God of War Ragnarok Gleaming Crystal [Explained]

Learn where to get gleaming crystal and the quests that lead up to it in order to get it!

Story Highlights
  • Gleaming crystal is a special crystal obtained in the Wishing Well in Vanaheim!
  • The best way to get a gleaming crystal is by doing the pre-requisite quests to it!
  • The main benefit of having a gleaming crystal is that you'll be able to further upgrade your armor!
  • While you do not need to get the gleaming crystal, it can be helpful to do it when in end-game!

God of War Ragnarok thrives off of main and side-quest missions, which offer players various rewards such as crafting materials, which is what a gleaming crystal is. In our God of War Ragnarok Gleaming Crystal guide, we will uncover how you can get it, what it is used for as well as its prerequisites! 

How To Get Gleaming Crystals 

Wishing Well
Wishing Well (Image Credits Exputer)

Before we get started, we want to make sure that players know that there might be spoilers here and there, therefore, you should proceed with caution. 

Before even thinking of getting the gleaming crystal, players will need to first fully complete the side quest, which is known as Scent of Survival, which is also accessed after completing the 13th main questline, which cannot be skipped, therefore players will be able to encounter the side quest with quite an ease. 

Once you’ve done that, let’s get started with the actual quest! To get started, you will need to go into the Vanaheim area, which will have a place that is located on the northernmost end of the general Vanaheim region. Near the crater, there will be yellow crystals that you will need to break apart, which you will then need to travel down to a wishing well and throw in there. 

Full Walkthrough

On your map, the wishing well will be symbolized by a purple icon which will have a small flower inside of it, and hovering your controller over it will showcase its exact location on the map, which will be on the southern end of the crater. 

Start by being near a beach that has a small boat docked towards the edge of the water. There will be a flag that will be set on the right side which will be blue and slightly in the middle, and it will be set near a stepping platform. 

Pushing Off The Boat
Pushing Off The Boat (Image Credits Exputer)

Make your way over to the docked boat, and click on O to interact with it, which will cause you to sit in the boat, and then Freya will also follow suit and sit in front of you. Before you take off, Fratos will use his paddle to push off the docked area to get the boat deeper into the water to get ready to go. 

From here, start making your way forward toward the small barrel that is present in the water, which will grant you hack silver, so make sure not to miss it. When you get close to it, Kratos will say something like, “Freya, something is on your mind. What is it?”. 

After that happens, you want to keep heading forth and start going over to the small island that is present between a cliffside on the left and a tree on the right. The island will split the water into two channels, going right and left, and you want to start heading north towards the channel that diverts you to the left towards the cliffside. 

During that, Freya will also exclaim that she’s quite glad that Freyr managed to get his sword back. They will keep interacting with each, talking about the sword being stolen and whatnot, and players will keep heading further into the lake. Once you’ve reached far enough, you will eventually hit a dead end. 

Diverting To The Small Tunnel 

From the dead-ned, you want to steer your boat to the right, which will allow you to enter a covered pathway into the water, which will be surrounded by vines and branches all over the place. Here, Freya will talk about Freyr’s attachment to his sword and that he would only put it down if he ended up dying. 

Keep making your way through the channel, and once you encounter a stone wall in front of you, you can steer your boat to the left and then make another swift left turn. From there, keep going forward until you come across nothing but the wall in front of you. However, there will be a small opening that will be on the bottom cut through the stone. 

Take your boat over there, align it with the entrance, and press O to interact with it, which will cause Kratos and Freya to duck down, and then Kratos will lead the boat through the small passageway. Once you’re in the passageway, Freya should say something like “with embarrassing speed,” and Kratos will say that he’s really glad that Freyr retrieved the sword eventually. 

Getting Out Of The Tunnel 

Once you make your way out, start heading straight, and then steer your boat a bit to the right, and keep heading straight when Freya says, “my litlte fool” which will eventually lead you out of the tunnel and into the open air. After that, head over on straight for a bit, and then steer a bit to the right until you encounter a beach that you can dock your boat on. 

Once you dock the boat, it will prompt Kratos and Freya to get out of it and get on land. Once you’re on land, you will be surrounded by a marshy area, and there will be a small pathway that will be laid out in front of you. 

Mystic Gateway To The Left
Mystic Gateway To The Left (Image Credits Exputer)

From the place where you landed, you want to start heading straight, where there will be a mystic gateway towards your left. However, you want to make a swift turn to the right from the small vines that are present on your right with orange flowers on them. 

Right in front of you, you will come across the edge of the pathway. There will be a small gap that you will need to cross, and the way that you can do that is by taking your blades of chaos and hanging across the small ledge that is present on a tree branch. 

Take the ledge, and make your way onto the platform that is present in front of you. Once you’ve safely made your way there, you want to start making your way forth and keep going straight until you come across an entrance on your left. 

