God Of War Ragnarok Sanctuary Grove [Definitive Guide]

Learn how players are able to unlock and make their way over to Sanctuary Grove and what pre-requisites are required.

God of War Ragnarok and its nine realms offer an enticing storyline with multiple chapters to get through, after which players can access a few locations on the map that were otherwise not available. Players might need help figuring out God of War Ragnarok How To Get To Sanctuary Grove since it does have quite a few prerequisites! 

Key Highlights

  • The Sanctuary Grove is an end-game place that players are able to unlock and access towards the end of the game. 
  • Players need to complete all main missions before they can even think of unlocking the mystic gateway leading to the grove. 
  • An interaction with Ratatoskr will take place that will have players hitting a charm to progress further. 
  • realm seed will be required in order to unlock the mystic gateway in the Sanctuary Grove. 
  • Sanctuary Grove is present in the Midgard area, which is one of the nine-realms that the God of War Ragnarok has to offer!

Unlocking Sanctuary Grove 

First things first, before players can even decide to make their way over to the area that is Sanctuary Grove, one of the biggest misconceptions that players might have about the area is that it might be unlocked with the help of some secret favor or side quest when the reality is quite different. 

To get to Sanctuary Grove in the first place, players will quite literally need to complete the *entire game*, meaning all chapters that are included in the main storyline (which we will get into later), and they will have had to get through the main storyline until the very end before they can even think of unlocking the area. 

  • The area of Sanctuary Grove will be located in the Midgard area, which is one of the nine realms that payers will have unlocked when they are doing the main storyline. 
  • If you make your way over to a mystic gateway that is present at Sindri’s house, you will be able to hover over all the nine realms that you might be able to interact with. Hovering over Midgard will be the area where players will need to go to get to Sanctuary grove. 

If you exit the animation, the mystic gateway falls and disassembles itself, allowing players to then start freely moving around. 

Talking To Bitter Squirrel  

Talking To Bitter Squirrel
Talking To Bitter Squirrel (Image Credits Exputer)

From the mystic gateway that has just fallen, players want to go ahead and pan their camera to the right, which then allows them to turn around instantly. Make a complete 180 until you see Sindri’s house present a few feet in front of you. 

  • From there, players want to start heading towards Sindri’s house, and after moving a few feet forward, pan your camera to the left. 
  • This will reveal a side pathway that will be represented by a wooden path on the ground, whereby there will also be purple and blue patches of grass all around the trees and the pathway. Start running down this pathway until you can encounter a giant tree that is present in front of you. 

Whenever players are traversing across this beaten-down path, they will be able to hear a bitter squirrel who will start talking to them. The first dialogue that they will hear will be an “I’ll bet you” from the bitter squirrel’s end. 

  • When you come closer to the tree, the bitter squirrel will then go ahead and say something along the lines of the fact that no matter how much you try, you wouldn’t be able to hit the chime with the axe, and then it urges you to go ahead and try to do it if you so dare. 

Chime On The Tree 

Chime On Tree
Chime On Tree (Image Credits Exputer)

Now, when it comes to the actual tree, if players get a little closer to the tree, they will be able to take note of a few things that will be placed on it: 

  • One of the first things that will be placed on the tree will be a brown mat which will have a few golden geometric patterns on it, and the mat will be dangling slightly from one of the corners dangling down towards the ground. The mat itself will be placed on one of the lower branches of the tree. 
  • There will be two items that will be placed on top of the mat, one that will be placed towards the far right of the mat and will be a gold-colored item, while the other will be laced a bit towards the corner that is dangling down from the branch and it will be a black-colored item. 
  • Right beside the black colored item, there will be a blue mist that will illuminate the far left of the mat, and it will be placed just on the edge of the mat itself. 
  • On the branch on top of the smaller branch, there will be a purple mist that will be present towards a bit to the right of the branch, and it will be closer to one of the leaves of the tree. 
  • Across from the purple mist, there will be yet another branch that will be a bit on the thinner end, and right in the curve of the thin branch, there will be a red mist illuminating the branch, and right beside the red mist, the branch will end up thinning out even more. 
  • On a branch that is present towards the top left of the tree, there will be a green mist that will be present towards the curve that is going upwards in the branch. 

