- God of War Ragnarok has plenty of nifty features and customization options for both Kratos and Atreus
- One of these new features are Relics which comprise mostly of ancient sword hilts and mysterious talismans
- These relics can provide players with unique power ups and abilities that can heavily aid them during battles
- These relics can be found across different realms via main story progression or by acquiring the correct crafting components for them
God Of War Ragnarok is easily becoming Santa Monica Studios’ magnum opus for good reason considering the game was if not the most anticipated first-party title of the past generation. The father-son duo of Kratos and Atreus are back for an epic conclusion to the Norse saga with a handful of complex RPG elements. One of the newly introduced features is these Relics and talismans, which can enhance your potential during combat but knowing the best ones in God Of War Ragnarok will ultimately prove to be the game-changer.
The Relic 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 but we will mention if they’re any good to you.
Furthermore, hunting down all relics will award you with the Collector Trophy/Achievement which is needed for GOW Ragnarok’s Platinum Trophy on PS4 and PS5. So without further delay, let’s discuss all 14 relics from best to average as well as how you can utilize and unlock them in the game.
1. Motsognir’s Call
We’re starting off with our personal favorite relics and what we 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.
It is our most-used relic in the post-game content especially considering the fact that the stun mechanic plays a pivotal role in the game’s combat. The relic will help you fill up the Stun gauge of enemies in no time flat, especially if you’re in a situation where you are close to stunning a few of them, then activating this amidst the action can help you get rid of enemies in an instant.
However, we highly recommend using it to get enemies in the finisher state rather than outright stunning for the normal stun grab attack. Furthermore, it can also help you squeeze in additional stun charges on Bosses which will undoubtedly give you a hard time. You can upgrade the relic to decrease its cooldown too but for now, let’s discuss how you can unlock the Motsognir’s Call.
How To Unlock
The relic can only be accessed after completing the story via a new part of a region. It is precisely found in the area of the Aesir Prison Wreckage in the realm of Niflheim. The path to it will be alongside the Raven Tree in Niflheim which of course, will only open up in the post-game events when you venture back here.
The relic itself is located on the left side of the legendary chest here on the top floor of the Prison next to a dead body as shown in the image above. Freya will point out that you can gather useful materials here so it is worth coming here anyways once you are done with the main story events of GOW Ragnarok.
2. Hilt Of Hofud
If you’re someone who has wholeheartedly spent quite a lot of time in God Of War 2018 a few years ago, you might be familiar with the Talisman Of The Realms which was one of the best and most broken items in the game and it somehow returns in God Of War Ragnarok but with a different taste and style.
Just like the Talisman we mentioned above, the Hilt of Hofund states that it allows the user to distort space and time by creating a Realm Shift. In layman’s terms for anyone new here, the relic grants you the ability to stop time for a few seconds around you. The relic can be quite proficient when it comes to clearing hordes of enemies as you can turn the tide on them by slowing down time via the relic and mowing them down amidst the chaos.
However, keep in mind that upgrading it will allow you to shorten its cooldown and increase its effectiveness, allowing you to use it more often during intense situations. Thankfully, unlocking it is pretty straightforward in God Of War Ragnarok and can be easily regarded as one of the best relics to use too.
How To Unlock
The relic is an automatic reward from one of the main story bosses of the Thirteenth story quest called the Creatures Of Prophecy. We will refrain from naming the boss itself due to major story spoilers. It is an unmissable reward so do not worry about skipping over it in any way possible.
3. Hilt Of Forsbrandr
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.
The ability is immensely strong and especially viable for players who are opting to use a pure Defence build in the game for Kratos. Not to mention it will also help you push back against aggressive hordes of enemies in situations where getting out of a bind will seem impossible. Upgrading the relic will increase the potency of the Aura of Protection which is extremely useful in battles at higher difficulties.
How To Unlock
Unlocking the Hilt of Forsbrandr can be a dubious task as you will need to finally 48 Ravens of Odin in order to unlock all 6 Legendary chests located under the Raven Tree in the realm of Niflheim. After opening all of these chests, you will be greeted by the boss called the Raven Keeper, it will give chase and you will need to follow it downhill into an arena and defeat it in a proper fight to claim the relic as a reward.
4. Hilt Of Hrotti
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.