Entrance To The Cave

Entrance To The Cave
Entrance To The Cave (Image Credits Exputer)

There will be a smallholder on the left of the entrance, which will hold a chain, and you want to go over to the chain. You don’t need to interact with the chain at all. From there, steer a bit to the right and instead enter through the domed entrance. 

The inside of the passageway will quite possibly be covered head to toe with vines as well as branches. Once you’re inside, make your way past the first orange lamp that you’re able to encounter, and then make your way further past the second orange plant/lamp, too, until you encounter a curve in the pathway. 

From the curve, head right and head even further into the cave. Once you do so, you will come across a giant tree in the middle of the room, and from there, you want to start making your way left. Keep going forward until you come to the edge of the platform. 

If you already didn’t, drive a spear into the small hole that will be on the left wall so that you can later grab onto it. Sprint across the edge of the platform and grab onto the spear, which will cause Kratos to hop on it, and then he will grab onto the edge of the platform in front and get on top. 

From there, pan your camera to the right, and you will encounter a small pathway across the edge that you can follow forward. There will be one or two resources that you can pick up from the ground as they can always be helpful, so make sure to do that. Keep heading forward until you reach the wall with thin branches laden across it. 

Entering Hidden Pathway 

Entering Hidden Pathway
Entering Hidden Pathway (Image Credits Exputer)

Once you’ve made it to the wall with the thin branches, pan your camera to the left, a d you will see that there is a small hole in the wall with which you can interact using O. doing so will prompt Kratos to head into the small passageway. 

While in the passageway, Kratos will hug the wall and slowly start to head in, during which you will also need to duck down to get through some smaller passageways. Keep heading forth until you encounter the red flowers in front of you, which will indicate the end of the pathway. 

Make your way to the edge of the stone platform, and jump down onto the ground. From there, make a swift run forward and then turn right, which will then cause the player to make a U-turn, after which you will need to keep heading forth. Once you do so, in front of you, you will be able to see the same familiar entrance through which you entered the cave. 

Keep heading for it, and eventually, you will be able to get out of it. 

Heading Out Of The Cave 

Heading Out Of The Cave
Heading Out Of The Cave (Image Credits Exputer)

Start heading out of the cave, where you will be able to take note of a large tree on the right of you, while there will be a small pathway that you can easily follow. Head over to the edge of the platform, and right down there, players will be able to see trees with red leaves, as well as an intricately designed pathway. 

Using your blades of chaos, hang onto the wall, and then make your way down the wall and hop onto the ground. From here, in front of you, there will be a large lake that will have red water, and there will also be an orange/golden-colored ore in front of you. 

Go past the ore, and then cross the first tree that you encounter. Steer a bit to the left and make your way onto the main pathway, from where you want to keep heading forward, and then steer to the left to go towards the tree that is right along the edge of the lake. 

From the tree, pan your camera a bit to the left and keep heading forth, and you want to keep moving along the edge of the lake. Circle back around the lake, and you will be able to see a yellow crystal placed on the edge of the lake. 

The main way to obtain the yellow crystal will be to use a heavy attack on it with your axe, which will cause it to break apart, and then its remnants will end up falling into the lake. Once you do so, Freya will say something like, “The pond!”. 

The Pond 

The Pond
The Pond (Image Credits Exputer)

If you look at the middle of the pond, it will start causing ripples of water to appear. On the platform where you broke down the yellow crystal, you will be able to take up a few resources, including crystalline shards

Crystalline Fragment
Crystalline Fragment (Image Credits Exputer)

And after Freya says something along the lines of how it speaks its language and that it is one she understands, an item will appear on the right of your screen, which will be a Crystalline Fragment, and its description will say that it is a larger piece of the crystals that are found in the Vanaheim’s valley crater. 

After that, Freya will say that you want to show your gratitude to the pond, and she will guide you that you need to toss a crystal into the wishing well. And once you interact with it, it will showcase Kratos throwing in a small crystal. 

Once you do so, you will be rewarded with a few things. One of them will be a plackart of fallen stars, which is chest armor. And Kratos will ask what it is, whereby Freya will say that it is armor

Gleaming Crystal
Gleaming Crystal (Image Credits Exputer)

Along with that, you also get your very own gleaming crystal, which is a crystal that has been cleansed by the waters that are present in the Crater’s wishing well. And Freya will also explain why the crystals exist and what they can be used for. 


Note: Major spoilers ahead! 

Scent of Survival
Scent of Survival (Image Credits Exputer)

Now, to actually get to this questline, players will need to complete a total of 13 main quests before, alongside the scent of survival side-quest. Therefore, we will give a brief rundown of the pre-requisite quests and their objectives. 