A few inches towards the left of the branch with the green mist, there will be a charm that will be dangling down from the branch. The charm itself will be golden in color, and the main body of the charm will be of diamond shape, with three wind-chimes hanging down from the charm that will be able to be interacted with by the player. 

  • Now, as the squirrel already challenged the player, players will need to enter aim mode, which will simply be where they hold their axe in their right hand, and they will then have to aim at the charm that is placed on the tree. 
  • The charm itself will have a blue-quest marker that will be placed on it. Go ahead and pan your camera a bit up until you can see the aiming marker being placed on the diamond-shaped area of the charm and in the middle of it. 
  • From there, aim a bit toward the middle of the charm and launch out your axe, which will automatically freeze up the axe as it is shooting it out, and the axe will instantly hit the charm where it was aimed and then swerve off to the left and fall tot he ground. 
  • The charm itself will ring for a little bit due to the impact, and instantly after that, there will be a squirrel that will run down from one of the branches that had the red mist on top of it. 

Interacting With Ratatoskr 

Interacting With Ratatoskr
Interacting With Ratatoskr (Image Credits Exputer)

From there, players will then be able to hear Ratatoskr interact with us, and he will then go ahead and say something along the lines of something that he has to ask of the players. 

  • You will be able to press a button to interact with Ratatoskr, which will urge Kratos to go ahead and say a warm hello to Ratatosk, and Ratatoskr will go ahead and also say hello to Kratos. 
  • Ratatoskr will then go forward and tell Kratos that whatever he managed to accomplish for these nine realms was something that he could have never imagined happening, but yet it did. And then he goes on to say that even if only to express it in his love language, that is. 
  • Ratatoskr then goes ahead and says that “he is terribly missed,” to which Kratos instead nudges forward and gives him a reply back with a “yes, he is.”, and Ratatoskr will continue the conversation by telling Kratos that there is another interesting development that he needs to be made aware of. 
  • He goes on to say that the detonation of Asgard ended up quite literally shaking the World Tree to its roots, and it ended up scattering quite several realm seeds here and there, and then Ratatoskr goes on to say that he got thought that Kratos might end up like to have the realm seeds instead, and then Ratatoskr says that this is his way of saying thank you to Kratos for preventing him from dying by immolation and Kratos will simply say a small you’re welcome. 

This part will be crucial if players want to learn God of War Ragnarok and How To Get To Sanctuary Grove

Pouch Of Yggdrasil Seeds

Pouch Of Seeds
Pouch Of Seeds (Image Credits Exputer)

After that, players will be able to pan their camera a bit to the left, where they are then able to move close to the blue mist that was placed on one of the edges of the amt, and they will take note of the black item that we mentioned before. 

  • Before you pick it up, if you have an ongoing quest there, you can go ahead and get close to Ratatoskr and click on O on your controller, whereby Kratos will say,” Here’s what I found.” 
  • After that, go ahead and turn a bit back, and you will be able to go toward the middle of the mat, allowing you to look at the black item that was placed beside the blue mist. 
  • Interacting with it will prompt Kratos to move even closer to it, after which he will be able to take hold of it, and the item itself will be a black-blue pouch or purse, and there will be gold detailing that will be done on the top of the pouch as well as the entire fabric of the pouch. 
  • After examining the pouch, Kratos will bring it down to his left side and store it with his other weapons. 

The pouch in question will be known as the pouch of Yggdrasil Seeds, and it will be identified as a “key item”, which will contain realm seeds that will be used to unlock mystic gateways that are scattered across all the nine realms, and it will allow for quicker discovery and exploration of undiscovered areas. 

