God of War Ragnarok Black Bear Armor Set [How To Get & Stats]

Learn everything there is about the NG+ exclusive Black Bear armor set in God Of War Ragnarok, its perks, and how to obtain it.

The new NG+ update brought various new things, including the highly requested God Of War Ragnarok black bear armor. This armor set has been one of the most requested sets since players absolutely loved the fur cape fashion choice for Kratos during the opening hours of GOW Ragnarok. The armor itself is pretty simple to obtain, and the chest piece, along with the waist and bracers, both support unique evasion-focused perks to make them a fitting choice to use in combat.

Key Takeaways
  • Black Bear armor set is available in NG+ with a fur coat aesthetic.
  • Obtained at the start of NG+, featured in the intro sequence of God of War Ragnarok.
  • Cloak has Shadow Strike perk for immunity after successful evasions and Bifrost damage.
  • Wraps provide a 20% damage increase to melee attacks after successful last-second evasions.
  • Equipping the belt with the wraps maximizes the melee damage increase to 40%.
  • Ideal for Realm shift-focused builds.
  • Effective against tough boss fights and crowd-control situations.
  • Upgrade beyond Level 9 may require Skap Slag, a new NG+ exclusive material found in red chests and activities
Important: The NG+ exclusive armor set pieces will require you to upgrade them through 3 additional tiers when reaching Level 9, which are 9.1, then 9.2, and then finally 9.3 before you can finally min max them to Level 10.

How To Get The Black Bear Armor Set

The good news is, for many players, that you can acquire the Black Bear armor set as easily as right off the bat when launching GOW Ragnarok in an NG+ playthrough. Boot up a New game+ playthrough, and when you finally gain control of Kratos after the opening cutscene, he should have the entire armor set pre-equipped.

You can even hop into the inventory options to view the armor set too. There are no additional requirements to fulfill here, so you can obtain this armor set with ease to use and upgrade at your leisure. But for now, let’s look at each of the individual pieces and the perks of this armor set. It is also worth stating that the default level of the armor set in NG+ will start at Level 7 by default.

Cloak

Level Stats Upgrade Cost
Level 7
  • Strength: 62
  • Defense: 62
  • Cooldown: 21
Default level
Level 8
  • Strength: 72
  • Defense: 72
  • Cooldown: 24
Level 9
  • Strength: 82
  • Defense: 82
  • Cooldown: 27
  • Hacksilver: 35,000
  • Asgardian Ingot: 2
  • Bonded Leather: 40

The Cloak of the Black Bear is certainly the main meat of the piece here, as most players will want to have it equipped due to its magnificent fashion display on Kratos. You might be surprised to know that it also supports a hidden feature where if you wear other armor pieces, such as the waist piece from the Guiding Light Armor, it will slightly change its colors. Still, unfortunately, you might have to upgrade it to the highest level first.

  • The main perk of the cloak is called Shadow Step, and it increases immunity duration while evading and last-second evading fire a volley of Bifrost shards.
  • Shadow Step is pretty interesting here at first glance, as it may just be a great choice for the builds in God Of War Ragnarok that utilize Realm Shifts to stop time by evading attacks at the last moment.
  • Bifrost is a fantastic applicator to shred through the health of enemies overcrowding you, especially on higher difficulty levels of GOWR.

Wraps

Level Stats Upgrade Cost
Level 7
  • Strength: 65
  • Defense: 13
  • Cooldown: 13
Default Level
Level 8
  • Strength: 75
  • Defense: 15
  • Cooldown: 15
  • Hacksilver: 16,500
  • Asgardian Ingots: 3
  • Bonded Leather: 10
Level 9
  • Strength: 85
  • Defense: 17
  • Cooldown: 17
  • Hacksilver: 25,000
  • Asgardian Ingot: 15
  • Bonded Leather: 20
Level 9.1
  • Strength: 95
  • Defense: 19
  • Cooldown: 19
  • Hacksilver: 27,500
  • Skap Slag: 5
Level 9.2
  • Strength: 105
  • Defense: 21
  • Cooldown: 21
  • Hacksilver: 30,000
  • Skap Slag: 10
  • Bonded Leather: 5
Level 9.3
  • Strength: 115
  • Defense: 23
  • Cooldown: 23
  • Hacksilver: 32,500
  • Skap Slag: 20
  • Smouldering Embers: 10
Level 10
  • Strength: 125
  • Defense: 25
  • Cooldown: 25
  • Hacksilver: 35,000
  • Skap Slag: 30
  • Mountain Root: 1

