God of War Ragnarok: BEST Builds [Top 8]

This God of War Ragnarok Best Build guide will inform you of all the lethal builds that you can go for to destroy your enemies.

You can progress Kratos’s stats in multiple ways in God of War Ragnarok. Your preference for an aggressive or defensive construction depends on your goals. Players can construct whatever they want, but a decent build requires understanding the different weaponry. Don’t forget that some builds are more potent than others. However, how you can play around with your build allows it to stand out the most.

This guide will highlight all unique character builds that use the stats and benefits provided by armor and accessories in the God of War Ragnarok. The finest builds in God of War Ragnarok are described here, along with more details on how the equipment functions in the game.

  1. Stun-tacular / Stun Build
  2. Venom Fist / Barehanded-Poison Build
  3. Runic Overload / Rune Attacks Build
  4. Parry Master / Parrying Build
  5. Rage of Sparta / Maximum Rage build
  6. The All Rounder / Balanced Build
  7. Unkillable / Maximum Defence and Health Build
  8. Timekeeper / Realm Shift Build

Key Takeaways

  • Nidavellir’s Finest Set is crucial for stun builds and can be found relatively early in the game.
  • Lunda’s Lost Armor significantly increases the chance to poison enemies with barehanded attacks.
  • The Enlightenment Armor set’s perks greatly improve Runic Attacks yet make players vulnerable.
  • The Dragon Scale Armor set is imperative for Blocking/Parry builds as it improves Shield Defense and Damage.
  • To create an all-around balanced build, the Berkser armor set is key.
  • Realm Shifting builds are the trickiest to play with but arguably the most rewarding.
  • The most performant God Of War Ragnarok builds involve mixing and matching armor and weapon pieces to suit your playstyle.

My Best GOW Ragnarok Builds Comparison

Here is a collection of Kratos builds that are efficient and focused. Some are created to maximize a specific stat, giving Kratos’s powers a uniform boost throughout, while others use essential perks. Some use significant bonuses and skills to optimize particular playing styles, while others are made to increase specific stats, giving Kratos’s powers a continuous boost.

NoBuild NameStrengthDefenceVitalityLuckRunic
1Stun-tacular / Stun Build+54+95000
+68+95+5400
-+94+3400
2Venom Fist / Barehanded-Poison Build6854-5427
77003417
07703417
3Runic Overload / Rune Attacks Build54680068
7700043
0770043
4Parry Master / Parrying Build9595000
9326000
2693000
5Rage of Sparta / Maximum Rage build54686800
64340300
0380300
6The All Rounder / Balanced Build6827414141
770212121
077212121
7Unkillable / Maximum Defence and Health Build64340340
17763000
82684800
8Timekeeper / Realm Shift Build82684800
680000
068000

Stun-tacular / Stun Build

Because of the efficiency it delivers in the early stages of the game, this particular build comes in handy. Completing the In Service Of Asgard favor in Svartalfheim nets you the Nidavellir’s Finest Set. The early-game armor set is relatively easy to craft and restores a portion of your health upon Stun-Grabbing Enemies.

For the Nidavellir’s Finest Set, you’ll need the following armor: Nidavellir’s Finest Plackart, Nidavellir’s Finest Arm Guards, and Nidavellir’s Finest Waist Guard. A combination of these armor sets will help you deliver maximum stun damage while also giving a nice amount of defense and vitality to Kratos.

Armor

Stats

Perk

Nidavellir’s Finest Plackart

·         Strength: +54

·         Defense: +95

·         Vitality: +54

Stun Grabbing an enemy grants a health burst.

Nidavellir’s Finest Arm Guards   

·         Strength: +68

·         Defense: +26

·         Vitality: +34

Reduces how quickly enemy Stun bars drain by 50% (100% if you combine with Waist Guard)

Nidavellir’s Finest Waist Guard  

·         Defense: +94

·         Vitality: +34

Reduces how quickly enemy Stun bars drain by 50% (100% if you combine with Arm Guards)

This armor set stands out due to its valuable perks. The Plackart’s ability to regain health through stun-grabbing enemies is especially beneficial, particularly in boss battles with waves of weaker foes, effectively offering free sources of health.