Heading Back To The Mystic Gateway 

Heading Back To Gateway
Heading Back To Gateway (Image Credits Exputer)

Once you’ve managed to get your hands on the Realm Seed, pan your camera towards the right, and we will now need to start making our way back over to the place where the mystic gateway was originally located. 

  • Turn around, and you will be able to see Sindri’s house in the distance; however, you do not want to head there. 
  • Instead, take a look at the ground and see where the wooden pathway leads, which we had mentioned a while back, and continue following down the pathway, and in the further distance, players will be able to take note of the mystic gateway

Start sprinting towards the mystic gateway, and stop once you arrive at it. It will be nothing but stones. There will be a small interaction button that players will be able to press, and players will need to click on O on their controller.

This will prompt Kratos to put the gateway together, and the stones that were scattered all over the place will start to come together and form the mystic gateway.

  • From here, players will now be able to take note of the nine realms that they would have traveled to while clearing the main storyline; it will include all areas like Midgard, Niflheim, and more. 
  • If you hover over to the Midgard area, it will prompt you to click x to open up the map and head further into the map. 

From here, the map of Midgard will open up, and the first thing that players will be able to see will be the different areas that Midgard has to offer, such as the lost treasury, king’s grave, lake of nine as well as the Upper Wildwoods, and there will be another area that will simply be labeled as an “Undiscovered Gateway” right now. 

From the map, start hovering down towards the map until you can encounter a location that is known as the Sanctuary Grove, which will be marked by a red circle that will be placed in the general area. 

  • In the middle of the circle, there will be a green turtle that will also be present, and right towards the left edge of the circle, there will be a mystic gateway icon that will be undiscovered
  • Players can then go ahead and hold down x to discover the gateway, and it will cause the gateway to turn blue. After that, go ahead and click on confirm, and the mystic gateway will form a pathway that will tell players God of War Ragnarok How To Get To Sanctuary Grove area. 

Sanctuary Grove Area

Sanctuary Grove Area
Sanctuary Grove Area (Image Credits Exputer)

If you head inside the mystic gateway, you will be able to unlock the pathway to the grove. All players will need to do will be to run a few feet when they head into the gateway, which will then reveal a white mystic door that will allow them to go to their desired place. 

  • After passing through the white misty door, it will lead you directly into the area itself, and the sanctuary grove will be surrounded all around by snow
  • Once are in the area for the first time, you can start heading down the main pathway that is not covered by snow but rather slippery stones, and as you are crossing down the pathway, Freya will ask you whether the both of you are making your way back to Chaurli or not to which Kratos will reply by saying a simple yes. 
  • There are going to be a few stones that you will have to cross across from, which will then tilt the pathway a bit downhill, and here Freya will say something along the lines of how He will not be too happy with her and Kratos will reply will a “No.”
  • Pan your camera a bit towards the left, and there will be a giant tree trunk that will be placed as a hindrance in the middle of the snowy path Freya will first hop across from it, and players will be able to follow suit, and it will prompt Kratos to jump forth and jump over the broken trunk. 

Once you’re on the main pathway, keep heading where Freya is going, and across the snowy path, there will also be quite a few orange patches of grass and a giant sculpture that will also be present. 

  • If you pan your camera up, you will be able to take note of the giant turtle that was mentioned on the map, which will now basically be a sculpture that will be extremely tall. 
  • Keep running down the main pathway, and at some point, players might be able to hear Freya say a meek “Chaurli..”, and Freya will stand in front of the turtle and start talking to it, saying how she is extremely sorry for neglecting it. 


Sanctuary Grove On Map
Sanctuary Grove On Map (Image Credits Exputer)

Moving on, now that you’ve actually managed to unlock Sanctuary Grove, let’s actually go ahead and take a look at some of the collectible that players might be able to get while they’re in the area. 

There will be a flower called Mirkweed that players will be able to get their hands on once they get to the Sanctuary Grove area.

