God Of War Ragnarok: How To Get Shattered Runes

Shattered Runes are one of the resources that can be used to get Hacksilver in the game in order to upgrade your equipment.

Shattered Runes are a resource in the game that players can collect through various means. They are often obtained unintentionally while progressing through the game.

Here are some ways to collect Shattered Runes:

  1. Defeating Enemies: Shattered Runes can drop as loot when you defeat enemies in the game.
  2. Chests: You may find Shattered Runes as loot when opening chests scattered throughout the Midgard region.
  3. Environmental Objects: Destroying barrels and other environmental objects near Lake of Nine in Midgard can yield Shattered Runes.
Key Takeaways
  • Shattered Runes are a collectible item that can be exchanged for Hacksilver at Brok and Sindri’s Forge in God of War Ragnarok.
  • It can be easily obtained from killing enemies found throughout the Realms.
  • Opening Red and Wooden Chests can also net you some Shattered Runes.
  • Corpses and destructible objects such as barrels or boxes can also give you some Shattered Runes.
  • In addition, you can also find some Shattered Runes while doing the treasure maps found throughout the Realms.

By Defeating The Enemies 

The most common way of getting Shattered Runes is simply by defeating the enemies you come across in the game. The best part about this method of collecting Shattered Runes is that you won’t have to go out of your way to get these resources.

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You simply have to explore the nine realms and defeat any enemies you meet while completing the main campaign. These enemies will drop enough Shattered Runes for you to be able to get your hands on plenty of hacksilver. 

Furthermore, if you have been playing God of War Ragnarok long enough, you will notice that almost every enemy that you find and defeat will drop more or less the same loot after you defeat them in the game.

The loot you get from them mostly features different in-game resources usable for different purposes. Some of these enemies will also drop Shattered Runes. You can collect and farm the Shattered Runes from these enemies and use them to upgrade your equipment. 

Opening The Coffins And Hidden Chests 

Resources like the Shattered Runes are commonly found in areas where one will not try to look. There are plenty of hidden regions, and the God of War Ragnarok is hiding in plain sight.

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Therefore, we recommend that you try not to miss any spot where you think that there might be some resources lying about. The more you explore, the more the game will reward you. In many regions of the game, you will come across some red-colored glowing chests and hidden chests full of random loot.


You will come across many corpses lying about in different regions of the game. However, some of these corpses can be looted to obtain random items.

When you come across such a corpse lying in a certain spot, make sure to loot it. By doing so, you will be able to obtain Shattered Runes. But that is not all, and he will also be able to get other random loot as well from these corpses. 


As we mentioned before, whenever you are exploring in Midgard you will spot several barrels in the game. However, lake nine is where most of the resources of Shattered Runes can be found. 

Breaking Random Objects 

While exploring the nine realms, you will come across several objects lying about. Some of these objects are actually breakable and can provide you with random loot. While most of the items you gain from destroying these objects are not that rare or legendary, they can still be beneficial in one way or another.

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These random objects include floating barrels, vases, and hanging pots. Sometimes you will find some partially buried vessels, too and most of them have hacksilver in them.

Defeating The Bosses 

By defeating major bosses in the game, you will be able to obtain a lot of rewards. Some of these rewards hold rare and legendary items as well, like armor sets and weapons. However, alongside these major rewards, you will also get a chance to obtain some hacksilver or Shattered Runes.

Therefore, make sure to slay every boss you come across and farm them for Shattered runes in case you need them to exchange for hacksilver further on in the game. 

Treasure Maps 

Another great way of obtaining Shattered Runes is to look for treasure maps in God of War Ragnarok. Fortunately for you, there are a lot of treasure maps lying about that will help you navigate and find some buried, hidden loot in the game. Therefore, it is important to use any treasure map you come across to find buried chests and look.

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There are 10 treasure maps that lead to hidden treasures buried in the ground. These maps come in the form of lore scrolls in the game. To find and obtain these hidden treasures, you’ll need to have the corresponding treasure map in hand. The treasures will emit a golden glow in the ground, making them easy to spot, and you can use your axe to dig them up.

You can acquire some of the treasure maps in locations like Forgotten Tower, Under The Rainbow, Vikings Gift, Washed Ashore, Fruits Of Industry, and Mining Glory.

Uses Of Shattered Runes 

Shattered Runes in God of War Ragnarok can be converted into Hacksilver, which is a valuable currency used for upgrading and crafting equipment.

To convert Shattered Runes into Hacksilver, follow these steps:

  1. Visit any Dwarf Smith’s shop in the game.
  2. Go to the “Sell” section of the shop.
  3. Under the “Resources” category, you’ll find an option to exchange 50 Shattered Runes for 5000 Hacksilver.

This exchange rate makes Shattered Runes a valuable resource for acquiring Hacksilver, which can be used to upgrade and craft various equipment, including armor and weapons. While it may take some time to collect a significant amount of Shattered Runes, you’ll acquire them naturally as part of the main campaign, so there’s no need to go out of your way to collect them.

What Are Shattered Runes

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 Shattered Runes in God of War Ragnarok are described in-game as shards filled with runic energy capable of moving lands. However, their primary and practical use in the game is to be converted into Hacksilver, the in-game currency. They don’t serve any other significant purpose beyond this.

Shattered Runes can be found scattered throughout the Nordic realms, and you can obtain them quite easily through various means, including:

  1. Treasure chests: You may discover Shattered Runes as loot in treasure chests while exploring the game world.
  2. Battles: Defeating enemies in battles can yield Shattered Runes as part of the loot.
  3. Corpses: Sometimes, you might find Shattered Runes on the corpses of defeated enemies or while exploring the game’s environments.

Since Shattered Runes are relatively common and not tied to any specific quests, you won’t need to go out of your way to collect them. You can exchange them for Hacksilver, which can be used to purchase equipment and upgrade your gear in the game.

Summing It Up 

With this, we conclude our detailed guide on Shattered Runes in God of War Ragnarok and all the different ways you can get them with their uses in the game.

Before leaving, we recommend that you check out our guide on how to destroy gold cracks in God of War Ragnarok. Another great resource to keep your eyes open for our Asgardian ingot. Check out our guide on the luck in God of War Ragnarok and what it does.

We have also formulated a detailed guide on all missions, including all main quests as well as side missions. Last but not least, check out our guide on how to destroy heavy vines in GOW Ragnarok. 

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