How To Unlock Nidavellir Armor In God Of War Ragnarok

Learn how to unlock one Nidavellir Armor early on in God of War Ragnarok

Finding a good armor set right at the start of the game can be quite hard. But the Nidavellir Armor in God of War Ragnarok is easily one of the best armor that you can acquire and use in the early game. Therefore, this guide will show you how to unlock and craft it.

You’ll get the opportunity to unlock the armor almost midway into the second chapter after you unlock the “In Service of Asgard” Favor. It’ll take you to three different rigs, which will give you the Nidaviller Ore, which is needed for crafting the armor.


Key Highlights

  • Nidaviller Armor can be unlocked in chapter two. 
  • You need six Nidaviller Ore to craft the whole set.
  • Each mining rig part of the “In Service of Asgard” favor will grant you two of the ore’s pieces.

Nidaviller Armor

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Nidavellir Armor offering passive healing [Captured by eXputer]
The Nidavellir armor is great for the early game as not only does it offer decent stats, but the Health Burst that you get after stun grabbing an enemy can help you out for additional health regeneration. Here are the stats for each of the pieces:

Armor PieceDefenseVitalityStrength
Chest Armor101010
Wrist Armor126
Waist Armor126

The armor is great for having more health while also reducing stun drain on your enemies, allowing you to land stun attacks with ease. And if you upgrade the armor, it can easily last you into mid-game.

Unlocking The Armor: In Service Of Asgard Favor

As mentioned, to unlock the armor pieces and craft each one, you need to complete the In-Service of Asgard Favor. You’ll receive the Favor once you reach the second part of the Nidavellir village, where you’ll meet Raeb. Raeb will guide you toward the next main quest, as well as give you the Favor quest.

The premise of the quest is quite simple. There will be three different locations marked on your map as part of the quest. Head to each location and destroy the rig at the highest point in the location. The only tricky part is defeating the enemies and solving puzzles to reach the rig.

Modvitnir’s Rig

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Modvitnir Rig Base [Captured by eXputer]
Once you head out into the lake after meeting Raeb, you’ll be able to spot the Modvitnir’s Rig; it’ll be the closest to you of all three of the different rigs. Head over to the rig and start climbing. You’ll be faced with some Wretches (small lizard-like creatures).

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Climbing Modvitnir [Captured by eXputer]
After defeating the Wretches, climb up to your right. You should be able to see a paddle to your right. Hit it with your axe, and the gate will lower to your left, allowing you to jump across the gap. Keep climbing upwards; you’ll find a chest at the top, as well as more Wretches.

grapple point at Modvitnir Rig
Moving the grappling point [Captured by eXputer]
The next part is fairly simple. If you look to your right from the chest (or South on the compass), you’ll find a crane with a grapple point. Grapple across to the next platform. Then look back towards the contraption that’s holding the grapple point; you’ll be able to spot some paddles.

Hit the paddles twice with your axe, and you’ll be able to move the grapple point in position for you to make it across to the next section. You’ll again need to take out some Wretches. But once you do, take the chain upwards.

disabling rings to get Nidavellir ore in God of War Ragnarok
Disabling the rig[Captured by eXputer]
You’ll be able to spot the rig and can disable it. But first, you’ll need to take out some more enemies. Once you take them out, head over to the metal fencing. Kratos will cut it open and then freeze it with his axe. Once the rig is disabled, a bunch of resources will drop. One of the resources will be Nidaviller Ore, needed to craft the armor.

Althjof’s Rig

starting area for Althjof rig and how to unlock nidavellir armor
Althjof Rig start [Captured by eXputer]
The next rig that you can visit in order to unlock the Nidavellir armor in God of War Ragnarok is the Althjof’s Rig. It has some confusing elements that require you to change the positions of grappling points. But essentially, as soon as you get to the rig, climb the chain upwards, and you’ll lead to an area with a mechanical wheel that controls the highlighted grapple point, as shown in the image.

Use it to bring down the grapple point to just one position above the lowest possible position. Once the grappling point is in position, you can approach it by first bringing down the lift with your blades, allowing you to use the lift’s roof as a stepping platform.

Once you’ve stepped across, blow up the barrels on your left to clear a path. Move towards that path and grapple upwards. On your right should be a gate that you can open up. Clear the path using the barrel again and then climb up.

Althjof hole in ground
Hole in the ground at Althjof rig [Captured by eXputer]
Once you’re at the top and on the platform, look down, and you should see an action button, allowing you to create a hole in the ground, as shown. Once you defeat the monsters there, look towards the lift that we brought down earlier. Use your chains to push it up instead.

Head back out and towards the mechanical wheel again and move up the grappling point as high as you can. Then, climb up to the area where you had opened up the door. From there, jump onto the lift’s roof again, and grapple across. Then all you need to do is climb to the top, defeat the enemies, and then, you can disable the rig. 

Radsvinn’s Rig

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Start of Radsvinn’s Rig [Captured by eXputer]
The final rig, Radsvinn’s rig, is the most straightforward as there are no complicated puzzles needed to disable the rig. All you need to do is head to the marker and take out a bunch of enemies in the area, and then disable the rig.

It is worth noting that there are more enemies here than in the previous two rigs, so you might have to be cautious. But once you do defeat the enemies, you can head back down where you came from. You’ll find Sindri there, who can craft the armor for you.

With all of that, you are ready to unlock and equip the Nidavellir Armor in God of War Ragnarok. For a small Favor quest, you get access to a really good armor that can help you conquer many areas for a good portion of the game.

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Atik Younus


Atik is a Game Guides Writer at eXputer with plenty of experience under his belt. He has a knack for well-written stories and amazing combat mechanics. When not found going on adventures with Nathan Drake, he's usually found creating 3D artwork and writing code.

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