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God of War: Ragnarok

Best Builds in God of War Ragnarok

Matt Chard

The gameplay systems got a huge boost in God of War Ragnarok with more ways to build Kratos than ever before. With the expansion of the Amulet system giving you up to nine enchantment slots, and more gear, relic, and runic attack options, you can create some very diverse builds, but what are the best? Read below to find out what we think are the best builds in God of War Ragnarok.

Kratos about to go into Rage.

What Makes a Good Build in God of War Ragnarok

Firstly, you’ll need to pick your Equipment which you’ll need to choose between three pieces of armor to equip which each come with their own special perks. The chest piece will have a different perk from the wrists and waist which means you can mix and match the perks to create the basics of your build. From there, you have the Amulet which can host up to nine enchantments. There are nine “sets” of these named after each realm, and you’ll need three of the same to unlock a special set perk. Then you have a choice of 24 single enchantments that are not tied to a set, but do require a certain amount of a specific attribute to unlock its perk. Finally, you have to pick a hilt for each weapon which will supplement the build.

Moving on from equipment, you have a choice of several light and heavy runic attacks for each weapon which will enhance your build as it’ll add more stun or status damage among other stuff. Then you’ll have an option to add effects to your skills which can also enhance your Maelstrom, Stun, or Damage or Defense. From there you have a large assortment of Relics to equip which all have a wide array of different effects to add. Finally, you have your companion who can supplement the build depending on whether you choose Hex or Sonic attacks with their arrows, their Runic Summon, and even their weapon, and accessories. When you mix them all together, you can create a lot of different builds where some of them will be better in different situations.

(1 of 4) The chest piece will have a different perk to the wrists and waist.

Best Builds in God of War Ragnarok - Overview

Below, we will list all builds that cover something different from each other. From increasing stun damage, maximizing Rage upkeep, utilizing Realm Shift, to getting the best out of Runic Attacks, and many more. Each of these builds will send you to their respective build pages which will explain to you in more detail what Equipment, Runic Attacks, Relics, Enchantments, and even companion load outs to equip.

Build Name Type Notes
Dazed Stun Prioritize Stun damage above anything else
Timesplitter Realm-Shift A focus on perfect dodging and Realm-Shifts
Deflector Parry Build Perfecting the art of Parrying
Assassin Damage Maximize damage potential
Meat Shield Defense High defense build that can take most hits from the toughest enemies
Vampire Health Regen Built for keeping your health topped up via Healthstones or Health Leech
Runic Destroyer Runic Attacks Maximize Runic Damage
Arcanist Status Get the most out of status effects
Violent Wrath Rage Maximizing Rage damage, and time spent in Rage
Ranger Pure Ranged A ranged build focusing on the Spear and Axe
Shield Basher Shield A shield build focusing on using the shield as a weapon
Maelstrom Maelstrom Focus on increasing Maelstrom gain and damage
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Guide Information
  • Publisher
    Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Platforms,
    PS4, PS5
  • Genre
    Action Adventure, Fighting, Hack-n-slash
  • Guide Release
    5 November 2022
  • Last Updated
    9 January 2023
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God of War Ragnarök is an action-adventure game developed by Santa Monica Studio released on November 9th, 2022. Follow Kratos, and his teenage son Atreus as they journey through the Nine Realms to prevent Ragnarök from occurring. As you progress through the story, you’ll uncover many secrets left by the Giants regarding the impending doom that awaits them.

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