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God of War: Ragnarok

All Collectibles in Vanaheim - The Southern Wilds

Nathan Garvin

This page will reveal the location of every collectible in The Southern Wilds, a region of Vanaheim in God of War Ragnarok.

God of War Ragnarok - The Southern Wilds Collectibles Locations in Vanaheim

Collectible Quantity
Nornir Chests 1
Legendary Chests 1
Artifacts 1
Odin’s Ravens 1
Hel Tears 1

How to Find The Southern Wilds

You’ll travel to The Southern Wilds automatically at the start of the main quest The Reckoning. There are five collectibles here, four of which you can obtain during your first visit. Due to the Mystic Gateway in this area, it’s one of the few locations of Vanaheim you’ll have unimpeded access to throughout most of the game. Almost everything you don’t obtain during your first visit can be found after completing The Reckoning, just use a Mystic Gateway to travel back here. The sole exception is the Hel Tear, which you can only acquire after the main quest Reunion.

You can find one of Odin’s Ravens circling a pond.

Where to Find All Odin’s Ravens in The Southern Wilds

Odin’s Raven #1

Likely the first collectible you’ll stumble across, from the Mystic Gate at the southern end of this region, follow the trail north until you find a fork, at which point turn west. Pass through an arch made of roots and you’ll find this raven flying in a figure-eight pattern over a pond.

(1 of 2) Crawl through a hole in the wall,

Crawl through a hole in the wall, (left), beyond which you’ll find a Legendary Chest. (right)

Where to Find All Legendary Chests in The Southern Wilds

Legendary Chest - Wrath of the Frost Ancient

Progress north through The Southern Wilds until you stumble across some abandoned Vanir ruins - this will be after one of your companions transforms, Kratos opens a gate, and Brok introduces you to the hostile flora infesting Vanaheim. Defeat the enemies in the ruins and search a wall to the north to find a hole you can crawl through. At the end of this passage you’ll find a Legendary Chest which contains Wrath of the Frost Ancient, a Light Runic Attack for the Levithan Axe.

(1 of 2) Smash through a fragile floor,

Smash through a fragile floor, (left), and you’ll find a Kvasir’s Poem Artifact. (right)

Where to Find All Artifacts in The Southern Wilds

Artifact - Kvasir’s Poem - Upon Pursuing a Place Not Marked On Maps

In the ruins of the same Vanaheim marketplace where you found the Legendary Chest, above, you’ll find a section of breakable floor. Kill the enemies, circle around to the eastern end of the ruins and you’ll find some ledges you can climb, allowing you to reach an upper walkway. Jump between sections of these ruins until you’re overlooking the breakable floor and use the prompt to smash it. You’ll find the Artifact - Kvasir’s Poems in the hole.

(1 of 2) You’ll find a Nornir Chest as you explore The Southern Wilds.

You’ll find a Nornir Chest as you explore The Southern Wilds. (left), The first rune pole can be found on a cliff to the left. (right)

Where to Find All Nornir Chests in The Southern Wilds

There’s a single Nornir Chest in this region, just keep progressing down the linear path following the ruined vanir marketplace, defeat some Gulon, crawl under some tree roots and go through a cave, before which you’ll be introduced to dangerous spitting plants. Keep marching northwest past this point and you’ll spot the Nornir Chest dead head.

This particular Nornir Chest uses rune poles, the locations of which can be found below:

  • Rune 1: From the Nornir Chest, look left (southwest) and up the cliffs to spot the first rune pole. This is the only one that can be found out in the open.

(1 of 2) Burn some brambles,

Burn some brambles, (left), then turn a rune pole to the right of the Nornir Chest. (right)

  • Rune 2: From the Nornir Chest, look right (east, northeast) to find some brambles atop a stone ledge. Burn the brambles away with the Blades of Chaos and you can strike the rune pole.

  • Rune 3: From the Nornir Chest, turn around (turn south, southeast) and backtrack towards the cave you passed through. As you go, keep your eye on the cliffs to the left and you should spot some brambles. Same idea as the rune pole above, burn the brambles away to reveal the rune pole, then strike it with the Leviathan Axe. The only difference this time is that the brambles you need to target with the Blades of Chaos are a good distance away from the rune pole - the first will reach them, regardless.

(1 of 3) Backtrack and light another cluster of brambles,

Once you’ve hit the aforementioned rune poles, go claim your prize from the Nornir Chest - either an Idunn Apple or a Horn of Blood Mead.

(1 of 2) You can find a Hel Tear just to the right of the path as you venture north from the Mystic Gateway.

You can find a Hel Tear just to the right of the path as you venture north from the Mystic Gateway. (left), If you interact with the Hel Tear, be prepared to fend off a Hel-Traveler and some Hel-Brood. (right)

Where to Find All Hel Tears in The Southern Wilds

You can only clear the Hel Tears if you’ve reached or passed the main quest Reunion. Once that condition is met, head to the Mystic Gateway along the southern end of The Southern Wilds and follow the path north. The Hel Tear will be just to the right (east) as you go - between your companions informing you of the tear and the shimmering black-green of the rift itself, it should be hard to miss. Interact with the Hel Tear and you’ll have to survive a Hel-Traveler and numerous Hel-Brood until the rift is closed.

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  • 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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