Surviving Fimbulwinter 

Missions (Image Credits Exputer)

The main objectives for the first main missions will be: 

  • Head home
  • Track Atreus
  • Defeat Bjorn
  • Return home with Atreus 
  • Defeat Thor 
  • Return home to Atrues 
  • Follow Atreus into the forest
  • Defeat the huntress
  • Follow Atreus into the forest
  • Return home
  • Follow Sindri. 

The Quest For Tyr

As for the second quest, you will need to complete these objectives: 

  • Journey to Nidavellier 
  • Explore the area
  • Boat to Durlin’s office
  • Exit Durlin’s office to the port
  • Reach the mine beyond the mountain
  • Reach the front of the broken train
  • Defeat the Dreki
  • Reach the front again
  • Fix the train
  • Ride the train to the mines
  • Search the mines for Tyr
  • Pursue Tyr
  • Exit the mines with Tyr
  • Escape through the mystic gateway. 

Old Friends 

The third quest will be on the shorter side, 

  • Enter the gateway
  • Speak with Jormungandr 
  • Head back to the mystic gateway
  • Speak with Freya 

Groa’s Secret 

As for the fourth quest, it won’t really be difficult, but the pathway during the temple of light definitely takes some time: 

  • Reach Groa’s shrine atop the temple
  • Descend the light well
  • Defeat Alva
  • Make your way to the mystic gateway 

The Lost Sanctuary 

Moving onto the fifth walkthrough, the objectives will be as follows: 

  • Explore Ironwood with Angrboda
  • Meet Angrboda at the shrine
  • Help Angrboda with giant stuff
  • Follow Angrboda through the canyon
  • Head back to jalla
  • Investigate the hidden pathway
  • Clear the wretches
  • Climb back up to the surface
  • Head back home through the marshes
  • Free the wolf from Gryla’s clutches
  • Defeat Gryla
  • Return to Angrboda’s home
  • Explore the treehouse

The Reckoning 

Onto your sixth mission, you can expect the following objectives to show up: 

  • Meet Brok at the mystic gateway
  • Locate the source of Freya’s curse
  • Speak with Freyr
  • Continue to seek the source of her curse. 
  • Get rid of the forest ancient.
  • Cross the valley to go up to the watchtower
  • Find a way to cross the bridge that is broken. 
  • Press forward in search of the curse
  • Defeat Fiske
  • Press onward again. 
  • Defeat the Nidhogg
  • Return to Freyr’s camp
  • Retrieve mimir. 

The Runaway 

Moving on, the next objective that we would like to cover will be the runaway, and they will be as follows: 

  • Find shelter
  • Investigate Freya’s abandoned house
  • Light a fire for Chaurli 
  • Follow Odin’s raven
  • Climb the wall
  • Follow Heimdall and meet Odin. 

Into The Fire

As for the next chapter, the missions that players will need to do will be listed down below: 

  • Search for the Mask Fragment with Thor
  • Investigate Surtr’s Shrine
  • Resume the search for the mask fragment 
  • Go back to Atreus’ quarters

The Word of Fate 

The ninth story mission will have players do the following quests: 

  • Travel to Midgard
  • Find the wolves at the kennel
  • Open the gate
  • Follow the wolves to the norns
  • Continue tracking the norns
  • Return to the wolves and continue tracking the norns
  • Defeat the frost phantom
  • Find the norns at the well of Urd
  • Leave the norns

Forging Destiny 

Now that you’ve managed to reach the 10th main mission, these quests will be expected of the player: 

  • Find a path to the surface
  • Head to the forge with Brok
  • Destroy the nightmare haunt to release the lift
  • Ride the lift up to the forge
  • Repair the switch
  • Forge the weapon
  • Find a path down the mountain. 

Unleashing Hel

The next quest will be on the shorter side: 

  • Find the final mask fragment
  • Find a way back to Asgard
  • Find Odin and explain what happened
  • Return to Atreus’ quarters. 


As for the 12th chapter, it will be a bit on the bittersweet end: 

  • Approach Ratatoskr
  • Find garm in Helheim
  • Pursue and defeat garm
  • Leave Helheim
  • Run!
  • Keep pursuing Garm
  • Go back to the mystic gateway

Creatures of Prophecy 

Last but not least, the final quest before you can find the gleaming crystal will be as follows: 

  • Find skoll and hati
  • Recover the stolen moon
  • Pursue the Einherjar thief
  • Return to skoll and hati
  • Go back to Freyr’s camp
  • Defeat the two Dreki
  • Rescue Freyr from the Enheirjar
  • Beat Gulltoppr and Heimdall 
  • Regroup with Freyr’s allies
  • Escape from the prison


And there we have it, a detailed walkthrough on how to get your hands on the gleaming crystal! And with that, we will wrap up our God of War Ragnarok Gleaming Crystal guide! 

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Mina Anwar

Mina is a Gacha games guides writer at Exputer with years of writing experience. When she is away from work, Mina can be found venturing through Mondtstat and Liyue, a place she calls her second home.

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