How To Start God Of War Ragnarok Valhalla DLC

Learn how to get & start Valhalla free expansion in God of War Ragnarok and test your combat strategies and control in this rogue-like mode.

God of War Ragnarok has a free rogue-like expansion for players to play starting December 12. This mode tests your combat prowess and increases replayability as you will die more due to the brutal difficulty of the Valhalla game mode. However, you must first learn how to get this free expansion, and this guide aims to give you a quick burst of information about it.    

Key Takeaways
  • Download December 12 update 5.01 to access Valhalla free DLC in God of War Ragnarok.
  • Explore “Valhalla” on the main menu after launching the game with the latest 8GB update.
  • You can play Valhalla mode without finishing the main story, but developers recommend experiencing the game’s narrative first to avoid spoilers.
  • Valhalla mode features randomly unlocked weapon abilities, armor, and perks for Kratos in each run.
  • Valhalla is a rogue-like mode offering a separate adventure for Kratos with new content and mechanics.

How To Start Valhalla In GOW Ragnarok

Gow Ragnarok main menu screen show Valhalla game mode [Image by eXputer]
To play the Valhalla free DLC in God of War Ragnarok, download December 12 update 5.01, launch the game, and explore the “Valhalla” option on the main menu screen.

You need the latest 8GB update; otherwise, Valhalla mode will neither be added to your game nor found on the game’s main menu screen. This is a free expansion from Santa Monica Studios for players after 13 months from the game’s release date. 

Can You Play Valhalla Mode Without Ending Story?

Yes, you can jump right into Valhalla mode of God of Ragnarok even without ending the game’s main story. 

However, the developers recommend players go through the game’s narrative and experience the end of it before jumping into the newly added rogue-like game mode called Valhalla. This does not imply you will need important gear and weapons from the main story to carry over to Valhalla mode, but the emphasis is due to story spoilers!

All weapon abilities, armor, and other perks will unlock randomly for Kratos while playing in Valhalla mode, and each run will randomly give you boons due to the rogue-like nature of the mode. 

What Is Valhalla Mode?

Valhalla is a rogue-like mode that does not spoil the base game’s story, as it serves as a separate entry and adventure for Kratos. It is a test of combat for players wrapped around new content, and mechanics. 

In Valhalla, higher difficulty settings result in increased rewards, specifically Mastery Seals. These seals permanently upgrade Kratos’ stats, enhancing his power to fight increasing threats of greater difficulty. 

The equipped weapon determines Runic Attacks, urging players to strategize their builds. Focusing on heavily upgrading a single weapon during Valhalla runs is more advantageous instead spreading thin your resources in upgrading all available weapons. 

That is everything you need to know about how to start and play Valhalla mode in the game. If you are a returning player, then God Of War Ragnarok combat tips will surely help you regain some of the best strategies to kill enemies. You will need this in Valhalla mode. 

While you can’t nitpick skills or perks, I still recommend you check the best skills and best GOW Ragnarok builds guide so that you can have an idea of making perfect build during your run in Valhalla. 


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Irfan Ansari is a Senior Editor and Guides Writer on eXputer. He has seven years of Video Game Journalism experience and has been gaming for more than 22 years. Over his editorial career, he has gained experience at multiple sites, including TheGamer and VeryAli Gaming. Irfan has also earned a degree in Writing and Editing from the University of Michigan. Learn some more about Irfan's gaming journey on his Steam, PSN, and Xbox profiles.

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