God of War Ragnarök does not pull its punches, especially on higher difficulties. You need to be prepared if you are going to succeed and see it through to the credits. This guide will give you the rundown on the top five Relics and Sword Hilts Kratos can use, as well as how to find them.
Relics and Sword Hilts are powerful artefacts from a bygone time, designed to tip the scales of combat in your favour. With a quick hit of a button, an intense burst of magic can mean the difference between winning and losing. And with enough practice and the right Relic or Hilt, you can change the tide of any battle. Even against the mighty Thor himself.
Once you’ve kitted Kratos out in the armor that best suits you, you’ll need a Relic to match. But with such a wealth of options to choose from, each with its own unique abilities, which come out on top?
Hilt of Forbrandr
Sometimes all you need is a little space. Enemies in God of War Ragnarök are relentless, bosses even more so, therefore, just a second or two of breathing room can make all the difference in a particularly hectic encounter. For those that like their space, the Hilt of Forbrandr has your back.
Using this Relic blasts enemies back with a great force and surrounds Kratos with a temporary aura of protection. Upgrades increase the duration of the aura’s effect. Using this Relic at the right time makes the Ghost of Sparta temporarily invulnerable, allowing overwhelmed players a few precious moments to fall back and regroup, or gifts canny players the chance to rush in for some free hits without having to worry about retaliation. It has a relatively short Cooldown of 112 seconds.
How to find
The Hilt of Forsbrandr can be obtained after finding all 48 of Odin’s ravens. Once the ravens have been destroyed, return to Niflheim to fight the Raven Keeper as part of the “Eyes of Odin” Favor. Defeat her, and the Relic is yours.
Hilt of Hofud
“Bullet time” isn’t a mechanic that exists in God of War Ragnarök, but with the Hilt of Hofud, it can be. Enemies move and strike quickly, and if the player isn’t fast enough on their toes, things can end badly. Thankfully, this Hilt can help level the playing field.
Using this Relic creates a distortion of time and space known as a Realm Shift. In practice, this effect slows enemy movements down to a crawl while allowing Kratos to move at his usual speed. Use this effectively and you can easily make space and run rings around enemy mobs, or dodge particularly spritely enemies and open them up for a critical hit. Upgrades extend the duration of the Realm Shift. But it has a long cooldown of 243 seconds, so don’t expect to spam your way to victory.
Combine this Relic with the Emblem of the Nine Realms enchantment, which boosts melee damage during Realm Shifts, to really take things to the next level.
How to find
The Hilt of Hofud can be obtained by defeating Heimdall. Simply continue through the main story and complete the “Creatures of Prophecy” main quest, and the Hilt will be your reward.
Surrounded and need a moment of respite? Or facing down a particularly tough enemy and want to remove a hefty chunk of their HP with an R3 finisher? Whatever your reason, Motsognir’s Call is the Relic for you.
Using this Relic unleashes a powerful shockwave that deals high Stun damage to all nearby enemies. Unlike most Relics and abilities that only affect those situated directly in front of the player, this shockwave spreads out like a massive sphere, giving you a full 360-degree area of protection. Upgrades increase the amount of Stun damage inflicted. Fully upgraded, this Relic can fill most enemies’ Stun bars instantly, allowing you to immediately finish them off with a bloody finisher, or cleave off a huge chunk of HP if they are too strong. It has a cooldown of 187 seconds.
How to find
Motsognir’s Call can be obtained from the Aesir Prison Wreck in Niflheim. After the final story mission, a number of Einherjar outposts will open to clear out across the Nine Realms. Return to Niflheim to find the Prison Wreck in a new section of the map and locate the Relic on the top floor.
Becoming available so late in the game means most players will use Motsognir’s Call to help take out some of Ragnarök’s tougher optional bosses, like Valkyrie Queen Gna. Or they could carry it over into the new New Game + mode.
Huldra Project #9
Love Mimir but think he could be a little more useful in combat? Put that severed head to good use with the Huldra Project #9. By far the most unconventional of Relics in the entire game, this special side project of Brok and Sindri’s turns the self-proclaimed “smartest man alive” into a living weapon.
Using this Relic will see Kratos hoist Mimir above his head and blast a concentrated beam of Bifrost energy at his opponents. Aiming can take a moment or two to get used to, but get the movement down and you can sweep across a horde of incoming draugr, or focus all the energy on a particularly stubborn troll. Building up Bifrost can be a great way to quickly whittle down imposing health bars, and it’s a great change to be on the opposite end of it for once. Upgrading increases the strength of the Bifrost attack. It has a hefty cooldown of 221 seconds.
How to find
The Huldra Project #9 can be obtained by purchasing it from a workshop for 10000 hacksilver. The Relic only becomes available at the end of the game, after finishing “The Realms at War” main quest.
Hilt of Skofnung
Ever thought Atreus and Freya weren’t really pulling their weight? Ever wondered what it would be like to have a small army fighting alongside you? Then look no further than the Hilt of Skofnung. This is the perfect Relic for those who don’t like to get their own hands dirty.
Using this Relic unleashes the power of the Berserker souls trapped within. In practice, this summons a host of spectral swords that fly around the battlefield slicing and dicing through your enemies for you. The perfect offensive and defensive Relic, these swords sprout out from all around Kratos, striking at those enemies closest to him first and giving the player room to regroup and strike from a different angle. They can also be used to keep smaller enemies busy while you focus on the main threat. Upgrading increases the strength and damage output of the swords. The only downside is such a powerful Relic needs a long cooldown, 256 seconds, to be precise. but, of course, all cooldown times depend on the player’s Cooldown stat.
How to find
The Hilt of Skofnung can be obtained by defeating King Hrolf Kraki. It’s time-consuming, but tracking down all 12 Berserkers and taking out their king is worth the trouble, even if just for the sheer spectacle of seeing the Relic in action.
And if you need a little help taking the Cursed King of the Berserkers, King Hrolf himself, down, look no further than this handy guide.