-have for the Leviathan Axe. Holding R1 during an attack allows Kratos to perform a ground sweep, dealing AoE icicle damage and applying a high Frost buildup to enemies. This skill is crucial for elemental combat and should be your top pick when starting the game.

Extinguish Flames

God of war ragnarok best skills
Extinguish Flames (image credit: eXputer)
Leviathan AxeTechnique250 XP1
DESCRIPTIONLeviathan Axe makes bonus damage-dealing attacks.

While on the subject of elements, it is a no-brainer to pick up Extinguish Flames as your next skill, or even the first skill, for that matter, alongside Glacial Rake. As shown in the image above, the ability of the skill grants you the power to deal bonus damage against enemies who are inflicted by the burn status element, which can be applied from the Blades of Chaos or any other source, such as flame pots scattered around the arenas.

We will explain more about how you can apply the Burn effect from the blades in its section but simply keep in mind that weapon switching and applying elements is the key to winning against challenging mini-bosses and large foes, so picking up Extinguish Flames should become your first priority just like Glacial Rake.

Frozen Ascent

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Frozen ascent (image credit: eXputer)
Leviathan AxeTechnique750 XP2
DESCRIPTIONOn Heavy mode, Leviathan Axe slashes upwards and sends chilling waves, so enemies are applied with high frost during Frost Awaken. 

The Frost awakening skill we mentioned previously adds a whole new layer to the Leviathan Axe, as it allows you to deal with a plethora of new attacks which can trivialize foes in a heartbeat. The move can be activated while your Axe is in Frost Awakening skill as Kratos is able to launch weak foes upwards into the air for a combo, plus he can apply high frost damage onto them with ease.

The skill is pretty efficient if you’re looking to deal a strong blow to a mini-boss and additionally dish out Frost buildup. Furthermore, if multiple enemies are grouped together, you are able to launch them into the air at the same time, providing a strong crowd-clearing artillery for the Leviathan Axe.

Serpent’s Snare

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Serpent’s Snare (image credit: eXputer)
Leviathan AxeMelee1000 XP2
DESCRIPTION Inflicts massive damage to the enemy on Heavy Attack, followed by creating Frost explosions on impact rendering further area damage.

Unlock the Serpent’s Snare skill for the Leviathan Axe in GOW Ragnarok to send enemies flying in any direction, potentially killing them instantly. Weaker enemies explode on impact, dealing frost damage to nearby foes. During the wind-up animation, you can steer the camera to launch enemies off the map for quick kills. Particularly effective against Grim enemies in Svartalfheim.

Vengeful Sickle 1

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Vengeful Sickle 1 (image credit: eXputer)
Leviathan AxeRanged500 XP1
DESCRIPTIONHolding Light Attack will charge up the Axe until it starts spinning and rendering multiple slice hits to the target.

The Leviathan Axe in GOW Ragnarok offers satisfying moves, from chopping enemies in half to launching them into the air with an uppercut. The Vengeful Sickle lets you throw the Axe by holding R1 and continuously deal frost damage to enemies. You can also choose Freezing Throw with R2 for an explosive impact. The choice between them is up to you.

The Best Blades Of Chaos Skills

God of war ragnarok best blades of chaos skills
Blades of Chaos (image credit: eXputer)

The Blades of Chaos, iconic weapons from Kratos’ past, return in GOW Ragnarok. They offer powerful sweeping attacks and the ability to apply flaming attacks for extra damage. The Blades can also be used for added maneuverability, pulling enemies closer or propelling Kratos. They serve as a grappling hook for quick arena traversal. Here are some top abilities for the Blades of Chaos in the game.

Chaotic Rampage 1

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Chaotic rampage (image credit: eXputer)
Blades of ChaosMelee750 XP1
DESCRIPTIONA flurry of high damaging hits is rendered to a single enemy on press holding Light Attack

The Chaotic Rampage skill lets Kratos unleash a rapid series of slash attacks with the Blades of Chaos, inflicting a strong burn status effect on the target. Use it for single-target damage, but be cautious in chaotic battles as it can leave you vulnerable. Ideal for boss battles or against big foes.

Vaporize Frost

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Vaporize frost (image credit: eXputer)
Blades of ChaosTechnique250 XP1
DESCRIPTIONBlades of Chaos makes bonus damage-dealing attacks on all frosted foes

As you can already guess by the name of the skill, it will allow the Blades Of Chaos to work in conjunction with the Leviathan Axe, as you can deal bonus damage against frosted enemies. So it is advised that you pick the following skill up as soon as possible so that you can constantly use the Leviathan Axe for Frost damage and use the Blades of Chaos on the main lines for extra DPS on a boss battle or challenging enemy.

Rising Chaos

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rising chaos (image credit: eXputer)
Blades of ChaosMeleeN/A1
DESCRIPTIONLaunches nearest opponents into the air via Blades of Chaos’s upward-swinging action

The original God of War Games had a stellar combat system that had you perform godly combos using the Blades of Chaos as Kratos tore through his enemies both on the ground and in the air. While GOW 2018 and Ragnarok can’t provide that exact same feeling, there is no better way to relive the nostalgia again than by using Rising Chaos right off the bat, as you can use it to launch enemies into the air by pressing the R2 button.

Launch enemies off the ground using the skill and continue to mash away at them at your leisure while they’re dangling helplessly like ragdolls. If you’re someone who loves weapon switching, then consider using the Leviathan Axe immediately after activating the skill for some style points too.

Scorched Sweep 1

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scorched sweep (image credit: eXputer)
Blades of ChaosTechniqueN/A1
DESCRIPTIONPressing Light Attack with Flame Whiplash will apply a decent burn effect with a slash action. 

To activate Flame Whiplash with the Blades of Chaos, hold down the Triangle button. This move makes the Blades spin in a perpendicular motion, and after a few seconds, they become engulfed in flames, allowing you to unleash fiery attacks on your enemies. With the Scorched Sweep skill, you can inflict moderate burn status on foes, or when the blades are fully charged with flames, pressing R1 scorches the ground ahead, engulfing any enemies caught in the flames. It’s an effective crowd-clearing ability.

Hyperion Grapple 1

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Hyperion Grapple (image credit: eXputer)
Blades of ChaosRanged750 XP1
DESCRIPTIONLaunches Blades of Chaos forward to apply a high stun effect to all grounded enemies while the airbornes are slammed back to the ground. 

Using the Hyperion Grapple, Kratos is able to aim and swing the blades at his enemies and use them to launch himself toward them like a cannonball, dealing high stun damage.

Furthermore, if you use the skill while aiming at an airborne enemy, Kratos will instead slam the enemy into the ground. It is worth noting that the ability of the skill may only work on weaker or nimble enemies, so mini-bosses or other challenging foes are out of the equation.

How Skill System Works In God Of War Ragnarok

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The skill labor system (image credit: eXputer)

In God of War Ragnarok, you can unlock and enhance skills by using them in combat. Skills have three tiers: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. At the Gold stage, you can customize them with Mod Tokens for additional benefits. Mods vary by skill, and you can freely switch between them for 1000 XP.

For example, you can apply the Element Mod token to Glacial Rake for extra Frost buildup. Check your skill progress in the Skills tree, and the game will notify you when you reach a new threshold, encouraging you to use and enhance your favorite skills. This adds depth to the game’s Action RPG elements.


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