If you’re in a precarious encounter filled with all sorts of different enemies, then using this relic might yield a satisfying payoff as not only will it buff your runic attacks but also repeatedly using them will clear mobs of enemies in an instant. God Of War Ragnarok has so many chaotic battles that it might end up becoming one of the best relics to use for quite a few players.
How To Unlock
The relic can be unlocked in The Plains area in the realm of Vanaheim. Here, you will need to defeat 3 Oath Guard Minibosses which are armored knights that are found on the side paths of the map. Regardless of which, there is no specific order that you need to kill them as the relic will drop from the 2nd Oath Guard you kill here.
5. Talisman Of Meign
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.
How To Unlock
The Talisman of Meign can be unlocked as early as the 2nd main story quest called The Quest For Tyr. You will automatically receive it during the events of the quest so do not worry about missing it in the game.
6. Hilt Of Dainsleif
The Hilt of Deinsleif 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 consider using this to turn the tide in your favor.
How To Unlock
You will be able to craft the relic using an item called the Svefnthorn which is dropped by defeating the Ormstunga miniboss located in Alberich Hollow as shown in the image above. The mini-boss fight shouldn’t be too difficult as long as you have Freya alongside you, the boss will be at the end of the long passageway here.
7. Hilt Of Skofnung
The relic is known as the broken hilt of King Hrolf Kraki and it is said to be the sharpest sword in the realm as it houses the souls of the King’s 12 bodyguards. The Hilt of Skofnung is unique as once activated, it will unleash soul swords from within which can damage enemies around your vicinity.
Upgrading it will not only decrease its cooldown but also allow you to summon more soul swords that will attach themselves to the ground to form a coherent defensive formation against enemies. If you are up against several enemies, then it is worth giving this relic a try as it can help you double down on their threats on the battlefield.
How To Unlock
Unlocking the relic can be tricky as you will need to complete all of the Berserker Gravestones around the realms. Once you complete them all, you will be allowed to fight the boss, Hrolf in the King’s Grave area of Midgard. Upon defeating him, you will be rewarded with the Hilt Of Skofnung relic.
8. Huldra Project #9
If listening to Mimir’s fascinating lore stories about the Norse Gods wasn’t enough, wait till you see him in action as Kratos pulls him to the front like a laser lamp, decimating his foes with a Bifrost Blast from Mimir’s eyes. According to the in-game description, it says that both Brok and Sindri have weaponized the smartest man alive, with the added fact that they had to use a harness to achieve that kind of feat.
Upgrading the weapon will increase the strength of the beam, making it more powerful to use against a swarm of enemies whether they’re airborne or crawling on the ground. Unlocking it is also pretty easy for anyone who wants to try their hand at using it in battle.
How To Unlock
Once you unlock the ability to use Relics for the first time, you will be able to craft the Huldra Project #9 in the Relics tab of either Sindri or Brok’s blacksmith shop under the Special items section for 10.000 Hacksilver.
9. Hilt Of Ridill
The in-game description of the relic as shown in the image above states that it formerly belonged to a Dwarf named Reginn but since then, it now carries the power of its original owner.
The ability of the relic is pretty straightforward as it allows Kratos to pound the ground with an electric shock attack which can trivialize enemies in an instant. While it may help just a bit with a few boss fights, using it on crowded enemies is immensely satisfying, and upgrading it will increase the Area-Of-Effect of the electric shock.
How To Unlock
You will need a special item called the Crackle of Bilskirnir in order to craft the weapon. You can hunt it down by completing the Animal Instincts Favor which can be initiated once you clear any of the 4 Kol Raider camps in Midgard for the first time. During the favor, you will eventually come across a mini-boss called the “Olaf Nautson” which will drop the Crackle of Bilskirnir when defeated.
10. Hilt of Tyrfing
The ancient sword known as Tyrfing is said to have a prolonged and bloody history, thus Kratos is only able to wield a shell of its former self, the hilt. The relic allows you to charge up the sword by sacrificing a portion of Kratos’ health in order to unleash a powerful attack that can devastate enemies crowding upon you. It’s one of the best relics in God Of War Ragnarok but only if you’re trying to pull a high-risk, high-reward moment.
How To Unlock
You will need a special item called Nar’s Cup which can only be dropped by defeating the Blatonn miniboss which is found in the Abandoned Village area in Vanaheim as shown in the image above. You can then head back to either Sindri or Brok and craft it in the Relics section of the equipment menu.