  • From the main entrance from the mystic gateway into the sanctuary grove area, players will be introduced to its snowy exteriors. Start heading down the main icy pathway where Freya is heading downhill. 
  • Jump over the first branch that will be set to dislodge your path, and keep running down the main pathway where you can see the turtle, and players will need to get past the area where Freya stands right in front of the turtle and starts to interact with it. 
  • Keep running across the snow, and you will come across the ending path where you will be able to see a shining item in the near distance that will be buried a bit into the snow. 

There will be a button on the flower where you can click on the triangle button on your controller in order to interact with it, and Freya will instantly come towards the flower, and she will pick it up and say that it is indeed a Mirkweed flower

The flower itself will be part of the favor that players will need to do, which will be known as the nine realms in bloom and will entail players finding flowers in all the realms. 


Last but not least, let’s briefly skim through the prerequisite objectives that players need to do in previous chapters in order to get to Sanctuary Grove. 

Chapter One 

In chapter one, the following objectives will be found. 

Obj. NoObjectives 
1Head Home 
2Track Atreus 
3Defeat Bjorn
4Return home with Atreus 
5Defeat Thor 
6Return home with Atreus 
7Follow Atreus into forest
8Defeat THe Huntress 
9Follow Atreus Into the forest again
10Return home
11Follow Sindri

Chapter Two 

In chapter two, these objectives can be found. 

Obj. NoObjective 
1Journey to Nidavellir 
2Explore the area
3Boat to Durlin’s office 
4Exit Durlin’s office to the port 
5Reach the mind beyond the mountain
6Reach the front of the train that is broken 
7Defeat Dreki 
8Reach the front of the train that is broken 
9Fix the broken train 
10Ride the train towards the mines 
11Search the mines in search for Tyr 
12Pursue Tyr
13Exit the mines with Tyr 
14Escape through the mystic gateway 

Chapter Three 

As for chapter three, these objectives will be required to be beaten. 

Obj. NoObjective 
1Enter the mystic gateway 
2Speak to Jormungandr 
3Head back towards the mystic gateway 
4Speak to Freya

Chapter Four 

Now when it comes to chapter four, these objectives can be found. 

Obj. No Objective 
1Reach Groa’s shrine which is at the top of the temple 
2Descend the Light Well 
3Defeat Alva 
4Descend the light well 
5Make your way to the mystic gateway 

Chapter Five 

Moving onto chapter five, it will lead players further into knowing God of War Ragnarok How To Get To Sanctuary Grove with these objectives. 

Obj. No Objectives 
1Explore the Ironwood area with Angrboda 
2Meet Angrboda at the shrine area 
3Help Angrboda with the “giant stuff”
4Follow Angrboda throughout the canyon area
5Head back to Jalla 
6Investigate the hidden pathway 
7Clear the Wretches from the sinkhole 
8Climb back up towards the surface
9Head home through the marshes 
10Free the wolf from Gryla’s grip 
11Free the wolf 
12Defeat Gryla 
13Go back to Angrboda’s home 
14Explore the treehouse. 

Chapter Six 

As for chapter 6, the following are the objectives that need to be done. 

Obj. No Objectives 
1Meet Brok at the gateway 
2Locate the source for the curse put on Freya 
3Speak to Freyr 
4Continue to seek the curse source 
5Defeat the forest ancient 
6Continue to find more info on the curse
7Cross the valley in order to reach the watchtower 
8Find a way to cross the bridge that is broken 
9Press onward for the curse
10Defeat Fiske 
11Press onwards 
12Defeat the Nidhogg 
13Return to Freyr’s camp 
14Retrieve Mimir 
15Depart Freyr’s camp. 

Chapter Seven 

To clear chapter 7, the following are the objectives that need to be done.

