Whether you’re trying to acquire all of the six Frozen Sparks or are just trying to be a completionist, finding the locations of and closing all the Hel Tears is a side quest in God of War Ragnarok which becomes available after a certain main story quest.
Following the events of the main story quest, “Reunion,” Hel Tears are openings in the realm that spill through the entities of Hel into the realm, and you must close them with the help of a companion.
All Hel Tear Locations In GOW Ragnarok
|Hel Tear Location||Realm||Difficulty||Tips|
|Sindri's House||---||Moderate||Play as Kratos for easier combat.|
|Helheim||Helheim||Moderate||Use Chaos Blades and protect |
Atreus until the Tear is closed.
|Midgard - Well Of Urd||Midgard||Challenging||Break the health guard of the first |
big enemy and watch out for enemies throwing projectiles.
|Svartalfheim - Aurvangar||Svartalfheim||Challenging||Climb to the small cliffside on the |
right to gain an advantage in the narrow area.
|Alfheim - The Strond||Alfheim||Challenging||Activate Spartan Rage or keep the challenging |
enemy distracted while waiting for the Tear to close.
|Vanaheim - The Southern Wilds||Vanaheim||Challenging||Protect your companion from |
aggressive enemies and utilize the larger area to avoid them.
There are six different Hel Tears in the game. After you close up each Hel Tear, you’ll be rewarded a Frozen Spark. Six of those can be combined to create a Frozen Flame that is used to upgrade Leviathan Axe in the game.
Although the locations aren’t that difficult, and two of those will be available to you through the main story anyways, the main thing to consider is the type of enemies that you’ll be facing in each of the Hel Tear locations.
Some of the enemies can be above your level if you start going after the Tears immediately as they get unlocked. However, the good thing is that you only need to protect your companion who is closing the tear and not actually defeat all the enemies. So as soon as the bar for the Hel Tear empties, all the enemies will disappear.
Sindri’s HouseThe first Hel Tear that you’ll come across will be part of the story and near the start of the “Reunion” quest. You’ll start off by playing as Atreus, and midway will switch to Kratos. The enemies aren’t too troublesome, especially when you’ll get to play as Kratos, as he’ll get access to new abilities as well during the fight.
HelheimThe next Hel Tear that you come across in the game is just a few minutes after the first one if you’re following the main story. You’ll get led to Helheim, where you’ll find a Tear that you must close in order to progress further.
Again, the enemies here aren’t too difficult either. Using your Chaos Blades might be a better option, especially if you’ve been upgrading it using Chaos Flames, due to how easily the enemies can surround you. The enemies will keep coming, even if you defeat all of them, so just try to keep them away from Atreus till the Tear is closed.
Midgard – Well Of UrdAfter you’ve completed the first two Tears, you’re free to go wherever and close the remaining Hel Tears in the other realms. The first place that you can visit and close the Tear with ease is in Midgard.
Head to the realm and go over to the Northwest parts of the map, towards the Well of Urd, the same area where you went during the “Word of Fate” quest. Head upwards, past the Nornir chest. And once at the top, go past the ice wall, and you’ll spot the Tear.
The fight here can be slightly tough as the first big enemy to come out will have their health protected, requiring you first to break it. You’ll also need to look out for the enemies up high that’ll constantly throw projectiles at you.
Svartalfheim – Aurvangar WetlandsThe next Hel Tear location that you can visit is in Svartalfheim, in the Aurvangar Wetlands. There should be a mystic gate South of the location. You’ll need to boat over to the actual location. When you get there, make your way past the Geyser by freezing it.
When you reach the actual location, the first enemy will also have a health guard that you’ll need to break. But even after that, you’ll start getting surrounded quickly because of how narrow the area is. For ease, you can climb over to the small cliffside on the right of the Tear.
Alfheim – The StrondYou can find another Hel Tear in Alfheim, in the Strond area. In fact, it is right next to the mystical gate in that area. Once you head through the gate, keep going forward, and you’ll spot the Tear below you.
Head down to the Tear and activate it; you’ll be faced with a challenging enemy with a giant sword and armor. He’s going to be your main threat throughout the fight. If you can activate Spartan Rage, you should be able to deplete most of his health. Otherwise, the other best option is just to keep him distracted and wait for the Tear to close.
Vanaheim – The Southern WildsCompleting the Vanaheim Tear near the end might be a better option if you’re doing them continuously after unlocking the quest, as your next main quest will also be in Vanaheim. Use the Mystical Gate in the Southern Wilds, and the Tear will be just a few steps ahead of it.
Over here, your major threat will be the Traveller miniboss. Just like with the other Tears, you don’t need to defeat all the enemies; you just need to keep them at bay. But in the Vanaheim Tear, the enemies seem to be a lot more aggressive and try to attack your companion, delaying the Tear closure.
Therefore, you should use the relatively larger area to avoid the enemies but should also try to ensure that your companion isn’t getting bombarded with enemies.
With that, you know about all the Hel Tear locations in God of War Ragnarok and how to close each one of them. Just ensure your companion doesn’t get too distracted and outlast all the enemies, and you shouldn’t have any trouble.
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