GOW Ragnarok: Leviathan Axe Max Upgrades [Max Level]

Learn how to upgrade your Leviathan Axe all the way to Level 9 using Frozen Flame and Frozen Sparks!

Out of the three different weapons in God of War Ragnarok, Leviathan Axe is usually one of your primary ones, so knowing how to upgrade it to the max level is vital. The strength of the axe greatly increases with each upgrade and lets you unlock new skills, making it worth the investment.

The Leviathan Axe starts off at level 1 at the start of the game, with only a few skills unlocked. But, with the use of Frozen Flames or Frozen Sparks, you can upgrade your axe with the help of the Dwarf brothers and increase your overall power level.

Key Highlights

  • Leviathan Axe can be upgraded from Level 1 to Level 9.
  • Frozen Flames can be used directly to upgrade the axe with the help of the Dwarf Brothers. 
  • Five Frozen Flames are acquired through the main story, while two are acquired through side quests.
  • Getting six Frozen Sparks through the Hel Tears side quest can let you have one Frozen Flame. 

Max Level Of Leviathan Axe

As mentioned earlier, the Leviathan Axe starts off at level 1. But through the upgrades, you can take the Leviathan Axe all the way to a max level of 9. That might be surprising because an initial look at the skill tree might give you the misconception that level 6 is the highest level. But with the use of side quests and the main storyline, you’ll be able to upgrade to level 9 with ease.


With each level upgrade, every single weapon or armor in the game gets an increase in its stats, and that’s no different with the Leviathan Axe. Here are all of the stats of the Leviathan Axe till its max level.

Level 1Level 2Level 3Level 4Level 5Level 6Level 7Level 8Level 9
+10 STR+25 STR+40 STR+55 STR+70 STR+85 STR+100 STR+115 STR+130 STR

Upgrading Through Frozen Flames

God of War Ragnarok upgrading Leviathan Axe through the Frozen Flames
God of War Ragnarok Frozen Flame Description [Image Credit: eXputer]
The first and most obvious method on how to upgrade the Leviathan Axe in God of War Ragnarok is to use Frozen Flames, which is a special material that is used only to upgrade the axe. You can come across these flames through either the main story or certain side quests. Here’s how to find each flame.

Main Story Frozen Flames

You can easily get five Frozen Flames just through the story alone and reach level 6 to unlock the entire skill tree. Certain enemies and bosses drop the flames, so if you don’t want to be spoiled on what bosses wait ahead, you can skip this part as it’s unlikely that you’ll miss any of the Frozen Flames if you reach late game.

The Huntress – Surviving Fimbulwinter

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Frozen Flame from Huntress Boss [Image Credit: eXputer]
The first Frozen Flame will be found after defeating one of the first few bosses of the game, The Huntress, during the “Surviving Fimbulwinter” quest. She can be quite tricky to beat as you’re just starting out in the game. But keep aiming for its weak spots, and you’ll eventually defeat her and acquire the flame.

Alva – Groa’s Secret

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Frozen Flame from Alva Boss [Image Credit: eXputer]
The second Frozen Flame can be found in Alfheim during the “Groa’s Secret” quest. You’ll run into Alva on your way back from the Light Temple. Her rapid movements can be hard to keep up with, but keep your guard up and use a shield break when the opportunity arises, and you’ll eventually win.

Nidhogg – The Reckoning

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Frozen Flame after Nidhogg fight [Image Credit: eXputer]
The next flame can be found during “The Reckoning” quest, where you’re helping out a certain companion. The Nidhogg is a gigantic boss that might initially overwhelm you with its size. But its moveset is quite simple, and if you work properly with your companion, you shouldn’t have much trouble.

Hel-Traveler – Reunion

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Frozen Flame from Hel-traveler [Image Credit: eXputer]
The Hel-Traveler isn’t exactly the main boss of the quest. It’s a mini-boss that you come across while making your way through. The Hel-Traveler has a high defense with extremely hard-hitting attacks. Therefore, you must keep dodging and attacking whenever you get the chance. But once you break off its armor, you’ll be able to complete the fight in seconds.