Obj. No Objectives 
1Find shelter 
2Investigate Freya’s abandoned house 
3Light a fire to help Chaurli 
4Follow the raven that belongs to Odin 
5Climb the wall 
6Follow Heimdall and go in order to meet Odin 

Chapter Eight 

To complete chapter 8, the following are the objectives that need to be done.

Obj. No Objectives  
1Search for the Mask Fragment 
2Investigate the shrine of Surtr 
3Resume the search for the mask fragment 
4Go back to the quarters that belong to Atreus 

Chapter Nine 

As for chapter 9, the following are the objectives that need to be done.

Obj. No Objectives 
1Travel to midgard 
2Find that wolves that are at the kennel 
3Open the gate 
4Follow the wolves toward the Norns 
5Continue tracking the Norns 
6Return to the wolves 
7Find the Norns that are the well of Urd 
8Defeat the Frost Phantom 
9Find the Norns again 
10Leave the Norns 

Chapter Ten 

To complete chapter 10, the following are the objectives that need to be done.


Obj. No Objectives 
1Find a path toward the surface 
2Head to the forge with the help of Brok 
3Destroy the nightmare haunt 
4Ride the lift up 
5Repair the switch 
6Forge the weapon 
7Find a path downwards from the mountain.

Chapter Eleven 

To clear chapter 11, the following are the objectives that need to be done.

Obj. No Objectives 
1Find the last mask fragment 
2Find a way back to Asgard 
3Find Odin and explain everything 
4Return back to Atreus’ quarters. 

Chapter Twelve 

To clear chapter 12, the following are the objectives that need to be done.

Obj. No Objectives 
1Approach Ratatoskr 
2Find Garm in Helheim area 
3Pursue Garm further 
4Defeat Garm 
5Leave Helheim 
7Keep going after Garm 
8Return back tot the mystic gateway 

Chapter Thirteen 

Moving on, for chapter 13, the following are the objectives that need to be done.

Obj. No Objectives 
1Find Skoll and hati 
2Recover the moon that is stolen 
3Go after the Einherjar Thief 
4Return back to Skoll and Hati 
5Return back to Freyr’s camp 
6Beat the two Dreki 
7Go back to the camp 
8Rescue Freyr from the Einherjar 
9Beat Gulltoppr 
10Beat Heimdall 
11Regroup with Freyr’s allies 
12Escape back from the prison 

Chapter Fourteen 

As for chapter 14, the following are the objectives that need to be done.

Obj. No Objectives 
1Seek out Huginn in Midgard 
2Speak to the All-father 
3Find Thor 
4Go back to find the last mask fragment 
5Defeat the Frost Ancient 
6Finally, find the mask fragment 

Chapter Fifteen 

Now onto the next one, for chapter 15, the following are the objectives that need to be done.

Obj. No Objectives 
1Hunt with Atreus 
2Find Sindri 
3Return home and prepare for the war 

Chapter Sixteen 

Moving on, to chapter 16, the following are the objectives that need to be done.

Obj. No Objectives 
1Reach the Surtr’s Forge 
2Defeat the flame phantom 
3Go towards the surtr’s forge 
4Approach the ashen man 
5Get rid of the Soul Eaters 
6Approach the ashen man again 
7Follow Surtr 
8Defeat the Hrist and Mist 
9Approach the spark of the world 

Chapter Seventeen 

Lastly, as for chapter 17, the following are the objectives that need to be done.

Obj. No Objectives 
1Get a bit of rest 
2Sound Gjallarhorn 
3Fight to reach the war machines 
4Protect the refugees 
5Find Odin 
6Defeat Thor 
7Get rid of Odin 
8Find Father 
9Follow Angrboda 


And there we have it, these are all the steps that players need to do in order to get to Sanctuary Grove, and with that, we will wrap up our  God of War Ragnarok How To Get To Sanctuary Grove guide! For players completely new to the game, our God of War Ragnarok Walkthrough Wiki might be of excellent help since it includes links to all guides that players need to progress!

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