God Of War Ragnarok Return Of The River [Walkthrough]

Return of the River is a very important favor that is required to unlock new areas in the game.

The Vanaheim Realm in God Of War Ragnarok is filled with side quests and favors and one such favor that you come across in the jungle region is the Return of the River. It is one of the most important side quests that unlock new areas to explore in the game. Basically, in order to complete most of the other favors in the Crater of Vanaheim, including The Burning Skies, you will have to complete the quest first.

Key Takeaways
  • “Return of the River” is a favor in God of War Ragnarok.
  • Initiate the favor in the Western Plains Gateway cave by destroying a barricade.
  • Progress through the cave, leading to a forest, to start the quest.
  • Reach a water wheel covered in vines, use 3 Runic Arrows, and ignite the vines with Blades of Chaos.
  • Turn the water wheel to complete the favor.

How To Start Return Of The River Favor

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The Western Plains Gateway (Image Captured by Us)

In order to start the favor, travel to the Western Plains Gateway in the crater region of Vanaheim. You will have to make your way back to the jungle from the crater in order to get the favor. Additionally, make sure that it is nighttime in Vanaheim. Just use the temple near the Wester Plains gateway to make the night appear.

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Following The Path (Image Captured by eXputer)

From the Western Plains gateway, go forward and jump down the cliff. Then travel straight until you reach the point shown in the pic. From here, you will have to take a right in order to reach the destination.

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The Cave Entrance (Image by eXputer)

When you take a right and go straight, you will see an entrance to the cave on the other side of the cliff as seen in the image above. That cave is the place where you’re supposed to go additionally. Just take the path on your right and it should lead you to the entrance of the cave. Also, be ready to fight some enemies on your way as well.

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Location of the Path on the Map (Screenshot Grab: eXputer)

This is the location from where you can see the entrance of the cave. From here you’ll find the path that leads you to the cave as well. If you get lost, just arrive at the location shown in the image above.

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Finding The Path (Screenshot Captured by eXputer)

When you enter the cave, follow the path till you reach the end. There will be some climbing that you’ll have to do in between. But once you reach the end, you will see no other of continuing further. However, on the left wall of the room at the end, there will be a path blocked off by wood. Use your Leviathan Axe to open up the path that leads you to the jungle. 

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The Favor Begins (Image Credit Copyright: eXputer)

At the end of the path, you’ll arrive in the jungle. From there take a sharp right and you’ll see a huge dam in front of you. The Return of the River favor will also begin at this point. You will have to go to the dam in order to complete the favor. 

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Location On The Map (Image credit: eXputer)

The location shown in the image above is where the favor begins in God Of War Ragnarok. So, if you get lost after entering the jungle, just make your way to the location that you see in the image above. Lastly, on your way to the dam, you’ll encounter a lift. That lift takes you to the top of the dam in the game. 

How To Solve Return Of The River Favor

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Using the Draupnir Spear (Image Captured by Us)

When you arrive at the top of the dam using the lift, you will first be greeted by a bunch of enemies. These enemies are not too hard to deal with and you can quickly take care of them with your Blades of Chaos. Once you’re done killing the enemies, go to the first platform of the dam.

  1. Break wooden crates on the right side to reveal a marker for the Draupnir Spear.
  2. Use the Draupnir Spear to break the wall and access the other side of the dam.
  3. Open the dam to restore the river flow to Vanaheim

Opening The Dam

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Using Sigil Arrows (Image Captured by eXputer)

When you go to the other side of the dam, you’ll see a wheel that you have to rotate. But that wheel is stuck and the chains are covered with vines. You will have to use Freya’s sigil arrows to burn the vines additionally. Use your sigil arrows as shown in the image above. Then proceed to use Kratos’ Chaos Blades to burn all of the vines. 

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Turning The Wheel (Image by eXputer)

Now that the vines are burned, you can turn the wheel to open up the dam additionally. That will return the flow of the river to the Jungle and the Crater region of Vanaheim. Now you can explore new areas that were not accessible before in the game. 

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The Favor Complete (Screenshot Grab: eXputer)

After turning the wheel, go back to the other side of the dam. A small cutscene will play followed by the Favor complete prompt. You will also get XP for Kratos and Freya that you can use to purchase Skills or upgrade Runic Attacks additionally. 


This concludes our guide about the Return of the River favor in God Of War Ragnarok. We have entailed the method of starting the side quest in addition to the way of solving it in the game. Everything has been mentioned in complete detail. We hope that the guide was helpful in solving the favor in the game. Let us know what you think about the side quests and optional areas of God Of War Ragnarok in the comments below!


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