The Wraps of the Black Bear armor set to showcase an onyx color around Kratos’ gauntlets, but what’s more interesting is its main perk which goes quite in combination with the waist since they both feature the same perk but with a bonus if both pieces are equipped.

  • Shadow Strike II makes Kratos’ first melee attack immediately after evading dish out increased damage.
  • The total damage that can be provided is 20%, at least by a single piece of this or either the belt.

Belt

Level Stats Upgrade Cost
Level 7
  • Strength: 13
  • Defense: 65
  • Cooldown: 13
Default level
Level 8
  • Strength: 15
  • Defense: 75
  • Cooldown: 15
  • Hacksilver: 16,500
  • Asgardian Ingots: 3
  • Bonded Leather: 10
Level 9
  • Strength: 17
  • Defense: 85
  • Cooldown: 17
  • Hacksilver: 25,000
  • Asgardian Ingots: 15
  • Bonded Leather: 20
Level 9.1
  • Strength: 19
  • Defense: 95
  • Cooldown: 19
  • Hacksilver: 27,500
  • Skap Slag: 5
Level 9.2
  • Strength: 21
  • Defense: 105
  • Cooldown: 21
  • Hacksilver: 30,000
  • Skap Slag: 10
  • Bonded Leather: 5
Level 9.3
  • Strength: 23
  • Defense: 115
  • Cooldown: 23
  • Hacksilver: 32,500
  • Skap Slag: 20
  • Smouldering Embers: 10
Level 10
  • Strength: 25
  • Defense: 125
  • Cooldown: 25
  • Hacksilver: 35,000
  • Skap Slag: 30
  • Mountain Root: 1

Lastly, the belt of the black bear set isn’t too distinctive in appearance as it blends fairly well with the other pieces in its default level colors. By equipping both this and the black bear wraps, you will be able to dish out a total of 40% increased melee damage after evades, which in our opinion, makes it worthwhile to use it as a complete set with the wraps.

Useful Tips And Tricks

  • In our experience with GOW Ragnarok, this armor might prove highly effective against the Aesir enemies as they tend to be aggressive, so timely using evade and using the Shadow strike perks may help you gain an edge.
  • The Black Bear armor set is also viable against the endgame bosses of God of War Ragnarok, such as Gna as well as the Berserker King, Hrolf.
  • Bifrost essentially allows you to apply a detonator effect to enemies. On impact, after being affected by the Bifrost, you can make them explode, almost instantly killing them.
  • By the time you get access to the armor, you will have enough resources to instantly upgrade it to Level 9, but afterward, you may need to acquire the new materials called the Skap Slag to further enhance it.
  • Skap Slag itself can be found readily throughout your NG+ playthrough via red chests, closing realm tears around the world, and by also completing the Muspelheim Trials.

Summing It Up

According to the following Subreddit Post, a user pointed out how the God Of War Ragnarok Black Bear armor can essentially change colors when paired with different armor. While you may first need to min-max the armor to do that, it is more than enough of a reminder of how Santa Monica never ceases to impress fans with their affection for the franchise.

Whether you have Atreus by your side or even Freya, GOW Ragnarok is an absolute rollercoaster of emotions as it profoundly showcases why it’s the winner of several awards and accolades in the industry. The gameplay also never boils down any bit, as by using the Best Shields along with your favorite weapons, such as the Blades of Chaos, you can go to town enemies in order to save the Nine Realms from utter destruction.

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