Flame Phantom – The Summoning

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Frozen Flame from Flame Phantom [Image Credit: eXputer]
The final main story-related Frozen Flame can be found after defeating the Flame Phantom in Muspelheim as part of “The Summoning” quest.

Side Quest Frozen Flames

Once you’ve got all of the Frozen Flames from the main story, you can try getting them through the side quests. Unfortunately, they’re not as easy to acquire as you might think because most of the enemies are quite difficult to defeat.

Berserker Gravestone Boss – Alfheim

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God of War Ragnarok The Barren Berserker Boss Fight [Image Credit: eXputer]
If you completed or at least made it midway through the “The Word of Fate” main quest, then you would’ve gained access to the cursed king’s sword hilt. It can be used to fight against the Berserker Gravestone Bosses spread throughout the different realms.

There are two different Gravestone bosses in Alfheim, head to the one in The Barrens. It is a double boss fight against the Sisters of Illska and Svipdagr The Cold. Fight the sisters first, as they’re easier to kill, and then move on to the other boss.

However, it is recommended that you come here after you’ve got most of the other upgrades and good armor, as they can be quite challenging to beat, even with a level 5 axe.

Crimson Dread Dragon – Favour For Vanaheim

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Frozen Flame from Crimson Dread Dragon [Image Credit: eXputer]
The last Frozen Flame that you can get is through defeating the Crimson Dread Dragon in the Favor For Vanaheim side quest in Vanaheim. The quest starts on its own when you enter the crater in Vanaheim and change the time to night. Just follow the marker, and it’ll lead you to the boss.

Upgrading Through Frozen Sparks

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God of War Ragnarok Frozen Spark Description [Image Credit: eXputer]
After you’ve got all of the Frozen Flames and upgraded your axe, you should be at level 8. The final upgrade is acquired by getting six different Frozen Sparks which join together to form a Frozen Flame needed for the upgrade.

You get all of the Frozen Sparks by closing the Hel Tears. These tears become available automatically through the main story. In fact, you get to close two of the Hel Tears as part of the main quest. One will be at Sindri’s place and the other during the quest in Hel. Then all you need to do is find the other remaining four tears.

The main thing with closing the tears is just trying to keep enemies away from whoever is closing the tear. You don’t need to defeat every single enemy out there, just need to last through the time it takes to close the tear. Once it is closed, all the enemies will disappear.

Svartalfheim Tear

Svartalfheim Hel Tear for Leviathan Axer Max Upgrade God of War Ragnarok
God of War Ragnarok Svartalfheim Hel Tear [Image Credit: eXputer]
The Hel Tear in Svartalfheim is located in the Aurvangar Wetlands, as shown in the image above. You’ll need to use a boat to get to the location and then jump across the wooden structures.

Alfheim Tear

Alfheim Tear to get Frozen Spark for Leviathan Max level upgrade
God of War Ragnarok Alfheim Hel Tear [Image Credit: eXputer]
The Hel Tear in Alfheim is located in The Strönd, next to the mystical gate. Just go straight from the gate and downwards; you’ll spot it.

Vanaheim Tear

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God of War Ragnarok Vanaheim Tear

If you head to the Southern Wilds in Vanaheim, you’ll be able to find it just a few steps after the mystical gate. One of the enemies here is a traveler with armor, he can be hard to defeat, but if you just last through the time, you’ll be fine.

Midgard Tear

Midgard Hel Tear
God of War Ragnarok Midgard Hel Tear

Head towards the Well of Urd, Northwest of the Lake of Nine. Climb upwards, past the Nornir chest, and go through the gap in the wall, and you’ll find the tear.

And remember, in case you forget to pick up any of the items while defeating bosses then worry not. Just head back to any of the dwarfs and access the chest next to them, it’ll have all of the left behind items, including the Frozen Spark and Frozen Flames. 

And with that, you know all about how to upgrade the Leviathan Axe in God of War Ragnarok and all of its stats at the max level. It definitely gets quite strong after you get every single Frozen Flame and Spark out there, allowing you to defeat even the hardest of foes. 

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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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