A Definitive Guide to Complete the optional Side Quest in Vanaheim, The Burning Skies.
All you need to know about how to complete the Favor the Burning Skies
To fully explore Vanaheim, you need to complete all its optional Favors including The Burning Skies. These Side Quests bring more value to this game, hence, nominating GOW: Ragnarok for The Game of the Year award. Inside Vanaheim, you will find dragons that breathe fire and are dangerous.
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Kratos decides to kill them as they are dangerous for His people. This awaits an intense battle to be fought against the Dragon Boss, also known as The Ash Tyrant.
The Burning Skies is an optional Side Quest that is unlocked while exploring The Crater in Vanaheim.
This is a detailed step-by-step walkthrough that will help you complete the Favor, The Burning Skies, by leading you to The Dragon’s Lair and defeating the Dragon Boss.
Before you start this Favor, you need to complete the Return of the River Favor, so you have access to the river to travel by boat.
The Burning Skies Favor automatically starts when you first interact with The Ash Tyrant in its nest.
Defeating the Dragon Boss is easier if you are aware of all the attack strategies as well as the weak spots.
Initiating the Burning Skies Favor
The Side Quest can be started by reaching the Dragon’s Nest where you will first see the Ash Tyrant and its companions called Draugr. To reach it, you need the river to flow so you can row in the boat and reach your desired location.
For releasing the river, you must first complete the “Return of the River” Favor. After it is finished, you will have access to the river and all the areas connected to it. One of the connected areas is the Dragon’s Nest.
Traveling to the Dragon’s Nest
When you enter The Sinkholes after passing through the Mystic Gateway, you will see a long rope in front of you. Slide down from that rope to move forward. By looking at the compass on your HUD, move South.
You will see that your path is blocked by some blueish poison, use your axe to destroy the tree branch behind it to move forward.
After jumping to the other side, you will hear the dreadful battle cry of Tremors which is an indicator that you are on the right path.
Freya will mention that she has never seen a natural tremor like that before. If you are curious to know who the voice actors are behind the lines of each character, click here.
The “Quaking Hollow” Favor will also be activated at this point which eventually leads you to the Dragon’s Nest.
Notice the boat in front, you will need it in the later part of this walkthrough.
Grapple to the other side of the river and climb up the window. As you walk forward, you will see poisoned eggs on the roof, make sure to destroy them first or they will spit poison on your way and decrease your health.
Throw your Draupnir Spear on the yellow spot in the stone wall. When you hit the right place, the yellow color will change to red.
Now, detonate it to break the wall and reach the Dragon’s Nest. This will be your first interaction with the Ash Tyrant.
First Encounter with the Dragon Boss
At the Dragon’s Nest, you will have to fight some of its companions and also make the Dragon fly away. Not that the Dragon only sits on the pillars inside the Nest so your goal will be to destroy the pillars by detonating Draupnir Spears.
Hit the yellow spots on the stone pillars. As before, when you hit the correct spot, the yellow color turns red. That’s when you detonate it, so the dragon stays airborne and does not damage you.
After you destroy the 2 pillars, The Ash Tyrant will fly away, and The Burning Skies Favor will be started automatically. Your new objective, as also shown on the game screen, will be to find the Dragon’s Lair and defeat the Ash Tyrant.
Finding the Ash Tyrant
We will divide this part of the walkthrough into 2 parts.
The First Part
In the following part of the journey, you will continue on a boat. For that, you need to open a closed gate that is blocking the river. Moving South to the right of Dragon’s Nest, you will see that gate.
Open it by pulling the chain on its right and making way.
Go back to the boat that was seen when the Quaking Hollow Side Quest was activated.
Get in the boat and row to the right to go inside the cave. After you get out of the dark cave, you will see another closed gate blocking your way.
Stop the boat beside the Blue Flag.
Move North toward the gate. Open it by pulling the chain to its right.
Get back to your boat and travel forward. After crossing the gate, you will see a tunnel. Row your boat on its other side and stop the boat at the Cave entrance in the Northwest.
