God Of War Ragnarok BEST Relics [My Recommendations]

Here's my list of all the best relics in God Of War Ragnarok and their locations

God Of War Ragnarok Relics primarily consists of different powerful sword hilts that grant Kratos an edge in combat using various powerups and abilities. These also consist of a couple of Talismans, which are generally unlocked through story progression. The game offers 14 different relics, but I will mention if they’re any good to you.

Best Relics Comparison

RankRelic NameEffectBest ForCooldown (Seconds)How To Acquire
1Motsognir's CallCreate a shockwave that deals high stun to surrounding enemiesThe Best Relic For Stunning Enemies187.0Can be found at Aesir Prison Wreckage
in Niflheim
2Hilt Of HofudDistort space and time by creating a Realm ShiftThe Best Relic For Slowing Time243.0Defeat Heimdall
3Hilt Of ForsbrandrPush enemies back with force and grant an aura of protectionThe Best Relic For Defensive Gameplay112.0Kill 48 Oden Ravens, Open all chests
under Raven Tree, and Defeat the Raven Keeper
4Hilt Of HrottiApplies a mark to nearby enemies.
Attacking a marked enemy reduces Runic Cooldowns of the equipped weapon.
Killing a marked enemy grants a Blessing of Runic.
The Best Relic For Runic Attack Buffs168.0Kill 3 Oath Guards in The Plains located
in Vanaheim
5Talisman Of MeignGrants a bonus to melee damage for a short durationThe Best Early-Game Relic For Melee Dmg112.0Can be found at The Applecore in
6Hilt Of DainsleifSlam the ground to create an explosion of Seior Poison, leaving behind a hazardThe Best Relic To Poison Enemies187.0You will need 6,000 Hack Silver and
Svefnthorn which can be acquired by defeating

1. Motsognir’s Call

The Best Relic For Stunning Enemies.
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Motsognir’s call (image credit: eXputer)
  • Why I Chose This: Motsognir’s Call deals efficient stun damage to enemies around you, making surrounded situations easy to escape.

I’m starting off with my personal favorite relics and what I consider the best to use in God Of War Ragnarok’s adrenaline-pumping combat is the Motsognir’s Call. It allows you to create a small shockwave in close proximity to deal High Stun Damage to foes around you.

  • Deals high stun dmg to enemies around you.
  • Efficient in crowd-control.
  • Relatively long cooldown.
  • Obtained essentially in end-game.

2. Hilt Of Hofud

The Best Relic For Slowing Time.
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Hilt of hofud (image credit: eXputer)
  • Why I Chose This: Hilt of Hofud allows you to slow the time, making combat easy. It pairs well with Emblem of the Nine Realm which increases Kratos dmg in different Realms.

If you spent a significant amount of time playing God of War 2018 a few years ago, you might be familiar with the Talisman of the Realms, one of the best and most powerful items in the game. It returns in God of War Ragnarok, albeit with some differences.

  • Pairs well with the Emblem of the Nine Realms.
  • Can effectively control the battlefield.
  • Needs defeating a boss to obtain.
  • Very high cooldown of 243 sec.

3. Hilt Of Forsbrandr

The Best Relic For Defensive Gameplay.
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Hilt of frosbrandr (image credit: eXputer)
  • Why I Chose This: Hilt of Forsbrandr makes you invincible by pushing back enemies and giving Kratos a defensive shield to avoid further attacks.

The Hilt of Forsbrandr allows you to push back enemies and after doing so, you will also be granted an aura of protection or buff called Unstoppable Aura which will provide Kratos with a defensive shield, covering him from attacks for a few seconds. I consider it a good relic to overcome surrounded situations.

  • Pushes enemies back and provides a defensive shield.
  • Best for taking off heat while surrounded.
  • Low duration at base upgrade.
  • Obtained after killing all Odin’s Raven.

4. Hilt Of Hrotti

The Best Relic For Runic Attack Buffs.
GOW Ragnarok hilt of hrotti
Hilt of Hrotti (image credit: eXputer)
  • Why I Chose This: Hilt of Hrotti marks an enemy and when attacking that enemy, provides reduced cooldown and dmg boost upon killing the enemy.

The Hilt of Hrotti is a unique relic as it essentially provides 2 abilities that work in conjunction with one another. Upon usage of the relic, nearby affected enemies will be marked; attacking them with whatever equipped weapon you have will reduce the cooldown of their Runic Ability attacks. Furthermore, killing a marked enemy will grant Kratos the Blessing Of Runic buff, which will increase the damage of Runic Attacks.

  • Decreases the cooldown of abilities when attacking the marked foe.
  • Can also provide dmg boost when killing marked targets.
  • Only provides the buff when attacking marked enemy.
  • The mark on the enemy is removed after sometime.

5. Talisman Of Meign

The Best Early-Game Relic For Melee Dmg.
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Talisman of meign (image credit: eXputer)
  • Why I Chose This: Talisman of Meign might be the first relic you come across and provides a decent buff to melee dmg dealt to enemies.

The Talisman Of Meign is perhaps one of the only actual ‘Talismans’ in God Of War Ragnarok and it is literally one of the first relics you will find in the game, providing the best powerups for your early game progression. The skill or ability of the relic is pretty self-explanatory as shown in the image, as it will provide a damage boost to your Melee Attacks for a short duration.

We highly recommend upgrading it at any chance you can get, as not only will it increase its potency, but you will also be able to take advantage of the melee damage buff in almost every single combat encounter.

  • Increases the dmg of melee attacks.
  • Obtained fairly early in the game.
  • Relatively low duration, needs upgrade.
  • High cooldown and expensive upgrades for an early-game item.

6. Hilt Of Dainsleif

The Best Relic To Poison Enemies.
GOW Ragnarok best relics
Hilt of Dainsleif (image credit: eXputer)
  • Why I Chose This: Hilt of Dainsleif is efficient in applying poison status on enemies which stays on the ground for further DoT dmg to enemies.

The Hilt of Dainsleif is fairly powerful in that it leaves a pool of Acid in its wake in front of you, which will not apply a status effect to the enemy but deal damage over time to them. It is obviously a great tool to apply a poisonous status effect on your foes and mini-bosses, but most importantly if you ever feel like facing up against a large number of enemies in a cramped space, then I recommend using this to turn the tide in your favor.

  • The pool of poison deals DoT dmg and applies poison status.
  • Efficient in escaping enemy groups.
  • Only one hazard is created at a time, needs upgrade.
  • Slightly high cooldown.

My Take On The Best Relics

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While Relics don’t make that much of a difference in the grand scheme of things during combat, as someone who has obtained the Platinum Trophy as shown above with 70+ hours, my favorite relics to use have to be the Motsognir’s Call due to the extra stun damage. But if I had to pick a second one, the Hilt of Skofnung is also great because the sword summon damage is helpful when trying to dump loads of damage in a boss fight.

Although the game has several new and returning features, you will absolutely love exploring every nook and cranny of what the game has to offer as they hunt down the Best Armor Sets for Kratos as well as take down all of the mini-bosses found in the challenging Draugr Holes across the Nine Realms. You might even love the new additions added here, such as the option of finally being able to Transmog in God Of War Ragnarok.

  • Disclaimer Note: The ranking of all these relics is based on my personal experience and time with the game, if you have any that you think are the best in your opinion, then please feel free to let me know in the comments box.

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