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Story details you need to know before playing God of War Ragnarök

God of War fans were introduced to a new side of Kratos when God of War launched on PS4 in 2018 If you havent yet experienced the tale of father and son traveling the realms of Norse myth yourself or if its been a while were ready to catch you up to speed

To prepare for the upcoming release of God of War Ragnarök on November 9 weve invited two of the best storytellers we know to recap the journey of Kratos and Atreus from God of War (2018) the amazing Felicia Day and the Smartest Man Alive Mimir!

The new Myths of Midgard video is an animated storybook recounting the events of God of War (2018) with a goal of catching you up on the previous game

Before you watch beware – there are spoilers ahead!

Story details you need to know before playing God of War Ragnarök

Of course the best way to experience God of War (2018) is to pick up the Leviathan Axe and leap in yourself (available with PlayStation Extra and Premium membership plans*) You can also pick up the God of War (2018) Digital Deluxe Edition for $999 USD during the PlayStation Store Summer Sale through August 17

Hungry for an even deeper summary of God of War (2018) Keep reading for a full recap
God of War (2018) Story Recap

Our story begins with an end the funeral of Faye – mother to Atreus and wife of Kratos Her last wish imparted to her family is to scatter her ashes on the highest peak in all the realms This request begins a journey that forces father and son to work together as they face the dangerous Norse wilds filled with beasts monsters and lessthanfriendly gods

The Father

Kratos despite trying to leave his bloody past as the Ghost of Sparta behind is still haunted by the man – the god – he was His relationship with Atreus has been distant stern and disciplined Now coping with the death of his wife Kratos must learn to be the father that his son needs so they can both survive their journey across distant realms to lay Faye to rest

The Son

Atreus is a young boy dealing with the sudden loss of his mother and a cold distant father Despite being sickly as a child and only very recently recovering enough to travel Atreus wants nothing more than to fulfill his mothers final wish and prove to his father that he is strong

Having been taught by Faye how to use a bow and hunt Atreus hopes that he can show Kratos he will be an asset on their journey and that he is no longer the frail boy he used to be
Arrival of the Stranger

After the funeral of Faye Kratos and Atreus are visited by a mysterious stranger – one who seems intent on picking a fight with the legendary God of War from a distant land Baldur says he is sent by Odin to investigate the home and its residents indicating that perhaps he and the rest of the Norse Gods are much more aware of Kratos past than even his own son

They clash tearing through the earth and rock surrounding the home in a bloody brawl that reveals Baldur has lost the ability to feel anything – impervious to pain and pleasure alike Though the battle is close Kratos is able to harness his rage and finally beats Baldur into submission While he has rid them of the immediate threat Kratos realizes that his home and his son are no longer safe They must make the journey now – whether Atreus is ready for it or not
Unexpected friends in unexpected places

Thinking that they are looking for the highest peak in Midgard Kratos and Atreus journey towards the tallest mountain in their realm

Along the way they meet the Huldra Brothers Brok and Sindri who are renowned dwarven smiths While the brothers are dealing with some familial tension both Brok and Sindri provide their assistance and services after seeing that Kratos wields the Leviathan Axe a weapon they had personally forged for their friend and Kratos late wife Faye

They also encounter the mysterious Witch of the Woods who offers them her aid including knowledge of how to use the Bifröst a magical tool that allows father and son to traverse between the Nine Realms The Witch is later revealed to be the Vanir goddess Freya mother of Baldur and exiled wife of Odin
Mission accomplished! Or is it (Its not)

As Kratos and Atreus are finally able to reach the peak with Freyas guidance they arrive to see Baldur already there flanked by two hulking accomplices Magni and Modi – the sons of Thor They spy the Aesir gods interrogating a man who has been fused to a tree though they quickly leave after receiving little from the evasive prisoner

Mimir once an ambassador and advisor to Odin is the selfdescribed Smarted Man Alive and currently being punished on suspicion of betraying the AllFather

He reveals that while our heroes have made it to the highest peak in Midgard they have not yet reached the highest peak in all the realms Their true destination resides in Jötunheim and will by all accounts be rather hard to get to considering all entry has been blocked

Mimir knows of another way but first gives Kratos the pleasure of decapitating him and pleading his case to the Witch of the Woods to magically revive his severed head so he can be free of Odins prison

Finally learning of Freyas godhood Kratos distrusts her as he distrusts all of their kind After reviving Mimir she advises Kratos to tell Atreus that he is part god just like his father Freya warns that denying his sons true nature will only bring the boy pain

Ignoring her advice – Kratos Atreus and the freshly revived Mimir set off to find the tools needed to open a passage to Jötunheim
Sons of Thor

Along their journey the trio are ambushed by the two men they saw accompanying Baldur Magni and Modi They battle Kratos and Atreus fiercely though Kratos is able to strike a killing blow on Magni

Modi flees but later finds the pair again By killing Kratos he hopes to regain his honor and prove that he is worthy of Thors legacy Modi subdues Kratos but seeing his father in peril Atreus instinctively triggers what appears to be his own Spartan Rage ability

Not knowing his own godhood Atreus is overwhelmed by the sudden surge and falls unconscious his childhood illness seemingly returned and worse than ever Kratos fends off Modi who quickly departs knowing his life is in danger Seeing that Atreus is barely alive Kratos takes his son to Freya in the hopes her magic can help save his son

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