The arm and waist guards provide the same perk but also reduce the rate at which enemy stun bars drain by +100%. The optimal approach with this build is to repeatedly stun and stun-grab enemies for health. When you obtain the Draupnir Spear with a specific attachment, you’ll also gain rage bursts and cooldown bursts from the Leviathan axe by stun-grabbing foes.

Best Attachments For Your Weapons and Shields

Now, there are a lot of attachments for Kratos’s weapons and shields that fit nicely for a Stun build. For this specific build, we’ll focus solely on the attachments that provide stun damage. The more the stun damage, the more you can finish off enemies with stun grabs and get health bursts.

Leviathan Axe Grip

Grip

Effect

Grip of Weighted Recovery

Stun Grabbing an enemy provides a Blessing of Cooldown

Blades of Chaos Pommel

Pommel

Effect

Pommels of Brutal Might

Stun Grabbing an enemy grants a Gift of Strength

Draupnir Spear Sauroter

Sauroter

Effect

Battle-Scarred Sauroter

Stun Grabbing an enemy grants a Rage Burst      

Switching between weapons is a personal preference as each gives you different effects on grabs. For example, you can generate Rage alongside Health if you execute the stun grab with the Draupnir Spear equipped. Moreover, you can also get a temporary boost of Strength if you have the Blades of Chaos equipped or a Blessing of Cooldown if you have the Leviathan Axe equipped.

Shield Attachment

Sheild Attachment

Effect

Rond of Fortification

Holding L1 for several seconds will trigger a high stun explosion on the next successful Block or Double Tap L1 attack.

Upgrading the Rond of Fortification adds +63 Defense for better protection. You can also use the shield attachment for extra stun damage by holding L1 while blocking briefly. To deal more stun damage, use Runic Attacks or melee combinations. After blocking, deal stun damage to nearby foes, or double-tap L1 for a targeted shield strike.

Venom Fist / Barehanded-Poison Build

This build focuses on poison and stun techniques using the Lunda’s Lost set and stun damage-boosting gear.

The Lunda’s Lost Armor Set is crucial for this build. When wearing the Lunda’s Lost Cuirass, there’s a significant Luck-based chance that bare-handed attacks, blocks, and parries will poison an opponent. Poison weakens foes for the duration of its effect.

Components of the Lúnda’s Lost set include the Lúnda’s Lost Cuirass (chest piece), Lúnda’s Lost Bracers (arm piece), and Lúnda’s Lost Belt (waist piece).

Armor

Stats

Perks

Lúnda’s Lost Cuirass

·         Strength: 68

·         Defense: 54

·         Runic: 27

·         Luck: 54

Barehanded attacks, Parrying, and Blocking have high luck chance of dealing bonus damage and poisoning enemies.

Lúnda’s Lost Bracers

·         Strength: 77

·         Runic: 17

·         Luck: 34

Melee attacks against poisoned enemies do extra damage

Lúnda’s Lost Belt

·         Defense: 77

·         Runic: 17

·         Luck: 34

Melee attacks against poisoned enemies do extra damage.

Equipping the Lunda’s Lost arm and waist pieces boosts melee damage against poisoned enemies by 40%. The R1 bare-handed combo is ideal for quick and continuous poison application, ensuring the damage modifier stays active. Simply mash R1 for continuous poison and increased damage.

Best Attachments for Your Weapons and Shields

Since there aren’t any attachments that focus on poison, we’ll suggest the ones we thought were best. Although adding the Rond of Affliction is a must since this attachment detonates poison-afflicted opponents when you hit them with a shield smash, finishing enemies off with an explosion.

Blades of Chaos Pommel

Pommel

Effect

Pommels of Brutal Might

Stun Grabbing an enemy grants a Gift of Strength

Leviathan Axe Grip

Grip

Effect

The Furious Maul

High Luck chance to grant a gift of Strength on any axe kill

Draupnir Spear Sauroter

Sauroter

Effect

Mighty Olympic Sauroter

Detonating thrown Spears has a moderate Luck chance to increase Strength and Stagger Resistance.

Shield Attachment

Sheild Attachment

Effect

Rond of Fortification

Holding L1 for several seconds will trigger a high stun explosion on the next successful Block or Double Tap L1 attack.

Runic Overload / Rune Attacks Build

This build is tricky since it makes you vulnerable, so you should always stay mobile and perfect your dodging skills.