11. Glaive Of Dodher
Using the relic known as the Glaive of Dodher, Kratos can launch a Bifrost Chakram at his foes. The chakram is essentially a weapon from ancient times that resembles a ringed throwing blade. The weapon is a fantastic choice for ranged artillery but there are plenty of better options than it so hence why we have ranked it below here. Regardless of which, by upgrading it, you can increase the number of Chakrams you can throw at your foes.
From the in-game description of the relic shown in the image above, it is said that the weapon is most notably used by the Einherjar and is synonymous with the stench of death. There is no surface that it cannot cut, which is the reason why Kratos is able to damage any kind of challenging foe with it.
How To Unlock
Fortunately for you, the relic is an unmissable reward that will be dropped by the Fiske Boss fight during the sixth main story quest of the game called “The Reckoning”.
12. Hilt Of Gram
The Hilt Of Gram functions more or less like a consumable tool rather than a weapon capable of mass destruction as it can allow Kratos to gain a burst of Rage as well as Stun nearby enemies. It is said that the Relic was also referred to as the “Dragon’s Bane” as it now continues to take down foes before its glory days are done.
It is a relic that can aid you in difficult circumstances, especially when you are about to die and are a sliver away from activating Spartan Rage. So during those circumstances, this relic can be an absolute life-saver but then again, there are better options to choose from depending on the situation at hand.
How To Unlock
The relic is a little tricky to find as it is unlocked via completing a puzzle in Alfheim and the location of the puzzle along with the chest in that realm is marked in the image above for your convenience. Follow the steps below to solve the puzzle as quickly as possible.
- The puzzle will essentially be linked to a chain that has a purple Twilight stone panel with the chest containing the relic in the middle which is blocked off by a metal cage.
- What you need to do is lift the twilight stone panel at the same angle as shown in the picture we have provided and then throw the Leviathan Axe straight at the Purple Twilight stone.
- It will make the axe bounce toward the other side of the cage.
- Now, do not call back the axe just yet, pull the chain again and this time, drop the Twilight stone panel to the bottom and get the middle platform to the top.
- There should be a breakable panel linking the chain of the middle-caged platform.
- Pull the axe back now once you’re in position and if done correctly as shown in the second image above, the chain should break, releasing the platform down to the ground.
- Jump down into the crater, and you should now be able to loot the chest containing the Hilt of Gram.
13. Hilt Of Angrvadall
If you’re familiar with other action games such as Devil May Cry 5, you may recognize the ability of the following relic in instant having similarity to the game’s character attacks. The Hilt of Angravdall allows Kratos to unleash three charged light slashes which will deal more damage to enemies who are inflicted by the Sonic status ailment.
Upgrading the relic will reduce the overall cooldown, allowing for more usage of it during combat, Unlocking it in God Of War Ragnarok is pretty simple enough.
How To Unlock
You will need to once again acquire a special crafting component called the Skirnir’s Gambanteinn which is rewarded for defeating the Gravel Belly Boss in the Desert Door Favor. The favor itself is a part of Freya’s chain of favors and should be available once you complete the previous one called Freya’s Gift.
14. Mystical Heirloom
One of the only relics in the game that provide no ability usage and only serve as a gateway to unlockable content is the Mystical Heirloom. It has no powers whatsoever and cannot be upgraded. The only use of the relic is that you can unlock the frozen trolls across the realms as the boss fights. You can unlock the relic pretty easily by following the steps below.
How To Unlock
The Mystical Heirloom is found on the southern side of the Lake Of Nine in Midgard. You will need special equipment called the Draupnir Spear to open up an Ice wall blocking your path here. Once you open it up, the relic will be found laying next to a corpse on the ground.
God Of War Ragnarok definitely feels like a step up from its predecessor as it revamps the combat and polishes several other mechanics which makes the 2018 version feel almost inferior in mechanics. But whatever the case may be. no one can deny that the storytelling has gripped the heartstrings of fans from across the world as both Atreus and Kratos confront the Norse Pantheon Gods head-on in this dramatic rollercoaster adventure.
Although the game has several new and returning features, players 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.
We hope you enjoyed reading our list of all the relics of God Of War Ragnarok and the best ones for your play style. If you have any questions related to the guide or if you would like to share your experience with the game so far, then be sure to let us know all about it in the comments section below!
- Disclaimer Note: The ranking of all these relics is based on our 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 us know in the comments box.
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