The Second Part
Open the closed door with your hands. You will fight some minor enemies in the tunnel that are hidden inside walls. They will burst out when you stand in front of that wall.
After defeating them, you will see the Ash Tyrant on the other side of the tunnel spraying fire on you. To save yourself, take out your Draupnir Spear and destroy the stone wall to your right by detonating it at 3 yellow spots. This will create an alternative path for you as you can’t go directly toward the Dragon.
Moving on the Alternate path, you will fight multiple Draugrs. Move to the end of it to see an opening on the right.
When you climb up, the deadly Ash Tyrant will again be on your face breathing fire.
Timing is important over here. You have to climb at the exact time when it stops spraying fire so you can stand up and block its path. To do that, look at the yellow spots on the right. Use Draupnir Spears to detonate those spots and block Dragon fire.
Climb up to the right side and move inside the broken wall to find another way out.
After getting out, you will reach the outside of the Dragon’s Lair.
This is also an important location in Vanaheim as we open a Nornir Chest by solving a puzzle. Click here to know all about Nornir Chests in Vanaheim and how to open them.
Move South towards the white stone pillar and climb up to finally start the Battle with the Ash Tyrant.
After climbing up, you will see the Ash Tyrant sitting on the edge of the cliff waiting eagerly for Kratos. Defeating the Deadly Fire-breathing Dragon Boss is all about finding the right time to attack weak spots. Note that defense holds more importance than attacking in the Boss fight.
Attacking Techniques Used By The Ash Tyrant
The Ash Tyrant has a couple of attacking techniques that it can use. If you observe its Health bar, you will notice a thin white bar that also fills to the maximum. When that happens, the Dragon will spray fire all over you which you can dodge by getting out of its line.
Notice the Dragon’s Lair has pillars placed around the boundary. When the Ash Tyrant is draining health, it will fly away and sit on the pillars to throw fireballs at you.
Dodge the fireballs and destroy these pillars by detonating Draupnir spears to make the dragon land on the ground.
When the Dragon Boss lands on the ground, the Draugrs will start spawning as well that need to be killed beside the Dragon itself. After the Ash Tyrant drains almost half of its health, it summons a Wyvern which can also prove fatal to Kratos.
To stop the Wyvern, you need to defend against its attack by pulling up your shield. Keep your shield up when the Wyvern is attacking with its beak. The moment it stops, drop the shield and start attacking which is when you deal the highest damage to it.
Attack Strategies Against The Ash Tyrant
Kratos can use 3 weapons to attack the Dragon: The Leviathan Axe, the Blades of Chaos, and the Draupnir Spear. Using a combination of all three will be your best hope in defeating the Ash Tyrant. You also need powerful armor to keep your defense strong.
The Dragon will reveal its weak spot right before it starts to breathe fire on you. It will pull its head towards the sky leaving its throat exposed. That’s when you attack the neck to give high damage. Use your rage ability by pressing L3 and R3 together to increase damage.
Always remember to stay close to the Dragon Boss during Battle as staying at a longer range gives it a bigger advantage. Also, keep the Ash Tyrant on the ground, and never let the Boss stay too long on the pillars.
When you are close to killing the Ash Tyrant, press R3 around its throat to perform a signature move and finish it.
After the Battle is won and Ash Tyrant is killed, you will receive:
After the collection of these items, you have completed The Burning Skies Favor. It is now added to your diary, you can visit and see it.
The Burning Skies is an optional Favor in Vanaheim that can be started after finishing Return of the River Side Quest. The objective is to find the Dragon’s Lair and defeat the Ash Tyrant. With proper Attacking Strategies and defense, you can tackle Dragon attacks and hit weak spots.
With that, we finish our walkthrough. If it helped you reach the end of this Favor, make sure to check more walkthroughs on our website just like the guide on The Lost Treasure. Don’t forget to leave feedback for us in the comment section below.