To burst out the gates with high amounts of damage and enhanced elemental options, this build is for those players that seek a challenge. This build pushes your Runic stat to its max and will power up your Elemental damage and Runic attacks. The Enlightenment Armor Set is the crucial piece of this build and is super easy to get in the game.

Armor

Stats

Perks

Spaulders of Enlightenment

·         Strength: 54

·         Defense: 68

·         Runic: 68

Frost Awaken and Whiplash hits have a moderate Luck chance to grant a blessing of Runic

Bracers of Enlightenment

·         Strength: 77

·         Runic: 43

Runic attacks do increased damage against status-afflicted enemies.

Belt of Enlightenment

·         Defense: 77

·         Runic: 43

Runic attacks do increased damage against status-afflicted enemies.

All of the perks in this armor set improve Runic Attacks in one way or another. The ideal way to play with this build would be to conserve Runic Attacks and use them when enemies are vulnerable for maximum effect.

Best Attachments for Your Weapons and Shields

The Grip of Weighted Recovery reduces Runic abilities’ cooldowns for quicker use. For maximum elemental damage, choose the Pommels of the Undying Spark to enhance Burn status damage. After getting the Draupnir, you’ll receive the Hind of Attuned Elements attachment when you switch weapons in God of War Ragnarok.

Leviathan Axe Grip

Grip

Effect

Grip of Weighted Recovery

Stun Grabbing an enemy provides a Blessing of Cooldown.

Blades of Chaos Pommel

Pommel

Effect

Pommels of Undying Spark

Stun Grabbing an enemy grants a Gift of Strength

Draupnir Spear Sauroter

Sauroter

Effect

Hind of Attuned Elements

Spear attacks against Burning or Frosted enemies deal bonus damage

Shield Attachment

Sheild Attachment
Effect

Rond of Disruption

Low Luck chance to create an Elemental Storm when interrupting double Blue ring attacks or Parrying.

That’s it for this build; let’s move on to the next God of War Ragnarok Best Build.

Parry Master / Parrying Build

The fourth God of War Ragnarok Best build focuses on parrying and defense. It consists of the Dragon Scaled Breastplate (chest armor), Dragon Scaled Bracers (wrist armor), and Dragon Scaled Girdle (waist armor).

Armor

Stats

Perks

Dragon Scaled Breastplate

·         Strength: 95

·         Defense: 95

Blocks and Parries grant a buff of increasing strength and defense with each attack

Dragon Scaled Bracers

·         Strength: 93

·         Defense: 26

Increases all shield damage, and successful blocks or parries now deal shield damage to nearby enemies.

Dragon Scaled Girdle

·         Strength: 26

·         Defense: 93

Increases all shield damage, and successful blocks or parries now deal shield damage to nearby enemies.

Strengthen your offense and defense with Dragon Scaled gear, particularly the Dragon Scaled Breastplate to activate Dragon’s Fury perk. Kratos gains power and defense from successful blocks and parries, stacking until he takes damage. Dragons Rebuke I enhances shield damage in the area by 25%, reaching 50% with the Dragon Scaled Girdle.

Pair this build with the Dauntless shield, suited for skilled God of War Ragnarok players. Master parrying for maximum effectiveness; the Dauntless Shield is more offensive than defensive, functioning as both a weapon and shield.

Best Attachment For Your Shield

Since weapon attachments don’t really matter for this build, we’ll suggest the Shield attachment, which will come in very handy.

Shield Attachment

Sheild Attachment

Effect

Rond of Deflection

Increases timing window on parries

Rage of Sparta / Maximum Rage build

Let off some steam with this build; it’s an aggressive build that maximizes Rage upkeep and damage in either Fury or Wrath. More attacks mean more rage, so you’ll need to use the Spear more than ever. Here’s what you’ll need for this build

Armor

Stats

Perks

Sols Spaulders of Courage

·         Strength: 54

·         Defense: 68

·         Vitality: 68

Kratos’ melee damage increases based on his Rage. Incoming damage that would be lethal is absorbed by available Rage.

Darkdale Arm Guards    

·         Strength: + 64

·         Defense: + 34

·         Luck: + 30

Increases the rate at which Rage is gained when attacking Status-Afflicted enemies and using Runic Attacks (Up to 40%).

