‘God of War’ guide for vanquishing all nine villainous Valkyries

8 tips to help you defeat the Valkyries, the toughest bad guys in 'God of War'

god of war muspelheim guide 20180417161948
God of War_20180417161948

The toughest battles in God of War are against the Valkyries — nine super-strong enemies that have awesomely powerful attacks, a crazy amount of speed, and huge amounts of health. They represent the game’s biggest challenge and require players to have good equipment and great reflexes.

The Valkyries aren’t unbeatable, though. With a little preparation and patience, you can learn the ins and outs of their attacks, outlast them, and defeat them. Doing so earns a few of God of War’s toughest trophies, as well as some of its best armor and gear. The super-tough fights are also some of the most fun you can have in the game. Use these eight tips to help you get the upper hand on the Valkyries and rip their wings off for good.

Take your time and avoid damage

god of war valkyries guide take your time

The Valkyrie fights are ones in which your focus shouldn’t be on dishing out damage, but avoiding taking it. That’s a bit of a shift from most of the battles in the game. The Valkyries all carry a huge amount of health and deal out massive damage when they hit you, so a couple of rounds of slashing away with the Leviathan Axe isn’t going to cut it — you need to be in the fight for the long haul, and that means playing smart. Your biggest focus should be on learning each Valkyrie’s set of moves and avoiding their biggest damage dealers. There’s some overlap, but each Valkyrie has its own particular set of moves that require quick reflexes to avoid damage. Keep your guard up when you can and watch out for unblockable red circle attacks. You’ll find that avoiding Valkyrie attacks will usually help you find openings to strike back, but don’t overcommit to attacking and leave yourself exposed. Deal a little bit of damage and stay back. Staying alive is the best way to win.

Bring the highest-level armor you can

god of war valkyries guide high level equipment

There are a lot of stats and perks available along with weapons and armor in God of War, but the most important aspect of your equipment is always its overall level number. You’ll need powerful gear to take on the Valkyries. In all cases, the Valkyries deal a ton of damage when they hit you, and it’s unlikely you’ll be able to fully avoid their attacks as you do battle. Higher gear levels are necessary for allowing you to absorb the Valkyries’ punishment for those moments when an attack gets through. Some are tougher to obtain than others, though: The first few you can reach, in places such as Thamur’s Corpse, tend to be easier than the ones that become accessible after visiting Helheim.

Generally speaking, you’ll want your Level to be at least 6 to take on the Valkyries — but a more realistic point for beating the majority of them is around Level 8. For the Valkyrie Queen, you might even need to push up to Level 9. If beating a Valkyrie is giving you trouble, it’s best to go work on upgrading your gear in places like Muspelheim or Niflheim, rather than continuing to bang your head against the wall of trying to defeat a Valkyrie that’s too tough for you.

Focus on health-boosting equipment

god of war valkyries guide health boosting equipment

Several pieces of armor, some Enchantments, and even a Runic attack or two are geared toward restoring your health. You’ll definitely want them, as well as armor that boosts your defense and vitality stats. Ivaldi’s armor, which you can craft in Niflheim, for instance, is handy because it continually restores a small amount of health (it also carries a ton of Enchantment slots and can be upgraded to Level 8). Likewise, the Gift of Apollo Heavy Runic Attack will restore some health as you rack up damage against enemies. You should also consider buying Atreus’ Runic Vestment armor, because he’ll occasionally toss Health Stones Kratos’ way in battle situations, which might mean the difference between winning and losing at a key moment. You’re going to want anything you can get to keep yourself alive in some of the toughest Valkyrie fights, so don’t leave any advantages behind.

Pay attention to the Valkyrie’s health

god of war valkyries guide watch the valkyie's health

If you look closely at the Valkyries’ health bars at the bottom of the screen, you’ll notice they’re heavily segmented. Pay attention to how much damage you’re dealing when you attack each Valkyrie, and how fast you can get down to those segment markers. When you do enough damage to completely empty one of those segments, the Valkyrie will drop a Health Stone, and you’re likely to need every one of them. If you can pay enough attention, you’ll know when you can expect a Health Stone and how much damage you need to do, and that information can help keep you alive. In any case, keep your eye out for the Valkyrie to drop those Health Stones, and then make sure you don’t leave yourself open when you pick them up.

Use high-damage Runic attacks

god of war valkyries guide bring strong runic attacks

When choosing your Runic attacks for Valkyrie fights, skip the ones with a high stun quotient and go for damage instead. Likewise, area of effect attacks aren’t all that useful, since all the Valkyrie fights except one are one-on-one (one of the Valkyries will summon Draugr to make your life more difficult). Picking good Runic attacks and upgrading them fully before a Valkyrie fight can really make a difference. Generally, Runic attacks can deal out big damage, as well as interrupt incoming Valkyrie attacks. They also generally can’t be interrupted by the Valkyries’ attacks themselves. At critical moments, a Runic attack can do enough damage to get a Valkyrie to drop a Health Stone. Use your Runic attacks as often as you can to keep your damage low and get an advantage in the fight.