Darkdale Waist Guard   

·         Defense: + 98

·         Luck: + 30           

Increases the rate at which Rage is gained when attacking Status-Afflicted enemies and using Runic Attacks (Up to 40%).

NOTE: The Darkdale Set is from purchasing/upgrading to the Deluxe Edition of God of War Ragnarok. If you don’t have access to this set, use the Fate Breaker mixed with some of the Sol’s Set, although it’s not as good for this build.

The perk from the chest armor increases melee damage significantly, while the Wrist and Waist Armors allow you to build Rage faster. This means that should you have to spend your Rage to unleash Kratos’ Rage abilities; you’ll get it back without as much downtime.

Here are the weapon and shield attachments you will need

Best Attachments for Your Weapons and Shields

Leviathan Axe Grip

You can choose whichever grip you want; there’s no clear candidate for this particular build.

Blades of Chaos Pommel

Pommel

Effect

Deadly Obsidian Handles

Low Luck chance to grant a Rage Burst on any Blades kill.

Draupnir Spear Sauroter

Sauroter
Effect

Battle Scarred Sauroter

Stun Grabbing an enemy grants a Rage Burst

Shield Attachment

Sheild Attachment

Effect

Rond of Aggravation

High Luck chance to grant a Rage Burst when Parrying.

The All Rounder / Balanced Build

The next build in our Best Builds in God of War Ragnarok is the All-Rounder Balanced build. To combat all endgame threats, this build offers well-rounded stats and usefulness while inflicting excellent single-target and area-of-effect damage. The Berserker Set increases all of Kratos’ stats, and its perks allow him to use his Relic more often, which also has the bonus of massively increasing his damage output.

Armor

Stats

Perks

Berserker Cuirass

·         Strength: 68

·         Defense: 27

·         Runic: 41

·         Vitality: 41

·         Cooldown: 41

·         Luck: 41

Using a Relic massively increases the damage of Kratos’ Melee Attacks and the damage received for a duration.

Berserker Gauntlets      

·         Strength: 77

·         Runic: 21

·         Vitality: 21

·         Cooldown: 21

·         Luck: 21

Low Luck chance for successful hits to cause a Soul Explosion, dealing damage and restoring some Cooldown of the Relic.

Berserker Waist Guard 

·         Defense: 77

·         Runic: 21

·         Vitality: 21

·         Cooldown: 21

·         Luck: 21

Taking damage, Blocking, and Parrying all have a Moderate Luck chance to cause a Soul Explosion, dealing damage and restoring some Cooldown of the Relic.

The Berserker set boosts STRENGTH, DEFENSE, RUNIC, VITALITY, COOLDOWN, and LUCK. Apart from the increased core values, the perks offered by the Berserker Set are unparalleled and extremely lethal.

This armor set boosts Kratos’s stats throughout the board, making it conceivably the finest all-around gear in the game. This armor is a high-risk, high-reward kind because even when you suffer damage, there’s a potential that you’ll set off a soul explosion that will change the course of the conflict. A suit of armor fit for a god of war.

Best Attachments for Your Weapons and Shields

Leviathan Axe Grip

Grip

Effect

Grip of the Nine Realms

Activating Glacial Permafrost while Permafrost is full triggers a Realm Shift.

Blades of Chaos Pommel

Pommel

Effect

Pommels of the Nine Realms

Activating Furious Immolation while Immolation is full triggers a Realm Shift.

Draupnir Spear Sauroter

Sauroter

Effect

Warrior’s Echo Sauroter

Spear attacks against Sonic-inflicted enemies deal bonus damage and build bonus Maelstrom skill charge.

Shield Attachment

Sheild Attachment

Effect

Rond of Obliteration

Hold Block for several seconds to charge the shield, then press Block + L3 to fire a volley of Valkyrie shards at enemies.

Kratos can enhance his Glacial Permafrost and Furious Immolation with the Grip and Pommels of the Nine Realms, while the other attachments provide great utility and a strong mix of stats.

Unkillable / Maximum Defence and Health Build

This build is about making Kratos a Tank, he’s invincible in the cutscenes, but we’re gonna make him next to unkillable with this build. It’s a mix of Vitality and Defense stats, It requires 3 different pieces of armor, and when combined, oh boy, Kratos is gonna be a true God of War. Here are the armor pieces you’ll need for this build.