Save your Spartan Rage for emergencies

god of war valkyries guide spartan rage

While Runic attacks are good for dealing a lot of damage as often as possible, Spartan Rage is something you’ll probably want to save up for when you really need it. Activating the Rage makes it impossible for a Valkyrie to interrupt your attacks while you’re wailing on it, and it also restores some health. This second aspect makes it great to deploy in times of emergency, because you’ll heal up a little while you injure the Valkyrie, and you’re likely to make it drop a Health Stone or two as well. Just remember to be careful about avoiding damage as soon as your Rage has ended.

Always have a Resurrection Stone

god of war valkyries guide resurrection stones

Once you can buy Resurrection Stones from the dwarves, you should always keep one handy — but they’re pretty much essential to take down the Valkyries. These creatures have a huge amount of health and hit extremely hard, and chances are good you’re going to die, but a Resurrection Stone will help you go the distance. Obviously, you want the best one you can get; late in the game, a purple Legendary Resurrection Stone becomes available that gives back a low amount of health, but provides full Spartan Rage. Your play style will determine whether that stone will serve you better than a health boost when you get back up. Still, it’s important to remember to replenish your stones every time you take on a Valkyrie, because nothing is worse than getting close to victory, and then dying with no way back.

Use Atreus to keep the Valkyries out of the air

god of war valkyries guide use atreus and keep the valkyries out of the air

Several of the Valkyries have seriously powerful and extremely frustrating attacks they use specifically when they take to the air. One fires off a shockwave that can blind Kratos, while another has a huge, powerful hammer attack. You can disrupt a lot of these attacks, though, with Atreus’ arrows. Atreus is not especially helpful in the Valkyrie fights in general, since his arrows can’t stun the Valkyries and he usually can’t get in close for attacks. But when the Valkyries take to the air, you should bombard them with arrows to try to knock them back down to Earth. That’ll save you from some of the worst attacks the Valkyries throw at you and can often leave them vulnerable to a follow-up attack if you can move in quickly.

Gaming

Your PlayStation 4 game library isn't complete without these games

Looking for the best PS4 games out there? Out of the massive crop of titles available, we selected the best you should buy. No matter what your genre of choice may be, there's something here for you.
Gaming

Here's our Champion's guide to picking the best character in Apex Legends

Apex Legends' use of heroes with different abilities helps separate it from other battle royale games. To help you choose your legend, we've put together a legend guide detailing their abilities, strengths, and weaknesses.
Gaming

Hey Jumpmaster! Here’s where you can find the best loot in Apex Legends

Apex Legends' sprawling sci-fi map Kings Canyon is filled with tons of interesting areas with piles of loot, but where can you find the best loot? Our loot locations guide details the best spots and offers tips for acquiring sweet gear.
Gaming

Need help getting the Sleeper Simulant in 'Destiny 2'? We’ve got you covered

The Sleeper Simulant is one of the coolest new Exotic weapons you can unlock in the Warmind expansion of Destiny 2, but it's an involved process that will take awhile. Here's everything you need to know.
Gaming

Wage war on a budget with these fun and free first-person shooters

We all know about Halo and Call of Duty by now, but what about quality titles that won't cost you upward of $60? Check out our picks for the best free first-person shooter games from Paladins to Quake Champions.
Gaming

Get creative and collect 15 coins with our Fortnite overtime challenges guide

The first Fortnite overtime challenges are now available. Use our guide to help you collect the hidden coins in the featured Creative mode islands and get closer to that free season eight battle pass.
Gaming

I'm canceling my backlog for Apex Legends. Be back never

Live service games like Fortnite and Apex Legends are eating up everyone's time, leaving other games out in the cold. While my backlog continues to grow, it seems the gaming industry is struggling to keep up as well.
Virtual Reality

Getting into VR is spendy. Which headset is truly worth your hard-earned cash?

Virtual reality has finally gone mainstream, but how do you find the best VR headset for you? Check out a few of our favorites, whether you want the best of the best or a budget alternative for your mobile device.
Gaming

Become a champion with our beginner's guide to Apex Legends

Jumping into Apex Legends for the first time? Need help becoming a champion? Our Apex Legends beginner's guide has 15 tips and tricks that will hopefully help your team make it into the champion's circle.
Gaming

Buy a new Switch console and get a $35 eShop gift card at some retailers

Multiple retailers are currently offering the Neon Blue and Red Nintendo Switch console with a free $35 eShop gift card. The system still costs the standard $300 and includes Joy-Con controllers and the dock.
Gaming

Thrive in the nuclear apocalypse with our Metro Exodus survival guide

Metro Exodus is a difficult shooter, especially if you're new to the series' blend of stealth, action, and scavenging. Here is what you need to know to survive the nuclear apocalypse.
Gaming

Here's where Xur is and what he has for wares this week in Destiny 2: Forsaken

The weekly vendor in Destiny 2: Forsaken always brings Exotic weapons and armor, some of the toughest loot to find in the game. Here's everything you need to know to track down Xur: Where he is, when he shows up, and what he's stocking.
Gaming

How do the revised Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles stack up?

Microsoft's new Xbox One S and Sony's PlayStation 4 "Slim" have bucked the generational gaming console trend. But which of these stopgap systems is worth spending your paycheck on?
Gaming

Transport your Nintendo Switch in style with these nifty cases

The Nintendo Switch, which boasts both wired and handheld modes, needs a good case to ensure it doesn't get beat up while you're on the go. We scoured through dozens of Switch cases to bring you the best ones.