Armor

Stats

Perk

Steinbjorn Plackart

·         Defense: 190

After significant damage is taken, Kratos’ attacks will restore some lost Health for a time

Bracers of Raven Tears

·         Strength: 64

·         Defense: 34

·         Luck: 30

This increases the healing from Healthstones, Rage, and Gear by 15%

Surtr’s Scorched Girdle

·         Strength: 17

·         Defense: 76

·         Vitality: 30

Kratos takes 20% reduced damage and has increased Stagger Resistance during his basic attacks and skills.

Best Attachments For This Build

Leviathan Axe Grip

Grip

Effect

Grip of the Fallen Alchemist

There is a high LUCK chance to grant a Health Burst on any successful hit with the Serpent’s Snare skill.

Blades of Chaos Pommel

Pommel

Effect

Pommels of the Nine Realms

Activating Furious Immolation while Immolation is full triggers a Realm Shift.

Draupnir Spear Sauroter

Sauroter

Effect

Hind of Volatile Might

Elemental Siphon (Hold R2) imbued Spears do increased Melee damage, but the siphoned element now fades after a duration.

Shield Attachment

Sheild Attachment

Effect

Rond of Restoration

On taking damage, Kratos has a LUCK chance to gain DEFENSE and for his next Shield Strike (Double Tap L1) hit to restore Health. The chance increases with lower Health.

We chose all the following attachments not cause of their perks (though they are useful) but because of their different stats that boost Runic, Vitality, Luck, Strength, and Defense. All these combined make you indestructible.

Timekeeper / Realm Shift Build

And the last of the Best Builds in God of War Ragnarok is The Timekeeper build; it essentially has to do with the Realm Shift mechanic in the game. Timing your dodges to activate the very powerful Realm Shift slows down time around you for a brief period. For the next few seconds, you can punish enemies without the risk of taking any damage. In the right hands, this build can be incredibly strong, provided you know how and when to dodge attacks.

Armor

Stats

Perks

Surtr’s Scorched Cuirass

·         Strength: 82

·         Defense: 68

·         Vitality: 48

Kratos’ attacks that hit enemies during their attacks do bonus damage

Gauntlets of Radiance

·         Strength: 68

A last-second evade activates Realm Shift, temporarily slowing down surrounding enemies

Belt of Radiance

·         Defense: 68

A last-second evade activates Realm Shift, temporarily slowing down surrounding enemies.

Equip the Gauntlets and Belt of Radiance for the Wrist and Waist to extend the duration of slow-down when using Realm Shift. Utilize Surtr’s Scorched Cuirass to increase damage to enemies in the middle of their attack animations. Combining this with Realm Shifts boosts damage during time-slowing attacks. Realm Shifting may be challenging to master, but it offers substantial rewards.

Best Attachments to Maximize Realm Shift Abilities

Leviathan Axe Grip

Grip

Effect

Grip of the Nine Realms

Activating Glacial Permafrost triggers a Realm Shift

Blades of Chaos Pommel

Pommel

Effect

Pommels of the Nine Realms

Activating Furious Immolation while Immolation is full triggers a Realm Shift.

Draupnir Spear Sauroter

Sauroter

Effect

Hind of the Nine Realms

Activating Violent Maelstrom triggers a Realm Shift

Shield Attachment

Sheild Attachment

Effect

Rond of the Nine Realms

Low Luck chance to trigger a Realm Shift, temporarily slowing down surrounding enemies, when Parrying.

These are all the God of War Ragnarok Best Builds. They make boss fights look like a piece of cake and allow you to do so in style. Most of these builds require some armor pieces that cannot be obtained till late game, so you might have to grind for some time. If you want to switch some armor pieces, make sure to check our God of War Ragnarok Best Armor Sets guide.

All of these best builds from God of War Ragnarok are strong in their own right. If you learn to effectively use any build to your advantage and maneuver around that, you will become a goliath in no time. Moreover, feel free to switch things out to make them more suited to you as mixing and matching is imperative to better performance ingame.

With that, we conclude our God of War Ragnarok Best Builds guide. Let us know down below which build is your favorite.

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